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Fun Friday and the weekend


This art exhibition was a birthday party for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, women’s rights, identity and women in society.

Saturday James and I took a walk down Tennyson and watched the cruising cars that were part of the Elitch Garden Theater’s 130th anniversary celebration.

In the evening the girls Jack-sat while James and I went to Golden Moon Speakeasy, we only had one drink there and then moved to Buffalo Rose (the music at Golden Moon was horrible.) That was a shame because GM has really good drinks.

But, Buffalo Rose has a fireplace.

Sunday, From church, we threw a new intern onto stage and he rose to the challenge. Great job Charles Postell!

Philippians – What is your ending, what are you remembered for?
Paul wrote to the church with three prayers in mind.
-That they would abound in love, loving others greatly and well.
-That they would grow in discernment and lean into the fruits of righteousness.
-That they would live in a way that would make others want to love Jesus.
This means choosing to love those with a different mind, different life walk, different political views. Growing in discernment means to learn as you grow and grow as you learn. Living a blameless, pure life (not a perfect one) so people can trust you and be receptive to your message which is – the absolute pursuit of God. Living so close to Jesus that everyone can see who you follow. When people meet you, what is their first impression? When you leave, what do they remember? When Paul wrote to the church, they remembered him as one who God saved, one that was in jail, suffering, but always worshipped God. Paul remembers the church as a group of people who walked alongside him, fed him, prayed with him, and praised God with him. Paul’s goal was to get everyone involved in the glory and praise of God – to love greatly, grow wisely and let others see Jesus – to be the church to those that need it the most.
Philippians 1:1-2 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the followers of Jesus in Philippi, pastors and ministers included. We greet you with the grace and peace that comes from God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. 3-6 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
7-8 It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!
9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
James and I went on a walk around Johnson lake and then had lunch on the patio at The Tavern, it was nice.
In the evening we sat on the porch and Jack brought his rope ball.
Dinners this week – pizza, Thai orange pork with rice and broccoli, cashew apricot chicken with asparagus and salad, spinach alfredo lasagna, tamale pie, Keema aloo with naan, out.
Cashew crusted apricot chicken
1 (12 ounce) jar apricot preserves
¼ cup prepared Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup coarsely chopped cashews
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Combine the preserves, mustard and curry powder in a large skillet and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until preserves are completely melted and smooth.
Place cashews in a shallow dish or bowl. Dip chicken breasts in skillet sauce, then roll in nuts to coat and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes. Boil any remaining sauce and serve on the side with the baked chicken.

I’m liking this


I’m getting into this one kid homeschooling thing. Hannah is pretty independent, Grace is getting settled into her college classes, I have time to go to NIA and do other things, it’s nice. Monday I went to NIA and it was the last day of the GirlTrek bootcamp challenge (and my shirt came in over the weeked.)

I took a barefoot walk with Jack.

Grace and I went to get water samples.

James and I went to EG for some drinks, just because.

Tuesday I took Jack to the dog park for a walk, then we took Hannah to the orthodontist.

We went to the coffee shop to read/do art, dropped off my phone to get a new battery and dropped books at the library. When we got home I redecorated the front porch and mantle.

Grace chalked, it’s a crawfish but people thought it was a lobster (next time she’ll do it in brown/gray/blue.)

Wednesday after NIA and school, Grace and I went kayaking. I was hoping that there would be fewer people at the pond and I was right.



I found a HUGE tomato horn-worm, Grace took it in and is hoping to get it to grow into a moth.

James, Grace and I went to Breakfast Queen to try it out – it was GOOD! I need to go back because I saw they serve Monte Cristo sandwiches!

Grace made some art.

The hummingbirds flitted around.

James spent the afternoon wiping 3 computers, moving 3 desks and 3 chairs upstairs to get rid of.

Sunday I went to church and then we went to Stanley to hear LAPOMPE.

