Today, we will finish the gift shop decorations and snap a few pictures for you all to see. I have the little Christmas tree I promised to trim yearly for my Mom. I put new decorations on it yearly and display it somewhere prominent for the world to see. Vick and I found some very nice little, colored, glass balls to put on it this year, along with certain items deom the past, including the string of led lights we put on last year. I used to put the tree on her grave every Christmas when I lived in Pa, but now I display it here in NY every year. It doesn't matter to Mom, because she lives here... in my heart, not in a hole in Pa, so she is glad that the tree is displayed here...where she dwells constantly.
Adam and his brother came yesterday and closed off the soffit under the high roof on the barn. He still needs to do a little trim work, which he will finish off this morning. If I were him, I'd hunt in the morning and finish in the afternoon. Yesterday he missed the same buck three times with a scoped 243. In my time... one would have put venison on the three tables. I must confess to being deadly with a weapon in those days. I grew up enjoying venison year round and enjoyed rabbit, grouse, squirrel, duck and pheasant too. Times in the sixties were tough for sure, but we also enjoyed the bountiful gifts afforded us too.
Anyway, the soffit is now closed in and the brutal winter wind will now not be able to whistle through the barn from top to bottom, as last year. We can now stand to work up there and get the lights up and finish the wall, then hang the door. The cats can also be closed in at night so we are assured they do not find their way to being killed on the road in the night or become a coyote's midnight snack. They were smart enough to sleep on the closed in, elevated, pool deck, where nothing could sneak up on them as they slept on the cushioned lounge.
We are pretty happy to have about everything finished and ready for winter's brutal attack. We'll spend out time enjoying our labors now! When spring arrives, we will positively be trout fishing and doing all the traveling we couldn't do while building "our empire". It's time to relax and enjoy, but when nothing is going on, I'll continue to hop on that bus and take a little trip to memoryland... but I WILL be back...rest assured!