The Ciel Show

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Would I move back to the Northwest?

There are things I greatly miss, like the tall green trees, the wide open waters, and really knowing my way around from 30+ years living here. Mount Rainier on the horizon... the ocean just beyond the opposite horizon... hills and lakes and islands between, and ferries and whales... The Olympics silhouetted against a long clear amber sunset... Idyllic summer weather! Yesterday the high temperature was 76F and there is enough moisture in the air to be not unpleasantly, steamily humid, but my skin... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Long day

The night before--"We need to get out early tomorrow morning." "I'll be up at 6 and let the dogs out." 9am--"Charlie is making breakfast..." 9:40am-- "Are you ready to go?" "Yep, all ready!" "Okay, we'll go as soon as we walk the dogs..." 10am--"Dogs had a nice walk... just need to change Elsa... just need to give Elsa a bit of a feed... Have to put the stroller in the boot..." (You can take the gal out of England, but...) 10:20am--We get out early. We don't have Fred Meyer stores in Colorado,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A day with Elsa

Like most babies, ever day has sunshine and showers with quick transitions--but mostly, she is the happiest baby I have ever seen! At 9 months, she is inquisitive and experimental, exploring every thing the world places within her sight and grasp. She looks at everything, touches what she can, and clearly delights in particular toys, in her own hands and feet, and spent a few minutes feeling my finger tips as we held hands. Food time is not what it used to be when her mommy was her age. She is... Sign in to see full entry.


Charlie and I arrived in Seattle around 12:15 and were out the door with luggage in tow to find Charlie's dad right there waiting... At that hour, no airport cops were there to push him off. At his house we were greeted by the two cats living there now. One of them is the last of the herd we once had in Olympia, who knows us both, and is very nearly as old as Embers. As soon as he realized we were not folk who are normally around--he fled to a safe place. The other is Gemma, Marika's rescue cat... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

eclipse photos

We only saw it ~90% of total, so no corona, no dark hole in the fabric of the heavens. These were taken aiming the camera through safety glasses, and it was so very very far away! Then there were the leaf-shadows... Sign in to see full entry.

The first batch is out!

It only took 20 hours, in fact, so we may even have time for another batch before we fly out tomorrow evening. The fruit makes great snacks without reconstituting, and we'll take some with us when we go. The beef is very strange, dry, so we properly packed and sealed that away for future use. Our Embers as ever hated the trip to the vet. She gets car-sick every time. The vet says her teeth are again the problem, and will likely have to come out. But since we caught it at the start of the cycle... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 25, 2017

First batch is in!

We loaded the first batch of food--strawberries, apples, figs, and some sliced roast beef--into the freeze-dryer last night at 11pm. It will alternate freezing and drying cycles until all the moisture has been sublimated out of all the food, then it will shut off automatically. This could be around 5 or 6am tomorrow morning, if the sliced fruit and meat are thin enough. If not, then later. We hope for the earliest possible time as we are flying off Sunday evening to Seattle. This is not a device... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New adventures!

It has been a busy week! We went on Friday night to see MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the annual Shakespeare-inna-Tent which closed Saturday night, so all day Sunday and half of Monday Charlie was assisting with striking the set. I picked him up around 11:15 before lunch to be home to observe as much as the eclipse as we got in this area which was around 90% total. Rob, the housemate, made a pinhole box to watch it, and a neighbor had the special glasses, I was live-streaming it on my laptop, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

woohoo! Internet is back!

From Friday night until Tuesday night, we have had no home internet access. It has been beyond annoying, being cut off from all my long-distance connections, being unable to watch my one week free trial of Britbox, and having nothing to do but clean up the gardens front and back, do housekeeping chores, and get more exercise than I get sitting tapping at a keyboard. The week before, GISHWHES kept me running around, doing a number of pointless things for points, and a number of wothy things for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Comcast, Century Link... phbttttt...

Since Friday night we have had no internet available at home. Can't get a good answer as to why, or whether only we are affected... They wanted to charge us to come out on a weekend to mend a service we are already paying for and not getting. So, Monday they say. Full weekend without connection. Whichever one it is currently, I suggested to Charlie that he explain to them if it isn't fixed before then, then Monday he goes back to the other guy. He says they both suck, but in different ways. Sign in to see full entry.

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