Well my mentor took my hive to his house to clean it out and start over. He has another nuc that he will begin placing my foundation in to transfer some new bees. Once the weather warms up for good I'll get the hive back and enjoy watching the bees play.
Meanwhile, I have purchased another hive box and will be populating it with a cut-out (bees currently in a tree that the owners want removed) that another friend will be collecting in the spring.
So for now we wait and read and learn.