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 were....er...um...boring...to 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 return....now 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?
Thanks!

XOXO
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.
woo

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.

Oy.


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.

Love
Donna






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.


Love 
Donna

















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.... 
*me

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,
Donna








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.

Gucci





Milly Bobby Brown from Stranger Things in the perfect dress for a 12 year old.
Jenny Packham dress...like 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.


Okay! 
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,
Donna 



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.

Home.
Couch.
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. 

Silly.


Love
Donna

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Company, like fish....

Hello!

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 it...so 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.

Love
Donna





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas.






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



Blessed Christmas to one and all,
Donna


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.



"It was a Christmas as unique as any other.
For every year the mystery unfolds itself anew.
And late in life,
I came to see that faith, like hope, is a rope and anchor in a shifting world.
Faith cannot be questioned, only lived.
And if I could not grasp it then, 
I felt its heartbeat,
which was love."

~Call the Midwife




Drink your wine.
Laugh with your gut.
Burden your moments with thankfulness.
Be as empty as you can be with that clock winds down.
Spend your life.
And if time is a river,
may you leave a wake.
~N.D. Wilson



Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.


Where Charity and Love are, God is there.



Encourage one another,
Donna


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Is it almost Christmas?



Ginny came to us in December.
She had a bit of a wonky eye.






I have been looking back at some of my old blog posts.   I was looking at December 2006.  
I was pretty stressed over Christmas preparations.  
Some how, I have lost all urgency to get it all done.  

Is this age?
I have this calm attitude...


We still don't have a tree. 
Katie and I will head out after school tomorrow to pick one up.

We will decorate at a slow, leisurely pace.
With doing a little bit each day ...it will all get done...
and
all will be well.

I hope you are feeling the peace and comfort and joy of the season.
I hope you are enjoying the lights that your neighbors have hung.
and 
I hope you are watching loads of Christmas movies.

Encourage one another,
Love to all

Donna










Sunday, December 04, 2016

December has come....

  
We are getting our first snow this winter.  It's light and gentle and quiet and since we have no where to go today...it's welcome.

I realized I hadn't posted since before Thanksgiving and thought I better sit down and share some quiet pictures.




     

I took this panorama shot with my phone.  It's Washington Park.  
Who knew Emma and I would go to New York and love the parks so much?





Emma came home for Thanksgiving.  
I cooked dinner on Saturday so she could eat my delicious food.  (She had to work on Friday.)

I wanted to take a few pictures.  







Patrick came out to take our picture.
I love this one so much.





This is how I felt about the Gilmore Girls Netflix series.





I loved it.  

A little back story about my Gilmore Girls obsession...
The first time I watched the whole series of Gilmore Girls I was annoyed by almost everything. 
Except Luke.  Then I watched it again.... and again.
I hated Emily...and then I understood her and liked her.
I skipped the annoying sections and annoying people (so many annoying people) and focused on the love stories.

But I didn't care about all that....I could not wait to see what the  original creator of Gilmore Girls had in store for the reunion.

I wanted more of Luke and Lorelei.
I wanted more of Stars Hollow.

The series started out a little off but I didn't care.
I loved it anyway.
The final chapter was fantastic.
I confess there were a few times I fast forwarded...
but there are also a few parts I have watched three times too.

I love the Gilmore Girls....Emily included.






Yesterday I watched the good parts of the second season of Outlander.
Jamie and Claire.
Forever.

They are the best, most real kissers I've ever seen on screen.
They mean it.

And I will be watching the best parts again and again.
The season finale was fascinating and INCREDIBLE!


Someone yelled at me on the internet for just liking the Claire and Jamie romance part of Outlander....
I did not respond....and I don't care. 

:op

I love a love story.


Hope you are having fun getting into the Christmas mood and spirit.
No tree yet....here....

I'm sure we will get around to it....


Encourage one another,
Donna














Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quiet Life friends.




This is Ryan.  She is joyous and full of fun.
I mean...who can pull off this pose!  
Now that I think of it....Katie used to do this all the time!
Ryan has been visiting the blog for a super long time. 
She has lived in Soho for quite a few years.  We stayed in her neighborhood.
Emma and I had brunch with Ryan at Jane on Sunday.
She was so fun to meet in person.  
We couldn't stop talking....the waitress was so patient with us :o)
She has had a hard year medically....really, really hard.  But she is not bitter.
She is a real fighter.
A true inspiration.

