Jo Mayne Casey

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In Uncategorized on October 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

It’s all picked up and almost all put away for another day.  Spookwalk2brought to you by Sonnystone Acres, was a popular and critical success.  Never mind that the only one really scared was the poor little 5-year-old, Sammy, who was also kinda mad at me for making him believe that somebody might have really died back there… He kinda lost it at the hanging man.  The castmembers deserve Academy Awards for their performances:  thanks,  Donna, Lennie, Casey, and Michael.





I have to post both of these pictures…Ben blurred above, Berkeley below…put it together.



In Uncategorized on October 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Cousin Lana and I were pleased with “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” last Thursday night.  I was skeptical going in, but it was very enjoyable.   I ran into Motz and Middle, the dynamic duo that taught my kids at Thompkins;  they were wearing their matching tuxes, ushering the crowds to their seats.  (retirement looks good on those two)

I met up with some high-school friends the other night, and made a new friend…  It had been 20 years since I’d visited with Nancy, and Martha and I just renewed our friendship in person last August…   I’m not sure how I hadn’t met Nancy’s sister, Cindy, before…she seemed like someone I’ve known forever.  We had a great time!  I hope we can go out again, soon-ish, and maybe I could stay up past midnight next time…


Nancy, me, Martha, Cindy


We met up at the Bokeh Lounge, a place I’ve been meaning to visit.  The music was Opal Fly and the saxophone player was Roy Conner…


After talking through a session there, we went down to Boogie Nights, a Disco where Cindy’s kids work.  I didn’t feel old…much…

Our furnace is broken…oh, well, I was wondering what to do with my money.   It’s turned cool, but we ought to be able to just cuddle for warmth until the professionals can make a housecall.

Stay warm…



Week-end wrap-up 10/13/13

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

We’re a barrel of laughs here at the Acres…give us a 3-day week-end with beautiful weather and we’ll plant mums and pansies, move around the rudbeckia, clean up the back porch, hit Rural King for breakfast (popcorn) with Olivia and check out the rummage sales, with plenty of time to channel my Dad while listening to Pokey LaFarge and Hugh Laurie—and that was just the first day.

Saturday we drove up to Harmonie State Park for a hike and to check out the local craft show…

It’s been a while since we hiked at Harmonie and we chose a trail that we knew to be easy and we thought was familiar.  Turns out fallen trees have changed the course…  It was still a beautiful hike, but unexpectedly new…


Pursue some path, however narrow or crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.       Henry David Thoreau

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on…And it makes me wonder…                                            Led Zeppelin

Yes, it makes me wonder, too…

The Getaway…in photos

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

In case you didn’t know, I had a rough week, and so did the United States of America…  In an attempt to run to a spot of nature, I ran into a roadblock:  America is closed…   You can bet that the ass-hat congress is not missing a paycheck, though.



What to do?  We were within an hour of Music City, so we pressed on…


Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…

veggies, veggies, veggies

And how about those mums?

Very lush, wouldn’t you agree?  And so was I after strolling Broadway for a few hours…

I’m back to reality, so I’m keeping the TV Off…


In Uncategorized on October 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

It’s been an interesting couple of days…  I woke up about 3am Thursday with intense, throbbing pain in my jaw…not like tooth, pain (I know that pain), but an almost electrical, vibrating pain that took my breath away.  I’m not sure how long it went on, but after taking some deep breaths it passed;  I felt scared, felt my pulse but didn’t count it, and it seemed okay.  As I drifted back to sleep, I thought:  I wonder if that was a heart attack.  When I got up about 6:30, my neck and right shoulder were achey and my arm was heavy;  I told Casey that I thought I might have had a heart attack and was going to make an appointment with the doctor.   Off I went to work and after taking care of a couple of kids, I called and made an appointment to see the NP.   When I went up to the front office and told them what was going on, they just freaked out, insisting that I go to Emergency Room.  I said, nonono, but I’ll go on home.  They scared the shit out of me with some stories of silent heart attacks and sudden death and soon I found myself calling Casey to meet me at home and take me to ER.   School staff was serious…one of them even followed me home because they were afraid I’d drive off into a ravine or something…

So I officially became one of “those people”…  I was quickly hooked up to a heart monitor, an EKG was done, Chest x-ray taken, blood drawn, vitals checked hourly.  My cardiac enzymes were negative, EKG WNL, CXR clear, bloodwork and blood pressure darn-near perfect, but they still wanted to keep me overnight under observation and do a stress test the next morning.   See how having high deductible insurance makes you a more frugal consumer of healthcare:  I said, I’ll go home and come back tomorrow.  That really was okay with them.  This morning I talked with the cardiologist and we agreed that a stress test was really unnecessary;  I had just “stressed” myself on the treadmill at the Y Wednesday afternoon with no hint of chest pain.  I feel slightly foolish, but it was quite frightening when it was happening.

However, the Real stress test has been the news…I have been so upset over our government shutdown that I tried to stay completely away from news, but that was futile.  Even though I don’t let the talking heads get to me, I can’t help but scroll through the headlines on the internet—even when they say the same thing over and over…   I was almost glad to be in the ER watching HGTV and feeling far away from the craziness when I got home and sneaked a peak at some headlines….and oh, shit, they shot some lady…  It’s enough to give a person the Big One.  I’ve had enough… time for a newsfast.

At least for now…we’re running away tomorrow…  I’ll take plenty of photographs and deep breaths.

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