Friday, July 31, 2015
I have to go off the mountain. Not just to town, but to a whole other county.
Not that I want to at all. It's a nice day, not so hot and humid, with a good breeze blowing.
But, I am running out of ferret paste. This is a high protein and vitamin supplement for ferrets. It comes in a tube like toothpaste, but it costs $14.50 per tube. Now that I only have two ferrets, a tube lasts about five days. Usually I would have three or four in the cabinent, but I haven't been going out much and the supply has gotten exhausted.
I can only get it by going down the four lane for 45 miles, or up to North Carolina on a lesser road, for 38.
Today I think I will just stick with the four lane. I can motor along in the right hand lane about 50 and it's flatter with no steep curves. I will buy whatever they have on hand at the pet shop. If I'm lucky, they'll have maybe five tubes. If I am not, they won't have any at all. Come to think of it, I'll call them before I go down there. I'd hate to drive all that way and then find out they were "sans paste." While I'm there I'll get a big bottle of oil for the ferrets. It's to make their skin and fur healthy. They like it and I have to be careful not to let them drink too much or they get stomach aches.
I washed their favorite sleeping bag (also known as a "snuggy" bag) today. It was getting kind of dirty. Both ferrets got a bath this week. Their fur fluffs out after they bath and are toweled down, so they look twice as big as they really are. Right now they're sleeping in their newly washed and dried snuggy bag, very content.
Yesterday evening a small bear meandered across the meadow. The dogs and I sat on the porch and watched him. The only one who reacted was one of the cats, sleeping on a rail. She woke up, saw him, fluffed up and went to the back of the porch. The dogs were too jaded from the heat and their supper to react. He wasn't' very impressive, and I hope he can steer clear of other, larger males. The worst enemy a male bear has , short of poachers, is another male bear.
I guess I ought to start getting ready to go to the pet store. At the very least, I need to change into some decent clothes. The old clothes I wear around the house make me look like a hobo.