Monday, September 14, 2015
Cold out there tonight.
We had a cold wind blowing all day here in the mountains. Tonight the wind has fallen off, but the outside temperature is 52 degrees at 0330. Pretty soon I'll be going down to get the straw bales for the winter dog houses. Doesn't get this cool at night here ordinarily. The Farmers Almanac said this would be a bad winter, while the Weather Channel said it would be wet and warmer than normal. Looks like the smart money is on the Farmers Almanac right now.
The Sheriff's Department is running extra patrols all over the county tonight. I know because when they complete an area check they call the dispatcher and ask her to log an "extra patrol" in such and such an area.
I haven't heard anything on the CB yet, which is how I usually keep up to speed with local events. Maybe there will be something about it in the paper Tuesday. Very unusual, you can't ordinarily get them to even come out here once, let alone an extra visit.
Tonight the ferrets and I have a nice fire going. The house isn't really cold, it's about 70 degrees. But the cold outside makes you want to have a fire.
The ferrets sleep on the hearthstones once the fire burns down low. It will stay warm all night. I have a good screen to keep them from going in where the ashes look cool but are really hot. I don't trust them not to get curious and burn themselves.
No plans for tomorrow. Picked up everything I needed in town over the weekend, so I shouldn't have to fire up the truck and go into town again until next weekend at the earliest. I have no idea how I will stay occupied, but I suppose I'll start early on the pre-winter cold chores. Winter might come early this year.
I ordered a couple of gun books from Barnes and Noble. Guess I don't really need anymore but I enjoy them. Barnes and Noble publishes their own gun books and prices them low to lure you into the stores.
Since I have no more business in Chattanooga, and that's the only place I go with a Barnes and Noble, I ordered them on line.
I can get just about any book I want from that outfit and that helps me keep from having to deal with Amazon. I don't want anything more to do with them if I can help it.
I suppose I do more reading than I really should. As I mentioned to CC, if I lived down where he does, on the beach, I'd spend a lot of time by the water. Certainly I'd be there every dawn and dusk.
But here, especially in summer, the woods just hem you in. They're too thick to push through, unless you follow the trails and all but one of the trails that are on my land lead up into the higher mountains. Those days are over for me.
So, I have the meadow and the cleared space around the buildings, and that's about it unless I walk down the vehicle trail, to the county dirt road, and then on to the paved road or go the other way and go to the waterfall. That being so I tend to spend a lot of time just piddling here at the place. I can listen to radio, read, go on line, but I can't walk down to the beach!