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Week

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Monday, NIA – Bollywood routine, fast and sweaty. James, Grace, Jack and I went up north for a walk and to get ice cream from The Churn.

Tuesday I got my tubes back from a friend and Jack and I went to float in the pond. We bumped into a neighbor paddleboarding with her daughter, that was fun.

Wednesday, NIA again, just as good as Monday. We went to Fly’n B for a picnic and frog spotting, then Grace and I went to the library. I applied for Hannah’s state ID (since she doesn’t have a permit yet) and we made spinach alfredo lasagna for dinner.

Thursday I took a library book to Phil’s and Rachel did a great job. 2 down, 78 to go.

Friday was the first homeschool skate since March, Grace was happy. Jack got to eat and ice cream for lunch, so he was happy too.

This week

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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.

Hudson gardens, TDO

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Wednesday Grace and I went to Hudson for a walk and to learn about water lilies. We lucked out and when we got to the lily pond, the workers were cleaning it and gave us a short lecture on water lilies.

We walked around for a bit looking at flowers and then went to get a cold drink.

I made Keema aloo for dinner, so good.

Thursday I took Jack with me to the Audubon trail, we had a nice walk and went to check out the secret pond. As soon as my cuts are all healed, pond time!

Jack was really tired.

And hot, he loves to sit by the vent when the AC is on.

I met with 3 friends at a coffee shop and we had over 2 hours of conversation on a variety of topics, ahh, adult conversation!

Tuesday, ACC, park day, kayaking, last drink, weekend

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Tuesday was my pre-op appointment at the doc, going over surgery instructions and do’s and don’ts. Then I went downstairs to get some pain relief.

A friend wanted Grace to make an octopus tattoo so she made this.

Wednesday was park day and people showed up (and they had teens.) Turns out the Mom had been in Police explorers when she was a teen, so Hannah liked her right away.

Thursday Grace and I went kayaking in Georgetown. We made it to the other lake when a huge gust of wind made us get out, we should have just waited 10 minutes, but instead we packed up. Since we were closer to Frisco than home….Pure Kitchen it was.

Jack found a new favorite place to sit.

We stuck close to home for a last drink, first time at the Tavern in Littleton.

Friday Grace had her advisory and orientation for ACC and picked classes (Advisory, English, Algebra and Mythology.) Then we went to River Watch to drop papers and get a new buret, then to Sherry’s Soda Shoppe for ice cream and malts.

I got a new headband and bracelets.

Jack tripped over his own two feets and broke a nail, a trip to vet ended in a wrapped paw and medicine.

Saturday the girls left for Grand Junction, they made it there just fine. I had a busy day with a ton of chores so I can relax after surgery. Sunday James, Jack and I went kayaking at Chatfield, it was James’ first time in the kayak.

We grilled and chilled at home, took a nap, then took Biscuit to the vet (respiratory infection.) The girls should be home tomorrow just about the time we arrive at the hospital.

Dinners this week (not for me, obviously) – spaghetti with sausage and garlic bread, beef stroganoff with peas, pork chops and acorn squash, grilled cheese with tomato soup, vegetable soup, out, grill.

Pork and acorn squash

6 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
2 medium acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon orange juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Place pork chops in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add squash. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients; pour over squash. Cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours or until pork is tender.

Monday-Thursday

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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.

 

TDO, St. John’s, soda shop, walk, SpongeBob musical, Jack turns 2, balloon science, weekend

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Teacher’s Day Out was embossed card making at the library. I made 3 cards and it was fun, Jack and I got an ice cream afterward.

Tuesday was Central City opera at St. John’s. They sang a bunch of songs from operas that we had never heard, so that was nice. Grace doodled an octopus while they sang. We did SAME cafe’ for lunch then went to Sherry’s Soda Shoppe to check them out on their grand opening. They have the best chocolate malt!

I took Jack on a walk and some flowers were popping up.

Wednesday Grace, Jack and I went to the Audubon trail to hike.

Thursday Jack went to daycare while Grace and I went to see SpongeBob the musical. It was so good, it was funny, cute, toe-tapping, amazing, had a good message, the singing and music were incredible and we were so lucky to get to see it because a few days later all venues shut down due to the Covid-19 virus scare.

Thursday was also Jack’s 2nd birthday. He got a cactus toy (which he destroyed in a few hours), a take out box with 2 dumplings (which he destroyed in a day) and a tree with 3 squirrels in it (we’re down to 2 squirrels.) He had a birthday cookie and got lots of loving.

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Friday was my balloon science co-op. We had fun learning about: Pressure diffusion – thumb tack bed of nails, Air pressure – straw balloon racer, Air pressure/vacuum – balloon water fountain, Air pressure/friction – hovercraft CD’s, Polymers – skewer through a balloon, Static electricity – positive and negative charges to pick up tissue paper, Centripetal force – penny spinning, Chemical reactions/gas – balloon inflator baking soda, vinegar, Chemical reaction/dissolving -, Orange peel pop, limonene hydrocarbon, rubber hydrocarbon, non polar so they dissolve each other. 

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Friday was also the 9th anniversary of Grace being in the hospital. I’m a bit worried about this whole virus thing, it makes me feel a bit better that most young people are not getting it, or at least not having symptoms. Her lungs are better, but it doesn’t take much to push them into freak out mode.

Saturday I cleaned the bathrooms, vaccummed, cleaned the kitchen, basement and did laundry. James and I went to crazy lady’s coffee for affogato, then to the library to get books.

