The Ciel Show

Friday, May 4, 2018

Flowers and the Romanovs

Spring has finally arrived on the deck not only with broody doves, but with flowers and greenery, and dapply green shade from the big old maple as the leaves unfurl. As the sun's path slides northward, the maple won't shade the front window, and I will be hanging some sort of shade curtain over it to make the living room less of an oven come the sunny afternoons of July and August. I have been watching a Russian production--no, for once, not our current administration, but a series about... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Best laid plans and all that

I wrote a bunch here last night, about the new fish tank and lobster tails and stuff... then forgot to actually post it. Tired, distracted...? Numb between the ears...? I spent way too much time in Middle-earth yesterday playing Lord of the Rings Online. There was a character I had to create... When you start out on a game like lotro, you create your players, your avatars, characters, 'toons... You choose gender and race for this one--dwarf, hobbit, man, elf, high elf, beorning... Then you... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

So far, so good...

The five comets I put in the big tank yesterday are doing fine. If this keeps up I might name them. Not that they would care... The forecast finally has no more freezing temperatures in the overnights. This means I can finally put my plants outside. Kinda like decorating the nursery, what with all the doves! I took my idea for a play/devised/improvised performance to a couple of the Elders of the local theater community. Leah, at UCCS, was one of Charlie's instructors whom I have always liked... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 27, 2018

...and again...!

Lovely day here, temps in the mid 70s, with sunny skies... I see four days next week with lows in the 30s, so I am not putting the plants out yet. The doves are still around, and can you believe it--there is another egg in the nest! [edit a day later: make that TWO eggs!] Yup, doves can raise several families over the whole summer, laying 1-2 eggs each time. So... another month of nursery-deck! Meanwhile, the two young ones also remain in the neighborhood, spending windy and rainy times up in... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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