Thursday, October 21, 2021

All my tho'ts from evil keep






"Never keep a trouble half an hour on your own mind before you tell it to God.  As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father.”  


Charles Spurgeon






My favorite Avett Bro song, I think.


I'm not sure what the brothers singing and the cello player just sitting there means....

if you have any ideas feel free to share the with me.  


Encourage one another,

And quick! tell it to your Father.

Let's try this...I think it's a sure path to peace.

Donna Elsie





Tuesday, October 19, 2021

 So what do I want to share with you today??  My dear dear high school friend, Jeanine, came to town on Sunday.  It was a very short and really wonderful visit!

She told me I need to keep blogging.

And while I don't really feel like I have anything to say, I'm gonna dig in and try.

Let's start with aging and death.

I feel old and think I am old.

Yet, a few weeks ago, my friend in France, Corey, shared a story about her mother in law in Normandy.  Said mother in law is 92.  She is moving to a new place and starting on the renovations!!

Well, if this isn't just the thing I need to hear.  No need to park the car quite yet.  I want to live until I die...just like Corey's mother in law.  



My little renovation!!!  A long time coming.  Say...twenty years!  We built a patio but never felt comfortable sitting out there because of the closeness of the neighbors.  They are lovely people but it was just too close to feel relaxed.  I mean I sometimes run Ginny out to her lead in my pajamas!

The fence project took only one day!  The man was great at this job!  I think it's just beautiful. Why would we wait until October?  Because we were in line....a long line.  

Today I bought some white spray paint and I'm going to freshen up a metal side table.  I also bought cement cleaner.  We will see how that goes.  Two jobs I've never done.  I'll let you see how they turn out!

I'd like twinkle lights and a Solo bonfire too.  

Good things come to those who wait. (not in the Bible)





You Can Close Your Eyes by James Taylor





James and his son singing this lovely song.




Encourage one another,
This one's for Jeanine.

Donna



Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Dead in a Ditch




Do you know this song by the Avett Brothers?  
It's called Murder in the City.
It starts off with such an odd premise, so odd that it reminds me of what I always say to the kids when they are on the road and I don't hear from them....  "I thought you were dead in a ditch." 

After the song starts with the idea of murder,  it veers off to the most lovely, tender expressions of family love.

Maybe when the boys (Avett Bros) left home their mother said, "Don't get Murdered in the City."

What do you think?

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie




 

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Stay.......

 









See the geese in chevron flight flapping and racing on before the snow They've got the urge for going and they've got the wings so they can go.......


I'll ply the fire with kindling and pull the blankets to my chin I'll lock the vagrant winter out and I'll bolt my wandering in I'd like to call back summertime and have her stay for just another month or so But she's got the urge for going so I guess she'll have to go


ht:Ryan


Encourage one another,

Donna Elsie



Thursday, September 30, 2021

I remember you





Last night I finished reading Anne Lamott's book Plan B.
I found some of her stories engaging and some hilarious, some were so sad and some were irritating.
But they are her stories told with her remarkable way of putting words together. She is self-deprecating and honest.
She is all about the love, baby. It's important to her to love.

It's just that....she has a real hard time loving her mom. She loves her by taking care of her when she is sick and dying.
But she really resents her for being the person she is. For her flaws and weird ways and inability to be a more normal/better mom.

It made me wonder if my children would only see my stupid flaws and weird ways and focus on those when I die.

And I suppose they will. At first. Parents have a way of hurting us when they are not perfect.

My parents were not perfect. But time has rinsed the pain away. What is left is the love.
I let those bad memories fade. I let them go. Way far way...into the fog.
The good memories, I draw near. I embrace them. I cherish them.

I think we need to be gentle with those who have died.
Not for them. But for us.

Learning to forgive people for being the broken people they were is a balm to our souls.
Learning to have mercy heals our hearts.

Time heals.
Forgiveness heals.
Mercy heals.

And then what is left?
The good parts.

