Jo Mayne Casey

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In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

ooh, i would make a terrible buddhist…i’m waayy too attached to my stuff.    poor husband has carried innumerable boxes of sh** downstairs, while i keep a pile of  “can’t sell” items that grows every time i walk through the room.  he’s got his own “collections”, but seems to be more willing than i to part with them.  (for now)  while we’re nowhere near being hoarders, we’ve accumulated many things over the years that we keep for no more reason than that we might use it/need it someday….you know, Some Day. 

i’ve tried to pretend that i’m moving, down-sizing, but i know there’s some space left up in the attic….sooo, i’ll schlepp it back upstairs for a while….

week-end wrap-up

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

i’m up and back into the scrubs, headed to school to administer the magic crackers to the 20% of kids who believe.   8 more weeks…

we’ve nearly emptied the attic, preparing for this saturday’s rummage sale and clearing space for the new a/c.  stuff we’re not selling:  boxes and boxes of our kids’ mementos, carefully placed in manila envelopes and marked with the school-year;  2 boxes of my memories, dating back to 7th grade;  old linens, embroidered by grandmother mayne.   there’s plenty of junk, though. 

the weather has been nasty and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get in any big hurry to warm up, even by saturday, but this stuff will be on the porch and tagged and outta here by next sunday evening. 

oh, breaking news:  TLC at darmstadt formally hired me and i’m thrilled to stay on until they get things straightened out up there.  i’ve got to get some music planned for easter, my favorite church music holiday and am verry excited about the prospect. 

my seeds are sprouting and i’m determined to get them to the next stage…sweet william, basil, zucchini and yellow sqash are all showing their lovely limbs.  and the magnolia was undaunted by the snow…


In Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

i stopped at boot city on the way up to michael’s on monday.  i’ve probably passed by the place a hundred times, coming and going, but this was my first visit.  right off, you should know that there’s more than boots there—clothes, sauces, blankets, and even wagon wheel furniture straight out of the trailer.  when i finally made my way back to the boot section, i followed the call of a particular size 7 pair….

positively emmylou--or spiderman

 i’m more than a little bit awed by the power of red cowgirl boots….


olivia, almost 3

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

we played, we ate, we played, we sang…. lovin’ this girl….

i think we’ll be seeing her here at sonnystone in a couple of weeks.  i can hardly wait….

lookit them boots


In Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

just heading up the road about 4 hours to lafayette for a visit shouldn’t entail a cargo van, should it?  it seems i could have just thrown a change of clothes, some toiletries, and my camera into a bag and lit out at daylight….  ookay, 5 bags later— clothes, hair stuff, make-up;  camera; books;  laptop; purse— it’s almost 10am (11 olivia’s time) and i’m almost ready to leave.  it’s tough being a rockstar without a crew.   it’s a beautiful day for a drive and i can hardly wait to see olivia.  

random picture of daffodils


In Uncategorized on March 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

waxing gibbous moon, 98% full, 3/17/11

the moon got caught in the branches of the tree last night, but it wiggled its way out and will go on to a huge completion tomorrow…closest to earth in 18 years…signal to all of us to shake off whatever is holding us back and move into a new season.  or that’s my take on it….

i’ve got some plans for spring break now and can hardly wait!!!

happy st. paddy day

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2011 at 8:13 am

i’ve always been a little skeptical of the “luck of the irish” seeing as how their history is a bit tragic….but no doubt they’ve approached their drama with humor, to say nothing of some good whisky.  my great-great-great grandfather was born in ireland and came to the usa in around 1836,  settling in southern illinois and raising their family with a very strict, almost puritan, protestant ethic.  so i missed out on the great irish-catholic  tradition of honoring st. patrick with drinking and songs, though i certainly have adopted it.   here’s my annual irish blessing, heartfelt and sincere:

These things I warmly wish for you:

Someone to love, some work to do,

A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer

And a guardian angel always near. 

Erin go bragh!!!

week-end wrap-up

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

i was just plain sh@%**y after discovering last friday that i had planned the WRONG WEEK for spring break…we have next week off and all of my arrangements for getaway were for the following week.  i also felt quite stupid…   but nobody could be un-cheered by the weather on saturday:  sunshiney springlike 60’s with a warm wind…   we dropped all the un-done stuff in the house and fairly ran outside to uncover the perennials and pull out the over-wintered plants in the shed.  ahh…  

sunday after church i drove up to the haubstadt antique mall.  it has expanded, adding a lot of floor space for furniture, and i loved it even more.  however, the prices are still high–just like everything else.   i walk around those places and tell myself i can’t buy anything until i get rid of something, so i was inspired to spend the faux-spring-break-week going through the attic and really having a rummage sale this year.  don’t worry, i won’t be selling the family heirlooms, but i have so many things i’ve held on to that i’m starting to feel like a hoarder… 

i’m also thinking easter-egg hunt again this year…anybody on??  i haven’t had my little greats visit  in ages. 

took the camera out, but pictures aren’t up to my standards.  i’ll work on them…

the disaster in japan is heart-wrenching and i feel guilty complaining about my sorry little problems… so let’s all have a good week filled with friends and love.

ash wednesday

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

i’m walking around smugly sporting my ashen cross on my forehead (better than an L).   such a cool christian…that’s me.  actually, i’m very excited about the next 40 days, not only because i love easter and its music, but because i have notified the church that i’m outta there after 4/24.   i want my week-ends back.  it’s been rather disappointing, but i’ve enjoyed every minute at the keyboards, which is why i’m there.  sooo….

it’s time to start seeds.  i’ve inventoried my supplies and am drawing up plans for the spring.   i’m thrilled to set the time forward this week-end, even though i know i’ll have to adjust to the earlier rising.   i’m dusting off the camera and getting back to the garden blog soon, also.  i’m ready….

we’ve got the bathroom mostly finished.   3 companies have given us estimates for air-conditioning so we can take the ugly unit from the window.   after that, i can get some permanent window covering and we’ll really be done.  i love my new shower.  there’s still lots and lots of clean-up,  but i’m ready to stop inside and get outside.  11 days till spring!!!

mardi gras

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

when i was a little girl, my dad would sing the lyrics of “jambalaya” thusly:  good-bye, Doe, me gotta go, me oh myo.  me gotta go see Baby Doe down on the bayou…. i really believed the song was about me…  at any rate, by the time i figured out the “me got to go pole the pirogue down the bayou” part i was well into my 20’s and had heard many versions of it.  it’s still one of my favorite songs—and my rendition isn’t bad, either (if you ask my grandkids). 

 i’m cooking up my version of jambalaya (the  food), hot and hot, to celebrate another fat tuesday;  spending one last night in wanton gluttony before starting the lenten season and its obligatory discipline. 

my mardi gras won’t be a fais do do, but i’m feeling joie de vivre, so laissez les bon temps rouler!!!

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