Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weddings bring families together.

My sister Cindy's son married his beloved on Saturday!  
They are such a sweet, happy couple.  
The wedding was full of love and joy!

I was thrilled to meet Wes and Stephanie's baby girl, Maddie Sue.
Maddie is Susie's first grandchild.
She is perfection.
Sometimes they call her Suzy...and it breaks my heart in the best possible way.

We love all the dancing at weddings.
Katie and I danced a little jitterbug....
Last night I said to her that we needed to learn this following dance for the next wedding.
(I love it so much.)
She looked at me with a blank stare.

Happy hump day!

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Carpet: Emmys 2017

Wow.  Thandie Newton looks so beautiful in this Jason Wu gown.  I love everything about this dress.  She is a wonderful actress in Westworld.  (A creepy, robot western. ) 

This year television overflowed with the creep-factor.  
Westworld. Handmaids Tale. The Man in the Hightower.
Lots of dystopian stuff.  
I'll share with you my favorite shows of the year at the end of the post.

Gina Rodriguez looking amazing in her Naem Khan dress.


Such a refreshing, unique gown. 
It wins for most creative and beautiful.
Zoe Kravitz in Dior.

What a gorgeous color.  Stunning dress.
Shaliene Woodley in Ralph Lauren

This was Katie's favorite.  Julie Louis-Dreyfus wins every year as actress and style icon.
I can't get in to Veep.  But she has won 8 times so the industry LOVES her.  
I happen to love her style better than her show :o)
Carolina Herrera.  (my favorite designer)

Yara Shahidi in a pretty Prada.
Lovely young lady.

I liked this for it's use of fabric.  This form is done over and over, but the fabric was interesting and Sarah Hyland from Modern Family looked very pretty in her Zac Posen dress.

And yes.  Total Donna dress. Feminine, pretty, floaty, sprinkles.
Darling girl in a Miu Miu gown.  Kiernan Shipka.

Lots of fashion beauty.

Too much botox on the old gals.
Jane, Dolly and Lily looked like Wax figures. 
I tell you Jane's face looks like a 20 year olds. It's very strange.


My picks from this year are;

Best Drama: Stranger Things
Best Comedy: Schitt's Creek
Best Actress: Catherine O'Hara
Outstanding Limited Series: Genius

I like my dance shows and mindless reality shows.

I have watched most of the dystopian programs...they are interesting in a sense, but real downers.
I read Handmaid's Tale when the book came out and I watched the program, this summer.  It was VERY disturbing and depressing.  
These are just not the kind of shows I want to pass along and say, 'hey. watch this.'
The ick factor is too high.

So the shows I've picked are not icky.
Stranger Things is a scary 80's type mystery.  You will think of Stephen King and Stand by Me.
Genius is a Ron Howard series about Einstein.  It is so well made it makes everything else look shoddy.

Schitt's Creek has my whole family laughing and laughing.  We watch them over and over.
The writing is hilarious, the acting in comedy perfection.  If you liked Best in Show....and those kinds of goofy characters....
Find Schitt's Creek now and watch this show.

Dancing with the Stars starts tonight.  It's always a mystery as to whether I will like the cast.
Fingers crossed that I find some favorites to cheer for.

Happy Watching,
Miz Boo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Potato Soup. My favorite.

Potato Soup

Potato soup. Yum.

I love soup.

Potato Soup

6 potatoes
2 stalks celery (chopped)
1 carrot (shredded)
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 c. water
2 cubes chicken bouillon
salt, pepper
2 c. milk
1/3 c. flour
cheese (real cheese or 4-8 pieces of American cheese slices)
bacon (as much as you like)
a little sour cream on top

Boil veggies in the water until soft with the bouillon. Add 1 2/3 cups of milk and make a paste out of the other 1/3 cup of milk and flour. (I don't always do the flour thickening)
Add cheese and bacon. Heat through.
Sour cream and chopped scallions are yummy plopped and sprinkled on top too.

Love Donna

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Aug 31. So many feels.

Happy 7th birthday Asher!  
May you grow and grow and grow....
as tall as Michael Jordan.

Diana's White Garden at Kensington Palace.
A sweet tribute.  
Her boys live on and honor her with their service to others.

Palm trees in London?


"We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” 
Thornton Wilder

“Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths...and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” 
― Thornton WilderOur Town

Love you
Mean it

Donna Elsie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Especially cute.

Katie and I went to the farmer's market on the Capital Square.  It's a good one.
At each of the four corners are gardens.  Three are flowers gardens,  one is a vegetable garden.
The veggie garden is always my favorite.  This year they planted sunflowers.  
Especially cute!

