The Ciel Show

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday... Is it still Tuesday...?

Temperatures rising... but maybe storms later to cool off the afternoon. Under all the neighborhood trees there are green shadows... the fragments of leaves torn off by yesterday's hail. Embers had a quick trip to the vet, got hydrated (subcutaneous water injection) and though he was not officially 'in' today, her vet showed up and took a look in her mouth. Her throat and back teeth are the problem this time, inflamed. This would explain why she has been finding it hard to eat and drink. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 26, 2017

All Hail!

We just had a tree-shredding hailstorm, ice bombs an inch or more in diameter! I held a plastic tub lid over me while I went to put a couple of screens over the back porch plants, brought a couple inside. That stuff hurts when it hits! I went out to look over the front from the deck and Charlie had very quickly and cleverly tossed a foam floor mat over most of the windshield. And, man was it loud! It made such a racket on the roof! And outside, it was drumming on all the roofs in the... Sign in to see full entry.

I would write and comment more...

but lately, there is so often a cat sleeping on me, cuddled against me between me and the keyboard. I can read, but commenting or writing anything means disrupting her nap, and no one wants that. In fact, she isn't responding well to her meds this time. And there is Bunnabee to add to the household stress, which may be a factor. Perhaps there is some secondary infection that the steroids don't handle. Looks like another vet trip this week, if things don't improve. It is another lovely day here:... Sign in to see full entry.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Outsitting in her field

Embers pulled a vanishing act yesterday from the back yard. I didn't see her go, I didn't see her return--just that for a while she was not to be seen at all. I walked around the block and encountered Dave the dog guy in front of his place, asked if he'd seen a small dark cat in the past few minutes. He hadn't, but his dogs were quite friendly to me, and so was he. I'm very glad that we've mended the hostility that has existed there the past several years. It is cool again this morning and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Garden morning

After actually chilly yesterday, today is about perfect with expectations of highs around 75F. The 5 lavenders and 3 salvias got their roots in the ground this morning before the sunshine came over the fence. I helped. On facebook yesterday there was a post from the Whalley In Bloom's Lavender Ladies who go around that English village looking after the public plantings. I commented on my coincidental and excellent buy--$3/pot--of lavenders and got a reply, a hint to put a handful of gravel under... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Morning has broken... and the heat, too

Forecast says mid 60sF for today's high, and only up into the 70s until the heat returns next Tuesday. But considering the 122F this past week in the Mojave Desert and 120F in Phoenix, and over-100 temps in the midwest and east, we are doing okay here. This morning at least one of the garden boxes will be filled in with more clean dirt and be a proper raised bed to receive some plants and seeds, mostly for flowers, though I also have some for carrots and long thin eggplants. Both those are... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oh Hoppy Day...!

Usually, Embers wakes me, usually too early, walking around on me, attempting to pet and lick my face. I shift her off, encourage her to cuddle up beside me instead of on top of whatever is my highest point, instead of marching around me on her little cat feet that concentrate her whole weight one paw at a time, wherever. While we danced this dance of annoyance and exasperation this morning, I became aware that there was yet another person on the bed. Bunnabee. Yep, Bunnabee leaped up to join us... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Our House: Playground or War Zone?

Since letting Bunnabee roam freely around the house I have discovered several things about rabbit habits and sense of humor. She still goes down to the bathroom to... go to the bathroom. She annoys Embers. Repeatedly, despite Ember's clearly expressed hostility. Bunnabee runs up to her, Ember swears at her, Bunnabee persists, Embers bats her on her bony little head, Bunnabee runs away... and around the furniture to come up behind Embers and annoy her from a new angle. For Embers, it's war; for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Last night I didn't confine Bunnabee to her chamber, feeling confident enough that the house is sufficiently bunnyproofed, and seeing how much she likes to free-range. She is less destructive to the carpeting, too, when she isn't bored. She likes the deck, and now the plants are shifted out of her reach, it's a good place for her to hang out. So... a few new pictures of Bunnabee eating the long grass that Charlie has just this afternoon removed from the garden boxes we set up several years ago,... Sign in to see full entry.

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