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Cleaning and river sampling


I spent the morning cleaning out kitchen cabinets. We needed to make room for Grace’s blender, a shelf fell down and had to be taken out and there was just general messiness. I got everything done before anyone woke up, so that was nice. Grace and I went out to grab some water samples, to test. I had 1 packet left for the DO, so we won’t be able to do January before we go to the site test, I was hoping to show up with everything for the month, but we’ll just have to come back and drop them off.


Right/left banks

Extra pics.

We finished up, then I took Jack to the dog park. He ran around and when he wanted to rest, he stood under one of the wolves and the other dogs left him alone.

Then he patiently waited for a puppuccino.

River sampling, The Meg, Jack watched TV


It was a nice day for river sampling.



Right bank/left bank (I didn’t wade in.)

Dangerous icicle.

I spilled the DO sample on the paper, but it makes it look like  a ‘real lab.’

Note, we need another potassium chloride bottle.

I prepped dinner, took Hannah to get her hair cut and then she and I went to see The Meg. It’s about a megalodon shark that comes up through a layer of what should be the bottom of the ocean – but it’s not – and a sub increases the water temperature allowing the giant shark to pierce through the layer and bad things happen. Hannah got jump scared a bunch of times, so it was worth it.

We took Jack to the vet because he twisted his ankle.

Dinner was really good.

I dropped Hannah at youth group and James and I watched a documentary on squirrels. Jack started watching it too, he even dropped his ball and sat there staring at the TV. Then he barked at it, went under the table to see if the squirrel was coming out that side, then sat back down again. He’ll watch Scooby-Doo and movies if there are dogs in them, but I guess if there are squirrels he’ll watch that too.



Saturday we went river sampling, since we were running out of September.


Right bank.


Left bank.

Deer and racoon prints.

A katydid that landed on the sample jar.

From above, the dam and gulch have pushed the Platte all the way over to the right bank (when looking upstream.)

Grace and I took Jack to the Chatfield off leash dog park where he got very dirty.

I gave him a bath and then it was time to go to the Not Back to School Party. A little later than in previous years, but the weather was nice, the company was wonderful and the cake was good.

We had dinner at Lincoln Station Pizza. Their stromboli was very good, better than the pizza in my opinion.

Grace made a clay narwhal, this was her first attempt, she is looking to see how to get a clip on it to make a pendant.

Sunday we picked up Hannah from church, the retreat was nice, she made some new friends and they had a big bonfire and s’mores. We lazed the day, went to the store, watched some TV and turned in early.

Slow week – school, doctor, kid sitting, worship dance, teen poe-ty, jazz and drinks, dentist, youth group, JASON lecture, testing unknown water samples, dog park, pumpkin fest, concert (Grace), church.

Creativity club, park day, RiverWatch, Jack meets new friends


One other family came to CC, wish it were more, but I guess a few is better than none.

Park day was also low, 2 families and though you can have dogs there (I looked) a ranger told my friend that her big dog wasn’t allowed, so they sat under a tree near the street. We tried to get Jack to sit still for a picture, finally!

I worked on the basement, a few hours over the course of a few days and a final day to clean the window wells outside, it looks so much better.

Before (after I took down everything on the wall…)

I’m hoping to entice teens to come down and play games/hang out this year. Finished my air plant decoration.

Jack got a backpack and chewed up Bethany’s favorite flip-flops.

Wednesday Grace and I went sampling and because of all the recent rain the river was up too much to do a composite (without having a bathing suit on), so we did a grab.


Right/left banks.

I took Jack with me to drop off the samples and he got to meet a RiverWatch dog.

River run park.

Then it was off to my friend’s house to drop off supplies for her domestic violence bags and Jack played with her 2 dogs.

We went to the Walk2Connect glow walk and it started raining just as we started walking. We walked in the rain for about 20 minutes, then it let up. Jack was running, I think he thought if he ran he would outrun the rain drops….it was funny. We got back to the car and were soaked, so we ran by Starbucks for a warm drink (and a puppuccino.)

Platte, Cow day, Clear creek, Ice cream social, TDO, Kindness Krewe


Jack says it’s still too cold for him.

