Jo Mayne Casey

Archive for August, 2013|Monthly archive page

Excuses, excuses…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

In addition to the “working 7-days-a-week” excuse for not blogging, I’d like to add the “we’ve painted 5 rooms and gotten new carpet” justification.   Casey’s been working 10-hour days, 4 days/week, off Fridays, and has worked the last couple of week-ends painting the front of the house in a nice neutral “toasted almond”  (although he finished up the kitchen in white).   We figured since I’m gone all the time right now, we’d get this stuff done and be able to relax after this Last Week-end of Horseracing.

Painting in the front wasn’t too bad since we only had to move the furniture into the middle of the room and take down the wallhangings…but….we had carpet laid yesterday in the back room and had to move out Everything…Everything….   I have waayy tooo much stuff …

The unbearable heat kept most folks away from the track yesterday and I’m hoping they stay away today too—or at least stay hydrated.  While I’m manning the First Aid Station, Casey will be finishing up the painting in the back…

008

I hope to have it Mostly put back together by Monday…  Have a great Labor Day Week-end!

33 years…now what?

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Last year I declared my 33rd year of marriage a Jubilee Year…I promised lots of exciting events and interesting venues.  I think I’ve delivered pretty well:  from a fall walk-in-the-woods, a visit to Churchill Downs, Thanksgiving in NYC, Christmas in New Orleans, the Movie Project, my birthday in Indy, Spring Break in NYC, lots of remodeling,  culminating in the 3-weeks of Fun in July.

It was 33 years ago today that Casey and I took our vows.  They were the traditional “have and hold, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health, as long as we live” stuff.  As Melissa and I walked down the aisle, I couldn’t have even imagined 33 years…

There are very few pictures of the event…the “photographer” was a friend who borrowed her brother’s fancy 35mm camera and loaded the first roll of film wrong.  I thought she was kidding when she told me the next week…but she wasn’t.

I remember it clearly and dearly:  it was so hot and humid that I couldn’t stand outside for more than 5 minutes without sweating through my dress.  We didn’t have air-conditioning in our house, so I went over to church early to cool off.  It was only family and some of our very best friends.   Donna had a nice reception for us afterward at her house.   Sadly, it seems like most of the people who were there are now dead…

And the last 33 years?  Well, it’s not been exactly fairy-tale sweetness, but we’ve laughed more than we’ve cried.   As we’ve shared our everyday lives, growing up and growing old, we have become Us…and I really like Us.

So the celebration that began a year ago is now over…?  I don’t think so…

As Queen of Sonnystone Acres, I hereby declare each and every year, regardless of its divisbility by 3, to be a Jubilee Year…

Let Jubilee Year 2 begin and let’s fill it full of funny.    We’re headed out for dinner at Smitty’s Little Tavern, and we’ll make a plan…  Here’s to Us and all our Jubilee years…

day 82…reset to day 1

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

It’s all over but the shouting, folks.  The 81 Days are history, a fond memory…  I did try to send off the summer vacay  with some sightings of the Perseid meteor showers last night around midnight, but didn’t spot anything but mosquitoes.  My valiant effort to view the celestial show  before dawn this morning was met with cloud cover…

I’m going in to my building this morning to set up my office in time for 6th grade orientation tonight;  tomorrow there is a meeting for just nurses;  Wednesday is the day the students return and the 2013-2014 school year officially begins.  This is my 7th year as a school nurse and I’m finally getting good at it.  I can’t write about much of the crazy stuff that goes on with middle-schoolers (the names have been changed to protect the innocently guilty), but trust me, it’s daily drama, continuing comedy, with a touch of tragedy.

Here’s a tip of my coffee mug to welcome a New Year, a fresh start, a clean slate, tabula rasa, abounding with opportunity and promise…

Amen…

 

odds and ends

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

It was a quick day at the track…until the last race:  the winning horse stumbled and threw the jockey.  Jockey suffered concussion, taken to Eville, horse…well, we know how that ends.   I didn’t realize how many horses get put down in the course of a race season.  In theory I understand why it has to be done, but emotionally I can’t believe that there’s nothing else they can do.  Everybody cares about our equine friends, and they’re expensive animals, so why haven’t we come up with horse ankle replacements for these lovely (occasionally ornery) thoroughbreds?   It’s always a little bittersweet to cash a ticket on a dead horse, though I will today when I get to work…

The Casey, jrs.  met up with us for that last race and then we caravaned over to Henderson for the Bluegrass Festival.   The rain was pretty fierce when we first arrived, so we ate at MajorMunch.  By the time we’d chowed,  the skies had cleared and we listened to a couple of bands before bedtime.  One of them, Pokey LaFarge, was most certainly Not a bluegrass band.  Reminiscent of Leon Redbone, I enjoyed them, but I really came for some banjo, fiddle, mandolin—you get it…like Hot Day at the Zoo, who played in the rain, or Henhouse Prowlers…

 

The Bird…

I don’t know my bird names, but Olivia was entranced by this feathered fellow…

031

 

I was amazed at his dancing…

 

Long train running….

Down around the corner, half-a-mile from here…see that long train run

040041042

 

 

and then you watch it disappear….

050 051

 

Without Love, where would you be now?

 

I leave you to ponder that musical question…I’m back to the track for the Gardenia Stakes.  Have a great day…

 

 

Doing nothing and resting afterwards…

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

With only 4 more days left in 81 Days:  A Sonnystone Summer Vacation this is the last one without commitments, engagements, appointments, or even Chores…  I slept in as late as I could, fostering my laziness, and plan on staying in these clothes unless I need supplies…  

The last 77 days have gone so well…  I still have memories of the grandkids floating around my head from July;  in June  the blues fest, B.B. King, the Garden Walk, and Car Show were stand-outs.  In the next 4 days we’ll be going to the Henderson Blugrass Fest and try to get to the 4H Antiques Show.

On Monday I’ll get back to my school building and set up the office.  It will be good to see my school-friends, and I have some ideas for decorating my office…But…

Today is a day to Count My Blessings…that will take all day long…

(and thanks for being one of them…yes, you,  dear reader…you read all the way to the end, even though there were no pictures…)

Final pictures…

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

We drove the Jose’ crew up to Indy on Wednesday, pushing them out of the van as we drove by the  home on Riverview.  Not quite that abruptly, but we really did just carry in their bags, kiss them good-bye and do a u-turn.  We have been shopping for RV’s lately and wanted to check out CampingWorld in Greenwood while we were up there (nothing exciting);  from there we took the long way home.

It was a beautiful, magical, action-packed reunion.    There’s always a period of sadness after the kids have left, a real gloom that melts my mind.   Am I the only one who feels that time is speeding up?  I try to intentionally slow it,  digging my heels into each moment, but it just keeps moving on.  Children grow up, I grow old…

 

We managed to squeeze in some mini-golfing  the day before they left…

 

Of course, we took the obligatory picture on the swing…

047

And gramps helped them with their game…

052

The Quiet is deafening…  I’m back at the track, though, and school starts (for me) a week from tomorrow.  Already I’m planning a Veteran’s Day quicktrip to NYC and we’re All Hyped for the visit to WDW at Christmas.

Thanks to all the family and friends who added their joy to our festivities..!

%d bloggers like this: