Saturday, October 15, 2016


"What makes some people come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong, and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don't. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those that go under? I only know that survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn't.”

Emma sent this to me last weekend and wondered if I had read it before.

I hadn't.

It was written by Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
I probably should have made you guess that.  :o)

I am fascinated by this very idea as I have told you before. 
I think it was Susan who thought maybe it was part of our make up, our DNA, 
something we are born with.  

I'll call it the gumption gene.

I think you're pretty lucky if you get it.

Encourage one another,


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homecoming 2016

Oh my gosh....
How could I have forgotten to post Homecoming 2016 pictures?

It's crazy!

Let's blame it on my three week long back to school sickness.


Katie went to homecoming with a nice boy she has been seeing.  They have a lot in common and
he is very nice.

I insisted on a few pictures.

Just about the sweetest picture I ever saw.

I think they had a nice time. 
Joe took Katie to a very hip restaurant downtown.
When they got to the dance...they danced a lot.

Finding out details is much harder to do lately.
But you can bet I ask.

Katie is sixteen and a junior in high school.
But she is still my baby.

I think she will always be my baby.


Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Our fall is late this year.
We are so ready for it!

October’s Party
by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came.
The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses maple
In scarlet looked their best.

All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then in the rustic hollow
At hide-and-seek they played;
The party closed at sundown
And everybody stayed.

Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

Encourage one another,

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Royal Visit to Canada with the kiddos

William, Catherine, George and Charlotte visited Canada last week.

George smiling upon arrival.

William shining.

Loving this body language.

I mean.... don't we all want to see them happy.

One of my favorite dresses.


Absolutely perfect.

Ahoy matey.

Love this casual look.

Charlotte can't resist a bunny hug.

These pictures are all mixed up.

I think she likes him.

So long.

It takes a special face to wear a hat, 
don't you think?

A very rare public kiss.

Bye Bye, George.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Emmy Red Carpet 2016

Last night was the 2016 Emmy awards.  The stars really looked beautiful!  So many lovely dresses...
Such variety.  
Jimmy Kimmel was the host and he was pretty funny with a cute opening.  I watched the red carpet and then ran from room to room in my house because the Packers were playing at the same time!

So here we go with my favorite dresses of the night!

Constance Zimmer in a beautiful, feminine Monique Lhuiller dress.
I would prefer just about any hairdo to this one.  But she sure picked out a pretty dress.

Felicity Huffman looked so fantastic last night.  She really was perfection.  It was made by Tony Ward, who I have never heard of before...but I will be watching for him in the future.

Isn't this lovely?  I love it.  
Julia Louis-Dreyfus always looks fantastic.
Her dress is by one of my favorite designers, Carolina Herrera.
Always elegant and feminine.

I loved the back of Julie Bowen's dress.

Kathryn Hahn in a pretty Wai Ming gown.  You know I love that lace on the bodice.  The velvet was a trend...but I felt it didn't quite work in September in the heat.  Still....I love this look.

Kerry Washington in a very unique "maternity" dress.
She looks wonderful.  Love her hair too.

 Perfect. Perfect. oh my. Perfect.
Kristen Bell in her amazing Zuhair Murad dress.

Silver and gold were suppose to be a trend...
Well, Padma Lakshmi from top chef showed all the other stars exactly how to wear silver. 
Dress by Naeem Khan. 
Her hair was darling too...  high pony.

Lovely Priyanka Chopkra wore a beautiful Jason Wu dress.
She was glowing and flowing and seemed very happy in her stunning dress.

Pretty, delicate, gathering made this dress worn by Sophie Turner a fave.

A simple thing like the details in the bodice can be all it takes for me to love a dress.  I am not a fan of big color I guess. (other than red :o)  But gosh, Tina Fey looks so pretty in this.  Her earrings and makeup and hair are flawless.

Allison Janney looks amazing.  I love that top.  LOVE it.

This young girl work the gold trend perfectly!

But the biggest winner was Kristen Bell.
In my opinion, this dress goes in the Fashion Hall of Fame.

Did you watch the red carpet?
What did you love?

Reporting from Wisconsin,
Your faithful fashion reporter,
Miz Booshay

Sunday, September 18, 2016

German Potato Salad

An email from my sister Sue.

I was wondering on the blog about our mom's German Potato salad.  
Here is the email Sue sent.

It is as precious as the recipe.

I bought red potatoes last week to make this recipe.  I was too tired last week to make it...but I got around to it today.  My least favorite cooking job is cooking potatoes.
 (This salad will be for my school lunches.)  

Our mom was 17 when she married our dad.  She learned to cook as a young married girl with lots of children underfoot.  She learned from the women in her life.  I think she was a wonderful cook.

I need to ask Suzy what 'a lot' of potatoes is.  I also wonderful about the making more dressing part.

And so it goes.

Mine turned out pretty well.  I could use more wetness....hehe

I miss Sue.
I miss Mom.

Make this can thank Suzy and Esther Jean.

Donna Elsie

p.s.  My spellcheck says learned is not a word.
That is news to me.  Katie says it's learnt.
Can't be.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Glasses

Katie has been having trouble seeing the board at school....

And so...

She's so happy with her glasses.
She picked five pair to try on from Warby Parker.
These were her favorites.
She can't wait to wear them to school.


Monday, September 12, 2016


I have not worked a full time job, outside the home, since 1981.
I mentioned in the comments but realize that I didn't mention it on the front page of the blog that I am working full time at a local elementary school as a special ed assistant.

The job was meant to be just three weeks but has changed into a long term sub job.
The first week was killer.
It was in the 90's and the school does not have air.
I do not do well without air.
I walked three miles each day...says my fitbit.
We start at 7:15.

These three physical things are what made it so hard for me.

I am sure I will gain endurance.

The children are great. 
The teachers and staff are great.

It will be wonderful to get a paycheck.
Today was late start.  I didn't know it.
I was there on time...even woke up at 5:00.
But next week, I will know. 
It will be a good time to post a blog entry!

Even tho I am old and out of shape...I guess I am not alone :o)

Encourage one another,
Ms. Booshay

(I found this darling picture on facebook.  don't know who made it.)