Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throw Back Thursday


A sweet visit to Missouri which always included many trips to the pool.
Cindy, Janet, Donna (oddly the only person in glasses) and Sue.
Babies....Janet's James with the little cap on.
Sue's Jeffery with the watering can.

Good times sitting around the baby pool with my sisters.
The best.


Today is my sister Nancy's birthday!

Isn't she just the prettiest?


Nancy is now a grandmother of five!  Four of them live in her area....
She is so blessed by this!  And if anyone deserves, and I mean deserves this special blessing in her life it's Nancy and her hubby.

I am sure she will spend many, many days watching her grandbabies swimming and climbing and driving little cars.

Happy birthday Nancy.
You are an incredible sister, mother and Yaya!
Love you.
Mean it!

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I hate cooking for my family.

There.  I said it.

I try to be a good cook for them.
I try to make nice things to eat that they will like.
And you know what?   After 35 years of making the same five recipes I want to scream.

Two nights ago I asked Katie what she loved to eat.

She said chicken fingers from restaurants and mac and cheese.
She loves it in a box and at nearly every restaurant.

So when I saw a recipe for a baked macaroni and cheese I thought I would be a nice mom and make it for her.  I thought she would be thrilled to have something delicious after one of her long days.

I spent at least $15 on the ingredients.  Happily, I made John Legend's famous macaroni and cheese as seen on Martha Stewart.

(I can not eat cheddar cheese it gives me a tummy this was a labor of love just for Katie.)

It looked beautiful!

I tasted it and it was plain. 
But like I said, I'm not a good judge of these things cause I don't like mac and cheese...and my taste buds are still off from time to time.


Katie had a long day yesterday; school, softball game and choir concert.
When we got home I warmed up some of the macaroni for her.

She hated it.
Picked at it.
Will not eat another piece, I am sure.

and so....

The top three reasons I hate cooking for my family.

3. It's a waste of money
2. It makes me angry
1. It feels like a huge rejection

From now on I will joyfully buy this stuff.
Katie will be making it for herself .

And that's why I hate cooking for my family.


p.s. this is not the first time this has happened...
i've felt this rejection many many times before

the macaroni and cheese will be thrown out

if you want the recipe.
google it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

I forget the rest...

Favorite snacks from farmers market. #bbqporkstick #homemadedonut

Emma came home for a mother's day visit and to go to cousin Willie's law school graduation party!
It was a beautiful weekend with fun visits and deep talks and loud laughs.

Emma and I went to the farmer's market on Saturday morning.
I bought pickled beets, eggs, sugar donuts, cookies and a bbq pork stick.
I have my favorite vendors and it's wonderful to find them up at the square year after year.
Not a lot is growing this time of year..patience is a virtue, don't cha know.

Emma likes The Grumpy Troll.   #mthoreb #wisconsin #beerhere

Emma requested we go to The Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb.  It's a small town a few miles away.
We had a nice meal there.

Pretty ride home from the Harvard train.

It's much quicker and less expensive to take the train back to Chicago, so I drove Emma to Harvard Illinois last night.
It was a gorgeous night.
The sun was warm and the wind was windy. (nature's air conditioning)

And I was with my precious girl.

Encourage one another,

TY:  lettering by kelly cummings

Friday, May 15, 2015



The Important thing about Spring is that it is green.
It is cool and it is rainy
and it tries to warm up..
But the Important thing about Spring is that it is green.

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How-Old hilarity!

There is a website/app that guesses your age.

It's so much fun!

My sister Janet posted a picture of herself on Twitter with her 'guess'...
but first, I had to go try it....


90% of the time the app could not see me!
It was creepy.
I am the invisible woman.
Or from a tribe that can not be photographed.


Finally I got one to work.

I told you I was 35!


There.  That's closer.  I used the 'take picture' feature.
With glasses and without glasses I got the same age with this picture particular picture.  I wondered if the glasses made a difference.  It didn't in this case.
I tried it with my hair down many times and it could not see me.
(Once it did and it thought I was a man and really old, if I remember correctly.)

But sometimes the results are quite hilarious....


Oh my stinkin heck!!

I love you Janet!

(True facts: female and not yet fifty.)  is super easy to use on your phone.
(It can also be used on your computer)
Just go to the website and start loading pictures or taking pictures.

Have a blast!!!

Encourage one another,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring unsprung.


A friend of Emma's asked if I took pictures of Katie's freckles.

Why, yes, I do.

I'm looking at sunny warm pictures in my photostream...
cause it's in the 40's today and I am trying to lighten my mood.


Ahhhh..... August....
It's not 46 degrees in August.





Softball game this afternoon...
you can be sure I will dress for the frozen tundra.

Happy Spring!

Encourage one another,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Epic/Harry Potter phase

Very near our home is a big company called Epic.  If you go to the doctor or hospital you will most likely see your nurse or doctor typing information into a computer that has the Epic system.  This place is a pretty big deal.  I have shown you pictures of the beautiful farm area and today I am showing you the Harry Potter area.

We haven't been here since Christmas day.

My, they have been busy.

A Mother's Day visit to our favorite construction site/business. #Epicsystems #harrypotterphase

This looks like a famous train station in England, doesn't it?

Astonishing #Epicsystems #youcanworkhere #tech #notdisney #wisconsin

We aren't really that crazy about this building's design.
It is still cool...I guess they didn't want to take a hundred years to build
the castle.
(ie pillars of the earth)

Now about Katie.

