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,


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!


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Out of 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.
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.

Some way.

Heaven help us
do the right thing.

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


Encourage one another,

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.)


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 that will be'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....

Miss you friends.
Love you 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weddings bring families together.

My sister Cindy's son married his beloved on Saturday!  
They are such a sweet, happy couple.  
The wedding was full of love and joy!

I was thrilled to meet Wes and Stephanie's baby girl, Maddie Sue.
Maddie is Susie's first grandchild.
She is perfection.
Sometimes they call her Suzy...and it breaks my heart in the best possible way.

We love all the dancing at weddings.
Katie and I danced a little jitterbug....
Last night I said to her that we needed to learn this following dance for the next wedding.
(I love it so much.)
She looked at me with a blank stare.

Happy hump day!

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Carpet: Emmys 2017

Wow.  Thandie Newton looks so beautiful in this Jason Wu gown.  I love everything about this dress.  She is a wonderful actress in Westworld.  (A creepy, robot western. ) 

This year television overflowed with the creep-factor.  
Westworld. Handmaids Tale. The Man in the Hightower.
Lots of dystopian stuff.  
I'll share with you my favorite shows of the year at the end of the post.

Gina Rodriguez looking amazing in her Naem Khan dress.


Such a refreshing, unique gown. 
It wins for most creative and beautiful.
Zoe Kravitz in Dior.

What a gorgeous color.  Stunning dress.
Shaliene Woodley in Ralph Lauren

This was Katie's favorite.  Julie Louis-Dreyfus wins every year as actress and style icon.
I can't get in to Veep.  But she has won 8 times so the industry LOVES her.  
I happen to love her style better than her show :o)
Carolina Herrera.  (my favorite designer)

Yara Shahidi in a pretty Prada.
Lovely young lady.

I liked this for it's use of fabric.  This form is done over and over, but the fabric was interesting and Sarah Hyland from Modern Family looked very pretty in her Zac Posen dress.

And yes.  Total Donna dress. Feminine, pretty, floaty, sprinkles.
Darling girl in a Miu Miu gown.  Kiernan Shipka.

Lots of fashion beauty.

Too much botox on the old gals.
Jane, Dolly and Lily looked like Wax figures. 
I tell you Jane's face looks like a 20 year olds. It's very strange.


My picks from this year are;

Best Drama: Stranger Things
Best Comedy: Schitt's Creek
Best Actress: Catherine O'Hara
Outstanding Limited Series: Genius

I like my dance shows and mindless reality shows.

I have watched most of the dystopian programs...they are interesting in a sense, but real downers.
I read Handmaid's Tale when the book came out and I watched the program, this summer.  It was VERY disturbing and depressing.  
These are just not the kind of shows I want to pass along and say, 'hey. watch this.'
The ick factor is too high.

So the shows I've picked are not icky.
Stranger Things is a scary 80's type mystery.  You will think of Stephen King and Stand by Me.
Genius is a Ron Howard series about Einstein.  It is so well made it makes everything else look shoddy.

Schitt's Creek has my whole family laughing and laughing.  We watch them over and over.
The writing is hilarious, the acting in comedy perfection.  If you liked Best in Show....and those kinds of goofy characters....
Find Schitt's Creek now and watch this show.

Dancing with the Stars starts tonight.  It's always a mystery as to whether I will like the cast.
Fingers crossed that I find some favorites to cheer for.

Happy Watching,
Miz Boo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Potato Soup. My favorite.

Potato Soup

Potato soup. Yum.

I love soup.

Potato Soup

6 potatoes
2 stalks celery (chopped)
1 carrot (shredded)
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 c. water
2 cubes chicken bouillon
salt, pepper
2 c. milk
1/3 c. flour
cheese (real cheese or 4-8 pieces of American cheese slices)
bacon (as much as you like)
a little sour cream on top

Boil veggies in the water until soft with the bouillon. Add 1 2/3 cups of milk and make a paste out of the other 1/3 cup of milk and flour. (I don't always do the flour thickening)
Add cheese and bacon. Heat through.
Sour cream and chopped scallions are yummy plopped and sprinkled on top too.

Love Donna

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Aug 31. So many feels.

Happy 7th birthday Asher!  
May you grow and grow and grow....
as tall as Michael Jordan.

Diana's White Garden at Kensington Palace.
A sweet tribute.  
Her boys live on and honor her with their service to others.

Palm trees in London?


"We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” 
Thornton Wilder

“Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths...and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” 
― Thornton WilderOur Town

Love you
Mean it

Donna Elsie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Especially cute.

Katie and I went to the farmer's market on the Capital Square.  It's a good one.
At each of the four corners are gardens.  Three are flowers gardens,  one is a vegetable garden.
The veggie garden is always my favorite.  This year they planted sunflowers.  
Especially cute!

Katie had a hankering for Stella's Spicy Cheese Bread.
People love this stuff.  It has hot pepper flakes on it and in it...and I can't eat it cause I have this weird thing with my tongue.  
But this was a yummy batch.  Lots of mozzarella cheese.  I picked at the cheesy parts.
And died when I got a spicy seed by accident.

The Blue Angels were in Chicago for the Air and Water Show on the weekend we went down to visit Emma.  Look how good she looks!  Emma loves the Blue Angels as much as I do.  
We went to Montrose Harbor to watch them on Saturday.  It was fun...but the jets were pretty far away.  We prefer them RIGHT OVER OUR HEADS!
Sunday we were taking pictures downtown and left near the time the Raptor would fly...and not too far off from the Blue Angels show.  So I decided we had to stalk them.
We ate at Shake Shack on Michigan Ave and Emma remembered there was a bar with a view upstairs.  It's called Cindy's.  We marched right up there to see what we could see.  While the view of the park was wonderful....we only saw the Raptor once.  We were just a little bit too far south.
We left and I was determined to see the Blue Angels close up.  So we drove down the little road just behind the Lincoln Park Zoo.  It was a SLOW drive and we missed a great parking spot by five seconds....BUT we stopped and parked in a no parking spot and put the flashers on just in time for the show.  The jets flew overhead low and loud a few times before we were told to move!  But that was okay.  We headed to find some ice cream for Katie and had a great thrill as two jets flew right over us!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I love this picture.

Encourage one another,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

And that's a wrap.

I love taking beautiful pictures of people, of places, of things...

 I have, sadly, decided it's too stressful to continue taking pictures professionally.

So I have started saying "no, I'm sorry, I can't."

My last Senior, besides Katie, is Lady Cranley's daughter.
(She is Lady Cranley because Patrick can NOT remember her name.)
I took Lady Cranely's son's pictures a few years ago and she was so easy to work with...
easy going and appreciative...
and her daughter is a I said yes...but I knew this would be the last one.

Here are a few pictures of Julianna....
and following are some pictures I shot of Katie in Chicago.

What a lovely girl.  Doesn't she look like she is from a different time?

people coming

Katie likes the sideways backpack shots.  I do too.
The last picture is one of my faves.
We almost forgot the lions in front of the Art Institute in Chicago....
When I  remembered it was 1:00.
The worst time to take pictures.
But I like the pictures despite the huge blown out areas.

We may take a few more in other locations...or not.

Her pictures are due in a few weeks for the yearbook.


Hey not fini.

When I first signed up for professional printing I had to check the kinds of pictures I would be taking.

I checked children, families, head shots,
and there was a box for Seniors...
and I thought, well....I'll be happy to take pictures of old people.

So I checked that box too.

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie