The Ciel Show

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday at home

Well, most of the day I spent in Middle-earth, playing the game I used to be addicted to. Now, once or twice a month, I spend a few hours at one go, and that will do me. Today was the day. In the cool of the morning, the door to the deck was open... And guess who's back, and feeling frisky! Yep, the dovelies are back, billing and cooing. Now I will be watching for the day when there is one of them just sitting and sitting and sitting on the nest. That will be brood 5 of the season, though the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Wait... It's Friday?

All morning I was sure it was Saturday, then our Taps posted something about it being Friday, over on Facebook, and I realized the truth. So, not tonight but tomorrow we are going out to a Japanese grill place with some friends for dinner. I guess so much has been going on this week, so much got done, it felt like a full week's worth accomplished. One of the things that came down from the mountains is my dad's old record/cassette player, but it has no speakers so I have to get some that will... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Visiting the past...

It was a quick trip to Estes Park, leaving here around 7:30 yesterday morning, and getting back around 6pm. It takes around two and a half hours to get there, and going back through Denver around 4, it took three hours to get home. There is a lot of construction and there are a lot of drivers these days. As she packs up all and sundry, my sister is feeling overwhelmed, but has no choice but to get it done as soon as she can, to get her house on the market, to make the move-in date in early... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday evening

The sky is a soft yellow in the west, going to a peachy shade where it's showing between the dusky clouds. They are not the massive storm-bringers, though one never can be sure how they may change in the darkness. The sun is down behind the mountains now, and even the highest ones are in shadow. I am sitting out here on the deck watching it go from gold to peach to rose. And to my delight, I have just seen a small bat dancing against the sunset, high over the neighborhood. Wait... it's two bats!... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 23, 2019


The dovelings are about to fly. One of them has been exercising those wings most vigorously, though clinging to the side of the nest. They grow so fast! It seems just days ago, not three weeks since the eggs were settled in the rejuvenated nest, and now I am wondering if the parents will go for yet another brood this summer. Weather is cooler the past couple of days, but humidity is high for this area. I like to keep in the way of a fan blowing even if the a/c is not on. Using that less, as the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

ups and downs

Imagine wearing a coat with many pockets, imagine filling them with a dozen 5 lb bags of sugar. Imagine walking around, up and down stairs, wearing that coat. Then, imagine taking it off. Some years ago, even before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I reached a personal limit of weight--I simply was sick at heart, to read the scale in what seemed an inexorable creep upwards. I started then to make the effort, and a year or so later, I had dropped 60+ lbs. My weight has not much budged from that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dog Park Day

We took Milo to the dog park this morning. He went off with Charlie while I sat in the shade on a bench just a little way into this very large park. Sitting there, I enjoyed the parade of dogs... One was a black dog, one of a pair, both the same shiny black. While the other visited with me, this one rolled, rolled, rolled in the dust. When they trotted off, they were two distinctly different shades of black! There was a long-haired, chocolate brown dachshund, looked like an older dog, and rather... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

recipe file

Summer harvest soup: veg broth, yellow and zucchini squashes, corn, onion, spiral-cut butternut squash, and some beans been in the freezer too long, and at the end, some bok choi... goodly splash of Yoshida sauce... And added some firm tofu, too, and a dash of salt--not enough to overwhelm the fresh flavor of the veggies, just enough to 'warm' the flavor. A key thing is not to over-cook the soft vegies. If I've misunderestimated the timing, I will take out the soft stuff so it doesn't go mushy,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Garden Report

I harvested all the ripe tomatoes today and had them with my breakfast. Cherry tomatoes... 3! And there are a couple of bell peppers growing nicely, which are green now, but will, I think, go red later on. The squash flower prolifically, but I am not seeing much in the way of actually squash fruits. But there are two nice little eggplants that I should probably cook with soon. The potatoes are leafing wildly, but I restrain any impulse to yank anything up just to see how they are doing below... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Too early, too little sleep

Morning creeps in, My head is not ready for it. It glows against the mountain against the quiet clouds tinging all things golden as they brighten to full day... I am not ready wanting the landscapes still of dreams of comforter and bed pillowing my head in sleep, dayless, consciousless... Slowly, relentlessly day pushes out the shadows of the house; world sounds, the silence of the head and house... Body nags its various needs like the cat demanding that I rise right now and admit the day and... Sign in to see full entry.

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