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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.)

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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.

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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.

Shelter dogs and butterflies and food trucks and art and ice cream

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We made it downtown before the dogs got there! This morning we were at the Central library with the Dumb Friends League walking, loving on, petting and holding shelter dogs. It’s called Human walking and the idea is to get people out of their cubicles downtown to walk the dogs and to get the dogs adopted. All of the dogs were puppies, all were cute, I bet all of them got adopted. The girls had fun picking out a dog to walk, I had fun just petting them.

The painted lady butterflies were everywhere – look I’m a butterfly whisperer!

After the dog time we went into the library to do some school.

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The kids section was mostly quiet for working. There was: a paper on the decline of bees, perimeter and area using coordinates, multiplying fractions, plant and animal cell stuff, working on a science project, reading History, reading some stories and….I think that’s it. On the way out we saw this laundry truck, they pull up around town and do laundry for the homeless, that is pretty cool (and they need volunteers!)

We didn’t know what we wanted to eat, but decided to go to the food truck area and find something there.

We played some games and chased butterflies too.

I bought some extra food and gave it to the girls to hand out to the homeless on the way to the bus stop. It was hard to do because they each had only one food item and there were so many people to give it to. We took the bus to the Generation Wild art piece – I wanted the girls to see it.

My girls are art – beautiful, wild, generous, colorful, amazing.

We rode back to the other end, walked to the car and drove over to LM’s for some ice cream: apple pie, pumpkin chip and s’mores.

More butterflies there too.

Then we headed home to rest before going to youth group/Bible study tonight.

Oh, and this blew out of the tree yesterday – the eggs are bad, it’s an old nest. But, I still put it back in the tree.

Weekend – Park hill tour, NBTS 15th anniversary party, 25th church anniversary

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Friday we got home about 2pm, started laundry, then Grace and I went to see her friend who was in the hospital. Hospitals suck, so Grace wanted to go and hang out – I think she wanted the adults to leave the room (but we didn’t.) James made spaghetti for dinner, we watched some TV and went to bed.

Saturday James and I went to the library for a walking tour. The girls did not want to go walking, so they stayed home and hung out with friends. When we got to the library I had three different librarians (from three different Denver libraries) recognize me and they asked where the girls were. Yes, we go to a lot of library events. Our walking tour started at the Pauline Robinson library, she was Denver’s first black librarian, brought books from black authors into the library and was responsible for integrating Lakeside (amusement park.) Walking in this area you can see that it is starting to come back.

There was a strip mall fire that pretty much brought down the neighborhood that was already in decline (a food desert area.) So, when funds starting coming in from the city to add buildings and services, the community was asked what do you want? There is a new rec center, a boys and girls club, a new elementary school and a mental/physical health building that offers garden space (and farmers market), hydroponics (plants and fish), mental and physical health facilities, a pre-school and an alternative school for troubled kids.

I walked with a coordinator of the facility and told her that our HS group wanted to: tour the facility and host a Preschool Valentine party. I’m excited for both of those things. We continued up the street, walking in the road for the most part since this area was designed during the 40’s-50’s when Hollywood curbs were in and pedestrians were out.

This intersection in Park Hill was across from a park (which had a gazebo ordered from a Sears catalog, paid for and put together by local Girl scouts.)

The area had no access to grocery stores, markets, clothing stores, you name it. So a market district was introduced, some people thought this would be the end of Park Hill (1920’s), but obviously it was not. There is a book store co-op that was started by local Moms back in the 70’s at the end of the block that is still going strong. Here and there on the street and in alleys are guerilla art and gardens. Bringing a little plant life and a little quirkiness to the area.

There were also lots of ‘Little Libraries’ in the area, some were registered, some were not!

Hickenlooper lives around here, we saw his house, but I didn’t take a picture. We passed some old churches and one church that now houses two different congregations.

We finally made it to the Park Hill library and sat down for a bit, drank water and had snacks and listened to the story of the library. There were 9 Carnegie libraries in Denver (Byers, Decker, Park Hill, Woodbury, Smiley – still standing) and (Denver central – now the McNichols building, Warren- now lofts, Dickinson -now houses an architecture firm and Elyria – now a private residence.) Park Hill doesn’t look like a traditional Carnegie library, but it’s there under that awful stucco.

