Jo Mayne Casey

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Breaking News!!!

In Special Edition, Uncategorized on February 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Samantha Mayne Casey, my 4th granddaughter, was born today 2/22/15…   She weighs 7lbs 5oz, is 19inches tall.

There was a glitch at her birth, and she is in Neonatal Intensive Care for a couple of days.  It’s breaking all of our hearts to be unable to hold her, but we’re all positive that she will be in our arms soon.

Happy birthday, Samantha…

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Orchids…and a Bird of Paradise

In 2015 on February 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

Oh, the irony…we were to make up a snow day today, but it snowed…   I like it, though, as we will still only have to make up 1.

I spent 8 hours of the week-end out at Amazonia, talking with the people and animals, walking up and down soaking up the humidity and light.  Naturally, I took tons of pictures and here are a few…

It’s pretty safe to say that there is no flower more widely coveted than the orchid. With their delicate, sculptural beauty and historical rarity, orchids carry an unrivaled suggestion of refinement. The exotic flowers are now cultivated in a wide variety of colors and delicately shaped blossoms, making them beautiful both on their own and as an addition to arrangements, but they retain their association with very special occasions.

Different cultures throughout history have believed in the healing, disease-fighting and protective properties of the orchid. In traditional Chinese medicine the orchid is used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses. The ancient Greeks associated it with virility, and the Aztecs were said to drink a mixture of the vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength.

With an estimated 25,000 different types existing naturally, orchids are of the largest flowering plant families, but they have always carried an impression of rarity. Some tropical species grow in virtually inaccessible habitats and have never been seen more than a handful of times in the wild. Their exotic mystique and otherworldly beauty was irresistible to the Victorians, who collected and displayed them like treasures. Consequently, they became a sign of luxury and refined tastes. Today they are still hunted and traded by avid international orchid collectors, who also prize them for their long-lasting blooms.

Just one more…the display at the top (and in this mosaic) was just beautiful and the show-stopper was a 30-year-old (yes, thirty plus years alive) Bird of Paradise that has been in our Zoo’s greenhouse for many of those.  Its blooms this year were so prolific and pretty that our curator pulled out the forklift and brought it in for us all to enjoy…

I suppose I’m going to have to put on my snow boots now…  Stay warm, friends.

A foretaste of February…

In 2015 on February 5, 2015 at 8:26 am

January, the looonnggesstttt month, is over.  If it hadn’t been for these cheery blooms, I’m sure I would have given in to winter’s doldrums and despair…

But we have survived!!   February’s calendar is full, nearly…

Orchid Escape at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden…

I’ll be out at the zoo every Sunday this month, volunteering with my fellow Master Gardeners and Zoo docents.  It seemed like a great way to warm up, learning and teaching about orchids.  Our local zoo has recreated the rainforest, surrounding the visitor with plants and animals from the Amazon region, from the river basin to the 45-foot-high treetops, in a climate-controlled 78-degrees.  Orchids will be filling up Amazonia  from February 7-March 8 and I’d love to see as many of you out there as I can…bring the kids, the old folks…just not the dogs.  I’ll be there from 12-4 each Sunday except the 22nd, when I’ll be there from 9-12.  Even if you miss me, you shouldn’t miss the display of orchids brought to you by our local Orchid Society, who are Serious about the species.  I bought a couple phalaenopsis from the grocery store, so I’ll have a modicum of experience to share.

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I’ll be playing the organ for my friends at St. Peter UCC on the 15th.  Always a delight.

UE will be presenting “Dancing at Lughnasa” from 2/20 to 3/1, so Cousin Lana, Friend Vicki, and I will be in our usual seats for the 2/22 matinee.  University of Evansville plays are always a good time and this 1992 Tony-award-winning play will be sure to please.

Sister Donna and I will be doing our sing-along at Good Samaritan Nursing Home on the 9th.  That gig always perks us up.

A lovely root canal is in store for me this month.  The 19th sounds like a good day for teeth…

As if that weren’t enough, I’ll celebrate my birthday on the 23rd (hopefully with Nu-Nu).  I’ve been infusing some vodka, and I’ll be sure to share.

That’s your sneak preview.  There are some gaps to fill in, but it sounds promising.  Fill your hearts with warmth, surround yourself with beauty, and I’ll be back to share these events as the month unfolds.

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