Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanks & Welcome

Have you ever had the feeling you've forgotten an important detail or assignment. I feel this way now. So, just in case I've overlooked my friend, True Texan, please allow me to say thank you and welcome to my humble blog.

True Texan has a blog, here. It's a nice blog about homeschooling, cooking and survival. Please, jump over and say hello and tell her Stephen sent you.

Marie, my apologies if (I'm too lazy to check) I've overlooked you. You are in good company I have many Texans as friends....and now so are you, among friends.


Just Walked Into My Shop

Here's another sign of the times. Nice fella just left the shop without his son's rifle. The man's son is grown and gone but he made the mistake of leaving his little .22 Rossi model 62 SA. She's a copy of the Winchester model 1890 'gallery' rifle. I'm sure many of you have been to the local fair and shot the yellow ducks or some such with the little pump/slide action rifles; like that. Forgive my poor photography, these shots were taken with my cell phone.

Seems the son owed his father money and times are hard. Son tells his father to sell whatever he wants of the items left behind. Dad said fine. So I paid about a third of the rifle's value. Such is life.

When he first gave me the rifle I asked if it was loaded. He replied no. So I removed the magazine and extracted thirteen rounds. I learned this lesson many years ago. Remember, boys and girls, a gun is always loaded.

The little rifle is in sad shape. Needs a deep cleaning and a good dose of gun oil. She's been sitting in a closet a long time. A small patch of pitting near the muzzle, dust, and she's as dry as Satan's butt. Still she preforms well, the action is smooth. She'll make a fine squirrel or zombie rifle.

Just before he left he asked if I had any use for a few boxes of ammunition.

Guess what I said....


Stockpiling Ammunition

Without further commentary I give you,


It's The Little Things

Yesterday, my day off,  I closed the shop early, climbed into my truck and pointed its nose towards Little Bit's school. Arrived early. I sat in line with the windows down and listened to the wind. My Kindle sat in my lap, the power off. I wanted, needed, a few peaceful hours with my grandchild.

She got in the truck, all smiles and giggles. I asked, "So, Little One, what's on our agenda for the afternoon?"

"Ice cream, Papa."

Should have known. We drove slowly along the marsh of the river and counted geese and ducks. We spoke of school and her activities of the day. Played 'spell the word.' I asked if there was anything besides ice cream she liked to have or anyplace she'd like to go or do before we drove home.

"Yes, Papa, I want some new books."

Me, all proud, my heart filled with joy at her reply. There isn't a doubt in my mind she takes after my side of the family....

There is a Salvation Army adjacent to the local Dairy Queen. I formulated a plan. Said, "Hey, how about we check out the Salvation Army for used books."

She glances over at me, said, "Papa."

"What, Honey."

"Nana always makes me wash them off before I can read them. How can I reads them before we eat ice cream?"

"Don't worry about it."

"But, Papa..."

I replied, "Nana's strange, Honey."

"Oh, okay."

Inside the Salvation Army she picked out about seven books. She selected each as if it were a treasure (and they are) then she'd walk over and gently place it in the basket, one at time...back for another, a Garfield here, a Strawberry Shortcake there, each carefully carried as if they were breakable. Me, all smiles.

Across the street at the Dairy Queen.

"Papa, I wants a chocolate sundae and you wants a banana split."

"Are you sure that's what I want?"

"Yes, I get half."

She turned around and took a seat with her new/used Garfield book.

I placed her ice cream on the table. She ignored it. I sat and watched this child, a girl of six, absorbed in a book as her sundae melted. Try and tell me there isn't hope for our future generations.

"Sweet Heart, eat your ice cream before it all melts."

"I will, Papa, just a second." She looks over at it, then mine. "Just make sure you save me some banana split."

I did.

We had a great afternoon.