Rain coming in tonight around 2 in the morning.
Outside temperatre at 10 p.m. is 62, the humidity is 77%.
Nothing worth watching on television so I have the satellite radio set to "Watercolors" which is their smooth jazz station.
All the animals are fed. No mean feat when you have to feed the cats, dogs, ferrets, regular chickens and the silkies. Everybody has their own set of needs and wants, so it takes awhile.
Ferret suppers consist of kitten chow, cat food, ferret treats (banana) , a little ferret paste, and a dab of ferret oil. Both the paste and the oil are largely comprised of fish oil. Each ferret has to have his own dish, since they get their medicine at the same time and I don't want Spike, who is greedy, eating the medicine that Jet is supposed to get.
This morning, just before dawn, there was a great furor on the porch. The dogs were all worked up. I went out to see what was going on. Didn't see a thing, even though I lit up the woods with the flood light. I smelled something though. There was an overpowering smell. If you have ever unsaddled a horse and pulled the saddle blanket off a sweaty horse back, that's what the smell was like. You could have cut the air with a knife.
I know there were no horses out in the woods, so I am at a loss to explain what I smelled or what had the dogs in an uproar.
Maybe it was an Uektina. The Cherokee still believe there are half wolf, half human creatures up here. If it was an Uektina, he's in serious need of some personal hygiene. Uektina were believed to haunt the edges of the forest, around the glades where the Cherokee made their villages. They liked to pick off lone hunters returning at dusk, or the occasional woman or child out gathering nuts and berries near the shadowy parts of the woods. Can't think why the Uektina would smell like a horse, though!
It's been a slow, quiet day with nothing special to report. I may go into town tomorrow if I get ambitious. That would be the high light of the week.
CC: This is the book I think you would enjoy.
Another handy book:
The For Collectors Only series is really good. I have their books on the Mosin Nagant, the Springfield 03, the Swedish Mauser and several others. A little pricey but an invaluable reference.
If you look on Amazon, (as much as I hate to say it) you can find used copies in good condition for much less than a new book costs.
The Finnish Mosin Nagants are a really complicated subject. You honestly can't tell the players without a program.
If you really want to get into Nagants, here's a song you need to be able to sing while you work on them. It will get you in the right "Mosin Nagant" mood!