The leaves have turned, and the temperatures are in the thirties at night, up into the high sixties during the day. The humidity has fallen off to the point that I am running a humidifier for the ferrets.
I only have two of the little guys now. I had up to 8 at one period, some from Cinncinati, and some from adjacent counties. I went to the Humane Society in each county around us, and in my own county, and gave them my address in case ferrets were dumped off. People buy them without realizing they require a vast amount of care and attention. They also have very large medical bills. Sometimes, people moved and couldn't take their ferrets.
Right now, I have only Spike and Percy. Spike came from Cincinnati, and Percy is from Chattanooga. They both live in the apartment over the shop, since Rufus the Pomeranian came to live with us. Rufus is a nice old guy, but I don't trust him around the ferrets. It's ok though, because the ferrets like having the apartment to themselves, and it has everything a ferret's heart could desire.
I get these pictures from Art by Stef. She let's me use her painting on the blog, and I really appreciate it. She has hundreds of good paintings of ferrets and other animals. Sometimes I go to her web page just to enjoy the paintings.
Here's a link to her site: Art by Stef: The Ferrets
Fall is a great time to be in the mountains, especially after this coming weekend, when the tourists will start leaving in droves. By the end of the month, it will be so deserted here that you expect tumble weeds to blow down the street, even though we don't have any here.
The new Military Surplus catalog from SG is out. Since they jacked up the price on the buyers club membership, I don't purchase as much from them as I used to. They still put out a good catalog though, and sometimes when they have free shipping I pick up some extra magazines , ammo, or whatever.
Emergency Essentials just sent me their Fall catalog. It's more like a magazine, really. I enjoyed going through it. Emergency Essentials has been the place where I get hard to find items, for many years. Things like storage pail wrenches, number 10 can lids, lots of bits and pieces. They are a good outfit and have always delivered the goods as promised. This year, they are offering free downloads of their "preppers guides", which deal with different related survival subjects.
Earlier this week, my wife and I went on a little shopping trip. Not long ago, I bought a pistol I'd wanted for a long time. I haven't bought a new gun in awhile, and I found a nice example in a pawn shop. My wife and I each have "disposable income" shares in a special account. When all the bills are paid, when everything else is satisfied, we put the "leftovers" in this account. Each of us can spend our half of it on whatever we want to, it's not budgeted.
But alas, this gun was expensive, and my portion of the "mad money" wasn't enough to buy it. So my wife "lent" me her share. Now we have cycled through enough time for me to have paid her back. So, we have been going to her favorite towns to shop.
While we were in North Carolina, we stopped at the "scratch and dent" grocery store and while we didn't buy much, we did pick up some good bargains.
I like the Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls very much. Usually, at Walmart, they are just under $3.00 each. But they had my favorite, the Burrito breakfast bowl, for $1.00 each so I bought a bunch of those.
The store had these big deli sized cylinders of Land of Lakes Provolone cheese. Last time we found them there, they were $10.00 each and we bought all they had. This time, the price had gone up about 50%, but we bought the six they had anyway. It's great cheese, and you can't beat the price.
They were selling these big glass bottles of Welch's Sparkling juice in case lots of 12 bottles, for $1.00 a bottle. I bought one case of the Cranberry and one case of the White Grape.
All of these things will keep for a long time, either in the store room or the deep freezer, and it's always nice to save money. It's fun to poke around in there and see what they have, because they never have the same things two visits in a row. All of these items were time expired, but my experience has been that it makes not a one whit's worth of difference in the quality.