The Ciel Show

Friday, November 3, 2017

Internet is back!

It was down for about 24 hours, for no reason that was our faults. Bill has been paid, router works, just no connection. Very exasperating! And a sad reminder how easy it is to be too dependent on onlineness. Embers is troubled by her teeth again... This time the vet has recommended a topical, transdermal cream so we don't have to do the shot again so soon, and so we don't have to attempt to get it in her mouth. This is to be massaged into the inside of the ear, in the outer ear, not the inner.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Watching again, my favorite "Pride and Prejudice"

It is usually referred to as the Colin Firth version, but in fact, he shares the top billing honors with Jennifer Ehle who is the most charming Elizabeth Bennet ever, and the actress has the most subtly expressive eyebrows! The 'odious Mr. Collins' is played with delightfully smarmy unctuousness by David Bamber. I've seen him as Cicero in the series, ROME, and in other character roles especially in British productions. Alison Steadman is a stridently near-hysteric Mrs. Bennet, and Benjamin... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! I remember chilly Halloweens in childhood, deeply disappointed at having to wear a warm coat over my costume. Nowadays, kids' costumes are more clever, more thorough, like full-body dinosaurs and medieval cloaks--not just a cheap taffeta one-piece item. The evening grows dark... where are the kiddies? This year I have little party favor things instead of candies to hand out. Once again this year, Charlie has advised against bic lighters or other... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Laundry and Drama and Some Exciting Ideas!

First of all, after going out for a little shopping while the landlord and his lady were here fiddling the electrics, I came home to find them gone and the stacker ready for the first load. So far, all seems to be working well. Then, an hour before it, I recalled a production my friend Joanne was in, the final performance tonight. It was MACBETH, presented in a rectangle of chairs set close around a 5x7 rug. The audience is basically on the stage a very few feet from the action. The cast of 6... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, Monday...

It's noon on the Monday when the little snowballs began to roll. Manafort and Gates are only the start, and the snow has been unsettled for a while on this particular mountainside. Meanwhile, my washer/dryer stands quietly at the bottom of the stairs awaiting the landlord's attentions to the electrical outlet. He came by the other day and determined that the outlet needs to be connected to the circuit box. It is functional and the wires are there, just not connected. He will detach the 240 dryer... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


I was looking through my files for a particular photo, one that in fact I didn't find, but I am once more overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of images I made into cards and books and then put on the shelf. I have decided to offer them in quantities of 5/$12, and 10/$20 assorted images. Interested parties can choose from forests, landscapes, mountains, flora and fauna, architecture, ancient or modern... Among flora are flowers and trees and leaves... Or Photographer's Choice. I have just been... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 27, 2017


The stacker was delivered yesterday, and there are a couple of little hitches... First, it sticks out further than the old washer and so partially obstructs the bathroom door, and while turned sideways it would not obstruct, the connections are not, at this point, long enough to allow that. I believe that can be fixed. Second, the large outlet it requires doesn't seem to have any power flowing through it. This may require an electrician. My landlord stopped by to give it a look, and he plans to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Beautiful morning!

The prize for getting up before the sun is, you get to watch the sun get up. The clouds were just showing the first blush of sunrise when I looked out... not brilliant, but showing promise. I had toast and coffee at the table, watching it develop, but the bright pinks and flame-colors didn't develop. Not while I sat watching. But then... as I was walking around doing this and that post-1st Bre akfast... Well, you'll see! start on this one and click left to watch it fire... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Colder nights, warmer days, major appliances

When the landlord came by to install new, water-efficient toilets and get the new lease signed, he also started the process of replacing a window that was cracked when I moved in a few years ago, and since actually broke with a piece of it sitting on the sill. It will take two weeks from the day they came and replaced the broken one with plastic. This was fine until high winds the other night kinda took down some of the plastic. We have it taped up again with more tape, and it seems to be... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 16, 2017

click to the left... another few shots of the Rockies in autumn. Windstorms and strange temperature ups and downs have taken most of the aspen leaves or turned them less bright than in other years. The roads I took went up as high as 9500 ft, but even that high, some of the aspen were still full of leaves and even still a touch greenish going yellow. Most, though, are silver skeletons. I missed a few shots I regret: a hillside full of brilliant fiery red sumac, where there was no turnout to... Sign in to see full entry.

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