The rest of the story…

Here’s a recap of my FB posts 3/29/16…
Jo Mayne Casey

Tears. I am sitting in my car on the side of I-24, 109 miles from Eville, 39 miles from Nashville, car broken down…I had to cancel my flight to visit with Jose’s. Casey is heading down to rescue me. State Police must have better things to do. .. I’m so sad.

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My Hero, at last… The car barely fits, so it will be a slow ride back home. Probably just a hose, but it sure ruined my plans.

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What a day! Thanks to all my FB friends who sent out enough kind wishes to keep my perspective positive. Now, to devise a scheme to get to NYC asap…

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 So…  I was cruising down 1-24, the gutsy grandma on her way to visit her NYC grand-daughters.  My flight out of Nashville was at 2:15 and I was making good time.  I stopped at our usual Rest Stop at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, then quickly got back on the road.  I went about 7 miles, back up to speed, when that funny-looking red light starting lighting up my dash and dinging.  Now, we have little dings go off regularly on our dash, nothing serious, usually some sort of computer quirk–it scrolls “lo wash” every day.  So I didn’t know whether I should pay attention to it or not.  I grabbed my phone and called Casey and by the time I got him, it was blinking and dinging and Casey said, pull over, stop the car….  When the engine stopped, I was immediately covered by a fog of steam…
That was the scariest part.  Even though I spent my day trapped in my car on the side of the interstate, everything after that just came together perfectly.  Casey was just finishing up a job and could leave right away.  Our wonderful neighbor let us borrow his car-trailer.  I had a McDonald’s mcmuffin and small drink.  I had just gone to the bathroom, so I was comfortable.  Thank-you, Lord, for cell phones.  I was able to cancel the flight, call my daughter and let her and the girls know.
I sat for 4 hours, on alert, but not afraid.  I did check the woods a couple of times to make sure nobody was gonna sneak up on me.  The trucks and cars racing by kept me rocking, so I felt like I was on a train.  I stayed connected with people through FB and felt like I wasn’t actually alone.
The disappointment really hit this morning when I woke up Here.  I should be There.  Emma and Eliza are on Spring Break and I was going to have them all to myself.  I am just heartbroken.  Melissa told me that a friend of hers has asked them to Sag Harbor, so at least they will have something fun to do, but the only thing better than JoJo is JoJo at Disneyworld…   I’m looking at dates and I’ll get there soon…
But, there’s more…   The problem with my car was some sort of plastic Y that holds hoses—you figured that, huh?  It’s something Casey can fix and he’s going to pick up the part today.  As we were driving home, Casey’s engine light came on….no ding, but the one that says “SERIOUS”.  The vehicle was running fine, so we got it all  home, unloaded the car, ready to take the trailer back to our neighbor.  Casey’s Expedition wouldn’t start.  He cranked it and cranked it and and …  He has no idea what is wrong and it most likely is something he can’t fix, so here comes the mechanic bill…

We are supposed to pick up our RV on Friday. What will happen next?  Stay tuned, but it will all be okay….
P.S.  For some reason, WordPress won’t let me break up this post into paragraphs, so it looks like all one big ramble and not as inviting.  So, if you have read this far, thank-you, You’re a Doll..!

Week-end Wrap-up

I had expected such an early Easter to be chilly, but I was happily wrong.  Spring was on its best behavior!  Yesterday we celebrated with the Jrs–tons of food (that we’re still eating) and a short egg hunt for the kiddos…

We worked outside all day, clearing down through the woods.  I am thrilled that I have uncovered a Gnome Home.  I pulled a lot of vines away from the door, and I’m pretty sure it will attract some of those healing, benevolent fairy-creatures soon.

Perfect Home for a Gnome...

Perfect Home for a Gnome…

I’m flying out to NYC on Tuesday to spend a bit of the EE’s Spring Break with them.  Nothing is really planned for the trip, but we always find fun together.

I hope your Easter week-end was Peaceful and that the week ahead is full of the same…

Egg Hunt 2011

The Jrs will be over soon for some early-Easter luncheon. We’re going to hide about a dozen eggs for Olivia and Samantha, but it’s nothing like the “good-old days” when my nieces, Lauren and Ali,  and their kids visited. I love you all: Alex, Ben, Berkeley, Noah, Briley, and Sam!!! Hope your Easter week-end is a great one!

For more Easter Egg fun, try this Egg Hunt 2012

The News from Sonnystone Acres

i haven’t carried on too much lately about my great love for my great-nieces-and-nephews, but i’ll make up for it today.  they are:  alex(andra), ben, berkeley, briley, noah,and sam.  i love having them over to play and they seem to enjoy themselves, too.  olivia loves being carried around now, so a great time was had by all.  we had a cold, cloudy, wet, windy day, but managed to squeeze in the hunt after lunch. 

at first, it was every child for her/his self………….

soon, there was some group work….

then, there’s opening the eggs and counting…

somehow we ended up with more eggs than we hid…?? math?  we found one out in the trellis garden today, and i expect we’ll find more as time goes on.   it will sure bring back some wonderful memories when i spot a plastic egg filled with some smarties this fall….

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Week-end Wrap-up

Daylight Savings Time…is the extra hour at the end of the day worth the total discombobulation of my body?  I just wonder why we fell back in the first place.  I’m sure I love the extra sun, when it’s there, but the time-change thing seems random…

The rains have greened up the lawns and budded up the trees and shrubs.  The daffodils have been in bloom for over a week and the tulips are reaching for the sky.  Peonies are popping up and the daisies and coneflower are stretching out.  I bought a new garden journal and I’m going to keep it going past planting time this year, I promise.

The orchid show is still going on over at the Zoo and I spent both mornings this week-end meeting and greeting the visitors there.  I started back at the Yoga Center today and will be feeling it tomorrow, I’m sure, in a good way.  Like the flowers, my muscles are waking up, too.

Seems like Winter is on its way out, but I know all too well that you can never tell when there will be another snap of cold and even snow.  Still, the birds are starting back North and the home-birds are stirring around for nesting material.

I started a Photo 101 class with WordPress last week.  I’m posting the pictures daily over at the MadWoman site, so if you’ve wondered where I am, look there.  There is a theme and a lesson each day Mon-Fri.  These are my submissions to the prompts of:  Home, Street, Water, Bliss, and Solitude…

Sonnystone Acres 3/7/16

Sonnystone Acres 3/7/16

Franklin Street 3/8/16

Franklin Street 3/8/16

Rainy Day 3/9/16

Rainy Day  3/9/16

Music Room 3/10/16

Music Room   3/10/16

Central Library 3/11/16

Central Library 3/11/16

The Photo class continues for 3 more weeks. I start a Writing class on Thursday. I’ll be working over at the Zoo greenhouse propagating plans for the plant sale on Wednesday.   Seems like I go from Zero to Sixty quickly after the weather breaks.

7 more days until the Spring Equinox!!!  We’re going to make it, I believe.