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

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.


  1. So when will Jon and his wife be in Vegas? We'll have to meet up with them. He shouldn't be hard to spot. He looks like you.

  2. Glad to see that SD is treating you well :) You both are having too much fun!!

  3. Happy to hear you two are enjoying your house! TM and I still hope to meet up and ride with you guys someday. Our Harleys are enjoying the garage right now...ha!

  4. Phil,

    Glad to see you have been busy...and getting the scooters out....we have been enjoying the AZ sun here the desert. Lots of riding out here....most days in the 70's.

    Looking forward to seeing get you guys in a few months....first we head to Texas to transfer everything there...

    Stay warm,

    Les and Sue

  5. You mean weeks don't you instead of months? What made you decide to come off the road? I looked forward to your adventures.

    1. They always say 6 weeks but it sure feels like 6 months when your waiting for warm weather. :-)
      Biggest reason to come off the road was monetary. We were just hanging on and didn't like that feeling.

  6. We have mixed feelings about you 'settling in' to home life. Glad everything is working out for you two.