The Ciel Show

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Another launch...!

In less than two minutes now, another rocket will launch on its way to the International Space Station. Not as big a deal as manned flights or journeys to other worlds, but even so, I watch with fascination and a kind of elation only a little dimmed by the awareness that things can go terribly, fatally wrong in an instant. I was in 4th grade when the teachers wheeled a tv on a tall cart into the classroom to watch John Glenn launch into orbit, and at that age could hardly comprehend the enormity... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 19, 2021

bad luck/good luck

I had luck today. Days of staying home, nights of single-digit and below-zero temperatures... Today's shopping plans were delayed when the truck frantically did not start. It did some odd pulsating stutters, but that was it. It sounded like bad luck, and no groceries. The AAA agent on the phone offered me a choice: one rescuer brings just the jump start, the other is prepared to check battery and alternator, and carries new batteries on board just in case. I asked which could get here sooner.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Balmy days!

It's still cold cold cold at night, but days are nearly up to freezing and there is sunshine, which is certainly cheering, as is having both hot and cold running water in the upstairs bathroom! Snow is melting, though the street in front of the house is still unbroken white, and snow is expected today. But tomorrow--much warmer! There have been some hiccups and delays in getting my little book set up for becoming an actual book. Perhaps today it will all be complete and ready to produce galleys... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday Freezy Sunday

Low for today: -14 F! The high: -1. It is snowing here, just lightly, with 2-3 inches already accumulated and -6 at 8 am. I feel so lucky to have a heated home, enough food, and no need to go outside! I wish I could share this indoor warmth with the doves, with all the little birds outside, and the wandering cats and the lost dogs. My heart aches for the people who have no place to go, too. Happy Valentine's Day! Stay warm! Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Staying warm...

At 9 this morning, the outside temperature was just a bit over 0 F. Tomorrow is predicted to be even colder. Watching out for polar bears, still... in case they are looking for a warm place to hang out. The sun is only at times barely discernible through today's featurless overcast. I need to get some more dyes! The third Teema blanket has come out a soft olive green. Maybe more in the shade of cream of asparagus soup. All the tassels held together on this one, unlike last night's item where... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Freezey Friday

I did not resist the temptation to acquire a few more Teema blankets while they are still on sale... Now I have a nice dark chocolate brown one, and there is one sort of a blue/teal in the dryer now. I love textiles and textures, and I love colors! I should go into business! Speaking of business, I've begun to set up the book on the publishing site, and all went well enough until I realized I need some updated pdfs from the formatter, and she is away all weekend. So the next step is delayed... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Vet report

Embers' test results show most everything pretty good, but that it is time to start feeding her a renal-support kind of food. Well, that isn't terribly bad news. I will look on Chewey.com to see their price for the particular food. We have had chilly days lately, but I hear that Saturday's high is predicted to be 14F. The low on Saturday, -3, and Sunday, -7. I guess it will be stay home, extra sweater days. Today, after watching the trial proceedings, Charlie and I went out to the grocery store... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Midweek this and that

Embers is feeling better today, and smelling better, as the medicinal aromas acquired yesterday at the vet have dissipated. And she seems to be holding no grudges for the No Good Very Bad Day. She is still intent on being on me, wherever I go, whatever I am trying to actually get done. I wish there was some way to know more of her history before she ended up in the rescue organization that sent her to the pet store where I found her. How many people did she attach to? How did she lose them? Why... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Where is the common sense, along with the professional courtesy?

Vet visit today--Cat was fine until the vet declined to refill the meds she's been on for years without an office visit, tests, etc. Cat hates the car trip with a passionate, drooling, vomiting hate, so if she is doing fine, we don't do that. And covid... vet offices being one of the hotter spots for exposure, I as high-risk preferred not to go there without some definite need. The visit, etc cost not quite $300. At least I won't have to shell out the $35 for the usual meds. Thing is, I called... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 8, 2021

The week begins

Sitting here, putting on my coziest socks, waiting for hot soup to cool down just a little, which it will do pretty quickly in this chilly room. I've been working on getting my little book ready for the publisher. My illustrator uses IngramSpark-- https://myaccount.ingramspark.com/, if you want to explore it, too. Signing up for the account requires a few hoops jumped through, including how the author wants to be paid. So, that's going to require some running around. After the soup, that's the... Sign in to see full entry.

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