Thursday, October 17, 2019

I carry your heart


“When you moved, I felt squeezed with a wild infatuation and protectiveness. We are one. Nothing, not even death, can change that.”
~Suzanne Finnamore






“You are the closest I will ever come to magic.”
~Suzanne Finnamore



Dearest Emma, due around Thanksgiving.
Truly a magical time.

You are loved, all of you....
with an everlasting love ;o)


Donna




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Too weak a word for what I feel







O Lord of pots and pans and things,

Since I have no time to be
a great saint by doing lovely things,
or watching late with Thee,
or dreaming in the dawn light,
or storming Heaven’s gates,
Make me a saint by getting meals,
and washing up the plates.


Warm all the kitchen with Thy Love,

and light it with Thy peace;
Forgive me all my worrying,
and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food
in room, or by the sea,
Accept the service that I do-
I do it unto Thee.




Generally attributed to Brother Lawrence


Thank you Stephie for sharing this wonderful quote!



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“To paraphrase Woody Allen in Annie Hall, love was too weak a word for what I felt for that tiny crying creature who had my eyes, my mouth, my hair. I lurved my daughter, my Ava. I looved her. I lurfed her.” 
~Melissa Senate, The Breakup Club



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Happy Tuesday friends,

I'm home after a nice long visit with Emma and James and bebe to be.
Lorelei was only with us on Monday morning, but we got to go to her dance class and that was just the best.  If you are a mother (or grandmother) and have not considered putting your child in dance class I want to urge you to do so.  Lorelei is almost five and will go to kindergarten next fall, but the things she is learning while having fun dancing is wonderful.

Dance students learn;

Listening skills
Self-control
Physical awareness
Patience
Counting
Right and left
Vocabulary, French and English
Leadership
Confidence
Memory
Body parts
Socialization
Respect

Can you tell I was impressed?   I think I see things differently now that I am older and looking on ....and also since I have worked with special needs children and been in the classroom. 
(Both of the boys took a little pre-dance class at the YMCA and Emma and Katie took a lot of dance classes....I did it because I loved movement and dance....but now I realize all the other fantastic benefits.)

These little ones will be ready to go for kindergarten.
They know how to line up and listen!

yay.

(Lorelei's grandparents send her to dance class which I think is the nicest thing ever!
She is a lucky girl to have so many people who love her.)


And a funny coincidence, Lorelei takes dance at the Studio where my sister Cindy took tap dance for years!!
And guess what? the owners and teachers at the school taught ME dance when I was at Stephens College in 1975-1977.  How about that?


BTW, Emma is feeling really well!  Her tummy is not quite as big as a basketball but it is AS ROUND!  I was able to feel grand baby girlie move a few times and that was lovely!
Emma's only inconvenience, her restless legs aka happy feet. 
She takes numerous little walks each day to help with that annoying feeling!
She is taking a little magnesium and she felt that worked for a while.

Any suggestions for the little antsy momma?

I took pictures with my big camera...I'll edit those tonight and get those up tomorrow :o)

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments (when you can).
Lots of love!

Encourage one another,
Donna















Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Add to the Beauty.






So I suppose that means I have to clean the oven.
GREAT


Happy Tuesday friends!

Encourage one another,
Donna




Friday, October 04, 2019

Downton Abbey Movie

Last Thursday I took myself to an afternoon showing of Downton Abbey.
Until my sister Janet raved about it, I wasn't sure I would go to see it.  
(on the big screen)
I am so thankful that I did.

Go see this movie on the big screen. 
Go in the morning or afternoon if you don't want to pay full price.
But really, GO!

The cinematography is awesome and the music soars!
This can best be viewed on the big, big screen!

From the moment it began all the wit, whimsy and wonderfulness of Downton Abbey flowed over me.

I can't remember being this delighted by a movie!
I giggled. 
In fact, I haven't heard this much laughing out loud in a movie theater in years.
I wept.
Tears just kept dripping from my eyes.
It was emotional and beautiful.
I implore you to GO!










"Aren't we the lucky ones to have loved."
~Isobel Crawley



Let me know what you thought of the movie!!!
Favorite parts, biggest surprise.

Donna





Thursday, October 03, 2019

Welcome October






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."




Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.
~Humbert Wolfe






Since it's been rain and clouds for about three weeks here, I have gone shopping through my previous October images and come up with some bright, colorful fall pictures!!!
The weather seems to be on a pogo stick with one day being eighty-five and the next being fifty-six.
The rain is the only constant.  Patrick says he has never felt the grass so soggy.

Autumn in Wisconsin,
you never know what you're gonna get.

As my friend Martha says,
"There is no such thing as bad weather,
only bad clothes."


As we face changing climates where we live,
here is my advice and it comes from long years of living in a place with wacky weather swings.


Be a good steward.
Make adjustments.
Innovate.
Say thank you.

.....and I swear as I typed those last words,
the sun shone bright for a few moments.

A cheerful heart is good medicine.


Welcome October.
You're fabulous!

