Monday, September 19, 2016

Emmy Red Carpet 2016


Last night was the 2016 Emmy awards.  The stars really looked beautiful!  So many lovely dresses...
Such variety.  
Jimmy Kimmel was the host and he was pretty funny with a cute opening.  I watched the red carpet and then ran from room to room in my house because the Packers were playing at the same time!

So here we go with my favorite dresses of the night!




Constance Zimmer in a beautiful, feminine Monique Lhuiller dress.
I would prefer just about any hairdo to this one.  But she sure picked out a pretty dress.










Felicity Huffman looked so fantastic last night.  She really was perfection.  It was made by Tony Ward, who I have never heard of before...but I will be watching for him in the future.






Isn't this lovely?  I love it.  
Julia Louis-Dreyfus always looks fantastic.
Her dress is by one of my favorite designers, Carolina Herrera.
Always elegant and feminine.






I loved the back of Julie Bowen's dress.






Kathryn Hahn in a pretty Wai Ming gown.  You know I love that lace on the bodice.  The velvet was a trend...but I felt it didn't quite work in September in the heat.  Still....I love this look.






Kerry Washington in a very unique "maternity" dress.
She looks wonderful.  Love her hair too.



 Perfect. Perfect. oh my. Perfect.
Kristen Bell in her amazing Zuhair Murad dress.








Silver and gold were suppose to be a trend...
Well, Padma Lakshmi from top chef showed all the other stars exactly how to wear silver. 
Dress by Naeem Khan. 
Her hair was darling too...  high pony.







Lovely Priyanka Chopkra wore a beautiful Jason Wu dress.
She was glowing and flowing and seemed very happy in her stunning dress.



Pretty, delicate, gathering made this dress worn by Sophie Turner a fave.






A simple thing like the details in the bodice can be all it takes for me to love a dress.  I am not a fan of big color I guess. (other than red :o)  But gosh, Tina Fey looks so pretty in this.  Her earrings and makeup and hair are flawless.






Allison Janney looks amazing.  I love that top.  LOVE it.




This young girl work the gold trend perfectly!








But the biggest winner was Kristen Bell.
In my opinion, this dress goes in the Fashion Hall of Fame.



Did you watch the red carpet?
What did you love?

Reporting from Wisconsin,
Your faithful fashion reporter,
Miz Booshay







Sunday, September 18, 2016

German Potato Salad



An email from my sister Sue.

I was wondering on the blog about our mom's German Potato salad.  
Here is the email Sue sent.

It is as precious as the recipe.






I bought red potatoes last week to make this recipe.  I was too tired last week to make it...but I got around to it today.  My least favorite cooking job is cooking potatoes.
 (This salad will be for my school lunches.)  

Our mom was 17 when she married our dad.  She learned to cook as a young married girl with lots of children underfoot.  She learned from the women in her life.  I think she was a wonderful cook.

I need to ask Suzy what 'a lot' of potatoes is.  I also wonderful about the making more dressing part.

And so it goes.

Mine turned out pretty well.  I could use more wetness....hehe

I miss Sue.
I miss Mom.


Make this sometime....you can thank Suzy and Esther Jean.

Donna Elsie



p.s.  My spellcheck says learned is not a word.
That is news to me.  Katie says it's learnt.
Can't be.







Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Glasses













Katie has been having trouble seeing the board at school....

And so...










She's so happy with her glasses.
She picked five pair to try on from Warby Parker.
These were her favorites.
She can't wait to wear them to school.


xoxo
Donna







Monday, September 12, 2016

Working.



I have not worked a full time job, outside the home, since 1981.
I mentioned in the comments but realize that I didn't mention it on the front page of the blog that I am working full time at a local elementary school as a special ed assistant.

The job was meant to be just three weeks but has changed into a long term sub job.
The first week was killer.
It was in the 90's and the school does not have air.
I do not do well without air.
I walked three miles each day...says my fitbit.
We start at 7:15.

These three physical things are what made it so hard for me.

