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CRUSH fest


Grace did an Agi Science lab and paper, a quiz in Geometry and something else….Hannah worked on her English paper, I did the dishes, let the dog out and looked over some stuff, then we headed downtown. We had lunch at SAME cafe’ – where the food is always good and good for you.

Then we went to the CRUSH fest. It’s a street art/graffiti festival with people coming in from lots of states to participate. It gives the RiNo area a facelift (and the alleyways), but it did make some of our favorite backgrounds disappear. But, there is lots of new art to check out, so….

(RTD group)

(Wiley Big Yoga)


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(@detour303 @patrickkanemcgregor)



(Denver Rock Drill)

(Denver Rock Drill)


It’s running through this weekend, though not all of the art will be finished by then (I think, we saw a lot of blank walls today.) But, even if you don’t make it by there for a while, the art will be there for a longer time. But, if you go now you could see the artists in action.

Plus the backgrounds make for great photo ops, of people and LPS.

(Big Yoga @ Wiley)

(Big Yoga @ Wiley)

(Big Yoga @ Wiley)

(Big Yoga @ Wiley)

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Grace made pumpkin cupcakes for youth group and we got to see some pics of Joel’s troop doing mass casualty exercises.



Bowling, art, fused glass, garage sale, babysitting, dim sum


Thursday we went to Boondock’s with friends for their cheap day.

It’s way too easy to change your name while bowling, every few minutes they were changing their names on the board. They played some laser tag, we ate lunch, played some more games, then we went back home (we had a neighbor with us and she had to go do stuff for school.) I got some more books from the library, here’s my current reads.

Friday we had Creativity club and had 3 other families show up, so that was exciting. I was talking and working on this piece, so I didn’t finish it.

The girls were drawing, then helped their friend make garage sale signs for tomorrow. We drove to get the fused glass from the library and got sandwiches and bobas to take home for lunch. Here are the before and after with the full fuse ones (tacky fuse turns out pretty much like the original.)



I took Hannah to the dentist again to get a small cavity filled, then we went to Grease monkey to get the oil changed. Grease monkey did have solar eclipse glasses, but this location had been out for a few days and had signs on both doors stating this. This did not stop people from coming in and asking if they had any glasses, the lady pointed to the sign and said ‘No’. Every person that called was greeted with, ‘Hello, thank you for calling your Highlands Ranch Grease monkey, this is Barb, we don’t have any more solar eclipse glasses, how can I help you?’ Some people on the phone still asked – you don’t have even one? No, ‘we don’t have any more’ means not….even…one. We were going to make a pinhole camera (and we might still do that) for that day, but I might just go to the library eclipse party and not make anything (they are providing glasses.)  Grace went with her friend to LM’s for ice cream and a movie in the evening.

Saturday was a long day. We started at a fundraiser garage sale with friends. It’s not like we did much, Hannah played and I sat in a chair and said Hi to everyone. We chatted between customers and they made about $200, which isn’t bad considering the number of people who dropped in. This isn’t really a garage sale kind of area, I mean people do have sales, but it’s not like when I was a kid and people went garage saling every weekend. I got a call from another friend who desperately needed a babysitter, her family took in her sister’s kids and I don’t think you can count therapy as a date. Grace hasn’t done any babysitting in a while and the kids were older (and more likely to be sneaky) so Hannah and I came as back up. They watched TV, jumped on the trampoline, played with their toys, we had pizza for dinner, they watched Sing, played some more and then it was time for bed. They did try and get out of their bedtime routine, but by 8:45pm they were at least in their beds (if not asleep.) We were there for 9 hours, so we ended up napping on the couch before the family got home. Next time (as long as it doesn’t involve being there that late, then they would have had to drive Grace home too) I would let Grace and Hannah go it alone.

Sunday I went to church, Hannah slept in, Bethany worked and James took Grace to her friends church. When I got out we got Hannah and went to Dim sum. I swear I thought they opened at 11am on Sun, but we got there and there was a long line of people waiting and a full house inside (it was 10am for opening.) We waited about 45 min, which isn’t bad, but I was starving.

