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Saturday, February 6, 2016

More snow coming.


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.  

32 comments:

  1. I wouldn't leave either, Harry :)

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    1. Dani, I am sorry about your old dog. That's always really hard on everybody. I tried to leave a comment saying so but Blogger would not let me. The only thing consistent about this program is the bugs.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I watched that latest Tom Hanks movie last night. I cant remember the title but its the one where he trades a Russian spy for Francis Gary Powers. What was very interesting was views into the East German police state in the late 1950's.
    It kinda reminded me of the movie 'The Rover"

    Again, I recommend that movie...I just cant remember the name?

    Not much else is going on. I am enjoying the clear sunny weather as much as I can. Its cold outside but at least its sunny.

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    1. Bridge of Spies. I always watch the movies Tom Hanks makes. Bridge of Spies was good. I caught it on Pay per view.

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  3. You have a very beautiful peaceful place to spend some snowed in time.

    I've never been around ferrets but you make them sound wonderful.

    Stay safe.

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    1. Gail, ferrets are great companions. The down side is that they don't live long, and almost never die of natural causes. I have only had two over the years who died quietly in their sleep.

      These are pictures from snows we have had over the years. Very peaceful times when it snows. It's so quiet after a snowfall that sometimes you can hear the snowflakes hitting the pine trees.

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    2. Oh my, and I thought it was quite at my place!

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    3. It's snowing outside right now. Other than the noise of the creek running, not a sound. Sometimes I bundle up and go out on the porch nights like this, and smoke my pipe. Helps keep things in perspective.

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  4. Those ferrets would be a lot of fun! Do they sleep by the fire like my cats used to?

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    1. Kathy, the hearth is stone, and the ferrets like to climb up on it when the fire burns down and soak up the warmth.

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  5. Great pictures, you can almost feel the silence of the winter looking at them.

    Last year my daughter brought home two ferrets from her school. They asked her to take care of them over the holidays. We enjoyed having them here, and the kids were entertained nonstop. A year later, I am still finding things in odd places. --Troy

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    1. Hey, Troy. Ferrets can be a handful. I bet that the kids did have a great time with them. My two ferrets I have now are pretty reclusive in the normal course of things. They play with the indoor cat a little but for the most part they sleep, eat, and sleep some more.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    Snow seems to make pictures all that more better. Thanks for posting them. We just have the cold temperatures and blustery conditions. Which is doing wonders for all of our sinuses
    No snow here though. They are saying that maybe Monday we might get a little something but I doubt it.

    And If I had your place, I wouldn't want to leave either..
    Stay Warm!

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    1. Glock Mom, we don't have snow here yet either. These are pictures from past snows. Just getting myself mentally prepared for the snow coming Monday. I am not as fond of the snow as I was when I was younger, but it's still very beautiful.

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  7. Life always seems better when indoor animals are involved. Your ferrets are the cream of the crop for loyalty and entertainment value! I miss my two little dogs.

    Your mountain is beautiful. I wouldn't want to leave either.

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    1. It's easy to get lonely in a very remote location if you don't have an indoor animal of some sort. I have a cat inside too, but only because it was born mentally handicapped and can't make it outside.

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  8. I always knew you would not leave your mountain top. Sometimes I grumble and groan about living in the middle of nowhere but I get over it, especially when I see what it is like living near neighbors and people in general. They had a couple of ferrets at the Petco at the next big town (100 miles). I think my hunter cats would look at them as food.

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  9. Ferrets and cats usually get along. My two ferrets tolerate the indoor cat because they can tell something is wrong with her. But back when I had seven ferrets they liked the barn cats. I would take them out to the barn to let them play in the closed off section and I would let the barn cats in too. The ferrets would ambush single cats, then escape back into the sacks of feed where the cats couldn't follow. Nobody ever got hurt. Where you have to draw the line is with dogs. Ferret blogs are full of sad stories where the household dog got along with the house ferret just fine, then one day for no apparent reason the dog killed the ferret.

    No, I am not going to move. For now my wife and I have agreed not to make an issue of it. Her early retirement has thrown our plans into disarray and we both need some time to let the dust settle before we worry much about the future.

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  10. Harry I think this snow forecast is Overblown. If it happens I have all I need ( coffee and a plump wife) to handle it for a few days. :)

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    1. So far I have no feel for the severity of the storm because the Weather Channel keeps saying their two prediction models are in conflict. Atlanta television stations usually have a better grasp of what's going on in North Georgia but even they are conflicted right now. Whatever's going to happen my precautions are the same. Now that my generator is running again even if it does turn out to be a big snow event, I won't be much bothered. Unless of course I have a heart attack or a stroke in which case I will be SOL.(sh#t out of luck.)

