Saturday, April 22, 2017

love shining down

                               The Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1988 by Van Gogh

Perhaps they are not stars but rather
openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know
that they are happy.

Eskimo Legend

Encourage one another,

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Little Katie posing like a Degas ballerina.

We went to the Art Institute last Saturday.  I'm sure Katie does not remember this picture...
But she LOVES the art institute now...with a passion.  
Both of my girls have become great lovers of art.
Katie is rather emotional about it.
She cried her way thru the museum.  
So many friends seen for the first time...or at least with new eyes.

Today is the most gorgeous day.  It is nearing the 70's and the sun is shinning.
The screen door is wide open and I have in heaven.

Ten years ago we went to Paris.
We loved everything about Paris.
Even the rain did not dampen our spirits!

I traveled three weeks in a row in March.
First I went to Columbia Missouri with my sister Cindy for a baby shower for our niece's baby shower.  Sue's daughter in law and son Wesley are expecting a little girl soon.  We wanted to let them know how happy we were for them and show them some Auntie love in person.
Then Katie and I drove to Omaha for Melinda's Nursing School graduation!!!
We are just so happy and proud of Melinda!  She passed her boards this week too!!!  So all sorts of great things going on in Omaha!  The boys were adorable!  So is their dad.

Last weekend Emma turned twenty-eight. She wrote me and said
"Come to Chicago for my birthday and get matching tattoos."

I told her I would come...but would have to think about that whole tattoo thing.
Emma has two. I have never wanted one.  
But I can not say no to my little red headed girl.
And I figured that I am so old, what does it matter if I die with some ink on my arm.

And so.

Friday night we got matching tattoos.

Our tattoo says,

"hey boo"

Mine is at my wrist.
Katie created the font.

It hurt like the dickens.

So now you know!
I'm a wild and crazy mom.

Love you lots, friends.
Any secret tattoos our there I don't know about?

Donna Elsie.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Zeke. I can't.

Oh my goodness, how could I have waited so long to post.  I am really sorry.

Here is a cute little story.

Melinda says that Ezekial says, "I can't want to."

And today Matthew took Zeke through the car wash and Zeke said, "I can't like it."

How funny is that?  Learning language is hard.  But he is figuring it out....
he'll get his contractions correct in no time.

But for's so cute!

Encourage one another,

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Oscars Red Carpet 2017

 Hello friends!

I had a great time watching the Academy Awards last night.  I was just waiting to hate it because I thought it would be way too political.  But it wasn't.  Yay.  Jimmy Kimmel, who I don't even watch regularly was a fantastic, funny host.  His fake feud with Matt Damon is so funny and made me laugh out loud so many times.  I love when the celebs read mean tweets.  Cracks me up.

The opening song and dance was my favorite....ever. And I am not even a JT fan.  But Justin Timberlake set the tone for a fun and loose awards show.  Brilliant!!!  Plus he sang a tiny bit of one of my favorite songs of all time. (Lovely Day)  

This is Kate Bosworth.  She is arriving at the Vanity Fair party....and well....
It's my favorite.

Taraiji looks stunning in this wonderful dress.  Her necklace was spectacular too.

George and Amal were not at the Oscars...haha...
but I saw this dress on the internet today and had to share it.
Amal is expecting TWINS.

Another after the show dress.  Pretty.

This is the director of Lalaland.  His lovely date is wearing one of my favorite dresses of the night!


Halle Berry.  Her dress is just perfect on her.  Interesting and pretty.
Her hair is unique.  

The thing about Nicole....she takes risks.  I like her better when she dresses like this.
Not with crazy peacocks on her shoulders.

I thought Scarlett Johansen's dress was so comfy and pretty looking.
Not a fan of her hair...but Halle Berry saw her hair and said....I want mine short again...
And I thought.  yes.  

Emma Stone in the perfect dress to win an Oscar in.

Here is her after party look :o)

Hallie Stienfeld.  Or something like that.  This dress was very floaty and beautiful.  It was pretty see through.  It's so pretty.


Emma Roberts wearing a dress so similar to Michelle Williams...but with different textures.  I like them both very much.

Felicity Jones.  I saw this with a belt and thought it was even better that way.  But it sure is my kind of dress.

Gorgeous dress and hair and everything. 

Hey Girl.
I wore ruffles just for you...
to remind you of your high school prom.

Gorgeous.  I actually like this fringy dress better than Emma's....
So pretty.

The bodice of this dress is plain...and so is the skirt....
But the volume of this skirt and it's length made it a favorite of mine.

Hello. Pretty Lady.

Do you like my choices this year?
Did you watch the show?  Did you enjoy it?
I know I left out many pretty dresses...there were so many wonderful dresses!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

oh. hi.