I have some more hilarious pictures of Ryan....
you will have to wait for those...










Love this girl.

(Will and Grace building in the background.)





We went to Grand Central Station.
It's a beautiful place.
The light was not very interesting.
So I made it more interesting.











After our visit to Grand Central Station we met up with Monica at Central Park.
We took the subway to Columbus Circle.  I wanted to see this place for a few reasons.  I've seen it on TV and it is the fountain that Carrie and Aidan break up in front of.  Can you imagine it?
She was wearing white. It was night.

I digress.
As Emma and I climbed up the stairs we could see Monica standing at the top...waiting for us.
It was the sweetest thing!  Imagine, you have never met a person...and they are waiting for you with open arms...it's a precious thing.
A quick aside, Monica wrote me when she read that I was coming to New York.  I didn't recognize here name from the comments...but something clicked...
I had remembered a New York woman sending me a picture from a J. Jill store in New York last winter....when the trees were up in the stores.  
I went back to look through my mail.  
And there it was, an email from Monica.

She wondered if I ever met up with people from the blog.
I said, yes I do!
And she offered to be our Central Park guide.
It all worked out so perfectly.
Monica is kind and encouraging.
She is a little unsure of living in this big city....but she LOVES the parks.
She loves the trees.

(We could not go near Columbus Circle due to security barricades....it is right next to a Trump building and people were protesting.)






Get a load of this man.
Not moving for anything.

pest.









Emma and Monica had a chance to talk and talk as I was determined to take pretty pictures.
It worked out great.  I kind of get in the photo taking zone...and I don't think Monica felt like I was ignoring her....Emma picked up the conversation slack...while I stood behind my camera.

There is that man.  





Beautiful Bethesda Fountain.






This is the building and bridge shown in the titles of An Affair to Remember.
See all those people.  

Oy.





I wanted to see the Plaza.  "The Way We Were" filmed the final scenes in front of the Plaza.

"Your girl is lovely Hubble."






Instagram of the pond. I'm so glad I thought of a reflection shot.
I never think of a reflection shot.    It worked.





Monica wanted to show us a few statues in the park.
This is Hans Christian Anderson.
It was set in a quiet little spot....
I noticed the placque....




And I teared up for the first time....




Thank you Monica for the most wonderful tour. 
I just know we would enjoy finding the quiet little parks of Manhattan together,
wandering, meandering, talking, and laughing.



Can you believe the lovely weather we had and how pretty the trees were?
Fast friends.
The best of times.

Donna




Sunday, November 20, 2016

A little bit of France on Spring St.

Saturday morning we headed out to walk the Brooklyn Bridge and ride the Staten Island Ferry.
We needed to go to a different Subway stop.
This one was in the opposite direction than the one we had walked to and from each time we left the apartment.  We walked toward Spring St.  
When we got our corner we looked around to try to find a place for breakfast.
I asked a woman at the stop light if she knew of anything nearby.
She was just walking a friend's dog...and had to think a little bit about it....but then she said, "the cronut bakery is just down the street."  

Eureka!!!

Yes.  Of course I want to go there!!!

We found it easily.  Just two blocks down.
Right there. 
A perfect french bakery.




I got a cronut.  I didn't know it would come in a special box.
How about this packaging?
What words to use for this packaging?

c'est magnifique






We waited in line.
A little while.  Nothing terrible.

Emma chose a ham and cheese croissant.






The cronut of the month was maple pecan salted sugar.
It was absolutely delicious.  
It was remarkable.
It was fantastic.







We were lucky to find a little spot to sit.

Sitting is important to me.








I also ordered an almond croissant.
Flakey. Almondy. Perfection.
I have not had such a perfect croissant since we were in Paris.










Go here.
It was my favorite place to eat in New York.
This and the bagels.

But I think Dominique Ansel's bakery was exquisite....
my favorite.

189 Spring St.
New York, New York






Then we subwayed our way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
It was a beautiful day as you can see.
There is a walkway down the middle and the cars travel below the walkers on the right and left.









We took a picture of a stranger and he offered to take our picture too.
Guess he didn't notice the cable shadow going across my face.
Oh dear.  
What cha gonna do?  I am sure he was transfixed by my amazing style.
He did however make it look like we were the only people on the bridge.
That's magic!


Next up.
Staten Island Ferry.
The free way to see the Statue of Liberty.


ttfn
Donna