Friday, October 20, 2017

Solitude. Buddy, can you spare a grand for an Enfield? Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. A three volume post apocalyptic series.

Things have settled down up here nicely.  The tourists and bicycle types have gone back to Atlanta or Florida.  Traffic is getting down to normal standards, and the weather is great.  I've been spending a lot of time on the porch, enjoying the quiet and the forest.  It's flannel shirt weather at last.  We have been having a fire in the fireplace since things cooled off. Not so much because we need one, as it's just soothing.

Meanwhile, out on the left coast....

  The post below is from a blog in Oregon.  It was reposted on a blog I read, but the information on who wrote it was deleted to protect the identity of the original blogger. Whoever they were, it's a good post.

The Anatomy of Ignorant Snowflakes!
While I was getting a coffee, I overheard seven young people (22-26 years old, five males, two females) who had been protesting in downtown Portland the last two nights.
I told them I was doing research and asked nicely if they would answer some questions.
They were cool with it, so I sat down and went for it.
— Three voted. Of the four who didn’t, none was registered to vote.
— None of them researched independently either candidate.
— All were for Hillary but preferred Bernie.
— Why the Democratic Candidate?
  • “More things are taken care of.”
  • “Time to have a woman President.”
  • “Democrats aren’t sexist or racist.”
— Six of them live at home.
— All are under their parents insurance.
— Two have “real” jobs.
— Three aren’t working, nor are they trying hard to find a job either.
— Parents pay for everything in their life or subsidize it.
— Six get money from mom or dad every month.
— Two have been on unemployment for 6+ months.
— One is at Portland State U, doesn’t work, and parents pay for everything.
— All 7 said Trump is a racist/sexist. I asked to cite proof … “That tape, man!”
— When I asked, as a man myself, “Have you ever said anything like that when you’ve been hanging out with your buddies? All five males said “Yes.”
— Would you say it if you knew you were on tape? All five answered “No.”
— What’s the difference? I asked. “You’ve all said bad stuff like that. Does that mean you hate women and are a sexual predator?” Nothing. No answer.
— None could tell me how our government works … they didn’t know how laws are passed, how the House of Representatives or the Senate work.
— None could explain how a bill is passed.
--- Only one could tell me the difference between legal and illegal immigration. One of them said, “Legal immigration is when you immigrate legally.” Seriously.
— None could explain the purpose of the Electoral College or how it works.
In 10 minutes they felt they had explained everything.
Nice kids … but so ignorant. I know some awesome, phenomenal young adults, but I’m afraid the majority are like these seven. Too many participation trophies, too much coddling by parents and teachers.
In 1944 18 year-olds stormed the beach at Normandy into almost certain death.
In 2016 18-year-olds feel unsafe because words hurt their feelings.
This country is in deep trouble.

Why collecting Military Surplus weapons is fading out as a hobby.

I bought most of my Enfield rifles in the 1990's. I usually paid between $60.00 and $80.00 for a rifle, depending on the condition and the manufacturer. 

Look at what they go for today, if you can find them at all.  These rifles in the video below start at just under $700.00 on the low end, and go up from there......

An example of why you can NEVER trust politicians of either party.

Three books I am not recommending, which you might like.

Remember , a long time ago, I recommended several books by James Kunstler?  He's the arrogant, high and mighty "expert" from New England who was on a lot of the History Channel's documentaries about survivalist and apocalyptic subjects.   He also wrote three very good non-fiction books on survivalist subjects, and a series of novels that were post apocalyptic. Some of them, particularly the first, weren't bad.

But, he detested Southerners. In his non-fiction books he couldn't run down the South and Southerners enough. The only thing he had good to say about the South, buried amongst pages and pages of anti-Southern screed, was that Southerners were inherently violent people, armed to the teeth and psychologically predisposed to fighting.  In his novels, he portrays them the same way. They're not people you would want for neighbors but when the fewmets hit the windmill, they're handy to have around.

I think the guy is an (explicative deleted), but I still bought his books. My theory was that there were more than enough positive aspects to his work to override his own petty hatefulness.  Besides, I am not naturally inclined to love people from his part of the country, myself, though I do have some friends there.

Now, I've run across another author that fits in that category.  John Birmingham.

Wiki biography of John Birmingham

The man is an Australian citizen though he was born in England.

He wrote the following three books ,  a trilogy set, the last of which was published in 2012.

