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TDO and birthday dinner

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I’m glad that someone suggested doing a Teacher’s Day Out each month, I hadn’t thought about it before. No one came to today’s TDO, probably because it was at a library on the other end of town, but then – I drive. Anyway I think I might have to go buy some of this ink, it was so relaxing dabbing alcohol on the tiles and letting the ink run this way and that. Here are mine –

And some others from the rest of the ladies there –

That was really fun! When I got back home we did some school (Grace was at a friend’s house, she did school before I dropped her off there.) Grace made lavender cupcakes with white chocolate lavender ganache and lemon buttercream frosting for Bethany’s birthday dessert. Bethany picked Damascus Grill for dinner and it was so good, we had hummus, falafel sandwich, chicken curry, eggplant stuffed with lamb, beef shawarma and mixed grill with rice. They had some dishes with a pomegranate sauce in them, that sounded interesting. They also had really good looking baklava, so we’ll be coming back to eat there.

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Black sheep Friday, Steampunk tea, Maisy walk

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Friday was the last day of school break, come Monday it’s back to work. I cleaned out the cabinets and look what I found! I’m using these!

Tonight was the MCA teen sponsored Black Sheep Friday, EZ oven bake off or cupcake decorating. Grace was all over the cupcake part. I put my trifecta of foods I can’t have right now, sigh.

We walked around the museum to see the new stuff, she saw it last time, but I hadn’t seen the new art.

Today was also the day that Corissa moved away, the girls are sad.

Saturday was lazy, we (sans Bethany) all decided to drive to the Erie library to take Grace to the Steampunk tea. It was cute, she had fun, we read, it was a nice drive.

Sunday we went to church, walked Maisy at Clement park and James and I went to Fika for coffee and so I could draw and ho could work (well, all he worked on was driving plans to see Joel in October.)

The week – NIA, school, Bethany’s b-day, ice skating, stock show field trip, newbie chat, youth groups, TDO -alcohol ink painting, River Watch yearly testing, teen nite at DMNS, hike, working at church in the little’s room.

Dinners – BBQ pork, b-day dinner (moved to Thurs since Bethany works every other night), chorizo stuffed sweet potatoes, pork chops with fried cabbage, chicken soup, sausage and barley soup, chicken tacos, red beans/okra/sausage casserole.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 pound Italian sausage 
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

Chicken tacos

4-5 chicken thighs
minced garlic to taste
1Tbsp lime juice
taco seasoning packet

Cook chicken on stove or in crockpot until falling apart. warm flour or corn tortillas and top with chicken and your choice of toppings. We like – black beans, salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, shredded cheese.

Stock show parade, marshmallow fun, Star Wars date night

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We headed out to the Stock show parade today, it was sunny and 50, nice weather to stand outside. There was the usual line up – longhorns trotting through town, all kinds of horses, llamas, a dog with a hat, fire trucks, tractors, a turkey wearing a scarf, roping, clowns, music and flags.

We grabbed lunch and headed over to the library for some marshmallow buildings.

No instructions, no teaching, just playing with toothpicks and marshmallows.

Back at home Grace finished her cupcakes for youth group (Corissa’s last one, they leave tomorrow.)

My fascinator hat and speakeasy headband came in, I’m still not sure if I’m dressing more 20’s or more 40’s for the Soiree.

I ate and drove to meet James at the Harkins theater in Northfield. I saw a deal from Food Bank of the Rockies, $15 for a private screening of Star Wars, free medium popcorn and coke, loyalty cup (that you refill for $1.50) and a free ticket to another movie there another time. James and I hadn’t seen the movie and for that price that is really a deal (plus we helped out the Food Bank.)

I have to say, I thought it was a great movie. I could lose the Rose character and the purple haired commander, I thought they were weak to the plot, but I loved the rest of the movie. I know they put in those puppy dog eyed critters just for girls, and it worked. I want one of those, that bunny eared horse thing and the tinkling fox as pets. Once it comes to the $1 movie I’ll take the girls to see it because I think they would like the animals….and maybe the rest of the movie.