From church -A little help for my friends
Shame, how does the gospel address shame?
Godly sorrow based on truth is guilt that leads to change. Shame is based on lies that lead to hurt, isolation, self-loathing, destruction, feeling like you are unlovable or not important. Shame diminishes us and makes us feel like a failure. Shame speaks to our identity, how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. Only the gospel can remove shame and restore our true identity – children of God, created in His image, part of His plan to redeem us and restore us. Shame is not part of God’s creation, it is a barrier. What are you using to cover your shame? Will it ever be enough? The more you cover shame, the more you pile on, the more isolated you become and the farther you get from a loving God because you feel unworthy. Jesus invites us as sons and daughters to come into His presence, remove shame and cover ourselves with peace. What can separate us from the love of God – nothing.
Genesis 2:25 The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.
Luke 8: 43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?”…..46 Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power discharging from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story—why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed. 48 Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
I John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
I was wearing my Popsicle earrings and Popsicle socks.
Grace made a mermaid costumed angler fish.
Dinners this week (starting today) – Shrimp and grits with cornbread and salad, chicken parmesan skillet with fruit salad, turkey veggie meatloaf cups with mashed potatoes and tex-mex salad, mojito lime pork tacos with jicama salad, corn chowder with pretzel rolls and salad, chicken apple walnut salad with veggie soup, out. Notice – a lot of frickin’ salad.
Corn Chowder Recipe
1 tablespoon butter
1 strip bacon, or 1 teaspoon bacon fat
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup small diced carrot
4-5 ears of sweet corn, kernels removed from the cobs (about 3 cups), cobs reserved (see steps for taking corn off the cob)
1 bay leaf
4 1/2 cups milk, whole or low fat
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and large (1-inch) diced (about 3 cups)
3 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Cook the bacon: Place butter and bacon into a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot. Heat on medium heat until the bacon renders its fat, 3-4 minutes.
Cook the vegetables (except the corn and potatoes): Add the chopped onions, red bell pepper, carrot, lower the heat to medium low and cook until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
Add corn cobs and bring to a simmer: Break the corn cobs in half (after you’ve stripped off the corn) and add the cobs to the pot. Add the milk and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. Make sure the heat is as low as can be and still maintain a gentle simmer to prevent scalding the milk on the bottom of the pan.
Add potatoes: After 20 minutes, add the potatoes, salt, and thyme to the pot. Increase the heat to return the soup to a simmer, then lower the heat to maintain the simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Finish the soup: Discard the cobs, the bacon strip, and the bay leaf. Add the corn kernels and black pepper. Again raise the heat to bring the soup to a simmer, then lower the heat and cook for another 5 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

This week


Which flew by and now it’s Friday. Monday James went with me to lunch at SAME cafe and then a walk on the Sand creek greenway.

Grace made animals with halloween costumes.

Tuesday was park day, Grace caught a 4 inch minnow in the creek!

Hannah spent her time working on her blanket.

Dinner was super spicy, I used fire roasted tomatoes with the habanero sausage stew.

Wednesday, NIA!

I used my Barnes and Noble gift card that a friend got me.

Jack napped.

Grace and I went to the pond and another family joined us. I caught a pretty big crawfish too.

Thursday while walking on the Highline canal I came upon a creepy doll shoved in the tree.

AMC reopened today and they had Grease showing for 15 cents, so the girls and I went.

Friday was – tests for Hannah’s on-line school which starts Monday, buying books for Grace’s college classes which start Monday, lunch at the park, pond swimming and a chill evening.

Wednesday through the long weekend


Ba’corn is healthy if you add it to salad.


I’m loving my Spotify playlist.

Hike at Little park.

Red sun from the fires.

Pond swimming, 4 1/2 hours with Grace and a friend, I didn’t get any pics.

Fun Friday – LEGO exhibit at the DMNS, very cool.

SAME cafe for lunch.

Valor center musical Bright Star (by Steven Martin), it was very well done.

Saturday we left EARLY to drive the LONG way to GJ (cutting around the I-70 fire closure) to swap cars with Bethany because it has to have an emissions test and it can only be done in Douglas co and she has work/school and if she left GJ and came back she’d have to quarantine for 2 weeks. First stop, breakfast at Rudy’s, brisket breakfast tacos – yum!

Road snacks.

Monarch pass.

Blue mesa reservoir,

Finally made it to GJ about 3:30pm, had to time to relax at the hotel before dinner.

The evening view from the hotel, the Pine Gulch fire burning about 18 miles away.

Sunday morning, breakfast and goodbyes.

Smoky Mt. Garfield.

We took the other route back, first stop, Rifle falls SP.

