The Ciel Show

Monday, December 11, 2017

...and here they are: Dinosaurs!

Start with this fellow who looked a bit worried, and click to the left... I didn't get names for all the exhibited saurians, but Charlie probably knows some of them if anyone wants to know. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Almost forgot to go...

Charlie and I got tickets last week for an event today. Life being what it is, we kinda forget the date was coming right up, and considered how we might spend this Sunday. Late Saturday, we each remembered...! How awful it would have been to have not gone because we just spaced it out! But we did remember, and we made the drive from the Springs to Denver, arriving around 11:30. We were not prepared for the $10 parking charge which had not been mentioned in the promotional material, so I asked... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winds of change

It is warmer today, with high gusty winds such as this area is known for. Weather patterns come and go with the belligerent airs! Adnohr would have been wistful the past two days as we could see from here, some snow in the air over the foothills, but not but a flake fell here east of the freeway. But it will come, I have no doubt. Embers is doing better at the food dish this morning. She was a pest, walking all over me last night. At least she had a back-nails trim yesterday at the vet, so she... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Back from the vet...

and Our Embers is scheduled for surgery Jan 10 to have the troublesome teeth removed. The steroid shot she got today will tide her over until then. And today, she got a rear-nails trim for which her many human friends and perches will be grateful. Good news, anyway, that the vet has a 10% off sale in January. That could save me ~$100. Charlie is still looking for another housemate. He had an interview lined up with young woman, a student, but her parents freaked out over the notion of her moving... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Music and memories in the morning

Usually, my Echo dot device plays 'ambient sounds for sleep' which is to say, nature's gentle noises: crickets, softly flowing water, distant storm or waves, birds... It loops along forever because... well, I like those sounds! But this morning I ordered up something else: I said, "Alexa, play James Galway." If you don't know the name, he is the Irishman who plays upon a gold flute, everything from classical to pop classics, jazz, and stuff I don't know how to name. Today it started with the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bring on the clowns!

Every year since Charlie took the Clowning and Physical Comedy class, I've had the pleasure of going to the annual Clown Showcase that is the class recital. This year's was tonight. As ever, it was a great entertainment! Every year, it is a totally different thing: The style, the costuming, the skits and sketches are all different, reflecting current events and concerns or just raising silliness to an art form. The only thing the same is the shiny red nose that makes a clown--a clown! Clowns in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Could have been worse...

Charlie has been anxious to find a new housemate before rent is due again. He talked to a guy by phone and made it really easy for the guy to take the room. The guy told him that no, he doesn't smoke nor drink, among other reassurances. He arranged to come for a face-to-face meeting, but Charlie had pretty much already decided. The guy had only a couple of bags of belongings, and was ready to move right in. There was a gap of silence, when he didn't contact Charlie, then was back in touch and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Walking to work, walking for joy

Charlie is off at his first work-day of a regular part-time job. He is the groundsman at the place we have our storage unit, and will be paid a couple of dollars better than minimum wage for up to 20 hours/week. This is ideal for him, enough to pay his rent and his bills, and it is also within reasonable walking distance for a guy who likes walking. Charlie has always liked to walk, and used to walk to high school every day, a couple of miles, even in inclement weather. A driver once stopped to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

mmm... oatmeal!

I like oatmeal. But recently, ordering oatmeal in a restaurant, it became clear why some people despise the stuff, find it disgusting and inedible. It was slimy, it was beyond slimy. That overwhelmed any flavor or other quality. It was more like glue than food. At home, I make quick, not instant, oatmeal, and it is steel-cut rather than rolled oats. I add things like dried fruit--not always raisins! And, today for instance, I added apple cider to the water, and some cinnamon. Often, I throw in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

here we go again!

Yesterday I picked up an auction win... a large Victorian dollhouse. It, like the other two I have in the works, needs restoration: Last night, I stripped out the old loose wall papers and 'carpets' which were stick-down flocked paper. I am using a mini-sander to smooth off the last of the sticky residues, then will lay some new flooring, probably at least one floor of 'hardwood' which is to say, walnut-stained craft sticks, like coffee stirrers, but sturdier. The odd nooks of the floor shapes... Sign in to see full entry.

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