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St. Patty’s weekend


Day 16 – post a favorite Bible verse – Psalm 46:1-3 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us. Saturday James worked and I could have taken Jack to his first (and longest) St. Patrick’s day parade, but I didn’t. I just lazed at home. This is Jack playing hide and seek.

Day 17 – wear some green, eat some green, just don’t be green with envy.

After church we drove up to Ft. Collins to get some ice cream. LM’s was partying, there was a band, lots of dogs, the new flower shop opened, people were eating outside enjoying the sunshine, it was nice.

Birthday week – NIA, school, work, Bethany’s Spring break, hanging at SG, ballet, dance, poe-tea, DaVinci field trip, puppy day care, Spring break for the girls, procuring positively puckering pickled things at the Pike’s Peak Pickle shack, driving practice, hike, Kindness Krewe (making pet shelter blankets), birthday brunch and tunes with LAPOMPE at my house, birthday dinner, church.

Dinners this week – BBQ stuffed potato bar, Moroccan chicken thighs, pork and pineapple stir fry, turkey/chorizo meatballs over angel hair, shrimp and sausage gumbo, birthday dinner – I’m leaning towards Ethiopian, but I’ll take suggestions (just kidding, I won’t take any suggestions.)

Moroccan Chicken Thighs

8 bone-in chicken thighs
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
3 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 lemon, zested and juiced
olive oil, or to taste
1 tablespoon canola oil, or to taste
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 cup pimento-stuffed green olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Combine chicken broth, paprika, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons lemon zest in a bowl.
Heat oils in a cast iron skillet until they begin to smoke. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook for 4 minutes. Flip thighs and continue cooking until skin is crispy, about 4 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Saute onion in the skillet until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour chicken broth mixture carefully over onion; scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.
Return chicken thighs to the skillet. Spoon some of the liquid over the thighs.
Transfer skillet to the preheated oven; bake until chicken thighs are no longer pink in the center, 25 to 30 minutes.
Add olives to the skillet. Pour lemon juice over the thighs and garnish the whole dish with parsley.

Walking, Mansion, Valentine’s Day, Kindness Krewe, Taco Bell


Wednesday we got out to Montbello again and walked with a bigger group (it was nice outside.)

We got lapped by the old people, I blame Jack. Anytime there was a pile of snow, he had his face in it. We had lunch at Shake Shack, which means Jack had a puppy ice cream.

We left him at home and went to the HR mansion to meet some friends, tour around, eat some treats and belt out ‘Sweet Caroline’ when the DJ played it.

Back at home I caught the exact moment when Jack chaed the squirrel. James went to pick up Joel from the airport, I took Hannah to youth group and we waited for Joel to get home.

Thursday we loaded up flowers and cards and went over to Quincy senior housing and handed out Valentines and walked around with Jack so people could pet him. We played 2 rounds of Wheel of Fortune with some of the residents, then headed home to do school.

Jack was not happy about having a bow put on him.

Joel was busy putting a gun together.

Jack’s first Valentine’s day.

We went to Taco Bell, of course, for dinner.

We left the girls at home and Joel went with us to Englewood Grand for a nightcap.




Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Some facts about him. Celebrate his life by being a good, kind, benevolent person.

-King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday.
-At the Atlanta premier of the movie Gone with the Wind, Martin sang with his church choir.
-There are over 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
-One of his main influences was Mohandas Gandhi who taught people to protest in a non-violent manner.
-He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
-The name on his original birth certificate is Michael King. This was a mistake, however. He was supposed to be named after his father who was named for Martin Luther, the leader of the Christian reformation movement.
-He is often referred to by his initials MLK.

It was a lazy day.

We Jack to the dog park when Grace went to work.

The girls watched Jack while James and I went to a lecture about world travel on a shoestring. I thought the speakers places that she wanted to visit were interesting and most of them are not the things we want to see, but she did have good tips for traveling light and some money saving tips.