The good parts of them. The good parts of us.

The love remains.
Like the cat's water bowl with the hard caked on lime. That lime that will not come off, no matter how hard you scrub.

That's what you want to be stuck with. That kind of stuck on love.

It's what remains.



Love one another,
Donna


reprint: 2009

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Come From Away

Here is a clip of Come From Away.

A perfect September watch.

It won the Tony a few years back. 




Loving this play came as a complete surprise to me.  It was free to me on Apple TV so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I'm so glad I did.  It's just wonderful.

I really hate it when I don't have an app and I hear that something is amazing!!
So I've included the link to Apple TV below.  You can get a one week trial and watch both, Come From Away and all of Ted Lasso.  
I know I could easily fit that into a week.  
You can do it!

 Watch these on your computer if you do not have a smart tv.





Let me know if you give it a try!!!  


Encourage one another,
Donna

Monday, September 20, 2021

Emmy's fashion. I'm really only here for Ted Lasso.




The amazing return of the red carpet post!!!

haha

The Emmys were last night which nearly got past me because I watch so little on tv now.
The Wisconsin Badger Volleyball.  On Big 10 network.
The Housewives of here and there.  
I watch on Amazon and Apple+ and well....
I spend most of my time on YouTube and Locals.
I have found a couple of travel bloggers that I'm obsessed with.
Kara and Nate.  LOVE!!  
And I watch my daily podcasts.  
Katie says I have turned into her...in high school.

I have not been successful in getting my family to watch Kara and Nate....although I have tried.
I have, however gotten people to watch Ted Lasso.
And well...they won 7 Emmys last night.
Ted Lasso is created by Bill Lawrence.  VDoozer.
I will watch anything Bill works on.  
He created Scrubs and Cougar Town and and a few others that just didn't make it.
The hallmark of a VDoozer production is fantastic character development. 
Humor and heart!  

Ted Lasso had me at hello.





Here are my favorite dresses of the night.  Let's just start out with my favorite!!!





Her shoes are the perfect color, the bodice is unique, that necklace is stunning!
The fit, style and length are just right.
I love it.






Interesting sleeves.  I like them.




Mindy wins for best hair and makeup.  So beautiful.
I wonder why designers keep doing those big bows.  
They are so 1980's.
There must be something else to do for interest at the waist.










Beautiful neckline.  Emotional speech.
Jean Smart is in a Hbo show called Hacks.  I don't think it's been seen by many but I really liked it and I really love Jean.  Her husband died a few months ago.  They met on Designing Woman.
Like I said her speech was very touching.








I thought this woman looked just lovely and elegant.






Gorgeous styling and perfect fit in this pretty pink dress.





Hi Ladies.  I don't know who you are....and while I don't think you go together AT ALL.
I really like both of your dresses!




Hello Olivia!  You look so pretty.





Oh look. My favorite dress again.





Smile Sarah.  Your dress is amazing!!!









Handsome and perfect!






This odd dress is so beautiful to me.  I think it is cool.






Ya look nice Conan. 
Work hard be kind.




I sure like these colors.  
Cool cut.
I'm not sure what is going on around the hips.  But I don't care.







I don't hate this.  So let's say...
Jason, you rock.





I really do love this dress on this gal.  She shoes are beautiful, the colors are sparkly,
and her hair and makeup are so natural and pretty. 







And we have found...
Where the Wild things Are.





Finally, a classic Miz Boo dress.
Dior, you rocked it.  It is feminine and frilly just like I like.
Jurnee Smolett's  hair and makeup are gorgeous and her necklace is astonishing.


 

Here is a clip that shows something special about the show Ted Lasso.
Forgiveness.  When was the last time you saw something like this?  It happens more than once in this show.  It's my favorite virtue.
 
(language)



Glad to be back.  
Love you lots.

Check out Kara and Nate on YouTube.  

Encourage one another,
Donna



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

This MOST creative person!!!






