You can't work outside in this weather. I've been sitting on the porch a lot, drinking coffee and letting my two remaining ferrets plunder around in the hay house. The ferrets can go through all the nooks and crannies between the bales, and enjoy it a lot. While the cats pay them no mind, I have to keep a weather eye out on the dogs. They have seen enough of the ferrets that you'd think they wouldn't snap, but I don't trust them in that respect. The dogs are creatures of impulse.
By this time next week, the tourists will be gone. The hordes of bicyclists that virtually shutdown the paved roads will be gone . I can understand their wanting to ride on our country roads through the woods at this time of year, but I don't appreciate their arrogance in riding 4 abreast and blocking the roads. However, they bring money into the county, so the county government orders that they be treated with kid gloves, no matter how obnoxious they may be to the peasantry that lives here.
Went to the Farmers Depot and the Home Depot today and laid in the standard winter repair supplies. You can't wait to buy things til you need them, because if you are snowed and iced in on the mountain, you aren't going anywhere for awhile. If you need it, you better have it on hand.
I got cedar shakes, roof sealant, some boxes of deck screws , different sizes, for my Ryobi. Bought 1 by 4's, 2 X 4's, some sheets of plywood, and and few other nice to have items.
( When I started this a few minutes ago, I said it wasn't raining. Just started raining.)
I bought $100 worth of dog food, cat food, chicken feed and ferret food to store in the barn. Nothing is as outrageous as running out of animal feed and being snowed in. I can improvise for almost everybody, the cats, dogs and chickens will all eat rice, but the ferrets are harder. They'll eat cheese and bread, but it's bad for them. They need their high protein paste and their regular ferret food. I feel uneasy unless I have vast quantities in the barn.
I discovered that a mouse got into the apartment and chewed up the book cover on Kunstlers "World Made by Hand." I fixed it with duct tape, captured the offending individual in a "catch 'em alive" trap and let him go in the woods. He's got good taste in books. ( I know that was an awful joke, but be honest, who could have resisted saying that under the circumstances.)
Venturino's book Shooting World War II Small Arms is out. It cost almost $50.00, but it's a "had to have" item for me. Not only does it feature detailed information on the weapons , but it has load data for the ammo tailored to each type. I ordered it from Amazon, and they faithfully promised to deliver it before the end of the month. I saw with great chagrin that Georgia is now collecting sales tax of 7% on Amazon orders. I wonder what Georgia will do when there are no more people working to pay the taxes? Jobs are scarce here, and when people do find a job, it's part time and low paying. At least that is behind me now.