This picture popped up on Facebook.
It is of my mom and her new friend, Sue Scott, in-law-to-be.
Joanie Scott posted it...and I have never seen it before.
Joanie Scott was my sister Nancy's college friend...
Nancy married Joanie's brother Binky soon after our parents died.

As I have mentioned before Sue and Vern Scott were especially sweet to all of the Glyman girls after our parents died.  

If I have it right, this picture was taken in the summer of 1973. 

I could stare at it all day.

So happy to see these happy faces.
Love you.
Miss you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I like to watch.

Hi Friends,

Have you all been watching Victoria on PBS?

It's very beautiful to watch. Victoria's dresses and lace necklines are stunning.

The first two episodes me.

Episodes three and four have been much better.

What do you think? Are you loving it?


I have been sitting very much on the weekends.  Sitting and resting.
Sitting and resting and watching.

All sorts of things on Netflix and Amazon.

Here are some of the shows I have binged on and have been watching lately;

Westworld (HBO) -Science Fiction. Very weird. Robot theme park. Great Acting. Rated R
Stranger Things- Science Fiction. Katie and I both really liked this! Kids. Reminded us of ET.
The Crown- Excellent.  A bit slow.  But most of you will LOVE this.
Victoria- Enjoyable. Beautiful.  Not as good as the movie the lovely The Young Victoria (2009)
The Man in the High Castle (Netflix)- Engrossing. What if the Nazi's won the war and came to America.
Outlander- (Showtime) I love this program.  We do not have Showtime so I purchase the episodes...thus I have only watched the good parts ;o)  If I preview an episode and it is all warring....I skip it and look for Jamie and Claire portions.  I know this is unthinkable to some...but I really don't like warring.
And speaking of War.
Hacksaw Ridge (movie)- Amazing true story of faith during times of war.  I could not watch approximately 1 hour of this film.  Rated Gruesome.
Lion- AMAZING MOVIE.  True story of a man looking for his lost mother and brother in India.
The OA- Science Fiction Thriller. About a blind girl who goes missing and her with sight.
The Leftovers- What happens when there is a partial rapture?
The Path- Aaron Paul in a cult.
Gilmore Girls- Great fun.
The Americans-  can't get into it.
House of Cards- I resisted this for a long time.  But it is kind of amazing. Rated R
History of the Eagles-  You know, the band from the 70's.  We just loved this documentary!!!
Jim Gaffigan Cinco-  WATCH THIS!!  It is hilarious.
Catastrophe (amazon) - This show is hilarious.  It is very racy and raw.  But I think the writing is amazing.

What do I recommend?

If you love science fiction I would pick The OA for you or Stranger Things.

If you love historical, British pieces, I would recommend The Crown and The Young Victoria movie if you have not seen it.

If you like men in kilts, watch The Outlander.  The acting and story are tremendous. (if you do not like nudity on screen, don't watch this.)

For political intrigue watch House of Cards.

For clean comedy watch Jim Gaffigan:Cinco and for very mature comedy watch Catastrophe.

It is Oscar month so TCM is showing Oscar winners all month.  Now, Voyager was on this morning ;o)

Patrick and I check the channel regularly for some fine movie choices.

What have you watched that you would recommend?

Chance the Gardner

Saturday, February 04, 2017

School Marm.

I look like this less often as the weeks go by at school.  Honestly I am met with some situations that have me seriously searching for the right way to react.  

But it's getting better.

And guess what?
I have been asked to stay for the rest of the year.

I am getting the hang of the early hours,
My feet don't hurt anymore.

But for a person who rarely has a cold....
well...I've got another doozy.

Never in my life have a had a person sneeze in my face.
This happens regularly at school.


But every day something fun happens,
I learn new things
and our kiddos do something great!
They teachers I work with are hard working and dedicated, they are sweet to the children and tireless.

(Sometimes I wish I could choose the curriculum...haha
that was a highlight of homeschooling....)

But the school I am at is very hands-on and takes many field trips.
I never taught my children about electricity...with batteries and solar pads and wires, switches and lights and buzzers. But learning about electricity in class this week was interesting and informative. I liked how the class worked in groups (or alone) to figure out how it all worked.
Everyone was engaged.  
It was a good week.

Katie is in Chicago at a Model UN meeting again this weekend.
I don't hear much from her when she is gone.  Hope it's going well.


Thank you all for the kind, thoughtful comments on the last post.
They meant so much to me.


Monday, January 30, 2017

One week ago...

I'm sorry I've been gone so long.  
The worst possible thing has happened...

Patrick and Shelby's baby could not make it.
Shelby did not feel any little kicks so she went to the Dr. office to have a check up.
There she got the worst news.
They could not find a heartbeat.

Poppy was born the next day.
She was 31 weeks and weighed three pounds and was 17 inches long.

Patrick and Shelby were very thankful that they could meet her and see her pretty little face.
They held her and loved her for hours and they will never forget those precious moments with her.

As hard as it is for us....
it is a million times worse for them.

Please pray for them.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

What really haunts me....

This picture.  
Out of all the pictures I have ever taken....
this is the one that haunts me.

It was taken in 2011.
We did not know Emma had epilepsy.

When you learn that you have epilepsy you are told to be careful of certain situations;
Swimming, bathing, climbing up high...

And I think of all the times Emma swam and bathed and climbed up high...

And I am ever so thankful that she did not get hurt....
or fall off of a 32 story building.

True anxiety thinking about this.

But it didn't happen.
But what if it did.
But it didn't.

God has taught me a lot of things.
But the greatest of these is love.

We may have political differences...
there may be tattoos.... ;o)
Some people may have big opinions...
and be rather dramatic.... 

But with the help of God's love and His ways of forgiveness...
love deepens and relationships thrive.

I am keenly aware of how fragile life is.
Fragile and fleeting.

Let nothing come between you and your loved ones.

"We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable.  It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives."
~Maya Angelou

Encourage one another,

Monday, January 09, 2017

Red Carpet 2017. The Golden Globes.

  In no particular order....

I loved the risk of this dress.  This year since I was following the red carpet in pictures on the internet, I was not able to see the dresses move until I watched the show.  The moving dresses are much better in most cases.  I love color and prints and this is just so interesting and different.
Olivia Culpo looks stunning in her Zuhair Murad gown.

This is beautifully classic with a modern feel.
Cristy Teigen in her Marchesa.

I really love Kristen Wiig in her Reem Acra dress.

Viola Davis in Michael Kors.  This dress was perfect on her.  She looks beautiful.

I thought this dress was yellow...but it is gold.  I think it is a risky choice....something we haven't seen before.  Beautiful.  
Kerry Washington/Dolce

Zoe Saldana.  
This is my favorite.  LOVE.


Milly Bobby Brown from Stranger Things in the perfect dress for a 12 year old.
Jenny Packham the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate)
Milly is from England and is delightful.

This dress stood out on stage.
Naomie Harris looking sparkly and gorgeous.

Prada makes a maternity dress for Natalie Portman.  It is so lady-like and vintage-y and regal.
I just love it.  They call this color green....I thought it was yellow...but I can kinda see it as green if I squint.  Lovely.  So lovely.

Caitriona Balfe from Outlander in a unique dress.  The fabric and flower and cut are gorgeous.
Personally I would not have gone with the Chicago Bears colors.  Not sure what color I would pair with that blue...
What do you think?

A very sweet moment from the show.  Dev Patel walked out with the little boy he acts with in Lion.
Their suits look identical and it was just the cutest thing....
They were both absolutely adorable and charming.

That's it for now.
I've got to get ready for school.

Love you.
Miss You.

Tell me what you think?

Encourage one another,

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Golden Globes...getting ready for the red carpet.

Well.  Not in the way they do in Hollywood.  No hair dresser,  no dress fitting,
no tickets to the show.

Just the Quiet Life way.

Scrap of paper,  a pen,
and my very humble opinion.

I'm excited to see all the pretty dresses.
It's been too long.

Love the checked Carolina Herrera

Any of these would be lovely.

See you tomorrow...

Fingers crossed for Lion.

Because it's the only one I've see. 



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Company, like fish....


We have had such a fun week.  We dashed off to Omaha on Monday.
I made steak bites for dinner and Matthew and Melinda made mashed potatoes.
Don't you think it is hard to cook at someone else's house.
The steak bites were a little rare...but I think most everyone liked them.

Emma had gone to Omaha for Christmas so we all got to be together and open presents together on Monday.
Tuesday Melinda (daughter-in-law) invited Shelby(newest daughter-in-law) over for a little baby shower.  (Shelby was given a shower by her family on Tuesday the 22nd and we weren't able to make we had a little party on the 27th.)

We are all so excited for Shelby and Patrick.  
They will not be finding out the sex so we are all being patient and having fun with thinking of names.  Patrick and Shelby have been talking baby names for as long as they have been together...

I'm pretty sure it will not be a Bible name.
And it will not be a common popular name.

The other big question...will the baby have red hair?
Most of us think yes.

But we will all have to wait until March.

Shelby stayed the whole day of our little shower and we were able to talk and talk.
It was such fun.  

We watched "That Thing you Do".... and I made the girls laugh til they cried with a goofy comment.
But it's one of those 'you had to be there' things.

Katie and I went to see "Lion" on Christmas.  It is a wonderful, touching movie.
Beautifully acted by Dev Patel.
I hope he wins all the awards.

And the grandboys....

They are smart and silly and active and beautiful and loud and very very wonderful.

It just doesn't get much better.

Wishing you smiles and giggles and big huge laughs.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas.

There came a little child.
Emmanuel, God with us.

Blessed Christmas to one and all,