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The week

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Monday morning I had a long appointment at the cardiologist, EKG, Echo and face to face and it was all good. The meds are at the right dose, my heart is around 50% (it was 30% and 50-75% is normal, no one uses 100% – so why don’t they make 75% the top? Who knows.) Anyway, the doc said she’ll check me out again in 6 months and maybe knock off some of the meds. This really shows that it must have been a virus that infected the heart, besides the fact that everything else came out negative, the meds would not have worked this fast if it was something else. So, good news. Grace had her last work day at CC, it was nice for her just working 2 hours every Monday. I think they start back in August, and hopefully they’ll keep her in mind. Hannah went to ballet/dance and James and I sat outside at Solid Grounds.

The weather was perfect and not too windy so I was able to finish my art. I might redo the words, but everything else is done.

This is Jack ‘hiding.’

Tuesday I took Jack to the dog park, but he was not feeling well. He did end up chasing a ball that a guy was throwing, but he didn’t chase any other dogs. I think he had a tummy bug from daycare (or maybe from drinking the water at Rifle falls.)

I was trying to wear him out so I could go to TNO and the girls wouldn’t have too much trouble watching him. TNO was a day late because tacos – at Adelita’s. I was so glad that Stacy showed up (and James.) We had a good time and good tacos. James and I headed over to Phil’s for a drink because they were donating profits to an organization that helps out senior and low income homeowners. So, by drinking – we were helping! (And we’re going to be actually helping when the event happens later.)

There was a gun threat in the area on Tuesday and schools were closed on Wednesday which made our Fox theater field trip get canceled. So, we went to Cafe 180 for lunch.

Jack.

Thursday we went to Creativity club and 2 other families showed up, so it was nice to chat.

Jack found a nice spot in the sun.

Friday was gorgeous, I had planned a marshmallow roast park day, 3 other families showed up and we got to see the baby owls. I only got good pics of Floof, Flight was on the ground (he believed he could fly…)

Grace’s art.

 

Happy Spring!

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Day 20 – Happy Spring and learn something new today. We’re going to the DaVinci exhibit and I bet we learn something we didn’t know before.

This was the day our field trip of the DaVinci exhibit got moved to because of the blizzard. I had people who needed a refund, people who showed up with cash – it was crazy. I thought the exhibit was good, but I was surprised at how much we had seen (and learned) at the exhibit back in December and that was just one guy (who had an extreme thirst and knowledge for DaVinci, but still.)

We picked up Bethany at home (she was in for Spring break) and met James in CR (he got jury duty this week) and had dinner at Black Eyed Pea. We haven’t been there in forever. I really wanted the fried green tomatoes, but I could only have 2, they were so salty. I will have to remember to get some and make my own. There was no youth group tonight (Spring break), so we ended up picking up Jack from daycare and watching TV.

Week in review

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Last week –

Monday Hannah and I went to NIA, we did school, Grace worked and I took Hannah to dance. Grace and I sat at Solid Grounds and made some art. Joel was busy making a gun, painting it, filing it, going to get parts, going to the gun range, etc. That took up a lot of his leave time.

Tuesday was Poe-tea and we actually had 2 other kids show up. When they heard March was sushi and Japanese themed food, they were like – I’m there! Yes, we bribe with food and it works.

The poet was e. e. cummings and we found out some interesting things about him. Cummings was a pacifist who (before being drafted) worked in France on an ambulance line – he and a friend used to send letters home trying to outwit the French censors. He wrote a poem a day from age 8-22, a feat for sure. He favored dynamic use of language over grammar and punctuation and saw poems as visual objects on a page, not just words. We listened to this poem, read by the author, which was interesting. It was slower than I would have thought and (the parentheses) make it hard to figure out where to pause or stop or start. I wondered if he was hiding things like he did in his letters back home during the war, take out the parenthese and find his deepest secret, but read only the parenthese and it’s like an echo. Our poetry to write was shape poems.

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
By e. e. cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Our poem to make for the day was shape poems, I didn’t get a picture of the other kids stuff, but it was good.

Wednesday was park day, no one showed up, so we walked Jack around and let him play with some other dogs for a bit.

Jack was tired.

Thursday was my wood art co-op. It was just using sharpies to draw on some wood pieces from Home Depot, they turned out really well. I added magnets to some of them so they could hang on the fridge.

Friday we went to the Parker library for Creativity club. Joel joined us and drew for a bit before heading to the post office and to hang with a friend.

It started snowing in the evening and it really stacked up. We had about 7 inches or so, enough to make Jack able to walk around and lick the snow without having to put his head down. We ended the night with Joel cleaning his guns and packing up and watching an old Sherlock Holmes.