I just stumbled upon this YouTube video.  This young man is so interesting and talented.  Enjoy meeting Rajiv Surendra!

Encourage one another,
Donna Boucher





Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Grant me





"Grant me, O Lord, my God,

a mind to know you, a heart to seek you,

wisdom to find you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you,

and a hope of finally embracing you.  Amen"



Encourage one another,

Donna Elsie

Monday, April 26, 2021

The year without dresses

 I tried to watch a little of the Oscars last night.  It was just too blah.  There were no dresses I was interested in....at all.  There were no movies I was interested in....at all.  Actually, I'm shocked that they held the awards at all.  So......



Let's look at what has been interesting me lately when it comes to style and design.



Gorgeous Indian textiles have been catching my eye.




******










I stumbled upon Sara Fitz's needlepoint designs and that led me to her wonderful website.

Charming notepads, wrapping paper and totes. Gorgeous prints and wallpaper!



*****


And just for fun, if I was a stylist, this is what I would put my client in.
Lovely Princess Charlene of Monaco.







Happy last week of April!~
I am enjoying the sun being up after dinner so much.
Lots of love and beauty dear ones.
Donna Elsie



Sunday, April 25, 2021

Wontons with Katie

 

















































The Wonton recipe

One package Wonton wrappers
One package cream cheese
One teaspoon sugar and One teaspoon onion powder.
One scallion.
(one egg for egg wash to seal sides)

Mix cream cheese mixture.
Spoon a teaspoon of the mixture in the middle of a wonton wrapper.
Fold up. Opposite corners to opposite corners.

Fry in oil for a little bit.  Shorter than you can believe it!

Serve with a dipping sauce.  We used duck and sweet and sour sauce.

Thank you, Katie, for coming over to make these great treats and helping me get over my fear of frying!

Bon Appetit

Donna and Katie
aka 
#easychef and #babychef















Saturday, April 10, 2021

Full hearts

 Patrick, Katie and I went to Omaha for Easter.  Emma and James come up from Missouri and Patrick and Shelby now live in Omaha very near to Matthew and Melinda.  So we were ALL TOGETHER!!! 

It was just wonderful.  We had an Easter egg hunt outside and Melinda cooked a delicious dinner!  We went to the zoo and Patrick and I nearly died.  The children ran circles around one another as we panted and whined and worried about the huge crowds.  Actually Patrick did not whine...until we got home.  I whine in real time.

We celebrated Emma's birthday out at an air bnb that Emma and James stayed at.  River seems most interested in Silas.  Babies are funny like that.  

It was a beautiful weekend!  I taught Asher how to play HORSE and he promptly beat me.  We gave Matthews family a corn hole game for Christmas and they pulled that out to play on the driveway!



I look for benches.  That is what I was on the hunt for.  


We went to the Henry Dorling zoo on Friday.  Melinda said she has never seen it so busy.  
It was just a gorgeous day!  





Cocktails with Katie.
It's a thing.




River enjoyed toddling around with all the activity.  She likes to stay close to Emma and James.  But we were able to pick her up from time to time.  She loves when we sing to her. And she loves to oink!



James with the babies. Silas and River.




Lorelei had tons of fun with her cousins!!  She is a sweet, happy girl!


Our four.  2021.
So special!!!





Zeke has his dad's exact cowlick. What a doll he is!!!




Special cake for Emma's birthday!  Melinda wondered if she should just have a half a piece, and I stated emphatically, "You deserve to have your own piece of cake."

You can quote me on that.



It's hard to pin this busy gal down!!! Bright, funny Dottie!!  
Loves blueberries, does not love to have her face wiped.  haha


I took family snaps of each family. I will have something for Christmas cards this year! 



I didn't think to get a picture with all the grandchildren until it was too late.  So here I am with the first three ;o)


We are so happy you are in the area!!  



Hello smiley Silas!!!





Emma and James just celebrated their third wedding anniversary.  


In which, I take pictures like a goof.



 



Happy Siblings Day!!!





Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie