Monday, January 20, 2020

Eleven days when everything changed....

The last ten days have been the most extraordinary days I have been thru in a long time.

On January third we (Patrick, Katie and I) went to Omaha to spend time with all of our children and grandchildren.  Since Patrick and Shelby and Dottie live so far away we head to Omaha whenever they come to visit Shelby's parents.
So Emma and James and River made the trek to Missouri and Matthew and Melinda live right there in town.

We watched the boys wrestle and watched Dottie go up and down the stairs.
We shared a few meals and Patrick and Katie got to meet River.

It was wonderful to see everyone.

I loved seeing Patrick hold River.  

Dottie will be a big sister in the spring.
She is a girl on the go :o)

Welcome to the red head club.

Matthew and Melinda hosting the family chaos :o)

It's so hard to travel with a newborn...we were so happy Emma and James could make it.
River was sleeping when we opened presents.

The old one and the young one.

(I am desperate for a new camera.  I need a flash.)

And then just a few hours after our return to Madison....

On Monday Jan. 6 my brother in law Paulie fell and broke his neck at his group home.
It was a very serious break.  He would not survive it.
We all gathered at the hospital and loved Paulie and played Johnny Cash non stop.
We were all so shocked and sad.
He passed away on Thursday Jan. 9th.

Paulie was the most special guy.  He loved his family and loved Johnny Cash and Casey Jones.
He had a beautiful voice and the most exuberant personality.
He visited the Marinette fire dept nearly every day for 50 years.  

They too, loved him so.

At the funeral dozens of firemen came to pay their respects.
Wearing their dress uniforms they arrived in four firetrucks and walked in a line to see Paulie.
The slide show played a video of Paulie singing Ring of Fire and the firemen stood as a group and quietly watched.  

The bell choir Paulie was a part of played and sang a sweet song to the tune of Edelweiss and we all sobbed.

Life will not be the same without Paulie. 
I miss him so much already.

He was the richest man in town.

Til we meet again sweet, funny, wonderful Paulie.

Love Always,

Friday, January 17, 2020

How much a heart can hold.

"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold."

–Zelda Fitzgerald

Monday, January 06, 2020

Red Carpet Golden Globes 2020

Variety was the fashion story of the night.
Sadly it has become passe to ask what are you wearing...and that's too bad, because I'd much rather hear about their clothes than their politics.  hahaha

Leslie Zibb wearing a lovely layered dress.  I have decided, I like layers and scallops.  
You all have probably got me pegged for this!  

Isn't this pretty on Thomisin McKenzie?
And I think my favorite part of a dress is....the bodice.

Very nice for the little girl in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I would have chosen an olive bow not that black.  Perhaps the designer thought that was too bridesmaid to match like that.

I do not care for the Jonas brothers.  Too much press.  
But there is no denying this perfect dress and woman at the globes last night.

I thought I loved this but now, this morning, not as much.

Kathy Bates in a velvet tux and amazing sunglasses looked wonderful to me!!!

I absolutely love this heavy fabric and gorgeous tailoring.  The color is neat, but I would LOVE to be able to see it in many different colors.  Orange? Royal Blue?  
She needs to stand next to Jody Comer....

Go Pack Go!!!

I love this actress and think she looks cool.
Her shoe is pink.
What is going on here?

Lauren Graham looked stunning.
Just perfect.

The bodice and perfect sleeve on her!!!

Oh my gosh!  I just love this!  I'm going to have to see if i can find the designer.
It's Saint Laurent!
And guess what, this gal, Zoe Kravitz is Lisa Bonet's daughter.
(from the Cosby show)

This pretty lady, "hello pretty lady", is Karen Pittman.
Oh how I love this dress.  It is by Khoon Hooi.

It's my winner!

Gotta run!  Hope you enjoyed this little red carpet special :o)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


It was a weird year.
I was stuck.
In my chair.
Unless I was visiting family.

In 2020, I will try to get unstuck.

And for your New Year,
I wish you love and purpose
laughter and dance.

and maybe, just maybe this following clip will fulfill two of those wishes!

Love you 
Mean it!

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Dear Baby Jesus


Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.

~Dale Evans Rogers

Merry Christmas!

Love Donna

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

twenty kisses when you wake

Not even a cupcake this year.  
Katie is 20 years old today...
and she is sick.  So we've laid low and watched movies and decided to save the chocolate pie for a different day. 

Paulie is with us this year!  I made him meatloaf, mashed potatoes and pork and beans for dinner and he was delighted.  He is also thrilled that we have ME tv and he can watch all of his favorites;  McHale's Navy, Perry Mason and Green Acres.

My little Degas.

Happy Birthday dear Katie.

Our beloved caboose.

Love Always,

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

beams of love

Who does she look like?
Isn't that the question we always ask as we look at new babies?

This big cheeked baby is me.

I sure had a lot of hair!
Not really a surprise! he he

I was once told by a friend's mother, "Esther loved her babies."

Babies are hard work.  How we worry.  How we want to puke from exhaustion.

But somehow, Esther Jean was known for loving her babies. 
Even when she had two in one year and two in one day!

Love is a powerful things.
It is the most important thing.
It is eternal.

How far that little candle throws her beams,

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Fresh from God

“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, 
who are so fresh from God, love us.”

Sunday, December 01, 2019

The One Where Emma Has A Baby

On Nov. 19th about 9:00am Emma called.  
'I think I am having contractions, I think my water might have broken last night, I think this is it.'

I called Patrick.
I scrambled around the house to finish packing my bag and the car.
I was out the door and on my way to Missouri.

Melinda, in Omaha was doing the same.

I had a four hundred mile drive to make.
As early as 10:00 am  Emma was at already to four.

