The Ciel Show

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What's lost

It is grey outside today, and after a long quiet 'female' rain overnight, the gardens and yards are damp, but the air remains full of mist and smoke, and the mountains are totally obscured. I can only imagine how the air in Seattle looks. A year ago, when I was there, you could see ash falling, and this year I'm hearing that conditions are the same. I remember when the airs above the Colorado Plateau were so clear that mountains 80 miles away looked as if they were within walking distance, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Autumn is Coming...

The days grow notably shorter, with dawn nearer 6 than 4, and the sun sets earlier through the front window than when it baked the living room until 8pm. Something in the quality of light, maybe the angle as the sun shifts southwards, though these days smoke haze also changes the intensity of the light. Soon the leaves will begin to turn as night temperatures drop towards the 30s--the low reached the 40s last night--while days don't quite reach the 80s. The mood changes from the ennervation of... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

a few photos...

It was requested that guests keep phone and cameras out of sight for the wedding, so the only photos I took were before, of the venue. It was so pretty, I am happy to share those few: Sign in to see full entry.


No matter the glitches or grouchies, despite the cold and steady breeze--where heat was expected and dressed-for--the wedding was lovely! It was held outdoors at the farm of the groom's family, with a huge tent for the reception. Our friends had as their officiant another friend, a guy who is making himself an international reputation as a 'cos-player' which is to say, a character impersonator. He began with a bit which, if you ever saw THE PRINCESS BRIDE," you'd remember: the minister who opens... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 17, 2018

doing the facebook snooze...

On Facebook, when you are finding yourself particularly annoyed or upset or irritated by a particular other FB poster whom you 'follow,' you can 'snooze' them for 30 days. This morning I decided to snooze myself. It is flooded with sad, ugly, disgusting political/ social stuff for some time, but there is also heartening stuff: stories and videos of kindness, of good stewarding. And yes, of course, funny kittens and grinning dogs. It is also useful for connections with friends and family, for... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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The doves again

They have been back several days now, in and out of the covered deck. I suspect they are, in fact, building a new nest that will better suit their needs than the old robin's nest. That one is not only rather crusty now with previous occupations, it is so small that as the chicks flourish, they end up stacked instead of side by side before they fledge and fly. This new construction, if it succeeds, will be in an outer corner where they are well-protected from hail and wind, but also not so close... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

They're ba-aack...!

When I walked out on the deck this morning from my bedroom, to see where one of the doves was hanging out nearby, singing the rough song they sometimes sing, there was a sudden flustered flutter as the bird leaped off the nest on the porch-light box flew off. We were both startle--I knew it was around, but didn't realize it was right there! So... it looks like maybe they are considering yet another brood in the old nest. They won't find it quite as private as Embers, the plants and I are pretty... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Back in the saddle... sort of...

The neighbor lad is still interested in buying the truck and replacing whatever needs to be replaced... the radiator, in fact, as well as the stuff we knew about before this latest. So, with the new battery at least I could bring it home and get to the grocery store later. The other one will be ready later in the week. My friend came by this morning and took me to get my prescription. She also needed to get some pebbles from the pet store for her collection of succulents, and while looking for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I stay home a lot anyway, but not having the choice to drive off at will is like losing electricity, internet, any major appliance... I guess it is rooted in how options are suddenly limited even if one wasn't planning to exercise them. On the other hand... I needed to pick up a prescription yesterday, put out a query on Facebook for any friend who might be willing to get me out there, about 10 miles from here. But the only responses were from people who couldn't help, but would have if they... Sign in to see full entry.

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