The Ciel Show

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

woohoo! Internet is back!

From Friday night until Tuesday night, we have had no home internet access. It has been beyond annoying, being cut off from all my long-distance connections, being unable to watch my one week free trial of Britbox, and having nothing to do but clean up the gardens front and back, do housekeeping chores, and get more exercise than I get sitting tapping at a keyboard. The week before, GISHWHES kept me running around, doing a number of pointless things for points, and a number of wothy things for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Comcast, Century Link... phbttttt...

Since Friday night we have had no internet available at home. Can't get a good answer as to why, or whether only we are affected... They wanted to charge us to come out on a weekend to mend a service we are already paying for and not getting. So, Monday they say. Full weekend without connection. Whichever one it is currently, I suggested to Charlie that he explain to them if it isn't fixed before then, then Monday he goes back to the other guy. He says they both suck, but in different ways. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 11, 2017

This is where you get to join in on a bit of GISHWHES

This is what GISHWHES is really all about: The power of good-hearted people to make the world a better, brighter place, despite the shadows all around us. Please consider sharing a little of what you have--as little as the cost of a nice lunch out, maybe, or even just a really good coffee--to bring light and hope and encouragement to this lady and her students who must soon go on without her. It all comes down to the power of One.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

voting has started

in the photo contest I put several photos in last month, and continues until Sept 1st. There is a shortcut to see my entries, but there are many fine entries besides mine, and you can vote once a day for one of them. The daily rain showers here are cheering gardeners and depressing those who have to mow lawns. There is a patch of sunlit blue this morning to raise the spirits that don't care for the days of grey. The cool... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The air is dirty

...from the drift of smoke of the terrible wildfires in British Columbia. It isn't very pretty here in Colorado, but it is downright dangerous to breathe right now in Seattle and the Pacific NW. Folks are being told to stay indoors, but those without airconditioning are at a great disadvantage. My daughter who just moved back there from England is finding the 80s F around Seattle very uncomfortably hot and in the house they have been supplied by his employer until they find their own home does... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The hunt is on!

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has ever seen has begun! The list of challenges came out yesterday, over 200 things to do over the next week, and right away I claimed several for myself, and the ideas began to flow... Then I went shopping for ingredients, and saw some inspiring things that made me forget the specifics of one of the challenges: to make bread or cookies in the form of something I would never ever eat. I brought home several items from the deli bar--for... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2017

I was sad...

when it looked like the recharger for my camera was missing just when the camera was going powerless. For several days, I was sad, trying every recharger cord in reach, none of them fitting that little hole, rectangular with shoulders, of this camera. Some were too big, some were too small. Then, yesterday I spotted one right here on the shelf beside where I sit with my laptop, and the little connector looked Just Right. It has the wide USB port connecter designed to plug into a computer, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

movie day

Back when Charlie was in college here in the Springs and I was back in Olympia, when he came home for vacations or visits, we would have Movie Day to catch up on all the movies we wanted to watch together. We would go to two or three or even four movies in a row, going to a couple of different theaters to see the ones we wanted, sometimes with dinner or lunch or both in between the films. Yesterday we had a two-movie Movie Day. We went to see DUNKIRK and WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES. I am very... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What do people care about?

On Facebook today, someone posted a thing asking us to make a simple statement without explanation or detail of something we believe that is generally an unpopular opinion, then to respond to others' statements with nothing but Agree or Disagree. Many people, it turns out, have opinions regarding pineapple on pizza (so far, 11 'agrees' to 8 'disagrees'), and fewer care whether Dobby the House Elf was the most annoying character in the Harry Potter movies(three agrees). To my statement that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another opening, another show... or maybe not.

It wasn't the opening, actually, but a final dress rehearsal with an invited audience: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING set in the Old West instead of Italy's Renaissance. Nothing like live theater! Nothing like live theater in a tent! Nothing like live theater in a tent during the season of almost daily and nightly thunderstorms! When the rain began to pelt the canvas so hard the actors could not be heard, a pause was called. After about 20 minutes, the show was called for the night and umbrella escorts... Sign in to see full entry.

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