The Ciel Show

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Joy of Kitchen Cleaning

I've been feeling kinda low of late, sitting too much, being too much on auto-pilot. I am possibly alone too much, and frustrated with the world's lack of effective responsiveness to the world situation, not to mention to me personally. I am suffering from outrage exhaustion. Yesterday, something changed. I can't see well any more, and I am too short and uneasy on ladders of any kind, and I have a friend who is struggling financially. The kitchen has, been going along not quite observed through... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Touch-down!

It was 13 hours from Frankfurt to Seattle, and the wee one did not sleep the whole way, but her mom reports that she remained with in tolerable behavioral limits. They are very glad to be settled in their hotel for now, and I imagine they will be a few days there at least while other things sort out. Buying a new house rests on selling the old one, and in the housing market of the UK these days, they are not greatly optimistic. Their car is also on the market, and for that they hope for a quick... Sign in to see full entry.

In the air!

They are somewhere in the sky between Frankfurt and Seattle right now. Elsa slept through the first flight that lasted just under 2 hours. I suppose it is too much to hope for the same for the long flight. Rumor is she's teething now, too, just to make it that much more interesting. She is just over 6 months old now. Bunnabee has gone, returned to her previous place, as explained before, and Embers doesn't seem to miss her one single bit. She also had the steroid shot on Saturday and is now... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Shiny!

I promised myself I might go this evening to a poetry reading/open mic event on campus, and was disappointed when I realized at 8:10 that I'd forgotten about it starting at 7:30. I had thought maybe I'd take a poem and read at the open mic but now I'd show up when it was nearly over: I'd missed the chance. Feeling let down, I went back online and there was a notice in my email about it, and it said the event was going on until 10! So... should I go, should I not? If I did, should I read? I could... Sign in to see full entry.

back to the vet, back to the first family

We started the morning with a trip to the vet for a steroid shot which should encourage her appetite for the next several weeks. She doesn't like car travel, but doesn't seem to mind the shot. And Bunnabee is returning to her previous home this afternoon. She has been good for me, as far as getting me active trying to keep up with her requirements, but it seems to me she needs to be among other bunnykind who will play with her as much as she wants to play. I don't think the stress on Embers is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Attack of the chainsaws

Since I have lived here, I've enjoyed the view out back of the tall Chinese elm rooted two yards away. I've watched the squirrels race around and chase each other, seen a flock of robins hanging out, watched the tree itself whip in the windstorms we get from time to time... And today, they are cutting it down. Just last summer I took note of how the sun shone through its leaves in the morning, and how lovely it was tossing back the afternoon light. It kept the mornings just a little cooler a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Flowers and a little drama...

Today I drove around the Mountain Shadows neighborhood that was so hard-hit by the Waldo Canyon fire five years ago. I took pictures during the year after in this same area, though different angles. It was the storm clouds that drew me, driving along and looking for a good place to catch them with the camera. That being just down the road from Garden of the Gods, I went on there as well, but traffic was not kind to photographers. The shot of the day--because I didn't know I'd gotten it until I... Sign in to see full entry.

Here it comes...

While it is not strictly speaking legal to have private fireworks of a certain size, nor to set them off except on July 4, throughout American neighborhoods there have been fireworks as loud as bombs going off all this past month. At first, just the occasional, unexpected, startling BOOM! but these increase as the 4th approaches. Last night was pretty noisy. Tonight they will let out all the stops. I keep the fan running alongside music. I think tonight it will be CARMINA BURANA. From the deck... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

You might need a map...

So much driving! After taking the longer, slower route up to Bailey--via I-25 to hwy 85 to I-240 then up into the mountains on 285, instead of high-speed busy Interstate all the way, I picked up my friend and we headed back to the Springs via Hwy 67 which led us along forest roads, unpaved and some alarmingly unsmooth, by many ups and downs and windings, to connect with I-24 at Woodland Park, thence down into the Springs. Our plan for Saturday was to drive up Pike's Peak. Then back on 67 towards... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Guest room

is open again for a friend coming down from the mountains to spend overnight and most of tomorrow. She has had many critters in her care over the course of a life as long as mine, and is not perturbed by a bunny in the house. I got busy and swabbed that bathroom floor this morning, so the bathroom is as nice as it has been in a long time! She and I were in high school together, and her house was on the way to mine. I stopped to visit for a while every day because her mom and grandma were so... Sign in to see full entry.

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