Saturday, June 29, 2013

My Muse and Me...or is it I


Sometimes when the sun is not shining the grey (or is it gray) clouds can be very bright.  It's a strange thing.
Katie put on her new sailor stripe top.  I bought it for her last week at Forever 21.  I bought it as a prop. And I bought it because it was only $7.00.

I was thinking of Coco Chanel.  But I have since looked it up and Coco wears the white with blue.
Ah well.  I am seriously NOT perfect.


Me: Katie.  Look French! Olala!!!

Katie: WHAT?


Katie: My eyes!!!

Me: Toughen up Buttercup.


This is unedited.  I had my camera on vivid.  Can you tell?  I can. Hello Pinky.


Me: Do something with your hands.

I'm an amazing director.



Me:  We Done.

Ain't she sweet?
My darling Muse.

Thanks Katie girl.
You know I loves ya.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Beautiful Summertime Wisconsin


At the beach.

modesty prevails on the blog
at least with my own child
doesn't count for red carpet

Katie is adding I heart Radio to her dad's phone.
People don't take transistor radios to the beach any more.


Yesterday on a quest for Krispy Kremes for Katie we went on an adventure.
My friend, Gail, posted an instagram last week of Pope Farm Park.  The picture had a stone wall and a row of trees.  This alone made me want to go there.
I looked it up.  Was shocked to see how close it was to my favorite old church and Chipotle and Krispy Kreme so we turned left instead of right on Old Sauk and there it was.

You can see the rock wall and the row of trees as soon as you enter the park.  But the best part was the short little drive up the hill.  Because on the top of the hill, the top of the park was an amazing view.
And you know I love a view.  I could even see lake Mendota or Monona is the distance.  Looking the other way are crops and forests.  It was so gorgeous.  It is now my favorite park in the Madison area.

Most beautiful place around

no filter.


with filter in Instagram

people seem to like this one best.  i like the one above this.

Good game!

Softball Wednesday night

pretty long shadows...

Girls of Summer

and last night....

Girls of Summer BW

color or black and white?


Happy summer to one and all.
Wishing you a light breeze and soft light...and a hot dog or two.

Encourage one another,

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Father's in Film on The Pioneer Woman


My article on Fathers in Film is up at Ree's today!
Check it out!

Fathers in Film by Miz Boo....that's me.

I am having fun thinking of articles to write for the Entertainment section at Ree's website!
I should say we because Katie helps me brainstorm while we are driving!  AND she types the ideas into the notes on the phone.

Can I say that the notes on my phone is the my second favorite part of a cell phone after Instagram.

When I am watching "The Best Think I Ever Ate" I write down the names and cities of appealing I don't forget.

The Wieners Circle for hot dogs in Chicago on Clark.
Mannys Deli Chicago
17th Street Grill Marion Illinois

Dynamo Donuts San Fran
Choice Brooklyn for a BLT

Sinc Bistro Scottsdale
Gramwich Chicago

Sobelmans Bar and Grill
AJ Bombers (went....not really impressed)

Real Chili Milwaukee
(still dying to go here)

Socca Chicago for Pizza
Kuma Corner Chicago Hamburger

I write down directions to Matthew and Melinda's house.
Where to turn on the way to town.
Where to turn on the way our of town.

I write down the exact socks my hubby likes;
Gold toe Pima cotton from Target

I write down various products:

Brazilian Blowout
(I have not been able to find this in one whole year.)

Absolute Green Multi Purpose cleaner
(Also never found.)

And favorite new artists:

Kacey Musgraves

Dog Names:

Maisy, Lucy, Nelle, Matilda, Miss Honey, Jilly, Monroe, Minny, Harper, Honey, Sally, Belle, Libby, Callie, Radley, Ginny.

The names of songs:

Show me what I'm looking for.
Make me a channel of your love
As a fire is meant for burning
Windows are rolled down

What is your favorite feature on your phone?
I've got a few of them :o)

Good game!

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Downton Abbey Season Three. There will be spoilers.

As news about the upcoming season of Downton Abbey strolls thru my news feed I realize something...I don't really care.

After the First season I watched and rewatched the episodes until  Season Two came along.  And then I watched and watched Season Two until season three aired.  But Season Three has stopped me dead in my Downton Abbey tracks.

I know I defended the shows right to kill Matthew.  What were they suppose to do?  And Sybil?  What to do?  They wanted to leave.

But to tell the truth I kind of just wish they would have ended the show with Matthew still alive and Mary and Matthew and baby living happily at Downton Abbey.  The End.

That's what I would have done.

I don't really care enough about the other characters.

Matthew and Mary's story is what made me watch and watch and fall in love.

