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Errands and skating


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.

Lapompe, driving, string art, photo walk, party


Grace started driving again this week, so we went out every day and drove here and there. On Friday she got on the freeway and made a giant loop back to the house for 54 min of drive time. She’s doing really well, there were a few jerks who drove like jerks (we have a ‘new driver’ magnet on the back of the van – people know she’s new.)

Tuesday James and I had a date night at Nocturne jazz supper club with Lapompe playing. The food was really salty (that’s probably because I haven’t had much salt in stuff lately), but it was good. The music, well it’s gypsy jazz with Lapompe, so it was awesome.

Jack is ready for Christmas photos.

He got to go to the dog park and play with the wolves, we haven’t been in a while, so he was happy.

Being spooky.

Thursday we went to a library program and did string art, Hannah stayed home to Jack sit and we pick up a friend to go with us. I did a heart and Grace did a narwhal.

Jack loves to sleep in a hammock made from a blanket and your legs.

But, at 12 pounds, he’s kind of heavy.

Friday I took Jack with me on a photo/sniff walk. I took pics, he sniffed.

Hannah had a Christmas party at church and made these awesome cookies, they also played games, ate snacks and watched The Grinch.

Money museum and candy sushi


My co-op today was to the Money museum. We only had 4 families and our tour guide was not very engaging, but the WWI exhibit was cool and the making of a coin from blank to pressed was neat.

The edge roller.

The press, these items are miniature, in the old days they were much bigger.

We went through money in time and saw the evolution from huge pieces of stone to smaller coins.

The Greek coins were in really good shape.

Roman coins and coins from other parts of the world.

A real coin and counterfeit one.

Hobo nickels.

A huge collection of coins that have varying degrees of rareness. Some of the coins in the collection are 1 of 2-3 coins.

The WWI exhibit.

Trench art coins.

Messed up money.

We raced from the museum back to the library for candy sushi.

Dinner was good.






Joel and crew landed in Kosovo.

Jack got 3 new balls since he broke his green one.

They are all green and two of them are put up until he breaks this one. Saturday we went to the dog park, took Jack for a bath, had a nap and James and I went for our bad art date night from the library.

I thought we were going to make one piece, but there were different challenges.

The first challenge was to make some bad art, but 10 minutes into it we were told to move 2 chairs to the left and work on that person’s art.

I was so upset, my Squidward!

Now I know how the kids at my musical art co-op felt, I’ll never do that again. The second challenge was to make art while holding the colors (or whatever you were using) like a kid would hold them.

It’s hard to make bad art….The third challenge was to make a bad piece of art in the style of an artist you pick. I did Picasso’s Old Guitarist and James did Warhol’s Soup Cans.

I think my art was pretty bad, but it got 4 votes and the winning art got 6 votes, so it wasn’t bad enough. We went to Acorn for dinner and stopped by Phil’s for a nightcap.

Sunday it snowed and Jack was super happy.

From church today, leaving a legacy – Stuff won’t be here forever, but faith remains. Generosity doesn’t have to be linked to money, but being generous is a sacrifice, you can be generous with your time, your money, your stuff, your words, etc. The world sees what you give, but God sees what you kept, leave your hands and hearts open so the Spirit can make great things happen. Just like the widow’s mite, it’s not how much you give, but why you give. And like the gift of perfume that was poured onto Jesus, sometimes people won’t understand your generosity. And like the churches in Macedonia that gave out of their extreme poverty to help Paul travel, generosity leads to pure joy.

Goings on this week – more blood to the doc, school, kidsitting, worship dance, puppy daycare, Money museum co-op, teen candy sushi at the library, river sampling, watching The Meg (I don’t want to, but I promised), youth group, DAM Rembrandt co-op, TNO, docs putting in stent for the splenic artery aneurysm, friend’s birthday, resting, Petsmart Fall treats, resting, resting, resting.

Dinners this week – eggplant and zucchini lasagna, pomegranate glazed salmon with cucumber tzatziki and heirloom rice, harak usba’o, TNO (so the girls are having leftovers or pizza), chicken curry salad, grilling stuff, ma’corona bil lahmeh with sweet potatoes.

Harak usba’o

6-8 servings

4 C lentils
olive oil
6 onions sliced into rings
3 pitas cut into squares
6 garlic cloves crushed
3 1/2 oz tamarind pulp
2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp salt
box of small pasta
juice of 2 lemons
5 C chopped cilantro
seeds of 1 pomegranate

Place lentils in pan with water to covers them and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 min until tender, add more water if needed.
Preheat oven to 400F
Heat oil in pan and cook onions for about 10 min, stirring to caramelize them. Toast the pita bread in the oven for 10-12 min, checking until golden. Add half the caramelized onions and half the garlic to the lentils along with the tamarind and pomegranate molasses and mix to combine. Cook pasta according to directions, combine with lentils. Stir in 2 Tbsp of lemon juice to taste, stir in 3/4 of the cilantro. Mix the remaining garlic with rest of cilantro. Ladle dish and top with bread, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and remaining onions. Drizzle with olive oil.

