This what a normal February looks like in the North Georgia Mountains. But not this year. After weeks of extreme cold, now it's up in the seventies and very humid. In one day, I went from heaters to dehumidifiers. The picture above was from 2007, looking through my old pictures every February looks similar, until now.
This is February, 2008. We used to go to Tybee Island in February, because you could get a nice place to stay and you had the beach to yourself. NOBODY was there. But I just got off a Tybee web pages (Spankey's Bar and Grill) and there are people strolling on the beach and surfing.
I'm not sure if the climate is changing, but the weather sure is.
When I finish here, I'm going to take Percy out for a romp in the meadow. He will have to wear his leash and harness, which he doesn't like, but if he takes off for the woods I can't move fast enough to catch him anymore. He'll be glad to get out after having been cooped up during most of the winter.
This picture was taken in 2012. The grey ferret is Chloe, and the white one is Jasmine. They were really old when I got them, over ten years old. They belonged to a young couple who lived on a farm. The bank foreclosed on them, and the young people had to move to a city to work, but the apartment wouldn't accept pets. So they came to live with us. We had eight ferrets then. They mostly slept, but they were sweet natured, like little old ladies who put up with the younger ferrets with great grace. They have both passed on now, and they are up on the side of the mountain, in a corner of the meadow. It's a nice spot and all of our animal family members rest there eventually. Wouldn't mind it myself, come to think of it.
Right now, everything is brown and barren. But if the weather stays like this, the mountains will be all green and lush in a few weeks. I like every season here. Winter might be cold, and summer might be hot and humid, but they all have good things about them.
I suppose I'm in a nostalgic mood today. My wife and I replaced the passenger side front window in the Cherokee this morning, and I enjoy doing little projects where we can work together. I have a little bit of caulking to do on one of the buildings this afternoon, but overall we have things under control. Sat out on the porch last night and smoked my pipe, haven't done that in a long time because it's been too cold.
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Thought for the Day:
Curio and Relic License:
I just renewed my Curio and Relic License. The one above is generic, of course. A C&R isn't as useful as it used to be. When there were lots of big surplus firearm wholesalers, they put out wonderful catalogs, and you had to have an FFL to get them. C&R was good enough. Southern Ohio Guns put out a 16 page illustrated newspaper type flyer every month in "the good old days." I have every issue from about 1988 til they quit a few years back. You can order C&R firearms directly, without going through a gun store, because you are cleared to do so by ATF.
You have to keep a bound book, i.e. a list of firearms you buy or sell using the license. That's not that tough, you can buy a bound book for a few bucks and just fill in the blanks.
Now, with few affordable surplus guns and almost no big wholesalers left, I guess I just keep renewing for old times sake.
concealed carry permit:
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