Saturday, October 25, 2014

“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.”

Hello friends,

I wanted to give you an update on how Emma is doing.
We went to the neurologist appointment.
She asked a ton of questions.
She did not answer ours.

Filling out forms. Lots of questions.

She thinks Emma will do well on the medicine.

We are glad there is medicine that is effective.
But they don't know why.

ha.

My daughter in law Melinda said, even if Emma did not have
a grand mal seizure and they learned she had the little seizures (absence seizures)  they would have put her on meds for those. ..the little ones....She said, they don't even want you to have those.  Which I didn't really understand because they were so unnoticeable.  But something is going on in her brain that should not be going on.  So they like to calm it down with the drugs.

It made sense to me.  Thank you nursing student Melinda for being able to explain something we asked three different ways to the neurologist.

Anyway.

Emma has been seizure free for eight days!  She is almost to the full dose they want her on and she will be relieved to get there.   The side effects are not terrible.

r.e.l.a.x.   #yogi #healing #aaron

We are hoping and praying that the medicine works as expected.

Thank you all of the love and care and thoughts and prayers.

I am incredibly blessed.


Love you.
Mean it.

Donna

“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.” 
~Leif Enger








Monday, October 20, 2014

And so it goes...

"I was run-nang" #forrest #feelsgood

Hi friends,

Emma said I could share a little more of what is going on.
In the last ten days Emma has had two seizures.  Both of them included
ambulance rides to Emergency Rooms.

The first seizure was a shock as we had absolutely NO IDEA why this was happening.
 She had it on the bus coming home and landed in Beloit Memorial Hospital for a few hours.
They did a cat scan and that looked clear.

The following day Emma had an EEG and it appears on first look that she has something called 
Juvenile Absence Epilepsy.

But she was put on medicine and we thought...well...that was just a one time thing...
her absence seizures were so mild we did not even know she was having a seizure.

So she went back to Chicago.
Getting in to a neurologist is pretty impossible and nobody seems as concerned about this as we do...so I came back to Wis.

Then exactly on week later she had another.  It was even more of a shock....and very hard on me as Emma was in Chicago.
Thankfully I had been in touch, just that day with my friend kathyb 'from the comments.'
Kathy lives close to the city and is a nurse.
She and her husband rushed to the hospital to be with Emma until I could get there.
What a comfort to know that Emma was not alone and with kind, loving friends.
I am thankful God gave us kathyb and her Fireman.

They released Emma that night saying she was good to go.
So I am sticking close to Em until she sees a neurologist tomorrow in Chicago.

She is taking off this week of work and classes and internship.

Yesterday she felt like running.
So I drove the car behind her.


We are hoping and praying she does well with the medicine and that her seizures can be controlled without much fuss.

We really don't know much and we are looking forward to meeting with a neruologist.

Please pray for Emma.

With love,
Donna








Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inside and out.





A real live carpet of leaves.


from Jep in the comments a few days ago.



"When I fall
let me fall without regret
like a leaf."
Wendall Berry






Real life. Still life.

Inspired by the light.




XOXO
Donna






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick Bulky Mittens

Got a few hours? Knit these mittens. Pattern on Ravelry Quick Bulky Mitten by Aimee Pelletier.


I found this pattern at the yarn store...they said to get it for free on Ravelry.

It is called Quick Bulky Mitten by Aimee Pelletier.

See that ribbing?  That takes minutes to knit.  The needles are so huge and the
yarn so fat!

You only cast on 20 stitches.  So super simple.
We decided to try these as a learning project for Emma.
She finished one mitten really quickly and then we realized that the needles were too small...
8's and 10's.  So I undid it and she will try again when she gets the bigger needles.
The pattern called for this exact yarn and those sizes...I don't know what could have gone so wrong.
But I've adjusted it to work out.

I knit this pair for Katie yesterday in an hour or two.

Crazy simple.

I will make some for myself next in Blue Sky Alpaca.

The above yarn is called Malabringo Rasta.

Perfect day to make mittens.
There is a chill in the air and drips falling from the sky.

Knitting comforts.

Encourage one another,
Donna


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baker. Miller. Yum.

