It has been an interesting day. First, we had a thin overcast this afternoon. Out of that overcast came some very strange thunder, like the noise kids used to make by blowing up their paper lunch sacks and popping them. No rain, no lightning, just these unusual bursts of noise. I don't recall ever hearing anything quite like it before.
Then, as it got to be dusk, low clouds came in on the mountain. We get these, and fog, fairly often. It's thick tonight. I can only assume that a cold air mass has moved in over the heavy wet air mass we already had, and the fog is condensing out of it. It's certainly cooler outside tonight.
About 11, there was a ruckus in the living room. My wife went to see what was going on and she came back a lot faster than she went. The cat and two of the ferrets were battling a two foot long black snake. I have no idea how it got in the house, but this is not the first time a snake has made it's way inside.
Midori the cat and the ferrets are unlikely allies. Midori hits the ferrets with her paws, and they , understandably enough, do not trust her. But faced with this reptilian intruder they all pitched in. Midori was trying to pin the snake down, and the ferrets were sliding in from both sides, looking for a chance to grab the snake by the head.
I pinned it down with a broom and caught it, then tossed it outside. If it has any intelligence at all, it will take advantage of the darkness to put some distance between the chickens and itself.
After that , I went back to reading. I have a collection of books written by people who participated in the War between the States. Time Life published some 30 odd of them in the series back in the early to mid eighties. I've read all the books by Confederates. It's harder to read those by Northeners, for obvious reasons. Tonight I'm working on Hard Tack and Coffee by John D. Billings. I have to keep reminding myself it was written when the war was still within the life spans of those who fought it. Billings was typical of the time, and his chapters about the march through Georgia and the destruction of Virginia make hard reading. He was an enemy so there's no need to expect him to have any other attitude than he did, but even so his gloating over despoiling helpless civilians is tough to read through. Some Northern officers might have tried to prevent the worst excesses, but Billings feels like the South was to blame for the war and got what it deserved.
Still, no use in buying books you aren't going to read, and these have been sitting on the shelf now a long time.