Monday, April 27, 2015

Words and meanings

My husband and I had a misunderstanding on the iphone on Saturday.
I drove Katie up to a friend's house and on the way home I wanted to stop at Chick fil a for dinner.
We had earlier in the afternoon decided not to go out for dinner.   But I thought a drive thru was fine...and I was right there...So I texted him to ask if he changed his mind.

I texted;

Are you sure you don't want Chick fil a?

He wrote back;



Immediately I understood that he did not want Chick fil a.

In my mind, he was sure he did not want Chick fil a.

When I got home Patrick paused the tv and followed me in to the kitchen.

"Is this mine?" he said about the bag on the table.

Oh my gosh!  He wanted some.

His "sure" was a 'sure...get me chick fil a'.

I felt terrible as you can imagine.

I had him look at the text again and he could see what went wrong....
He understood and his stomach growled....

The next day when we went to get Katie I told her the story and asked her if dad's 'sure' meant...

no thanks or yes.

She thought his 'sure' meant yes.

oh man.

So....what would you have thought?

Get him some...
or don't get him some?

btw...Patrick is not a big Chick fil A fan like I am.  He can usually take or leave it.
but then...we didn't have much in the house to eat....

I'm looking forward to hearing how you would have responded.

Encourage one another,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Missing Sue.

in which i take a bullet...
as long as everyone else looks amazing!

mugs up in columbia
this is my favorite picture of sue

march 2010
sue and her boys

thanksgiving 2009
cindy's family and sue's family

top picture.  the twins.
bottom picture irish twins.

sue died on april 24th 2010.  every year the two months leading up to this anniversary are 
yucky.  i can't help but think, 'on this day...this happened....on this day....that happened...'
it was shocking then.  it is shocking now.  

i miss my sister
she was a really wonderful sister

love you
mean it

donna elsie

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This video is from March 19th 2012.

Our grass is green today .....  but we have flurries again and it's in the 30ºs.

I feel that sheep.

Yesterday Katie played softball in football weather.
It was absolutely freezing.

Also yesterday was a Choir Festival at the local high school....Katie spent the day listening to choirs from all over and then they sang and were critiqued by judges.  I went to listen to her choir sing.  They sounded very pretty.

Thanks for stopping by and being a part of our lives.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby names?

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge is due reportedly on April 25th.

What do you think she will have?
Boy or Girl

What do you think they will name the baby?

Kate has been wearing a lot of pink.  Maybe it's a girl.....I hope it's a girl.

Will they name the baby Diana?
Victoria?  Alexandra?  Elizabeth? Mary?  

I can not wait!!

What do you think??

Lady Donna

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yellow. Ginny.

I went outside today to see what pretty things I might be able to photograph.

This one weed, overgrown, who-knows-what is gloriously yellow.
But the tips of it are green.

And look who was watching me so nicely.

Ginny wasn't interested in looking or smiling at me until I put my camera down.
So I took these sweet pictures holding the camera below my chin and chatting to our happy girl.

We love her.

“It seems to me that the good lord in his infinate wisdom gave us three things to make life bearable- hope, jokes, and dogs. But the greatest of these was dogs.” 
~Robyn Davidson 

Encourage one another,

p.s. I am leaving infinate spelled as the author wrote it...she is Australian and maybe that's how they spell that there. :o)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throw back post. April 2009.


How I love these dishtowels.
I love that someone took the time to make them and I wonder if they noticed what a hard time the
young dutch girl was having with her home making.
I wonder if that is why she chose this pattern, because she too had a hard time with home making.



Oh no! The pot is boiling over.


Oh! my!

Ironing can be so steamy!


Dear me!

She must have forgotten her list or her money or her way.

Seems for this little homemaker, peril awaits her on every day of the week.


Except Sunday.

Bless her hard working heart!

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back in the day. Pinterest

I was a beta tester for Pinterest and I loved it right away.
I was worried about copyright issues but I do think
they have addressed those.

Here are a few of the very first pins that I pinned.
Four years ago.

From posters and words...

Pictures I love


Fantastic finds

For the Home

Iris' kitchen in The Holiday

This looks delicious

My style pinboard

I wonderful how this would fly nowadays.
She looks quite happy....


I took this picture in Milwaukee at the Art Museum.  I'll have to do some searching to find the name of the piece and the painter.  

I used to cut pictures out of magazines and keep them in a expandable file.  Now I  pin pretty, interesting, helpful things to my Pinterest boards.  

It's fun to look back.

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

rabbit trail


I love Pyrex bowls.
It is their 100th anniversary this year.

Emma found this little dish at a thrift store in Chicago.
When she sent me the picture of it,
I said, "For me?"  (In true Cindy style)

And the next time we were together...she gave it to me.

I love it.

There is something about Dutch things....
One time, a very long time ago, we looked at a cute cape cod house on State Street in
Marinette Wi. We walked in the house and the stairs went straight up.
The hallway had the most enchanting wallpaper I had ever seen.