Sorry I've been gone for so long.
I've been super busy and took an unexpected trip to Chicago on Sunday/Monday.


Emma came home for a wedding.  The bride and groom are long time homeschooling friends.
Emma was especially close to the groom and his family; his sister is her best friend and his brother was in India with her.
I was Emma's plus one.
We saw so many old friends.  It was really fantastic!
They included a song from The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings in the ceremony and this was a perfect, nerdy, fun touch :o)


The wedding goers. #smith/king






So pretty, Emma.

Please pray extra hard for Emma.  She is going thru a great deal of stress and has some new challenges.

Thank you very much.



@bakermillerchi  The most delicious cinnamon rolls. Flavorful. Perfect. With each bite we groaned a wee yum. #lincolnsquarechicago #artisans


We ate these yesterday morning.  Oh gosh.  Very delicious.

Em's new friends opened a great restaurant.  It's called Baker. Miller.
4610 N. Western
Chicago....
Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Baker. Miller

They are creative.  For breakfast you can have fabulous oatmeal and for lunch you can have grain bowls or plowman's lunches.  Everything is healthy and natural and you know...all those things that are extra good for you.

If you are in Chicago.  Try it out.


A place to dine

You can sit here.

:o)


Miss you.
Mean it.


Encourage one another,
Donna

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In which I write for Ree



I wrote an article for Ree's (The Pioneer Woman's) website...
if you like movies, I think you will like it.

Follow the link below;




Foriegn Film Fest @ The Pioneer Woman's website





XO
Miz Boo aka Donna

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Rather lovely.





The same leaves over and over again!
They fall from giving shade above
To make one texture of faded brown
And fit the earth like a leather glove.

~Robert Frost, "In Hardwood Groves"








Eugene Galien-Laloue


Autumn is rich and ripe and rather lovely, isn't it?


Encourage one another,
Donna

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Carlton Dance. Fun times.



So great!




This was my second favorite dance of the night.
For a girl who is not allowed to dance at school...she's so good!


I'm not enjoying many of the couples this year.
Three, I like.


Any way.
These two.

Great fun last night.

Encourage one another,
Donna

Monday, October 06, 2014

Edgewood hoco2k14...yeah. that's how they say it.

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We had to go out to buy a coat on Saturday. It was so cold and wearing a scarf/shawl was out of the question. Anyway a pea coat is totally classic and can be worn for years.
AND it looked fantastic with Katie's Classic French look.
It's so much fun dressing her up.
It's like Pinterest come to life :o)



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This is a re-enactment.  I turned around and the corsage was on....
So I made them do it again.


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Here they are!  Casey is also a freshman.  They have been friends for a few years.
I like this picture because I have seen this face before.
I also like because they are posing for someone else.



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Same picture.  Different crop.

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They went to the dance with two other couples.
As you can see...this is just one of the couples.
Katie loved meeting and spending time with the other couples.
No shoes were allowed on the gym floor...so things evened out at the dance.
Height-wise.


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I thought this would be funny.


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Katie didn't really get it.


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It's a little thrilling to be 14.
I'm so thankful for nice, sweet, boys and girls.

They do exist.


XOXO
Donna

















Friday, October 03, 2014

I want to go to there....



want. and need.





time for bed




Who likes slipcovers?
I do. I do.




swoon




After two long years of living with a crumbling shower...Monday, the tile guy is coming...and so is the plumber.  I will show before and after pictures when I can.  We are overjoyed to be finally getting to this project.
It won't look as spectacular as these pictures....but it will be heavenly to us.
Fingers crossed.



Have a great weekend!
Katie has another homecoming this weekend...this time with a BOY.  
Come back Monday or Tuesday to see how she changed up her black tulle skirt!
And to see the boy.  

Lots of love!
Donna


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Wisconsin in the fall.

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Pines and Maples.
Crows and Geese.
Packers and Badgers.
Wool and Fleece.

October is here.
Look!!





"O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away."
-   Robert Frost, October





Encourage one another,
Donna





Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Big Love

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Esther and Jim.

This is not at their wedding.
They must be guests.

Mom does not have mascara on. I wonder about that.
Dad's hair is a thing of beauty, isn't it?

Dad has both of his arms all the way around mom.
That says something.

I have the original 5 x 7 of this one.  It's a treasure.



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Donna and Emma

(how many of you thought this was Katie?)

Emma is sitting on the dining room table.
I am holding her safely.

I do not like to put mascara on.
Emma's hair is in her usual top knot.

I treasure those days.
I loved my babies.


My parent's friends have told us how much Esther loved her babies.
They told us how much our dad watched over us.


Maybe it's easy to love well when you have been loved well.

My heart breaks for those who haven't been so blessed.




Encourage one another and love.
Donna


P.S.  September 30th is the anniversary of my parents death.  I saw this post in my archives yesterday and thought I would share it today.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Georgie's Girl. Amal.


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” 
~Jane Austen





It does not surprise me that George Clooney would plan the most glorious wedding I have seen since William and Catherine's wedding.  I am guessing that George had a hand in the planning.  He is a director after all and his wedding to the smart and stunning Human Rights attorney Amal Alamuddin was spectacacular.  Mainly due to Venice, the water taxi's and Amal's elegant, perfect sense of style.





Upon her arrival in Venice.



The night before the wedding she partied in this bright dress.










Civil Ceremony required by Italy.




This morning the wedding dress is shared on People magazine!  Oscar de la Renta.  My favorite.
I was surprised by this dress. I thought she would wear something more structured or tailored.  Traditional.  Beautiful. Demure.



The guests of the wedding either got a copy of this picture or it was part of a slideshow...either way...it's so cute and fun to see.




Don't you just love a good love story?




Encourage one another,
Donna




Monday, September 29, 2014

Homecoming. VAHS

 Katie is going to two homecomings this year.  On Saturday night she went to her high school's homecoming with her new girlfriends.  Next Saturday she will go with a nice boy who attends another high school.

She is planning on wearing the same fabulous tulle skirt...but with a different top.
The top she is wearing in these pictures is actually a dress!  Oh!  She tried on tons of things in her closet and the two tops she will be wearing are both dresses.  Isn't that nutty?  She borrowed pearls from her Aunt Annie but decided not to wear them to the dance.  Most of the other girls are wearing short dresses but we fell in love with this skirt and decided to go with it. 
To dress it down she did not wear the pearls. 
Next week's top is more causal looking than this so I think she may wear the pearls.

I had a total blast taking these pictures.



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When we dropped Katie off she gushed about the Bug in the driveway....


She does her own thing. And she is fabulous! #saysme


She had a great time!
 She says she loves to get all dolled up!!!

I love it too!!

We are having the most gorgeous day today.  Indian Summer. 
It's spectacular!

Love to all!

Encourage one another,
Donna







Friday, September 26, 2014

my crop

My precious crop.

My little crop.
They may be unattractive,
but they are mine.

So happy to have gotten some red ones this year.
I took Jean's (farmer Jean) advice and picked some when they were just a little red and set them on the counter in the house.  They turned red off the vine.
A few others reddened up on the vine.

My biggest tomato, and only one on that particular plant drooped very low to the ground and a bunny found it and started nibbling on it.  It's still there and it is prizewinning big and red and half eaten.



"But round the end of the cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr. MacGregor....he jumped up and ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out, 'Stop thief!'


When I try to grow something I feel a kinship to
Tasha Tudor and Wendell Berry and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

One can dream.


Encourage one another,
Donna


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Homecoming. Go Wildcats!

In 2010 I took these pictures.  
I really had to search for them.  I looked at all the other years and finally googled "Quiet life homecoming' and there they were.

I love google.

This year Katie will be IN this parade.
She will march with the volleyball team.  I am helping with the parade.
You know decorating the 'float'.  It's the freshman job.

What a crazy week it has been.  I tell you this public high school business is busy!
There is something going on every day!  Volleyball practices, volleyball games, informational meetings, UW vs. Penn volleyball game, parade, get together, team dinners, homecoming dances....and so it goes.  Yikes.  It's a lot.  Katie has all A's so far.  Fortunately school is off to a slow start.  Not quiet as rigorous as Blessed Sacrament.  Which is actually a blessing.


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Lots of love from this busy old mom of a busy 14 year old,
Donna