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A Thanksgiving message from Honey Bee Suite

Running a website is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done. A website invites people with a common interest to share their passion, stories, findings, and questions. Although the readers of Honey Bee Suite are all different and come from far-flung backgrounds, we are united in our love for a bug.

I have met very few of you. But in spite of the paucity of face-to-face encounters, I feel like many of you are old friends. Indeed, some of you have been reading or commenting for the entire nine-year gig. I recognize you by your e-mail address, your name, or sometimes your writing. Others I recognize by your town, your ongoing sagas, and your thoughtful donations.

Some of you are consistently there. Others come and go, only to show up weeks or months later. Many stop by only a time or two. Nevertheless, each of you is important. You are the fuel on which the website runs. You are the why of it.

Thanks to you and your bees

So on Thanksgiving Day each year, I like to thank both you and the bees. Bees of all kinds put food on my table and beauty in my life. The bees give me something beyond myself to care about and ponder over. And you, the readers, give me inspiration, ideas, motivation, and laughter. You are the best of friends in an obscure—but very real—way.

As many of you know, I set out to build the kind of website I would like to visit. I’ve tried to build a site filled with honesty and humor, a site that’s based on fact but sprinkled with opinion and experience. In spite of that, I’ve found that it’s difficult to be completely objective when dealing with hordes of stinging insects, but I do my best.

Lastly, I set out to build a site that is comfortable to read. I vowed from day one that advertising pop-ups would not block your view of the text, that ads would not magically appear between the paragraphs, and that images would not dance in your peripheral vision. I vowed not to run ads by exterminators or to link to subjects that are not relevant to bees.

Paying the freight

But saying “no” to all those revenue streams means saying “no” to the money I need to keep going. So the financial donors to Honey Bee Suite get an extra special nod of appreciation. You are the ones that make the site readable, usable, and a pleasure to write. You are the ones that keep it going. Above all others, you are on my mind at this special time of year.

Although I often wonder how long I will keep Honey Bee Suite up and running, I just paid for another year of web hosting, another year of web security, another year of backup service, and another year of email delivery. So there you have it. I’m committed and we’re in this together for another trip around the sun.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and happiness, and please know that I care.

Honey Bee Suite

A Thanksgiving message from Honey Bee Suite.

A Thanksgiving message from Honey Bee Suite.


  • As far as the advertising is concerned look into amazon associates. You put the ads where you want them and you get paid for orders placed through your links. A website is perfect for it.

  • I am thankful for you. Your site has answered many questions I have had in my growth as a beekeeper. Your humor makes it fun. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Rusty, You are a mentor to so many. I’m so glad you wrote this wonderful note because (shame on me) it hadn’t occurred to me before that in addition to contributing your valuable time and knowledge, you incur expenses. Duh. I have remedied this oversight with a modest annual donation. Thank you for all you do. You provide the BEST EVER bee keeping website, hands down.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Rusty. I have been enjoying your labour of love for a few years now.

    I enjoy your professionalism, honesty and sense of humour. You are the beekeeper’s keeper.

    Thank you

  • Rusty,

    Thank You for your kind words and Thanksgiving wishes. It was your site that has inspired me to continue to grow my beekeeper knowledge and desire to continue to learn all I can about honey bees and other pollinators, too. More about how to care and protect our honey bee population. You inspired me to enroll in the University of Montana Master Beekeeping program this year which I hope to successfully complete in 2019. I have much to bee thankful for at Thanksgiving this year.

    Rusty, from my family in SW Illinois and Mid-America to you and yours on the West Coast have a Thanksgiving Day 2018 this week filled with Good Gatherings, Much Joy and Laughter, Blessing to All and “A Feast Fit for Royality” enjoyed by all of us through the devoted and dependable work of the world’s honey bees. May God Bless You, our honey bees and may America continue to enjoy the many blessings and favor of the Almighty! ????

  • Rusty,

    The thanks belong to you and your entire labor of love. I bank on your advice and take it to practice. Of the sites I have visited you are my best! My girls would not do nearly as well without you, so add 3 other hives to your mob. (Aunt Rusty if I can be that forward).

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends,

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Rusty!

