The Ciel Show

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Faux meat

Charlie and I tried this new product, Beyond Meat--it's a plant-sourced meat substitute that tries to be very meat-like in texture and flavor. It tries... it still isn't meat or enough like meat to be mistaken for meat, but it's okay for what it is. We just cooked up the two quarter-lb burgers and did the standard ketchup/mustard thing on buns. Possibly it would be more convincing in something more highly seasoned--tacos, for instance. It doesn't smell enough like real meat. It is also rather... Sign in to see full entry.


I have installed a new photo editor, but have not yet sorted out how to save an edited photo to share it. So these cloudy skies are not as dramatic as I'd like to show them, but perhaps they convey the sense of strangeness we've been seeing so much of lately. Monday, driving up to Denver, there were clouds that looked so untextured, they were like cartoon clouds, then later when I was able to stop driving and take these photos, they were overlapping and going all laminar in some places.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Back to business...

It's time to remind the world at large of my availability as an editor/writing coach. Coming across a stack of advertising flyers I made a few years ago, I remembered how much I love doing this kind of work with words and word-weavers. So many have tales to tell, and the desire to tell them, but don't know what to do about commas or how to coordinate the details, or how subjects and objects operate in a statement... One of my earliest jobs was for an elderly man who had spent his entire life... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 26, 2018


Slam what? A door? No, poems. It's a thing of the past several years, the poetry slam, when a bunch of poets, often high school and college age, get together and speak out their poems with vigor to an audience of peers, often, and others who simply are into contemporary poetry. There are competitions, even. A couple of friends of mine have placed well, even taken 1st and 2nd prizes from time to time. One of those friends who teaches at a local high school, asked me to come to a high school slam... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

a good day so far...

It is sunny out, and the temps will be in the 50s today, with high and interesting clouds: many crooked curvy con-trails... Go home, Jet plane, you're drunk! I have been searching for a particular cat litter and have been unable to find it in stores--finally occurred to me to look online, and the order is in, and for a good price. It is unscented, flushable, and fine-grained enough so it doesn't follow the cat around the house. Upon arriving home from grocery shopping, I looked up to see an... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I was so upset...

First, I missed the bus I was supposed to be on with my kid to attend his performance in a town 40 miles away... Lost my wallet with driver's license, money, cards and all... And forgot where I parked the car at the bus station... Man, was I ever glad this morning to wake up from that dream! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Snow Day

Woke this morning to a half-inch of snow on the back porch railing and a forecast ranging from 16-29F all day, and snow flurries. Yesterday, the high was 60F. Yup, this is winter in the Springs! It has been so unlike winters I've known in the several years I've been out here, it's almost refreshing! But again this year will be hard on plants who react to the arrival of spring several times then get hit with a hard freeze that kills the soft new leaves and tentative flower buds. Last winter was... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Moving on...

Another, shorter binge--watching another British competition show: at the Chelsea Garden Show, garden designers create small lovely gardens, and this show gives 6 amateurs a chance to win that opportunity. Every one of them knows a lot more than I do about garden design, plants and how they grow. So I watch from that wonderful space of wow, look what's possible! In the three- or more-dimensional world, Charlie and I are preparing to participate in the local Galaxy Fest event. This time we will... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Sitting at Starbuck's under a sky cloudless except for ~50 contrails in various degrees of disintegration. The world was 0F this morning, now up into the 20s so my frozen cold water faucet in the bathroom is gushing again. Morning sun generally solves this occasional problem. There were big sparkly flakes of snow on the world outside for a while, now also gone under the sun. We have deployed the mouse-traps, diminished the mouse population by 3 since last night. Snap traps are efficient and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Embers, auditions, etc

Embers is clearly feeling better: I crushed up some of her favored kibble--the only thing she considers food--and when she started investigating her empty dish I poured some in there, and she just started in on it like she had not eaten for four days. In fact, she hadn't eaten since the night before the surgery. There was concern that the kibble would mess with the sutures (the dissolving kind) before the gums have healed enough, and she really will not eat soft food of any kind, so it had to be... Sign in to see full entry.

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