The Ciel Show

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Winter Solstice 2018!

From this dawn, the days get longer again! The further north you live, the more you'll notice the difference. Here in Colorado the shift will be noticeable, though not as much as it was to my senses when I lived in the Seattle area. What a happy event that, when I woke just before 7 this morning, it was one of these skies: Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Suddenly it's nearly NOW!

Five days to Christmas Day! Today I got two boxes into the mail, and have another to prepare. Some restaurant gift cards have been acquired for local friends, because who doesn't like to eat free? I am once again conflicted over the box to the people who rarely acknowledge, even, let alone say thanks for gifts. I never know if they liked what I sent, or not, so I don't know what to choose for them, or whether to even try at all. Maybe again this year it should be donations to worthy causes made... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

hats, hats, hats...!

So, here are the new hats... Gnome toppers, Tree Hats...? This is what comes of going to a smaller hook with a thick, chenille yarn. Now I have to go out and get some tiny decorations to make the green one a properly decorated tree, and perhaps googly eyes to make the red one a Sesame Street style Martian. The purple one... Well, I could give it a brim and make it more wizardly. All these things are possible. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Another sunny morning in Colorado Springs...! Temps will be up in the mid-50s today, which seemed really cold a few months ago, but is balmy now after several days below freezing, one even in single digits. Did you hear the prediction of the Farmer's Almanac that this would be a colder and snowier winter than usual? Did you hear that Old Farmer's Almanac predicts the opposite? So far in the Springs, it looks like both are right. Embers has just left my lap in favor of the sunny warm spot by the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Nellie goes home

Charlie just sold one of his bears. It is most interesting to see who they appeal to, who relates to them. This one, Nellie, went to an older woman who has children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but I think this was a personal thing for her. She mentioned growing up in Germany in the Cold War... "One day the Wall was not there, the next day it was." She spoke of her father who had donated his collection of teddybears to an orphanage on his way to war. A small one he carried with him... Sign in to see full entry.

Lights... Camera... click!

Venus is brilliant in the sky at 6am, Orion was in the same location last night when I went to bed around 10--two of my favorites in the sky. When I was little, my bed was by the window and I could see Orion all winter every clear night, and we became friends, or at least familiars. I rarely saw Venus in those days, but later when I was in my teens, I would go out some mornings to the top of the road where we lived then, to watch for a comet--Ikeia-Seki, that I never saw, but the dawns were... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday starting slow

Staying up on purpose to go out in the cold and watch for the Geminid meteors proved that I can stay up past bedtime, and also that such a sacrifice on my part will not bring on a cloudless sky. Orion was bright enough overhead for a while when I first looked out just after midnight, but when I went out again around 2, there was just a blank dark grey overhead. I slept in this morning as long as I could, got around 3 hours of sleep with dreamings of the sort that I'm glad to wake from, and find... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Things are looking better...

Internet is back! Yay! Only 36 hours down... and they are giving us a week's credit on the bill, for inconvenience. Since I was here last, there are a few new photos to share of our Yule decor. I left the decoration to Charlie the other evening, and went to bed... And here are the results. (start here, click leftwards) To really enjoy the individuality of each tree, I recommend enlarging the farthest left photo. Still, it isn't done yet... On Christmas Eve we will plug... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Away from home keyboard

I am sitting here Out In Public because the wifi at home is down. Way down. They promise it will be fixed in 12-24 hours. They better be issuing credits on the bill. In bigger news, Charlie is in the news! The free local weekly, The Independant, interviewed him and his Wasteland Bears last week, and today there is not only the article within, but he is also featured on the front page! I am going now to see how many copies I can snag... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday could have started better.

It wasn't bad at first, waking from a dream that featured a Mondrian kinetic sculpture, and waking to a day already in the mid-40s F, and promising near 60 later on. My blood sugar wasn't too bad today, either, after a way high day yesterday--which is always upsetting because I don't know exactly why the readings are higher than usual, even much higher. I got my potatoes in the oven this morning, before they went actually green... Then I opened the box that came for Charlie, a Christmas present... Sign in to see full entry.

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