Today I spent most of the day just trying to learn two new spells. I made some progress on learning Mage Armor but still cannot quite make it work. At least once I figure it out this should be something quite useful. I can make scrolls for the village to have on hand not only for goblin raids, but also for when the caravan comes. I am also quite close to being able to cast Identify on my own. The problem is the expense of the spell preventing me from doing any real tests. This, too, should help with the caravan visits. We will no longer have to be completely trusting when the traders try to pass off wares for more than they actually are. I know Dask in particular will appreciate me learning it. I am certain he spent three whole days out in the clearing with those so-called ‘dancing shoes’ last month. I think I saw them being used for a squirrel nest on our walk. If I did not know any better, I would have said that dervish woman had cast an actual spell on Dask. He did not seem to take it to well when I suggested we could give her the dancing shoes.