Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Always a conundrum....what to do with your hands...

conundrum #2
white in photos...
glow glow glow

i expose for faces...not for white shirts...
wedding photographers must have this figured out...
i do not.

She loved her outfit and it fit the church rules....
so that was must important :o)

Encourage one another,

Monday, May 04, 2015

A name fit for a Princess/Confirmation

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge  #diana #sniff

Thanks to my crack team of reporters I received the exciting news of the royal baby's name
while on my Target/school run.  Thank you Janet and Kathyb.
I admit I shed a tear.

Charlotte is the feminine/Fr. form of Charles.
And you know about Elizabeth and Diana.

So happy for them.
They have gone where it will be nice and quiet.
I don't suppose we will see Princess Charlotte until her christening.

Best wishes to the growing family!

April 20th I asked the Quiet Life readers what they thought the name of the Royal baby would be.
Here is the response by Susan May;

Way to go Susan!


My little princess was confirmed yesterday afternoon.

Katie's wonderful Aunt and Sponsor. Susan is the most loving person! We are all lucky to have her in our lives. #confirmation

Katie's wonderful Aunt and Sponsor.  Susan is a truly loving person and we are all lucky to have her in our lives!  The sponsors work very hard and spend a lot of time with their 'students'.
We are very thankful for her!

It was a very special service and day!

“We can study the whole history of salvation, we can study the whole of Theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand. It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or – in the words of Our Lord – it is the Spirit that makes us know the voice of Jesus.”

— Pope Francis

 “It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world.”
— St. Aloysius Gonzaga

(That one just fit the day, didn't it.  :o) 

Encourage one another,

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"The happiest days are when babies are born"

Welcome Princess!!

I woke up at seven this morning and checked my phone....

I had one message on my phone from someone just like me....

It's a girl whoop whoop


Catherine checked in to the hospital at 6:00 and delivered baby girl Windsor at 8:34.
The little Princess weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds and 3 ounces!

Well done, you!

God bless one and all!


William brings George by to meet his little sister and to see Mummy. TY mailuk for pix.

William brings George by to meet his little sister and to see Mummy.

And look!  Just a few hours later, Kate and William bring their little baby out to say hello to the crowd.

AND then they head home!!!  What the heck!?
Catherine is incredible!

Encourage one another,

p.s. My title quote is from Gone with the Wind.

Friday, May 01, 2015

It's May!

Much less chance of snow in May ...
and that makes it a favorite month!


These tulips are in my front yard.
If I don't take care of the little patches of 'garden' that were left here by the previous owners
I won't have any tulips next year.  The grass in moving in.

farmers market tulips

downtown madison tulips


It's heck when spell check doesn't even have a clue...


Did you know these two are a real life couple?
Do you know who they are?


It was a huge surprise to me and I was delighted by it.

Happy May day friends!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

They are All My Family

Forty years ago today...the fall of Saigon.

I was a silly high school senior.  Didn't know a thing about what was going on in the world.
This is the kind of story that teaches me, brings light to a certain situation.
CBS This Morning aired this...this morning.

When people act in noble and selfless ways
it makes me cry.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

photos with words on them....




Having fun with #over # app





I like putting words on photos.
Here are some that I found going back just two years.

I hope you like them :o)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sure was fun.

Well, hey, that was fun. Thank you for chiming in with your comments!

I think I have learned something!



Pretty Ginny on a pretty morning.

Ginny does not want to get a burn.


And a little chuckle.....

Encourage one another,

Monday, April 27, 2015

Words and meanings

My husband and I had a misunderstanding on the iphone on Saturday.
I drove Katie up to a friend's house and on the way home I wanted to stop at Chick fil a for dinner.
We had earlier in the afternoon decided not to go out for dinner.   But I thought a drive thru was fine...and I was right there...So I texted him to ask if he changed his mind.

I texted;

Are you sure you don't want Chick fil a?

He wrote back;



Immediately I understood that he did not want Chick fil a.

In my mind, he was sure he did not want Chick fil a.

