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Grandma visits, Bethany is 20, Money musuem, Stock show


Monday Bethany and a friend got to hang out, I ran some errands, made some art, Mama and Tony got in late so they went straight to the hotel.

Tuesday was Bethany’s 20th birthday. She and Meskiel went to the tea shop and then to the antique stores. The rest of us went to St. John’s for Music at Noon. The cathedral was still decorated from Christmas and it was so pretty.

Jack stayed at puppy daycare while we were gone. We ate lunch at SAME cafe and they were doing another taping for their future fundraiser and I think we were too loud at one point.

Bethany wanted to go to Saltgrass for dinner they had a new apple sangria that was so good, my pork chop was huge, everyone had way too much food (but it was good.)

She opened presents at home, a B&N gift card, calligraphy set, crystal jar, candle, yoga dice and Zelda book. She had picked up some books at the antique store, so she’s got enough books right now.

Wednesday we went to the Springs to see the Money museum, they still had the WWI exhibit, but that’s cool because I got to see some things I didn’t see last time.

I thought it would be a good stop for Mama and Tony because they’d never been there before and they do a lot of metal detecting and coin collecting. We got a late start, so we ate at Fargo’s before the museum, I hadn’t noticed the napkin art before, but Grace left a piece of napkin art for them.

Hannah wanted to go swimming, so some of us did. I had beef stew waiting in the crockpot when we got back, I’m glad it was hot and ready, everyone is always hungry after swimming.

Thursday was their last day in town, we went to the Stock show parade, I think it was shorter than last year (and had fewer cattle), but it was still neat (and we had good seats this year.)

We had lunch at Cafe 180, they put the reuben sandwich back on the menu, so I had that and my usual salad. Back at the house we played Uno until the shuttle driver came.

A quick trip, but we managed to put a lot of stuff in it.



Jack was 8 months old on Monday.

I kept seeing pictures of various friends who’ve already been to the Rembrandt exhibit, so I was ready to go today. Normally you have to pay extra for a special exhibit, but if you book a field trip adults are free (kids are already free.) So, free – yay!

Hands-on printmaking.

Lunch –

We rescued Jack from the crate at home and Hannah did some school while Grace made penguin pops for her friend’s birthday tomorrow.

I went out for TNO and had a good dinner (since I get no breakfast in the morning.) Tomorrow will be a long day o hospital stuff.

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.




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.



I think Jack likes his puppy daycare times, there were 2 smaller dogs in there today (I mean bigger than Jack, but smaller than the rest of the dogs.) He’s usually the smallest dog in there, not that he cares, but it’s funny because they squirt bad dogs and since he’s low he always gets hit with residual water spray. It actually was nice enough that we could have taken him and eaten outside and then put him in the stroller for the museum, but we needed a break. We had lunch at the Cheese shop (no surprise there) and I took a ‘been out of the hospital 7 days’ selfie, wow.



Off to the Longmont museum for the Day of the Dead exhibit.

From there we went over to Firehouse Arts to see the paper banners that are going to be in the parade tomorrow

We drove home, went by the library, picked up Jack and I got another prescription that I have to take before having bloodwork done next week.

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.

Fun Friday


It seems that $5 is the magic number. I invited another HS group, that has been notorious for not showing up for things, to the DMNS for a free field trip. However, I asked that those 13 families reserve their spot with $5. It was more work for me, but all 13 families showed up and each got their $5 back. I had 28 adults and 50ish kids (under 3 weren’t counted, so I’m not sure exactly how many kids there were, but it was more than 50.) I call that a good field trip.

Jack got dropped at puppy daycare, but not before he ate Grace’s school work.

The exhibit was Mindbender Mansion, puzzles galore and it was very cool.

Hannah finished her candy corn custom and Grace finished her October Dan and Phil digital art.

We dropped Hannah at church for the youth retreat, had dinner and watched some TV.