When you place a cabin in the woods, you soon find out that others inhabited the woods before you. And they're intent on making the cabin their own.
I've mentioned having a mouse problem out there; I keep mouse poison out, but of course there's always a new rodent finding his way in. Some of you have suggested a cat for the cabin: Well, there's no electricity there, so there'd be no way to keep water thawed. Besides, in winter I don't go back there once a month, sometimes. That would be one lonely, thirsty cat. The cabin is at least 1/4 mile from the house, and I don't think many cats would want to be so isolated (or thirsty or cold).
A couple of months ago on a routine check of the cabin, I noticed evidence that a bird had been inside it! Now Cliff had put screening at the top, between the roof and the walls, to keep out mosquitoes; and I couldn't figure out how on earth birds were getting in. On inspection, however, I found three holes on three different sides of the cabin, perfectly round holes that obviously had been formed by pecking!
So today we went back to remedy the situation,and almost got the job done. Thank goodness for Cliff's cordless drill.
We took Sadie back there with us, although I was somewhat afraid to turn her loose, knowing Buddy was running free. But I did. Twice Buddy came running by, and Sadie followed him into the woods in hot pursuit; but both times, my dog finally returned to me, without her friend. I was very worried, though. Buddy knows no boundaries, and I was afraid he'd lead Sadie away so far she'd never find us.
Back at the barn, Blue's hooves were getting long, and we were afraid they'd split if we didn't do something. I hated to call the farrier for a trim ($45) when it won't be long till I want my horse shod ($90). So Cliff took off some of the extra growth and filed the edges till they were smooth.
I had intended to ride the horse awhile today, but it's just a bit chilly to suit me. Maybe tomorrow.