I have decided that living by myself out in the middle of nowhere requires a gun in the house. (Plus I had a little run-in with the new neighbor and it kind of unnerved me.) So today I took my first shooting lesson. I have a neighbor who gives classes so I went down to his house. He started out with 30 minutes of getting familiar with the gun. I can't remember the caliber of gun I was using but I know it was a revolver. I must say that I did pretty good. Afterwards, he gave me my target showing my shots and said I should tape it to my front door with a note saying "Confident Woman With Gun Lives Here." Ha! I really need to work on that "confident" part. I will eventually buy my own gun, but for now I'll just go to his house and use his.
Before I left he brought out his shotgun and gave me a short lesson on it. I fired it and it felt like it was taking my shoulder off. I wasn't too crazy about it.
Last year Marshall had bought a fancy ATV -- one of those 3-seaters with a small storage area in the back. It kind of looks like a Jeep. He got it so that we would have something to use to get out of here in case there was a wild fire that we couldn't escape with our car. It has enough room to hold two adults and all three animals in their carriers.
Well, a few months ago our county approved the use of ATVs on our county roads and in town. So I got my permit for the ATV last week and tomorrow I am driving it -- along with some neighbors -- to a restaurant about 12 miles down our county road. It's a fun vehicle so it should be a fun ride.
Marshall would have loved it.