Monday, March 30, 2015

Blue Skies

To me this is not "another blue sky" picture. Seeing the blue sky with little white clouds is a momentous event here in Wisconsin. #longawaited #muchloved #light #beauty

This is not a small deal around here.
This bright blue sky is something special.

My heart is happy.
My spirit lifts.

Thank you.

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Encourage one another,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our very sweet baby sisters

JandJ (Changed)

You know, our mom had lots of babies.... (seven)
you would think two more girls would have been ho hum.

But it was not!

In 1966 twins were a big deal.

We were all so delighted to have these exact wonderful darling twins
belong to our family.

Janice who resembles our dad and Janet who resembles our mom.

I remember the morning they were born.
Grandma Hansen had come in the night and was in the kitchen.
It was very sunny Sunday morning.
I remember the phone call that they were both girls and running to tell the Irvings.
I remember exactly what their room looked like and the little bottle holders and their twin stroller.

But mostly I remember always being amused and delighted by their sweetness and happiness.

I was nine.

They have grown to have wonderful families of their own and I know they love their children just as they were loved.

That's the thing about love.

It stays with you.

I love you Janice. (A baby)
I love you Janet.  (B baby)

Always and forever.


p.s.  Janice is enjoying the book in the picture above and it is perfect because she LOVES books very much to this day.  I guess that stays with a girl too.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thank you William Goldman.

Hi friends,

I heard the news this morning that the Germanwings plane was deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.
This kind of news makes me a bit paralyzed and honestly embarrassed to be blogging my happy, frivolous topics.

I am not clever enough or thick skinned enough to blog about important newsy things.

And I also don't know if we were created to take in all of the pain and suffering and insanity that goes on in the entire world.

My heart can't take it.  Can yours?

So as one famous person wrote ( I am too stupid to remember who wrote it and did not take the time to read it)
we are amusing ourselves to death.

I didn't really want to read it.  Cause who wants to read what a dolt you are?  Not me.

But it is too painful to pay attention to the whole complicated world.
(I can barely handle volleyball tournaments lately)

Life is pain, highness

That line is from William Goldman's The Princess Bride.

He wanted us to know that life is unfair.  It is a major theme in his book.

“Who says life is fair, where is that written?” 

But Goldman also wanted us to have hope....
most people miss it.
Most people have not read the book and the following line is not in the movie.
I guess most people aren't me and didn't need to read it.

But I needed this part.

“I suppose I was dying again, so I asked the Lord of Permanent Affection for the strength to live the day. Clearly, the answer came in the affirmative.""I didn't know there was such a Fellow," Buttercup said."Neither did I, in truth, but if He didn't exist, I didn't much want to either.” 

Lord of Permanent Affection.
Strength to live the day.
Mind your own business.
Work with your hands.
Encourage one another.

Love you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

God be with the suffering ones today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shut up and dance with me.

This fun movie dance mash up is making the rounds on Facebook and I, of course, loved it.
Watch and see if you can spot Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Cracks me up.

I personally think every movie should end with a big dance!
Don't you?
This cheerful Bollywood piece was perfect for Slumdog Millionaire


And about that yarn,
it is called Woodlands.

I liked your guesses!!

Encourage one another,

Monday, March 23, 2015

Socks on the sticks.

How's that for remarkable timing? #finishedfallsocks #happy spring

Ever since I spotted Vesper Sock yarn on Wendy's website...years and years ago....I fell in love with the colors and Julia's self striping yarn.

Knit and Tonic

I just googled Knit and Tonic and Julia Vesper and it has been ten years since I have been friends with Wendy and knitting with this pretty yarn.

Yes, I'm gonna call Wendy my friend.   Cause in my heart she is. :o)

And you guys...who read here so faithfully...
you are my friends too.

Vesper Sock Yarn. The colors make me so happy!  What do you think this color way is called?

So as soon as Spooky yarn up above was off the needles....
this pretty yarn was cast on!

Guess what it is called!?

I'll tell you tomorrow.

Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.~Elizabeth Zimmerman

Encourage one another,

Friday, March 20, 2015


We searched and searched to find a shirt with Katie's name on the back. Thank you cousin Ellie �� #oneofakind

She made the team.  Hooray for JV!
She says they have a great group of girls on the team!

I have been so stressed out about it.
Being a mom is so dang hard sometimes.

You know that part about our hearts walking around outside our bodies.


Big true truth!

“It's come at last", she thought, "the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache.” ~betty smith 

Final game. Happy winners lap around the bases!

I loved being a part of a team.


Katie does too...and so I want what she wants.

Way to go Katie Gracie Boucher!
I am proud of your hard work and your fantastic attitude!

When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball." ~Willie Stargell, 1981

Play ball!

Love Mom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Biscuits by Kacey Musgraves

My little love affair continues with talented Kacey Musgraves.
She released a new song this week.  It's called Biscuits.

Those who love her are waiting patiently for her new album!

I think I might have a new ring tone.

What is your ring tone?

Mine is an Aretha Franklin tune; Until you come back to me.

Encourage one another and
mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.

Donna Elsie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Eyes

When Irish Eyes are Smiling sure it's like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing
when Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay
but when Irish eyes are smiling sure they'll steal your heart away.


Monday, March 16, 2015

St Patrick's Day

I am not Irish.  I always thought it would be cool to be a part of that happy, green group!
Actually, I am not even sure if my children are Irish.
My husband is not into examining family history.  I have a hunch they are a little bit.  Mrs.
Boucher liked to celebrate St. Patrick's day.  And really, do people who aren't Irish name their children Patrick?

So for St. Patrick's day....

I give you ....

My Patricks.

Delicious breakfast with these two. #Tweet #sheridan

Patrick teaching Katie how to throw.  
They have been throwing the ball around for a long time.  
This week she will try out for high school softball.  They do not have a freshman team so we aren't sure what to expect.  But nothing can erase the days in the sun spent with dad and a mitt.

My Irish Twin.

Lots of Love,
Donna Elsie

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015


"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family.
Be holy-
Let us pray."

~Mother Teresa

Thursday, March 12, 2015

oh my gosh...oh my gosh!!!

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the cast of Downton Abbey today!!!

Here are some of the pictures I borrowed from MailUK website/Getty Images.

I love this so much. 

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What shall we do until January?

New post up at The Pioneer Woman's website!

It's one that I think most of you will like!

It's The I-Miss-Downton-Abbey Viewers Guide by little ole me.


Read the comments if you need MORE suggestions!
Lots of comments!

I can't stand Mr Selfridge or Gosford Park which are recommended over and over in the comments
but I can only recommend what I really like.  I turned Gosford Park off in about 15 minutes.  Snooze.
Mr. Selfridge started off with him being an adulterer so I didn't like him straight away.

Everyone reminded me of Larkrise to Candleford so I am going to start with that one.
I've watched it, but not from beginning to end.
I think I have also seen bits of Return to Cranford.  But it has not stayed with me
like the original Cranford!

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie aka Miz Boo

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kitchen set.

Emma serving me something delicious, I am sure. Lately her pins and posts have been about loving the kitchen and cooking. This little picture made me happy this morning. Happy Cooking honey!  #throwbacktuesdaysathingright

Emma is serving me something delicious, I am sure.
Lately her pins and posts and phone calls have been about loving the kitchen and cooking.
I was delighted when I spotted this picture in her photo album this morning.

She is only One year old in this picture so I'm sure she did not take my order.  We were not playing restaurant at this age.
But if she was older, the order would have been Cobb Salad and a Diet Dr. Pepper.
Every single time.

But anyway...
it's good to be content at home, in the kitchen.

Food is love...
isn't it?

Encourage one another,

Monday, March 09, 2015

I really like you.

Just saw this video and it made me smile.
Tom Hanks has that effect on me.

The dancing.
You. know.

Happy Sunny Monday!!!