She really does crack me up.  Sometimes it's hard to remember she is 15.
When we go to Epic she gets out of the car and runs.  She runs down the gravel
roads and straight for the buildings.  She asks if she can climb on the rocks and scale the hills.
My little filly.


Encourage one another,

Friday, May 08, 2015

Flash back Friday to...San Francisco

Let's go back to June of 2010.
I think you will enjoy seeing the pictures of our family vacation.
If you go to the archives at the bottom of the page, look for June 22 2010.

I really need to get out more.
My blog is much more fun when I get off the couch.



If you're going to San Francisco
be sure to....
take the Bart.

Hi everybody!

We just got home this morning at 4:00 am.

I loaded the pictures onto the computer and edited a few for you.
You have waited very patiently to get a glimpse of
Di and Donna take Coit tower.

I just know it.

So here are a few photos of our Thursday in San Fran.

The guys were at the US Open on Thursday.
But this is just the beginning....
I will share more tomorrow.

Until then....

Katie, Emma and I took the Bart to Embarcadaro.
We met Diane at the Ferry Building.

The coffee drinkers drank the best coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee.

I took pictures of mushrooms.



The End.

Naw. I'm just kidding :o)


We walked from China town (where we ate at The House of Nan King....and we all LOVED it) to Coit tower.

Katie and Emma skipped and floated up the hill.

Di and I, well.....she was kind to stick by my side. It was Mt. Everest Slow.

But we did it and we are proud.

And have pink cheeks to prove it :o)


We weren't comfortable with one another AT all. Ha!

Being with Di was a great gift to me.
She is sincere but not too serious.
She is easy going and smart and funny and lovely.

My heart is full and I am thankful for her.


Here is Diane with most of her gang with a few extras thrown in for good measure.

Gosh! They were fun!
Thanks for coming to the big city to bum around with us!


It's so good to be home.
The humidity greeted us...
and so did the empty highways and smooth sailing.

I loved our trip....
but I really love coming home.

Come back tomorrow to see lots and lots more.

Love ya,

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


I spotted this card at yesterday.
It cracked me up!  My son Patrick hates when people use the word journey so maybe that made me especially like it.

Story is the big buzz word now.
I can see it going the same way as journey.

Encourage one another,

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Always a conundrum....what to do with your hands...

conundrum #2
white in photos...
glow glow glow

i expose for faces...not for white shirts...
wedding photographers must have this figured out...
i do not.

She loved her outfit and it fit the church rules....
so that was must important :o)

Encourage one another,

Monday, May 04, 2015

A name fit for a Princess/Confirmation

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge  #diana #sniff

Thanks to my crack team of reporters I received the exciting news of the royal baby's name
while on my Target/school run.  Thank you Janet and Kathyb.
I admit I shed a tear.

Charlotte is the feminine/Fr. form of Charles.
And you know about Elizabeth and Diana.

So happy for them.
They have gone where it will be nice and quiet.
I don't suppose we will see Princess Charlotte until her christening.

Best wishes to the growing family!

April 20th I asked the Quiet Life readers what they thought the name of the Royal baby would be.
Here is the response by Susan May;

Way to go Susan!


My little princess was confirmed yesterday afternoon.

Katie's wonderful Aunt and Sponsor. Susan is the most loving person! We are all lucky to have her in our lives. #confirmation

Katie's wonderful Aunt and Sponsor.  Susan is a truly loving person and we are all lucky to have her in our lives!  The sponsors work very hard and spend a lot of time with their 'students'.
We are very thankful for her!

It was a very special service and day!

“We can study the whole history of salvation, we can study the whole of Theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand. It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or – in the words of Our Lord – it is the Spirit that makes us know the voice of Jesus.”

— Pope Francis

 “It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world.”
— St. Aloysius Gonzaga

(That one just fit the day, didn't it.  :o) 

Encourage one another,

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"The happiest days are when babies are born"

Welcome Princess!!

I woke up at seven this morning and checked my phone....

I had one message on my phone from someone just like me....

It's a girl whoop whoop


Catherine checked in to the hospital at 6:00 and delivered baby girl Windsor at 8:34.
The little Princess weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds and 3 ounces!

Well done, you!

God bless one and all!


William brings George by to meet his little sister and to see Mummy. TY mailuk for pix.

William brings George by to meet his little sister and to see Mummy.

And look!  Just a few hours later, Kate and William bring their little baby out to say hello to the crowd.

AND then they head home!!!  What the heck!?
Catherine is incredible!

Encourage one another,

p.s. My title quote is from Gone with the Wind.

Friday, May 01, 2015

It's May!

Much less chance of snow in May ...
and that makes it a favorite month!


These tulips are in my front yard.
If I don't take care of the little patches of 'garden' that were left here by the previous owners
I won't have any tulips next year.  The grass in moving in.

farmers market tulips

downtown madison tulips


It's heck when spell check doesn't even have a clue...


Did you know these two are a real life couple?
Do you know who they are?


It was a huge surprise to me and I was delighted by it.

Happy May day friends!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

They are All My Family

Forty years ago today...the fall of Saigon.

I was a silly high school senior.  Didn't know a thing about what was going on in the world.
This is the kind of story that teaches me, brings light to a certain situation.
CBS This Morning aired this...this morning.

When people act in noble and selfless ways
it makes me cry.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

photos with words on them....




Having fun with #over # app





I like putting words on photos.
Here are some that I found going back just two years.

I hope you like them :o)