“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Morning.



Sunday morning.  Before dawn there was a lot of fog or low clouds. It was a bit cold so I built a fire in the fireplace before my wife got up. She likes to wrap up in a blanket on the couch and watch tv, which is what she's doing while I do this post.



The ferrets have discovered a "jumbo pack" of paper towels from yesterdays shopping. It was supposed to go to the barn for storage, but since they have kindly opened the package for me I guess I'll just keep it in the house and use it.



Ferrets are not supposed to eat cheese, since it can cause them digestive troubles. My wife discovered years ago, though, that they can eat string cheese in small portions and really love it.  Spike and Jet are clustered near the couch, getting ready to eat some cheese she put down for them.


Here's the general store over across the border in North Carolina.  They had been picked pretty clean and their inventory was down. Only about a third of the normal complement of weapons at the gun counter, and very little ammunition.  This is deer season, and they mostly sell deer rifles at this time of year, so that may account for it.


Among other things, the people who run the general store also have a realty license and they can conduct the classes North Carolina requires prior to the issuance of a concealed carry permit. North Carolina and Georgia have reciprocal agreements, meaning we recognize each other's permits. Right now, I can drive from Georgia all the way to Idaho without ever venturing into a state that does not recognize my Georgia concealed carry license.


After winding our way through the mountains and along the river on a very narrow road, we got to the town where the Grocery Outlet store is located.  You never know what they will have, and it's never the same goods two visits in a row, but we find a great deal of good food here at very low prices.


This is a no frills outfit.  The merchandise is just stacked up on pallets for the most part, although they do have locally produced fruit and vegetables in season.  They carry everything you need for long term food storage, though. There are also good prices on cheese, and fresh meat.


They actually have a pretty good selection of products, and most of them are name brand. You pay as little as  20% of what you would at a normal grocery store on some items.

All in all , we had a very good day and enjoyed getting out.  Don't know what we will do the rest of today, maybe just stay home and relax.

26 comments:

  1. Ah, I bet your wife was pleased to wake to a warm fire in the fireplace :)

    Cute ferrets - naughty too from the looks of things.

    No frill shop - brilliant. Why have the frills when all it does is add to the cost of the items?!?!

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    1. She has a soft blanket, like animal fur (only not real fur!) she likes to curl up in on the couch by the fire. She can see the tv from there and just relax. I try to build her a fire on chilly mornings.

      The ferrets are very naughty indeed. They especially like to drag off shiny things and hide them in their stashes. Once my ferrets dragged off a pistol in a gun bag out of my room and tried to get it under the piano, but it wouldn't fit much to their annoyance.

      I get exasperated with our local grocery store. They have a big delicatessen, and a huge "lunch bar" with all sorts of exotic foods, and now a Starbucks. As a result, the same can of beans there costs $1.20 instead of .65 cents at Walmart. But there is a perception here that only the tacky local people like me go to Walmart, and many of the Floridians go to the other store, so they can have a luxurious shopping experience and not have to rub shoulders with farmers, lumber men, and other socially undesirable types. Makes me wonder why they come here in the first place. But I should say that some good people come too, they are not all hoity toity.

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  2. 26 here this am, had to bump the heat on to take off the chill. Looks like the little ones enjoy getting into things.

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    1. Imagine when I had seven of them. Even the two old ferrets would join in when they were tearing something up. I hope to have some more when my daughter comes , now she plans coming in January. They have a rescue up there and I will try to take at least four or five who need homes. I get the old ones, or the beat up ones no one else will adopt. We have more in common that way. ;-)

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  3. Here in the North East, Maine and New Hampshire have reciprocal concealed carry permits. Maine is a "shall issue" state. Vermont does not even require a permit to carry concealed. But if we leave outside those boundaries we have to go though Massachusetts, Connecticut and NY state to get anywhere else, all states with some of the most restrictive and ornery gun laws in the country. If you get stopped and a cop finds ammo or a firearm in your car that is not registered in those states, you are in a whole heap of trouble, and will likely face some crowbar hotel time and a ton of legal fees.

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    1. I wouldn't go into Massachusetts, Connecticut or New York on a bet anyway. There's nothing in those places I want. I do admire the Connecticut gun owners who refused to register their guns with the state, I thought that showed a lot of physical and moral courage. I heard about a black lady who was driving through one of those states, with a conceal carry permit from her state, and she got pulled over for something like a tail light out. She told the cop she had it (there are a large number of people who think you should, but I'm not one of them), and got arrested. I never heard if she was saved from their fascist legal system but I know the NRA was coming in on her side with lawyers and financial support. I need to check to see how that went now that I think about it.

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    2. She got out of it.

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    3. That's good. I hoped the NRA would get her out. They do a huge amount of behind the scenes work on individuals who run afoul of injustice in the firearms area, so maybe they helped. They said they would. She should never have told the police she had the gun, but people want to demonstrate they are law abiding and so they are not as cautious with the law enforcement individuals as they should be.

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  4. Harry,

    Nothing beats a warm wood fire to warm the body and soul first thing in the morning.

    Your venture out sounded very productive. I wish we had a Grocery Outlet in town here.

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    1. You've got a bookstore, and we've got a Grocery Outlet close enough to get to. I wish we could combine the two!

      There is something cheery about a fire , especially on cold or dreary days. I keep one going full time when there is snow out.

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  5. I guess you could plan all your trips to only travel through reciprical states. That won't help Michael much, though.

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    1. I've been carrying since 1986, and though I don't travel much anymore, I stay in reciprocal states when I do. I'd be very uncomfortable traveling without my sidearm. I try not to rely on anyone else, for anything, and that especially applies to protecting my wife and myself.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I dig the grocery store outlet. That can come in handy. I bet many people in that area kinda in the similar mindset as you are.

    When will the Ferret's get new siblings???

    Going back to your previous post, I carry a Kimber Custom TLE 2, all steel, five inch barrel .45.
    Its got a few scratches, but no dings. I would like to carry a smaller, lighter .45. Maybe a Springfield XD, but I have a rifle buying habit. I would rather buy a rifle than a pistol and I would rather shoot a rifle than a pistol. Don't get me wrong. I can use a pistol. I'm just more comfortable with a rifle.

    Theres a big gunshow going up in Robstown, Texas. A good drive from here but I'm hunkering down for the weekend. I been at the house since late Friday night.
    I'm starting to feel like a hermit and it ain't so bad.

    Theres no need for anyone to venture out anywhere when you live in Texas. Texas has everything anyone would ever need except for Skiing an Snow. I have heard some rumblings in the Texas State Senate that they are thinking about purchasing Canada because we have a lack of snow and mountains. I know we could cut a check to every Canadian and then rename Canada, TexCanada.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Heres a link where you can find 'old school style "road flares'

    http://www.globalindustrial.com/searchResult?searchBox=&q=road+flares.

    I may order some myself from that company. The ones I get here in Texas are kinda pricey.

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    1. The only virtue a pistol has over a rifle, is that you can keep it on you more often. Otherwise, a rifle beats a pistol hands down as far as I can see.

      Thanks for the link on the flares. Wouldn't hurt to have a few around.

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  8. I would definitely shop at the cheaper place, no matter who else was shopping. If you store the paper towels in the barn, don't mice or rats get into it?

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    1. My barn has two distinct sections. One is open to the air, the other is closed off so I can store things out there that have to be kept cool in summer and warm in winter. The barn cat lives in the closed off section with things that would be susceptible to rodents.

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  9. Somewhat off-topic, but looking at these pictures, I realize this is all very near the headquarters of a now-defunct shortwave radio/ham radio monitoring magazine (and sometime dealer of such equipment) I think I've sent you a link to. Must be beautiful country. KB

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    1. KB, it is pretty scenic country, especially over there in North Carolina where there are far fewer people.

      I don't think you sent me the link, though you may have. I tend to forget things.

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  10. It's great to have a place you can rely on for decent grocery prices.

    String cheese is a popular snack in our house too.

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    1. My wife likes it, and the ferrets like it. I buy those big blocks of cheese for myself, so I can make good cheese sandwiches.

      Going over to North Carolina is always a fun trip for us. We have lunch on the way and go to some shops where my wife likes to look at ladies clothing.

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  11. I love how animals find pleasure in the small things in life. Wouldn't it be nice if life was like that for humans? We'd be much happier overall.

    I bet the general store is handy there, since there isn't a lot of stores. Here there's a Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Wallgreens, and/or CVS on every major corner it seems.

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  12. Sometimes I wish I was a ferret. They do enjoy their lives. If they have a nice place to live, and someone to be friends with. That's the problem with being an animal, you have to rely on people and that's very risky.

    The general store is a fun place to go, although I am not sure , now that Walmart is here, they'll last forever. I noticed when we went to Hogsends they didn't have nearly as much on offer as usual, and it's right before Christmas. I would hate to see them go, they're a big part of the culture here in the mountains.

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  13. Those links were www.monitoringtimes.com and www.grove-ent.com - sadly, I guess they went out of business at the end of last year, maybe, though there are still some useful charts about frequencies, I think at the Monitoring Times site. They were based in Brasstown, North Carolina, and the guy behind the company would mention "Brasstown Bald" in the magazines a good twenty years ago, if memory serves. I dearly love reading your accounts of living the life you live in the beautiful country where you do it. KB

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    1. I have a vague recollection of that outfit but never really interacted with them. I've been to Brasstown, N.C. a few times, not much there really. Brass Town Bald is the highest mountain in Georgia, there's a big forest service observatory up there. You have to pay to park in the parking lot, then pay to ride the little bus up the mountain to the observatory, but it's a nice day trip. They have web cams up there, and you can log on and see into Georgia, N.C., Tennessee and South Carolina on a really clear day.

      It's nice here KB. You have a pretty good life going yourself, and you have some interesting kinfolk. ;-)

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  14. I have an ever-improving life, I think, but how'd you know about my interesting great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather J. Maintzer, Revolutionary War hero or the more famous distant uncle, Francis Marion, "TheSwamp Fox?" ;) Most of my living relatives and myself are steady, reliable, resourceful, boring, but we git r done, more or less... KB

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