A lot of stuff Tuesday

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We did school, then went to St. John’s for Music at noon. The quartet of players were making music on the viola de gamba. It’s a 6 or 7 stringed instrument that is a mix of viola, guitar and cello played with a an underhanded bow. All of the music was from the 1500’s, not sure if that means that no one writes music for the viola de gamba anymore or what.

One of the songs – https://www.facebook.com/liese.carberry/videos/2039426873005302/

Saw this across the street.

We ate lunch at SAME and it was so good that I had one of everything. Roasted Pork Green Chili, Creamy Coconut Tomato Soup, Arugula & Butternut Squash Salad, Mushroom, Currant & Quinoa Salad, BBQ Pork & Cheddar Pizza, Eggplant Parmesan Pizza.

Then we went to the Arsenal to waste some time before the library.

A yippy prairie dog.

Finally, time to paint at the library.

Hannah still needs to finish up, but it was good work (and they had cocoa there too.)

Harry Potter and Night at the Museums

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We went to the library to watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and eat cereal. It was Hannah’s first time watching the movie, she didn’t really like it – Muggle. We lazed away the afternoon then it was time for N@M, but first – food! We tried a new place –

No reservations, and it was a small place, but we only waited 15 min. We had the best deviled eggs and the second best brussel sprouts. Their tacos were like Mas Kaos, but they had so many more choices. They had good drinks too, but it was very loud, so not a date night kind of place. We weren’t far from the Botanic gardens, so we made that our first stop. They had a Day of the Dead event that had been going on all day, but I just wanted to see the gardens at night. It was James’ first time there, so maybe we should have gone during the light hours so he could see more of it, but he said he was fine with the bit he saw.

Then we went over to the Forney museum.

Totem poles co-op

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We got some school done, Agri science, Physical science, English, Geometry and PE. Hannah made some borax crystals overnight, her solution was a bit too super saturated we had to break the jar to get them out….note to self, don’t try to put two in one jar. Boil water, add food coloring, add borax until solution is saturated, attach a coiled up pipe cleaner (or other object for the crystals to attach to) to a string and hang that down in the solution overnight. Glass jars work best, but use one you don’t mind throwing away in case the crystals stick to the glass.

I put these pics of Zoe on FB, she is going to be a meme.

Maisy is never going to be a meme.

At the library we read some books, talked about Totem poles, then set out to make our own.

Coloring pages – http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Totem-Pole-Coloring-Pages-For-Kids.png

http://www.netart.us/monumental-totem-poles-coloring-page/

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Totem is the image, animal or human, some clans totems are the animals that they will not eat or kill, other totems are crests telling the lineage of the family. Some totems are inside the house holding up the roof, some are outside with a hole for the door into the house, some are for the dead, some are for chiefs, some are planted in the yard. Most totems in the open are under 100 years old, most in museums are under 200 years old. Some totems are copied as they deteriorate so that the family can retain the crest. Totems can up raised up at a potlatch where the family hosts a feast to introduce the carving. Until the 1900’s carvers were men, hired by the family or person to carve the pole. Colors are limited, blue, yellow, black, white, green and red. Some other colors are used, but these are the primary ones.

  • Red is the color of blood, representing war or valor
  • Blue is for the skies and waters, including rivers and lakes
  • White is for the skies and spacious heavens
  • Yellow is the color of the sun, bringing light and happiness
  • Green is the earth with its hills, trees, and mountains
  • Black represents power.

Chart of Animal Totems and Meanings


Animal Totems & Meanings

Alligator


Alligator – Emotional understanding, cleansing &
Spiritual Healing

Animal Totems & Meanings Badger

Badger – Bold, out-going, good communicator

Animal Totems & Meanings Bat

Bat – Death and Rebirth and Guardian of the Night

Animal Totems & Meanings Beaver

Beaver – Creative and Artistic ability, builder, resourcefulness and determination

Animals Totem & Meaning Bear

Bear – Strength, Solitude, Motherhood, Teaching and to learn Humility Meaning of Bear

Animal Totems & Meanings Bobcat

Bobcat – Independence, Clear Vision and self reliance

Animal Totems & Meanings Bumblebee

Bumblebee – Honesty, Pure Thinking, Willingness and Drive

Animal Totems & Meanings Buffalo

Buffalo – A manifestation of the Great Spirit, Knowledge, Generosity and abundance

