The Ciel Show

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Super Potato Salad and Puppets

I still had two smallish 'taters left, but had been thinking of an actual salad with chopped greens, getting my mouth set for that. Here's what happened: diced potatoes into ~1/2 inch chunks and tossed them in a bowl added leftover chicken breast cut to a similar size added chopped salad mixed up with dill and mayonaise ate Pretty tasty! Last night Charlie performed his puppetry at the Puppet Slam in Denver. It was a very entertaining evening! There were several acts, every one very different,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cookery Day

This sunny, very windy day started with baking a bagful of potatoes, the Yukon Golds that are firm, pale yellow, and a bit higher in protein than russets. They will last through the weekend, possibly, being fried up for breakfast hash, being smothered in one sort of sauce or another, or as potato salad with celery, onion, and real mayonaise, and maybe some hard-boiled egg, too. There was a package of three chicken breasts in the fridge on the last day of their use-by date, and I wasn't sure... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For the birds...

There was a sort of regular thumping sound from somewhere... thought maybe the new neighbor was playing ball against the fence between us, but no. My landlord was up a ladder on the flicker side of the house stapeling up chicken wire across the area where that pesky bird commonly tries to nest. Frank covered the existing holes with metal patches painted to match the siding, and then started with the chicken wire as per a suggestion I made last year. Actually, I thought hardware cloth might be... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Alice in the news...

Remember little Alice, the black and white gerbil? She has been seeming a bit obstreporous of late, intent upon attacking her water supply. It is a moderate-sized test tube in a metal framework that keeps her from getting at the rubber stopper which would have no good done to it by her sharp little teeth. A glass tube, slightly curved, feeds water down through the stopper. It is about 3 inches long, and she can lick at the open end to get water. If you watch her at it, you will see a bubble rise... Sign in to see full entry.

Life and Time

The sudden surge of the kids in the US raising their voices and acting on their convictions has raised memories from the days when my idealism was strong like theirs, when I despaired at not being heard, when I felt so much essentially wiser than the adults around me... Now, at the other end of the time-line, I love those kids, but also appreciate how life and time shape the child to the elder. I wrote this a few years ago, making my way back to the Northwest after dropping Charlie off at school... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Springing forward...

The doves have committed to another family-raising on my deck light fixture: there are eggs in the nest! This year I won't bother them so much, just have plans to set up a 3-panel wicker screen across the deck to give them more privacy. And there will be photos of this year's deck garden, as I have located the recharge cord for the camera at last, and it is powering up even now. Speaking of the deck garden, we are in another spring phase, with balmy temps not even reaching down to freezing... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Oh, and by the way... It's here!

The Tolkien-themed spring issue of Faerie Magazine arrived in my mailbox, full of lovely art, very interesting articles (Hobbit recipes, Elven hair-braiding, Alan Lee's artwork, one of the very best of those who have illustrated Tolkien's work)and, right there on page 53, my poem, SYMBELMYNE. That is the name of the white flower that grows over the tombs of the fallen kings and knights of Rohan, and its name means Evermind. Even here the glimmering simbelmyne grows in the ghostly pale green... Sign in to see full entry.

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