Katie had a hankering for Stella's Spicy Cheese Bread.
People love this stuff.  It has hot pepper flakes on it and in it...and I can't eat it cause I have this weird thing with my tongue.  
But this was a yummy batch.  Lots of mozzarella cheese.  I picked at the cheesy parts.
And died when I got a spicy seed by accident.

The Blue Angels were in Chicago for the Air and Water Show on the weekend we went down to visit Emma.  Look how good she looks!  Emma loves the Blue Angels as much as I do.  
We went to Montrose Harbor to watch them on Saturday.  It was fun...but the jets were pretty far away.  We prefer them RIGHT OVER OUR HEADS!
Sunday we were taking pictures downtown and left near the time the Raptor would fly...and not too far off from the Blue Angels show.  So I decided we had to stalk them.
We ate at Shake Shack on Michigan Ave and Emma remembered there was a bar with a view upstairs.  It's called Cindy's.  We marched right up there to see what we could see.  While the view of the park was wonderful....we only saw the Raptor once.  We were just a little bit too far south.
We left and I was determined to see the Blue Angels close up.  So we drove down the little road just behind the Lincoln Park Zoo.  It was a SLOW drive and we missed a great parking spot by five seconds....BUT we stopped and parked in a no parking spot and put the flashers on just in time for the show.  The jets flew overhead low and loud a few times before we were told to move!  But that was okay.  We headed to find some ice cream for Katie and had a great thrill as two jets flew right over us!!!  WOOHOO!!!

I love this picture.

Encourage one another,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

And that's a wrap.

I love taking beautiful pictures of people, of places, of things...

 I have, sadly, decided it's too stressful to continue taking pictures professionally.

So I have started saying "no, I'm sorry, I can't."

My last Senior, besides Katie, is Lady Cranley's daughter.
(She is Lady Cranley because Patrick can NOT remember her name.)
I took Lady Cranely's son's pictures a few years ago and she was so easy to work with...
easy going and appreciative...
and her daughter is a I said yes...but I knew this would be the last one.

Here are a few pictures of Julianna....
and following are some pictures I shot of Katie in Chicago.

What a lovely girl.  Doesn't she look like she is from a different time?

people coming

Katie likes the sideways backpack shots.  I do too.
The last picture is one of my faves.
We almost forgot the lions in front of the Art Institute in Chicago....
When I  remembered it was 1:00.
The worst time to take pictures.
But I like the pictures despite the huge blown out areas.

We may take a few more in other locations...or not.

Her pictures are due in a few weeks for the yearbook.


Hey not fini.

When I first signed up for professional printing I had to check the kinds of pictures I would be taking.

I checked children, families, head shots,
and there was a box for Seniors...
and I thought, well....I'll be happy to take pictures of old people.

So I checked that box too.

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'm still here.

So much has been going on...and I am so tired that when I walk in the door all I can do is sit on the couch.
And I forget to post on the blog.

I can add photos to Instagram and Facebook and tweet out stupid things on Twitter from said couch.

But I know it's not the same as the blog.

Katie's visit to Wesleyan was perfect.  She loved the campus. She liked the other students she met on the tour.  Her interview went great! It was a fantastic experience.

She loved staying with Christine and Delaney and Emma and their doggies!
My nephew Peter drove Katie to Wesleyan for her interview and my brother Jim and his wife Tilde came in for a very nice dinner!  She was so loved and taken care was a very special thing.

All the flights went were on time and all connections were made.

To be honest this was my only worry.

When Patrick was 17 he flew to Philadelphia by himself to try out for Jeopardy,  his plane was cancelled in Detroit on the way home.  This was before cell phones.  So he called collect from a phone booth in Detroit with the news.
He managed to get a hotel room and a flight the following day.
What a fright.  I didn't want this to happen to Katie.

Her first solo trip was fantastic thanks to wonderful family and traveling mercies.


Then a few weeks ago my brother-in-law Paulie was given a great honor by the Marinette Wi fire department!  He became an Honorary Fireman!

Paulie started going to the fire dept when he was a little guy.
He has been going for over 50 years!  He loves the men at the fire dept.
He loves the Coke machine.  To this day, when Paulie goes out of town...he calls the men and lets them know he will be out of service.

We are so proud of Paul and we are so proud of the Marinette Fire Dept.

Paul was given a real helmet!  It was super exciting!

He signed the wall with all the other firefighters.

And then.

He got to pick a what truck he wanted to ride home on!!!

Proud.  Happy. Paul.

Summer is flying by.
I have done my final photoshoot. 
We chased the Blue Angels around Chicago.
And we have a few more tricks up our sleeve before Sept arrives.

But I'll tell you about the pics and the planes...

next time.

love you
mean it

donna elsie

Friday, August 04, 2017

What if you watched these movies?

