Ferrets sleep a lot in the course of normal events. About sixteen hours a day asleep, and six awake.
In winter, they sleep even more. They don't hibernate, they just get sluggish.
The trash can next to my desk is a favorite place to take a nap. They like it more if the trash can is full of papers.
My ferrets don't care for snow. Ordinarily if they can get out of the door, onto the porch, they're out like a bolt of lightning. But when there's icy wind coming in the open door and snow on the porch, they opt for staying inside.
Another favorite nap location is one of the couch cushions, which they favor over the pillow I bought for them. I think they like the cushion better because they can get a better grip on it, and it's warmer.
The ferret pictures aren't gratuitous, without these guys I don't think I would be having as easy a time living up here in winter. When NASA finally sends a crew to Mars, they had better take along some ferrets to keep everyone's nerves calm.
Ferrets are expensive. Their medical bills each year are usually considerably higher than my own. In fact, you can buy health insurance for them. But in an environment where you frequently get confined to a relatively limited area, they are worth their weight in gold. They have tremendous personality, they're very intelligent, and they're loyal friends. If you get sick, they will sit up on the bed or camp out on the rug next to the bed and stay right with you. I doubt I would have lasted up here in these woods as long as I have without them. I'm very fond of my dogs, and my cats and chickens, etc. But those are all outdoor animals. Ferrets are right inside with me.
That little house is made out of Popsicle sticks. My son made it when he was a kid. The ferrets can squeeze into it, and in summer it's a sort of summer residence for them. The mess next to their snuggy bag is undoubtedly residue from a bag of some kind of snack food my wife set next to the couch on the coffee table. Anything they can reach is fair game. That includes keys, watches, wallets, eye glasses, or any other object they fancy and can move. They're very strong. I know all their secret stash locations though, so when something goes missing, like the tv remote, I can usually find it.
If you are going to live way out there, and you know there will be times you can't get out, you definitely need some ferrets
More snow is on the way. Supposed to start snowing Monday night. The Weather Channel says the models don't agree, so they can't say just how much. I am in good shape on food, firewood, propane, water, animal feed, and the generator is back up and running. All my equipment is functional. So I suppose I will just do what I usually do, and enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter.
Life is good up here. I'm not leaving.