I live in a subdivision that is managed by a homeowner’s association and while I love it here, the HOA can be a bit annoying. They govern so much of what you can do with your home. They have a say in the paint colors that you choose for your home. My neighbor John wanted to paint his door blue and it was not approved by the HOA. In fact, they rejected the request as soon as it was submitted. It’s part of the guidelines of the community to have our doors painted a certain color. And unfortunately, there is no getting around it because if you break the rule, then you will be fined. Of course, John did not agree with this, but he did nothing to violate the policy. Another neighbor wanted to start a honey farm in his yard and the HOA rejected that idea as well. The guidelines of the HOA specifically reject beekeeping or raising any animals at all. So, in addition to beekeeping, we are not allowed to have chickens either. Well, the neighbor decided to build the beehive in the yard in hopes that he wouldn’t get caught. Unfortunately, the HOA discovered that he had the bee hives and fined him every day until he had them removed. I remember the day that he called the beekeepers to remove the hives from his yard. Of course, he was not happy that he lost his makeshift honey farm, but he was getting fined every day and did not want to continue to accumulate those fees. Once the bee hives were removed the HOA lowered his fines, but in the end he still had to pay the money and he lost his honey farm.