Friday, October 28, 2016

In which we make a dream come true.

Emma and I are going to New York city in two weeks.
We will hit the ground running...with tickets to see Seth Meyers the first night...
After that it will be museums, Brooklyn bridge, Empire State Building, Central Park,
Ground Zero, St. Patricks....

We will visit the You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Elf and Sex and the City locations.

We do not really know where to eat.

We do not want to eat at very expensive restaurants and we do not want to eat at chains.
We are staying in lower Manhattan, kind of near Washington Square park.

So I would love to hear of your must visit places, restaurants, parks,  streets and churches.

I got the BEST food recommendations from the QL readers when we went to San Fran.

Emma and I are depending on you.

We are so excited.  Can't believe this is really happening.

Dream come true.

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Now this is funny.

Best political ad ever.


p.s. Thanks Kathie Lee and Hoda for sharing this today!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Round here

Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry


Ginny is fascinated by anything I do outside...without here.

Patrick and Katie went to the Packers game on Sunday.  It was a terrible game.
They made the best of it.  It was worth it just to get this great picture.
Smiley Patrick.  A rare, rare thing.
He has such a nice smile.

I've decorated for fall.


By Rachel Field

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go,
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, "snow."

Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, "frost."

All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.

Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

Encourage one another,

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.