and then I needed to make herbal concoctions and examine a sore throat.
and then the lamp went out and I needed to find a new lamp for a nightlight.
and then it was dark. There was no fire laid yet so I needed a flashlight.
and then I couldn't find one.
and then I found 5 and none had batteries and we had no replacements.
and then I found a flashlight that took AA batteries.
and then I almost gave up because it seemed really stupid to make a fire in the dark when my girlfriend was sick and our husbands were gone so I could burn perfectly good alcohol and food and yarn.
and then I went outside anyway feeling like an idiot.
and then I realized that I didn't need a flashlight at all as my night vision kicked in and that was just a waste of time.
and then I had to come back inside for paper to start the fire.
and then I got wine too. I spilled the wine all over my feet. I decided it was an ancient form of purification.
and then I sang while I started the fire. I don't remember the song anymore, but I liked it.
and then I noticed Milo the dog guarding me.
and offerings were made, and I opened the gates just as the moon rose.
and I sang and I sang and I sang.
and just after I made the final prayer of sacrifice, a bird sang back like it thought it was dawn.
I pulled a good omen. I wasn't really surprised.
and I talked with a couple of spirits, some that I know and some that I don't.
and I sent out healing, cause I do that.
and after I was done, as the fire was going out, I thanked Milo for guarding me and we walked back to the house.