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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.