The Ciel Show

Friday, August 3, 2018

Stuffed grape leaves: the experiment continues...

Cloudy and hazy conditions today--some of that is from western US wildfires. You can't smell smoke, so probably from California and Oregon mostly. My stuffed grape leaves need more practice. The ones I made yesterday were edible and flavorful, but the leaves were too tough and the insides too dry. Since I still have a LOT of leaves, the experimentation will continue. I will work on perfecting the rice textures and the cooking times and techniques before making the ones with lamb and pine nuts... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Milo's Adventures Click to the left to enjoy a morning at the dog park with Milo and friends. This was the day we met Booker, the elder Bassett Hound with definite notions of her own... The two young women attending her were a bit freaked when she crossed the creek on her own, and then, as they were ready to leave, she decided just to have a rest in the shade for about 15 minute. Booker was our favorite that day, besides Milo. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Afternoon adventures

So, no rain yet today, the clouds have not fulfilled their promise by almost 7pm, so we had to come up with some other excitement. After I picked up Charlie, we stopped for food and then explored new food store that opened last month next door to the bbq place. It's an Iraqi place with all sorts of interesting this and thats. I got a jar of vine leaves and some ground lamb to make proper stuffed grape leaves with rice, lamb, seasonings... Pine nuts, too, if I can find them. That was one item... Sign in to see full entry.

Water in the forecast

Monday's looking good--sunny morning with the promise of afternoon storms, not just in the weather forecast, but sworn to by the clouds already building over the Rockies. My sister in Estes Park says the storms build up there, but then flow down onto the plains with all their drama, so she rarely gets a good storm up that way. They do get them, though, as the terrible floods attest--a few years ago, throughout the area roads were washed away and for weeks she had to make a 100 mile trip for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pi and Everyone's Mommy

Last night, Charlie and I went to see a local production of TIGERS BE STILL, a curious little play derived or inspired by, or at least, described by an excerpt in the program from the book, THE LIFE OF PI in which a tiger also has a prominent presence. Early on, there is an announcement that a tiger has escaped from a nearby zoo. The story, however, is about the characters in the story who are trapped, as helpless in their entrapment as any creature in a zoo, as conditioned to their... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bedtime haiku

Cool airs breezing through The music of falling rain Warm quilt, lullaby... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 23, 2018

speaking of Tornado preparedness...

And today in the past hour there was in fact a tornado warning for Colorado Springs, from the Airforce Academy ~5 miles north of here, south about 15 miles, and eastwards about another 15 miles. It was about a 20 minute window, the warning. Cat got into her carrier unwillingly, the closet was cleared of extraneous furnishings, bird cage was taken off its stand next to the picture window and set down on the floor in a safer spot protected from breaking glass, at least... purse, this pc were taken... Sign in to see full entry.

New Day, New Week

Yesterday started out murky with wildfire residue in the air that made the sunlight murky and orange-ish. It went on to become hot, in the 90s, until late in the afternoon when rumbles in the sky heralded relief. It rained then, off and on, cooling and clearing the air, into the night. This morning is brighter, and the temps are supposed to top out below 80F. I hope your morning is brighter and cooler, too! The goldfinches have finished off the net of thistle-seeds that has been hanging off the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 20, 2018


So tired of the hot days... too-warm nights! I finally shifted my computer desk downstairs where the temps are about 10-15 degrees lower. The guest room futon bed has been folded up to make more room in the room, and the closet has been cleared of all costumery--which leaves it open for a large-ish 'galleria' chair to fit back in there, and becomes a desk-nook instead of just a closet. This closet, by the way, is also my tornado shelter. We do get some wild winds and storms here in the summer,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

busy, busy...

The past several days have been busy at the storage unit, as Charlie and I did some massive rearranging. We keep all the theatrical stuff there including furniture and strange devices, like the 'thunder sheet' and the 'wind machine.' There is even a little door about the right size for gnomes... about 2 feet high. (It has a knob on each side, and a framework around it so it stands up. It's purpose for being...? Door-slams for radio or sound-effects work.) And, of course, the costumery. One day... Sign in to see full entry.

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