Jo Mayne Casey

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15 years ago…

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm

october 31—not just halloween, not only reformation day, but also the 15th anniversary of the day my daughter moved Away…not to NYC, like you might expect…but to West New York, New Jersey……

that’s about 10 minutes from the very Hoboken, New Jersey that I’m looking at on TV—pictures of flooded, blown-apart devastation…

i remember looking at the skyline as i waited for the bus to take me across the lincoln tunnel to the port authority at about 35th? 36th?   south of that bus stop is dark now, underwater in some spots…

as relieved as i am that the casa at 102nd between 1st&2nd is okay…this ..still..gets to my heart…

in the 15 years since melissa left college for nyny, i’ve seen the landscape change, but…but…this is just…what can i say..

i’m very proud of my daughter and the home she and her husband have established for their daughters; i Love New York City…

But it is occasionally  heart-breaking…

xoxoxo

worry with me..

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

i am worried sick over NYC…Lord, this looks like hell.  you may know, melissa and her family are okay, but without power.  i’m not going to make frivolous calls and use up their batteries, so i’m trying to distract myself with my own trivial complaints…and it’s Not working…

at least they’re safe, i know…but what do the days ahead hold for them?  how long will it be before they can even get out and see where their car floated to?  they are very near the east river and i’m sure the water surged all over their usual walk to emma’s school;  what will be left?  what’s going to happen with that crane???

so you see why i’m not going to bother her with my frantic questions…

and what about me?  why does my whining suddenly seem so selfish and…uhm, whiney..?

deep breaths…everything is going to be All Right…  (this is the first time i’ve had the News on since August…glad to see the old Heads again)

take care, new yorkers…xoxoxo

eggs-over-easy & bourbon

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

casey was the cook last night…

the bacon was a little crisp, but the eggs were just the way i like them…perfect with a little b&w…

lows were mid-40’s and they’ll be in the upper 30’s all week, but the fire was warm enough…

this picture reminds me:  i heard some scarey sounds coming from the woods last night and i’m pretty sure the goblins and spooks have returned.  anybody who’s brave enough to come by After Dark and go down there will receive a special treat…just let me know when…(not monday) and we’ll have a fire and some flashlights ready…

Boo!

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

after a supper at hilltop, we accompanied the jrs to mesker park zoo’s halloween extravaganza…

our little princess rapunzel with the lit-up boots had a great time practicing her “trick-or-treat” ing and posing…

and topped it off with some fancy pumpkin-painting…

we don’t really get trick-or-treaters here at sonnystone unless friends bring by their kids/grandkids…we’ve got some candy ready just in case, so bring your little spooks on…

campfire I

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 7:26 am

the warmth left the area last night while we slept, blowing in cold rain… it’s quite a drop from last night when we soaked up the last of the warmth around a campfire…

ali, ben, noah, sam, lauren, alex, berkeley, briley, michael, jess and olivia came by last night for a walk…err..run in the woods:

hot dogs, s’mores, perfect weather…

with the temps dropping down into the 30’s now, it’s time to put away the camper.  i was hoping to have one more campfire before we batten down the hatches…  the week-end looks promising,,,

other people’s gardens

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

when i signed on to water the reitz home garden (for master gardeners) 10/21 through 11/2, i didn’t expect to be Still watering…  it was back in late june and in the heat of those days, i figured it would be Winter by now…   but instead it’s this glorious indian summer….   if you’ve never visited the home, now is a good time to go.  the urns are always beautiful (the east one is a little burned up, but you can’t tell unless you look closely):

but this picture of the shade garden showcases the beauty of the sunset washing over the plants and inspired me…again:

have a wonderful day, y’all…

good mornings…

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

the path down into the woods that we call solla sollew (where they never have troubles, at least very few) is especially beautiful this time of year…the path winds for about 1/3 mile…

then emerges into our meadow…

it’s soo inspiring…but you’ll have to add your own homily, poem, or meditation;  i’ve got to get to work.

have a great day..!

winning…

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

attended:

listened, learned from the garden guy:

winning ticket netted:

what the aich is it, you ask?  it’s $75 worth of compostable leaf bags and the plastic insert/handle to hold them up while you rake in the leaves…i think.  anyway, it’s just what i needed…

i hope this is the start of a winning-streak…i think i’ll make a visit  to the instant race room at ellis this week…or buy a lottery ticket…at the very least, a scratch off…

the weather was sure a winner today.  i took some lovely pictures of the path down into the holler…i’ll share those over at the garden blog tomorrow…

what’s goin’ on…

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

it’s been a busy week here at sonnystone…but all of the activity has taken place off of the premises.  between 50cent beer on tuesday and prix fixe wednesday, we’ve become regular patrons of the backstage.  we took advantage of the $5 cabo wabo thursday night at hacienda again— the waitresses all feel like they’ve gotten a raise.  though i’d bought plenty of groceries at the walmark on monday, i just haven’t been up to the chef-ing; various stressors at work have contributed to my need to be waited-upon.  we did stay home tonight, but ordered in from our neighborhood pizzeria.

menopause, the musical, was hilarious, but not as funny as lana and me… in case you didn’t catch it on facebook, we took a picture of our houston-based-cousin along and she was the life of our little party.  seriously, we got very few “likes” on the fun and i’m kinda miffed…  at least ronna appreciates our humour…  we’re going to have to get together in nola like we’ve been planning for Years…

tomorrow is our master gardener garden convention and the speaker is a guy i’ve always enjoyed:  paul james, the garden guy.  his show, on hgtv, was my favorite years ago, but i haven’tt watched it in a while.  his part of the conference is a q&a, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  we have these programs every other year, but they’ve always been at usi.  this year it’s being held at the casino convention center and that sounds so much smaller that i’m going to have to get there early for a look-see to scout out a good seat.  some local speakers will talk about medicinal herbs and native species;  there will be plenty of vendors.  i have bought some nice daylillies and bulbs at these things in the past, so i’m hoping to find some good stuff this year.  i’ll be taking the camera for live reporting from the show…

but that means i have to get up earlier than usual in the morning…so i’m off for some beauty sleep.

recap

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

what a great time i had..!   i reallyreally needed to spend some time with my daughter.  her family is just soo heart-warming.   i feel better now…thanks.

i didn’t take my Nikon with me;  instead, i packed an old FinePix 3.2mp that casey was trying to throw away…it sucked.  then i started using the instagram feature on my phone, and felt insecure about “sharing”…so i came away with very few pictures and none that i can post right now…and later we’ll have moved on…

in my mind, imbedded in my brain among the endorphins, are the images of Emma and Eliza, their parents, and me playing and laughing and eating and laughing some more.  the weather was lovely, so i was able to enjoy Central Park and walking, also.  Bonus:  Andy Warhol exhibit  at the metropolitan museum that included basquiat’s “head”, several by jeffrey koons, cindy sherman and other intriguing artists; thanks to the sorgis it was topped off with luncheon at Petrie Gallery there.

i always enjoy the dining in nyc because i pay close attention to the blogger “eat something, say something”, and this trip was no exception…! i hoped it would be my last hurrah before getting some control on my over-eating.  maybe tomorrow…had to make a visit to the funeral home this afternoon and fear-of-dying always makes me hungry…

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