This is not to say I will not watch the show when it returns in January because I love to watch television and Maggie Smith is a big draw for me.  But for me, the heart of the show is gone.

I will not be rewatching Season Three.
I don't even think I could rewatch the wedding.  It was so beautiful.

One other thing, I hate Edith's storyline.  Jane Eyre has been done.
I like that Edith works....I don't like her terrible romantic situations.

And so it goes...

not my image

Are you rewatching Season Three?
Is your heart still in it?

Encourage one another,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Gosh, it's fun to win, isn't it?
I have been a Blackhawks fan since grade school.
They won the Stanley Cup last night.

blackhawks win
photo credit scott strazzante

I think this winning thing is really super special because most of us don't win very often.
I know I have not been on the winning team very often in my life, neither have my children.
In fact, Katie is almost always on the team that comes in last.

But when you are a loser you really do examine your priorities.
You learn to play the game you love to play.

You learn to do what you love.
Just because you love it.

This applies to everything.

This philosophy leads to a life well lived...I do believe.

Today Katie is taking her first voice lesson with Stephie.
Is this leading toward something?
God only knows.

But what I do know,
Katie loves to sing,
she loves to be in plays,
she has dreams...

So taking singing lessons is a win in itself.

For the love of it.


Encourage one another,

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bacteria Beach and Homeland opinion.

Katie, Patrick and I went to the beach which is just outside the back entrance to the Vilas zoo.
Hence the name.


It's an interesting beach.
The wind blew and the clouds were grey.
I kind of like it there.

Chairs on their last leg

Simple life

We had brats...with none of the fixins.
Patrick planned the meal.
This is his style.
That's okay.
It's nice when he grills.

Brats...with the bugs

The pickles were a month past the due date.  I ate them anyway and then tossed the rest of the bottle.
Around here, pickles go bad more often than any other food.

An interesting fact about my diet.
I have been trying to drink Crystal Light lemonade because it has fewer calories than regular lemonade.
(My urologist recommended it.)  Well.  There is a chemical in the Crystal Light ice tea lemonade that makes me ill.

Katie is sensitive to sorbitol in sugar free gum.
I am apparently sensitive to something in Crystal light.
(especial the one with half tea)
Isn't that weird?

Have you heard of this?


Patrick and I decided to watch Homeland.  I thought it might be a show we would both like.
It gets raves.

I find it offensive.

The main male character is a terrorist.  We are suppose to sympathize with him.  I hate this.
The main female character is a great CIA agent...but she sleeps with the terrorist.  Idiotic.

We are not thru the first year but I don't think we will continue to watch it.
Patrick was 'on' to the terrorist before I was.  He does not like this sympathizing with terrorists either.


Not recommended.

So.  Perhaps we will try The Good Wife.
Doesn't sound like there will be terrorist sympathizers in that show.
But who knows.


Happy Monday.

We've got Luke house, beach volleyball, and Katie's half birthday today.
Katie wants Ginny to sleep in her room a 'gift'.
Sounds like a disaster to me.
But I said yes.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Katie helped me string the lights.

My lights came in the mail yesterday.  Katie and I hung them on the umbrella just like we saw at Pottery Barn.  I just adore twinkle lights so I just took a little leap and bought them.  Now I need those little outdoor candles to keep the buggies away.

This is from our trip to San Francisco to see Patrick Jr.
Muir Beach. 2010.



family portrait  :o)

Happy Weekend!

Love ya,

Friday, June 21, 2013

A favorite summer poem.

Bed in Summer

by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Do you know this?  I bet you do.
It was one of the few poems I memorized and said to my children.
I wonder if they remember this?

DSC_1486-8 copy

Welcome Summer!
Bring it on.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pinterest has a new and terrible way to embed Pins.  Why O why?
But after 45 minutes of struggling, I have found the answer.
Guess where?

Thank you Youtube...  thank you to the girl who made a little tutorial about it.

BTW.  Isn't that a pretty blouse?

That's all I wanted to do was show you a blouse and instead I went on a journey into the inner workings of code on Pinterest.


My friend Cheryl has opened up an Etsy shop with her gorgeous photography.
I pinned one of my favorite images.  Let's see if we click on this image we get sent to her Etsy....

If it does not can find Cheryl @  Cheryl Sparks photos at Etsy.

Okay.  I just viewed this.  Look how little that pin is!

cheryl Sparks photo

That's better.


Congratulations Cheryl on your new endeavor!!
Wishing you much success and fun.

Cheryl's photos on Etsy

Alrighty...that is enough tech stuff for the day.
My pretty little head is spinning.

We have had a lovely week weather and sunny.
Perfect for outdoor sports and trips to Starbucks....and lawn mowing.

