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Day 24 – look to your week ahead, find opportunities for caring for yourself and others.

My world this week – Spring break continued, driving practice, Grace work, dance, ballet, river sampling, watching The Meg at the library, NIA, Ft. Collins eat, hike, play, youth group, Creativity club, Denver puppet theater co-op, Nature walk co-op, packing food at church, RiNo art photo walk with the library, church, Art of Brunch on Santa Fe.

Dinners this week, it’s use up stuff in the fridge and pantry week (though I do have to pick up a few things)- sloppy joes and chili lime corn, chicken marsala and parmesan couscous, chorizo and hominy skillet, garbanzo bean salad with grilled chicken, chili and corn bread, chipotle crusted pork loin with collard greens, chicken and rice soup

Chicken Marsala

1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oi
l1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
1 ounce crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup Italian-style salad dressing
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine the beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, olives, cheese, salad dressing, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper. Toss together and refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Serve chilled. I’m adding grilled chicken to this.

Monday milestone


Day 18 – make some art Monday. Grace’s Kermit and Bugs, my blah art (I just said make art, it doesn’t have to be ‘good’) and a study because I forgot my magazines at home for collage.

Jack doesn’t like shoe shopping.

Monday also marks the day that Grace has been out of the hospital longer than she’s been in it. Today marks 8 years since her last hospital stay (3.5 since last ER trip.) Getting started with National Jewish right after that stay marked a turning point in care, meds and health. Her lungs are so much better that she can usually fight off a common cold with breathing exercises, rest and maybe a bit of meds.

Dance, party, computers, mall, Coney island, snow


Friday –

Time for the Winter Wonderland dance. I dropped off the girls and… they had fun! I was sure I’d pick them up early, but they stayed from 6 to 9:30pm.

Saturday it was go to the mall (and I put pics of Jack all over the Microsoft store computers.)

And got some late b-day pics of Bethany (the mall has great backdrops.)

Then it was off to drop the girls at the MCA for an 80’s party.

I took the opportunity to run by the Courthouse to take pics of the lights.

Sunday we went to church and decided to take a drive to Coney island for hot dogs.

When we got home, Jack was bored.

Goings on, school, work for Grace, river samples, teen poe-tea, ice carvings, youth group, teen science cafe, driving practice, Paint mines, doc, blood draw, Platte hike, Chocolate affair, church, zoo (maybe)

Dinners -Italian sausage and potatoes, chicken pot pie, hamburger patties with mushrooms and onions, beef and barley stew, aloo phujia, chicken with tabbouleh.

Aloo Phujia

1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tomatoes, chopped
1lb cubed pork

Lightly brown onion in oil in a medium size skillet.
Stir in salt, cayenne, turmeric and cumin. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes and pork, cover pan and cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Snow dog on Monday.

Snow! Weekend



It was black out skate at Skate city tonight.

The next morning we shoveled a path for Jack and got affogato at Coffee lady.

Jack loves to eat snow.

We got James’ new glasses and Jack was bored.

Heading to Fargo’s.

We left there and went to the Penrose museum, I wanted to see if it would make a good field trip, it was pretty neat and we learned a lot about the Broadmoor and area.

Sunday we went to church and then headed to Georgetown for the ice races.

The ice is 17″ thick, still it’s a little unnerving to be standing on the lake with tons of cars driving around.

The week – back to school, Creativity club, Cafe 180, Educator’s night, driving practice, TNO, NIA, Co-op chat, Teen science cafe, youth group, hiking, RW site testing, zoo, Speakeasy Soiree, church, Bethany leaves for GJ.

Dinners – artichoke chicken, beef stroganoff, pork tacos, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, chutney pork chops and sweet potatoes, Tex-Mex soup, TV dinners (James and I have a date.)



Bethany headed back to Grand Junction, I think she’s off after the 15th, so it won’t be long before she’s back (and we are going to see her one weekend anyway.) I guess I didn’t really get any pics of her when she was home. She chilled out playing video games, wrote some, took the girls shopping and out eating and played with Jack.

We got some shopping done, I went out with a friend to a coffee shop, then to Zoe’s when the shop closed. We talked for a few hours, then I came home to some grilled pork chops and sausages. We’ve been trying every Mrs. Dash flavor since the cardiac diet went into effect, most of them are really spicy (I guess because there’s no salt in them.) But, we did find a garlic herb and onion herb one that everyone likes and it isn’t spicy. I can have salt, just not the normal amount that gets poured onto everything, so these help. Less salt means that my diuretic works better, 29 pounds lost since 10/20 and most of that is fluid (and that’s also losing the 3 lbs of fluid that I gained in 2 days after the aneurysm surgery.)

My week – school, kid sitting, worship dance, date night (LaPompe at Nocturne), driving practice, youth group, teen string art, middle school Christmas party, Women’s Christmas tea.

Dinners this week (starting today) – grilled pork chops with corn on the cob and squash, quesadillas with fixings and black beans, date night (kids choice), chicken alfredo over couscous with broccoli, keema aloo, lemon rosemary fish with brussel sprouts, chicken gumbo.

Keema Aloo

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 extra-large Spanish onion, chopped
2 tablespoons water (optional)
2 pounds lean ground beef
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
1 serrano chile pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I’m reducing this to 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen green peas
1 teaspoon garam masala

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until soft and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes.

Mix ground beef, garlic, ginger, serrano chile, and cilantro into pan; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir coriander, salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and turmeric into the beef; cook and stir until flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and potatoes, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Mix green peas into dish and cook until sauce has slightly thickened and flavors have blended, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle garam masala over the dish, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, Tuesday, Reformation day (with a hint of Halloween.)


Jack’s giving the death stare to those thieving squirrels.

We did school, I had a doc appointment, Grace went to her job at church, Hannah went to dance and the rest of us sat on the patio and enjoyed a drink. Grace was working on a digital art piece, I never see it in the working stage.

Tuesday we did school, dropped Jack at daycare and went to Cafe 180. It was so good.

We went by the library and set up for the teen movie day. Watching Nosferatu and hanging out with games and snacks.

It snowed Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, but we didn’t get much and the sun came out.

So perfect weather for the HS group Trunk or Treat.

When we got home, Jack got his spooky cookie.

The Park day party got moved to today (because of the snow yesterday), but I was tired, so we just stayed home and watched some movies. After dinner I took Grace and Gwen to Skate city and Hannah went to CFA for her youth group party.

I was beat when I got home.

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Breathe in music and art


I got a call from my doc, the chest scan was normal. She said any leftover crackling that I hear (feel) is just me getting over the pneumonia I’m old, it takes a while. But, she said the scan caught 2 nodules that are calcified on the ‘splenic artery aneurysm’. Don’t Google that, I did. So, a vascular surgeon consult was ordered, I have to make another CT with contrast scan, this time for my abdomen. It won’t happen till after vacation, so 2 weeks at the earliest. I take it that if the nodule are small, they just leave them and if they are big they take them out. So, they first have to scan and see where they are and how big they are.

I needed some peace after that, so it’s a good thing it was Music at Noon at St. John’s. They switched out Denver East choir with Opera Colorado, Grace and Hannah were not thrilled about that. But, still, you can’t beat the venue no matter what the music. Music here and here.

From there it was lunch at SAME cafe.

Then off to the Robischon gallery to see the new art. See some of the John Buck pieces here.

Then to the MCA to see the new exhibits and get snacks at the cafe.

I dropped the girls at home, picked up a script, went to the store, picked up Jack from puppy daycare and then make dinner (chocolate chip waffles and sausage) at home. I needed that art today.