Skinning, Taxidermy (5)
When the cold nights close in and the old house can't possibly feel warm enough, there's just enough downy comfort under which we can crawl. For this we are very fortunate, because generations past didn't have the L.L.Bean catalog, general supplier of immediate winter warmth, to keep their toes warm. Instead, they made their own insulation, collecting goose down themselves and preparing pelts ahead of season, when balmy breezes blew dandelion puffs across summer meadows.
Last summer, Dad was driving home along the highway when he watched an unlucky river otter meet the fender of a pickup truck, five-odd cars ahead ...