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  11. Harry-I love your ferrets; they seem like great pets. I have outside dogs and cats, but have one smaller dog that is inside with me. She is such great company. I can't imagine living without pets. I am glad that you are staying on your mountain. It is certainly a beautiful place. We live in a pretty remote area, and I would hate the thought of having close neighbors. I really value my privacy. Stay warm and safe. Jana

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    1. Jana, I really get attached to my ferrets, they are great friends. The one I was fondest of was Ragnar. It nearly did me in when he passed away.

      I like it up here and I have lived here since 1986.I am comfortable here and people generally don't even know anyone lives up on this face of the mountain. It's mostly national forest.

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  12. You do have a wonderful place....I agree about ferrets. I only had the one but he was so interesting and such a character. One of my favorite animals ever! He kept my old log cabin mouse free and even caught gophers in the barn yard!
    Be safe and keep the garbage can full of papers!

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    1. They suit me perfectly. Independent but affectionate, self actuated but connected. Since you lived with a ferret I'm sure you know what I mean.

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  13. Your ferrets keep you on your toes, I can tell. Do you name them?

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    1. They each have names. Usually they are already named when they come to me, since all of mine are from ferret rescues. That's why I have such high ferret bills. I usually get them when they are old and having medical issues. My theory is that young, healthy ferrets have a chance at being adopted, but no one will take the old ferrets so I do. Once in awhile, as in the case of my ferret Jiggles (who's name I changed to Ragnar) someone finds a ferret that has been dumped off to fend for itself (they can't ) and they give the ferret to my daughter, who brings him to me.

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  14. Harry - i knew absolutely nothing about ferrets until i met you. now i know what interesting creatures they are! however, i've always had a fondness for any kind of animal. the first year that we were here we had a white weasel living in our basement - we fed him cat food daily and changed his water. i only saw him a few times but jambaloney saw him many times and almost had the chance to pet him. he kept our basement/house mouse-free (the cats too), but then when we got little Frankie-Blue-Eyes, our wild cat....well, ick. Frankie-Blue-Eyes did not care at all for the weasel. we were sad.

    your house and your property are so beautiful...but there is a lot of upkeep involved.

    i am glad that you enjoy your ferrets so much. and like Fiona said - make sure the garbage can always has paper - bahahahah!

    sending much love, Harry!
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, weasels are good pets too. There's a video on the internet of a little weasel playing on someone's bed, hiding under the pillow and popping out to "attack" then rushing back under the pillow.

      I hope Frankie Blue Eyes didn't kill the weasel.

      One reason I have a very strong aversion to people wearing real fur is that ferrets, mink and weasels are all closely related.

      Another is having seen a video of chinese people clubbing dogs to death so they could use their fur to export to the U.S. as "exotic".

      Sometimes (well, a lot of the time) human beings as a species make me feel ill.

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  15. Harry,

    Hey There, love the pictures of your ferrets. I was wondering when we would see them getting into things :-)
    I love living up in the wilderness up on a mountain. Agreed they're times you need something to keep you entertained when it's too darn cold out and it's snow/storming. Gorgeous snow pictures, hunker down, keep warm, and remain safe.

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    1. Sandy, It's been awfully cold and it's about to be single digits again. I rigged up a thermometer in the pump house that transmits to the main house, so now I can keep an eye on the temperature out there without having to walk half way down there before I get a signal from the transmitter in the pump house. I can monitor the temperatures in all enclosed spaces and the pump house now without going out of the main house. I had to spend some money to do it, but if I fell out there in single digit temps and couldn't make it back to the main house, I'd be done for.

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  16. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I just watched a news report on youtube from Vice news on the Islamic state that was excellent. I strongly recommend watching this 30 minute video.
    Vice news reminds me of 60 Minutes back when 60 Minutes had balls (courage) in the news world. Vice news has much liberal, anti-gun garbage but every now and then they cough up a professional piece like the one Im referring too.
    heres the link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRF6GLBSTYc

    My conclusion is that were basically screwed when it comes to the Islamic state unless we get real ugly and real dirty real soon (where's several German WW2 Wharmacht Panzer divisions when you need them)

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    1. I think we are out of time on that issue. We've been fighting them in Afghanistan for almost fifteen years to no avail. They're growing like a cancer all over the world. I watched a televised senate hearing and heard what a senior official in the intelligence community said, which was basically we are losing. He said there were going to be terrorist attacks all over the country. Most of the senators mocked the idea. My thought is that we should all plan for "the bad thing" as far as it effects our own families if it happens. I will look that video over. Maybe this evening when I am having a mug of tea.

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