December 4, 2015: Since it's a relatively mild day here, and I'm feeling good, I decided to check on the bees. I was worried when I got out there: there are a bunch of dead bees on the front porches (the little landing pads in front of the entrances), and no one was buzzing my head. But then I put my ear up to the sides, and heard that low hum. I cracked the lids, and there they were, already in a loose ball, in each hive, buzzing and ignoring me.
All is well.