The Ciel Show

Monday, October 14, 2019

After a day of staying home--after taking Elsa to school--and napping and snuffling, I am dosing myself with a night-time cold medication, and hope to get through the night without repeated wakings. Elsa went to sleep pretty easily and with only a little coughing, and we are all hoping that she'll sleep through the night. Not that she ever does... I hear every night overhead the thunder of toddler feet any time from midnight onwards as she goes to cuddle in the parental bed. Her dad is also... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Baby Report

Still in waiting for Baby... Marika is bored and anxious and eager to have this phase over, the next phase moving along. She's still optimistic about bringing Baby home soon after delivery and her own recovery--C-section is scheduled for next Thursday. Elsa has had a troublesome cough that took her to the doctor yesterday. It appears to be a pleurisy kind of thing, not the cold, and she is now on some meds to heal it. Last night we all had longer sleepings. And I have a bit of a sinus thing... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Soon... Not yet...

This is the day I had planned to head home. But as it happens, I'm still needed here in Issaquah. My driving Elsa to her preschool and picking her up in the afternoon means that her daddy can go back to work this week. My daughter had another bleed night before last, a lesser one than before, but no bleed is insignificant. If an OR doctor had been the one on call, they'd have delivered Baby that night. After much pondering, they decided to wait, to try to get Baby to Week 36. Unless there is... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Issaquah report

It's a lovely sunny Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, and it has been a very quiet day as I stayed home rather than go out to Elsa's Mandarin class. I expect they had lunch with Grandpa and then she likely fell asleep on the way home which means Daddy sits in the car with her until she wakes. Still, I am surprised they are not in the driveway doing that yet. Meanwhile, I made some vegie soup and have done some prep work on the pumpkin we are going to carve later. There will be photos... Ah, news... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Driving in Issaquah

Today I got behind the wheel of an unfamiliar vehicle--my son-in-law's Landrover Discovery--and very carefully drove Elsa to her French-immersion preschool. It isn't a hard car to drive, and has all sorts of features my youngest vehicle--2005 Silverado 2500 long-bed pickup--has never dreamed of: Pushbutton ignitions... gear shift is a knob you turn to the desired setting... rear view camera... alarrums when you get too close to anything in front or behind. Now it is a matter of experiencing the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lovely day in Issaquah

Cool and sunny, sitting here on the back porch bathing in the shade and green of the 100+ foot tall fir trees. The temperature around noon is in the 60s, I guess. Nice, after a too-warm house! We were up by 6:30 with Elsa asleep when I arrived, so she lost all her plusses when she came into my room this morning and there suddenly was NaiNai! Daddy had told her there was a present there, so she had other expectations. We had a bit of 'can't be looking/can't be seen' going on for a little while,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ready... Set...

...to go! Everything is packed in my small under-seat baggage, and what wouldn't fit in it, I am wearing. My many-pockets jacket is loaded with all that is a little heavy but not so much when spread out. Got my driver's license renewed this morning--DMV moves quickly first thing on a Tuesday morning! I just need to go to the bank to mail my rent and get out to the airport. See you from Seattle! Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 30, 2019

The end of September

Autumn has just begun to turn the leaves, though the difference in length of night and say is evident every morning, every evening. Tomorrow I fly to Seattle for at least a week, maybe more if my daughter wants me to stay longer. She hopes at this point that she will be able to go home from hospital long enough to give Elsa a big hug and to explain to her what's happening with Mommy and Little Sister. Also, to put together some personal things for a two- or three-week stay before Little Sister... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Update on mother and baby

My daughter remains in the hospital and they are now talking about keeping her there for the next 3-4 weeks, then delivery early by C-section. She asks if I can extend my stay out there at least another week. Charlie has no shows to go to, and is okay with it, I already know Embers won't like the idea. As it stands, I am flying to Seattle on Tuesday, scheduled to return the next Tuesday. It may be a case of simply not taking the return flight, then getting a one-way for the return while I'm out... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday again already

Sun is shining on Pike's Peak... breezes are running through the treetops... Embers is taking up as much of my lap as she can, sharing with this machine, and lost in sleep as cats so often are... It is just past 7 and I have been up for a bit over an hour. This newer-to-me laptop has sometimes lacked my archives, especially photos, that I have wanted to access for one reason or another. Therefore, things are currently in shift-mode from my little external hard drive, copying some thousands of... Sign in to see full entry.

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