Today’s Extreme Dessert

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My daughter Haley and I stopped in for a glass of wine at this wonderful winery in Arvada, Colorado.  We tried several different wines passing glasses back and forth 🙂

Silver Vines Winery

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Brothers Jeff and Daniel Chayer are the owners.  Jeff is the winemaker and Daniel is the general manager.

They know their business and who their customers are:

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Who doesn’t love chocolate and red wine?  Put them together and the brothers Chayer have a winner!

Today’s Extreme Dessert?  The Chocolate Delight which was delightfully yummy combining these two favorites, chocolate and Zinfandel.

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Check out their wine club, an awesome value, I’m going to be able pick up my wine in person, yay just down the street!

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Iron Casting Performance, Ceramics Raku, and Torch Glass Demonstrations, Arvada Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Mary Lou’s mold after it was cast in iron during the Iron Pour and Performance at the Arvada Center by the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance.

 

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Molds were available for carving on the spot.

This one is Mary Lou’s before the the iron was poured into it and then placed into a cupola or furnace.

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There was also on display a ceramic firing technique called Raku and a glass demonstration.

Haley and Matt clowning with the Yak & Yeti, a local restaurant serving cuisine of India, Nepal and Tibet (and awesome brewpub).

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Happy Halloween!

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Simpson United Methodist Church is having a Trunk or Treat event October 30th from 3:30 to 7:00pm. There will be vehicles in the church parking lot decorated for Halloween.  The neighborhood children will be able to go from trunk to trunk for a safe Halloween experience.

My talented daughter decided to decorate a pumpkin for the event.  Yikes, I would have never been able to put this together, it is even cuter in person.  Buster demanded to be in the picture, note his goofy smile as he tries to mimic the pumpkin witch 🙂

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Here is the back of the pumpkin witch.

We picked up our pumpkin from this pumpkin patch (located on the corner of Wadsworth and 68th in Arvada) so we were able to do a double donation!

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Charity Knitting, Crochet and Sewing at Simpson United Methodist Church Update

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October 4, 2015 Paster Tezenlo Thong blessed the projects of the charity knitting, crochet and sewing group.

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The group has been busy, hats for chemotherapy patients, mittens for local elementary school children, squares for prayer blankets, more hats and scarves for Denver’s homeless community, small socks for preemies and tons more.

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The group has also been blessed with many donations.  Including some ladies who actually donated part or all of their stashes!  Giving up part of your stash is giving up something you discovered in your travels so it is not only a selfless donation but it is sharing memories that travel with the stash.  Those ladies who gave up part or all of their stashes are real heroes, generous of heart and deed.

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After the blessing we took some of the finished projects to a local yarn shop, Knit Knack located in our own down town Arvada.  Knit Knack works closely with a group called Knitting4Peace and gratefully accepted the donations.  The owner of the shop also gave us all discounts towards purchases for future projects.  Thank you Gerri Bragdon!

Little Free Library a.k.a. Book Exchange

 

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Booker here, a guest blogger at sanseilife and a Little Free Library.

Who visits the Little Free Library?

John and his dog Shadow visit every day for 2 dog treats.  Shadow first must sit and then shake hands.

John never even looked at the books.  Just not interested in reading some story.  Today this book caught his eye.

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John has always wondered about fly fishing and just retired last year.  John definitely has the reading bug now!

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Who knows how many books are sitting on shelves waiting to be read or reread.   This free program allows you to pick a book, keep it for as long as you need to finish reading it, return it and exchange it for a new book.

Or do you have a favorite book you want to share with others?  Just place it in the free reading library!  You may change someone’s life.

This is really a neighborhood book exchange located in the small suburb of Arvada, Colorado at 74th and Wadsworth.  It creates an opportunity for neighbors to share books, including children’s books.

The best part?  Note the dog treats!

Booker out now, hope to see you soon.

Little free library a.k.a. book exchange

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A Little Free Library, also known as a book exchange post, has been set up in our parking lot!

 

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Who knows how many books are sitting on shelves waiting to be read or reread.   This free program allows you to pick a book, keep it for as long as you need to finish reading it, return it and exchange it for a new book.

