The Ciel Show

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday catch-up

All day yesterday I almost sat down here to write, but things went on as things will and do, and it didn't happen. We have disassembled most of the holiday decor... all but the trees and their lights have been tucked away in boxes and shoved onto the top shelf of a closet that is rarely opened. The village and snow are removed, the soft denizens of the town piled into a basket that used to hold the food goodies, beside the fireplace. I will miss the lights, especially, when they are gone.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Another Sunday

Sun and clouds are sharing the sky this morning. I got up earlier than I wanted to, but still too late to see Venus brilliant against the dark. Some mornings lately that has been all the incentive I need--after a good night's sleep! Or with the intention of going back to bed almost immediately. Yesterday Charlie, Rob and I had a make-your-own pizza party. It starts with miniature pizza blanks, and the cooking up of a variety of toppings. We had two sauces: chunky red, and pesto alfredo. Then,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Knowing of Things

By warm, I mean well above freezing! Today the high will be in the 50s F, approaching 60! So far this season seems to be a yoyo between extreme highs and lows, a wave pattern on a cycle of days and weeks. The forecast has us in this warm range for the next week and a half. Then, I expect, we will be back to temps well below freezing, even into the single digits that freeze water pipes. Over on Facebook, my curation theme for today is SCIENCE IS COOL! with a side of CURIOSITY IS EXCELLENT, and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Making Facebook my platform

This year, so far, I have been on Facebook sharing themed posts. Yesterday it was all about the amazing world we live in. Today it is about Earth stewardship: what we are doing right. The way Fb works, as I understand it, one gets the things one likes on one's daily feed. I like animals and nature and such things, so I see a lot of them. But not everyone sees what I get on my feed. So I've decided to eschew the political and social outrage which plenty of people are sharing widely, which... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


First of January, first day of the New Year... I woke too early, 4-ish, into a cold house, with the outside temperature close to 0 F. I ended up dragging the down comforter to the living room couch, and sleeping there until daylight crept in. It creeps slowly on an overcast morning like today. In that warm coziness I watched the final episodes of the 7-season THE WEST WING, and then waited for Charlie to come over to make crepes. He was out last night celebrating the New Year until around 1 or... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

I know I'm not the only one.

Well, it's about time. Lately, I just have not been feeling it, that urge to write, to make a point, to share a thought. There are days like this, many of them, and then suddenly, they're done, and I have a use for this keyboard again. Sometimes it's about just not having anything to say, nothing that's interesting enough to share. But usually, it is that I am not finding things interesting enough to think about much less write down thoughts. I read here, take in what's going on in other lives,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The last ham

From Thanksgiving through Christmas, my grocery store stocks a certain brand of ham. Now, I am not a big ham lover. I never have loved ham. But this particular one is very tasty. It is sweet with a honey glaze and spicy with cloves, and it is never too salty. There were three left of these spiral cut hams, at $3.99/lb today. They won't be back again until Easter, then will make a brief appearance for a couple of weeks. Perhaps the one I got today will last that long--most of it is already in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The first day of the rest of the holiday season...

Today started with sleeping late, then taking Charlie to work, and getting a call that my new glasses have been sitting there ready for me for some time, I drove out to pick them up. Nothing fancy: I hated the bifocals, hated the progressives... These are single vision for computer length reading, and narrow enough to look over for unassisted distance viewing. Liking them so far! Then, because I was already out in the world, I drove over to a used car lot and perused. I'm not in a big hurry, and... Sign in to see full entry.

I knew there was something I was forgetting... The photos of the final goings-on of the Yule Village and Forest... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Day

...started early, and I feel the post-Christmas nap coming on. We had our big fancy meal last night at Red Lobster, and the leftovers made a fantastic shrimp/scallop/lobster salad for lunch today. Charlie used a sweet bourbon vanilla bread to make french toast for breakfast. Through the day, there have been snacks. Here it is 7pm, and not surprisingly, there is no hunger for dinner. 10:45 pm Now we're hungry... The snacks have finally worn off. So, steamed broccoli, and chicken simmering in... Sign in to see full entry.

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