The Ciel Show

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lunch today at Bamboo

a wonderful little SE Asian restaurant in downtown Olympia, WA. They make the best hot'n'sour soup I've ever found anywhere, and I have looked a lot! I always order the Huge size, so I can bring some home. Today, I also brought home a big bowl of tom yum gai, another hot'n'sour with chicken and coconut milk in it, and lemongrass. And most of the clay-pot pork which has the most delicious juices... I can hardly wait until I am hungry again! I will add some lean roasted pork and black mushrooms to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 2, 2009

the little grey notebook--

it goes where I go, and comes out over coffee or waiting for a meal in a restaurant, or any other time I'm just sitting around, watching, pondering on what's around me, or something inside scrabbling quietly at the back door of consciousness. Here's what happened in the little grey notebook today: Kinless Under a sky netted with stars like gems in the sweeping waves of holy tresses… Wind sighs like divine breath of the world around and with it I also breathe… Running, running kinless under the... Sign in to see full entry.

postscript: Charlie and the Police

Referring back a couple of posts-- I talked with Charlie about it a couple of days later. He says he found out the next day that when his friends left shortly after the incident, they found 4 police cars in the parking area outside the building, all full of cops! His friend is reported to have said to the other friend he was leaving with, "I sense a disturbance in the Force." We also chuckled over Charlie's observation that we are an unusual family: whenever he 'gets into trouble,' his usual... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pleased to announce...

Some of my poetry, the book called People Are Planets... has been accepted by one of the biggest, busiest local-owned bookstores in the area, on consignment. Orca Books, Olympia, WA supports a lot of local writers and artists, and generally has quite a few such chap-books (no idea why they are called that, those little home-made books offering samplings of the poet's poems; I am going to be experimenting with several of these in the next few months.) They come in various sizes, and types of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My son vs the Police

Seems he and his friends were gathered for a tabletop role-playing game and one of his pals did that inadvertant sit'n'dial thing--called 911 with his butt. The operator, hearing these lads talking with great enthuiasm about weapons and bodies, was alarmed and called the cops. The cops showed up and everyone there had a good laugh. But it must have been an exciting time for the operator! Apparently she thought they were planning a bank heist or some terrorist thing. What is really... Sign in to see full entry.

Dirty dirty dog!

Yesterday was a landmark day for our Davy. It was clear and sunny, a premium day this time of year, and we took an energetic walk down at McLane Creek--the one that has changed so dramatically in the past several years of storm and flood. Since the most recent flooding around New Year's, and the snow before that, we had not visited to see what's what, what's changed, and what's still as we left it last year. The traces of this flood are evident, and of the foot-deep snows: tall meadow grasses... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Something to look forward to: naughty fun in the kitchen!

Clear the counters, get out the olive oil... Some friends of mine are making me very happy! This couple are in their 60s and 70s. She has MS, getting into latter stages of disability, though she said not long ago that the doctor has told her, it's the good kind--it isn't the kind that will kill her directly. He has a pumonary disease, the same that took Robert Goulet from the world some months ago. He works, still, when some would have retired, but he loves what he does: he works in tv and on... Sign in to see full entry.

The Other Dog

It has been seen around the house, lurking silently... Davy sees it first, and then we watch him watching the Other Dog. We don't approach it, or try to pet it, nor put out food for it. It has an expression of curiosity, sometimes it's a little defensive... But it always waits for Davy to make the first move. Davy speaks under his breath to the Other Dog, but the Other Dog doesn't answer. Davy found him under the tv last night, where Davy crouched, staring and muttering at him under the coffee... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Things settle...

Charlie has gone back to school, his dad has come home from the visit to daughter Anne on the east coast. The roof has gotten its bandaids applied before the next round of rains. I'm getting over a brief cold-with-cough. Holidays are over, and it's time to remember what I was doing before the mad whirl of the family season whipped up. For us, that includes birthdays monthly from August through January, plus all the holidays and their attendant feasts and fests. Now the excitement is contained,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Last Days of Charlie

the lad heads back to school tomorrow evening, so today is our last day of hanging out together. We have seen movies, we have had nice eatin'-outs, we have road-tripped a bit... Today, we are making my famous real imitation parchment paper! This hearkens back to a time when I was making the paltriest of livings with my medieval-style calligraphy and illumination, selling at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Best job I've ever had! Most simply enjoyable, anyway. The art was something I had engaged... Sign in to see full entry.

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