The Ciel Show

Sunday, December 23, 2018


I really hate not seeing clearly with these dratted bifocals. Landlord's email clearly said "Sunday" and sure enough, he arrived at noon today, and has been fixing the loose socket. The fireplace now works and the wall across the room on the same circuit is now dead. That's the wall the trees are plugged into, and the lamp behind my chair, and the charge cord for this laptop. Poor Frank is down on the floor again with his bad hip--scheduled for replacement in February--trying to sort the wires.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Last Saturday before The Day

This is the worst of all days to go shopping at malls or city centers. It is as crazy as Black Friday. That makes it a great day to be home. But we had to run out to the UPS store with two more boxes--which will not arrive before even New Years. What luck that there was one person finishing up as we got there, and it wasn't until after we went in with our boxes that about 6 more customers arrived. So we got back home by noon, when my landlord said he'd be around to replace the loose outlet that... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Winter Solstice 2018!

From this dawn, the days get longer again! The further north you live, the more you'll notice the difference. Here in Colorado the shift will be noticeable, though not as much as it was to my senses when I lived in the Seattle area. What a happy event that, when I woke just before 7 this morning, it was one of these skies: Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Suddenly it's nearly NOW!

Five days to Christmas Day! Today I got two boxes into the mail, and have another to prepare. Some restaurant gift cards have been acquired for local friends, because who doesn't like to eat free? I am once again conflicted over the box to the people who rarely acknowledge, even, let alone say thanks for gifts. I never know if they liked what I sent, or not, so I don't know what to choose for them, or whether to even try at all. Maybe again this year it should be donations to worthy causes made... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

hats, hats, hats...!

So, here are the new hats... Gnome toppers, Tree Hats...? This is what comes of going to a smaller hook with a thick, chenille yarn. Now I have to go out and get some tiny decorations to make the green one a properly decorated tree, and perhaps googly eyes to make the red one a Sesame Street style Martian. The purple one... Well, I could give it a brim and make it more wizardly. All these things are possible. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Another sunny morning in Colorado Springs...! Temps will be up in the mid-50s today, which seemed really cold a few months ago, but is balmy now after several days below freezing, one even in single digits. Did you hear the prediction of the Farmer's Almanac that this would be a colder and snowier winter than usual? Did you hear that Old Farmer's Almanac predicts the opposite? So far in the Springs, it looks like both are right. Embers has just left my lap in favor of the sunny warm spot by the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Nellie goes home

Charlie just sold one of his bears. It is most interesting to see who they appeal to, who relates to them. This one, Nellie, went to an older woman who has children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but I think this was a personal thing for her. She mentioned growing up in Germany in the Cold War... "One day the Wall was not there, the next day it was." She spoke of her father who had donated his collection of teddybears to an orphanage on his way to war. A small one he carried with him... Sign in to see full entry.

Lights... Camera... click!

Venus is brilliant in the sky at 6am, Orion was in the same location last night when I went to bed around 10--two of my favorites in the sky. When I was little, my bed was by the window and I could see Orion all winter every clear night, and we became friends, or at least familiars. I rarely saw Venus in those days, but later when I was in my teens, I would go out some mornings to the top of the road where we lived then, to watch for a comet--Ikeia-Seki, that I never saw, but the dawns were... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday starting slow

Staying up on purpose to go out in the cold and watch for the Geminid meteors proved that I can stay up past bedtime, and also that such a sacrifice on my part will not bring on a cloudless sky. Orion was bright enough overhead for a while when I first looked out just after midnight, but when I went out again around 2, there was just a blank dark grey overhead. I slept in this morning as long as I could, got around 3 hours of sleep with dreamings of the sort that I'm glad to wake from, and find... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Things are looking better...

Internet is back! Yay! Only 36 hours down... and they are giving us a week's credit on the bill, for inconvenience. Since I was here last, there are a few new photos to share of our Yule decor. I left the decoration to Charlie the other evening, and went to bed... And here are the results. (start here, click leftwards) To really enjoy the individuality of each tree, I recommend enlarging the farthest left photo. Still, it isn't done yet... On Christmas Eve we will plug... Sign in to see full entry.

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