Category Archives: art

Creativity club, Kindness Krewe, ice skating


I had a pretty lunch at Whole Foods.

We had another family come join us to make some art, I made a collage squirrel in honor of Maisy.

Bethany and I bought some flowers because we wanted to.

The next day we did school, then went to the library with 3 other families to make blankets for the pet shelter. It ended up being another way to remember Maisy (and do good) and another family there just lost their cat, so it was nice for them to.

We went by the shelter drop off the blankets, and we stopped to pet the dogs and cats, probably shouldn’t have because this one was too cute.

Then we went by the vet’s office and picked up Maisy’s paw print, it was so nice, we really didn’t expect something like that.

Maisy’s squirrels were wondering where she was.

Thursday was another free ice skating day, we had 3 families who were sick, but the good news was the whole rink was open so I got to skate (because I use a walker thingy.)

My skating technique – here. 

Being so close…..

Grace made strawberry cookies for youth group, thankfully she had enough left over dough to make some more the next day for us to eat.


TDO and birthday dinner


I’m glad that someone suggested doing a Teacher’s Day Out each month, I hadn’t thought about it before. No one came to today’s TDO, probably because it was at a library on the other end of town, but then – I drive. Anyway I think I might have to go buy some of this ink, it was so relaxing dabbing alcohol on the tiles and letting the ink run this way and that. Here are mine –

And some others from the rest of the ladies there –

That was really fun! When I got back home we did some school (Grace was at a friend’s house, she did school before I dropped her off there.) Grace made lavender cupcakes with white chocolate lavender ganache and lemon buttercream frosting for Bethany’s birthday dessert. Bethany picked Damascus Grill for dinner and it was so good, we had hummus, falafel sandwich, chicken curry, eggplant stuffed with lamb, beef shawarma and mixed grill with rice. They had some dishes with a pomegranate sauce in them, that sounded interesting. They also had really good looking baklava, so we’ll be coming back to eat there.

Bethany’s birthday


Poor Bethany she got sick from me and Hannah, not sick enough to not go to work today though. She went with James to have morning coffee. Then she and the girls went to NoNo’s for breakfast. She opened her presents: 2 new shirts, a Beauty and the Beast wallet and headband, beauty stuff and books.

Since she was sick we didn’t do any b-day pics, so here are some of my favs.

Since she was working in the evening we moved her birthday dinner to Thursday (the only night she’s off.) The girls did a bit of school, Grace only had 3 classes that loaded, something wrong with the K12 server. Hannah still has science, math and English with History from SOTW and other things. We went to the store and got a stand for Hannah’s fish tank, gravel for it and got it all set up. My cousin sent me a box full of my Aunt Johnnie’s Agatha Christie books, so cool.

We went to Solid Grounds to draw/work, then James and I went to the gym.

We ended the evening with a Mr. Moto.

Black sheep Friday, Steampunk tea, Maisy walk


Friday was the last day of school break, come Monday it’s back to work. I cleaned out the cabinets and look what I found! I’m using these!

Tonight was the MCA teen sponsored Black Sheep Friday, EZ oven bake off or cupcake decorating. Grace was all over the cupcake part. I put my trifecta of foods I can’t have right now, sigh.

We walked around the museum to see the new stuff, she saw it last time, but I hadn’t seen the new art.

Today was also the day that Corissa moved away, the girls are sad.

Saturday was lazy, we (sans Bethany) all decided to drive to the Erie library to take Grace to the Steampunk tea. It was cute, she had fun, we read, it was a nice drive.

Sunday we went to church, walked Maisy at Clement park and James and I went to Fika for coffee and so I could draw and ho could work (well, all he worked on was driving plans to see Joel in October.)

The week – NIA, school, Bethany’s b-day, ice skating, stock show field trip, newbie chat, youth groups, TDO -alcohol ink painting, River Watch yearly testing, teen nite at DMNS, hike, working at church in the little’s room.

Dinners – BBQ pork, b-day dinner (moved to Thurs since Bethany works every other night), chorizo stuffed sweet potatoes, pork chops with fried cabbage, chicken soup, sausage and barley soup, chicken tacos, red beans/okra/sausage casserole.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 pound Italian sausage 
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

Chicken tacos

4-5 chicken thighs
minced garlic to taste
1Tbsp lime juice
taco seasoning packet

Cook chicken on stove or in crockpot until falling apart. warm flour or corn tortillas and top with chicken and your choice of toppings. We like – black beans, salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, shredded cheese.

Wednesday, Thursday


We took the guys to Sherpa House for lunch, Nick met us there.

