Jo Mayne Casey

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Week-end Wrap-up

In 2015, week-end wrap-up on June 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Oh, my, I’m way behind on blogging, and that means there’s been a bunch of activity here at the Acres….

Emma and Eliza have settled in quite comfortably and our days are flying by.   Olivia and Samantha have been frequent visitors, and Berkeley and Briley brightened up our Tuesday.  Plenty of pool time, lots of laughs, an art show, swinging, singing, dancing….

Here’s some pictures…



While pictures of cute kids and sappy-sweet prose is what you have come to expect from Sonnystone, I have been going through changes…  This blog is my hobby, but it’s been more than that to me.  It has allowed me to express myself, and has given me a sense of self-satisfaction as I share the world that I’ve created.  Many people wrote me off when I was younger, but it is with great joy that I am still standing, right here in this beautiful life, surrounded with love…

I have invited You into it, and some judge me (after all, they knew me when).  While I tell myself that judgmental people are insecure, small, and mean, it’s hard to not take to heart what they say about me.  Because I wanted them to like me,  I hid my true feelings and thoughts. Still, even when I try to not offend, I offend.

Recently, I’ve  let go of trying to please.  I’m determined to stop hiding…to be really me, Truly who I am.

queenism 1

To that end, I want to express how proud I am that our country has finally provided a way for All americans to get the healthcare they need without going broke.  I am so excited that our country is finally standing up to the dogmatic christian denominations that would have us believe that God does not love All of Us…   I am immensely thrilled that the confederate states of america is finally on the ropes…

More eloquently than I,   Here is how a fellow-blogger phrased it.

Actually, most of the people who think I’m going to hell for my views haven’t read this far…and that’s okay.  I stopped following them  a long time ago…

I’ll try to post more often…




Going back home…

In 2015 on June 17, 2015 at 6:14 am

Our flight is scheduled to leave LaGuardia at 1:59pm…  We’re flying Delta and I’m hoping they’ve overbooked this flight so I can pick up a couple of bucks waiting for the 5pm flight.

But I’m a little homesick.  It’s been a hectic 2 weeks….

I don’t quite know how to express how I’m feeling about the situation here in NYC.  I’m not sure I really understand it myself.  Please consider if you can contribute to Eric’s Medical Fund.  It is very much needed and appreciated.

do know that I’m going to be having a blast with my grand-daughters—all 4 of them–this summer.  Six weeks seems like a long time, but it will fly by, so we’re going to fill up each day with memories to cherish forever.

The theme of Camp Sonnystone this year is “Music”…

mu·sic    ˈmyo͞ozik/
vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.


We’ll throw in painting, picnics,  crafts, swimming, and field trips.   Seeing my trashy hometown through the eyes of the girls will help me put a new shine on it, and the farmers markets, the festivals–even the heat and humidity– will be an adventure…




dispatch from Manhattan

In updates, week-end wrap-up on June 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

It’s all about performance here at the Jose’ household.  Melissa is in rehearsals a Lot, readying for an upcoming performance with NY Philharmonic, “Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher” (Honegger), on June 10-13.

Emma’s Ceili (pronounced kaylee) was on Saturday, a fundraiser for her Irish dance school.  I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that she was superbly outstanding.  During one dance, she came leaping out so gracefully, so strong that the whole room took a collective breath and burst into applause.   However, the venue was too dark for a decent picture, especially since we were seated at the back of the room  (near the food and booze).  It was something like this, only real:

irish leap

I did manage to get a couple of pre-performance pictures…

The weather on the evening of the Ceili was the best I’ve seen in NYC in over a year, and I was glad to walk my happy ass the 30 blocks home after the show.  I Love walking in New York, and I’d had just enough Irish Drink to make me forget about that damn heel.  It’s getting better every day, anyway, and I think the walk did me a whole lot of good.

Last night was Eliza’s Pre-K 4 show, themed “We heart the 80’s”.  She had been practicing her moves for “Holiday”, the old-school-Madonna tune, but I was surprised that her group also sang, “The Greatest Love”…

Today is Eliza’s last day of school, so their Summer Vacation will officially begin.  We’ll walk the Park, stroll the museums, eat some hot dogs and ice cream, and enjoy a free week before we head back to Sonnystone.




Summer Vacation Begins…

In 2015, updates on June 3, 2015 at 8:24 am

It’s amazing  how much lighter my luggage is when I only pack one pair of shoes.  Usually, I just can’t decide, so throw in 3-4 pairs.  Now that I am restricted to slides/mules, whatever you want to call them, there’s the pair on my feet (black) and the pair in the suitcase (white).  I do not want to get used to this.  I love shoes–I’m superficial, so what?

I’m so excited to spend the next 2 weeks with my NYC family.  I will provide you with live-action reporting of Emma’s Ceili  this Saturday…

noun: ceili      a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling  
ceili 2015
…and I’m actually in charge of attaching her wig…so wish me luck…
Eliza’s Pre-K end-of-school program is June 9 and I’ll be grabbing up a good seat for that special occasion, as well.
This weather has been sucky, and I think it’s still going to be a little gray and cool when I arrive in the city, but by the time my heel is healed well enough to do some serious strolling, it should be more seasonal.  I’ll be there until the 17th and currently plan on bringing back both girls for a month or so.
Eric starts his fourth round of chemo tomorrow and I’ll be giving you an update on his progress.
 Oh, I never quit my Ellis Park nurse job, that’s just a nasty rumor. I just had to get the officials to see my way of thinking and I’ll be working a lot less.  There is still an opening for an RN to help me out, if you or a friend are interested in making a little extra cash this summer. Putting in an application is the first step.   Then I’ll call you and we’ll set something up.
I’d better get this computer packed….Soo excited!
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