“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have to go off the mountain. Not just to town, but to a whole other county.


Not that I want to at all.  It's a nice day, not so hot and humid, with a good breeze blowing.

But, I am running out of ferret paste. This is a high protein and vitamin supplement for ferrets. It comes in a tube like toothpaste, but it costs $14.50 per tube.  Now that I only have two ferrets, a tube lasts about five days. Usually I would have three or four in the cabinent, but I haven't been going out much and the supply has gotten exhausted.

I can only get it by going down the four lane for 45 miles, or up to North Carolina on a lesser road, for 38.

Today I think I will just stick with the four lane. I can motor along in the right hand lane about 50 and it's flatter with no steep curves.  I will buy whatever they have on hand at the pet shop. If I'm lucky, they'll have maybe five tubes. If I am not, they won't have any at all.  Come to think of it, I'll call them before I go down there. I'd hate to drive all  that way and then find out they were "sans paste."  While I'm there I'll get a big bottle of oil for the ferrets. It's to make their skin and fur healthy.  They like it and I have to be careful not to let them drink too much or they get stomach aches.


I washed their favorite sleeping bag (also known as a "snuggy" bag) today. It was getting kind of dirty. Both ferrets got a bath this week.  Their fur fluffs out after they bath and are toweled down, so they look twice as big as they really are.  Right now they're sleeping in their newly washed and dried snuggy bag, very content.


Yesterday evening a small bear meandered across the meadow. The dogs and I sat on the porch and watched him.  The only one who reacted was one of the cats, sleeping on a rail. She woke up, saw him, fluffed up and went to the back of the porch.  The dogs were too jaded from the heat and their supper to react.  He wasn't' very impressive, and I hope he can steer clear of other, larger males. The worst enemy a male bear has , short of poachers, is another male bear.

I guess I ought to start getting ready to go to the pet store. At the very least, I need to change into some decent clothes. The old clothes I wear around the house make me look like a hobo.


42 comments:

  1. Can you get your ferret paste off Amazon on a subscription basis? I do that with my dogs dog food...they just automatically send me a 50# bag every thirty days. One less thing I have to keep track of.

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    1. Well, I tried to buy it on Amazon because I figured I'd get a better price, especially if I bought by the case. But I could never find it and now I don't buy from Amazon any more, because they aggravated me. So now I guess I'll have to pay top dollar forever because the ferrets need that paste.

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  2. What brand do you feed them? I kept a Ferret for a short time ( sold the store) in my tack and feed store many moons back. I expect the array of purveyors has expanded,
    so wondering if you could order it online and save a long trip.
    Strelsi

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    1. I remember you had a ferret working in your store. They are good for keeping rodents out of grain, although I use cats for that. I use Neutrical paste, it used to be a blue tube but now it's green. I've never been able to find it online, I have always had to buy it at pet shops. That's the worst place to buy animal supplies, everything is marked up really high.

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    2. Allivet.com carries Nutrical for 8.49 per tube and free shipping after 49.00.
      I think it is the one you are using, maybe not.
      Strelsi

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    3. That's a huge savings, and I buy and store a lot of it , so the free shipping is a real bonus. It sounds like what I use. I am looking at the tube now, It says "Tomlyn Veterinary Science" then, "High Calorie Nutritional Gel for Ferrets " and is trademarked * Nutri-Cal. So that sure sound like it. And even if was a different company, as long as the contents are the same or close to the same the ferrets will be ok with that. I will look up Allivet.com and put an order in. Thanks for finding that for me.

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  3. Harry,

    Enjoy your trip to the pet store. Sometimes just getting outside and away from the house makes for a good day. Temperatures have cooled just a little bit here. Rain all around us but nothing in our area. Watch out for the roaming bear, LOL.....

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    1. Sandy, I didn't really feel like going today but the ferrets expect their rations to be sufficient in quality and quantity, and they expect meals to be served in a timely manner.

      Sometimes I enjoy a trip over there, and sometimes, like today, it makes me a bit anxious. I don't know people there, I don't know any of the deputies, I am too far away for a tow truck driver from my own county to come get me if I broke down, which would mean I would have to go to an auto repair shop I don't know. Sometimes that all bothers me. Sometimes not though.

      Glad there's no bad weather out your way. Been a bad summer for weather for all of us.

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  4. I just call the rags that I wear "farm clothes". You know it's getting bad when people start bringing you used clothing to wear...LOL!

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    1. I usually wear old cotton work pants and a t-shirt when it's a warm season.if I go into town with my wife I wear cargo pants, a cotton shirt with a collar, and I try to look decent. Mainly, after twenty years of wearing "office clothes"I want to be comfortable.

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  5. When I first read your title I thought you said a whole nother country, I mean that's dedication to your ferrets! Glad I'm not the only one who spends my home days dressed like homeless zombie.

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    1. Sometimes going to another county here is like going to another country. Especially if I cross over into North Carolina or Tennessee. In my own county I am at home and at ease. But cross the county line, and there's a whole different structure. Not to mention you aren't "from there" which can make a big difference if you have trouble and get involved with the local law.