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie



















Monday, September 30, 2019

The richest kind.

I wrote this in 2009.






Why are these people so happy?


My family!

Because they are together. That's why.
They are together and they adore each other.

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We are sisters.

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And brothers and sisters...


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and twins....


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and guardians.... our young, noble, guardian angels....




It has been 36 (now 46) years since our parents died and we have held on to one another's hearts gently and with joy.


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Somehow they passed on their amazing love of life and their love of family to each of us.
It was important to them.
We were important to them.

We live with joy and thanksgiving and love for one another because
it is what they would have wanted for their seven beautiful children....

And so we honor them by living joyfully and loving one another the best we can.

It was a great wish they had for their children.
It was the very best sort of wish.

How I miss them.

(How we all miss them....and we desperately miss Suzy, now, too.)

Remembering God's promise of heaven.  As Janet's friend, who has been there, says, It's real!"
Donna 
























Friday, September 27, 2019

With my vast store of wisdom.....




From  Gateway to Joy by Elisabeth Elliot.
It is attributed to a seventeenth-century nun.



Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am getting older and will someday be old. Keep me from... the fatal habit of thinking I must say something in every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind from the recital of endless details-give me wings to come to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure the with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I will be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old woman is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me the grace to tell them so.


Practical wisdom.
Reading this again as I grow closer to the nun's age.








Encourage one another,
Donna

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This is Sarah Levy




This is Sarah Levy.  She is Eugene's daughter and Dan's sister.
Dan Levy is the creator and stand out character on Schitt's Creek.  He is wonderfully talented and along with his father, Eugene Levy, does most of the press for Schitt's Creek.
Sarah IS on the show.  She does not play his sister on the show. Sarah plays a simple waitress.
She is a very good actress but she plays a quiet character.  She doesn't really stand out in a crowd.
And so, at the Emmy's she was overlooked by all the fashionistas and television cameras.

I just wanted to introduce you to her because she obviously has fabulous style! And this is my favorite dress of the night.  (Now that I finally see it!)

The designer is Tadashi Shoji and it is perfect!


And in case you can not place the name Eugene Levy.
Well...he is a long time fave around here due to being in 
Best in Show.




Such a talented fun family!



Dan is dashing in his brown tux.


So now you know, 
the rest of the story :o)

I think I will go see Downton Abby this afternoon.
Janet saw it yesterday and LOVED it!

ttfn
Donna









Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Archie meets the Archbishop and gets a sweet kiss!




This picture is the most beautiful!
I can only imagine how much it means to Harry and Meghan!










Hello Archie!



Happiness galore!
(Archie is four months.)




I took a close up look at the pretty little cakes.

They say;

Freedom, Joy, Hope, Faith and Love.

Harry was given a photo of his mother and Nelson Mandela.
(one for William also)

It is lovely that people always remember Diana and reminisce with the boys about their Mummy.
I know how wonderful this is when you lose a parent(s) when you are young.  Any new picture or new story is a cherished treasure.


Add to the beauty.
What happens matters.
Love you.
Mean it.

Those would be on my pretty little cakes, too.

Encourage one another,
Donna










Monday, September 23, 2019

Miz Booshay: Imaginary Stylist to the stars.






The Emmy Awards were on last night and I was right there taking notes and searching for pictures.
I have to say my new laptop made this years red carpet easier than ever! 
The announcers did not make it easier because they were trying not to be superficial and didn't ask, 'Who are you wearing?'


There were plenty of ball gowns, but I was not in the mood for over the top glamour this year.
Here is what I loved last night.





I like this lavender dress because it is fancy but not too grand.  It's feminine and sweet.




If you asked me ten years ago what I thought of odd colored hair, I would have said, no way!
But one look at Kelly Osbourne in this very dark purple hair and my opinion instantly changed.
I think this looks so pretty on her.  The prettiest she's ever looked.




Padma wearing a gorgeous icy blue gown.  Love.



I liked this unusual black and white gown.






Shout out to my favorite television family.
The Schitts, from Schitt's Creek.







I love the bold magenta and the unstructured black bows!




It was 95ยบ last night. Amy Sedaris had it right.
I like what she is wearing.  It's fun and cute.  Petula Clark, is that you?



Christina Applegate wearing Vera Wang.  
It's pretty perfect.




I think is dress is just lovely.  I love the design and the color and the silver accents.
It's my favorite.





Stunning PINK column dress!  Love it.



This may be my second favorite dress of the night.  I love the color and the design and  relaxed feel that the ruffle on the bottom gives the dress.  It's the casual look I was hoping to see for these awards.


What do you think?

I have one thing to say about the Emmy voters.
They are dark.  They do not go for the feel good shows....at all.
It's gotta be dirty or violent or bizarre to win.

ah well....

I don't get my hopes up for my faves to win.  And actually one of my faves is violent and bizarre, now that I think of it.
Why do I love Killing Eve?
I think I love it because I am surprised by it.  The characters are different and the stories are crazy.
It keeps my interest.  

But anyway....
Pretty dresses 
fluffy fluff fluff

Encourage one another,
Donna











Sunday, September 22, 2019

Imaginary Stylist






I think off shoulder will be big.



I predict that the Emmy's will be more casual this evening.  Last winter the Oscars were all sparkly.
But the Emmys are television...and I just am not feeling ball gowns this year.

I looked at my Pinterest boards and I searched Oscar de la Renta and Elle Saab and I came up with these pretty dresses.


Let's see if I am right!

mizbooshay
Imaginary Stylist to the stars.




Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cause it's National Dance Day...








That hold.
That leg kick.
Oh they are so cool together.

This is from the movie Daddy Long Legs.  I think this may be my most frequently posted video on the blog.  I think I fell in love with dance when I saw it ...late at night on WGN.
In the 1970's if you caught a movie on television you would look up in the TV GUIDE to see what it was called....and the only way you would ever see it again is if you kept watch in that TV GUIDE for a rerun.  I would never imagine that I could type into a device on my lap and have the dance at my fingertips, instantly.  And then be able to share it with my friends.

It's a crazy wonderful world.






I love this song and this very cute couple dance from So You Think You Can Dance ....
nine years ago!


The Emmy's are on tomorrow~
See you on Monday for the Red Carpet favorites!


Encourage one another,
Donna


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Have I become a wimp?

Hey friends.

I worked at school three days in a row this week.  It was the loveliest school with kind, hardworking, talented teachers!  The kiddos were enthusiastic and well behaved!  I was with fourth graders most of the time, in a classroom with two teachers.  They were great!  The male teacher read out loud from Bud, Not Buddy.  I was delighted to be in on a read aloud :o)..and think I need to get the book to see how it ends.

So many children's books are so sad.  Children in such dire situations.  I mean, I will never forget how tragic Island of the Blue Dolphins was and how about my favorite, Where the Red Fern Grows.

Around here we will never forget
THE MILLERS!


I bet most of you have not heard of The Millers.
They are storybooks written by the Amish.
They are heavy on 'the moral to the story'.

A child drowns in one story....to teach, 'don't cry wolf.'
and a little boy falls in the poo pit and dies.

Patrick and Matthew started calling the series,

Death and the Millers!!




Last year I was in a classroom where a Holocaust book was being read.
The children listening were in 7th grade and had special needs.  I was actually uncomfortable with the subject matter and I don't know why I was feeling so sensitive about it for this age group.
I was thinking, this is too horrid to read to tender children.  The first time I felt this was was when Katie read the dystopian story The Giver.  She told me about the book she was reading and I was shocked. She was not reading it with a group and I felt it was way too creepy to read without some kind of discussion.  So I read it so we could talk about it. 

I don't know if books for children have changed.
We read classics; Little Women has a very sad storyline, but there is joy and hope there too.
Tom Sawyer sees some grown up things but I mostly remember adventure and humor.
(But I was terrified when he was in the cave (the movie version.)


What do you think?
Have I just become more sensitive as I get older?

Can the kiddos handle the serious topics in third grade and fourth grade?

I felt so badly for poor Bud....Not Buddy.  (I thought of poor Jane Eyre.  hummmm)

Is it important for children to read about over comers?

I'd love to hear your opinions.

Encourage one another,
Donna















Sunday, September 15, 2019

stupid comments

Hi friends!
In the previous post I have a lovely comment from Anita.
I have tried to comment on my own blog for an hour to no avail.

I followed the instructions and tested it.
I've sent feedback to Blogger.

I have only been at this for FIFTEEN years.

Ugh.
Ugh.
Ugh.

Maybe tomorrow it will work.
After all tomorrow is another day.

I love hearing from you.

Donna-the-confused




Saturday, September 14, 2019

Stay safe. Eat cake.

Happy Saturday!

How's everyone!? 

The empty-nest life is okay!  
Katie seems happy and is adjusting well to college. 
Classes are good and hard :o)
She is making friends.

What more can you ask for?

I have been slowly getting back to my little job as Special Ed assistant.
I worked one day last week and have three scheduled for next week.
It is always interesting work.  And have I told you how much I love music class?
I missed my calling.  I love taking the children to music class best of all.


Not taking a full time/part time job with the schools was very intentional.
I need to be free to visit the kids when they need me.  Especially Emma this fall.
Baby Franklin is due in November and Emma has asked me to come down!  Melinda will most likely be there too!  
Emma is doing very well and she and James can't wait to meet their little girl.
(month seven!  how fast it goes when it is not you :o)

I plan on going to see the Downton Abbey movie next weekend! I can't wait!
I think just hearing the music will make me cry!







Fat shaming has not gone away.  It's as bad as ever.
Thanks for speaking up James.  
You are more than your weight.  It is not a moral issue.
Oh, so much more.















Ginny says
Happy September
(She had a wonky eye when she was little.  I don't notice it so much now.
She is seven now and considered....geriatric. 
That's goofy.



Love and hugs.
Encourage one another,
Donna