Jo Mayne Casey

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Week-end Wrap-up

In 2016, Spring at Sonnystone, week-end wrap-up on April 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

We watched Samantha on Friday while her m & d went to the movie…   She’s 14 months old now..

Grandparenting is simply Joy…

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As if that weren’t enough excitement, my old-friend-from-grade-school, MeeMaw Tweet-Tweet (aka Luann Bird) was here to visit her mom, so she stopped by with her daughter and grandson…  I wish she could have stayed longer, but maybe I’ll get another glimpse of her tomorrow before she flies back to Portland…

I’m cleaning up the gardens and planting containers, amending the soil, and gathering the vegetables for the edible garden.  I’ll show you some pictures next week… Oh, and did you notice I got my hair cut?  Seriously cut.  It is perfect for easy clean-up after a day getting dirty/sweaty in the garden…

Hope your week-end has been full of fun..!

the Horses…

In Travelogue on April 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and “educational theme park” that gives you opportunities to get up close to the horses.  The International Museum of the Horse traces the evolution and lineage of horses–every kind of horse there is.  If it hadn’t been such a pretty day, I could have spent more hours studying the displays, but we went through fairly thoroughly and then got outside to enjoy the grounds.

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There was Every Kind of Horse represented at the Farm, most of them on loan, but some retirees live there year-round.  The barns buzz with activity.  The Park grounds are sprinkled with statuary of the magnificent equus, some giving tribute to the Great Thoroughbreds such as Man O’ War, others whimsical.

Later that day, we stopped by Keeneland Thoroughbred Racecourse, arriving at the end of the 3rd race.  Keeneland is always packed, and reserve seat tickets had sold out by the time we decided to visit, so we mingled and strolled, watching some from trackside…DSC_0131

 

some from the turbo…which should be a whole lot bigger…

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I made a couple of bets…this is Cory Lanerie on #11, racing to the finish to win me a couple of bucks…

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#7 and jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. added to my coffers in the 5th…

The giftshop was festooned with hats, tempting even the most frugal buyer…the Derby is the first Sunday in May—less than 3 weeks…and I’ll be in NYC–a hat-wearing, mint-julep carrying, winner-betting, JoJo, finally getting to spend some time with the Jose’ Fam…

It was a great trip and we learned plenty about our RV, too.  Looking forward to many more trips, but for now…back to the garden..!

 

 

 

the Bourbon Trail…

In Gallivanting, Spring at Sonnystone on April 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

We took The Coach for a longer ride, leaving Wednesday afternoon and traveling to Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington.  It was perfect weather, all sunshine and blue, with temperatures that flew right up the thermometer to the 80’s by the time we left on Saturday.  Camping at Kentucky Horse Park campground, we had a central location for our planned activities:  the bourbon trail, the Horse Park, and Keeneland Thoroughbred Racecourse.

Driving the Bourbon Trail, we made it to 7 of the required 9 Bourbon Distilleries.  We had taken the Trail several years back, 7?, and it was a smaller deal then. It has gotten so popular that both Jim Beam and Wild Turkey have built fancy new Visitors Centers.

The trail took us down back roads lined with stone walls and fences framing the acres of green bluegrass,  dotted with horses.  Driving back to Woodford Reserve is especially nice, taking us by brand-name horse farms.  Redbuds and dogwoods are blooming brightly among the leafing trees…check out the pictures…

  Wild Turkey made the mistake kind gesture  of leaving us alone in the tasting room…now it is

My New Favorite Bourbon…particularly Kentucky Spirit…

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I want to share more pictures of the trip with you,  but it is Really! Really! Spring Now!  I’m getting out to divide some daisies, plant some herbs, amend the soil; in short, I’m going out to the garden!!!

I’ll get by here to post the Horse Park, and Keeneland pictures tomorrow, I promise.

Go outside!

Introducing The Coach…

In 2016, updates on April 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Last week’s circumstances left me somewhat disoriented and a whole lot exhausted.  By the time I had caught my breath, we were doing a walk-around the Coach, writing the check, and pulling it home.  Spontaneous little devils that we are, we loaded up a few things and took it up to Harmonie.  We learned a lot:  how to level it, that the furnace works great, not all Harmonie sites have water hook-ups, they don’t fill your water tanks before you leave the buying-place, and winds that gust to 60mph make you rock even though the Coach doesn’t actually move.  We stayed Friday and Saturday, then brought it home and set it up outside…

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The Jrs. came by to inspect…

I’ve seen my doctor and dentist this week, and though they are fine people, that’s enough of them for a while.  Casey has worked overtime and will have tomorrow off, but we need to stay home and mow the dang lawn…and fix the car.  Turns out, it is something Casey can fix–a thermostat–so we’ll be ready to roll about the same time as the weather decides to warm up.  Yay!

I always pick up Olivia from school on Thursdays, take her to her piano lesson and back home (with a little treat, of course).  Generally, we head out to Hacienda to nurse some margaritas and munch, and that’s what’s on the agenda for tonight.

Hang in there, it Really is Spring..!

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