Melinda was worried we would miss the birth.

When Melinda arrived she texted me;
"Emma is at 8 cm and cool as a cucumber."

I was in the middle of Missouri waiting for crossing guards and children and tractors to....

I arrived at the hospital at 4:00 pm
I did not know where to park.
I was in a panic.
I had to basically walk around the whole hospital.
I got to Emma's room about 4:20.

It was quiet and dark and Emma was on her side.  She was handling her contractions with yoga breathing.  James was helping her along.
Melinda and I were astonished to see her doing so well.

I held back and prayed.
Melinda sweetly encouraged Emma when she started to transition.

In a matter of ten minutes, Emma was ready to push.
My strong tough girl pushed hard and well and by 5:02
River Jean screamed her way into this world.

Melinda and I stood back and watched the beauty and marvel of it all.
Emma and James took turns doing skin on skin.

Emma was able to follow her birth plan.  No drugs. No epidural.
Incredible, just incredible.

"And so began our longest journey together."

Lorelei has been such a sweet, happy big sister!!!  
James is taking the night shift so that Emma can sleep.
He is a helpful, fantastic daddy and husband.
Emma is happy to hold River all day and misses her at night as she sleeps.

River is content and a good eater.
She loves when we sing to her and hates cold wipes.
She is beautiful, of course.

I will miss this pretty little face as I have come home now.

River is loved beyond measure.

The happiest days are when babies come.

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Noble Belly

Winter has come very early this year.
I am focusing on my blessings and not the weather.
This takes great effort!

Before we know it Emma will be holding her own baby in her arms.

The sweetest picture ever.

Do you think baby girl Franklin will have red hair?

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet.  I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
~Erma Bombeck

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen
 or to hatch.
~E.B. White

Now my belly is as noble as my heart.
~Gabriela Mistra

Waiting in Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 06, 2019


Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron 
Ice Dance France 2019

In my mind, this is how people get around in heaven.

Their skating is beyond beautiful.
It is exquisite and full of feeling.
The difficult lifts are effortless and gorgeous.
What a team!!!
I love them.

Big fan,

Friday, November 01, 2019

The rest of the poem

I have been posting John Updike's Calendar poems on this blog for over ten years.
A few months ago, or was it a year, I found his little book, his original poems, for sale online.

I loved each and every poem I read, but I knew that the references to God were missing from the originals.

I like references to God.  I like to include Him in the picture.
I believe He created this lovely world we inhabit, and I liked it back in the 1960's when this was okay with the general public.

The world's view may have changed, but I'm not budging.

This man was not moving. :op


The stripped and shapely
Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.

The ground is hard,
as hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown.

And yet the world
in it's distress,
Displays a certain 

The beauty of 
the bone.  Tall God
Must see our souls
This way, and Nod.

Give thanks: we do,
Each in his place
Around the table
During grace.

From A Child's Calendar by John Updike (1965)

I think those last two stanzas are challenging, 
but the depth is beautiful.
That God sees our souls....and they are lovely.

It's so touching I could cry.

Encourage one another,

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Songs

~Winslow Homer

When I was young we had music class right there in the regular classrooms. We stood at our desks in rows.   We had hard covered song books. 
We learned songs like Bicycle Built for Two and Casey and we would learn Patriotic songs and Holiday songs.  More than Christmas songs I remember the Thanksgiving songs.  My sisters, Janet and Cindy helped me remember a few of the songs we knew.  Thanksgiving songs gets forgotten in everyone's rush to Christmas.

(I am already watching Christmas movies on Hallmark and Lifetime.  Sorry.  But hey!  If they make a Thanksgiving movie.  I'll watch that too.)

Enjoy some wonderful Thanksgiving classics and feel free to sing along :o)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Orange Dream

Do you remember when I told you about my new favorite thing? Cornishware.

Well, this little tight wad, turtle has slowly added a few pieces to her collection.
I have a blue and white butter dish, which I got for Christmas.  
This Spring I bought little yellow striped egg cups.  I bought these because Karina painted them in her shop.  And then....this fall, Karina (owner and painter) asked what color we would love to see in the stripy line-up.

In September she and her staff started working on a beautiful orange.

 I follow Karina's Instagram and Insta-stories and this is how I am up on all the fun announcements.
She is really a hard worker,  a great business owner (along with her husband), mother of five and an all around delightful woman.

So she announced that they would be selling 300 mugs and 75 jars.
We could personalize them.
They would go on sale at noon on Oct. 4.

I called the bank two days before the tell them I would be making an out of country purchase.
I set my alarm for 4:00 am, as if it was a Royal wedding.

Patrick took a picture of me ...
he couldn't believe it!

  (He sent this to the kids because he likes to show them when I do crazy things.)

I was up and waiting for the virtual doors to open!
This is particularly odd that I would be doing this.  I do not stand in line for things and I have never shopped on black Friday or the day after Christmas.)

At the very moment the clock struck noon England time,
the website crashed!

When the site came up for me, here in Wisconsin at 5:15 everything was sold out.

I clicked and fretted and clicked again.
Left the site, came back to the site.
again and again.

And guess what?

There were more items listed.

I put my items in the cart as quickly as I could.  Holding my breath.
It seemed to go thru.  I received a confirmation.
My mad clicking and refreshing had worked perfectly.
It turns out that Karina added 75 more jars, that she was holding back.

And I was one of the lucky ones.

All the orange stock sold out in 1/2 hour.

And here are my little beauties!
Why do I love them so much?

Yesterday I posted about my Cornishware arriving on my Instagram.

And look!
Karina responded on her Instastory!!!

I wonder what I will get for Christmas this year?

Donna Boo

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(this picture is taken from @cornishware newsletter)