I am sure I will gain endurance.
Right?

The children are great. 
The teachers and staff are great.

It will be wonderful to get a paycheck.
Today was late start.  I didn't know it.
I was there on time...even woke up at 5:00.
But next week, I will know. 
It will be a good time to post a blog entry!
:o)









Even tho I am old and out of shape...I guess I am not alone :o)

Encourage one another,
Ms. Booshay


(I found this darling picture on facebook.  don't know who made it.)






Thursday, September 08, 2016

My three grandsons.

It has become a tradition to head to Omaha Nebraska over Labor Day weekend because it is Asher's birthday weekend.  As you know we all just love getting the chance to be together.  It's tiring and quick and wonderful!!!






The party was a tailgating party!  We met with family and friends at a Stormchaser's game.
It was hot and windy.
Then we went in the stadium to watch a little baseball and Matthew and Melinda and Emma chased the children around on the berm.

Asher was brave and got his face painted.





Rawr!!!



Five minutes before we left I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of the boys.
So I grabbed Zeekie and plopped him on the kitchen table.  Melinda and Emma brought the boys up, took their shirts off and we gave it a go.  At first I was not getting any smiles and Zeekie was not having it....but Emma went behind me and grabbed a broom and started waving it around and pretending to hit me.  You can see their expressions as they watch the shenanigans going on behind me!!!



















Asher has become chatty and is now in kindergarten.
Malachi started pre school today.  He is the life of the party.
Zeekie is independent but afraid of us.  He talks now...but not in front of us.

Aren't they just the dearest?


Six, Three and almost two.

Loads of fun and love.
Matthew and Melinda are doing a wonderful job raising their happy boys!


Encourage one another,
Donna



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Six kisses when I wake, six candles on my cake. 2016


I looked up the words to this sweet poem this morning as I could not remember any part of it but the darling end.
What should pop up in google....the second entry....
Quiet life blog title 
Six kisses when I wake,
Six candles on my cake.

December 24, 2005

It was for Katie.

I love that I have a child in high school and a grandchild in kindergarten.
I love my blog for as I get older it is such a source of happy memories and fun times and friendship.

I love our family.
I love that it continues to grow.

So much joy and fun and love.

Love you Asher.
Happy 6th birthday!














author unknown


Love Always,
Donna
Miz Boo
Yaya

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Getting Wet.

The last time I was on a sailboat.
It capsized.
Plop. Right into Green Bay.
We were close to shore and could stand up.  It was not scary.
Just a bit shocking.

The last time I was in a canoe.
It capsized.
Woops.
Right into a shallow river in Rockford Mich.
It was not scary.
Just wet.








I forgot about those spills 
until I sat down to post these pictures.





AS imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away,—
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.
  
A quietness distilled,        5
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.
  
The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone,—        10
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.
  
And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape        15
Into the beautiful.


~Emily Dickinson


Encourage one another,
Donna












Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cleaning up messes...and good things too.

I'm glad it was my fault, cause if my husband had done it I may have been
madder.  haha

Sunday afternoon I ran to the basement to do a load of wash.
Sunday evening my husband yelled to me from the basement that the floor was wet.

It wasn't just the floor...the was under half the basement....carpet.  (foam underneath)
He thought the wash machine was broken and had leaked...
but it turns out that that is not where the water came from.

I grabbed two fans and all the towels and started mopping up.
I mopped up as much as I could and went to bed.
Monday morning, I went down to check on things and water seemed to be still coming in....
from somewhere...

I wondered.

Did I leave the faucet on when I watered the tomato plants on Saturday?

I went outside, of course, in my pajamas to check.  (I hope the neighbors did not see me. But that would have made for a funnier story, I guess. )

And there it was, the faucet was on, just the tiniest bit.

The ground was totally saturated and the window well was full of water.
I bailed out the window well as much as I could.

Headed back downstairs to spin the towels, dry the towels and mop up some more.

I have spun and dried and mopped about ten times now.

This morning it still feels very wet in some sections of the basement...so I will focus on those today.

I am thankful that the wash machine is not broken.
I am getting lots of exercise.

It's a small inconvenience.
(I'm thinking of others.)

It could be worse.



****




Number 2 in the egg series.

TWINS!!!

The egg was bigger than the others...
But I never suspected.
Twin eggs are very rare.

I can remember my mother exclaiming with glee when she got a double yolk.

The things we remember.
They are the oddest things.

I love you mom.
Look!  I got a double yolk!


Encourage one another,
Donna







Thursday, August 18, 2016


Dad and son sing a favorite old song together...


"Dad was a singer throughout his life - he was a Butlin's Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory after he got married and still did a bit of singing on side. His nickname is The Songaminute Man - simply because of how many songs he knows.   In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot - often not recognizing family.   However, now when we've got him singing again he's back in the room. It's these moments that we treasure."
~Simon McDermott with his dad Ted.








*****

Here at home, Katie made a big decision...she decided not to try out for volleyball.
The reasons...complicated and personal...

But she is very happy and relieved.

She still loves volleyball and will play intramurals and maybe some beach in the future.



****

I have a dentist apt. this morning.  I don't mind the dentist...I just mind the bad news I get every time I go.   It's my least favorite part of aging....so expensive. :o(


*****





The other day I took a look at my eggs and thought they looked like Wall-E.
Hi Wall-E!


xoxo
donna boo








Saturday, August 13, 2016

Twins, oh Twins.




Six years ago Katie met up with the Klement's sausage at our local grocery store. 
A few days ago Simone Biles met up with Michael Phelps at the Rio Olympics.

If you ask me...
it's pretty uncanny.

  xoxo
donna elsie


p.s. i did not take the photo on the right.
I think it's from Simon's Instagram.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Olympic Fever



I am winning at the Olympics.
I've got the four stations memorized and I am watching like a champ.

My favorite sports are Michael Phelps swimming,
women's gymnastics, beach volleyball and indoor volleyball.

I've seen some cool rugby, tragic cycling, funny ping pong and snooze worthy soccer.

I've decided Marco Polo should be a sport...cause everything else is...
And I have decided that the opposite of being an Olympian is being a couch potato Olympic watcher.

Ah the irony.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
What is the strangest sport you have watched?


XOXO
donna 
still cheering after all these years

Friday, August 05, 2016

August afternoon.



Hot, with crickets
flowers drooping
cottonball clouds slowly drifting
quiet walks among the bees

August arrives



xoxo
donnaboo




Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Choir, Choir Choir. Inspirational.



A request goes out on social media to come and learn a song and sing....
The song is learned in a few hours.
And then they preform it.

How beautiful is this???

I love it so much!

xoxo
donna


http://www.choirchoirchoir.com/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Round here.



Last Saturday night, between the evening downpours, we visited Buckingham fountain.
In all my years living and visiting Chicago I had never been.  It is very pretty.  I'd have liked to sit and relax...but there are no benches.  
Right when we arrived I heard a band in a distance, Emma said there is always something going on in the city.
Then I heard a song I knew and really loved.
It was Yellow.
By Coldplay.
I grabbed Emma's arm and screeched, COLDPLAY!
She jumped and screamed.  Cause I scared here.  Eeek

But. yep.  It was
 Coldplay preforming at Soldier's Field and we could hear every song and we could hear the crowd cheering and singing along.  
So we had a free concert. 
kindasorta :o)












Just beyond the fountain was a 'wedding tent'.  
They were playing music too.
And they had a Good Humor truck for the guests to have a Chocolate Eclair bare or a Strawberry Shortcake bar.

Cute. Charming. Nostalgic.









Love.







Today is Katie's final day of beach volleyball. The training has been very good and she has enjoyed it.
She, once again, did not have a partner to go to tournaments with.  
All I can think of is....
not. meant. to. be.


Can you believe it is the end of July already?


XOXO
Donna