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  6. I've caught myself heading out of the house dressed like a hobo. Some places I go, I'd just blend in.

    Changing counties, big deal. 30 minutes west I'm in VT, 30 Minutes east I'm in Maine, 30 minutes north I'm in Canada. 30 minutes south . . . I'm still in my county.

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    1. Most of the time it doesn't really matter. The richest man in our county wears work khakis, drives a beat up old truck, and always needs a hair cut.

      I think it's about comfort levels. Since you kaboodle all over the country and just take disasters in stride, I'm sure you don't worry about being way off from home. But I am less and less comfortable with being off away from my place, though I couldn't tell you why.

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    2. Getting hard to leave the fortified castle in these troubled times?

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    3. part of the worry is an outcrop of ageing.
      i have become less confident-- or maybe i've become more sensible about being aware?-- than when i was young and would take off for anywhere without a qualm.

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    4. Sixbears, part of it is that I have made it so hard to get into this place, that it's a real pain in the posterior to get out. The drive down the mountain is a good ways, and there are some passive security devices that don't have to be reset. But there are some that I have to take down, drive through, get out, set back up, and drive on. I can sleep up here in the near certainly that no one and nothing is coming up that vehicle trail in the dead of night unless I know it. But it does make going out tiresome. Part of it is that it just wears me out to do all that, and then drive way down the four lane while people whiz past me driving 80 miles an hour in a 55 zone.

      And then, there's the fact that I have everything I need or want up here. There's really nothing out there , short of necessities, worth going out for. Unless the wife and I are making a trip to Chattanooga, to stay over a night and plunder around the stores, and go to the big discount book sellers, and eat at Golden Corral...........

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  7. Hi Harry-there is an online place called Fosters and Smith. I have ordered stuff for my dogs and cats from them and have had very good service. I know they have some ferret food. Jana

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    1. Jana, I will take a look at them. That would be a great boon if I could find someone to ship the ferret supplies. Right now gas is cheap but it's still nearly a hundred miles round trip to get the things I need.

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    2. jeffers have ferretone, whatever that is. is that what you need?

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    3. Deboarh, "ferretone" is the oil that comes in a big bottle, and you ration it out to the ferrets in exact amounts daily. It keeps them from getting dry skin, something they are prone to, and when they get dry skin they will scratch bloody spots on themselves. So they have to have the oil. I will check Jeffers. Yesterday I paid $17.90 plus 7% sales tax for one small bottle of Ferretone.

      I need to keep a goodly supply of these things on hand, as well as their special food. If we have a big storm, or a snow storm, ice storm, etc it's imperative that the ferrets have their normal diet and medicines, since they can't just "switch" and eat something like boiled rice, as the other animals can.

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    1. Actually, Rob, it was a real pill. Just getting down the mountain and back up seems to take forever. But at least I have a goodly stash of paste and oil laid in now.

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  9. Harry - our big city is about a full hour away, while our smaller city is about an hour and a half away - we DO NOT travel any farther than that - PERIOD. and when we do go to either city, it takes us a full day to recover. so i completely understand how you have to mentally prepare for your trip. but yes, check out the internet and see if you can't order your ferret paste by the boxload - it could end up saving you money. you take such good care of your ferrets. did you manage to get their paste?

    we have to work at our community centre in the morning. there is a big family here that has a reunion every 5 years and their reunion is this weekend. there are 92 people that came from all over canada and the US. we are having a breakfast this morning and we think we will serve about 200 people. it's 2:am in the morning here...i have slept a bit and hopefully will sleep a little more but my nerves are on edge. i don't like big groups of people anymore. actually never did.

    i hope you had an ok day having to go to another county. i am sending much love. your friend,

    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I got three tubes of paste and one bottle of oil. The oil had gone up to$17.99 for a little bottle, which irked me out of all proportion but I had to have it. The ferrets come to eat and their faces are all lit up in anticipation of a treat. I can't stand to disappoint them.


      Sometimes I don't mind going somewhere, like Chattanooga. There are book stores and good places to eat. But this town I went to today is dirty and hot. They have traffic lights every twenty feet and you have to stop at every one of them. It's not my favorite place and I would never go there if they didn't have a pet store that carries ferret supplies. I'm glad to be home.

      I'm sorry you have to get all involved with that big reunion. No wonder you feel tense and anxious. I avoid big gatherings like that these days.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Sorry you had to go through all that to get Ferret food and stuff.

    I created the perfect environment for myself (my house) and its hard for me to find the motivation to leave.
    I hate dealing with stupid people, negativity, violence,. road rage, and general all around aggressive two legged hominids like the ones in the first part of 2001, A Space Oddessy.

    at the end scene with the hominid throwing a bone into the air 'showing the first tool usage' A can of Spray Paint from a recently tagged wall should go airborne instead.
    The Irony of four million years of evolution have resulted in people like Hillary Clinton, Bruce Jenner and Seth Rogan.

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    1. captain crunch,
      best reason to think theory of evolution is hogwash.
      can't see any evidence unless devolution is part of the theory.
      told my friend that the old ladies we used to hear talking on the porch about how society is going to hell-- we have become them!
      now that is a natural evolution-- the effects on perspective of ageing!

