Mercury is definately in retrograde.
Yesterday as I was driving home from work, the car started to feel odd and I heard flapping sounds whenever I accelerated. I pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store and got out to have a look. I had a flat tire. I called AAA, as I don’t know how to change a tire myself, and within an hour my tire was fixed and I was headed home. I will need a new tire, since my spare is only a temporary tire, what they call a “donut”. Anyhow, as I was driving home, the tire light came on again, which meant only one thing. The spare was also leaking air. I’ll probably have to get a new tire this weekend, maybe sooner. Then, as I was driving home, my cellphone rang. It was my husband, and there was another problem…
My husband said that the raccoon in our chimney (as mentioned in my previous post), had pushed a large stone out of the wall and almost got into the house. He happened to be home when he heard a crash, and when he looked at the wall, he saw the hole and the raccoon peering out from the inside. He rushed over and yelled at the raccoon, which backed away as my husband picked up the stone and put it back in the wall. He had to stand there and hold it in place til I got home. We called our chimney guy, who came over and managed to get the raccoon out of the chimney and sealed the stone in place with some kind of industrial strength silicone. We were hoping the babies would follow the raccoon out, but they did not. The chimney guy said they may still be too young to climb out of the chimney. We don’t know how many there are. It sounds like three, at least. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to come back until next Tuesday to get the rest out and put the new chimney cap on. If he can’t get them out through the chimney, he will have to get them out through the fireplace, which means we will have to open the dampener. He said he tries to catch them humanely so they are not harmed, but that other people do worse things to get them out. I slept in the livingroom last night so I could keep my eyes and ears focused on the chimney area and where the stone was sealed. I did hear crying sounds once during the night, but that was it. I’m staying home from work today to make sure everything stays where it’s supposed to. Thank goodness this all happened when somebody was home. The husband just happened to be home early from work yesterday.
I have not yet celebrated Beltane, which on the calendar is usually May 1st, but actual Beltane proper is at the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This year that occurs on Friday, May 5th, so I will do a ceremony at home on Friday night. It is an Old Ways tradition to do all ceremonies and rituals in the evening, after dark. Beltane is a fire festival, after all. There are two local groups that I sometimes celebrate with, but last weekend was very rainy and those outdoor public rituals were cancelled.
Since I’m home today, I’ll spend alot of time writing. I don’t get much extra time to do that so I will make use of it. I have three projects going right now. One is a book of witchcraft, one is a novel about a family of witches, and one is a book of gay male erotica (not for the prudish!). I’m hoping for an uneventful day.
Now it’s time for another cup of coffee.