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I cleaned up this morning, because, dang.

Then I went to Lair O the Bear for a hike. Everything is flowering, green, pretty.

I stopped by Red Rocks on the way to lunch because – views.

Then I had a nice lunch at Cafe 180, yes, by myself.

Co-ops are slowing trickling in, it’s going to be a slow session, but have you seen my Summer bucket list? Probably a good thing that it’s going to be slow.

Grace’s punny plant pot made at the library – it’s going to have a cactus in it.




Friday morning Grace did 2 of her remaining 4 finals (she’ll do the other 2 on Monday.) Then is was off to the last HS skate.

We took Gwen with us and went to the library to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and have popcorn and root beer floats. We were the only ones there, which meant that we had to drink lots of floats.

The librarian kept saying, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize there was that much swearing in this movie.’ every few minutes. I didn’t realize it either, but everyone had already seen the movie at least once, so it wasn’t a shock. Then Grace got dropped at Gwen’s house, Hannah went to Malia’s house and Bethany went with me and James to The Stanley to eat and listen to Stephen Brooks jazz. We didn’t realize that Cheluna was just a brewery, so no food, you had to bring food from one of the restaurants. We went around and there was a wait everywhere except for Denver Biscuit Co, so we ate there. We got ice cream and sat down and listened to Stephen’s second set for a bit, then went home.

Saturday was pretty lazy, we picked up Hannah, ate at Urban Egg, went to Walmart, then back home where I finished up a baby shower gift. Grace, Hannah and I went to baby Theo’s blessing party (his Grandma runs the Fox Theater shows and we’ve known her for 13 years.) There was an Aztec four directions ceremony, followed by individual blessings. Theo is so cute!

Back at home James made chili (it was cool outside) and we watched A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The week so far


Sunday we went to church, then worked in the little kids room for the next service. We had 15 kids, which is a lot! But, everyone did well. James and I went on the gulch walk that the girls and I did with the library last week. It was a bit hot, but a nice short walk by the creek.

Our week – school, worship dance, HS group newbie/co-op chat, galaxy print t-shirts @library, Walk2Connect urban garden walk, Botanical illustration class work, youth groups, Teacher’s Day Out Castle Rock, Kindness Krewe (trash pick up at the park), Women’s banquet at church, hikety-hike, Mother’s day picnic at the HR Mansion.

Dinners this week – meatballs with penne pasta and marinara sauce (Hannah), cheese quesadillas and tomato soup, chicken and rice casserole (Grace), chipotle salmon and sweet potatoes, lima beans and sausage with peasant bread, grilling stuff.

Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups milk
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag frozen peas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

And lunch at SAME cafe’.


Dance, art, jazz, math


‘Sup this week – school, NIA, worship dance, watercolor and pen art @ library, jazz @ EG, on-line botanical illustration class starts, potluck @ church, youth groups, dropping shoe donations at Soles for Souls, Walk to Connect tour, Creativity club, First Friday art walk, hike, La Pompe @ Still museum.

Dinners this week – beef stroganoff (Hannah),
chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo (Grace), taco soup, cranberry glazed pork loin with sweet potatoes, chili and cornbread, chicken quesadillas.

Slow Cooker chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo

2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut up
1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 green sweet pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 pound sausage cut into pieces
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 package frozen okra
1 pound fresh or frozen medium shrimp (thawed if frozen), peeled and deveined
4 cups hot cooked white or brown rice

Add tomatoes, chicken, broth, green pepper, onion, celery, Cajun seasoning, garlic, black pepper, okra, sausage and cayenne pepper to slow cooker. Stir gently with wooden spoon or rubber scraper to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
Remove lid and stir in shrimp gently with a wooden spoon or rubber scraper. Cover and cook about 3 minutes more, or until shrimp is opaque. Serve over cooked rice.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, with liquid
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
1 (15 ounce) can hominy, with liquid
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside.
Place the ground beef, onion, black beans, kidney beans, hominy, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.
Top with sour cream, cheese, pico, corn chips, avocado slices.

Monday for dance we didn’t have devotionals, instead we used the time to pray with each other. We got Ann caught up on the dance and there is a few new moves that I’m going to have to practice because they are hard. Tuesday the girls had a watercolor/ink class at the library, then James and I went to jazz. Grace has been working though trig in geometry, unfair is what I call it.

Wednesday was the start of the botanical illustration class that Grace and I are taking, watching the videos I see that we have a long way to go.

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Here is my tonal sheet, just working with the new pencils.



Saturday James and I went to coffee, then we took Zoe to the pet store for Easter pictures. Yes, we did.

James and I took off for Skean Dubh at the library, a Celtic band, they were really good.

Hear them here  and here.

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Sunday, church.

Always Winter,
never Spring,
a land without hope
that the Saviour can bring.

