The Ciel Show

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Responding to Pat's post today...

In those days just after WWII, the young adults had come out of war, and their parents, the Great Depression. People remembered how it was to lack and to need and to wait. Kids of the 50s, we had Viet Nam and national division and deep suspicion of our government. But we had licence like never in living history, too, with The Pill making 'safe sex' possible, and relaxation on stigmatized traditions, like divorce and therapy and abortion. There was money flowing. We were patriotic, we were eager... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 22, 2020

And suddenly, Friday is back...

Here it is 10am and I've been up since 5:30... coffee has gone cold, but that's okay... Workers outside the house have been doing something loud and persistant for some time now, a noise like being on a plane in flight. So it is not as annoying as, say, a jackhammer would be. I am getting my psych up for going out in the sunlight--yay for Vit D!--and replanting some beets, and watering the garden. Well, that waits until Charlie gets up and about--extreme night-owl, him, so that won't be... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Words of the times

We walk in the world with steps faltering and learning off balance more than not while muscles learn and grow... Time favors stepping out and hopping, running, skipping. dancing to musics heard both within, without... Days and years pass with steps certain, confident ambling through a life but not in charge... Until the sudden day when all around the world shifts gravity goes sideways streams flow up, Intents, designs our plans all fall awry certainties dissolve fears rise, tears fall Steps... Sign in to see full entry.

It'sTuesday... I checked.

The new plants--peppers, Japanese eggplant, zucchini, and beets have gone to ground, so to speak. Now we have to get the watering system starting up so I don't have to carry buckets of water up and down stairs. I already had to reconfigure the tubs to make sure they have the best hours of summer sun as these are all full-sun plants. They will be getting 8-10 hours, I am guessing, in early summer, maybe more like 9-12 in midsummer. Suddenly, a ruckus! Two magpies out back are hollering at each... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sun goes down on Monday

We took the truck out for a run downtown today, to deliver tax documents to the preparers. Always, anxiety arises when I begin to think about the taxes... Such a relief to not have to think about it for another little while! We went to Lowes today, masked and distancing, to get a few more well-started vegetable plants, more soil, and a few flowers: Marigolds to discourage bugs on the other plants, and a single-petalled red peony. I'm adding some zucchini and sweet peppers--yellow, orange, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

How the garden grows...

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMU46WU Here are the current photos of the garden. There are sprouts in the little plastic greenhouses, including peas that I will plant tomorrow in their proper bed. We have had a nice rain over the weekend, first of the season since the end (we hope!) of the snows and freezes. And I saw the first humming bird! He was up in the branches of the big maple out front, and I am wondering if there's a nest in there among the leaves. Now I will need to sort out all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Do you have a personal theme music?

Someone asked today... I found mine back in 1983: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCWWTAuEW5w I have never heard a harper I like better than Patrick Ball, either. Here is a playlist to add sweet music to your day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY_qRsghZwM&list=PLF-nNYYd7f7TcsZDEVaCdZOeiyppceA7x&index=2 Sign in to see full entry.

Stewards instead of Exploiters

Since we humans have demolished the predator populations, we must take their place to keep prey animals in check. Some of us, anyway. I am no hunter... I also eat much less meat than I used to. Seeing what used to be simply burgers on the hoof playing with toys, showing affection and grief, it gets harder to see them as unworthy of life. Trouble is, by now there are way too many, and there need to be fewer. Of them, but also, of us. Still, a pandemic or a war is a hard way to go about it. I... Sign in to see full entry.

What, Friday again, already? Wait... no... SATURDAY???

So pleased with the rain last night! It's the first nature has gifted the garden since we began to set it all up. There was thunder, too, and some brief hail that did no damage, though I do have most of my plants protected. There is a second planter box on legs now, too, ready to receive young plants as soon as the sprouts have grown a bit more, into their second leafing. Most of yesterday I spent creating a Patreon page, and prepping the first episode of the novel to post when it goes public.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Something new!

I have decided to create a Patreon page through which to serialize my 700+ page novel, HERETICS. I know not everyone here is into the genre--Goth Historical Fiction--but if you are interested, email me, and I will send you the preview link, before I actually launch the page. Meanwhile... I hear thunder! I must go protect my seedlings from the possibly imminent hail! Sign in to see full entry.

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