Forty-seven today

I think it says something about the completeness with which I have settled into my new lifestyle that, for my birthday, I got a crewcut and a shotgun.

Okay, it’s not quite a crewcut. Kathy, at Salon in the Mills, gave me about five haircuts over the space of an hour. Each, obviously, was shorter than the last. By the time we were done, I was down to just a couple of inches. But I may go back for cut number six, so the full-fledged crew isn’t out of the question.

The shotgun, a gift from Kevin, is most definitely a shotgun. After spending two hours with Bob at the gun counter at Bass Pro Shops, we chose a Remington 870 pump-action 20-gauge combo, which comes with a 20-inch rifled barrel for deer and a 26-inch smooth-bore barrel for birds.

Fortunately, my parents are helping me maintain my hold on civilization. They sent me a case of really good wine.

Happy birthday to me!

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  1. Happy Birthday Tamar! You share a birthday with Zachary and my sister too. Sam thinks your new shotgun is ‘sweet’. Personally, I think the case of good wine is the better gift! 🙂

  2. LOVE the new ‘do’ and it looks like you are loving it, too. You got to love a hairdresser who gives you five haircuts in one day. We’re hoisting a glass in honor of your birthday right now. Cheers! D2

  3. Happy Birthday Tamar!

    Your gifts sound swell, but I gotta tell you that it all goes downhill from here gift-wise.

    For my fiftieth last year, I tried really hard to buy myself a piece of jewelry to commemorate it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to get something so useless.

    So you know what I did? I bought myself a manure fork.

  4. Happy birthday! A haircut and a shotgun sound like pretty good presents to me. My uncle, the gun fanatic, calls the 870 the “pucker rifle.” He says that any intruder who hears that distinctive and universally recognized sound is going to pucker. He reckons that’s half the value of that particular gun.

  5. Belated happy birthday, Tamar!

    Your hair looks great– with your natural curl it’s more 1950’s-Italian-movie-starlet than crewcut. I bet you’ll love the ease of short hair.

    Eureka– so THAT’S what “double barreled” actually means! Until now, I hadn’t realized that a second barrel allows a second ammo size. Guess I’d always assumed it an superficial style variation, akin a double-breasted suit. Ya learn something new every day…

  6. Ellen — Happy birthday to Zachary and your sister! And tell Sam ‘sweet’ doesn’t begin to cover it!

    Dianne — Thanks for the remote toast! I’m sure it was something good in that glass …

    Alison — Seems it’s everybody’s birthday. Happy birthday to you, too! And, if you get a chance, send your best to Ellen’s sister and Zachary (see above).

    Paula — I’m so glad I have years of excellent gifts to look forward to. The manure fork’s got to take the prize, though.

    Kate — We actually talked about that noise when we were looking at guns. I figured, if I was going to be a shotgun owner, I needed a gun that made that clack-clack that, indeed, everybody recognizes.

    Rick — Thanks for moral support on the haircut. I think I’m going shorter, though …

    Mike — I did have a good one. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed shotgun shopping. I kept lifting guns to my shoulder and aiming them at the elk’s head in the corner of the store. Today (the day after) my shoulder is actually sore.

    Lisa — I’m afraid I steered you wrong. That isn’t what ‘double-barreled’ means. A double-barreled gun has twin barrel tubes (either side-by-side or over-and-under), each of which gets loaded with a single shot. Although my gun has interchangeable barrels (most modern guns do), it is single-barreled, with only one tube. It holds one shot in the chamber, and four in the magazine. After you shoot the first shot, you do that distinctive pump action that Kate was talking about to load a shell from the magazine into the chamber. But don’t feel bad for not knowing … I only learned all this in the last five minutes.

  7. Oops– guess I need to amend my statement to “I misunderstand something new every day”! Thanks for the clarification.

  8. Happy Birthday Tamar, and many happy returns. See what a couple of chickens leads to?!? The haircut is very modern, I like it a lot.

  9. Glad you had a GREAT birthday, T!! I enjoy getting caught up on your blog every couple of weeks. Glad you’re loving the country life out there, and the new haircut really suits you. 🙂

  10. Happy belated Birthday. I agree with the Anna Magnani analysis of the haircut. Very sexy. Shorter will take it to Sophia Loren.

  11. Lisa — Yeah, me too.

    Jen — The chickens were at the top of a very slippery slope. Pretty soon I’ll be joining Paula with the manure fork.

    Peggy — The hair is bristly and hard to control, so I guess it does suit.

    Ann — If short hair made me look like Sophia Loren I wouldn’t have to bother with all this blogging nonsense.

  12. Happy belated birthday, Tamar! Just told my partner about your birthday rifle, & he says that’s what I need (instead of my 22), for basically the same reason Kate says. Country living sure is interesting!

  13. Happy birthday (belatedly!). I’m 40 next month and you’ve given me ideas… though not the haircut, as I’m sworn to keep long hair to the grave 🙂

  14. Hi Tamar and a Belated Happy Birthday to You.

    You are such a youngun’…I love your new “do”, but know you would look great with shorter… you have such natural curl it would be a snap to take care of..wash and wear!!

    Look for a belated smilebox from us.

    Janie and Don

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