Grace made this Ladybug clay sculpture.

Then remade it and made another Dan and Phil.

While Hannah made this bunny/octopus.

Tuesday was park day and Chick-Fil-a cow appreciation day. Jack was much happier in water he could wade in. We met some new families and some old friends too.

Juno showed up and Jack was so happy.

We had breakfast at Chick-Fil-A and lunch there too, Jack got a bone instead of ice cream.

Grace made fondant cupcakes with Church of cupcakes at the library.

My new rainbow blanket.

Wednesday was tubing/swimming in Clear creek and lunch at D’Deli.

We left Jack at home, he was not happy about it, but we had fun. 7/11 day.

We had a bit of a rest, then went to the HR ice cream social. Jack had ice cream too. He was very good in the stroller, he only barked once and that was when we were near a goat.

We had food truck mac and cheese for dinner (very good) and looked around/listened to the music for a bit before heading home.

Thursday I went to Island NIA and had a good time dancing to beachy tunes. We found out our Shake Shack was open and went there for lunch – they have a puppy menu.

In the late afternoon I went to TDO at Smiley library. I made a sugar scrub and cologne with Moondance botanicals essential oils. The class was also learning about the types of oils and what they do for you.

My scrub is grapefruit, lime and ylang ylang, the cologne is cinnamon, lemongrass, ylang ylang. I’m glad we got to pass around the oils and take notes, there are certain oils that just smell like Lysol to me and I didn’t want to put those together (also I can’t remember which ones stink to me, but now I have a list and I just wrote ‘Lysol’ next to the ones I didn’t like.)

Cooling off in the pool.

More customs from Hannah.

The HR backcountry cam caught a bobcat taking a drink.

Friday we took Jack downtown for Kindness Krewe. It was just us, we handed out 40 bottles of water, a bag full of bananas and packs of PB crackers. Jack had fun letting people pet him.

We had SAME cafe’ for lunch, we sat out on the patio – pretty much everywhere we go now we sit on the patio because of Jack (but at least it’s been nice weather for sitting outside.)

Jack had his rabies and other shots today, ouch, but now he can go to the dog park! Tonight is superhero themed teen night at the DMNS, the girls are going and bringing friends, it should be fun. Walking Jack around City Park in the sunset. He ended up being really sore and wasn’t too happy with us.

Kindness Krewe


Mr. Squirrel came by to introduce himself to Jack; Jack was not impressed. Video here. 

We painted pots for Habitat homeowners, one other family showed up – cute!

Jack was not happy about being home alone. After Grace’s eye exam I made it up to him by taking him outside to play with sticks and chase water from the hose.

New books to read.

The girls wanted to go swimming in the lazy river, so I took them and read a book.



Sunday we went to church,

Don’t forget what is most important. The law is a shadow, not the real thing. The old law gave a sense of self sufficiency, a checklist of things to do to be on God’s good side. All my righteousness based on faultless law keeping is nothing when stacked against Jesus. There is no alternative version of the Gospel – it is this – God sent Jesus to pave the way to right standing. Jesus paid the sacrifice once and for all, to be forgiven is to put your sins as far as the east is from the west, it is Grace. Don’t think that God only loves you when you do good things or the right thing and don’t think that God doesn’t love you when you mess up and fall. Put Jesus first, let Him rule your heart above all. Do good, but don’t do it to check it off a list, do it because Jesus is the Light and His light shines through those that let Him into their lives.

Galatians 2 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

James grilled for lunch, then we took a drive to 2 pet shelters to look at dogs. We found 2 cute ones, but they had holds on them, so back to looking. Grace made her cake for tomorrow while James and I went to Englewood Grand to get trashed. Okay, to pick up trash.

Then we went to Cochino for dinner

The week -Grace’s b-day, Pirates Cove, park day, henna @ library, hike, gondola ride, camping, more hiking, Bethany leaves for CMU orientation, Creativity club, swimming, TNO, Juneteenth fest, church, Father’s day, City Park Jazz.

Dinners – b-day dinner (Nicolo’s pizza), chicken cacciatore, camping food (hot dogs), pork chops and sweet potatoes, TNO (TV dinners), black eyed peas and ham with cornbread.