Saturday, December 16, 2017

All I want for Christmas is....


What does it say about you when THIS bologna hors d'oeuvre
says Merry Christmas to you?

I think it says you are from the 50's or 60's.

Tell me about an unusual food tradition that you have in your family.

I wonder if Ree would like to borrow this one for her next cookbook.

hahahaha....


Cheers!

Join the culinary fun!
Comment!

Donna


p.s. not my picture. found on google.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Stuck on LOVE


I wrote this in 2009.  And I just reread it today.
Thought I'd repost it.



Last night I finished reading Anne Lamott's book Plan B. 
I found some of her stories engaging and some hilarious, some were so sad and some were irritating.
But they are her stories told with her remarkable way of putting words together. She is self-deprecating and honest.
She is all about the love, baby. It's important to her to love.

It's just that....she has a real hard time loving her mom. She loves her by taking care of her when she is sick and dying.
But she really resents her for being the person she is. For her flaws and weird ways and inability to be a more normal/better mom.

It made me wonder if my children would only see my stupid flaws and weird ways and focus on those when I die.

And I suppose they will. At first. Parents have a way of hurting us when they are not perfect.

My parents were not perfect. But time has rinsed the pain away. What is left is the love.
I let those bad memories fade. I let them go. Way far way...into the fog.
The good memories, I draw near. I embrace them. I cherish them.

I think we need to be gentle with those who have died. 
Not for them. But for us.

Learning to forgive people for being the broken people they were is a balm to our souls.
Learning to have mercy heals our hearts.

Time heals.
Forgiveness heals.
Mercy heals.

And then what is left? 
The good parts.

The good parts of them. The good parts of us.

The love remains.
Like the cat's water bowl with the hard caked on lime. That lime that will not come off, no matter how hard you scrub.

That's what you want to be stuck with. That kind of stuck on love.

It's what remains.


With Love
Donna







Friday, December 01, 2017

Wisconsin Insider.

When Rachel was going to marry Mike on Suits this is the dress she wore.
The wedding did not happen.  Mike went to jail instead.



I thought she looked so beautiful and loved the dress.


I searched for the dress and pinned it on Pinterest.
It is made by Ann Barge.
It has been altered to be more modest.  (Said Meghan in an article)
I like them both.


So, Rachel's (Meghan) finance on Suits is named Mike.
His real name is Patrick J Adams.
Patrick has a Twitter.  Here are his two tweets after the engagement announcement.
I thought they were terribly clever and funny and sweet.




Lovelovelove.


And then last night on Instagram came this clever ditty.



When Harry Met Meghan....
as children in Love, Actually.

Uncanny.

It's not really them if you haven't seen Love, Actually.
It's just a little boy in love with a little girl. 

That's all the news from Wisconsin.

Happy FriYAY!

Miz Boo












Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Relatives Came


It was 60 degrees the day after Thanksgiving...so we went to the school playground.  I hauled out my stroller for Zeke for the walk home.  The stroller was purchased when Matthew was a baby.  Still a nice stroller.  I saw Princess Diana's stroller in a magazine....and bought one just like it.
I had Pierre Deux purses like Diana and Hunter Boots like Diana and red flats with bows just like Diana.  A little kooky, I know.
Imagine my excitement over the newly engaged Harry and Meghan.  
I have been a huge fan of Suits and Meghan for years! 
What a remarkable thing.  
It's like a Hallmark movie come to life...but with really, really nice sets and wardrobe and hair and makeup and the very best flowers and REAL ROYALTY!
I'm so excited and happy for them.






The boys baked cookies with Bunka.




These boys will carry on the tradition of rolling out the cookies and decorating....cause I don't know how to do this part!




I rocked it with the knock-knock joke.

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Boo
Boo Who?

Don't cry!





A wonderful smile from a shy guy.




Katie's new pose.  Gone are the jazz hands.  


Lovely girls without makeup.



This is Emma's new pup, Harold. He is the boss.  Ginny was very sweet to him and showed him how to be a calm doggie.  He is a good boy...most of the time.  He brought some poop to Melinda and Emma on the couch one evening and we screamed....with laughter.  A memory we will never forget.




Matthew and Emma.  Sweet shot.



Come back soon Asher!

And everybody else!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Count down to Christmas now.

Love ya!
Donna






Saturday, November 18, 2017

Matthew's fine.





This summer was, let's say, complicated.
My prayer list grew as the days went by.
I usually jotted prayer requests down on a scrap of paper after a conversation or phone call
One day as I on my big computer I thought I would type up a nice prayer list and tape it on the bathroom wall.  Then I would remember to pray numerous times a day.



And there the list sat for two months.
Until September when Patrick and Emma came home for a visit.

Emerging from the bathroom, Patrick says, 'Hey, what about Matthew?"
(He is chuckling and has taken a picture of my list and immediately sends it to Matthew.)
I'm confused and wonder what he is talking about.
"The prayer list.  You are praying for everyone but Matthew."