We passed by some of the Boulevards put in by Mayor Speer during the city beautiful movement. Some of the money that was used was questionable, but hey, we see wide lanes, lots of trees and green spaces, so now we don’t care. We continued our walk through the neighborhood and noticed missing streets. Our next fact was a math one, the streets were laid out in an oblong rectangle twice as wide as it is long. Some streets are numbered but have names (Montview), some streets are 23rd on one side and 24th on the other and some just disappear completely. Also the golf course at City park was once a field full of cows, there was a lot of dairy making going on in the area when it started. We got back to the Pauline Robinson library and thanked our guides and headed back home. We weren’t home long before it was time to go to the park for our HS groups NBTS party and 15th anniversary party.

We had food and more food, cakes and doughnuts, games, coloring, tattoos, a photo booth and glow sticks.

We met two new families and had fun catching up with everyone.

Trying to get all the kids in the picture was hard….

I had to save the table art in photos.

Sunday we went to church and Hannah got to try out the new middle school room she’s in, she liked it. We went back for a lunch at the church celebrating 25 years, 15 of those in this building and the previous years in an elementary school in the area. This church started out as Highlands Ranch Christian church, then a bit later became Mountainview Community Christian church. It was the first church in Highlands Ranch that was a new church, not a plant from another part of Denver or an arm of a church located elsewhere, just the first (non-catholic) church to build in the area. We’ve had some ups and downs as a church, a major pastor shift happened some years ago and some of the church split over that, but some of us stayed and continue to get fed (sometimes literally fed) and volunteer here.

We pretty much lazed away the rest of the day, making only one outing after dinner….

The week – school, worship dance, St. John’s music at noon, Kindness Krewe, park day, NIA, youth group, CRUSH fest, HS skate, TNO, youth fest outing, ukulele class….feels like I’m missing something….

Dinners – crockpot chicken enchilada casserole, Asian lettuce wraps, pan fried tilapia with tomatoes and feta, sesame beef with fried rice, chicken creole pasta.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves 
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
1 dash Asian chile pepper sauce, or to taste (optional)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil

Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and cooking oil in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease; transfer beef to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet used for beef until slightly tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile pepper sauce into onions. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; cook and stir until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter and pile meat mixture in the center.

Sesame Beef

1 pound round steak
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons white sugar
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil, garlic, and onions in a large bowl. Set aside.
Cut steak into strips and add to bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 30 minutes.
Cook in wok or frying pan until brown, about 5 minutes. Add sesame seeds and cook for additional 2 minutes.

 

Day in the life {Thursday}

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Daniel 3 – 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

Grace got a head start on school today because she wanted to try her hand at making macarons. She did an English test worked on polygons and symmetry for Geometry, started on her Agri-Science slide show on farming (where she found some cool facts like – 1830 About 250-300 labor-hours required to produce 100 bushels 5 acres of wheat with walking plow, brush harrow, hand broadcast of seed, sickle, and flail, 1834 McCormick reaper patented; John Lane manufactures plows faced with steel saw blades, 1884-90 Horse-drawn combine used in Pacific coast wheat areas, 1888 The first long haul shipment of a refrigerated freight car was made from California to New York, 1890-95 Cream separators come into wide use.) Physical Science was reading and gathering information for a lab involving paper airplanes. Hannah had a story to read, some Science to read and I don’t think she did math. Our read aloud biography was supposed to happen on Tuesday, but I forgot, so we did it today.

Right now we’re reading the bio of Helen Keller.

After lunch Grace started on her macarons while Hannah and I went to Chatfield to swim – we had the beach to ourselves.

We came back, cleaned up and went to the library for the Doodle-bot program. It was kind of hard to make the bots draw, the marker had to be in just the right place, it was a lot easier to make a bot that rolled around the table and bumped into other bots.

We had breakfast for dinner (instead of fish), dropped Grace at youth group and started watching Passengers.