Basically, an unexpected catastrophe annihilates all of America except the Pacific Northwest and a few odd bits and pieces.  The first book begins just as the U.S. is about to invade Iraq.  This is "alternate history" which I usually don't read, but there are redeeming factors.

The author has some left wing political views, which cause him to develop characters and slants to his story that I don't like. Who needs a myopic moon bat from Seattle as President?  Why is it that the author has to take thinly veiled (and some not veiled at all) cheap shots at the American South? Why is the story line so larded with heroic civilian leftards and evil, "knuckle dragging" military personnel? Sometimes, reading these books, I just wanted to throw them out the window. Since they belonged to the library, I resisted the impulse.


If you can get past these irritations, the concept of a world without America is pretty well developed. Birmingham also hits on something that is absolutely true, but most Americans don't realize. NOBODY out there loves us. Even our allies have some angst about Americans, and most of the world detests us. It's not just the Moslems who give out candy in the street and ride around tooting their horns when something bad happens to America.

His development of the continuing rise of Islam in Europe is right on the money, and what happens when the gloves come off seems to me both realistic and inevitable.  If you can get over the lame nature of the precipitating event that starts off the story, the rest of it isn't bad.

If Birmingham hadn't been such a dip (explicative deleted) about my particular culture, I'd buy copies of the books for myself. But as it is, I will just return these to the library and not read any more of his work. Still, there's a lot of food for thought in the three books. They are big, thick volumes and I read all three in three days, so I can't say they aren't any good.

Thought for the day:


  1. I remember all those mail-order ads in American Rifleman with good used military rifles going for $35 to $100. I was just a kid, but I earned some money working for neighbors. If I'd have been smart, I'd have bought rifles instead of fishing lures. The fish liked worms better anyway.

    1. Gorges, the real "golden age" of military surplus weapons was the 1950's. I was fortunate in getting in on the second "good times" in the 1980's and 1990's. It's absolutely obscene, what the guns go for now. I could not possibly have afforded to collect milsurp guns if the prices had been anything like they are now.

      One thing that helped me build a collection was that I almost never sold or traded a gun once I got it. If I bought auction lots, which I did sometimes, I would unload the crappy guns that I had to buy to get the pieces I wanted, but I was never a trader or a seller, really.

  2. I've read these books by Birmingham. They're just ok. I'd love to find newer books of the quality of Earth Abides, Lucifer's Hammer or Alas Babylon but not much out there that doesn't piss me off that I was dumb enough to buy them. Ever read a Clive Cussler novel a were embarrased you did?

    1. Loran, I read all the Clive Custler books in the "Oregon" series. They were ok light fiction. I tried "The Navigator" in another of his series, and basically gave up after that one. However, I did enjoy his two non fiction books on looking for old shipwrecks.

      I can't really recommend any books I've read lately as being really good in that genre. Lucifer's Hammer and Alas Babylon would be really tough to match for quality.

      I don't plan on reading anymore of Birmingham's books, myself. But they did have some redeeming value, just not enough for me to justify putting up with his attitude again.

    2. I used to read all of the Clive Cussler novels, but have fallen off the wagon in recent years; they have lost originality and become formulaic, and if anything are even less realistic than they used to be!
      I agree that there is less good fiction around than there used to be - I bet that is the real reason the market is shrinking.

    3. I liked the Oregon series. I am guessing here, but I think Clive Custler gets the other author on each of his books to write the novel , and just markets it under his name. The Oregon Series, by one author , was good. But when I started the next one, with "The Navigator" it wasn't so good.

      They are based on the same plot aspects, every time. I got used to that by reading Douglas Reeman's books, which were the same way. But since Reeman's books always had a different part of a war as the setting, it wasn't too bad.

  3. Hi Harry :) That is a great telling and sadly realistic. I love the opening images. And it's flannel shirt weather here too! In fact, if I don't have to change out of my flannel pj's all day I don't lol...just go out and take the dogs out in my pj's, feels great.

    We finally got an update from that jerk who dropped his dogs on us. ALL about him. HE'S got a job in Morocco, HE'S doing well, HE'S saving money, HE is getting his life back together. Then an "I might be back next summer" question of how his dogs are, no question of how we're handling it. I hope he disappears.

    Otherwise, all the Halloween prep has begun! I like your idea of my heads on sticks under a "no trespassing" sign lol...of course with the appropriate "blood" dripping... :) Glad to hear the spandex people are GONE!!!

