Friday, January 31, 2014
May be able to get the Jeep out tomorrow if it gets as warm as they predict, and rains. I hope so. If I can't my wife will have to walk up the mountain from down by the forest service road, and she's not in the best of health. But she says she is coming home as long as the road over the pass is clear. I'm sure it will be by tomorrow evening, they have to keep the four main roads clear and that's one of them.
No one is stirring except Rowena. She came out of their latest cubby hole to get some water and a bite to eat. Tonight they are sleeping behind the big deep freezer in the pantry. Smart ferrets, because there's a vent there and the hot air from the lower level of the house, where the propane heating system is, comes right up through that vent. They look very content, all piled up by that vent.
The dogs are quiet tonight. Last night we had a visitor who tried to get into the trash storage area, and they made all sorts of racket. I am pretty sure it was raccoon's. I didn't get up and go look, because I was tired out and they didn't need any help.
When I was younger, I liked to take the dogs and walk along the creek at night when there was a moon, and snow on the ground. It's amazing how much different the forest looks by moonlight, and the snow reflects it and makes the light even brighter. I don't remember it being so cold, so it wasn't much of a strain to walk for an hour or forty five minutes. I stayed along the creek on those jaunts because you couldn't get lost. Things look a lot different in the woods at night at the best of times, and under a full moon and the snow, taking a trail would probably not have been wise, though I know the area around my property like the back of my hand.
I did try to amuse myself today by doing some target practice off the front porch with a Model 1898 Mauser today. That was the standard issue rifle of the German Army in the First World War. I was using some surplus Turkish ammunition that has the reputation of being a hot load, but I didn't notice any extra recoil.
After about the fifth shot, the front barrel band came off. It just came loose and went out on the barrel, but that ended the shooting session. I fixed it, no big deal, but that would sure have been awkward if I were repelling boarders. I don't care, though. If I ever have to use weapons out here in a serious situation, I'd like to have a little style.