I have a full day scheduled. Got up at four thirty this morning, and made a big breakfast. Scrambled eggs, toast, bacon and coffee, plus some orange juice. It won't be light until after 7:00 a.m. and I don't want to try going down the mountain in the dark. It showered some last night, and the trail is covered with dead leaves. There's nothing slicker than wet leaves on a steep incline, unless perhaps it's ice.
I'm taking the truck in for some pre cold weather preventive maintenance. I need the electric engine heater cord checked to see if it needs to be replaced. A plate of underside "armor" fell off and needs to be reattached. If you drive on unimproved roads a lot, you need these plates to keep you from damaging the underside of the vehicle or the exposed portions of the drive train. I knocked one off recently, but I heard it come off so I recovered it. I need a new license plate light rigged, since the wiring was damaged by some brush and it doesn't work anymore. Just small stuff but I want to get it all done quickly. I got the first appointment of the day, 8:00 a.m.
Then I'm going to the farmers depot to get a couple more bales of straw for the dog bunker. The dogs have compressed the straw on the floors of their compartments, and you need a lot of it under them, between them and the boards of the porch, for insulation. That needs to be fixed. I have a slow drain in the shop, need some special unplugging liquid that doesn't hurt pvc pipe or septic tanks. They have it at the depot. I will pick up a couple of big salt blocks at the depot as well, to put in the meadow for the deer.
Then to the grocery store, to get my resupply of medicine. Should be ready. Some of it has to be ordered, they don't keep it on the shelf. I used to get my medicine at Walmart but there are so many old people here (yes, I know I'm one of them) that the line at the Walmart pharmacy is massive. I don't like to wait.
After that to Walmart, for chicken feed (it's cheaper there than at the farmers depot), dog food, dog biscuits, cat food, and ferret food. I already have a lot of that stored, but I think I know how a bear must feel when winter is coming and it's almost time to hibernate. You feel like just a few more 50 lb sacks of this or that would be a good idea.
Yesterday I got the skylight caulked. Probably won't have time for more chores up here today, but I can work on them tomorrow.
It's five twenty now. Sunrise in about an hour and fortyfive minutes. Then I'll be on my way.