Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Noble Belly



Winter has come very early this year.
I am focusing on my blessings and not the weather.
This takes great effort!















Before we know it Emma will be holding her own baby in her arms.







The sweetest picture ever.




Do you think baby girl Franklin will have red hair?


Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet.  I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
~Erma Bombeck


Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen
 or to hatch.
~E.B. White


Now my belly is as noble as my heart.
~Gabriela Mistra








Waiting in Wisconsin
Donna



Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Heavenly


Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron 
Ice Dance France 2019







In my mind, this is how people get around in heaven.

Their skating is beyond beautiful.
It is exquisite and full of feeling.
The difficult lifts are effortless and gorgeous.
What a team!!!
I love them.

Big fan,
Donna



Friday, November 01, 2019

The rest of the poem

I have been posting John Updike's Calendar poems on this blog for over ten years.
A few months ago, or was it a year, I found his little book, his original poems, for sale online.

I loved each and every poem I read, but I knew that the references to God were missing from the originals.

I like references to God.  I like to include Him in the picture.
I believe He created this lovely world we inhabit, and I liked it back in the 1960's when this was okay with the general public.

The world's view may have changed, but I'm not budging.





This man was not moving. :op












NOVEMBER

The stripped and shapely
Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.

The ground is hard,
as hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown.

And yet the world
in it's distress,
Displays a certain 
Loveliness--

The beauty of 
the bone.  Tall God
Must see our souls
This way, and Nod.

Give thanks: we do,
Each in his place
Around the table
During grace.



From A Child's Calendar by John Updike (1965)


I think those last two stanzas are challenging, 
but the depth is beautiful.
That God sees our souls....and they are lovely.


It's so touching I could cry.


Encourage one another,
Donna





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Songs




~Winslow Homer



When I was young we had music class right there in the regular classrooms. We stood at our desks in rows.   We had hard covered song books. 
We learned songs like Bicycle Built for Two and Casey and we would learn Patriotic songs and Holiday songs.  More than Christmas songs I remember the Thanksgiving songs.  My sisters, Janet and Cindy helped me remember a few of the songs we knew.  Thanksgiving songs gets forgotten in everyone's rush to Christmas.

(I am already watching Christmas movies on Hallmark and Lifetime.  Sorry.  But hey!  If they make a Thanksgiving movie.  I'll watch that too.)


Enjoy some wonderful Thanksgiving classics and feel free to sing along :o)











Friday, October 25, 2019

Orange Dream

Do you remember when I told you about my new favorite thing? Cornishware.

Well, this little tight wad, turtle has slowly added a few pieces to her collection.
I have a blue and white butter dish, which I got for Christmas.  
This Spring I bought little yellow striped egg cups.  I bought these because Karina painted them in her shop.  And then....this fall, Karina (owner and painter) asked what color we would love to see in the stripy line-up.

In September she and her staff started working on a beautiful orange.





 I follow Karina's Instagram and Insta-stories and this is how I am up on all the fun announcements.
She is really a hard worker,  a great business owner (along with her husband), mother of five and an all around delightful woman.


So she announced that they would be selling 300 mugs and 75 jars.
We could personalize them.
They would go on sale at noon on Oct. 4.


I called the bank two days before the tell them I would be making an out of country purchase.
I set my alarm for 4:00 am, as if it was a Royal wedding.

Patrick took a picture of me ...
he couldn't believe it!

  (He sent this to the kids because he likes to show them when I do crazy things.)

I was up and waiting for the virtual doors to open!
This is particularly odd that I would be doing this.  I do not stand in line for things and I have never shopped on black Friday or the day after Christmas.)




At the very moment the clock struck noon England time,
the website crashed!

When the site came up for me, here in Wisconsin at 5:15 everything was sold out.

I clicked and fretted and clicked again.
Left the site, came back to the site.
again and again.

And guess what?

There were more items listed.

I put my items in the cart as quickly as I could.  Holding my breath.
It seemed to go thru.  I received a confirmation.
My mad clicking and refreshing had worked perfectly.
It turns out that Karina added 75 more jars, that she was holding back.

And I was one of the lucky ones.

All the orange stock sold out in 1/2 hour.






And here are my little beauties!
Why do I love them so much?


Yesterday I posted about my Cornishware arriving on my Instagram.





And look!
Karina responded on her Instastory!!!


I wonder what I will get for Christmas this year?
hehe


Donna Boo




follow Karina @cornishware_artist 
on Instagram





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(this picture is taken from @cornishware newsletter)








Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dear God,



Dear Prayer Warriors.
Please pray for Emma today.  She had a seizure this morning.
James was with her and she did not fall or hurt herself (other than being sore from them muscle tensing)
She has called her OB and will be going in to see her today and they've decided to go the ER to see a neurologist quicker.  (Her current Neuro is not attentive and absent)

We are all worried and would like wise medical care and counsel.

I know you love her and will pray with me.

Love Donna




Update:

Emma and her baby were listened to at the ER and they let them go.  Then she and James headed over to the OB.  She had a more thorough looking into at the OB. Nice long ultrasound and lots of monitoring.  All looks good as far as the baby is concerned.  Emma has yet to talk to a neurologist but her OB is helping her with that.


Thank you for praying. 
We still need some good solid advice from a neuro and
that will be my continued prayer. 

All will be well.













Monday, October 21, 2019

This week in photography.



Here is my beautiful picture of the delicious Zip Whiz Burger.
See how I made sure you could see that it had cheese whiz and mustard and pickles on it?
Mugg's Up is walking distance from Emma and James' new house.
We drove.
I really do love these nutty little loose meat sandwiches.  
When I make them I braise my ground beef.
(Do you call it hamburger meat?  I do.  Patrick always made fun of me for calling it that.  I wonder if that is a Chicago thing.  Chime in to let me know what you call it.)
Back to the meat. ......  I think I have seen someone cooking the ground beef in a large pan in the oven.  I may try this to get the meat extra soft.

Get your soft meat here!







Isn't this the prettiest pumpkin?
I just love it!

Today we had my least favorite weather day and my most favorite weather day all in one day~

This morning it was ding dang dark and rainy.  
By noon the wind blew the clouds away and it is sunny and blustery and delightful!



Brooms

On stormy days 
When the wind is high
Tall trees are brooms
Sweeping the sky.

They swish their branches
In buckets of rain
And swash and sweep it
Blue again.

~Dorothy Aldis


Encourage one another,
Donna




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