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Easy Chef makes Strawberry Jam.

Making jam

I found some freshly picked strawberries at our local grocery store yesterday afternoon so I whipped up a batch of home made strawberry jam.  If you have not made this, you should try it.  It is the easiest thing to do and the jam is just wonderful.


I use the recipe included in the Sure-Jell package for freezer jam.
(You need 1 1/2 pounds of strawberries, 1 package Sure-Jell, four cups sugar and 3/4 cup of water.)




Let's just revisit these pictures....



Fun times....

Love ya!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Hello Iowa

Hello Iowa.

For @jkost

Sleepy Malachi
Me and Malachi

Peek. Little legs.

Good little nurser.

Melinda and Malachi



I couldn't tell how out of focus this picture was on the phone...
It's just so darn cute anyway.


On the way home...
potty stop about an hour from home.
beautiful Wisconsin.

Vine @ the Children's Museum.
It was really a nice museum!
So many fun things for Asher and Katie to do.
Just off highway 80 near Iowa City.


Gotta run.  It took a half hour to upload that seven second vid.

Lots of love,


Monday, June 17, 2013

Our sweet grandbabies.

We had such a nice visit on Father's Day...

I'll share the 'portraits' of the boys today and tomorrow I will share
snaps of the whole trip.


We really had a nice visit.  It was sweet to watch Asher interact with other children at the mall and at the Children's Museum.

He really is a fun boy to be around!!



Teeny tiny little guy.
Earlier Melinda told me Malachi liked being outside and she was exactly right.

He just sparkled when I took some pictures outside the restaurant just before we left.


The most perfect impromptu photoshoot!

Isn't he cute?

His hair looks Boucher-red.
He is a perfect mix of momma and daddy.

How thankful I am for my family.

Encourage one another,

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thursday night was perfect.

The weather could NOT be more gorgeous!!  That cloud is making a muscle.

This is where Katie played softball.
See the muscle arm?
The game was in Roxbury Wisconsin.
They have a German restaurant and a bar in Roxbury....
and a really old stone church.

The stands.

Sunlight on a grassy knoll.

On the square

This morning we went to the farmer's market on the square.
We bought chocolate chip cookies and ginger cookies and fresh sugar fried donuts at one place and we bought eggs and sticks of meat at another.

There is a slow stroll thing at the farmers market.  People walk at a snails pace around the capitol.
And I mean it.

We can not stand to walk that slow.
And we can not understand anyone wanting to walk that slow.
So we either walk in the street or in the grass.
This is how we roll.


We got free Starbucks today. (gold card points)

It's been a good day...already....

Encourage one another,

P.s. Katie and I went to see Man of Steel.
The acting is great.  So delighted with the cast.  All of them.
The story is not really anything new.
There is way too much action for my taste.  I am not kidding when I say the final battle lasts about an hour.  ugh.  I was looking at my phone to see when it was going to be over.
So. If you love the action stuff  this is the movie for you.
I preferred the personal, talking parts.
But for Superman will not be disappointed.

Dear Diane Lane,
I love you.  I love that you are not a botoxed up actress.
I think you are just the best.  The very very best.
big fan

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sock Bun Tutorial

So there you have it.

And if you are wondering why my hair is so big...

I say 'it's huge', Katie says 'its amazing'.


Carol and Steph
Carol  and Stephanie

Such lovely guests!!

I wish that everyone who wanted to visit...could visit...
I wish.

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Did you know I have a recipe blog?

Did you know I have a recipe blog?
It is a humble little thing.
I think I posted my first recipes in 2004.

No pictures.  I probably did not have a digital camera back then.

But here is the link...

Recipes I have known and loved.

Today I made the Broccoli-Cauliflower salad for my very special lunch guests.
(The salad is on the first page of my recipe blog.)
Everyone loves this salad.  It's so good.
The recipe, from Marcia Adam's Amish cookbook, calls for just broccoli.  I thought adding the cauliflower would be nice.  And it is.

So check it out.
Everything is easy enough for this Easy Chef to make.
And I mean Chef as in Chef Boy-r-dee.

For sure.   My humble recipe blog.

In more recent years I have added a picture or two.

So I gotta run and clean some more....
Dog hair, you  know.

By the way, the guests are people you might know from the comments.
Carol B is visiting her family in Chicago (all the way from Oregon) and she loves to some and see Stephanie who lives north of here....Stephanie is coming to town for some errands today so I invited them to come here.
I always want to have people over....and I pretty much never do.
Carol's sister Dorothy is coming too.
Don't you just love her name?
I do.

So here I go.  Hospitality 101.

Love ya lots.