When it's hot and humid, you spend a lot of time forted up inside.
You can read, or watch television, or you can listen to music. Then there's always the afternoon nap, which has become quite an item of our standard routine here.
M likes to sleep on the couch, and her two indoor cats, Boris and Stub, like to nap with her. Of course, they spend most of their time asleep anyway. Rufus used to sleep on the couch , down at the foot, but he's gone now.
I usually take a nap in the apartment over the shop. I can turn on my satellite radio and let it play smooth jazz, and out there I don't bother anybody. The ferrets are used to it. The apartment is connected to the house via radio, and an intercom. If M needs me she can get me out there without any problem.
We're becoming nocturnal creatures here this summer, because when the sun is out, it's too hot to do much of anything. More rain, more humidity, higher temperatures than any summer I can remember. Dawn and evening are about the only times it's "nice" outside.
Humidity and Temperatures today:
In my last post, I called the revolvers I was interested in "Liberty" guns when in reality the correct name is "Victory." Too early in the morning that day, I guess. I appreciate the people who brought it to my attention. When you write a blog, you are never short of editors.
These came in a number of configurations. They were provided to allies, and they were used to arm civilian guards at war production plants, they were issued to people who needed side arms but could do without the M1911, etc. I am particularly interested in the model above because if you look at pictures of WW2 naval aviators, you will often see this pistol tucked into a shoulder holster. I do have some Smith and Wesson Model 10's, which are similar, but it isn't the same as owning one of the original Victory guns.
We've been going out on some of the old back roads here. The air conditioning in the Jeep works fine, so we have been driving up to neighboring counties for lunch, and taking the road less traveled.
Veterans Administration Health Care:
My wife and I both applied for VA health care benefits not long ago. We did it online, and it wasn't difficult. We were both accepted (I was USMC and she was USN). We have had our initial appointments, and I was very impressed. There's a nice new VA clinic not far from us, the first in North Georgia. Every single person we met there on staff was a veteran, including the doctors and nurses. It's clean and modern, and seemed to be very efficient.
The vast majority of people in the waiting room were Vietnam veterans. There were two younger men , probably from the sand people wars, who looked to be early thirties. There was a VA police officer in the waiting room, because sometimes some of the folks who come in have problems with self control. He was a nice guy, a former Army NCO in his mid forties. Seemed like a very tactful person who wasn't out to throw his weight around, just to keep a lid on things before they got out of hand.
Since my wife and I have medicare, and it's administererd through UHC via the State Benefits office (the wife is a retired school teacher), I didn't think we really needed VA health care but M insisted on it, and she's right. Lots of things I have to pay for using Medicare, are free at the VA.
As we get more involved with it, I'll try to post our experiences. It might be that some of you out there, who are vets, think you are not eligible but perhaps you are. You can apply on line and find out. My wife was only in for four years before we got married and she left the Navy, but she was eligible. (Note for Marines and Navy: If you served at Camp Lejeune in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's, you are eligible for VA health care. The link below has the details)
Magazines and Catalogs:
Not a bad catalog. I bought some LSA for my AR-15's from this issue, and enjoyed just looking through it. They have done a ragged job of combining the military surplus and shooters catalogs, but at least they are still putting out a paper catalog. For awhile there, I thought they had gone the same route as so many others, and done away with their paper catalogs in favor of the internet.
Almost all about field craft and living in the bush. Survivor's Edge leans that way. But there were some great things in the Gear Guide section.
What is out there in the dark?
I've been putting in some more security flood lights. Three of the four sides of the main building had good security lights, but one side where the forest comes right up to the house, didn't. I've remedied that now, and cut some of the branches and scrub back from that side of the house.
I'm also modifying my procedures at night. Now, when Tuggy goes on a barking spree and gets all bristled up, I am firing six rounds out of the 12 gauge into the tree line. Not because I know where to put the shot, or even what direction to point it, but because I hope this will discourage whatever has been coming in here and eating my cats. Earlier this week, there was a tremendous row on the back porch, some of the empty plastic drums I had stacked up there were knocked over, and the next day one of my favorite cats went missing and there were blood splatters on the porch. Enough is enough. I do wake up the wife with the shooting , but maybe it will do some good and she doesn't object to the plan. Next "adoption day" at the Humane Society, I am going to get two or three puppies. If you go on a non "special" day you have to pay $100.00 per animal to adopt one, but the fee is significantly less on their "adoption days."
I looked at trail cameras in Sportsman's Guide, and they aren't cheap. I can't really say it would help me to have a picture of whatever is causing the havoc, anyway.
You can never have too much ammo or too many magazines.
Got my M-14 magazines from CDNN. I now have a total of 28 good quality M-14 magazines, for the two M-14's I own. Part of my reason for stocking a lot of magazines for my weapons is having lived through the 10 years Feinstein/Clinton Gun Ban. Part of the reason is the way things are sliding down the slope to collapse in this country. Maybe I won't live long enough to need twenty eight M-14 magazines, but they will surely come in handy in my son's lifetime, if not mine.
The only other significant changes up here are that I have pretty much stopped listening to the scanners. At first, I was just annoyed by all the weirdness going on up here now, but it's becoming depressing. I don't think I've even turned on the scanners in over a week now. I concentrate more on just my own property. There's nothing I can do about hi jinks in town.