Donna Elsie

Friday, March 06, 2015

Quiet life

Tomorrow Katie will be singing at her first solo ensemble.
It's right here in our home town.  
She is not worried about it.  
I am not a solo singer so it would freak me out.
Did you ever do this when you were in high school?

Then on Sunday we will spring ahead and head to Lodi Wisconsin for a early morning volleyball tournament!  Yikes.  
7:30 is really 6:30
So we have to leave at 6:30 which is really 5:30.

Makes my stomach upset to have to go somewhere that early.

Oh well.  
It's my job.

Don't suppose they have a Starbucks in Lodi.
Naw.  Not a chance.

As you can see from the pictures,
the sun shone the other day and I was happy to take a few pictures of Katie.

Oh sunshine....
I love you.

I have been watching The Good Wife and Suits lately.
They are both shows about law firms.
I've lost interest in The Good Wife and am completely in love with Suits.

I have grown tired of Alicia Florrick. 
I guess I just don't like her. 

Mike and Harvey are both interesting and entertaining characters on Suits.
It's got a lighter feel like Ally McBeal and I like that.

Have you been watching these shows?
I am years behind.
Our son Patrick gave us a Firestick and we have access to tons of older shows thru Netflix and Amazon Prime now.

So that's what I'm busy doing....
Driving Miss Daisy and being her biggest fan,
cooking and knitting
and watching lawyer shows.  
Oh!  and taking a few pictures when the sun shines.

How about you?

Encourage one another,

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

time well spent?!

Almost done with my rectangle shawl. It needs to be blocked and it needs a crochet edge. I don't know how to crochet...yet. It's March. I'm going to wear it like this until it warms up. Then I will add the edge. It's soft. It's flawed.   #lacevirgin

So ALL those hours watching tv and movies....
they are spent, always, with something in my hands...
a game to play or something to knit.

Since October I have been knitting my first lace piece.
It is called a rectangle shawl.  It has not been blocked yet so I am wearing it as a scarf today.
I am wearing it before it is finished because I want to wear it before it warms up too much to wear it.

It needs a crocheted edge.  Scalloped.  It is not crucial to the piece but I'd like to try it.
I'd like to learn to crochet.

There are two rows that are wrong and it is noticeable.
They embarrass me a bit.
I'll have to get over it.

The yarn is alpaca and rayon so it is very soft.
Soft is my favorite kind of yarn.

So you see....watching television is time well spent in my world view.
I get so much pleasure from the outcome.

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

Monday, March 02, 2015

Downton's Christmas special. Over already!?

Downton season goes by so quickly.

I am not as devoted to it as many of you are this year.
My true love for the show ended with the Matthew's death and the
departure of the romance.
The other romances leave me feeling blah.
But that is my problem.  I hear many people are delighted
with the romantic story lines for Rose and Mrs. Hughes and I am really happy about that.
I will watch the show as long as it is on. This genre is my cuppa tea.
Perhaps next year we will get a little romance for Mary with the dreamy Matthew Goode, but gosh he was very cool this episode.
We know Fellow's can turn a story/character around on a dime.
(I actually am feeling manipulated to be honest.)
I love Tom and cried at his departure.  Cried the most about this.
I did not care that Bates came back.  That whole storyline was a big waste this season.
Mrs. Hughes is a saint and we all suspected we know it for sure.  I'm happy since she is happy with Mr. Carson.
Edith got to look pretty with her hair down.
Daddy got to be sweet again as did Cora.
Violet and Mrs. Crawley were the stars this season.
I did not care for the Dowager's romantic whole story line but loved Mrs. Crawley's.
Thomas got to use his devious skills for good instead of evil.
Mosely and Mrs. Barrow (?)....Moonlighting!

Oh gosh.  I'd give the season a B-
The sets and clothing are A+ but the stories were C-.
I hope Julian Fellows takes a good vacation and clears his head and comes up with
a beautiful, romantic, sweet, fun show for us next year.

Pretty please.

What would you grade this season of Downton Abbey?

Donna Elsie

p.s. Watch for a post on The Pioneer Woman coming shortly about....
I miss Downton Abbey viewing guide.

Friday, February 27, 2015

in its time

San Francisco 2011

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men...
~Ecclesiastes 3:11

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I love pictures

I love photography.
Is there a better reason than this picture taken in 1960.

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
 ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OY dot net

This is how I feel today.
I have been having very bad website struggles.

Blu Domain lost my domain name.
They stink.
Do not work with Blu Domain.  Ever. 

Patrick helped me purchase

Try going there and see if you can get to it.

I have my doubts.

The few people I take pictures for now are friends and family but I still like to have a place to show them the pictures.  My website worked for that. 

So yeah.  I was never cut out for business and the stress this causes me is overwhelming.


Let's talk about Downton.

Distraction please.

Anna and Bates.  Make it stop.
Doggie is dead.  Moving on.
It amuses me the things that go on 'off screen'.
The clothes were sumptuous and abundant.  I hardly take note, isn't that funny.  The styles are so unflattering.  The coats are quite modern now tho aren't they?
I wonder if Downton will jump ahead many years to WWII?
The blatant anti-semitism is shocking. 
I think Tom is really going.
Susan is just nasty.
So is Atticus' scary looking father.  He must have played a very bad guy in a movie I've seen.
Will Mrs Patmore end up with Daisy's father in law.  I am sure that is a huge stretch.
I think the Dowagers maid is bad news and that the goofy butler may have excuses for his distrust of her.
Oh.  I can't think straight today.

Please come and tell me your funny and smart observations about Sunday nights show.
I could use a laugh.

Donna Elsie
dot net

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars Red Carpet 2015

Hi friends!  My red carpet review is a bit short this year.  I was gone for most of the show and recorded it so I rushed my way thru the red carpet and the show.  Here are the dresses that I liked well enough to go scouting for this morning.
Some people are very hard to find especially Idina Menzel.  She was a favorite and she happened to be in a bit with John Travolta that was my favorite part of the show.  After some work, I found the clip.
I'll comment a bit more on that below!

Here goes.

Keira Knightly in Valentino
You knew I would like this odd dress didn't you?
I luff her.

I bet you didn't know but black with that blue is my favorite combination. 

This is Cate Blanchett in John Galliano dress and Tiffany necklace.

Here is one for you lovers of red.  Rosamund Pike in Givenchy.
I adore that scalloped neckline.  I love scallops.

Our friend Jen.  She's amazing.

Chloe Maretz in Miu Miu.
I love this gorgeous fabric.  The shiloutte is a bit odd from the front. It looked a little Martha Washington.  But I didn't care.  I loved it anyway.

Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta.  I like the bows and the neckline.

Idina's red top, tiny waist and black skirt were perfect as was her makeup.  She was lovely.
John was scary weird, with that chain around his neck and glued on toupee.
He used to be my absolute favorite.  But it's been a long time since I've looked at him as anything other than a weird dude.
The way he kept touching her face.  ICK Factor.

Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything.  She is very tiny but she can pull off this grand dress very well.  I'd say it's my favorite.  It is Alexander McQueen.  

So there you go.
Did you watch? What did you like about the show and the dresses?
I can guess what many of you liked.
(Can you believe I didn't love gorgeous Jennifer Lopez and her Elie Saab dress.  Not a good color in my opinion.)

Happy Monday.

Downton Abbey talk tomorrow.

Love ya,
Donna Elsie

Friday, February 20, 2015

Learn to draw.

This morning I followed a link on Twitter to Melissa Wiley's blog.  Melissa is a children's book author and besides that I think she is smart and really cool.  Today's tweet sent me to the post she wrote about learning to draw with her children.
Her drawing adventure is encouraging, informative and inspiring.

cultivating-family-art-habit by melissa wiley

Thank you Melissa for writing such a thorough and excellent article!!