Hannah had a heaping helping of food, but it’s because she was excited to go back (they had a fire and were closed down for a bit.) I was more sensible.

We went up to Buffalo Bill’s grave and museum. The guys went through the museum so fast that we didn’t meet them in there. It was very windy, but I managed to get a few mountain pics.

I was tired and flu-like when we got back home and my throat hurt. I felt better the next day, but Hannah was coughing and had a sore throat, so she stayed home while I took Brooke, Gwen, Michael and Grace to the MCA for a teen art event.

I used my time to hand out the rest of the homeless bags we made plus some cookies and candy canes near the Capitol.

We may have stopped at LM’s on the way home….

We took the guys and Bethany to the mall to check it out. The Mills mall was closed after the flooding from the hail storm and recently opened. They aren’t finished with the flooring and don’t have every store open yet, it looks very stark with cement floors and white walls and ceilings, but it’s coming along. The guys stayed up late since it was their last night here.

A slow week


Usually I have enough stuff that we’ve done to post every day, but this week was slow, things got canceled or moved around, I hurt my ankle, so it was a slow week.

Monday was dance, last one before recital next week. Our teacher said it looked good enough to be performed right there, our song isn’t long, but the call for people to be the hands and feet of Jesus is danced and sung, so I think it is powerful. Tuesday we had nothing to do, so school was finished and that was about it. Wednesday I took Grace to sample. Upstream.


Right bank.

Left bank.

Just some other pretty pics of the river.

Wednesday night was youth group, but no women’s group. Our co-op for the day was canceled due to low numbers and will likely be offered next session.

Thursday our co-op was moved because of sickness, so we just did school and hung out. My ankle was hurting, I think from walking to the river in flip-flops, but I have an ankle brace so I wore that all day. Grace made some cookies for youth group and we called it a day.

Friday we were going to hike, but my ankle, so we did school and went to lunch. Advent day 1 (I’m doing a song a day again.)

Psalm 71:23 My lips will sing with joy when I make music to praise you. My soul, which you have rescued, also will sing joyfully.

Isaiah 7: 13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my Elohim? 14 So Adonay himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].

John 1:1-2, 14 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

I got the nativity sets and snowmen set up, the tree was done last week as was the mantle.

I went to drop our Kindness Krewe stuff off at the hospital, then I went to the coffee shop to finish up my presents for my dance peeps (zentangle drawings.)

I came home, got everyone but Bethany, and we went to the HR tree lighting. We really need to add some spark to that event, fireworks? A bigger tree? A marching band? They did have free popcorn, cocoa and Kneader’s French toast, but still.

When James got home we went to Olive Garden for dinner, then came home to a sleepover with Corissa and bed for the rest of us.

Sampler sewing, TNO, Creativity and Kindness, HS skate, sleepover


I found a sweet song to go with a poem, who knew Byron sounded so good?

She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

We had a sampler sewing co-op today and I found out that – I suck. I was trying to make an IT crowd quote “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

Yeah, read that outloud. Grace found a new stitch and made flowers, Hannah made something for a friend.

I can’t believe I did that. Anyway we had some time at home, I made a sweet potato hash, we watched some Once Upon A Time, then Hannah and I went to church. I didn’t realize that this was the last class! I only read one chapter, about hurts and judgements, the next chapter was about relationships. I had to leave early from there to get to TNO late. I’ll use some of my break going through the notes and chapter on my own.

Thursday was Creativity Club and Kindness Krewe rolled into one because this month was full. Hannah finished up her painting, Grace did some drawing, people were knitting and others were making cards for kids in the hospital.

We didn’t have very many people, but we made a lot of cards!

Grace made blondies with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, there were good.

Friday – today – last day of school till the 27th. Grace finished up in Geometry and AgriScience, Hannah did math and science and needs to finish the Hobbit over the next week. I realized I don’t need a whiteboard upstairs.

We went to HS skate, but the girls only skated for an hour (their one friend they wanted to be there wasn’t there.) Now they are at a sleep-over birthday party while James and I get to go out (Hah! Looks like you got a raw deal there Jennifer!)

We went to Family Jones distillery (right next to Root Down, not surprising since this is another LM enterprise.) So, this place makes their own spirits (and a bigger distillery with tasting room is in the works for…Loveland  I think) and they are smooth.

The old fashioned was perfect. The food is small plates, salads and meat and cheese plates.

There aren’t too many tables, so you might want to make a reservation. The atmosphere is busy, with soft lights, plants on the walls and a view of the distillery equipment from any spot. There are tables, booths and a lounge area with shorter tables/chairs. The staff is excellent and the drinks and food are very good, and there’s even LM ice cream for dessert.