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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

My dear old friend and confidant Mlle Jenny

will be going to the hospital this afternoon because of some frightening problems she has; please keep her in your prayers as you go about your day. She has no ability to pay for any treatment so pray that whatever she is experiencing is easily rectified.

I have disassembled the LeFever as far as it will go.

It was my intention to try to clean up the receiver and possibly refinish it, and in the process I figured I’d have to sand it and polish it, but as I began I looked at some of the deep scratches on it and thought, I can make this look really gorgeous.

And then I thought, all those scratches have memories associated with them. I could get rid of them, but it would be as if I were denying all those memories. SO I have decided, make it functional, get it clean, and leave it alone. The new stock and forend will insure it can be used for a long time to come, something I could hand on to my grandchildren, if I have any. I would rather keep it’s memories- and battle scars- intact, and let future generations guess at each scratch and dent. I will buff it some to give it a bit of color, and let time and handling turn the reciever a nice plum color.

I have a repro LeFever buttplate coming for it tomorrow. I hope to have it finished by the end of the month- sanded and a couple dozen coats of Antique Oil. And a new friend has promised me he will help me get my trap skills back up to par.