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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Well, it snowed after all.

It did get around to snowing tonight. Big, feathery flakes.  Not the harder snow that you can hear falling through the trees,  but the big flakes you see on Christmas cards.

After awhile, it stopped and the moon came out. It's a big, full moon and the light reflecting on the snow has really made it bright outside. I used to like to go for walks on nights like this. I can follow the Jeep trail down the mountain, and when I come out at the bottom there's a good view of another mountain. It's spectacular and this would be a perfect night to go see it. After giving it due consideration, though, I decided to just enjoy the view from the upper floor study.  Getting down the mountain on foot in the snow wouldn't be all that hard, but coming back up might be more trouble than I need.  I'm glad it snowed, though.

The ferrets have not yet settled down after Jasmine passed on.  Ferrets are colony animals, and they have a hierarchy. Jasmine was the one they orbited around, and now they are unsettled. I'm not sure who will take over, with Ragnar and Rowena sick, and the other two are really not old enough yet.

They are looking all over the house for her, trying to open cabinets, pulling their bedding out of their boxes, and searching under all the furniture. Ferrets manifest anxiety by showing out, and there's a lot of that going on just now.   Turning over their food bowls,  tearing up their papers, and trying to dump over their water bowl.  Once they adjust all of that will end, but it's a hard time for them.


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  1. Speaking of the ferrets. We took the kitten (now really a cat) who we couldn't find a home for to get neutered yesterday and when he came home last night the other cats hated him. The wife seems to think it was the smell. He is fine now and back to being considered one of the crowd but made me wonder if the ferrets to the same thing.

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    1. I've never had a problem introducing a new ferret to the colony. They are very social creatures, and seem to be able to tell at once who the colony apex ferret is. That's not based on strength or size, Jasime was the smallest of them all but she was clearly at the pinnacle. Ferrets sleep about 16 hours a day, play and explore the rest of the time. I have two Tom Cats, from the same litter, who spend most of their time yowling at each other, so I think cats just have different social patterns. Ferrets are very sensitive to anything disruptive to their routine. Maybe that's why I like them, I must have been a ferret in a previous life, but I must have been evil and been reincarnated as a human because of the bad karma.

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  2. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    its cool, sunny and dry in South Texas where I'm at.

    I'm getting one of my trucks worked on today. Speedo cable one of the two Toyota's is squeaking. Its not bothering me, but after I left work late at night in the middle of one of last months artic blast's, the speedo started to make a grinding noise and then jumped from 50 MPH to 110 MPH in a quarter second (Beat that Porsche) and stayed that way until I got off that main road. Now mind you I was in fourth gear at 50 MPH when this happened and stayed in fourth gear not moving any faster for five miles.
    Kinda funny, my 23 year old (1990 Toyota truck) with the 22RE four cylinder engine went from 50 MPH to 110 MPH in a quarter second!
    All because the real cold air was causing all the parts to constrict just a thousandth of an inch and go haywire. As soon as the air temp warmed up, back to normal operation.
    My Toyota mechanic is going to use some special graphite powder on the cable today. An easy fix on the speedo cable.
    I got 128.000 miles on this truck, its good for another 350.000 miles and gets 26 miles an gallon (sometimes more if I'm careful) the vehicle weights a whooping 2800 pounds and has a 119 horsepower, eight valve engine with manual adjusting valves (like a diesel) every 20.000 miles, I have my Toyota mechanic adjust the valves with a feeler gauge, just like large over the road diesel engines like a Cummins, Caterpiller or Detroit diesel (I worked in two different diesel shops years ago)
    My truck takes awhile to get up to speed but will cruise at 80 MPH on flatland all day long with no problem (It was geared more for 55 MPH speed limit we had way back when) I don't know about other states, but in Texas everyone likes to 85-90 miles per hour and I'm the slow guy. I don't know what the rush is. I think that computers are making everyones minds run faster and every thinks they are driving slow and they want to be at there destination instantly like high speed internet. I usually drive the speed limit, rarely do I go any faster and waste more fuel and safety becomes a concern.

    Harry' sorry about your ferrets. Hopefully they will settle down soon.

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    1. I thought I was the only one left who kept their vehicles and drove them into the dirt. I usually keep a Jeep 15 years or more. As long as I can keep them running reliably, I am not very interested in "this years model." I also hate all the new things they put on cars now, like those asinine tire stems that watch your tire pressure. If a person is too sorry to check their own tire pressure they shouldn't own a vehicle. One of those things broke on my wifes car and it cost me $150.00 to get it fixed. I could get a regular fixed for three dollars.

      I drive about 45 miles an hour in the county. I don't run over possums, raccoons, turtles, et al and I don't hit deer. I see people driving 60 miles an hour down the country roads and you know that sooner or later they will hit a deer. I feel bad for the deer but I have to suppress the hope that they will go through the windshield and take the driver with them. I once counted 16 dead deer on a stretch of the 4 lane road between two towns that was 23 miles long.

      The ferrets are having a rough time. If they don't settle down soon the next thing that will happen is their hair will start falling out. They are all cramming themselves into one box now, which is way too small for them all, and that's another sign of anxiety.

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  3. I guess they have to work it out among themselves. It's too bad there is nothing you can do to ease it for them. Poor things.

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    1. It's a bad time for this to happen. The two ferrets who could take over as colony leader are too sick, and the two who are healthy just aren't old enough. So now they have to deal with Jasmine being gone, and with not knowing what the order of their society is. I guess they will settle down in time. They are still showing out today, so I know they are still disoriented.
      I feel sorry for them, because ferrets are naturally ebullient animals who are always happy. This is completely out of character for them.

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  4. It is a pretty moon, isn't it. You always have the best art on your blog. Have a great day, my good friend.

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    1. I wish I had a good camera, so I could take pictures at night. But I don't, I just have this old camera I got from Walmart for $65.00 years ago. So I find pictures that can help me communicate to people what I'm seeing here. Glad to see you coming back. I hate it you've had such a hard time, but you are toughing it out.

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  5. Poor ferrets, I guess without a pack leader just now they are feeling quite lost and anxious. I hope they soon settle down to the new regime. When you spend a lot of time with animals you soon learn to pick up on little nuances in their behaviour so it's bound to make you worry about them feeling out of sorts too.

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    1. Dreamer, I know my ferrets better than anyone except my own family. I have read as much as I could find on ferrets, and I learned a lot about them that way. This is a hard time for them, because not only has one of the colony gone missing, (I don't know if they understand death), but it was the ferret that they all see themselves in relation to as regards their place in the colony. Nobody likes uncertainty, be they ferret or human. Thanks for the kind thoughts. I'm sure we will all get sorted out here.

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  6. Our cats can sense changes. After we moved in Dec. the cats drive for cover when they see us in our coats. They are starting to warm up to the baby after 7 weeks. I never thought about getting ferrets as a pet. I bet they are like cats, seek attention when they want, want to be left alone other wise.

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    1. Rob, ferrets are great friends. They have a very short lifespan though, on average only six years. They are never alone because they are always running around with other colony members. I think a ferret living by itself with people would be very unhappy. Ferrets have lots of medical expenses, too. They have a good many species specific maladies and they need food supplements of a number of different kinds. I don't mind any of that because I enjoy their company so much.

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  7. did you draw the pictures? they are lovely. poor ferrets.

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    1. Sol, no, those are paintings people did on line. I only have a marginal camera, and it does't work at all at night. So when I am trying to describe something , and I don't have a photo, I find a painting that reflects what I am seeing. I feel like it helps me get my thoughts across, especially since I'm not particularly good with words.

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  8. when a cat dies all the other cats look and sniff. they know he isn't in his body anymore. they don't like it but they seem to understand. there are enough of them that the others are not lonely. i hope your little guys were able to detect that jasmine had left this world for themselves before you buried her.
    love to your ferrets.
    djh

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    1. djh, I don't think that ferrets really grasp the concept of death, though I could be wrong. Some of them, at least, must have seen her in her little box after she passed away, because they visit each others favorite cubby holes constantly. But they are still looking everywhere for her. It's the same routine I have seen before when one of my ferrets passes away, but this time there is a greater sense of anxiety on their part because she was the colony leader. There is no natural successor because Jet and Spike are too young, Rowena and Ragnar are still recovering from their surgery and the adrenal disease. They will work it out, I'm sure. I've told my daughter to keep an eye peeled for any ferrets in dire need of a home as well. She mostly works with horses now but sometimes she comes across other animals who need rescue.

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  9. It's sad watching animals mourn. I remember years ago when I had to take my cat Toulouse to be put down (kidney failure). My other cat, Lionel, stood at the door to the garage (the last door I took him through) and yowled for an entire week. It broke my heart.

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    1. Animals have all of the good traits of human beings, and few of their negative attributes. They know when a member of their group goes missing, even if they may not understand exactly what has happened. Mine have still not restructured their colony and things are unsettled, but maybe Ragnar will get to feeling well enough to take over. He is the natural choice, I think.

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