August is here...
Katie is visiting Wesleyan University in Conn.
She loves it.  It is a perfect fit for her.
Even more perfect if she gets accepted.
Her east coast Glyman family has been taking the best care of her. I am so grateful.
Christine, Emma and Delaney and Katie will go to Mystic ( a town on the ocean) today!
They will have nice weather for it...
It is currently 55 degrees here in Wisconsin.
I don't mind that for a day or two in the summer,
it's refreshing.  And I love opening the window and sleeping with fresh air
after a long spell of being all closed up.

Do you need a movie to watch?

Here are two that come to mind that I like a lot.
One I've never mentioned before and an older favorite.

A very sweet romantic comedy.
I have a little crush on Zoe Kazan.  (She is also in this summer's The Big Sick.
You know, the one I was watching when I spilled all that popcorn butter on myself.)
Yeah.  I want popcorn now.

Anyway.  There is something about What if... that makes me keep watching it.
I think I've seen it four times in a year.
The music is sweet...I think that might be part of it.

And a few weeks ago I MADE Emma and her roommate watch ON GOLDEN POND with me.
This movie is hilarious to me and sweet and touching.  I love it.
I remember making the kids all watch it with us...and Patrick Jr. said,
why are we watching this?

Maybe you have to be over 50.
Maybe you have to be married to a beloved  "old poop".
I'm not exactly sure...
but this movie speaks to me like no other.

Watch On Golden Pond.  
Tell me what you think.
And watch What if... too!

Love ya.
Donna Elsie

Monday, July 31, 2017

On the Waterfront

Is there anything nicer than being on the water?
I don't think so.  There always seems to be a breeze and views for days.
I love it.

Here we are on Lake Mendota in Madison.
Madison is an isthmus.
On one side is Lake Monona and on the other side is Lake Mendota.
We have lived here for sixteen years and I have never been out on the lakes.

Last weekend, Patrick's siblings thought it would be fun to rent a pontoon and go for a ride.
Something different for a change.  Such a good idea.
Fortunately two of the cousins knew how to drive a boat :o)
Thanks Hillary and Charlie!!

Katie borrowed her dad's glasses and forgot to put on sunscreen.
Her back is still hurting.  

I sat in the shade, ate Susan's popcorn and drank a Diet Dr. Pepper.
It was perfect.

Are you able to get out on the water very often?

I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.
~Susan Branch

Donna Elsie

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Everything is new...

Hey friends,

I took off for San Francisco last week...
Spent Friday night with Emma and Carolyn (Em's roommate) and ate
very spicy Chinese food in Uptown.
My flight was cancelled and we worked very hard to get me to California at a reasonable time since I was not going to be there very long to begin with.
I lost five hours with Patrick....but we did our best to get there.

Patrick and I went to Half Moon Bay on the sunniest warmest day of the summer.

I am a weather charm in San Francisco.

I have been three times and every time it is sunny and warm on the coast.
NOT at all the norm.

We bummed around, ate at some nice places, and talked and talked.

Patrick scared me to death with his fast driving thru the winding hills.
In fact, I was too scared to meet him at work on I just suck close to his apartment....and folded laundry, read and watched tv.

I have never seen such dry landscape.  It was otherworldly to me.

I found In n' Out.  
It's a California tradition.
It's not my very favorite....
but it was good enough to eat.


Tomorrow I take Katie to Milwaukee to look at the college and museum there.
Next week she is off to Wesleyan (Conn) for a visit and interview.
(She is staying with my niece in a nearby town!  So amazing to be able to call on family for help with this trip. I wish I could go along for so many reasons but it's not working out.  Thank you Christine!!!)

Lots going on.
No news on the job front.
I will sub if nothing else comes along.

I was able to watch the Harry and William documentary about their mother. (on HBO)
It's touching and so sweet.

Our rainy summer is half way over.  

How would you describe your summer in one word?

Love ya
Donna Elsie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

a few of my favorite things...

I went to look at my Pinterest to see if there was some inspiration for a post.
I like looking at my pins.  Still.  I looked in my "beautiful" board.

One of the first things that caught my eye was this hair.
There was a time when I would have hated any boldly colored hair.
But gosh.  I've changed, I guess, because this is gorgeous to me now.

I just adore darling fonts and calligraphy.
Big fan.

This picture popped up in my Facebook feed today.  We were in Destin Florida for a wedding.  I just love the colors and calm, content faces.  

I have a real fondness for white rooms.  The whiter the better.  I think 75% of the rooms I have saved on Pinterest are white.

Flowers. Always flowers.  

And sweet words.


Katie is home.  But she really did leave her heart in Brussels.  She has thought of almost nothing other than how to get back to Europe since Saturday night.

Oh how I wish money grew on trees.

Love and beauty and dreams coming true.

Encourage one another,