    1. Rain, sounds like that guy is short on consideration for others, and long on selfishness. That's an attitude pretty much in keeping with his background, based on my experience. I hope he doesn't come back there, since he'd just be a problem. He strikes me as a "user", somebody who doesn't want friends for the sake of friendship, but for the advantage he can squeeze out of them.

      I spent all morning here doing outside chores. I helped out in the kitchen too, as M isn't feeling well today. So this is the first moment I've had since I got up this morning to just sit and relax. The wind is blowing outside, and the leaves are coming down. I'm going to go sit on the porch and enjoy it in just a minute, and then I will build a fire in the fireplace. Sometimes I roam around here in sweat pants and an old shirt, if I am not going into town . It's more important to be comfortable than anything else, as far as I am concerned. ;-)

    2. Comfort is my way of life now Harry. I could care less about norms and society! Last night we drove over to the mail box and I was in my bathrobe ha ha ha..well, the chance of nobody being around was very high so I felt comfortable enough. I spent the day outside today actually, in my flannel pj's getting the cold frames done for the winter garden. I'll post about that when I recover lol...I wish I could plant a "Rain Needs Energy" tree and harvest it daily.

      That guy...everything you say is right Harry. It's a selfish culture. I can only speak for the males of that culture of course, I don't think I've ever met a Arab woman who wasn't hiding herself completely in black fabric. I do feel used by him. He has no clue what we do for his dogs. I agree, I hope he doesn't come back at all.

      I hope your gal is feeling better soon. If I don't do some preventative herbal stuff, I get sick EVERY change of season. As soon as the temperatures drop, we take extra vitamins and Echinacea herbal remedies to help our immune systems. So far it's worked, we haven't been sick in a good 3 years now.

    3. Dear Rain, That's one of the nice things about living way out in the country. You can pretty much suit yourself about how you dress. I only trim my beard these days if we are going into town, and even then if all we are doing is walking at the park, or picking up a few groceries, I don't bother.

      Strangely, M always dresses up and fixes her hair if we go to town, no matter what. I guess she just enjoys it and so I don't tease her about it.

      Like you, I had a low energy day. M is still feeling a bit run down. I took her to our doctor a couple of weeks ago, and he said she is ok, she just needs to not stay up so late reading. She always has to get up about seven in the morning because Rufus sleeps in her room,and he has to go out. I told her if she would wake me up I would take him out, but she never does.

      We are taking some non prescription things, though I don't know if they are herbs. I take something that starts with a C for my bad knees, and it really helps. I don't remember what it is called, something like Closumel, but M buys all that for us.

      I would say Islam is self centered in a way most Westerners don't understand. In Islam, anything goes as long as it advances you or "the religion of the prophet. They are a people I don't have much use for, whatever "flavor" they may come in.

    4. Are you taking Glucosamine? I dislocated my right knee in 2007 and it aches a lot...of course because of the pain, I relied a lot on my left leg and now that knee hurts every night...I need to find a solution. I put something called Arnica gel on it and it's brilliant in stopping the pain, but it doesn't help long term.

      I'm just like your matter what time I fall asleep, my internal clock wakes me around 6:30am. Most of the time it's okay, but nights like last night we were up watching movies until 1am and I'm feeling it today!!

    5. Rain, that's it. I knew it was something like that. Since my wife buys all my medicine and puts it in my little "a box a day" container, I never can keep it all straight.

      That Gluscosamine is really , really good for knee pain. I was having so much trouble with my knees I could hardly sleep, but once I started taking that, they still hurt but they don't bother me enough to matter.

      I don't know why M is like that, but she is. I wonder if it is a woman thing, since it happens to you, too.

      I read somewhere that people should get at least 10 hours of sleep a day, but we sure don't manage that here.

    6. Thanks Harry :) I'm going to get myself some, if I can live without all that knee and joint pain I'll be very happy and even more productive :)

    7. Rain, I hope it works for you as well as it has for me. One good thing about it, it's over the counter and easier to find. Chronic pain anywhere really slows a person down, so finding something that helps is good news. My wife said it would help the knees, and it sure did. :-)

  4. Thanks for posting this. I have scraps of paper where I write down recommended books, and when I get bored, I start looking them up on to see if they have them and how cheap. That is how I came to be reading the World Made by Hand series by Kunstler. I just didn't remember who recommended them. I have to agree with Loran about a good modern Alas Babylon etc. Maybe someone who reads your site can chime in with a clue.
    I would love to know what blog you read out of Oregon, as
    that is where I am, and have been trying to find someone more local. We are getting drenched here in Portland area now thru Sunday. I love the rain!

    1. That particular post came from Branco's blog. He got it from an Oregon blog, but he sanitized it so you couldn't identify the blogger. I am not sure why, except some people got anxious after that fat convert to Islam decided he would kidnap and murder a conservative female blogger a few years back. He failed, but he just got sentenced last week or so, and people are hinky now in some quarters. You could check Branco's blog and see if he would give you the real blogger address though.

      We are supposed to get rain tomorrow and Monday, heavy at times. I guess it's a good thing, but I'm about rained out after all these storms.

      I am torn both ways about those books. Overall they were good, but I didn't care for a lot of his left wing characterizations.

  5. My biggest gun regrets is not buying a dozen each Mosins at $50, SKS's for $90 per and S&W PD .357s for $150 per back in the early 00's.

    Oh well, can't go back. I got a rifle and a lot of AK mags n some ammo at pretty good prices so there is that.

    1. There are plenty of things I look back on I'd have taken advantage of with hindsight. Everybody probably has some of those regrets.

  6. I keep wanting to like old military bolt action rifles, but every time I pick one up, be it a Mauser, Mosin or Enfield I find the sights useless with my bad eyes. For the price they are asking I just don't find it worth the trouble. Just about the only ones I can shoot these days with open sights are my H&R single shot Handy-Rifle in 44 mag and my Stevens Model 66-C 22 cal. Everything else I need to have a scope on it.

    1. I'm ok in that respect, as there are not many circumstances here where I would be shooting any distance. In the forest, even in winter, I think out to about 20 yards is it. In winter, not much further than 10 feet due to the density of the woods and the heavy undergrowth.

      I like the old rifles as much for aesthetics as anything else. So well made, so functional, and the wood and blued metal is so much more attractive than plastic and parkerized guns.

  7. The same thing happened with older vacuum tube Ham Radio gear quite some time back, right around the time eBay took off. Stuff that you couldn't give away a year before was $200~$300, and stuff that had been worth a couple of hundred was now $500~$700.

    Limited supply, and many more available buyers caused the price to rise.

    I never followed older gun prices much, but I definitely remember when you could get M1A1 carbines for a hundred bucks.

    The only "old" military rifle I own is my M1 Garand. The receiver was made in 1951, but 99% of the rest is either new manufacture (wood, barrel), or NOS (New Old Stock) parts. I bought it from the CMP, and I think it was $995 for their "Special Grade", which is basically a new rifle.

    1. Dr. J, I got a CMP M-1 Garand from CMP. I went through all the hoops and wickets, including shooting in an NRA high power match down at Riverbend Gun Club outside Atanta. Mine was a Springfield, in unissued condition. The Fedex Driver who came to our office went down there with me, and his was a mind condition International Harvester gun! Those are really nice rifles, the CMP guns.

      I guess if you can get out the word about what you have in a limited availability market, prices will naturally go up. I'm just lucky I got interested in old guns when I did. If I was just getting started now, I'd have to collect bottles or something instead!

  8. Working with millenials five days a week really gives you some insights. The biggest thing I see is that they are who they are because the parent/s have abdicated their responsibility for them. It starts when they give them everything they want. And it's true; most of them don't know squat. I know vital information is taught to them in the schools, I see it happening. However, they can't put their phones away long enough to retain anything.

    And we do have reason to fear the future with kids that are so anxiety ridden that they won't be able to function come SHTF or even MUCH LESS. --Troy

    1. There are very few young people out here in the mountains anymore. Mostly, they leave for work, but there's also the fact that cities offer all these attractions and entertainments. Unless you are really self contained, country life is not for you. But the attractions of the city, however innocuous they may seem, often seem to lead younger people into real trouble. My son and my daughter both work for the same corporation, and they get treated very well. I have tried and tried to get them to come home and they are not amenable to it. Maybe, later when they are older and less aggressive about work....

      The thing I notice about ignorance in that generation is the fact that they just don't care. If you aren't interested in what's going on in the world around you, then you are going to be abysmally ignorant in a lot of areas you can ill afford to ignore. I home schooled mine because I could see the education system was just pumping out obedient drones, unquestioning because they had been taught to obey, rather than to question.

      Life has not been easy for my kids, and when they have needed help, we gave it to them. But now they are well established in their own lives, and don't need our help. If they do, we will certainly give it to them, but I'm proud of them and all they have accomplished.

      I often think how lucky I am to have the two kids I have. They may have some medical problems, but there's nothing wrong with their view of life .

  9. I had a whole response here last night, and google ate it..
    MSilvius, the later Enfields (no.4), 03A3 Springfields, and the 1917 rifles all have the sights on the rear of the receivers. I find them much easier to shoot. The Number 4s in the video have the wartime flip sights, but these can easily be replaced with the much better post war sights, which are cheap on ebay. You may find this helps. In my case, my old Number 1 MK3 SMLEs are only shot for fun. With the sights ahead of the receiver, they are hard for me to shoot well anymore.
    I bought most of mine back in the 80s. Sadly, I was a working stiff, with a wife and kid living in an expensive area. And I had other hobbies. I should have spent more on interesting guns.I didn't spend over 199.00 on any of them, and that was for a brand new, just unwrapped 1955 No.4 MK2. Well worth it.
    I have an Indian No2A1, in 308. I cannot bring myself to trust Indian metallurgy, so I think I may trade it for another No.4 All great rifles though, and anytime I get to the range, I bring at least one.

    1. J Bogan, my problem is my eyes just can't focus on the sights and on the target at the same time. I need reading glasses to see the sights but then I can't see the target. If I see the target clearly, the sights are so blurry I can't define them. Sadly optical magnification is the only way to overcome it.

  10. I had a whole response here last night, and google ate it..
    MSilvius, the later Enfields (no.4), 03A3 Springfields, and the 1917 rifles all have the sights on the rear of the receivers. I find them much easier to shoot. The Number 4s in the video have the wartime flip sights, but these can easily be replaced with the much better post war sights, which are cheap on ebay. You may find this helps. In my case, my old Number 1 MK3 SMLEs are only shot for fun. With the sights ahead of the receiver, they are hard for me to shoot well anymore.
    I bought most of mine back in the 80s. Sadly, I was a working stiff, with a wife and kid living in an expensive area. And I had other hobbies. I should have spent more on interesting guns.I didn't spend over 199.00 on any of them, and that was for a brand new, just unwrapped 1955 No.4 MK2. Well worth it.
    I have an Indian No2A1, in 308. I cannot bring myself to trust Indian metallurgy, so I think I may trade it for another No.4 All great rifles though, and anytime I get to the range, I bring at least one.

    1. Dr. J, I got two comments from you, but they were identical. I don't know if one of them was the one you thought got lost, or not?

      If you decide to sell your No.2A1, there are a lot of people who read this blog who have mentioned wanting one. I own several, as well as two replica Enfield NO.6 carbines (replicas of an Australian project that was never put into production), and I've put tons of ammo through them. I've never had any problem except some of the guns had weak magazine springs and wouldn't lift the last round up out of the magazine, but that was easy to fix.

    2. I've found some reasonable prices recently, meaning $200 to $350 for s few Enfields, Mausers, Mosins (hard to stomache after not buying at $89!). Yes, the high end ones get really pricey, but if you are ok with a shooter instead of a museum grade piece, they are around at relatively reasonable prices.

    3. Jonathan, as I don't travel far from home these days, I can't really shop around . I buy , when I do anymore, from somebody like SOG. Century International really doesn't carry much surplus anymore, Springfield Sporters, if they even exist now, was just selling parts last I heard. Samco is long gone, and they used to have the best stuff even if they were a bunch of Pakistani rug merchants. Seems like the best outfits are no more.

      I still go around the pawn shops in the regional counties, but the gun stores don't carry surplus up here anymore, and I used to find some good things, especially trade in's, back in the day. The husband would die, and the widow would sell all his guns in a lump to the gun stores. Nice rifles there once in awhile, but no more.

      Do you know of any on line suppliers who carry surplus I didn't mention? I know about Classic Arms up in North Carolina, but those guys, though their product is good, have insane prices, far beyond what I would pay.

    4. The best I see are Aimsurplus and Centerfire Systems; they seem to have as good a selection as anybody right now. However, I've gotten mostly ammo and accessories from them. Occasionally Palmetto has surplus stuff, but they are mostly new.
      I mostly do private sales. I look on Armslist or a couple of big shows near me; one is a members only collectors show several times a year where there are good deals to be found if you look around.
      I also keep an eye on Gunbroker; it is a place for unusual stuff you won't find anywhere else. Also try Slick Guns, an aggregator site with links to lots and lots of deals.

    5. Aim is a good outfit. I have bought a lot of stuff from them over the years, and they always did me right. They seem to be more oriented towards black guns and ammo more than anything else these days, but they do occasionally get something old school in.

      Centerfire is great for bits and pieces. That's where I got my Finnish gas masks.

      I have not had much luck on Gun Broker. I have twice bid on guns, only to have the seller renege after the auction. You can get them kicked off the site after that, but they always have some terrible sob story about why they don't meet their end of the deal, so I just let it go.

      Never heard of Slick Guns, but I will take a look at it, it does sound useful.

  11. dear grumpy. i loved your ferret post. it is so very true, especially the sock part. love it!!!!!!!

    1. I'm glad, dindin. My ferrets have always loved doing battle with a sock, they will even hang on to it and let me lift them up into the air.

  12. G'day Harry,

    I'm Afraid you are correct about much of the world's opinion about America. Here in Australia the worst haters are the loony left and greenies, by far the majority of Aussies are supporters of the US. I think that we Aussies think of America as our big brother who sometimes thinks he knows everything but nonetheless he is still our brother!

    Both our countries have evolved from very humble beginnings and we have much more in common than not, I think this is the reason we have been such firm allies for last 70 years.I

    Enfields are getting pricey down here as well, luckily I have a No4 and No 1 MK III, I would hate to have to buy them now.


    1. Hey, Sgt. I was thinking about you and your wife the other day, and wondering if all was well there. I need to send you an email and bring you up to speed on events here, not that a whole lot interesting has been going on, just to touch base.

      I've been in 36 different countries, over the years, and in every one I spent any time in, people had complaints about the U.S. Americans overseas sometimes have some unfortunate personality traits and that aggravates the locals. There's also the perception that the U.S bullies other countries into doing what we want, although I've always found that hard to accept. Particularly after spending almost four year working in NATO,and seeing how hard it was to get some of the "allies" to do anything no matter how much sense it made.

      The Australians have always been good folks . I never got to Australia, I could have gone from Okinawa on any weekend on a MAC flight, but I always went to the Philippines instead when I got leave. Wish I hadn't done that now, but I was young then.

      If I had to pay today's prices, I just couldn't do it. I recently bought a gun I'd wanted for a long time, a Luger, but that was a special case. The only other gun I plan on buying is one of those new MP-40 clones in semi-auto. Then I'll be finished with buying guns I think.

      Tell the wife I sent my regards. Take care of those possums .

  13. h, roger on the old guns. i have an original no.5 i bought in 1981 for 49 bucks. it was one of two the dealer had. he decided to keep the other one, lol. if i hadn't fiddled with it, it would be worth a pile of benjamins now. but its my fav, even took a deer or two with it, it'll be with me til i pass. i look at it every now n then to remind me where i've been over the last several decades. enjoy the cool, it'll be freezing soon !

    1. Riverrider, I have some old rifles that I can remember buying, they are connected to other things going on at the time. I have some others I honestly don't remember how I got. 30 years of collecting and being 65 does that to a fellow.

      The Enfield no.5 is a great little carbine, if you can stand the recoil. It's a gun for big guys with lots of muscle and some bulk to them. Mine is stock, I always keep the old guns that way, but I'm sure a lot of them were converted to meet the requirements of their owners. The old Mauser actions were highly sought after as the basis for hunting rifles back in the 60's and 70's. Way too valuable to modify nowadays.

      I feel the way you do about my old guns, I used to tell people I was going to have them put in my pyramid with me when I died, to make the journey to the afterlife.

      We had a big front come through today and it rained like the deluge. It's passed now and we are supposed to have some colder weather. We have a fire going , even though it not cold yet, it's still dismal enough to cheer things up with a fire in the hearth.

  14. Flannel shirt weather indeed! I wore a light jacket for the first time to work this morning.
    I just picked up a new kindle book along this line. If it's any good, I'll recommend it to you.

  15. Pretty cold here this morning, with a strong breeze blowing. After the sweltering heat and humidity, it's wonderful.

    If you like that book, do let me know. I'm draining the library dry and having to drive to the next county now to find new books at their library.