Saturday we got out early to the airport to drop Joel, the roads were very clear for having some much snow the previous night. There were 68 car crashes on Friday evening, we saw a few left over cars this morning, but when it snows if you can wait for the plows – it makes a big difference.

Once the girls woke up and were ready we headed downtown to the Ice climbing fest. Jack loved the slingshot balls, every time someone missed and a ball bounced back he was running like crazy to get it. We also did an ice maze, tree throwing, arm wrestling and looked in the tiny house and at the climbers. They weren’t climbing the ice while we were there, just the plywood and cubes, trying to get a fast time. It would have been interesting to see the vertical ice climb, but my toes were frozen – so we didn’t stay any longer.

Sunday we went to church, went to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (cute movie), put together Grace’s vanity and went to Olive Garden for dinner.

My week – NIA, school, hanging at Solid Grounds, ballet/dance, jazz guitar date night, TDO (Fika in Parker), river samples, youth group, Teen science cafe (botanist), board game co-op, TDO (calligraphy at Smiley library), missions banquet at church, weekend….Leadville ski-joring? Dairy block Mardi Gras parade? so many good options…

Dinners this week -Olive Garden, make your own pizza, ravioli with goat cheese/beet salad, crockpot chicken and dumplings, braciole over egg noodles, church missions banquet, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with corn on cob, grilling stuff. For some reason we have a very Italian menu this week….

Beef Braciole

(Note you can stuff it with whatever you want, so I’m ditching the prosciutto and adding spinach, pine nuts and golden raisins)
6 thin slices boneless top round (about 2 pounds)
12 cloves garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, plus more for garnish
1 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus more for serving if desired
2 tablespoons seasoned dry breadcrumbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 thin slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups dry red wine
2 cup beef broth
1 can (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
2 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cut top round slices in half widthwise so that you have 12 equal pieces. Place beef between two pieces of plastic wrap. Gently pound to 1/4 to 1/8-inch thickness.

Mince 4 cloves of garlic; slice the remaining 8 cloves.
Combine minced garlic, parsley, cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Place a prosciutto slice over the filling then sprinkle filling evenly over all beef slices.

Roll the beef into a cylinder, tucking in the sides to hold in the filling as you roll. Secure with toothpicks.

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Place the beef rolls, seam side down in the pot and brown seam side first to seal it. Cook, turning the meat occasionally until each roll is nicely browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

Add the wine and the sliced garlic. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add beef broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Place beef rolls back in the pot and bring back to a simmer.

Cover and cook on low heat, turning occasionally until beef is tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours. Alternately, cook covered in a 325-degree oven for 1 1/2-2 hours or in a slow cooker for 3-4 hours on high.

To thicken (if needed) place pot back on the stove if cooked in the oven. Remove some of the hot cooking liquid to a bowl. Add the flour and stir until smooth to create a slurry. Slowly add it to the hot cooking liquid, bring to a slow simmer and cook until thickened.

 

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

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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.

Sweet!

Driving, hike, chocolate fest

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On Thursday we did some school and then Grace drove us to the Paint MInes. In all she drove 3 hours on highway, freeway, county roads, roundabouts, merging, traffic, construction, etc. It was good weather and good driving conditions and an easy way to get 3 hours and a hike in.

But, when we got to the Paint MInes a sign said ‘no dogs’, so Jack and I stayed on a bench while the girls went down to the hoo-doos to take pics.

Friday we did short school (LA, math, Biology, History, English) and then went to the Platte river for a hike. Another family (with a teen!) showed up.

We walked 3 miles and it wore Jack out.

Saturday we took Jack for a puppuccino, then dropped him at puppy daycare while we went to The Cereal Box and the Chocolate fest in Arvada.

We stopped in at various shops to sample their chocolate or candy or drinks or whatever they were hosting for the fest.

Hannah and Grace both won a plushy!

School, skating, TDO, snow

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School, Agriscience, English, Algebra, Biology, History, math, LA, reading and we got cable so now we have Discovery and History channel. There was a bit of snow on Tuesday, but by the time we had to leave for skating the roads were fine. An ice skating session was set up by someone else, it was nice to just show up and not have to coordinate.

Wed I took the girls with me to TDO because no one else was coming. I worked on some art.

They were bored after dinner so we went to Chuck E Cheese, haven’t been there in forever, but I’m glad they went back to everything is 1 point (like a token.)

Errands and skating

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Jack and I ran some errands and I took him to Fairmount cemetery. I had never been before, there are a lot of historic Denver names buried there and lots of sculptures and burial art.

We decided to go to regular skate on Friday. Grace tried in-lines and did great, I ate a pickle and it turned my tongue green.

Then it was cheese trivia, cheese sampling and learning about cheese at a library teen event. Jack and I walked around and warmed up by the fire.