"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I've been a bad blogger

Ok, I admit it. I've been in a blogging "funk" lately. I'll try and improve and keep ya up to date on the goings on around here.

Spring has been a little slow arriving in the Black Hills. We have seen a few really nice days but lately it's been rain and even a "small" blizzard last week. YIKES, did he say "blizzard"? Yep, we had about a foot of snow and lot's of wind which caused some major drifting last week end. I was busy at work juggling staff and keeping the visitors center open for business. I started by sending most everyone home early Saturday since the snow machine started churning in the afternoon making the roads a mess. Rudee and I ended up closing up shop by ourselves and made it home with the help of 4 wheel drive. We did stop for a car that had slid off the highway, everyone was OK and they had help on the way. Sunday we headed to work early and stopped by the campground to pick up a couple of the work campers. We couldn't turn into the campground because the roads were drifted in but they walked to the highway to meet us. The rest of the work campers were all trapped in their rigs until late in the day and even then you had to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to even attempt to get out.
Fortunately the snow didn't hang around too long and by noon Monday the roads were cleared and a lot of it had melted away. :-)

Rudee's sister B.J. and brother in law David came to visit our little corner of paradise a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time showing them all the sights and even got special permission to give them a tour to the top of Crazy Horse. B.J. really loved seeing the deer that visit our yard everyday. Needless to say they were very well fed while she was here. :-)

We have had very few days to ride the motorcycle but did catch a really nice day earlier this month.

We had a great ride through the Hills. Both of us needed the "wind therapy" after a long winter.

We are still adjusting to our stationary lifestyle and are starting to fall into a routine again. The bank account is even starting to look better too. We have been discussing selling the motor home since it would be nice to be out from under the payments but we are still in the "hanging on" mode in case the ceiling all caves in around us we can make a break for the road again. We also still own my Mom and Dad's old place in Florida and are entertaining the thought of putting it up for sale too. This would help us pay off some of our bills but it has always been our "safety net" if we ever just had to have a place to live. I guess we still have some "adjusting" to do. :-)

The work campers have been arriving in droves and part of my job is to get them trained. I developed a training program which includes one full day of classroom training. This training gives them a little more adjustment to what the job is all about and what's expected of them. Prior to this they just dumped the poor people right into work and you had to "learn as you go". The training seems to be well received and the new folks are working out well.

I guess I better get going, got a class to teach today ....... I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

a long overdue update!

No, South Dakota hasn't frozen over taking us into the ice age. :-) Matter of fact February was quite pleasant with very little snow and decent temperatures. March, so far, has "come in like a Lion" and I mean a REAL LION!

We found these Mountain Lion tracks in our driveway one morning a few days ago as we headed out for work. Then Monday evening the snow machine churned up and we got about 3" of fresh snow. When I looked out the living room Wednesday morning I saw some more fresh tracks that were not there the day before.

These tracks are right next to our bedroom window. YIKES! Look closely at the photo and you can see where his/her tail was dragging in the snow. Guess we wont have to worry about mice! :-)

We are getting more and more comfortable in "R" house.

We found the letter at a craft store in Rapid City and it was on sale, looks pretty good dontcha think? We are slowly decorating the inside as well. We have added some family photos and some of our friends/co-workers have given us items as house warming gifts. :-)
We are both looking forward to being able to sit on our deck and watch the sun set over the mountains. We do have a lot of Deer in our neighborhood and there are routinely 3-5 in our yard every morning and again in the evening. Rudee calls them her "Deer Babies" but unfortunately they are probably the reason the Mountain Lion keeps coming around.

Work has been fairly busy, especially on the week ends. I have been keeping busy writing a training program for our seasonal employees to help them get acquainted with the job. I have also been involved with expanding their safety and security program. Both of us are looking forward to next month when the work campers start filtering in. We have some returnees as well as lots of new folks to get acquainted with and of course once the work campers arrive summer is not far behind! :-) I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

where did January go?

I'm hanging my head in shame, I have not updated the blog all year! :-(
We have been plenty busy though getting settled into the house. We got some new furniture for our living room and I scored a really nice wood dining table with 6 chairs and two leafs from a craigslist ad and the guy even threw in 3 matching wooden bar stools.
The snow has finally started to disappear and we even had a day last week where temps hit the low 70's! The best news was it was on our day off so, of course, we got the Harley out and took a nice long ride through the Hills. :-)

Enough about us though, I wanted to introduce you all to my "little" brother, Jon. He is retiring from the fire department Monday and he and his wife Cherie will be starting on their own fulltime RV adventure.

Jon has worked hard and rose to the rank of Battalion Chief while also going to nursing school. Both he and his wife are Registered Nurses and have new contracts as traveling nurses specializing in emergency services. Trust me when I say if you are sick or injured and look up and see either one of them taking care of you, you're in good hands! Good luck on your first assignment in Vegas and congratulations, you both deserve a taste of the good life!

We are settling into small town life and earlier this month we attended the 2nd annual "Pine Beetle Bug Burn". The trees here in the Black Hills have been attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle that kills a lot of the adult trees. They have been fighting back though and things are looking better but why not burn a giant one in effigy? Plus they get rid of the residents discarded Christmas Trees at the same time. Here is the "bug" before they lit it up

after watching it burn we did the "bug crawl" down the main drag where each bar/restaurant had music and drink specials. We ate, drank and finally "crawled" home at the late hour of 8:30 pm. We are becoming party animals I'll tell ya what! :-)

We are hoping the warm weather lasts for awhile but I'm sure that little fury rat in Pennsylvania will see his shadow Monday morning and we'll be in for 6 more months of winter! :-) I'll keep you posted.