The Ciel Show

Monday, November 10, 2008

Urgo the Sparkle Cat

He's the grey and white one, the Lost Prince of Kennewick, the tiny kitten who accosted me from out of the roadside weeds and moved into my glove compartment for a time... He eventually outgrew that bunk and prefered watching tv to going for drives and he grew into a considerable Cat Then Davy arrived on the scene. For a little while, Davy was not much bigger than Urgo. But Davy got bigger, fast... I saw the moment when Urgo realized it. Davy was wrestling fiercely with a tough toy that hangs... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Here we go again...

Just as I was signing on to my game, the computer said, Click! and quit. And now it won't start. Laptop, here, which declines to connect in any part of the house but the desk where the computer sits so quietly now, at least is willing to find the Internet from here. So I may not be able to visit in Middle-earth, but I can get to Blogitland. Meanwhile, it isn't raining at the moment--so I think it is a good time for Davy and me to take a walk. After a day inside, this very energetic pup went all... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Something fell on the roof and woke me up...

Probably a minor branch from the maple that overhangs my corner of the house. I think it was Majroj a while back that informed me of the brittleness of the great broadleaf maples that abound in the Northwest, and surround the yard here. Some are old and huge, some merely mature and stately. Particularly in dry seasons, they develop subtle cracks and weaknesses--and we did have a very dry summer! Meanwhile, the wind is illuminated by the flying yellow leaves--some of them pretty impressive, too,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The rains are coming...

November is the wettest month of the year around these parts. Last year, it broke records. Certain areas of western Washington are under flood warnings, with high waters possible by tomorrow night. We are not in a flood zone where we live, but along with power-outage supplies, perhaps we should get water-wings for Davy. In fact, there was a winter when there was a lake stretching across three properties at the front of our driveway. We live a ways back from the road, down an easement between... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

And the votes roll in...

except for those who didn't bother or didn't manage to get their votes in. Well, if you don't vote, you don't get to complain. Which won't stop a few, who think they are entitled to the government they want without the effort of voting. I met someone today, a young woman working behind the fish counter at a local grocery store who didn't know the difference between 'frozen' and 'thawed.' How old were you when you learned the difference between those two? This isn't a case of saying, "I forgot to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I almost think the sun is shining--

Here, the rains have started rather gently, not the gale-driven slashing rains that tear the leaves from the trees, but just present, penetrating rain. The maples of all kinds are in their glory: brilliant yellows of broad-leaf maple mostly, with the occasional fiery vine maple tucked underneath the canopy. I want to walk in an eastern wood, where every tree is yellow or flame-reds, where there is not a green leaf in sight, as if trees are not green at all ever, as if they are always gold and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Hallows!

My elder daughter got a cool treat last night--it is round and has a diamond stuck to it. She said "Yes!" Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 31, 2008

published again on AC

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Love took over my Travelblogue... but here, it's Halloween!

Violetta's Venetion Moment The Vampire Buffy Sainte Marie recorded this very spooky song in 1969. Perhaps she wrote it, I couldn't find the author listed specifically. Shall I tell you of the night...? It was long ago... Late November and the snow just about to fall... and the moon was big and bright cold and sharp and clear-- and the air was biting... Softly, swiftly down the road-- never made a sound-- someone came from far away, someone tall and old. As I looked into his eyes no reflection... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Today I had occasion to look up two of my favorite poems.

One, I just heard for the first time a couple of days ago on PBS, Writer's Almanac. I love hearing Garrison Keillor's voice and style of delivery. Sometimes when I write a poem, I listen to it in my mind coming from him, and it shapes the poem, especially free verse. This one I heard some time ago, and it makes me laugh... The Revenant I am the dog you put to sleep, as you like to call the needle of oblivion, come back to tell you this simple thing: I never liked you--not one bit. When I licked... Sign in to see full entry.

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