The Ciel Show

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Relief!

Heavy rains, thunder and lightning, hail... and so the heat has broken and the whisper of the a/c has ceased for now. Now, nearing sunset, there is a strange golden light filling the air. The sun is lowering, limning the hem of the cloud cover, and on the other side of the sky, it is steel grey, storm-heavy... Got a few shots before the battery died: https://www.flickr.com/gp/therovingeye/58MX45 There was also a flash flood warning broadcast to phones throughout the land, so on the way home... Sign in to see full entry.

telling tales...

Kabu mentions how Wiley likes to hear her stories of her growing up, and that made me think of what stories I might tell. There was the mouse-hunt in the barn, when I was 4 or 5. We loved playing in the hay barn, jumping from the loft down into the big loose haystack beneath. I spotted a mouse up in the loft one day, and decided I would catch it, but of course, I kept missing the scampering little guy. Finally, I jumped for it and went right over the edge to the loose hay below. I complained to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 19, 2019

In the cool of the day...

It is not quite 7am here, and I have been up for a couple of hours. It is cool out, temps moving up towards the 70s. By the time it gets to the 80s, I will be done with getting much done. I don't function well in heat. It will be near 100 F this afternoon, and the new a/c unit will keep it to around 80 indoors. Anyway, this is why I like waking early this time of year. This is the only time of day to do any oven stuff. So this morning I got busy right off, cutting up some carrots and cauliflower... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

To all the folks...

So, tomorrow is forecast to be HOT! And it will get hotter through the weekend. It will be a good day to stay in some a/c with an endless ice-water, maybe with some lemon in it... I'm thinking of you, Pat, and Taps, and FSI, and everyone else being swept along on the same wave. The map I see is only the eastern and midwestern US, but I don't imagine Canada is really being spared. It will be hot here, but we are only at the edge of it, and I am also thinking it might be a nice day to go up into... Sign in to see full entry.

more photos

Back to a normal, or at least my usual state of mind... Got some gardening done today, replacing a few things that suffered heat exhaustion in a matter of days. The old bird feeder got refilled and re-hung over the back porch. There was a really unusual rainbow yesterday evening, not only double, but the lower and brighter arc also had a second echo. I was driving when we first saw it, and there were two distinct bands, red through violet. By the time I got home to the camera, it was still... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Looking back...

I have been mining my blogs here for material to add to the new public blog, and so went back to the very first posts of this very journal blog. So many things, so many moments are there, with the immediacy of the just-written, and the nostalgia of the times before I knew what would come after. It began in 2007-8, this blog. It all started with Inchland, almost 200 pages ago, when the photos were posted on the page, not linked to elsewhere. Kabu, I think you would particularly enjoy a visit to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Disappointments and substitutions

It has been an interesting and brief sojourn in NYC. The tickets for the NatGeo oceans thing were purchased for June instead of July, and we didn't get word we could use them anyway until we got back from the American Museum of Natural History where we went instead. This was okay, to see Elsa enraptured by the diaramas and the special T Rex exhibit, to watch her discover the wonders I grew up with. She will be 3 in December, and was so much fun to watch,and share it all with. We covered a lot of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Almost ready to fly!

The Dovelings who are now perched on the edge of the nest, considering the larger world, and myself, too! Tomorrow morning I fly from the Springs to Denver, hang about 3+ hours, then on to La Guardia, arriving after 9pm there-time. Saturday, we have tickets for https://natgeoencounter.com/experience, and in the evening I will hang out with Elsa, now ~2 1/2 yrs old, while her parents go to see the stage production of MOULIN ROUGE. Then, early Sunday morning, I head back to La Guardia, back to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I didn't buy a car today.

It was a good-looking Volvo station wagon with a problem concerning a torn-up differential gear from putting different-sized tires on an all-wheel drive car. So this morning I took a car-familiar friend along to check it out. We drove up to Cripple Creek, about an hour and a half up into the hills behind Pike's Peak. The car had quite a lot more wrong with it--mainly cosmetic, and fixable. We estimated that repairs and parts would double the asked price, and that was still only around $2000.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sunday and nostalgia

Sunshine today... no mention of thunderstorms, for once, but yesterday evening there was a nice rainbow. Dovelings are so big now, there's no room in the nest for Ma and Pa! https://www.flickr.com/gp/therovingeye/0ikQ34 Charlie and I watched another episode of THE SEVENTIES last night. It is really interesting to perceive how much my attitudes and understandings have changed since living through those times and events. He, of course, only vaguely knows the historical significance, and this is a... Sign in to see full entry.

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