Oppressed within on
every side,
a prison cell
where souls have died.

Just one cry
will set you free,
Lord Jesus!
Save a sinner like me!.


We went grocery shopping and then to see the new Sherlock Gnomes movie, it was really cute. For dinner we finally got to try Marcella’s. It was packed, but we got a seat without too long of a wait.

This cool car was outside.

The calamari was so good, lightly breaded and so tender. Drinks were nice, the meatballs were HUGE.

The goat cheese ravioli was my favorite.

Dessert was right up the street.

They had a little bit of the beer week ice cream left, so I had Java porter – it was more coffee than beer tasting (so good.)

To do this week – river sampling, worship dance, NIA, being a maid for a day for a friend, Wings Over the Rockies teacher envoy flight, Spring break roller skate, Bible study, youth groups, Kindness Krewe (Soles for Souls shoe drive), Good Friday craft making for church, Chatfield walleye spawning count, Peep dioramas, Good Friday, Glow in the dark egg hunt, egg dyeing, youth girls night, Resurrection day!

Dinners this week – chorizo casserole (moved from last week), homemade pizza and buffalo cauliflower bites (Grace), pork chow mein, make your own burrito night (Hannah), chicken stuffed with quinoa and sundried tomatoes, Italian sausage and peppers.

Buffalo Cauliflower

olive oil cooking spray 
3/4 cup gluten-free baking flour
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 heads cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot®)
1 teaspoon honey

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Mix flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl using a whisk until batter is smooth and somewhat runny. Add cauliflower to batter and mix until cauliflower is coated; spread onto the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat and stir hot pepper sauce and honey into butter until smooth. Brush hot sauce mixture over each cauliflower piece, repeating brushing until all the hot sauce mixture is used.

Bake in the oven until cauliflower is browned, about 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow the cauliflower to cool 10 to 15 minutes.

Worship dance, Casablanca, hike, math


Monday I had a good NIA class, we did a little bit of school, then it was off to dance. We were missing one person, but we advanced a bit in the choreography – I must remember to practice this week. Worship dance devotional from today – Our physical bodies need to be disciplined to offer worship to God. “Discipline, for the Christian, begins with the body. We have only one. It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice. We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves.” Elliot

Romans 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

1 Thessalonians 4:4..that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable…

Because we are no longer slaves to sin, we can reject the notion that our body is under that control. If we wake up early to seek God’s presence, we are offering him our body. If we fast or refrain from things we normally would do we are sacrificing the flesh and using our body for worship. But, as always, it is our choice to surrender.

I made island tacos at home (to be quick) then we dashed off to the library to watch ‘Casablanca’ on the big screen.

Grace and Hannah came too since no other adults were coming (it was a co-op and I made it into a date night, then I told people they could bring kids, but no one else came.) It was the first time they watched the whole movie through (James and I often put it on, but they never watch the whole thing.) They were a bit confused about Rick and Ilsa and Victor, did she think her husband was dead when she was hanging out with Rick, how is it that she got word that her husband was not dead on the same day that she was supposed to leave with Rick, at the end was she really going to leave with Rick? They recognized Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet from The Maltese Falcon. 

Tuesday we went on a hike in Golden, we were trying for South Table Mt., but it was too muddy, so we ended up walking along the Clear creek trail, which was nice.

We had lunch at D’Deli then came home. Grace made her black bean burgers and they looked like real burgers.

She said next time she’ll add more spices and maybe smoke flavoring to them but I thought they were really good. I went to drum circle by myself and when I got home I took the girls to Rita’s for their ‘first day of Spring free Italian ice’. We didn’t know there was a Rita’s around here and the ice flavors they had were so good, the ice was nice like shaved ice too. Joel was having ice too – just not the kind you eat.

Wednesday we did some school – an AgriScience test, and Nutrition quiz, then went to the library for my math co-op. I had a cheat sheet for everyone.

We talked about degrees, in a line, in a circle, acute, right and obtuse angles, how many triangles are in a square, pentagon, hexagon and how that correlates to the degrees. Perimeter, area and volume, the difference among them, how to find the area and volume of certain figures, etc. I had out flat shapes, the foldable 3-D shapes and the hard fillable 3-D shapes.

We figures area and perimeter of toothpick models and graph paper models and then had some free play investigating the shapes and making models of certain ones.

Here are some good sites for on-line activities. This one and this one and this one. 


Monday, Tuesday


Monday I went to NIA, did some school, took Grace to the doc for a lung check up, ran by RW to drop samples and pick up more sample bottles. I made dinner then we all went to the gym to work out/sit in the spa.

Tuesday I had a horrible headache all day, we did some school, Bethany took the girls to Chipotle and I went to the library for book folding art. It’s hard.

Look at all of the library examples (glad I didn’t choose these, I went with the word love.)