Ma’carona bil lameh

4-6 servings

1 lb macaroni
2 1/2C Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 green chili finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1/3 C olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 C toasted pine nuts

Bring large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. In a bowl combine the yogurt with the lemon juice, chili, garlic, dash salt and place in fridge. In a pan heat the olive oil and saute the turkey with pepper, cinnamon and dash salt for 12-15 min until browned. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and place in bowl. Mix yogurt mixture into pasta and place turkey on top. Scatter pine nuts and chopped parsley on top to serve.

Making paper, Creativity club, Da Vinci machines, Germany


Jack can sleep anywhere.

Wednesday I had a TDO (Teacher’s Day Out) at the library doing papermaking. Yes, we were tearing up and pulping pare to make paper, but it was fun.

A friend met me there and we had a good time crafting and chatting, then we went to a coffee shop to chat some more. I was gone all afternoon, but it was nice.

Thursday we dropped Jack at puppy daycare and picked up friends to go to Creativity club. I made a few drawings, Grace made some digital work, Hannah read and everyone conversed.

They boys posed for a pic at lunch.

Then it was off to downtown for my Da Vinci machines co-op. Or guide was super excited and though I think at least 2 of his comments were conspiracy oriented, the rest of his talks were informative. We watched a few videos, went on a tour, then got to try some hands-on models of different things Da Vinci made, color the Mona LIsa, make a parachute and build a bridge. I think it would have been cool if some of the hand-on machines were bigger, but overall it was neat to see.

Using a Da Vinci machine modeled after the writings of Herodotus who had been to Egypt to ask, ‘How did you build these pyramids?’

SCUBA-like gear and life buoy invented by Da Vinci.

This model shows the boat-like shoes that the actor in Ever After was using to walk on water (without the poles in the movie.)

Water-harmonica like instrument (Ben Franklin may have looked at this when he invented the Armonica.)

A covered advancing shooting machine, later known as the tank.

While we were there, Joel was sending pics from his jaunt around Nuremberg.

School, art, dance, poe-tea, 3-D jewelry, jazz!


Monday we did some school, Grace went to church to work, Hannah went to dance and Grace and I made some art.

We had pizzas for dinner, I tried my new balsamic fig on it – it was good.

Tuesday the fireplace guy came over to look at it and see why it won’t stay on. It’s old, he thinks a main part is rusted through and they don’t make that fireplace anymore, so we’re looking at getting a new one. The girls both had money (Hannah sold a $4 Webkinz on Ebay for $54), so they went walking while the guy was here. They went to Target, lunch, Michaels and then home, about 3 miles. A friend texted me saying she saw them walking and wondered if they needed a ride, nope, let them walk. We did some school and then had our poe-tea. No one came to the last two so I uninvited people to this one.

We read two poems and I know the first one tell you to enjoy poems and not take them apart too much, but the second poem we did try to figure out what ‘caxtons’ were (and we did, clever.) We had dolmathes with balsamic fig sauce, puff pastries with brie and berries and pumpkin tea cakes. Tea was sleepytime, apple cinnamon and peppermint. Poems were “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins and “A Martian Sends a Postcard Home” by Craig Raine. Our poetry was blackout poems. Pumpkin hazelnut teacake recipe here.  Baked brie and berries recipe here. 

Introduction to Poetry
By Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.


A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
Craig Raine, 1979

Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
and some are treasured for their markings–

they cause the eyes to melt
or the body to shriek without pain.

I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the hand.

Mist is when the sky is tired of flight
and rests its soft machine on the ground:

then the world is dim and bookish
like engravings under tissue paper.

Rain is when the earth is television.
It has the properties of making colours darker.

Model T is a room with the lock inside —
a key is turned to free the world

for movement, so quick there is a film
to watch for anything missed.

But time is tied to the wrist
or kept in a box, ticking with impatience.

In homes, a haunted apparatus sleeps,
that snores when you pick it up.

If the ghost cries, they carry it
to their lips and soothe it to sleep

with sounds. And yet, they wake it up
deliberately, by tickling with a finger.

Only the young are allowed to suffer
openly. Adults go to a punishment room

with water but nothing to eat.
They lock the door and suffer the noises

alone. No one is exempt
and everyone’s pain has a different smell.

At night, when all the colours die,
they hide in pairs

and read about themselves —
in colour, with their eyelids shut.

Grace’s –

suffering was more
lined with the strain of hardship
on the bodies
of human beings.

