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This months issue was especially fun as the center pages were wrapping papers designed by a variety of Denverites.
For my birthday my friend Judy surprised me with an adventure to the Molly Brown House. It’s great being an almost Halloween baby.
This year’s spooky entertainment: Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera; H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper; Sarah Orne Jewitt’s Lady Ferry; and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.
I wish I could have taken pictures of the actors and decorations but no pictures allowed.
The three story house is over 100 years old and many people have lived there. Margaret Brown (who became known as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” after surviving the sinking of the Titanic in 1912) would rent her house to wealthy families when she was out of town and she also had boarders during the lean times. After her death the house was briefly a gentlemen’s boarding house and a home for wayward girls.
Walking through this home filled with thousands of vintage treasures you are able to lose yourself in the Victorian love of macabre and celebration of the chilling stories told this night. The floorboards creaked during the readings and narrow steep stairways threatened to pull you down. Faded wallpaper caress shoulders and banisters touched by hundreds now gone send shivers to your core.
I was able to take this picture of my favorite ghoul Emma. She silently slinked around the edges of the group keeping us all herded together.
But not all was grisly as the ghosts of the Molly Brown house only laughed at our foolishness on holding our breaths during the story telling. The real ghosts of the Molly Brown house are former inhabitants that love the house and don’t want to leave. They made the experience pleasantly spooky but did nothing to truly terrorize us!
I felt a warm connection with Margaret Brown and was an amazed to discover the source of that connection is that she helped found the Denver Dumb Friends League and thus my search for my next rescue puppy, Henry!
Today’s Extreme Dessert? Ice cream infused with alcohol.
My current favorites? Chocolate Raspberry and Caramel Apple.
The Caramel Apple cannot be described in writing, you have to taste it! Puréed apples give this ice cream a once in a lifetime flavor.
Meet Brian Fashaw, our ingenious creator.
Personally making each signature blend to insure a taste that will amaze. Rotating flavors seasonally, what is in the works? A pumpkin cheesecake any day.
The Total Beverage (Westminster Total Beverage, 9359 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO 80031) is hosting Brian at their free tasting area. You can try four flavors tomorrow October 15th between 4 and 7 which include the two I brought home plus White Russian and Grasshopper. Must be 21 years of age to indulge.
I also picked up some great wine. The box wine was recommended to me by Mary who always remembers exactly what I like. She thought of this immediately because it is organic and delicious.
My first blood donation was a trip to a Bonfils Blood Center with my Dad and I never looked back. Donating platelets and blood regularly for 40 years made me a pro and the staff at my center always warmly recognized me and knew little bits about my life.
This heart warming story is about a woman who received over 270 units of whole blood and blood products collected from more than 300 people. A celebration was arranged so she could meet some of those wonderful donor. Read her story here.
I was recently contacted by Bonfils who needed a donation of blood, I am somewhat rare at A+. With a heavy heart I told them about my breast cancer diagnosis and that I would not be able to donate. They asked me to keep in touch.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please consider donating blood or platelets to help those battling breast cancer.
I hope I am able to become cancer free long enough to donate again before I reach the age limit!
And what else did we eat besides the extreme dessert while dining and relaxing at Osaka Ramen? I had the TONKOTSU: Pork broth, bamboo shoots, pork belly, pickled ginger, black garlic oil, soft egg. The noodles were perfect, the black garlic oil made the flavors of the broth and other ingredients pop.
My friend had the SHOYU: Chicken broth, shoyu, mushroom, bitter greens, naruto, pork shoulder, scallions, soft egg. Excellent.
And a beverage to enjoy with our Ramen? Infinite Monkey Theorem Pear Cider from Denver. Not too sweet and thoroughly enjoyable.