The Ciel Show

Monday, August 13, 2018

Back in the saddle... sort of...

The neighbor lad is still interested in buying the truck and replacing whatever needs to be replaced... the radiator, in fact, as well as the stuff we knew about before this latest. So, with the new battery at least I could bring it home and get to the grocery store later. The other one will be ready later in the week. My friend came by this morning and took me to get my prescription. She also needed to get some pebbles from the pet store for her collection of succulents, and while looking for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I stay home a lot anyway, but not having the choice to drive off at will is like losing electricity, internet, any major appliance... I guess it is rooted in how options are suddenly limited even if one wasn't planning to exercise them. On the other hand... I needed to pick up a prescription yesterday, put out a query on Facebook for any friend who might be willing to get me out there, about 10 miles from here. But the only responses were from people who couldn't help, but would have if they... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 10, 2018

third time's a charm...

It is also the next to last AAA use I can have on this year's contract. Yes, again. Today. The old truck that wouldn't start got a tow to the shop finally, with the hope thatvehicle the battery just needed a good jump, I sent it down there. But... The battery was dead. So is half the radiator. So--no vehicle this weekend at all, not until maybe Monday when the big truck is ready. If Charlie's housemate who has wanted to buy the old one still wants it, that's good. If he doesn't, it is time to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Long Day

A few weeks ago, my sister asked if I needed a new bed. As it happens, I don't but Charlie does. She is replacing her old queen size with a twin, so today we drove up to her house in Estes Park and collected this very big mattress. Then we drove back down from the mountains along a route to miss Denver, taking hwy 72... Much up and down, and winding here and there... We made it through Golden and onto I-470 to I-25 just south of Denver. We made it to Castle Rock and after hesitating I realized I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekend and Monday

It's golden out there in the evening... after a day of thunderclaps and little bits of hail and lots of rain, off and on. Over the weekend we spent a few hours at the Tiny House festival, checking out a variety of professional-built and DIY Tiny Houses. After trying to live a while in that RV, I can really appreciate how roomy these alternative homes can be. I found one I quite like, one built by a company called Simblissity. This is the model I liked the most:... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Stuffed grape leaves: the experiment continues...

Cloudy and hazy conditions today--some of that is from western US wildfires. You can't smell smoke, so probably from California and Oregon mostly. My stuffed grape leaves need more practice. The ones I made yesterday were edible and flavorful, but the leaves were too tough and the insides too dry. Since I still have a LOT of leaves, the experimentation will continue. I will work on perfecting the rice textures and the cooking times and techniques before making the ones with lamb and pine nuts... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Milo's Adventures Click to the left to enjoy a morning at the dog park with Milo and friends. This was the day we met Booker, the elder Bassett Hound with definite notions of her own... The two young women attending her were a bit freaked when she crossed the creek on her own, and then, as they were ready to leave, she decided just to have a rest in the shade for about 15 minute. Booker was our favorite that day, besides Milo. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Afternoon adventures

So, no rain yet today, the clouds have not fulfilled their promise by almost 7pm, so we had to come up with some other excitement. After I picked up Charlie, we stopped for food and then explored new food store that opened last month next door to the bbq place. It's an Iraqi place with all sorts of interesting this and thats. I got a jar of vine leaves and some ground lamb to make proper stuffed grape leaves with rice, lamb, seasonings... Pine nuts, too, if I can find them. That was one item... Sign in to see full entry.

Water in the forecast

Monday's looking good--sunny morning with the promise of afternoon storms, not just in the weather forecast, but sworn to by the clouds already building over the Rockies. My sister in Estes Park says the storms build up there, but then flow down onto the plains with all their drama, so she rarely gets a good storm up that way. They do get them, though, as the terrible floods attest--a few years ago, throughout the area roads were washed away and for weeks she had to make a 100 mile trip for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pi and Everyone's Mommy

Last night, Charlie and I went to see a local production of TIGERS BE STILL, a curious little play derived or inspired by, or at least, described by an excerpt in the program from the book, THE LIFE OF PI in which a tiger also has a prominent presence. Early on, there is an announcement that a tiger has escaped from a nearby zoo. The story, however, is about the characters in the story who are trapped, as helpless in their entrapment as any creature in a zoo, as conditioned to their... Sign in to see full entry.

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