It’s been a long, bitter Chicago winter. The recent Snowmaggedon, our third biggest snowstorm on record, was cruelly followed by sub-zero temperatures. Will our bees survive, we worried? I was considering poking myself in the eye with my snow shovel when Mother Nature graciously issued a reprieve — Sunday temperatures hit 50°F for the first time since November. We weren’t the only ones excited to head outside — our mighty bees had survived after all. Happy New Year ladies!