I did not get a lot of sleep last night. Largely this was due to the dogs, who periodically started barking, whining, and running around the edges of the tree line. Three times I got up and used my flood light to illuminate the forest edges. Didn't see anything. More to the point, I didn't hear anything. Something was certainly out there, and it was something the dogs didn't like. Have you heard the expression "that raised my hackles." The dogs sure had their hackles raised last night. I went out this morning and looked around the tree line, but of course I didn't find anything. There are times when I miss the electric fence.
The day started out nicely, but it's already getting colder and overcast. We are told by the weather service to expect snow by tomorrow night. I hope it doesn't kill off all the plants that are starting to bloom. There are new leaves sprouting on the deciduous trees, grass has started coming up in the meadow. It's supposed to get below freezing but perhaps it wont' be cold enough to hurt the new growth.
There's a Holly tree that grows next to my shop. This morning I noticed that the chickens are roosting in the branches over the shop roof, and "pooping" on the shakes. That won't do. I guess I will have to go up in the tree and trim all those branches, not something I look forward to. More than once, I've considered getting a shotgun and conducting a chicken massacre. But I know my wife would notice they were missing and that would cause problems. Free range chickens are an unmitigated pain in the derriere, I may be glad I have them someday but right now I'm not.
Now that the weather is letting up, my wife and I are trying to work up the energy to make a trip down towards Atlanta. We could accommodate three or four more ferrets and the rescue down there needs to find homes for some of the ferrets that probably won't be adopted for varying reasons. I only have two ferrets now, and that's not enough for them to be happy. We could make a day trip of it, go to a mall to look around the first day, pick up the ferrets and come home the second.
It's hard to believe March is almost over. Seems like it came and went awfully fast. Part of that is due to the fact that I'm not going off the mountain much, and the days just merge into one long stream. Sitting here right now, I honestly don't remember the last time I went into town. I need to go in and at least see if any new magazines have come out that I want.
April is the month we usually go to Palm Coast for a week or so, but this year we decided to just stay home. We go in April because my wife has time off from work, it's their spring break.
This is where my wife thinks she would like to retire. She loves Palm Coast. There are all sorts of nice grocery stores, much nicer than ours here. There are shops, and little cafes. You can sit on the balcony and watch the sun come up each morning. That little building you see with the multicolored roof is the outdoor pool. Since I don't go out in salt water past my knees, that's a nice feature. It gets really hot there.
One thing I don't like is that you park under the building, then you ride the elevator up, then you have to haul all your stuff to the condo. When it's blazing hot, this can be somewhat taxing. I was just fooling around when this picture was taken but it really is a pain to go to so much trouble just to get into the condominium with your gear.
I was trying to get the message across to my wife that hauling groceries and the like up to the one that belongs to our family was a big pain, but she was not amused .
This is what the building looks like from the beach. Is that a hive, or not?
Still, the beach is nice. Nobody is ever down there, and you can look for shells and such. My wife likes to do that, she collects the shells and takes them home. Then after awhile I throw them in the woods. We have enough shells so she never notices.
The best thing about Palm Coast is the dawn. This is the view from the condo balcony. When we are there, I never miss a dawn.
Oh, well. Who knows where we will wind up. I may convince her to stay here, or we may go to New Mexico. I think I have one more move left in me if I want to move.
Time will tell.