The Ciel Show

Sunday, April 15, 2018

any time now...

The doves look to be fully-fledged, and it is only nerves keeping them from flying. I now play the part of the annoying Nurse at the hospital who makes you want to go home. Isn't there always one? Spring cleaning begins here with a trip to the guy who tunes up vacuum cleaners. He fixed mine up this week, and yesterday Charlie traded him a couple of non-working ones for a tune-up for the one that does. I also got a little carry-strap style one for doing the stairs and getting at crevices. Embers... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Seasonal hijinks

70sF the past two days... 30 with snow today... Saw this on Facebook: It's like an argument where Winter keeps storming out of the room, then coming back to say, "And one more thing...!" The underdove is warm enough, I imagine, tucked under the upperdove who can watch the trees whip around in the high winds we are having off and on since yesterday, with gusts up to 60mph, mostly 30-40mph. High winds are common here, now and then. Right up under the mansard style front of the roof, the nest is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Let the spring come in! Please!

The two dove chicks are growing feathers with just a few bits left of the thready yellow down they started with. They have grown, too so now they sit stacked in the nest that was made originally by a robin, a rather smaller bird than a dove. The top on gets the view, the underneath one gets to stay protected from the chill and, today, the blustery wind. In another week they will be ready to leave the nest, I suspect. Today we will have temps approaching actual hot, in the high 70sF, and more of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

At the end of the day...

It has been a productive day! My daughter and her husband have been in Seattle again since last August, and living in rental homes provided first by his employer, then by themselves. They had to wait on the sale of two houses in England before they could buy here. Finally, both houses are sold--or at least in the processes of being sold which seems more complicated there than over here. And they had an offer accepted on a house in the Seattle area, and have to hand over money on Friday to lock... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday home day

It's back to cold out there, and a hoar-frosty morning, when the spring dew makes all the trees and surfaces white. I wake to the sound--it takes a moment or two of consciousness to recognize it--of someone out on the street scraping frost off their windshield. Days like this, how I wish I had a nice deep garden tub one of those wide oval bathtubs for a long hot soak! Yesterday I was looking, trying to tempt myself with pretty spring flowers, but there are still hard freezes in the overnight... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

about those Easter eggs...

The ones I tried coloring with all-natural dyes...? Turmeric for yellow, blueberries for that sort of greyish blue, and beets for the reds--then some mixin' and matchin' around... Well, they don't look appetizing, do they? Just as well since I forgot I was dealing with hard-boiled eggs where I usually paint blown-out shells, and left these out way too long, so they are probably not fit for actual consumption. Sign in to see full entry.


I stopped at Starbuck's for coffee and a sandwich after dropping Charlie at work, and was not too pleased that all four of the cushy seats and all the low tables were occupied. I don't like the high tables and chairs--always unsteady on those! So I took my coffee and sandwich to the car and opened the laptop. Another new thing: you now have to commit name and email to receiving Starbuck's junk email, to go online there at all. So I am home with coffee and sandwich and laptop. I just also met... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday already?!

Monday was one of those never-quite-awake days. Tuesday started with grocery shopping and then segued into other projects out of the house. And both days I spent watching the two seasons of MARCO POLO, a lavish production with jaw-dropping authentic scenery, sets, costuming... and Benedict Wong, a mild-voiced kid from Manchester, UK, as Kublai Khan. The history was drama, to be sure, and now historians are pretty sure Marco Polo never existed... For reasons beyond art and beauty and no doubt all... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

big fat snow

The flakes are whipping across the air, the big soft flakes of warm snow. The temperature is a few degrees above freezing, and even if it stacks up a bit tonight, it won't last through tomorrow. Meanwhile, I am roasting peppers and artichokes and some green onions. They will go in a long brioche roll with some roasted eggplant, black olives (from the deli, not a can), and a dash of spaghetti sauce. And then there is another project for the kitchen: I am going to make some naturally dyed eggs... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday morning with snow

Big fluffy snow this morning, but the streets are nearly dry, not even snow let alone ice. So Charlie didn't have to bus to work this morning. When he got there, he discovered that his manager has suddenly been replaced. What this portends we don't have a clue. He got along very well with her, with his odd schedule that has always been very flexible. So far, though, he says the new manager seems content to let him do what he does. We are due a few more below-freezing days this week, but the... Sign in to see full entry.

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