The Ciel Show

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Knowing of Things

By warm, I mean well above freezing! Today the high will be in the 50s F, approaching 60! So far this season seems to be a yoyo between extreme highs and lows, a wave pattern on a cycle of days and weeks. The forecast has us in this warm range for the next week and a half. Then, I expect, we will be back to temps well below freezing, even into the single digits that freeze water pipes. Over on Facebook, my curation theme for today is SCIENCE IS COOL! with a side of CURIOSITY IS EXCELLENT, and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Making Facebook my platform

This year, so far, I have been on Facebook sharing themed posts. Yesterday it was all about the amazing world we live in. Today it is about Earth stewardship: what we are doing right. The way Fb works, as I understand it, one gets the things one likes on one's daily feed. I like animals and nature and such things, so I see a lot of them. But not everyone sees what I get on my feed. So I've decided to eschew the political and social outrage which plenty of people are sharing widely, which... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


First of January, first day of the New Year... I woke too early, 4-ish, into a cold house, with the outside temperature close to 0 F. I ended up dragging the down comforter to the living room couch, and sleeping there until daylight crept in. It creeps slowly on an overcast morning like today. In that warm coziness I watched the final episodes of the 7-season THE WEST WING, and then waited for Charlie to come over to make crepes. He was out last night celebrating the New Year until around 1 or... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

I know I'm not the only one.

Well, it's about time. Lately, I just have not been feeling it, that urge to write, to make a point, to share a thought. There are days like this, many of them, and then suddenly, they're done, and I have a use for this keyboard again. Sometimes it's about just not having anything to say, nothing that's interesting enough to share. But usually, it is that I am not finding things interesting enough to think about much less write down thoughts. I read here, take in what's going on in other lives,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The last ham

From Thanksgiving through Christmas, my grocery store stocks a certain brand of ham. Now, I am not a big ham lover. I never have loved ham. But this particular one is very tasty. It is sweet with a honey glaze and spicy with cloves, and it is never too salty. There were three left of these spiral cut hams, at $3.99/lb today. They won't be back again until Easter, then will make a brief appearance for a couple of weeks. Perhaps the one I got today will last that long--most of it is already in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The first day of the rest of the holiday season...

Today started with sleeping late, then taking Charlie to work, and getting a call that my new glasses have been sitting there ready for me for some time, I drove out to pick them up. Nothing fancy: I hated the bifocals, hated the progressives... These are single vision for computer length reading, and narrow enough to look over for unassisted distance viewing. Liking them so far! Then, because I was already out in the world, I drove over to a used car lot and perused. I'm not in a big hurry, and... Sign in to see full entry.

I knew there was something I was forgetting... The photos of the final goings-on of the Yule Village and Forest... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Day

...started early, and I feel the post-Christmas nap coming on. We had our big fancy meal last night at Red Lobster, and the leftovers made a fantastic shrimp/scallop/lobster salad for lunch today. Charlie used a sweet bourbon vanilla bread to make french toast for breakfast. Through the day, there have been snacks. Here it is 7pm, and not surprisingly, there is no hunger for dinner. 10:45 pm Now we're hungry... The snacks have finally worn off. So, steamed broccoli, and chicken simmering in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 23, 2018


I really hate not seeing clearly with these dratted bifocals. Landlord's email clearly said "Sunday" and sure enough, he arrived at noon today, and has been fixing the loose socket. The fireplace now works and the wall across the room on the same circuit is now dead. That's the wall the trees are plugged into, and the lamp behind my chair, and the charge cord for this laptop. Poor Frank is down on the floor again with his bad hip--scheduled for replacement in February--trying to sort the wires.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Last Saturday before The Day

This is the worst of all days to go shopping at malls or city centers. It is as crazy as Black Friday. That makes it a great day to be home. But we had to run out to the UPS store with two more boxes--which will not arrive before even New Years. What luck that there was one person finishing up as we got there, and it wasn't until after we went in with our boxes that about 6 more customers arrived. So we got back home by noon, when my landlord said he'd be around to replace the loose outlet that... Sign in to see full entry.

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