It was black with dutch people and designs on it.  I loved it and have looked for something like that on vintage wallpaper sites for years.  But alas, it can only be found in my memory.

Wallpaper is making a come back.

I'd like some toile wallpaper.  It would make me think of Susie.
Sad and happy thoughts.

The "wallpaper" on my phone is wallpaper.

Beautiful, no?

Happy Tuesday!
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Wind.

I just drove Katie's lunch over to her at school.
With the window open I could hear a few old brown leaves skittering across the cement and it sounded so beautiful to me.

Blowing Pines.
Chriping Birds.
Skittering leaves.

They are my favorite sounds.


Spring Wind by Greg Brown


On the bacon front,
I made thick bacon today in the oven and it took 19 minutes.


Looks like a lovely week in the 60's....
it will be great softball weather and taking Ginny to the dog park for the first time.
I sprained my ankle two weeks ago so walking has been very difficult...
but I think I can make it around the dog park....slowly.
And I mean slowly.
Hello turtle.
Hello snail.

How you doin?

Happy spring!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beautiful Rumba. Gifted Mind.

I thought this dance was amazing!
I usually hate the Rumba.
Not this one!  I think it's my favorite dance of the season.

Speaking of which....
I'm watching and enjoying it.

How about you?


Patrick and I watched The Imitation Game last night.
It is the true story of the men and one woman who broke the Nazi code during WWII.
And pretty much invented the computer.
I liked it very much.


Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Donna Elsie

Sometimes it's the things you don't think you will like,
that you like best of all.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

I see you.

In 2009 I made storyboards.
These are a few that I found.
I like them.

I need to do more of these.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Blessed to have had such a momma.

quotation written by lettergirl on Etsy

I'm thinking about my mom today.
It's her birthday.

She was full of love and full of fun!  I miss her terribly. Still.

'She had every gift but length of years.'

Love you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

Monday, April 06, 2015


Traditional Easter photo. ��

We had such a nice time together.
I hope you had a joyous weekend!

Easiest way to make bacon.  1. Line cookie sheet with edges with foil 2. Place bacon on foil/cookie sheet 3.put in 400° oven for 10-12 minutes.   That's it!  Why did it take so long for me to learn this method!? Bacon frying was such an unpleasant task. T

1. Line a cookie sheet with edges with foil
2. Place bacon on foil/cookie sheet
3. Then put it in a 400° oven for 10-12 minutes.  

Why did it take so long for me to learn this method!?
Bacon frying was such an unpleasant task before but now it's
super easy.

When I first tried this method I used a fancy cookie sheet (Expensive and thick)
it just did not cook properly.  A thin cookie sheet works best.
If you use thick bacon, you will need to cook the bacon for about 16 minutes.
Just keep an eye one it.

And that's what I have been learning.



Sunday, April 05, 2015

He is Risen

Les disciples Pierre et Jean courrant au seplulcre
le matin de la Resurrection

Eugene Burnand

Musee D'Orsay

I love this interesting interpretation of the Resurrection.
They look so worn...
from grieving.

This painting really takes me to that moment.
It's awesome.

Happy Easter dear friends,

Thursday, April 02, 2015

An important prayer.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Emma

Laundromat shoot

This birthday, this 26th birthday, seems like the biggest birthday so far.

Emma has many, many, many irons in the fire right now.
She is looking forward to graduation day in June.
She is looking forward to a less stressful time.

She is hanging on with all her might and courage....and all joy that she can muster.
She really is doing exceptionally well.

So on her birthday I wish for her lots of laughs and smiles and jokes and yummy things to eat.
I wish her eight hours of sleep and the peace that passeth all understanding.

I am beyond thankful that God gave this girl to us.

She is my best friend.

Laundromat 2


Monday, March 30, 2015

Blue Skies

To me this is not "another blue sky" picture. Seeing the blue sky with little white clouds is a momentous event here in Wisconsin. #longawaited #muchloved #light #beauty

This is not a small deal around here.
This bright blue sky is something special.

My heart is happy.
My spirit lifts.

Thank you.

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Encourage one another,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our very sweet baby sisters

JandJ (Changed)

You know, our mom had lots of babies.... (seven)
you would think two more girls would have been ho hum.

But it was not!

In 1966 twins were a big deal.

We were all so delighted to have these exact wonderful darling twins
belong to our family.

Janice who resembles our dad and Janet who resembles our mom.

I remember the morning they were born.
Grandma Hansen had come in the night and was in the kitchen.
It was very sunny Sunday morning.
I remember the phone call that they were both girls and running to tell the Irvings.
I remember exactly what their room looked like and the little bottle holders and their twin stroller.

But mostly I remember always being amused and delighted by their sweetness and happiness.

I was nine.

They have grown to have wonderful families of their own and I know they love their children just as they were loved.

That's the thing about love.

It stays with you.