Donna Elsie

Ramona by Lois Darling

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oscar Nominated Movies. 2014


What to see before the big Award Show.

I'd love to be able to write a nice big post about this for Ree @ The Pioneer Woman
but I have not seen all the movies.  And actually I don't want to see them all.  
I will, however, tell you what I have seen and maybe you will want to watch one before Sunday.

Here is the list and I will tell you my opinions and thoughts;

The Nominees

American Sniper
I have not seen this movie.  I am sure it is excellent.  My husband would like it I am sure.
I just can't sit thru intense war movies.
My nerves can not handle it.
Platoon and Finding Private Ryan did me in.


This is an amazing, interesting, weird, crass, brilliant movie.
The ending is so strange that my husband immediately hated the movie.
I came home and searched on line to figure out 'what the heck just happened.
Let me just say...this movie is so much deeper than my pretty little brain could comprehend...and I liked it so much anyway.  I want to watch it again.  Perhaps there is a viewers guide.
Available on DVD


I liked Boyhood.  This movie is filmed over twelve years.  It is more about a family than it is about one single boy.  I liked it but did not love it.  
Available on DVD

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I wanted to like this movie.  It bored me to tears and I didn't finish watching it.
Sorry Wes Andersen fans.  

The Imitation Game

Did not see.

Did not see.

Did not see.

The Theory of Everything

I loved this movie.  Great story, great styling, great acting.
This one you should watch.  
It is out on DVD.

Three other movies that I think are worth watching from last year are Into the Woods,  Fault in our Stars, and The Hundred Foot Journey.

Did you see and LOVE any of the nominated movies?
What was your favorite movie of 2014?

Donna Elsie

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Twirp. party pics. 2015


TWIRP 2015


Dance two.  In the books :o)
They had fun!

No prom this year.  Too young for that.
Must have something to look forward to!

Encourage one another,

Monday, February 16, 2015

And now do you like my hat?

Hi friends.  I'm back.

Thursday night I drove down to Chicago so I could take Emma to the hospital to get a 24 hour EEG ....attached.

We would go back to Emma's apartment and spend an ordinary day and night..and then take it off and return it the next day.
The people who read EEGs will do that and then will let us know what is going on in that beautiful mind.

Emma said it did not hurt and was not even uncomfortable.
We look forward to hearing what her neurologist has to say.

Now THIS is multitasking!!  24 hour EEG and paralegal work.  She's got this! #goemma

I got to watch Emma at work all day.  She is an assistant to an attorney.  I can tell you her career in counseling is coming in very handy.  

Emma Jean Portrait with gauze "hat". 2-13-15

Heeeyyyy!! Do you like my hat?

Do you like my hat?

I do, I like it, I like that party hat!

Emma is feeling very positive and loved and I am sure that it is due to the many prayers and good wishes coming her way!
So thank you very very much.


I just watched Downton Abbey this morning.  It was such a good one.  I think the best one so far this year!

I have to say I like Mabel so much better than Mary and if you know me and my fondness for Mary...well...she has fallen off her pedestal. ker plunk.

The affection Lord and Mary Grantham so the dog is gag-worthy.
Even letting the dog sleep with Cora and Lord G. just made me so mad at them...because of the way they treat Edith.
I get that the whole baby out of wedlock is just not done back in the day....and they really should stick with that hiding thing.  But I just don't like it.

Daisy's father in law.  I love him every time he is on the show. Go Daisy. Go to the farm!!!

Engagements and proposals and swear words, oh my.

Lord Merten's sons are jerks.

Violet and Isobel.  BFFs.

I wonder what will soften Mary again.  I know they will make me love her again.

How many more episodes until the end of the season?

What did you think of Downton Abbey last night?

Encourage on another,
Donna Elsie

Thursday, February 12, 2015


It's my calling.
It's my blessing.
It's the easiest, hardest thing I have ever done.

Off to do what I do....
ordinary magic.

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

(Katie likes the name Elsie so I will use it to soften the dislike of Donna that I have)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015