Rifle Gap SP on the way out,

Next stop, White River museum in Meeker, way too much to see in the time we had.

Lunch at a park in Craig that had amazing tree sculptures.

Next stop, Yampa river botanic gardens.

Green Mt. reservoir.

Pure Kitchen in Frisco for dinner.

Made it home at 8pm!

Dinners this week (starting tomorrow) – left overs, bringhe with naan (skipped it last week), garbanzo beans and sausage stew with pita, BBQ stuffed potatoes with salad, pan seared chicken with asparagus and garlic couscous, veggie makhani with brown rice, out/grill.

Monday, Tuesday


Jack and I went walking at Fly’n B park, the plums are not ready yet and there are no crabapples. I guess I will have to actually buy some apples to make cinnamon apple jelly.

Tuesday I finished another Perry Mason (those books are addicting) and Jack and I went to walk up the steps at the Cabrini shrine. It’s a very peaceful place.

Grace made a halloween orca dressed as a ghost.

I made taco and ba’corn and James, Jack and I went to TNO. We walked around the park and then relocated to Vines for some wine and dessert.

Wednesday, Thursday – getting tired of ‘resting’, Friday


Grace painted my nails when I got home.

Hannah went to Police Explorers and has most of her uniform now.

I had an uneventful night sleeping on the couch, couldn’t wait for Wednesday.

I had a ton of books to catch up on, so….

My Mom and Tony sent flowers and a neighbor brought over fruit salad, fruits and green salad.

I sat on the porch like an old timey TB patient.

Thursday the goal was 0 pain pills (I had 5 on Tuesday and 2 on Wednesday.)

I tried some pickled beets.

Pickled beet reviews. First up – Paisley farm pickled beets. I got these from a friend so I don’t know where she bought them from. On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is super mushy baby food and 10 is crack-a-lackin’ these beets are a 4. They are somewhat firm, but not snappy. They are sweet, but not overly so and the flavor profile has a hint of vanilla and cinnamon in it.

Friday was park day, Grace drove us and 1 new person showed up.

Grace made some cute dessert animals.

My July walking.

More beets.

Pickled beets review, 2nd up – generic Walmart pickled beets. The crunch scale on these (remember 1 is super mushy and 10 is crack-a-lackin) are a 2-3. (The King Soopers brand, which apparently everyone is hoarding right now, have a higher crunch factor and brighter vinegary taste.) These are the pickled beets of despair, no earthy flavor, no subtle hints of aromatic spices, just beets, vinegar, some sugar and water. But, if you want a light tasting beet to flavor bland leafy greens, it will do.




I had my pedicure appointment in the morning, then went to a friends’ house to drop off a get well bag for her (she just had foot surgery.)

I took Hannah to the tailor to get her pants hemmed, then she went to Malia’s house while I did some art to try to get rid of my headache.

Grace chalked at the park.

We had dinner while watching Live from Emmet’s Place courtesy of City Park Jazz on FB, watched Chopped and then went to bed.



Monday was park day/get rid of a bunch of crap day. I hauled so much stuff to the park and then (since only 2 people showed up) I hauled almost all that I brought to Goodwill.

Grace did a super fast octopus drawing and I got to chat with 2 Moms for 2 hours, which was lovely.

I got my hummingbird feeder filled and found a table for the front porch.

Tuesday I went to the MOA for the Rauschenberg exhibit, I didn’t realize he was born in Port Arthur, TX. Grace came too and we walked around for about 30 minutes looking at the art (it’s a small museum.) Jack says art makes him tired.

I was moaning about the fact that King Soopers has had 0 cans of pickled beets and a friend said she had a jar – come get them, so I did.

It was very hot, Jack is smart.

Marley, not so much.

Chalk art for tonight.

Wednesday I took James to work, we got Starbucks (and a puppuccino) and saw the hot air balloons over Chatfield.

My friend Kelly and his daughter Keeda came over to visit for a bit. It was good to see them, Keeda kept Jack busy while we chatted. Later Jack was like, ‘Marley, this lap ain’t big enough for the both of us…’

Thursday Grace and I went to River run to tube. I managed to get a few scrapes when I slipped going to the top chute, but other than that – it was fun on a hot day.

Tomorrow James and I leave for GJ to swap cars with Bethany.