Animal Totems & Meanings Butterfly

Butterfly – Represents transformation and the ability to accept change

Animal Totems & Meanings Cougar

Cougar – Power, leadership, humility and encourages responsibility for life

Animals Totem & Meaning Cow

Cow – Represents Motherhood, contentment, fertility and nourishment

Animal Totems & Meanings Crocodile

Crocodile – Strong will, Emotional understanding, cleansing and healing

Animal Totems & Meanings Coyote

Coyote – Helps you recognize your own mistakes, Stealth, Clowning and Humor

Animal Totems & Meanings Crow

Crow – Find balance living in present, release past beliefs, Skill and Cunning

Animal Totems & Meanings Deer

Deer – Healing, Gentleness, kindness & compassion

Animal Totems & Meanings Dolphin

Dolphin – Interpreting dreams, Change, Wisdom, Communication,

Animals Totem & Meaning Dog

Dog – Guidance, Loyalty and trust

Animal Totems & Meanings Dogfish

Dogfish – Persistence and Strength A Born Leader

Animal Totems & Meanings Dove

Dove – Love, Gentleness and Kindness

Animal Totems & Meanings Dragonfly

Dragonfly – Dreams, Illusions, Ever-changing Life

Animal Totems & Meanings Eagle

Eagle – Great Strength, courage Leadership and Prestige

Animals Totem & Meaning Elk

Elk – Bravery, agility and independence

Animal Totems & Meanings Falcon

The Falcon – Soul Healing, Speed and Movement

Animal Totems & Meanings Fox

The Fox – Cunning, Stealth and Feminine Courage

Animal Totems & Meanings Frog

Frog – Spring & New Life, Sensitivity, Communicator, Stability

Animal Totems & Meanings Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear – Strength and Ferocity

Animal Totems & Meanings Halibut

The Halibut – Life protector, Strength and Stability

Animal Totems & Meanings Hawk

The Hawk – Guardianship, Strength, Far Sighted

Animals Totem & Meaning Heron

The Heron – Patience, Graceful and Easy Going

Animal Totems & Meanings Horse

Horse – Energy, Power, Message carrier, communicates with other realms

Animal Totems & Meanings Hummingbird

Hummingbird – Love, Beauty, Intelligence, Spirit Messenger and Stopper of Time

Animal Totems & Meanings Killer Whale

The Killer Whale – Seas and the Underworld, Traveler & Guardian and Symbol of Good

Animals Totem & Meaning Kingfisher

The Kingfisher – Luck, Patience, Speed and Agility

Animal Totems & Meanings Lizard

The Lizard – Awareness, Conservation, subconscious hopes and fears

Animal Totems & Meanings Moose

The Moose – Headstrong, Balance and Longevity

Animal Totems & Meanings Mouse

Mouse – Observant qualities and diligence

Animal Totems & Meanings Otter

The Otter – Feminine Power, Playful, Trusting, Inquisitive, Bright, Loyal and speedy

Animals Totem & Meaning Owl

The Owl – Wisdom, silent and swift, ability to see things normally, a creature of the night

Animal Totems & Meanings Raccoon

Raccoon – Curiosity, Creativity, Dexterity, Disguise

Animal Totems & Meanings Raven

Raven – Creation & Knowledge – Bringer of the Light

Animal Totems & Meanings Porcupine

Porcupine – Safety and Protection

Animal Totems & Meanings Salmon

Salmon – Persistence, Dependability and Renewal – A Provider

Animal Totems & Meanings Seal

The Seal – Bright, Inquisitive, Organized

Animal Totems & Meanings Shark

The Shark – Remorselessness, Survival, Adaptability

Animals Totem & Meaning Snake

The Snake – Rebirth, Resurrection, Initiation and Transformation

Animal Totems & Meanings Spider

The Spider – Creativity, weaving the web of fate

Animal Totems & Meanings Squirrel

Squirrel – Planning and Preparation

Animals Totem & Meaning Turtle

The Turtle – Self-Reliance, Tenacity, Slow Progress

Animal Totems & Meanings Weasel

The Weasel – Encourages you to develop your sense of inner hearing and to pay attention to your inner voice