It’s funny, we eat Dim sum the same way every time, like we have to grab everything on the cart right now because the lady may never come back with dumplings or noodles. We had a small feast and probably ate too  much, but it was good. Back at home I made my shopping list, we did that, then came home and watched Dr. Blake. We had a guy come over to look at the tub, he’s going to re-grout it later this week (it had been leaking and through a number of plumbers we finally found out it’s not the pipes, the water is getting through cracks in the grout – a much cheaper thing than if it were pipes.) I made dinner and we ended the night with a Father Brown.

This week – park day, hike, TNO, Pueblo trip, Elitch, dinner with friends, Bishop castle outing and for the weekend, jazz on the green and church.

Dinners this week – garlic pork chops, TNO (TV dinners), pork stew, BBQ stuffed potatoes, salmon, fire roasted chicken, beans and sausage. (Those aren’t really recipe type dinners…so…..yeah…..there is no recipe to share.

The week so far


Monday – the dentist went well for all (except for Hannah, one surface cavity that will be filled on Friday.) It rained all the way to Sweet Cooie’s so the art camp was inside. Today was cubism, we decided to work on one canvas (Bethany just sat and ate ice cream.)

It was still raining, so I cancelled park day and we went to Pho for lunch. We stopped by the library where the librarian was nice enough to waive some fines…..very nice. I ran some errands after we got home, looks like the wild turkeys are moving in from Lone Tree….

We potted some plants in some of the whale planters that Gwen gave Grace.

Tuesday was nice and pretty, perfect for the MOA, lunch and shopping on Broadway. The MOA has a temporary (well, all their exhibits are temporary, but this one is very short) exhibit by the design and build teams from the Summer.

Lunch was Cafe’ 180, I had an adult grilled cheese, spinach salad and potato soup.

I could not believe that Hannah ate her entire turkey wrap – it was huge.

We walked down the shops on Broadway, first going into the book store.

Hannah had picked out a science book and Grace got a cook book. Hannah wanted this other book, a cheesy mystery (literally, it’s about pizza), and I said no – then the lady behind the counter said it was buy 2 get 1 free for all the books. Hannah grinned and ran back to grab the book. I like that ReNew is now individual art shops selling crafts, art and more (even if I can’t afford anything there now.)

We looked in the Army surplus store (Hannah wants to dress up as a soldier) but we didn’t find anything used. We got a few small items at the bead shop, then we headed home right as some rain started up.

Back at home I made banana bread and peasant bread for the stew, the stew was….interesting. One ingredient was coffee and I think I added too much of that.

Today we’re heading out in a bit to watch some $1 movies at the theater. I cleaned up three cabinets in the kitchen (and found my canning jars) and finished up 2 books.

Pond swimming and kitten therapy


I got new tubes and mine is almost non-flippable. I say ‘almost’ because as I was calming floating in the middle of the pond, shirt over my head to keep off the sun, Hannah and Grace tag teamed to flip me out. It took some shaking, but eventually I went over. That’s why I wish friends would come and swim with us, then I could float by myself and not do flipping contests, diving contests, clam finding contests….etc.

After cleaning up at home we went by the $1 store to get stuff, then we headed to RiNo for kitten therapy. Usually we go to the Santa Fe art walk on First Fridays, but…..kittens. Just so you know, the RiNo HQ only did kitten therapy this month, next month it’s something else.

Oh, we really, really really wanted this black and white one named Sabrina and I was in love with Rob Zombie (he was dead, they brought him back to life, he’s got some sight issues.)

I don’t often whine about puppies or kittens, but I really wanted him.

So sad. We had dinner at The Preservery and it was all good. We didn’t do dessert (but we’re coming back just for the boozy ice cream…)

We looked at a few places, the girls were tired, we went home.

Sweet Cooie’s art (and ice cream), plants, SAME


Sweet Cooie’s is offering free art lessons on different aspects of art on Mondays. Plus, there’s ice cream. There weren’t many kids there, so all three of mine got to paint.

Hannah went very literal –

We had ice cream before lunch, then walked over to the plant shop to look around. Every time we’ve come by (at night) they’ve been closed. We ended up getting a stone plant and a succulent that Grace named Felix.