    I really appreciate your website and all of the information you share and also the follow-up comments. I’m a first year beekeeper and need all the help and advice I can get.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your bees! I so appreciate your posts, and anytime I need info about anything related to beekeeping, yours is the first place I look. Wise advice from science and first hand experience, along with a great sense of humor? Can’t be beat. I refer your website to all new and existing beekeepers that I meet as the best resource. Thanks for all you do, looking forward to the coming year of more great posts. Thanks for reminding us to donate!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Rusty! And thank you for all the well-researched and well-written articles. Bees are amazing, aren’t they.

  • Hi Rusty,

    You do a great job. I look so forward to your News from the Hive, it would be missed terribly.

  • Hi Rusty, thank you for your wonderful website. I have learned a lot from you and I also love my bees (stings and all). God bless you.

  • I’m a newby beekeeper, been limping along with conflicting advice from several folks around here (and books!) for ~ 3 yrs. The first two years I just had a top bar hive, which I never should’ve started with. I added a Langstroth hive this spring, and found your website. I’ve visited other sites, been told I need to get “scientific” information from “scientific” sites, but your website is the only one that makes sense to me. I am most appreciative of your advice; I learn something every time I visit. Thanks for all your help! Please tell me how to donate.

  • Rusty,

    Thank you. I read your postings with pleasure. Always interesting and relevant even in far-flung England.

    Best wishes,

  • Rusty, I don’t write or comment on your website often, but I have read your words almost religiously ever since becoming a beekeeper, once I found it. It is so full of “common sense” comments and advice, and I’ve never found anything that you have suggested, which I tried, that didn’t make sense to me. Throughout my lifetime, I’ve always been an advocate of, “if it doesn’t make sense, why use/do it”. Thank you for all that you have opened my eyes to and/or reinforced my thoughts with your words.

  • I haven’t even finished my first year as a new beekeeper, but I learned quickly I can trust your site and the information found here. Thank you for taking your time to share all of this with us.

  • Thank YOU so much for being here! I hope you never give it up! I have learned SO much from you and though I’ve never commented before, I read your articles religiously!

    Thanks again!

  • Thank you so much for all the great information you provide. As a very novice beekeeper, I’ve enjoyed your good scientific approach to some issues and your sense of humor to others. I have learned a lot from your site.

    Happy Thanksgiving from your Canadian neighbor.

  • Thank you for all of your time, effort and money that you put in. I have learned a lot from you and really enjoy the website. I have made a contribution. Come on people hit the yellow Donate button!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Hi Rusty

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

    And a big thank you from all the ladies ? in our five backyard colonies for the better quality of life they enjoy thanks to the experience, advice, recommendations, and knowledge you share here.

    • Glen,

      I hope you are up for some bee stalking come spring. I wish we had been able to do more last year, but I will just count on the coming year to make up for it.

  • I’m very grateful for HoneyBeeSuite.com, I’ve learned and laughed a lot and look forward to another year’s worth of giggles & grins (and the occasional grimace as I see myself in another’s misfortune). You’re the best! Just donated again! 🙂

  • Rusty,

    Thank you for Honey Bee Suite! I am humbled by your knowledge of all bees, as well as beekeeping. You always open my eyes…and brain!

    -Judy from Oregon

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I thoroughly enjoy your site, you are my go-to site as well.

  • Rusty,

    Thank you for an intelligent and well crafted site! And especially for doing it without the hideous banners and pop ups that make most sites unreadable. This is our second winter with bees and I just recently found and followed your site. Yours is the ONLY blog I follow, I can’t give you a better a better compliment than that!

  • Rusty,

    Your insight has been very helpful to me and I appreciate the knowledge, wisdom and laughter that you share.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • I also really appreciate this site and usually look here first if I have a question. It’s been helpful to me many times. I also have enjoyed getting to know all the other interesting pollinators too.

    Many people might not realize the work you have done to keep the site ad free and just take it for granted. I guess it’s a little like Public Radio, many people access that for free but once you make a contribution you really feel even more a part of it.

  • Thank you so much for all you do to educate people about bees. I enjoy your blog very much and I learned a lot from it.

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