When I got home Patrick paused the tv and followed me in to the kitchen.

"Is this mine?" he said about the bag on the table.

Oh my gosh!  He wanted some.

His "sure" was a 'sure...get me chick fil a'.

I felt terrible as you can imagine.

I had him look at the text again and he could see what went wrong....
He understood and his stomach growled....

The next day when we went to get Katie I told her the story and asked her if dad's 'sure' meant...

no thanks or yes.

She thought his 'sure' meant yes.

oh man.

So....what would you have thought?

Get him some...
or don't get him some?

btw...Patrick is not a big Chick fil A fan like I am.  He can usually take or leave it.
but then...we didn't have much in the house to eat....

I'm looking forward to hearing how you would have responded.

Encourage one another,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Missing Sue.

in which i take a bullet...
as long as everyone else looks amazing!

mugs up in columbia
this is my favorite picture of sue

march 2010
sue and her boys

thanksgiving 2009
cindy's family and sue's family

top picture.  the twins.
bottom picture irish twins.

sue died on april 24th 2010.  every year the two months leading up to this anniversary are 
yucky.  i can't help but think, 'on this day...this happened....on this day....that happened...'
it was shocking then.  it is shocking now.  

i miss my sister
she was a really wonderful sister

love you
mean it

donna elsie

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This video is from March 19th 2012.

Our grass is green today .....  but we have flurries again and it's in the 30ºs.

I feel that sheep.

Yesterday Katie played softball in football weather.
It was absolutely freezing.

Also yesterday was a Choir Festival at the local high school....Katie spent the day listening to choirs from all over and then they sang and were critiqued by judges.  I went to listen to her choir sing.  They sounded very pretty.

Thanks for stopping by and being a part of our lives.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby names?

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge is due reportedly on April 25th.

What do you think she will have?
Boy or Girl

What do you think they will name the baby?

Kate has been wearing a lot of pink.  Maybe it's a girl.....I hope it's a girl.

Will they name the baby Diana?
Victoria?  Alexandra?  Elizabeth? Mary?  

I can not wait!!

What do you think??

Lady Donna

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yellow. Ginny.

I went outside today to see what pretty things I might be able to photograph.

This one weed, overgrown, who-knows-what is gloriously yellow.
But the tips of it are green.

And look who was watching me so nicely.

Ginny wasn't interested in looking or smiling at me until I put my camera down.
So I took these sweet pictures holding the camera below my chin and chatting to our happy girl.

We love her.

“It seems to me that the good lord in his infinate wisdom gave us three things to make life bearable- hope, jokes, and dogs. But the greatest of these was dogs.” 
~Robyn Davidson 

Encourage one another,

p.s. I am leaving infinate spelled as the author wrote it...she is Australian and maybe that's how they spell that there. :o)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throw back post. April 2009.


How I love these dishtowels.
I love that someone took the time to make them and I wonder if they noticed what a hard time the
young dutch girl was having with her home making.
I wonder if that is why she chose this pattern, because she too had a hard time with home making.



Oh no! The pot is boiling over.


Oh! my!

Ironing can be so steamy!


Dear me!

She must have forgotten her list or her money or her way.

Seems for this little homemaker, peril awaits her on every day of the week.


Except Sunday.

Bless her hard working heart!

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back in the day. Pinterest

I was a beta tester for Pinterest and I loved it right away.
I was worried about copyright issues but I do think
they have addressed those.

Here are a few of the very first pins that I pinned.
Four years ago.

From posters and words...

Pictures I love


Fantastic finds

For the Home

Iris' kitchen in The Holiday

This looks delicious

My style pinboard

I wonderful how this would fly nowadays.
She looks quite happy....


I took this picture in Milwaukee at the Art Museum.  I'll have to do some searching to find the name of the piece and the painter.  

I used to cut pictures out of magazines and keep them in a expandable file.  Now I  pin pretty, interesting, helpful things to my Pinterest boards.  

It's fun to look back.

Happy Hump Day!