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    2. CC, the really nice thing about your house is that you are so near the beach. I really envy you that. More and more, I miss my walks along the beach at dawn and sunset. When I lived on Emerald Isle, that was the best thing about it. That, and sitting out on the porch at night, watching the shrimp boats lights bobbing around out on the ocean off shore.

      I would like to live down there around you except for the Mexicans and drug addicts, I think I would be involved in a killing before long.

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  11. CC, it was not a fun trip but at least I won't have to repeat it any time soon.
    I agree about the hazards of venturing out into civilization. I avoid doing so to the maximum extent possible.

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  12. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    There's a pic spreading around of Obama kissing a homosexual rights activist on the lips in front of michelle Obama that ain't photoshopped.

    supposedly that pic was being censored and Obama did not want that pic floating around the internet.

    anyone that wants to view that pic and copy and save it as well as spread it around can find that pic on http://knuckledraggin.com/

    I don't have a problem with gay people as long as their subculture is not mainstreamed to the point is all we see in media is gay people. I do think that maybe those rumors of Obama being secretly gay may be true after viewing that photo, just like that iconic photo of 'William the Bastard' hugging Monica Lewinski in front of thousands of people was a dead giveaway to his lecherous, philandering inner self.


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    1. As much as I detest Obama, it's hard for me to believe he would do that. I mean, the guy is straight, he has a wife and kids.....

      Even if it turns out to be true, I don't think I am ready to see that kind of thing. I already have enough trouble with the news making me mad and raising my blood pressure.

      The fact that I don't focus on someone's issues of that nature doesn't mean I'm ready myself to look directly at the kind of behaviors it foments.

      It just wouldn't seem right in a President, but when has Obama ever cared a damn about that?

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  13. I would probably try to find an online poker store source. I have bought a number of horse supplements that way.

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  14. Sorry pet store not poker store! Autocorrect fail!

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    1. Lisa, that's a good idea. I never searched "pet stores" just the product name and never found anyone selling it on line. But several people have since found vendors selling it for about half of what I have been paying! So this was a very profitable post for me. Especially since , once my daughter comes home to visit, we are going to the ferret rescue in Acworth, Georgia and I am going to get four or five more that need homes. The little furries eat a lot of paste and oil!

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  15. 1800petmeds.com has the neutrical paste for 8.99 a tube with 10% off this week. Free shipping for orders over 49 bucks. Green tube. Our nearest bigger city is over 100 miles and because the only store here charges an arm and leg for groceries, we make the trip about once a month to the big much cheaper store. Hate to leave our little piece of heaven for even a day. Don't like people and noise in town. Don't have neighbors for that same reason.

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    1. As soon as I finish with the blog here, I'm going to put an order in with those folks, since the price is excellent and the free shipping for a larger order is frosting on the cake.

      I go up to North Carolina to the scratch and dint grocery store and load up on canned goods, and sometimes frozen foods. I haven't been up there in awhile, need to go pretty soon.

      The road to Chattanooga from here is a two lane road that goes along a river and by a lake, then turns into a four lane but it's not heavily traveled. Then there's a 22 mile stretch going into Chattanooga that is not fun, but if you time your arrival to avoid rush hour you can get through. Once you get into Chattanooga, it's not bad at all, and they have everything there my wife and I like. So we go, sometimes we stay over night and sometimes just come back in the evening. Haven't done that in awhile either.

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  16. You could try Petco or Petsmart for ordering your ferret paste. Some of these places will offer free shipping on large orders or flat rate. I love Jeffers Pet Supply. We order stuff from them for the livestock and they do have flat rate shipping. Check them out http://www.jefferspet.com/categories/ferret

    Kimberly

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    1. Kim, Jeffers Pet Supply must be pretty good as some other people recommended them as well. There seems to be at least three places that sell the things I need on line, so I will buy from all three to get on their email mailing lists and keep my eyes pealed for specials. No matter what I am buying, ammo, food, medicine, anything.... I wait for big sales and then buy a lot. Unless, as in this instance, I get caught running short and have to pay top dollar. That just about kills me, since I don't think it is smart, but sometimes you just get overwhelmed.

      I'm glad to see you back. I have been watching your blog on my "blog list" to see if you were posting anything new.

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    2. I've just been really busy around here, and haven't had time to do a post. Hopefully I will get one out as soon as our internet usage restarts soon. Loading pictures always uses a lot of usage. I haven't disappeared, I promise.

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    3. Just as long as you are ok. Sometimes when people drop off the net for awhile it's because something is wrong . I'm glad things are good there on your farm. I keep you on my blog roll, because it alerts me when you do a post and I don't miss them. I look forward to your next soon!

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  17. Putting that top picture with this story is really funny.

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    1. I did that "tongue in cheek" but there are days when I come close to feeling that way. I always had a vague notion that when you got old, you didn't have any real responsibilities or things to deal with other than health issues. That isn't how life actually works out though. I think you have to juggle just as many issues as an older person, as you did at middle age.

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