Or do you have a favorite book you want to share with others?  Just place it in the free reading library!  You may change someone’s life.

This is really a neighborhood book exchange located in the small suburb of Arvada, Colorado.  It creates an opportunity for neighbors to share books, including children’s books.

The best part?  Note the dog treats!

How am I doing? Queen of the Design Feature!

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The most recent get together our knitting and crochet for homeless and other charities group had was another success.

The weather was great so the kids wanted to play outside.  This took the pressure off of me trying to keep up with them so I actually did some knitting!

Nancy got me started with the casting on.  I asked her how she knew how long of a tail to start with and she gave me a wicked smile and told me that it was a guess….

She made the mistake of complimenting me on my tension and even stitches.  Well I got cocky and made a whole row mistake   Didn’t even catch it .  Nancy diplomatically pointed it out and I asked her if I needed to start over.  She gave me an impish (I think she might have leprechaun in her) smile and said “Heck no, that’s called a design feature and will make your piece unique!”

Bless her heart.  I now have a new mission, to be “Queen of the Design Feature”!

 

Arvada Colorado’s Cherry Trees, Sakura Blossoms, a Gift From Japan

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In 1912 Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo made a gift of friendship, 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC.

Commemorating that 1912 gift the Consul General of Japan made a gift of three cherry trees to Simpson United Methodist Church at the 100 year anniversary and celebration.  These trees are thriving and they are now welcoming spring and blooming this week!

Members of this diversified church include first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese-Americans.  We are fortunate that we will be able to practice hanami (flower viewing).  Perhaps we should arrange a Sakura Hanami Festival and enjoy viewing our very own blossoms with a traditional picnic.

The Denver Cherry Blossom Festival this year is Saturday June 27, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015.  The Sakura will be done blooming but Denver will enjoy a festival of entertainment, vendors and great food.

 

Hina Matsuri

Thank you Mitsuru for sharing your sister’s doll display with us and the song. I love the picture of you and your sister as children. Our Hina Matsuri Festival is this weekend in Arvada, Colorado.

Nagataya Kyoto Japanese Calligraphy, Shodō

Today we celebrate Hina Matsuri, the girls festival. The dolls in the picture are from my parents home in Japan, we do the display of the dolls more or less a week before Hina Matsuri. We did the display of Hina Matsuri because of my sister. My grand father bought the dolls for her long time ago.
It is said that the dolls protect girls from suffering diseases, bad luck and bring them happiness in future. There are several supersticions about this celebration, it is said that if you don´t put away the dolls after Hina Matsuri the girls will remain single extra time. My mum was very concerned about that!
There are several figures but the most important are on the top of the pyramid they are called odairisama and ohinasama, and represent the Emperors figure. Then, there are other figures below other members…

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Pictures From Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

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This is the doll exhibit room.  Families from the Japanese community and others exhibit their dolls each year in March in Arvada, Colorado.  Free and open to the public.

Having this extraordinary collection of dolls in one place is an amazing experience.

I am a sansei or third generation and I am just learning about the dolls myself.  Please excuse me if I have some of the facts wrong, I would appreciate your corrections.  I have no one to learn from except the Internet!

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Here is an example of one altar, the Emperor and Empress are in the center top.  The members of their court arranged below them.

The lower steps are in this order:  three Court Ladies (with sake equipment); five Musicians; two Ministers (one old and wise the other one young); the three protectors or Samurai; items from inside the palace; and the bottom platform, items used outside the palace (lacquer food boxes for trips) or items from outside the palace.

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This is a display of origami for sale to the public.

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There will also be a table where you can learn simple origami and a table where your name will be written in Japanese characters.

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Here is another example of the Emperor and Empress. Behind them is a folding screen.  The round table holds sweet treats.  The diamond table holds diamond shaped rice cakes.

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There will also be flower arranging displays, bonsai displays and live entertainment also free of charge.

Bento lunch boxes will be offered for sale in the early afternoon while supplies last.

Hope to see you there and here is a link to more information for March 2016.

Arigato gosaimasu!