Mine –

I’ve seen peans and assurance
I see it in time and eternity
I know God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear
I struggled
I rushed and looked up
With a word
we saw love,
it was such a joy.

Hannah’s –

In and out of the watchmaker shop,
eight clocks
eight o’clock
what a way to start day
with the
clock hour
the clock vibrating bass
a dozen chorus hummed a little time.

We went to the library where the girls made Celtic knot 3-D printed jewelry.

I took Jack to Joe Maxx coffee and we sat inside (it was cold outside.)

Back at home I made tacos, when James got home we went to Englewood Grand for jazz and drinks and then to Adelita’s for Taco Tuesday.

And Jack’s new bag came in.

Doc, Incredibles 2, Night at the Museums, church, Mom date


I went to the vascular surgeon on Friday. He said he wants to go in with an angiogram and use a stent to open the artery and close off the aneurysm. So, I’ll be scheduling that soon.

Saturday morning Grace, Hannah and I went to the library for a cereal bar movie, the Incredibles 2. I saw some of it on the cruise, but not the whole thing. It was pretty funny. Bethany was in town and went with her friend to a tea shop in the Springs. I went shopping, the girls went out for dinner and to the mall while James and I went to Night at the Museums. I had high hopes for doing the Botanic gardens too, but the small amount of walking we did at 2 museums did me in. We did the Clyfford Still museum first.

Then we went to the Kirkland museum, I’m going to have to come back to show the girls and to see the rest of it.

Sunday I went to church – Bad theology leads to bad practices. I do things for God because I am accepted, not to be accepted. Being precedes doing. I am a representative of Jesus, I am acting on behalf of Jesus, I am living for the honor of Jesus.

He is not “part” of my life, He “is” my life.

Colossians 3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. 3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.

A short library run.

Then a bunch of Moms met up at Whole Foods, kind of like a TNO. It was fun, especially when I said my meds, then (because I’m wrong) my nurse friend supplied the actual name. I think this should be a party game!
Carvadodol? Carvedilol (LOL!)
Furrysomething? Furosemide (sounds like furious.)
Spurlactony? Spironolactone (I don’t have any comment for that one)
Demexathisasodone? Dexamethasone (Meth?! I swear, it’s only 2 I can stop after that.) 
Lisinopril – I can say that one.

Our week – school, kidsitting (G), dance (H), fireplace guy, poet-tea, 3-D jewelry @ library, Jazz nite Englewood Grand, TDO (papermaking), youth group, blood draw(s), doc scheduling, Creativity club, Davinci machines co-op, Ladies night @ Festive cup, Bad art date night with my Schnooke, church.

Dinners this week (I’m cooking again) – Turkey burgers, pizza and soups, Taco Tuesday!, basil chicken in coconut curry sauce, butternut mac, Ladies night (so I don’t know what everyone else is having), beef stroganoff (for the girls, that’s my date night.)

I am omitting salt from my recipes, but you can add it to taste.

Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce

6-8 boneless chicken thighs, skin removed
1 teaspoon oil
2 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk
2 tablespoons dried basil leaves
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 and 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 large red onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon COLD water
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Remove the skin from the chicken using your fingers and a serrated knife. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil (or you can use nonstick spray).
When the oil is hot, add chicken thighs. Don’t put them too close together, you want to avoid steaming.
Cook for about 2 minutes, until nicely browned on the bottom. Then flip the chicken over to brown the other side for about 1-2 minutes.
Remove the chicken to a plate.
Meanwhile, in a crock pot combine coconut milk, basil, 2 teaspoons salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, yellow curry, and chili powder (to taste). Stir to combine.
Add the chopped red onions, and garlic.
Add the browned chicken and stir to combine.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and transfer to a plate or cutting board. Let cool for a couple minutes.
Add the ginger to the slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon COLD water. Stir until it’s not lumpy. Add this to the crock pot and stir.
Shred chicken.Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir. Return the lid and cook for another 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cilantro.
Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, or naan.

Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 medium white onion, quartered
½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast (I am omitting this)
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon mustard
2 cups vegetable stock
1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked according to package
fresh parsley, for garnish

Cut off both ends of the butternut squash and poke all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
Peel the skin off of the squash. The skin should peel right off! Once peeled, slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, and cut into 1-inch cubes. You should have about 5 cups.
In a slow cooker, combine the squash, onion, cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic, rosemary, nutmeg, olive oil, mustard, salt, and vegetable stock. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until the vegetables are soft enough to be easily mashed with a fork.
Transfer the squash mixture to a blender, or use an immersion blender, and puree for 5 minutes, until there are no chunks and the sauce develops a creamy texture.
Pour the sauce over the macaroni and stir well.
Serve garnished with parsley.