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The week


Antique store shopping.

Tuesday morning GirlTrek walk.

Wednesday NIA, next week the routine changes.

Made this raw beet root cake (not a cake, there is no flour in it, maybe a tart is a better word.) It was pretty icy (too much liquid?) So I put it back in the blender and redid it, it’s okay.

Thursday took Jack to Gross reservoir to kayak, it was a long haul to the shore with the boat, but a nice time once we were in the water.

The girls got through week one of school mostly without my help. I didn’t feel guilty about going to NIA or kayaking (the girls went to Michael’s, Sbux, Spirit store, Party city and the mall that day.) Next week will be a bit harder (the first week is always easy), but I’ve planned a few breaks into the week that will help.

I wrote this poem because of something said by a ‘friend’ at church to my girls.


Who hurt you once
seemingly beyond repair,
with forked tongue
putting on airs?

Who beat you without
lifting a hand,
made you disappear
Into a fortress with walls
so thick
that fiery arrows of hate
can’t touch you?

Walls keep out the hate
but they also keep out –

Open your eyes
and heart
To see that hate
can’t hold you down,
that words can’t break you.
Put on your armor and march
into the great unknown.
It’s full of both love and hate.
Untwist from bitterness,
and rise from the ashes

For no one is hurt
beyond repair.




I went to NIA again since I don’t know when my surgery will be yet and it could be the last time I go for a bit. It was hot today, 93, so the girls and I went for a dip in the river. We found a mask floating by and took it out to throw it away, probably not the last one we will pull out this Summer (disgusting people, throw away your trash properly.)

We were just lying in the water, but next time I’m going to tie a tube to the tree and just anchor myself under the shade.

Hannah got a new rat, Biscuit, the other two were trying to get down to him, but he’s in quarantine for 2 weeks.

Jack was pretty tired.



GirlTrek bootcamp day 6 – Did you know Nina’s government name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon!? Us either. Here’s the story. She was at a nightclub singing, trying to protect her family’s good name. She started calling herself Nina and the rest is history. She became the voice of a generation – brave, uncompromising, raw. She taught us to practice fearlessness and – in her very public battle with mental illness – she reminds us that genius is delicate and must be protected at all costs. Join us as we honor this classical musician who wrote the book on soul.

What are you afraid of? Nina says freedom is on the other side of fearlessness, so…

Nina’s daughter said her mother was Nina Simone 24 hours a day and that was a problem. How much of your life is a performance?

Let’s talk about mental illness. How do we stay sane – especially now – when deep sadness, anxiety, even addiction feels so justified? How can we hold onto our peace of mind?

(We dance to some of her tunes in NIA class, you might think you don’t know her music, but you do!)

I went to NIA this morning, we had the same number of people, 7, and it was a sweaty workout. The only problem is that I have to get there 15 min early so I can pay and get my spot (there can only be 10 people in the class.) Once the other rec center opens I might go there on other days, but if they have the same idea about guest passes (not selling to guests) then I’ll have to stick to HR (since we are members.)

Back at home I did some art, we had lunch at the park and I took Jack on my walk.

Grace’s chalk art today was a giant squid.

We started watching In a Lonely Place with Bogart, but didn’t finish it up.

My thought for the day in light of current circumstances: One rotten apple spoils the whole bunch. Yes, but people are not apples. One rotten apple contained in a space with other good apples will release ethylene gas that will infiltrate and rot everything around it. But, apples can’t move, they can’t make choices and people can. If you come to a red light and 2 cars run it and then you follow them – you are following the bad apples, they are breaking the law. You can choose to stop at the red light, you don’t have to follow them. That is oversimplified, but there it is.

People are complicated, but we are more alike than we know. We all feel sadness, pain, happiness, despair, love, joy, peace, mental flip-flops, anger, depression, keep going. We can all be kind or not. We can draw lines that divide or keep the space open. We can speak words that kill or words that bring life. The bad apples do not have to turn the rest of us into them, each person has it within them to be more – to want more – to know more – and in the end the choices we make are our own, we don’t have to follow the bad apples.

A whole week


Tuesday we went to the Newman center to see Cirque Fabric Flip, it was great. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on the fact that the Newman center has school matinee shows for $5pp, but it’s on my radar now! The show had acrobats, jugglers, live music, it was funny and had a great story.

Wednesday it snowed a nice snow, Hannah got her top braces on, I got some snowflake pictures and the girls went to youth group.

I put this PSA on my FB page because when I turn red, gasp or wince everyone asks if I’m ok. If you see me turning red, it’s just a new side effect. If you hear me gasp or see me wince, that is my heart or lung or kidney or knees hurting. Advice from my cardiologist and hematologist- don’t go running to the ER for every pain, wait it out. Which isn’t the best advice because I did wait out what turned out to be my first PE, then went in and there were 2. Also, if you see Jack and not me, ask him to find mommy because when we are out he’s attached to me, so if he’s alone I’m lying in a ditch somewhere.


