Joe Bear is a nickname from Marci, one of many that she has come up with over the years. It comes from my family calling my oldest brother, Brother Bob, to differentiate him from our father, whose name was also Bob. Over the years this started sounding more like a Southern Baptist “Brother Bob,” and Marci took it to another level (which she is known to do) by coming up with all kinds of southern names for me, such as Jimmy Joe, Jimmy Joe Bob, Joe Bob, Joey, and then Joe Bear.
We have a lot of fun giving honey as gifts. Marci was inspired by the honey to begin making soap with the honey and lotion with the beewax.