I love you Janice. (A baby)
I love you Janet.  (B baby)

Always and forever.


p.s.  Janice is enjoying the book in the picture above and it is perfect because she LOVES books very much to this day.  I guess that stays with a girl too.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thank you William Goldman.

Hi friends,

I heard the news this morning that the Germanwings plane was deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.
This kind of news makes me a bit paralyzed and honestly embarrassed to be blogging my happy, frivolous topics.

I am not clever enough or thick skinned enough to blog about important newsy things.

And I also don't know if we were created to take in all of the pain and suffering and insanity that goes on in the entire world.

My heart can't take it.  Can yours?

So as one famous person wrote ( I am too stupid to remember who wrote it and did not take the time to read it)
we are amusing ourselves to death.

I didn't really want to read it.  Cause who wants to read what a dolt you are?  Not me.

But it is too painful to pay attention to the whole complicated world.
(I can barely handle volleyball tournaments lately)

Life is pain, highness

That line is from William Goldman's The Princess Bride.

He wanted us to know that life is unfair.  It is a major theme in his book.

“Who says life is fair, where is that written?” 

But Goldman also wanted us to have hope....
most people miss it.
Most people have not read the book and the following line is not in the movie.
I guess most people aren't me and didn't need to read it.

But I needed this part.

“I suppose I was dying again, so I asked the Lord of Permanent Affection for the strength to live the day. Clearly, the answer came in the affirmative.""I didn't know there was such a Fellow," Buttercup said."Neither did I, in truth, but if He didn't exist, I didn't much want to either.” 

Lord of Permanent Affection.
Strength to live the day.
Mind your own business.
Work with your hands.
Encourage one another.

Love you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

God be with the suffering ones today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shut up and dance with me.

This fun movie dance mash up is making the rounds on Facebook and I, of course, loved it.
Watch and see if you can spot Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Cracks me up.

I personally think every movie should end with a big dance!
Don't you?
This cheerful Bollywood piece was perfect for Slumdog Millionaire


And about that yarn,
it is called Woodlands.

I liked your guesses!!

Encourage one another,

Monday, March 23, 2015

Socks on the sticks.

How's that for remarkable timing? #finishedfallsocks #happy spring

Ever since I spotted Vesper Sock yarn on Wendy's website...years and years ago....I fell in love with the colors and Julia's self striping yarn.

Knit and Tonic

I just googled Knit and Tonic and Julia Vesper and it has been ten years since I have been friends with Wendy and knitting with this pretty yarn.

Yes, I'm gonna call Wendy my friend.   Cause in my heart she is. :o)

And you guys...who read here so faithfully...
you are my friends too.

Vesper Sock Yarn. The colors make me so happy!  What do you think this color way is called?

So as soon as Spooky yarn up above was off the needles....
this pretty yarn was cast on!

Guess what it is called!?

I'll tell you tomorrow.

Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.~Elizabeth Zimmerman

Encourage one another,

Friday, March 20, 2015


We searched and searched to find a shirt with Katie's name on the back. Thank you cousin Ellie �� #oneofakind

She made the team.  Hooray for JV!
She says they have a great group of girls on the team!

I have been so stressed out about it.
Being a mom is so dang hard sometimes.

You know that part about our hearts walking around outside our bodies.


Big true truth!

“It's come at last", she thought, "the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache.” ~betty smith 

Final game. Happy winners lap around the bases!

I loved being a part of a team.


Katie does too...and so I want what she wants.

Way to go Katie Gracie Boucher!
I am proud of your hard work and your fantastic attitude!

When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball." ~Willie Stargell, 1981

Play ball!

Love Mom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Biscuits by Kacey Musgraves

My little love affair continues with talented Kacey Musgraves.
She released a new song this week.  It's called Biscuits.

Those who love her are waiting patiently for her new album!

I think I might have a new ring tone.

What is your ring tone?

Mine is an Aretha Franklin tune; Until you come back to me.

Encourage one another and
mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.

Donna Elsie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Eyes

When Irish Eyes are Smiling sure it's like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing
when Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay
but when Irish eyes are smiling sure they'll steal your heart away.


Monday, March 16, 2015

St Patrick's Day

I am not Irish.  I always thought it would be cool to be a part of that happy, green group!
Actually, I am not even sure if my children are Irish.
My husband is not into examining family history.  I have a hunch they are a little bit.  Mrs.
Boucher liked to celebrate St. Patrick's day.  And really, do people who aren't Irish name their children Patrick?

So for St. Patrick's day....

I give you ....

My Patricks.

Delicious breakfast with these two. #Tweet #sheridan

Patrick teaching Katie how to throw.  
They have been throwing the ball around for a long time.  
This week she will try out for high school softball.  They do not have a freshman team so we aren't sure what to expect.  But nothing can erase the days in the sun spent with dad and a mitt.

My Irish Twin.

Lots of Love,
Donna Elsie