Jo Mayne Casey

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Spring Break 2013, redux

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

It was quick.  Despite the airline cancellations, the weather was merely rain and I cruised into NYC Monday evening, right on time.   Arriving at the Jose’ Casa, I was hugged and loved by all.  As usual, Melissa and I were up all night talking, catching up.

Here’s the background:  my daughter is the assistant director of music (or something like that) at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Yorkville.  While I”m not so sure of the title, I know that it involves a lot of practicing and performing, as well as some organizational duties that probably go unnoticed, but take up lots of time.  Holy Week is a marathon for any church musician (I can testify) and in addition to all of that she was finishing the St. Joseph School yearbook (where Emma attends) to send to the printers.  All of this is to explain that I was Nanny jo-jo this week…   Emma had an unexpected day off of school on Wednesday and only a half-day on Holy Thursday, off again on Good Friday, so I earned my keep and had an absolute blast.  The weather, though not sunny-sweet, was spring-ish enough that I only needed a sweater   on most days and not even that on Saturday.

Eliza is 2 and talking up a storm, obsessed with the movie “Despicable Me”, good-natured and smiley;  Emma is 7, a school-girl who helped me with her sister, reads like a champ, and is always my best buddy.

I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art and visit it nearly every time I go to New York, and I have Never had a visit that I didn’t walk around Central Park.   With Eliza and Emma as faithful companions, that’s all I need…

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A little morsel…

This trip was enhanced by Fried Olives…I loved them and stopped at Cavatappi’s three times!!  to enjoy them…obviously, I wasn’t alone…

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hanging out at home

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Central Park

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After we had scootered through the park, we came up with a diabolically clever plan to surprise the parents with Easter baskets!!!  We stopped by the neighborhood Deals store and stocked up on candies (and bunny ears for the kids).  Emma was so excited and it was difficult for her to keep the secret, but when we presented the gifts at dinner that evening, Melissa and Eric really didn’t suspect what we were hiding.  It was so great–I know that’s a lame word, but it was something I can’t describe too well–to see how thrilled Em (and Eliza a little bit) were to Give a Gift…  It was simply joyful…

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Of course, their parents were thrilled, as well, and dessert was even sweeter with all the Love flowing around the table….

I flew home last night, arriving back in Nashville 35 minutes early to pouring rain…

But today, Easter Sunday, we were all in church—the Joses in NYC, the Casey, jrs. here with us at Redeemer…and the middle beautiful grand-daughter delighted me…

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I know that it’s cliche’ to talk about how much I love being a grandma—all of my peers agree that’s it’s the Greatest.  But I can’t help it…I’m just so grateful for my kids and their kids–and don’t forget my wonderful husband, who makes it all possible.

Thanks to the Lord, who has blessed me far greater than I deserve…

Before I go…

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Just a few things to share…

Well, s!#*, f*^#, h!@#…  When I bought my plane tickets, I didn’t notice that the return trip was from JFK…  That’s a more expensive cab ride, as well as an airport that I’m not familiar with, and I am too old and grouchy to learn something new, so I paid out the wazoo to change it.  I had a pretty good price on the original ticket, but $150 more took it out of bargain status and into “might as well have flown out of Evansville”…

Then today a phone call interrupted my peaceful quandary over packing and it was a Delta Airlines recording informing me that my flight out had been Cancelled…   Repeat bad language as seen above…  After some time working with the travelocity folks, I was rebooked for a later flight and I’m hoping to get comped something from Delta…maybe let me carry on a 12-oz bottle of perfume?  The lady said the flight was cancelled because of weather, but offered me a trip on an Earlier flight??  I protested and she admitted that they had “thinned” the flights, so I reasoned that the earlier flight will be delayed.   We are supposed to get hit with a little swirl of snow (but none in Nashville) and I guess NYC is scheduled for another hit, as well, so I chose the  4:15pm flight, arrive LGA 7:28p.  I personally wouldn’t mind if I never saw snow again—if I missed it, I’d go to the mountains—and wouldn’t consider living north of my current latitude.  Nashville might be a perfect location, actually…

Proving that all things work out;  Casey had gone to Lowe’s to buy the flooring and the Man there was Not Helpful, telling him there were no available boxes at any stores “nearby” and that it would be 7-10 days for an order to arrive.  We checked online and there’s plenty available in Madisonville, (and quite a bit in Henderson) so we’ll swing by there and pick it up on our way to TN.

Since we had to revamp the plans, we’ll also stop by Tootsie’s and Robert’s Western World in Nashville…

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Reason to celebrate:  Today marks One Year since I have smoked a cigarette.    It still surprises me that I gave it up, but where’s the $1,825 I allegedly saved?    I haven’t felt that at all, but Not Smoking 9,300 cigarettes over the past year has saved my lungs and throat…and I smell a lot better.

marching on…

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

YaYaYaaY!!!   TGIF and Spring Break!!  I know, I know…the weather sucks.  But it’s the last week of March and warming temps can’t be too far off.  I hope…

I’m leaving Monday, flying out from Nashville to NYC;  returning Saturday, 6pm or so.  While the weather won’t be ideal, there shouldn’t be any rain…   I’m just so excited to be there, who cares?   While I’m gone, Casey will be installing new kitchen flooring.   We have some Big Plans for some painting and carpet and the kitchen is our Kick-Off project.  I forget to take “before” pictures, but I bet Casey will remember.

In the meantime…  I had seen a really cool French Country sideboard/hutch kinda thing down at the consignment shop.  It’s 76″ long and I pictured it in the dining room, but… I would have to move tons of glassware and do something with the hutch I’ve got and  it was pricey.   The consignment shop lowers prices every 30 days and as I checked in monthly, I noticed it wasn’t selling…until finally it was down to 50% off and and extra 10% for writing a check.  Still…I just couldn’t justify changing all that dining stuff around…when it dawned on me… how about using it as a desk??:

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This still entailed some moving around of desks and wires, setting some dust bunnies free, and I’m still working on the shelves.  I like it…

morning hat (capello romano–an addendum)

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

While not an Official Roman Catholic vestment–it is Never worn when celebrating Mass–we’re all familiar with the must-wear topper for all well-dressed priests particularly when traveling about rubbing elbows with the hoi-polloi…

It’s called the capello romano…

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and it can be adorned by the high-echelon members of the Clergy, but we mostly see it in its simple black “padre” form…or as I like to call it:  The Father Guido…

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I do hope they bring Father Guido Sarducci in for color commentary throughout the Papal festivities…

Let me quote him as I go…

(speaking of the Other commandments given to Moses):

Most of them were more like advice…The twelfth commandment, for example, was “Whistle while you work”…

I think we’re going to learn a lot from these ceremonies…  (by the way, if you missed my first “hat” post, scroll over to 3/13… )

And take Father’s advice….

9/18/2016…..If you actually came over and read this little gem, you deserve a reward:

Father Guido Sarducci’s 5-minute University

Praying for the Pope…

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

popefrancisIThe official list of titles of The Pope do not include “Pope”…they are Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, and the one I consider most significant:  Servant of the Servants of God.   Pope Francis certainly lived up to that title today as he began his Service by asking for prayers from the crowds for himself…

We will hear a lot in the next days and weeks about St. Francis of Assissi, founder of the Franciscan Order of Monks, who devoted his life to helping the poor and sick, inspired by Matthew 10:9 (look it up).  That was back in the 13th century and that Francis was legendary (no offense) for his love of people, animals, and nature.  May this Francis also be remembered so well.

We’ll also hear about the Society of Jesus, the religious order  founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius of Loyola,  to which Pope Francis belongs.  It is known for its emphasis on evangelism with missions in 112 countries on 6 continents, aand also  education with established schools, universities, colleges, seminaries throughout the world (including Brebeuf, where the Jose’  boys were taught the faith).

But most importantly, we need to watch the hats…   Roman Catholic vestments are sacramental, unchanged from the beginning of the Church.  Priests don’t have to wear the hats when they are celebrating every  mass , though why on earth they wouldn’t want to sport a little biretta I can’t figure:

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Isn’t it darling with its little pom-pom on top?  The bishops get to wear purple ones…

And how about this dandy little skullcap….