It was James’ break too, so on Friday we braved the cold and drove to Ft. Collins to check out Littleman’s new ice cream shop up there – Churn. Jack was shivering, eating his ice cream and shivering some more (but not giving up that ice cream!)

Flatirons on the way home.

It was to cold to go walking from store to store, so we took the scenic way home. Saturday we lazed around, same for Sunday. We took Jack to his favorite store to get a cookie, they were all out of iced ones so he got a BBQ mailman instead.

Monday it started snowing, which made everyone happy (and made a shorter line at Dim Sum.) I got a call from my cardiologist while we were eating, upping my meds again, but I did enjoy my meal.

Bethany went to a friends house, we chilled out till it was time for fireworks.

Watching Peter Rabbit.

It was 8 degrees, so we bundled up and put a sweater and coat on Jack. The fireworks were very short this year, about 5 minutes, not sure why they were so short.

We headed home and watched some TV to stay awake till 12 to ring in the New Year with grape and apple champagne.

Tuesday was our first hike of the New Year, at South valley. It was 9 or 10 or something like that – cold. Even with the sun shining it was cold, there was a slight breeze. Jack walked part of the way, then we carried him so his paws could warm up, but he wanted to get down again.


We warmed up with some coffee and doughnuts and I was happy that was our big outing of the day.

I have no big plans for the next few days, just chilling, running errands, checking on things, getting movies from the library, and cleaning up for my Mom’s visit next week. I might have to find something to do this weekend though, too much chilling wears on one.

Christmas day


Merry CHRISTmas.

A little music video from Joel and company here. 

I made latkes and monkey bread for breakfast, James made egg potato.

While other stuff was getting ready we opened presents. Jack got 3 new balls and was super excited.

Opening presents.


Lunch –

We got green tea bombs, they bloom into a flower.

Some art from yesterday.

Joel made a video call to us and we talked for about an hour. He said they had a feast for lunch, not so much for dinner, he worked part of the day, made a video with friends and he did get our present a few days earlier, so that was good. We had time for a nap, then we went to the movies. The girls saw Mary Poppins and James and I sae Holmes and Watson. Both were good, in different ways (Holmes and Watson is not a family movie.) We picked up Jack and went to look at lights.

Our horrible family photo, the lens was dirty, the dog was looking away, it’s to light, but there you go – unfiltered Merry Christmas.

James and I had a Christmas nightcap at Phil’s and then bed.

Labor day weekend


We took James and Bethany to Green Mountain Falls to see the art. We ate brunch/lunch at The Pantry. They were very dog friendly and the food was okay.

The girls went on the swings while James and I walked to the island gazebo.

Then it was off to Footprint in Green.

Joel and crew were having fun at the NY State fair.

Later, we went to the pet store and Jack watched the guinea pigs.

Sunday morning Bethany wanted to do Dim sum, so we got there 20 minutes early and got seated in the first wave. We know better than to show up at 10am when they open,  but others do not. When we got back home the girls played games while we watched some TV, Bethany left about 4pm (she had a class the next day.)

Monday James and I took Jack to the park, then got the girls up to go to Kenosha pass and see some Fall leaves. It turned out to be a disaster. We stopped at the trailhead to eat lunch, then decided that we’d drive the car up the road a bit (because it’s usually closed there) and the car wouldn’t start. It was dead. There was no cell service. Lots of cars were at the trailhead, but no people. I saw a truck leaving that had some guys in it dressed in camo – I thought, they look like they would have cables. They did. The car started and since we didn’t know how long it would run we left without getting close to the trees – so for all of that, these are the only pics I got.

We pulled off onto Guanella pass, which was almost a very bad mistake. We stopped (and left the car running) to get out and use the bathroom and the car died again. Thankfully it had enough juice to start up, we got back onto 285 and made it home (and then to the shop to drop the van off.)

James grilled some steaks for dinner, we watched some TV and called it a day.