Apparently Matthew had a good summer and I didn't add him to the list.
But oddly, everyone was there BUT HIM.

Now.  I know in my heart I love Matthew as much as all the other people on the list...
it's just...he's fine.  I don't feel guilt about this.
But the kids will not let me forget it.  

Later that day, I went to the bathroom.




Emma just could not stand that Matthew was not on the list.
and so she added him.


Dear God,
Please watch over Patrick and Shelby and Melinda and Katie and Emma and Matthew.
And thank you that Matthew is doing just fine.

Amen

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hygge. Huh?

As winter approaches with it's long dark nights and grumblings....
I wanted to offer a different perspective,
a happier, Danish perspective.

Last year I started hearing about Hygge.
(It is pronounced HOO-GA.)

It is an attitude.
A cozy, warm, gently lit, friendly attitude.

I think of it as slowing down and making the best of the ordinary days.

To me it is saying to myself, "Oh good, it's so nice and dark out, it's perfect for lighting candles and visiting and sitting by this fire with this blanket on my lap...and some cake and a book or a Hallmark movie with my knitting needles."

It's looking for the beauty and grace in the moment instead of dreading it.






This little page says it all.
I hope you can read it.
You know I don't like to be redundant.

I am trying to set up a little spot of coziness.  
I kind of already have one....or two.
But I think I need a little table to put books and candles and a bowl of soup.

But just thinking about this makes me feel calm inside.
Makes me want to pull up a blanket and turn down the lights and look out the window at the stars.

The book is full of nice ideas and statistics about light and candles and how the Danes look at life.
And honestly, it makes me a wee bit proud to be Danish.


Encourage one another,
Donna









                  

Friday, November 10, 2017

New York. Memories

Just a few more pictures of New York....












Did I share the lobster story?






Nice light on the Staten Island Ferry.




******

Today is Ezekiel's third birthday.
That was a cold November day.  I think it was four degrees.
Zeekie got a bicycle for his birthday.  
He and his brothers will go around and round the driveway next Spring.



Happy Birthday Buddy!
Three Candles on your cake.
Three kisses when you wake!

Love
Always,
Yaya




Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Out of retirement...so soon??

Happy Wednesday!


So....I have a new job.

The news of my retirement was greatly exaggerated.

I am now an Educational Assistant at the very same school
I will work 20 hours a week.
I do not start until 9:30am.
This is heavenly.

I do stand 85% of the time. Seventy-five percent of it outside.
So.
I have rosy cheeks and sore knees.

I know the fresh air and physical activity is very good for me....
I am thankful for that.

My quest now is to find a hat that I will wear in public.

I'll let you know what I come up with.

****

One year ago today Emma and I went to New York.
It was such a tremendous trip!

Katie's best friend won a trip to New York for two.
She invited Katie.
We said yes.
Then .....  we found out that Leonie's guest had to be 18.
Sad day.  Very sad day.
Leonie left yesterday with her mom.

(Apparently Leonie enters a lot of contests.  And what a neat trip to win!)




Washington Square Park is next door to NYU.
Photographic Impressionism



We loved 30 Rock




Take me back.








I am the luckiest.


Hey. Emma has a puppy!  She was allowed to get one in her apartment...because they like her...and the pup is smallish.

Pictures to come soon.

Lots of love.
Donna Elsie

Monday, November 06, 2017

Somehow, Some way....




Look at these adorable Minions/Grandsons!!!
7, 4 1/2 and almost 3.

This picture makes me so happy! 
It's the next best thing to being there. ;o)


***

But as I look at those faces (gooney eyeballs) this morning and I'm sad for families that are mourning,
(children who have lost their parents or parents that have lost a child).
It's too much.
Too often.


Somehow our country has to do better at dealing with these weekly terror attacks.

Somehow.
Some way.

Heaven help us
do the right thing.

Praying for comfort, and the wisdom that comes from God above.

Amen.

Encourage one another,
Donna















Saturday, November 04, 2017

Where have you been?

Hi friends.  
I'm back.
Where have I been, you ask?
I have been working the hardest job of my life.
Friday was my last day.

I worked with great women...who worked so hard and did great work!
I feel guilty for leaving.  (And guilt is not really something I'm very familiar with...)
But leave I did.
It was a matter of quality of life.
I was useless to do anything else in a day besides this job.
Once I sat down on the couch I could not get up.
It was rough.

(I will continue to sub and hope to pick up a less stressful position.)



via GIPHY

This is me on Friday afternoon. :o)


*****










"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."

-  Elizabeth Coatsworth








All is well with the Booshays....
Katie is applying to colleges and is interviewing here and there.

Matthew, Melinda and crew will be coming here for Thanksgiving and I could not be happier.

How are you?
We FALL BACK tomorrow...so that will be nice....it's so very dark out there.
Have you heard of Hygge?

It's a Danish way of being....and we will talk about that this week....
K?

Miss you friends.
Love you 
Donna