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that they call a zuchetto, which must be Italian for yarmulke…

Everybody’s favorite, the mitre…

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which comes in various levels of ornamentation, but is technically supposed to be always white.  It has some fringe-like things that hang down, not always noticed, so we’ll have to be looking when the High Services begin.

As we’re observing Catholic fashion in the upcoming ceremonies, please note the colors and their significance, especially the Cardinal red (the birds were named after it), the papal White.   And my Lutheran pastors could use a tip from the Priesthood:  black is so slimming…

I do pray with all my heart that throughout the Catholic Church there will be renewal and revival…  May God bless Pope Francis.

Hurry up, Spring…(break)

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

With only 6 days until The Official Start of Spring, 2013, Winter is still hanging tight with frosty tempeatures and snowcloud skies. Spring has already called out to the tulips, crocus, daffodils and budding trees and they are excited to add welcoming color to the gray/brown palette.
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I had thought that the early move to Daylight Saving Time would actually make the days longer in a Good Way. So far, I just feel robbed of an hour of precious sleep while faced with a looong day. I’m hoping this headache will be gone by the time Winter truly moves on down the road and Spring breezes in with blooms and green.

The Countdown to Spring Break is much more sure…12 more days until I’m in NYC. That will be Holy Week, so I’m hoping to be of some service to my daughter as she works a Busy Time at St.Joseph. I hope Spring has sprung that week, but the love will be shining…
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TGIF (& I got my tickets!)

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

This has been a week of “what day is it?”… We had ISTEP at school and our schedules were different; Olivia stayed with us 2 nights, one of which Casey was out working; in all Casey worked 2 nights this week as we had several smatterings of snow without real accumulation; I got a new computer at work and spent more than an hour killing time watching our lovely IT person get it going. All week long I thought it was Thursday (wishful thinking?).

But it’s in the past now! We’re heading into a week-end that not only promises 60-degree temperatures, but we’re Springing Forward into Daylight Saving Time…and I do love me some daylight.

Best Part: I bought my tickets for Spring Break!! Leaving out of Nashville for NYC 3/25, flying back 3/30, I’ll spend 4.5 Glorious Days with the Jose’ Fam. Yippee!!

Have a great day, friend!

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Public Service Announcement…

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I am proud to announce an addition to my family of blogs: Rave On Madwoman. The site was born quite a while back, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say…couldn’t find Her Voice, you might say. I did some Live Blogging there on Election Night, 2012, so you may have visited at that time. It has been completely revamped and is ready to be the movie, book, music review arm of my blogging. I’m also planning to publish some interviews there. Sonnystone Acres will return to being a journal of my home and family life. Growing Every Season, my gardening blog, will continue to keep you caught up with my growing habits…

I’ll be connecting Rave On to Facebook, so my FB friends can decide whether to click the link or not. To my fellow bloggers who have followed me because of my scintillating movie reviews…please follow me over to http://www.raveonmadwoman.wordpress.com/.

Thanks so much!!

In like a cowardly lion…

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

March 1 brought us smattering of swirling snow starting and stopping, a reminder that Winter is still here, but not very menacing… (I hate to say that, though because Anything can happen until mid-April around these parts).  We just got back from eating some dinner downtown;  readying ourselves for some movies tonight.

I watched The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) from beginning to end, carefully, on Thursday evening.  I have watched it before, not as carefully, and knew I liked it;  now I know I love this movie..  The Tenenbaums remind me of the Glass family, JD Salinger’s fictional characters;  they are just soo weird and genius and tragically, funnily odd.  I just want to hug them.  Thanks, Melissa, for reminding me about this movie.  

I was also able to watch Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010), a documentary  by Banksy, a mysterious Street Artist.  Banksy himself is followed by an amateur film-maker, but soon the photographer becomes an artist himself and is filmed by Banksy… or is it a mockumentary?   It was interesting and fun, though.

Time’s Marching on:  we set our clocks forward  Next Week..!  I’m not sure I”m ready for the disruption to my sleep, but maybe it will hurry us on toward Spring.  I’ve not yet bought my tickets to NYC for spring break, but I’m looking forward to setting that date.    For now, we’ll just enjoy the pretty snow and warming fire…

(Still taking suggestions for movies, etc.)

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