2011 is quickly winding to a close, and it has been quite a year. In many parts of our country, and even around the world, we have experienced unusual weather. From record drought and heat, record floods, wildfires and tornadoes most of the nation has been affected by some type of unusual event directly related to weather.

After spending the winter in Arizona Dee and I spent the summer in Montana. After nearly 40 years Montana is my home. I have lived there, in the same house and in the same town longer than I have lived anywhere else in my 68+ years. Now, whenever I go away I soon get a longing to be back home, home in Montana. This was the place that my late wife and I raised our daughter, spent our working years, made friends and put down roots. Perhaps John Denver said it best when he sang; "Sometimes this old farm seems like a long lost friend, hey it's good to be back home again." Although it's not a farm it's always good to be back home again.