Animal Totems & Meanings Whale

The Whale – Ancient Knowledge, Awareness

Animals Totem & Meaning Wolf

The Wolf – Intelligence & Leadership – Strong Sense of Family

Totem Pole Symbols – Tribal Totems

  • The totem pole symbols of the Tlingit tribe included the raven, frog, goose, sea lion, owl, salmon, beaver, codfish, skate, wolf, eagle, bear, killer-whale, shark, auk, gull, sparrow-hawk
  • The totem pole symbols of the Haida were the eagle, killer-whale, black bear, loon, woodpecker, thunderbird (mythical), hawk, wolf, dogfish, owl, otter, grizzly bear, sea lion, mountain goat
  • The totem pole symbols of the Tsimshian were the raven, codfish, starfish, eagle, halibut, beaver, whale, wolf, crane, grizzly bear, bear, killer whale, dolphin
  • The totem pole symbols of other tribes included the beaver, frog, raven, dogfish, halibut, land otter, starfish and hummingbird

Identifying Totem Pole Symbols and Images


Totem Pole People


Men and Women are represented fairly realistically. People can be depicted upright but more often in a crouching position. People are shown with erect ears and women are distinguished from men by a labret (lip ornament) in their lower lip.

Totem Pole Top Figures

The top figures often identify the tribe, clan or lineage such as the eagle or the raven

Totem Pole Land Animals

The eyes of land animals are carved as two curves enclosing a circle. Four legged animals are usually depicted in a crouching position. The bodies of most animals are facing the front.

Totem Pole Fish and Sea Mammals

The eyes of fish and some sea mammals are carved with round eyes

Totem Pole Birds

Birds are usually carved perched with their wings outstretched or folded at their sides. Their legs have large, clawed feet. Beaks horizontally protrude from the figure or carved tucked against the chest. All birds have eyebrows and have ears on the top of their heads.

Totem Pole Natural Phenomena

Images from nature including the sun, moon, stars and rainbows are also depicted

Totem Pole Wolf Symbols

The Wolf are carved with tall ears, a long sharp muzzle, elevated snout and lots of teeth

Totem Pole Eagle Symbols

The Eagle is distinguished by its short, curved beak

Totem Pole Beaver Symbols

The beaver is distinguished by its two protruding teeth and round nostrils. The beaver is often portrayed holding

Totem Pole Mountain Goat

The Mountain Goat is depicted with slender, sharp horns and cleft hoof with two toes

Totem Pole Killer Whale Symbols

The Killer Whale has two spines above the round eyes, two prominent dorsal fins, a large head and a mouth turned up at the corners. Often has spots painted on its back.

Totem Pole Shark Symbols

The Shark is depicted with gills slits as crescents and a crescent shaped mouth, turned down at the corners and filled with saw-like teeth

Totem Pole Frog Symbols

The Frog is portrayed as if seen from above.

Totem Pole Halibut Fish Symbols

The Halibut has a continuous fin and is depicted with both eyes on one side

Totem Pole Octopus Symbols

The Octopus is traditionally depicted with a bird like head, hooked bill, suction plates and tentacles

Totem Pole Bear Symbols

A realistic depiction of a bear but with large nostrils, paws, and fangs

Totem Pole Raven Symbols

The Raven is portrayed with a short, sharp, protruding beak

Totem Pole Insects

Various styles are used in Insect designs and are carved in a similar fashion to birds making their species difficult to distinguish

Back at home Grace made some cookies for youth group.

James and I dropped her off, then went to Perry’s for a drink and talked while the piano lady sang. I keep hoping the guy that was there one night is going to be back, he was so good.

Fun Friday – Tennyson st.

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Bethany took Grace out for breakfast, when they got back I took the girls to the cat cafe to do school, kitten school.

This kitten decided that Hannah’s shirt was the best place for a nap.

Happy pic day 5.

We went to Atomic Cowboy for lunch, then walked to the Bookbar to finish school (yeah, kittens make it hard to do school.) Then we stopped by LM’s because, ice cream.

Then we went to the library for a DOTD sugar skull program.

Corissa got to spend the night, shenanigans ensued.