There's a full moon out tonight, and it's not so cold as it was last night. There was a hard frost that covered everything overnight , which was in keeping with the season. The woods looked like they were made of crystal. Tonight is supposed to be warmer but it's still very clear. There was a star out at twiight that I thought was an airplane for awhile, it was so bright. Must have been Venus although I am no astronomer.
My wife will be home Friday and leaves Saturday to go spend the holidays with the Kids. I wish I could go, but with the property and the animals to take care of, I can't. Maybe, if it were summer, I could go for a day or two but in winter it just isn't possible. They are moving to a new apartment , something a little closer to my son's job, and my wife will help them with all of that.
I cleaned a good many rifles today. They seemed in good condition, no sign of rust, but I gave them all a wipe down with Rem Oil , and ran a patch through the bores. It never hurts. I don't seem to have the desire to get out and shoot as much as I once did, maybe I need to start doing more plinking with .22's and less of the full power battle rifle shooting. I was looking at some of the older guns today, and it's strange to realize that every single human being who was alive when that gun left the factory is dead now. Yet here I'm holding this rifle and it's as good as the day it was made. People don't do that kind of work anymore. Everything is just designed to have a finite life and be replaced.
I am reading a book about a family from Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War. I particularly searched it out because it deals with the same Regiment my Great, Great Grandfather was in. The book consists of 357 letters between a mother and her three sons written before and during the war. Here's an interesting passage:
The day after LIncoln's election:
A public meeting was held at the Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Bull and Broughton, drawing a large crowd. Captain Bartow spoke for all Savannahians when he said "If any man is to peril life, fortune and honor in defense of our rights, I claim to be one of those men.....I do not wish to destroy the government. I am a Union man in every fiber of my heart. But I will imperil all- ALL- before I will abandon our rights or submit to be governed by the unprincipled majority........."
..... The platform for speakers was graced with a large framed picture of a rattlesnake, with the words "Don't Tread On Me"....
The sentiments seem familiar , you could just about give that speech today and a lot of people would understand it.