Most libraries are closed, ours is still open. It was Englewood Grand’s 4th anniversary, so we hopped over there with Bethany (she’s in for Spring break and due to the virus, Mesa is going on-line, so her break got extended.)

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It was also 3/14, so I made a Pi pie.

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Sunday church was on-line because all meeting spaces that could hold 50 or more people were told to close. Denver also closed all restaurants and bars (eat-in.) The grocery store is empty and instead of a meal plan then shopping I went to the store without a plan and just grabbed what I could and made a plan in my head.

LAPOMPE decided to throw a FB cereal and jazz party – it was great. I hope they keep doing it on Sundays. You can find it here.

After lunch we took Jack for a walk and to the dog park. Lots of people were out, it was a nice sunny day and well, if you can’t go anywhere at least you can go outside.

Grace spent some time working on a drawing, then a digital version.

I wanted to go to Starbucks, but the indoor seating was closed. Sunset.

The week – lazy school (Spring break is next week), Kindness Krewe, St.Patty’s day, braces, antique store browsing, park day, hike, weekend hiking I guess.

Dinners this week starting tomorrow – Lost Cajun, hamburgers with roasted potatoes, meatball masala with tumeric rice, corned beef and cabbage, tacos and cilantro rice, blackened chicken with turnips and parsnips, shrimp scampi over spaghetti, sausage with elote corn.

Elote Street Corn off the Cob

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 ears of corn, shucked and kernels removed (about 3-4 cups depending on how large your corn is)
2 tablespoons mayo
3 ounces cotija cheese, freshly grated or crumbled
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 green onion stalk, finely chopped
Handful of freshly of chopped parsley or cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat then add the corn kernels. Spread in an even layer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until exterior is charred/browned, stirring frequently. Be careful of the popping action of the heated kernels!
Once charred/browned, place into a large bowl then mix in mayo, cotija, paprika, green onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Mix to combine then divide evenly and serve!

 

Yesterado, walk

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The snow didn’t stack up at all, which was good because we had a field trip in Boulder. I got our homeschool group seats to Buntport theater’s Yesterado. A 2 man play about Colorado in 1897, a few famous people, the beginnings of Colorado and how things have changed. We actually saw this same play about 6 years ago, but it’s always good to see Buntport in action. Jess and Mitch haven’t changed a bit, they thought the girls had changed though!

We went straight home because Hannah was meeting a friend. I picked up James and we went to dinner and a movie (Knives Out.) I thought the movie was pretty good, a bit long, but overall a funny movie about a murder mystery who-dun-it.

Tuesday I took James to work then Jack and I went for a quick walk. The owls are back at Fly’n B, about a month and we should start seeing some babies.

I took Jack with me to vote, then home for school and lunch. Jack and I went back out for another short walk, put some notes into random library books and drove Hannah to Police Explorers where she had her oral interview.

Mardi Gras, Cinderella, river sampling, tea and books

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After doing some school we went to IHOP of free pancakes.

Water density lab.

I made jambalaya for dinner and the girls had king cake.

James and I went to Englewood Grand for jazz, drinks and cake, I found the baby and won a $50 bar tab!  Jack was ready to party.

Grace was practicing her makeup for cosplaying at a movie Wed night.

Wednesday I took James to work and Jack and I went walking at Red Rocks.

We had the Cinderella musical today, it was funny and had great singers.

Water sampling.

Thursday was my tea and book swap co-op, we had some good tea at In-Tea and got some new books.

Grand Junction tomorrow.

A whole week

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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.

Cute.

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.

Ratatouille

2 eggplants
6 roma tomatoes
2 yellow squashes
2 zucchinis

SAUCE
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

HERB SEASONING
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.

Monet, St. John’s, ice skating, finals, b-day pics, random stuff

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I dropped Jack at daycare, we put Marley in puppy jail at home and we headed down to the Art museum for the Monet exhibit. I was surprised at how close we could get to the art, you could stand 6 inches or so away from them. Of course, the art looked better from far away, the strokes and dots blended better. It was a long exhibit, two floors worth, plus a short film (that we just missed, they only had one showing.) Grace was surprised at how many Monet paintings there are that we’ve never seen. Bridge over the lily pond, yes, famous. Paintings of the sea, rocks, fog, boats, ships, never seen them. Grace said the exhibit made her heart happy and inspired her to go back and do some watercolor paintings. Hannah thought the exhibit was long and boring, I thought it was well done and other than needed a few more places to sit, it was great.

We wandered around the Light exhibit for a bit, then headed home. I dropped the girls off, went to a HS group meeting, picked up Jack and then took Jack and Marley for a walk. They weren’t walking in the same direction so I put Jack’s leash on Marley and then they had to go in the same direction.

Tuesday was St. John’s music at noon and ice skating. They changed the ice skates to an in-line skate version with straps and little padding – so they aren’t comfortable. Still, Grace skated for about an hour while Bethany and Hannah sat in Corner Bakery chatting and writing.

Since Jack had been at daycare for another day I plopped him (and Marley) in the bath at Petsmart. Neither one thought that was fun.

Wednesday was finals and youth group. Thursday Grace finished up her finals and Hannah went to Chuck E Cheese’s for her History final. After she was done we had pizza and played some games.

I ran some errands back at the house, then grabbed Bethany to have a mini-birthday photo shoot (since we didn’t do it on her actual birthday) and take her out for a drink. Later James and I went to TNO (and we weren’t the only ones there.)

Friday was HS skate, Marley got picked up, I took Jack for a walk, he ate some snow, then it was back home for a bit. Hannah had a super fast orthodontic appointment, I made stuffed bell peppers for dinner and we watched some TV before bed.