Chemistry dull experiment.

Friday fun – Jack at the dog park. You know who wins in a race to a ball? Jack.

Grace is good for another year and her hours earned her a free state park pass and a set of bamboo utensils.

The rescheduled Valentines dance was a hit, Hannah and Grace got to sing and dance to Summer Loving, Grace made some new friends that like anime and art, Hannah danced, they were super hyped when it was over.

Saturday they went to lunch with a mentor and James, Jack and I went to the Petite Mardi Gras parade.

We went walking by the Platte before heading home.

In the evening the girls watched Jack and James and I went to Golden Moon Speakeasy for a jazz date night. We went by Jack in the Box afterward for tiny tacos and jalapeno poppers.

Sunday Hannah worked at the church coffee shop, we made tacos for lunch, we watched Father Brown, Hannah asked to go to the antique shop, Grace finished her first try at a stuffed fish and worked at church and dinner was yummy.

To do this week – school, knee doc, Fat Tuesday, EG Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Cinderella musical, youth group, Water sampling, Tea and book swap co-op, Grand Junction trip, random walking around.

Dinners this week (starting tomorrow night) – sweet potato lasagna (make your lasagna, just sub thinly sliced sweet potatoes for the noodles, same cooking time), chicken and shrimp jambalaya over dirty rice, chicken pesto with garlic couscous and broccoli, ratatouille, Grand Junction two nights, thai basil shrimp over linguine.


2 eggplants
6 roma tomatoes
2 yellow squashes
2 zucchinis

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, from 8-10 leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, from 8-10 leaves
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven for 375˚F..

Slice the eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini into approximately ¹⁄₁₆-inch rounds, then set aside.
Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and bell peppers until soft, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the crushed tomatoes. Stir until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Remove from heat, then add the basil. Stir once more, then smooth the surface of the sauce with a spatula.

Arrange the sliced veggies in alternating patterns on top of the sauce from the outer edge to the middle of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Make the herb seasoning: In a small bowl, mix together the basil, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spoon the herb seasoning over the vegetables.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, then bake for another 20 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Serve while hot.

Spot the Elf, Worship dance


After some school and dropping Jack at puppy daycare we headed up to Lafayette. Every year local businesses there have a spot the elf month. You get a book and go to the store, use the clue to spot the elf, then get your booklet stamped. Once again the Antique/flea market was the hardest (because it’s so big.)

Pet store.


Antique store.

Some stuff in one antique store.

Cool restored mural.

Chocolate shop.

Jewelry store.

Antique/Flea market, I found Santa, Anna and Elsa and Elvis.

Lunch at the cheese shop.

We got home, did a bit more school, went to the coffee shop, made dinner and went to watch the Worship dance performance, it was wonderful.

Nutcracker and Repeal day


Photo booth from youth group last night.

I dropped Jack at puppy day camp and we went to the Colorado ballet’s Nutcracker. It was the first time we saw it with the Colorado ballet and the first time to see the whole thing (usually we see a abridged performance.)

Lunch at SAME cafe.

My new bracelet.

Then it was date night, David Lawrence from LAPOMPE was having a solo show for his new album at Ophelia’s. It was also Repeal day, so samples of prohibition whiskey and other drinks to celebrate.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


Monday morning I went to NIA again and made it through all of the songs! NIA is so much fun and makes me happy. I went by the doc and got my blood drawn, we did school, made lunch, went by the $1 store and Jack chilled on me.

I made dinner and went to Holy yoga. I haven’t done it in ages and it felt pretty good.

Tuesday, 1 week after our big snow. My front yard.

Across the street.

The street in sore need of another plowing.

Grace had to work at church, Hannah had an interview at Chick-Fil-A, then Police explorers meeting. On the way back from dropping her off I took Jack to Petsmart to book some day camps.

Wednesday I went to Montbello to walk with Pam and give her some stuff for the seniors. Jack loved the snow!

Then it was driving to RW to drop water samples, running an errand and finally back home for lunch and finishing up school.

School today – Chemistry – conservation of mass, balancing chemical equations, synthesis reactions. Practical math -sequences. Forensic science – arson lab, robbery and theft. British lit – Hamlet act III.

English – archetypes and allusions. World history – cultural diffusion. Astronomy – the sun text questions. Earth science -barometer lab. Algebra – exponential equations. Criminal justice – police terminology.

Never watch VeggieTales as a substitute for reading Hamlet.


Fun Friday


Hannah finished packing for Christ In Youth camp (she leaves tomorrow), Grace got to hang out with Gwen for a bit and I took Jack to NIA in the park. I didn’t know how he would do, it is a park and there were dogs walking by, geese wandering around and of course music and people dancing – but he did great.

He sat at my feet the whole time, until the last 2 songs. He found a goose feather and when I pulled it out of his mouth, he found another one. So I just went and sat down on a bench and did the arm motions for the last song. We were in the shade and it was morning, but it was already getting hot. We had a nice potluck after the dancing and got to chat, which was very nice. When I got back Grace had gone to Skate city with Gwen and Hannah wanted to chill, so I sat around and read.

When James got home we left Jack with the girls and went to Color con for a date night. Color con was a couple of blocks of new murals being painted on the alleys near Broadway. Not as big as RiNo, but still nice to walk around and look.

Bonus fun – I made a Frida button.

We went to Atelier for dinner.

We sat inside, but had a view out the window to the patio. We had the crab gratin and lobster ravioli. I should have taken a better pic, our table was half in light and half in shadow, but let me tell you – the presentation and the taste were sensational. The chef knows his stuff, the place is small but with the huge windows open you get a sense of space. I love the little touches of the pans on the wall, lights outside and the fresh bread and butter that was not just something to snack on, but part of the meal to enjoy.


The week


Monday was recital rehearsal and performance. It’s so much easier to get just 1 person ready. I’m a little sad that they aren’t offering adult classes anymore, but I don’t think I could do it right now anyway, so it’s a moot point. Hannah had a walking solo in part of the dance and all of the girls did a great job. I watched some of the practice dances, we had dinner and then I stood in line to get a seat. We were 3rd row back and in the middle so I got a great video of the performance. I love watching the performance because it’s all about worship. The songs were all hymns this session and the music with the movements was beautiful. I don’t know why the video is so crappy, I’ll see if I can upload a better version later.

Tuesday the girls slept in (because of the late night.) We did school, I wanted to take Jack to the dog park, but…

So I tried to wear him out with the ball so the girls would have an easier time watching him. I took the train downtown to meet James at a library pop-up event in RiNo (there are so many of them there because the library is building a new location there in a year.)

Tonight was the book celebration and cocktail mixings of the Ladies United for the Preservation of the Endangered Cocktail or LUPEC.

I have to say, they all sounded good and the one I tried was a hit for me.

It was also Taco Tuesday at the Preservery and the wings, well, they have good wings there.

Back at home we watched an Agatha Christie and Jack pulled the brains out of his monkey.

And then went to work on his chipmunk.

Wednesday it rained/snowed again and we booked a room at the library to watch an Avengers movie. It was pretty good, we’ve missed a whole bunch, so we didn’t get some of the stuff going on or the characters, but it was still good. Hannah had youth group and I found a new version of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence and we started watching it, it’s pretty good.

Thursday we did school, watched some movies, I took Jack to the dog park  because it was finally sunny. The girls and I left him in the crate and went downtown to see The Marriage of Figaro. I didn’t know the opera had such funny one liners and crazy situation in it, the girls liked it, but it was long (3 hours.) We didn’t get home until 11pm.

Today it’s sunny again and after lunch we’re heading to the park to play tennis and walk Jack around. I told my homeschool group that I wasn’t going to make events for them anymore, oh I’ll still be doing 100 things, and maybe even posting to them what’s going on, but I won’t expect them to come. If they show, great, if they don’t I won’t be disappointed. People say they are appreciative of things I do, but really they just want to show up for a field trip or tour that they didn’t have to put together or come to something without worrying about booking a library room, getting things together, etc. People complain that their teens are lonely and need friends – welcome to the club. Come to something.

The sunny days before the storm


The weather was so nice and since James was working from home and Bethany was still here from the weekend (no class today) we had a picnic lunch at Fly’n B – of course we checked out the baby owls, Jack got dirty and Grace saw a muskrat.

James and I took Jack to the patio of Solid Grounds while Hannah was at dance. I did some art, read my book, James read his book and Jack sat.

Tuesday we did some school while Jack slept.

He had fun chasing a squirrel and barking at it.

We left him in the crate and went to St. John’s for some Bach by violin.

Lunch was SAME cafe.

Grace’s stickers came in the mail – cute!

This was the verse on Biblegateway for today –

Hebrew 1:3 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! [ The Son Is Higher than Angels ] After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.”

No matter if you read the Bible straight through, in year, one book at a time, just verses at a time – there will be things that pop out when you see them. I must have read these verses before, but when I read them this morning I found a deeper level to them. “The Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature.” I love that! Since we are made in God’s image and Christ lives in us we too should mirror God and are stamped with His nature. Lofty goals and a good reminder.