Thursday, February 01, 2018

Happy February!

Things are quiet here at our humble home.  Most weekends I can not rise from the couch.  So I live vicariously thru my sister Cindy and her husband.  They are making the most of the winter this year with ice skating, tubing and snowshoe luminary walks.

I watched the most recent episodes of Outlander last weekend.
Thirteen episodes. Two days.  It was a very good season.










William and Catherine have been busy.
They are on a Scandinavian tour.  
(Golden Globes were too boring.  All black.)
Therefore I will show you the colorful and interesting dresses and outfits that Catherine has been wearing this week.




Sporty Kate.  This is how we all look at recess.  Our fur poms are not fox tho.





The crowd was stingy with flowers for Catherine. 
William needs a hat.








What an interesting dress.






Remember when Diana wore this red houndstooth fabric?
Cute little Chanel purse.





Katie wore this pretty white dress under the red houndstooth,
I like it.  





I like this dress very much.  Especially the sleeves. :o)






Brown is the new black.
I like it.




Very sweet.






How lovely.




Just glowing and flowing and looking gorgeous.



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Harry and Meghan were out attending an official function and Meghan wore pants.
I think she looks perfect.  Like that blue on Harry too.





That is it for today.
Stay warm and take care!

Encourage one another,
Donna




Monday, January 22, 2018

Poetry can be difficult to understand.























Well, not all poetry is difficult to understand.

You know I like the simple, witty worded, nature inspired poetry.  I love the beautifully crafted sentence.  A vision in words.

Honestly,  it takes me many readings
to understand some more challenging pieces.
And sometimes hearing it read out loud helps.

Take the following Sonnet.








Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds   
Admit impediments. Love is not love   
Which alters when it alteration finds,   
Or bends with the remover to remove:   
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;   
It is the star to every wandering bark,   
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.   
Love ’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks   
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,   
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.   
  If this be error, and upon me prov’d,   
  I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.




I have heard this verse used in movie weddings, Jane Austen movies and in the Sex and the City Movie.

I am just beginning to understand it completely.
It's beautiful.

This line I do not completely get....

It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 

I understand until 'although his height be taken."


I do love that sonnets such as this are used in popular culture as much as they are....
I would not have 'met' them....
and I like learning new things.
New beautiful things.



Encourage one another
Donna







Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Just a little photoshoot.



On Saturday Patrick, Katie and I went to Chicago to meet Emma's honey James.
We had not met him yet and really wanted to meet this man who had completely won Emma's heart.
We ate at Fork in Lincoln Square and talked and told stories and started getting to know James.
I brought my camera along because I wanted to take some couple pictures.  Emma shared with me how much they cared about one another....and well.... I wanted pictures!




A little American Gothic pose.





The essence of James.



We stood in a very chilly spot under the "L".
The light was definitely not 'right'.

But the way James looks at Emma....
Something special there....



They turned out so nice...
And by the way.  We were all freezing. 
They are not complainers.  Like me.
But I spotted some honest to goodness chattering teeth.









Wait...



 Where you going James?






Oh my gosh!

a proposal



At this point....I positioned myself as a photographer...
And tried my hardest.  Now I am not mom...
I am photographer ....  wanting to record this surprise, this amazing moment.
I only spoke once.....









I said. 
Go slow.













Oh and I said one more thing....
Did you say 'yes'?

Because all I could hear was clicking.
And that's okay.

I was honored to be there to see this amazing, precious moment...
but I also wanted them to have their private moment too.

So when they started to hug and kiss and whisper to one another....
I turned to the side and gave them a moment.

A perfect surprise proposal.




Emma and James have only known one another for a short time...
But they fell in love very quickly.  
For sure it was interest at first sight...
and very possibly love at first date.

Patrick and I have total peace about Emma and James.
Emma has never been happier and so sure.
James' parents say the same of him.

James lives in Missouri and grew up with Cindy's sons.  Cindy has know Jimmy since he was very young.  She loves him like a son.  Having this sweet connection is reassuring in a way. 
You can only imagine how excited and delighted Cindy is!!!

I have no doubt that James will fit into our family is a great way and these two are going to have a wonderful life together.

For as long as they both shall live.


With love and joy,
Donna



Favorite parts.
The kisses.
The hands.
The head touches.
The hand touches.
The leaning.
How they look at one another.

The Stats.
12/30/17
Seven degrees
Lincoln Square, Chicago







Friday, December 29, 2017

Always Get Up.

 We are very fortunate to have these three little fellows in our lives.  They are fun, wild, silly, smart little boys and we love them so much.





Ezekiel.  Baby Boucher.
Not growing up.





Little Sassafras.






At one point I directed Katie to lick me.  
I think that's when they lost it.




Caption this.


spontaneous kissing.
the best kind









Katie and I drove to Omaha on Wednesday and came home Thursday.
Everyone is busy but I wanted one last visit this winter.  
Won't be until Spring or Summer when we get to be together again.

Driving home was horrid.  It was dark.  Little flurries came down just enough to wet the roads.   My headlights are so dim they are a menace.  I said to Katie, if we crash and I die and you live, you must sue Honda for selling cars with these ridiculously dim lights.  Did you know there is not a standard?  Well.  There should be.  I could not see fifty feet in front of me with the brights on.  Anyone else notice this problem?  For two hours I felt like I was driving into a black hole.  A nightmare I tell you.  A nightmare.

I will not be driving at night any more.  

I came home all shaken up.... 
Serious anxiety over it all.

Tomorrow we are going to Chicago for lunch.  
Emma has a boyfriend and he is visiting her for the weekend.  We 
would just love to meet him, so we are going down to the city for a how-do-you-do lunch.


Patrick is coming and he will be driving.
My least favorite holiday is coming.
But this year I will be happy to say Goodbye to 2017.

Big challenges and tragedies,
Big disappointments and worries.

But forward I will look with hope in my heart and thankfulness on my lips.

I mean. Just look at those happy boys.


And as for 2018...

Rule #1




Love You.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie