The Ciel Show

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Watch This Space...

We have missed so many astronomical wonders this past year because of overcast skies--What a fine thing it is to have a sky brilliantly clear tonight, to observe the lunar eclipse from first shadow to totality, and now moving out of shadow. I've gotten a few good enough shots though my skills with this camera are not as great as the occasion demands, and it focuses when it wants to, not necessarily when I want it to! But for once, there will be a pretty good record of this event going up on... Sign in to see full entry.

home from the con

The convention,COSine, is over. Really over: they say there will not be another as all the creators and runners are retiring and no one has come forward yet willing to take on the massive amount of organizing and sheer work that goes into even a small fan convention like this. They kept it going 14 years, which isn't too bad. It was small and not well-attended, though the art show was rich with quality, true art. I brought home a few items of pottery, painting, and sculpture. Charlie saw two of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 18, 2019

All of a sudden...!

Charlie found out there is another Sci-fi/Fantasy convention right here in the Springs this very weekend. He gave them a call and got himself a table in the art show/auction, and we brought him and all his Wasteland Bears to the site this afternoon. As he got himself all set up, I looked around and talked to some folk, and found out that this particular show, COSINE, is primarily a literary convention, and the vendor room is mainly writers offering their works, and used-books dealers. I asked... Sign in to see full entry.

Oh dear...

From an actual Beijing menu: "Steamed Dumpling of Three Delicacies, Fried Triangle Rolls, Steamed Dumpling, Fried Round Mass of Food." Charlie, who is not a great explorer of cuisines, will be thrilled with this. Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Charlie--at it again!

Ever hear of the Mysterious Package Company? They send out fairly pricey one-time, or series of strange packages of mystery-solving items and props like paperwork--newspaper 'clippings.' notes and letters--all clues to the mystery. In fact, this past Christmas, we were each sent one of these. I suspect my elder daughter. They arrive anonymously so the recipient doesn't actually know who sent it, or why. So the company is hiring a sort of project manager. He is maybe just qualified by his... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Elephant orphans

Found confused and alone in a throng of sheep and goats -- That's the summary of the finding of Ndotto, the young orphaned elephant I have just sent the fostering of to my grandperson. Magnus turned 16 yesterday, and what 16-yr old should not have an interest in an orphaned elephant? The fostering program is through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, if you're interested in knowing more about them. They do great work with orphaned elephants, and also rhinos, and at least one giraffe.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lively Monday!

The truck is back in service, and the bill was under $300 for a broken switch and towing. That's pleasing! I've been thinking a lot about the China trip in April, worrying about everything that can be worried about, so today I got busy and looked up (again) what has to be done to get visas. First, I will go with a visa process expediting company, so it is relatively simple. Charlie received his renewed passport, so we have those in hand. We need to provide those, plus photos like the passport... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

a carless weekend

Still no call from the transmission guys... Not even to get the okay to do whatever work is needed. Snow... but not that much around here, not even an inch survived yesterday's heat--around 37F. Flurries, they say, for today... If we are to be discommoded by snow, I want a LOT of snow. Both my daughters have just had birthdays, both now officially into their 40s. One has a child of her own, now 16ish and two step-kids, one of which has moved out into the world on his own which makes life at home... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 11, 2019

and it's winter again...

Snow is coming down in big fat flakes, accumulating on ground and road and railings: Big and fluffy snow, in the warmer temperatures just around freezing. Still without transport, but the word is it could be fixed today. My mechanic called to say it had to go to the transmission shop as he doesn't do transmission stuff. I'll pay for this tow as I only get 4 uses of AAA a year, and it seems silly to use it up on short tows. Anyway, it could get done today instead of sometime next week. Someone... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Charlie, Milo and I are about to head up to the high wide valley between the mountains near Hartsel, CO, looking at land and maybe cabins for sale. I daresay there will be pictures! It's about an hour there from here, two from there to Denver by roads not going back through the Springs. I have been thinking for a while of having a summer retreat place up that way, but after seeing some photos that looked inviting, spoke with zoning/planning for that county, and things we'd like to do, we... Sign in to see full entry.

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