The Ciel Show

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Here we go again...!

I should really stay out of the thrift shops. But... treasures are in there! Yesterday I came home with something I have wanted for quite a long time: a bow-front aquarium! I have never been able or willing to shell out the $200 or so for the one I brought home for $25. It is also the largest I now have--maybe 35 gallons--and fitting it into the house requires a certain amount of 'tetris-ing.' ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris ) It is 36" long, and at the widest, 15" back to front. I have a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Just when I want to write...

...Embers leaps lightly up and owns that space between me and the keyboard... I end up reading Favorites and others, but the Fur Person prevents me from typing. So... be aware I still read, sometimes can slip in one of those I Was Here bits, but mostly it's all Embers making the rules. It is cold again today with snow flurries in the air now and then. The two young doves are puffy and huddled up on the deck railing, dozing. For a while it looked like Friday would be the day I'd be able to put... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Latest shots...

Catching up on a few household photos... https://www.flickr.com/gp/therovingeye/98r3wn I am extremely frustrated with trying to use the photo editing I have now. So many things about it are confusing--I can't figure out how to turn a photo, for instance, or how to send the finished edit to files I can find on my desktop for sharing with Flickr. Now, with upgrades installed, my drivers won't even let me see the photo I am editing. So for a while, the photos I post on Flickr will be pretty much as... Sign in to see full entry.

Done and dusted...

The StarFest con ended for us around 6pm last night, my table dismantled, Charlie's art auction items either sold or packed up, and the last halloos with friends accomplished... We were home during daylight hours to the joy of various pets. It was not about making money for me, and in fact I had only one paying session in the two days, but I had a couple dozen great conversations with writers at various stages of becoming, including a 6-yr old who wants to be a writer, her folks said. She was... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

StarFest Denver

Set up Friday afternoon... it begins in the evening with events like Charlie's demo of distressing costuming. Not the upsetting kind, the mangled, stained, post-apocalyptic kind. Driving up from the Springs, we got there too late to find a parking spot on the premises, any spot let alone the handicap space I need this weekend. (The lower back, the hips... some days it's fine, other days, especially when a lot of walking is involved, I use that placard for the use of handicap parking. This... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Empty Nest Syndrome

And there they are, here again! I heard the dove voices in the neighborhood, looked out on the deck, and there were two doves, one adult, one young, standing in the dish of seeds, chowing down! They saw me watching, and kept an eye on me, and eventually flew off. Later in the evening I heard some scrabbly sounds and saw one of the young ones tucked up in the corner of the deck ceiling. So the old home is still useful and freedom to fly is not free of common sense. The youngsters don't have... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Yesterday was the day!

The young doves left their over-crowded little nest. I looked out, and there they were sitting on the table in the corner, looking a bit unsure. I'm glad I took a couple of pictures because when I looked again later in the day, they had gone. It's said that the proper job of a parent is to reach this day when the kids fly off into their own lives. It's one of those happy/sad moments. I hope they do well out there where the winds are strong and merciless, where food is less easy to come by, where... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

any time now...

The doves look to be fully-fledged, and it is only nerves keeping them from flying. I now play the part of the annoying Nurse at the hospital who makes you want to go home. Isn't there always one? Spring cleaning begins here with a trip to the guy who tunes up vacuum cleaners. He fixed mine up this week, and yesterday Charlie traded him a couple of non-working ones for a tune-up for the one that does. I also got a little carry-strap style one for doing the stairs and getting at crevices. Embers... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Seasonal hijinks

70sF the past two days... 30 with snow today... Saw this on Facebook: It's like an argument where Winter keeps storming out of the room, then coming back to say, "And one more thing...!" The underdove is warm enough, I imagine, tucked under the upperdove who can watch the trees whip around in the high winds we are having off and on since yesterday, with gusts up to 60mph, mostly 30-40mph. High winds are common here, now and then. Right up under the mansard style front of the roof, the nest is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Let the spring come in! Please!

The two dove chicks are growing feathers with just a few bits left of the thready yellow down they started with. They have grown, too so now they sit stacked in the nest that was made originally by a robin, a rather smaller bird than a dove. The top on gets the view, the underneath one gets to stay protected from the chill and, today, the blustery wind. In another week they will be ready to leave the nest, I suspect. Today we will have temps approaching actual hot, in the high 70sF, and more of... Sign in to see full entry.

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