The Ciel Show

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The hail that didn't

All our preparations drove off the hail, we didn't even get rain though we had a nice view of it. We have had plenty of wind... And I got some nice shots of the clouds in the east, touched by sunset... Sign in to see full entry.

Afternoon thundershowers...

Dark clouds sailing slowly across the sky in our general direction... reports of big hail coming from friends here in the Springs... I've brought all the outdoor potted plants inside or covered them with wire mesh baskets. Charlie has taken the rubber floor mats and tarps and covered the windshields. Surely these preparations will prevent any hail from actually landing. Big hail won't hurt us, forewarned as we are, but it will shred the big maple tree, I fear. There is nothing I can do to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cool and cloudy...

Last night, I went to bed listening to the music of falling rain. That is such a welcome and refreshing sound in this high desert country! Today is still mostly cloudy with the suggestion that we might have thunderstorms in the afternoon. Charlie, with his outdoors job, particularly likes this kind of weather. He didn't get a call-back regarding that commercial, but a housemate whose poverty he's absorbed for a while now paid him back in full yesterday, so he is suddenly out of his own survival... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


We went to the Pike's Peak Celtic fest today, enjoyed the music, the caber toss, some good fish'n'chips, and finding--not family, exactly, but sort of. Charlie's middle name is McLean, after the clan his dad's family has connections with. Today, he was welcomed by the Maclean clan who, among other clans, had a booth at the festival. Among notable Maclean relatives, it turns out, are Shirley Maclean and Sean Connery. The folks at the booth were delighted to find another, regardless of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcome to Friday

The last day of the regular work week... The day garage sales and theater productions open... The last chance this week to get business taken care of... I dropped Charlie at work then went to the bank for a bit of financial shenanigans, now I am at home before going out to take my primary ballot to the drop-off place after checking to make sure I signed with the signature they have on file for me. Then, pet store for fish food. It will be another but the last really hot day for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Last night parts of the Springs had a little hail. Like here, for about 15 minutes, maybe 10, half-inch hail pounded on the roof, richoceted off every surface... I was glad I'd taken in my succulents, seeing the possibility of rain. Succulents generally don't like much water, not all that often. Afterwards, there was rain falling heavily for a while, then just lightning across the whole sky from east to west. It was quite a show! But south of us, and southwest, in the Fort Carson, Fountain... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As predicted...

It has been a busy day, clearing old boxes from the garage, rearranging and reorganizing... Two sets of shelves are in place and even mostly loaded now. The garage has needed an update for a long time now, so it is very satisfying to see it accomplished. Colorado has another big wildfire burning. This one is near Durango on the southwestern side of the state, and our air quality is affected here on the other side of the mountains. When the west burns, even as far off as the coast, Colorado skies... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Breezing through...

It is noonish, the temps will remain moderately hot, mid 80s this afternoon. Those 5 and 10 degrees sure make a difference! There's a hearty occasional breeze coming in the back door, gleefully redistributing mail and papers throughout the upstairs. I dropped Charlie at work this morning, then went on to get coffee at the kiosk which currently has earned our business, and then because it is only across the parking lot, stopped at the thrift store. Outside were six big heavy-duty plastic storage... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A jar of potatoes

I just put 5lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes, a really large eggplant, and two big halved artichokes in foil, into the oven. It is just into the 60s this morning, and will be 92F this afternoon, so it's a good time to get the baking done and the oven turned off while the day is still reasonably cool. It will take several days to eat the taters, between Charlie and me, and the eggplant will also be spooned out of the skin and saved for sandwiches with peppers and onions and some other roasted... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The very busy day!

Today around 11am we drove up to Denver where Charlie auditioned for the role of Couch Potato in a commercial for some kind of comcast-like service to be offered in the mid-west. While he did that, I had a lively chat with a young woman named Marika--that makes three Marikas I have known in my life, including my daughter. Then another woman turned up whose name is Markia. She is interested in energy work and astrology, and I shared some of my 'puzzle pieces' with her and recommended some reading... Sign in to see full entry.

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