Tuesday, October 1, 2013
To the Feed Store!
I need to go to the feed store. I know a back road that goes through the woods. It's a little longer than the road to town but I am not in the mood to drive through town today. The leaf changeover is in full swing and this back route is a nice drive.
If I get ambitious I may change the oil in the Cherokee this afternoon. That's about the only thing I need to do that I feel like tackling . This is a low energy day for me. Some days, for no discernible reason, I just can't get started. Probably the fact that I stayed up reading til the wee hours of the morning didn't help.
I've read this before and I am struggling through it again. Chandler was a famous English historian. This is one of the best books on the Napoleonic Wars ever written. It has it's quirks, though. The author, being English, assumed that his readers would all be able to speak French. So there are long quotes in here, in the original French, without translations. I have to painfully write down the page number of each. Then when my wife comes home, she can translate them for me. She speaks French. Being American, my only second language is Spanish, so no help there.
There are long chapters on tactics and strategy. I read them, because if you don't you can't understand what Chandler is saying when he describes the battles, but it's the battles I really like. I paid sixty bucks for this book when I was an impoverished Second Lieutenant, so you know it has to be good.
It is getting cold here. I turned on the propane heaters last night for the first time. This was not so much because I was cold, as because the ferrets were cold. When you wake up at night and have five ferrets in a big pile under the covers at the foot of the bed, you know it is time to turn on the heaters.