It's 8:46 PM as I write this, Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Here in Southern California we've turned out the lights. I've lit the candle I normally use when I meditate in the darkened house late at night. I usually sit for a 20 -30 minute period around midnight, before going to sleep. Tonight I'll start my evening routine early.
My wife's niece and her three kids were here for the afternoon and stayed for dinner, but now have gone, the TV has been turned off, along with the lights. I enjoy the house when it's quiet and dark and the world outside has settled down. Since it's early, cars still are driving past the house every now and then, but it is generally quiet.
The gentle smell of my favorite incense is now filling the air and I feel the call of my zafu pillow. I wish you all a quiet night.