Ruffed Grouse Feathers

I am happy to have the pellet stove roaring tonight-too early to start the wood boiler, but cold enough to think about it. With the underground water lines, I have to be careful, as they are four feet underground, running from the woodshed which houses the boiler, under the drive, to the basement and internal hot water heating system. A couple of nights of the high 20's and it will be time to fire her up until likely May. Grouse hunting has been a joy, albeit without a dog, it is tough. I love the walks in the deep woods and the mindfulness that it induces, as if you are not mindful, they explode at your feet and startle you such that you miss your one and only shot....