The Ciel Show

Friday, September 30, 2022

Cuddles and Purrs--Part Two

Since the few days ago when I first wrote about not letting the cat set the tone of the relationship, my attempts at un-aloofness are paying off! The past two or three days, she has been climbing up into my lap, laying her head down, and purring through some pettings. And, in fact, here she comes again! Direction matters. If she climbs up from the left, she is in a good position to keep an eye on the birds to the right. From the right, she is aimed away from the birds and that's when she lays... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

happy early birthday to me!

For the past couple of years, I've been tolerating less and less the blown speakers on my tv. So today, with half being paid for by Charlie's dad, I replaced it with a new one. After 6 or 7 years, the tech has moved right along, and so this one is quite different. I can't begin to say how different! Really, I can't. I just don't speak Tech. I can only say it is very much brighter and more crisp, and the sound is brilliant--No more having to put on subtitles to not miss the words, or turning... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Storm and Mayhem

Thinking about Florida today. I visited Florida as a 6-year old, and remember it for dolphins and for St Augustine, and it's fort built of sea shells--tiny, and cemented into a natural matrix. I was there again maybe 30 years ago in a February. The rental car agency, for unknown reasons, upgraded me to a convertible, white with a red interior... I looked so fine, driving around in that car, the top down any time it wasn't raining too much! (Misty rain did not, of course, count as actual rain.) I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Revving-up Tuesday

Heat's on this morning--only briefly, taking the chill off the puffed up birds. There are clouds already building over the mountains, and there might be storms this afternoon. Got some laundry going first thing this morning, and that feels like an accomplishment. It's even already in the dryer! Made breakfast, and I'm drinking matcha tea instead of coffee this morning. Sunday was a last-minute excursion to Castle Rock, about 40 miles north. Charlie had a jugger practice with teams from Denver... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Cuddles and purrs

There was a documentary about cats that said that you get back from your cat what you show your cat. If you see your cat as aloof, and so are aloof yourself, this reinforces that behavior in your cat. That's what comes of letting your cat set the tone. I took this to heart as that's exactly what I've been doing: taking Pixie's actions as indicators of her preferences, thinking it's respecting what she wants. It has made me a little sad that she has, in fact, been so aloof from physical contact,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Beginnings and endings

Ahh... Here's the cool I've been looking forward to! Highs in the 60s today, with some rain predicted, though nothing dramatic. I hope it will be a deep-saturating rain. And I hope it all slides eastward to cool down the midwest and east coast! I finally had a good enough reason to return to Netflix. They've been running several shows I kinda wanted to watch, but they finally got me with the new season of The Great British Baking Show. This time I have the account and Charlie will be tapping... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Escapes and Adventures

Last night as I turned out lights, escorted used dishes to the kitchen, and set out food for Pixiechops, it was a surprise that she was not there to greet me and the new plate of yum. When I heard her distinctive little 2-bell sound and followed it to the back door, there she was--on the wrong side of the door! There was no way she could have gotten there but to have jumped down from the deck, then found her way to the back of the house. So... got to get her license tag situation sorted, which... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Another Saturday begins...

So, here it is Saturday, and I have been up since 6, thinking there was something I intended to get done today, but just can't remember what it was. I do need to get some laundry accomplished. It's sale day at the thrift store, but I really don't need more stuff of any description. Charlie and Rob are up in Northglenn at a convention of game-makers. Rob has invested in getting very polished self-published versions of his games, which demonstrate how they can be marketed professionally. His... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Things that go yowl in the night...

I got to bed at 11, but it didn't last. I was up at 1, sooo hungry! I went pretty easily back to sleep after small snacking, though. Up at 3: cat at the back door screaming obscenities into the darkness... Confined her behind the bedroom door while I looked out and around, wondering if it might be Big Orange Cat, seeking some comfort after that huge fight the other night with the raccoons. There was no sign of him or anyone. Back to bed... Up at 3:15: odd little noises out front; out on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Another book...

Here it is, Monday afternoon. It's warmish today, and I am thinking about lunch after not having a late-morning nap. I laid down with the book I've been reading--one of the series about The Ladies' No 1 Detective Agency. It is set in Botswana, and expresses the spirit of that country in its language and imagery. If you like mysteries and good-hearted characters, and have not already discovered it, I can recommend it! Alexander McCall Smith is the author, and as one who grew up in Africa, he's a... Sign in to see full entry.

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