December 25th was the day we slowed everything down. Alex and Bambi had time to see her Mom and Dad. Geoff and I went for a walk... or, we intended to walk, but we were rained out. This rain is coming in cold! Instead of walking, we dashed into the market for salsa, and oat milk. And we all went to the backyard to see the rainbow. The rainbow was a double, and we could see both ends. It was a marvel!
It was also the day we lost a hen. I don't know why. She never showed signs of ailing, she didn't look as though she were injured, attacked. I found her beneath the roost. One of our three Black Australorps, Ventura. I hope it was sudden, quick. I hope there is a sunny field with seeds and low branches, running water, and good places to scratch and dust bathe, and she's there, now, with a flock of happy companions. I hope all pets and good souls go where their dreams are comforting and everlasting.
We had a sweet delivery from our dear friends. Leo was seen dashing away, and at our front door a homebaked confection, with delicious raspberries. Our side oven is small, and slow to warm up, but we were rewarded for our patience, and ate their gift on our campaign through the Witchlight Carnival, after a yummy salmon dinner. Good food pairs so nicely with rainy days at home.
Our Dungeons and Dragons adventure picked up where we left off... we began on Black Friday, which henceforth will be called Gamer Friday, because that is a better description of our day after Thanksgiving. Bambi is our DM, and we are playing The Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign. I am a Harengon, by the way. And my name is Parsnip Coddiwomple Folklor "Fika." Maria is Caramip, and she's a gnome. We were raised together. We are at the carnival with Cehrabarq, Phil, Mr Dream, and Wort. I am pretty sure we will be at this, again, for NYE, Ground Hog Day, Valentine's Day, and any other free nights we can arrange, until we find what we are missing, and crown someone. Maria made a sketch of her Dad's character, Phil. Phil, who frequently brings out his bagpipes, sings, and generally makes things shiny.