We went to SAME for lunch, they were having – onion potato soup, zucchini basil soup, chard and roasted veggie salad, kale and feta pizza and eggplant bacon pizza. I really liked the eggplant bacon pizza (everything is better with bacon.) After that we came home, repotted the plants and the girls are playing with friends (or playing video games.)

This week so far


I picked up Maisy from the vet this morning, which threw off my whole day. I missed NIA, but made it to coffee with the NIA ladies at Panera (where I got to vent about how much money the dog cost us and about how they didn’t call me on Sunday to tell me that one more night would be $400 more on Monday…) Maisy looks pathetic with the cone of shame on, she only has to wear it when crated, otherwise we can watch her to make sure she’s not picking at her stitches.

We had to stay home to let Maisy out now and then. I did take Hannah to the pond so she could try to catch a fish, but no dice. I said I’d take her in the morning because they seem to jump around more when it’s cooler. I didn’t plan to buy any food this week since we leave on Sunday, so we’re using up what we have for dinners this week – Navy beans and sausage, teriyaki pork roast, yogurt-curry chicken with lentils, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, buddha bowls with random stuff I find in the pantry, leftovers, Sun – dinner on the flight to Paris. It’s also a lazy week because of Maisy. In the afternoon I took the girls to Krispy Kreme to get their free doughnuts for A’s, yummy.

Tuesday morning I took Hannah to the pond again, but I swear the fish knew she had a net, so they stayed in the middle. Next time she wants to bring some bread to tempt them closer to shore. Maisy was a bit perkier today and ate a bit more.

I was checking on camping spots for our road trip, trying to figure out of it’s better to go toward Reno or go down to the corner of Utah and then end up in the middle-ish of CA. I think, after much debating and going back and forth, we’ll be going across UT and NV and taking the same way back (but stopping in different places to camp.) Free camping takes a lot of planning and the spot I want to San Francisco takes reservations exactly 30 days out, which I can’t make since we’ll be somewhere in the Med that day, so I’m leaving it for a friend to do. We went to the library for Creativity club and one other family joined us there, it was a nice break from planning. I was in a doodle-y mood, Grace colored and drew and Hannah was looking at something on her phone.

Back at home I finished up a couple of books, I have a few more to finish before the trip and then I think I’m going to check out some new ones on my Nook to save room in my luggage.

Today is park day and we’re headed to Aurora for a city park day. It should be fun, there will be water play, a bounce house, snacks and crafts. Tomorrow we were all hiking, but Bethany has to work and we can’t leave Maisy in the crate for too long, so we’re just going to go on a shorter, closer hike. Friday and Saturday it’s cleaning, laundry, picking up things at the store and packing time – then it’s off to the airport early Sunday morning.

D-Day, Sherpa, library show, Holy yoga


Today is the anniversary of D-Day, thank you to all who served and fought during that time (and every time, but today is for the D-Day men.)

James and I went to Sherpa for lunch, then came home for a bit.

I like the way my hair curls underneath.

Chalk art at home.

When your Mom brings you to the library program and you are 10 years older than everyone else there.


After dinner I went to Holy yoga, I haven’t been in a while, so it was a workout. The devotional for the night:

Romans 3: 20 Therefore, doing what the law prescribes will not make anyone right in the eyes of God—that’s not its purpose—but the law is capable of exposing the true nature of sin.

21 But now for the good news: God’s restorative justice has entered the world, independent of the law. Both the law and the prophets told us this day would come. 22 This redeeming justice comes through the faithfulness of Jesus,[h] the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who makes salvation a reality for all who believe—without the slightest partiality. 23 You see, all have sinned, and all their futile attempts to reach God in His glory fail. 24 Yet they are now saved and set right by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus the Anointed. 25 When God set Him up to be the sacrifice—the seat of mercy where sins are atoned through faith—His blood became the demonstration of God’s own restorative justice. All of this confirms His faithfulness to the promise, for over the course of human history God patiently held back as He dealt with the sins being committed. 26 This expression of God’s restorative justice displays in the present that He is just and righteous and that He makes right those who trust and commit themselves to Jesus.