The next door neighbors have been having regular nightly fireside gatherings.
Over the last few weeks, I've been awakened by the smell of campfire smoke, the sight of flickering firelight, and the sound of voices. One night, I heard what can only loosely be referred to as "music".
What have they been doing? Are they conjuring up some sort of spirit? Evil or otherwise? And the chickens. What's with the chickens?!
And there was that full moon over the weekend. Come to think of it, there's been no such gathering since.
Okay, so maybe it's just been the kids next door having friends over for chats around the fire pit late at night. They're not even technically "kids", as they're all around 19 or early 20s.
And maybe they haven't been dancing or conjuring up anything from beyond, but just hanging out late at night and waking the neighbors who like to sleep with the windows open during summertime. What is it about people in that age group being so nocturnal?
But alas, this morning I heard a splashing in the backyard and looked out to see Mrs. Neighbor watering the pet chickens. Then I saw Mr. Neighbor out front talking with another neighbor.
Looks like Mom and Dad are back home. I've missed them.