Jo Mayne Casey

Archive for December, 2012|Monthly archive page

Drink a cup o’ kindness…

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Wishing you all a verry Happy New Year celebration and may 2013 be filled with peace and joy for all of us, every one!!

038 (2)

…  Be kind..!

Looking Back…

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

2012 turned out to be a good year…Very Good, actually.  It started rather poorly with the Lutherans throwing me out without a word.  I have to admit, that was a really low time for me.  I really thought I’d… well, I didn’t think it would turn out that way.  In time, I came to a deeper understanding of my life and Who I serve and How I serve.  But it took some Time, as everything Important does.

By Spring Break, I was ready for Yet Another Lesson:  Spring Break must not be spent doing Nothing; lack of structure caused conflict in the marriage.  What I did good that week:  quit smoking cigarettes.

Yes, in 2012 I Finally quit with the ciggies;  however, I gained 20 pounds—yes 20 pounds..!  I’m a little sick about that, but I’ll work on it in 2013.  The weight is just one of the physical negatives of 2012—the saga of the sagging jowels continues unabated and I gave up a few more teeth.

In June we started in with the traveling and  didn’t stop…NYC via Mayberry; Walt Disney World; Nashville; Louisville; NYC for Thanksgiving; NOLA for Christmas.  We’re on a roll that we plan on continuing throughout 2013.

My work as school nurse has given me great joy;  my job at Ellis Park was fun, too.  All of the people I work with, all of the folks I met up with and was honored to help have contributed to a great year.

I continued to enjoy my gardening, both at home and with SWIMGA.  The drought was no fun and neither was my water bill, but the Better Boy tomatoes, fresh from the vine, were worth every bit of pain.

I bought a baby grand piano and have spent countless hours tinkling the ivories, mostly jazz standards, some Beethoven (quite a change from All Lutheran Liturgy 2011).

Honored Above All: my grand-daughters have delighted me…   Kindergarten graduation, pre-school programs, first steps…Watching them grow is the Absolute Best…  As always, our visit to Walt Disney World, Princesses & Mickey Mouse was full of Love.  Our Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration in NYC was super.  The Actual Christmas was different this year;  our family was not together physically, but we laughed over the wires and across the miles we held each other near.

Not so great was my sister’s decision to cancel celebrating Christmas with me, but I wish her well and hope that she finds peace in whatever course her life takes.  I’m sorry that our country is too fractured to have civil discussions and wish we’d all put our differences aside.

Every day I  have read;  I bought many new books for my library, including Billy Collins, Wendell Berry, and Hayden Carruth.  I also bought a 140-year-old copy of Josephus’ Antiquities in perfect shape…  Most days I have written and have posted over 300 blog entries:  Sonnystone Acres and Growing Every Season are followed by hundreds of folks and I am grateful for each of my readers.

My home is my haven, my own little paradise where Harmony rules.  My marriage is strong and growing.  I look forward to 2013.

Some years have not been so Great …some years ahead will challenge my strength, as well.  So Thanksthanksthanks for This year, 2012, that wasn’t so bad and mostly good.  Amen.

last call for nola pics…

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone…

051

I was truly mesmerized by this bar…maybe because the hurricanes were verrry good, or just the hypnotizing effect of circling the booze and looking in the mirrors.  I took a lalalot of pictures trying to capture both Casey and myself in the mirror,…

040

041

046

more along bourbon street…

122

124

126

097

108

eine kleine nachtphotos (new orleans at night)

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

 

bourbon street…

121

 

106 (2)

 

118

 

street artist (our favorite)

116

 

Legends Park (with Steamboat Willie)

098

101

my personal favorite (currently)

130

walkin’ through new orleans

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

015

 

038

 

043

 

067

 

076

 

075

 

 

106

 

092

 

085

 

 

Merry Christmas!!

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2012 at 3:47 am

012

 

“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”   —

sonny was here…

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

our famous cat, Sonny El Gato, for whom Sonnystone Acres was named, was put in the witness protection program back in 2004.  Occasionally I hear from him, but his presence is verry present here in Nawlins..:

053

 

079

116

 

118

 

122

We stopped back at the hotel to pick up our refillable hurricane gallon-jar;  now we’re back out for more walking…  I Love this place…

fishbowls and wings…

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

we made excellent time driving to the big easy today…and we’re feeling right at home…

018

035

tomorrow we’re going to get serious…jazz brunch, art galleries, po’ boys and french market…but tonight it’s just hurricane fishbowls and bourbon street…

019

023

nawlins, look out..

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

we’re packed (nearly) and getting ready to roll for a creole christmas in new orleans and all that jazz.  10 hours and we’ll be there…  stay tuned, friends.

last day…of school (2012)

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

Yes! Only one more day of school and then we’re off on Christmas vacation (cue Holiday Roa….d).   I got the cards mailed out yesterday morning morning and last night bottled up what’s left of the infused bourbon…

002

011

Casey worked a double-shift last night, protecting our highways from the Big Wind that is whooooshing around these parts.  He spent Wednesday evening painting the bed he built for Emma’s American Girl Dolls…

008

This project started out as a Christmas present, but is now a Birthday present.  Worth waiting for, doncha think?

We’re headed over to Olivia’s PreSchool Christmas program this morning, then it’s on to PH for the festivities.  It’s looking like a very merry Christmas is on its way..!

%d bloggers like this: