Jo Mayne Casey

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In Photos, Spring at Sonnystone, week-end wrap-up on May 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

We pulled the Coach down to Big Lagoon State Park in Perdido Key, Fl.

First morning, sitting outside, I felt a sting.  Two of them.  Yeow, and it was done:  a spider bit me.  One Spider, two bites, one on each foot.  I didn’t actually see the spider, but the painful bulls-eyes were clear confirmation of my suspicion.  First Aid kit was brought out, allergy pill was taken and we set off down to the beach at Perdido Key.

We staggered around the beach all day, so happy to be away from the gloomy drear that we’d left in Eville.

Late that night, I awoke to severe pain, reallyreally bad stinging, from both my feet.  They had swelled quite impressively, so ice was applied, ibuprofen was administered.  The next day, we went over to the nearby CVS and picked up some benadryl cream and bandages.  After talking to some locals, we surmised that it was not a local spider that had offended me.  The only biting spiders in that area are Wolf Spiders.  Since this was clearly a brown recluse, diagnosed by me and I’ve seen plenty of them, we must have brought it down on our sisal rug and it struck when it thought I was going to step on it.

I spent that day with my feet propped, watching the birds and such at the campsite…

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I was able to get a shoe on that evening and hobble over to a sunset-watching spot…

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By taking my own advice and slowing down for a day, I was tremendously better by the next morning’s sunrise and could hike over to the observation tower to catch the show…

The wound is still ugly, but exponentially better. Aren’t you glad I didn’t take any pictures of it?  It looked pretty fierce for a while..

It was such a relaxing trip.  And the sunshine was sorely needed.

I’m finishing up the garden–planted a dozen bell pepper plants today and got the beans and squash in yesterday.  I’ll be blogging that over at Growing Every Season later this week.

Hope the sun is shining where you Are!

 

 

Week-end Wrap-up

In week-end wrap-up on May 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

Sunday afternoon we went to Olivia’s piano recital.  She played “Part of Your World” (Menken and Ashman) and did a bang-up job of it.  She’s progressed well during this first year of lessons, but it’s end-of-school-time, when everybody even remotely associated with teaching and learning institutions is Ready for it to End.  Her teacher has been a jewel…  Thanks to All the Teachers, as well as the secretaries, food-workers, custodians, bus drivers–even administrators!–for all you do to help kids.

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I’m taking the week off to retreat and rest.  It seems like ever since the car broke down, I haven’t had a chance to be Still.  We are planning to vacation next week, but there’s a lot of work involved in a vacation!  It will be worth it to dip my toes in the sand and feel the sun burning my rosacea—I’m a born rebel…

Right Now I need to just be Present.   Namaste…

Visiting with the NYC kids…

In 2016, Photos, week-end wrap-up on May 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

Just returned from a visit with my daughter, her daughters, and the Admirable husband and father in the group, Rockstar son-in-law.

Friday was Grandparents Day in Eliza’s pre-K 4 class.  We were fed good coffee and pastries, then escorted to the kids’ classrooms, where we listened to a story and sat at their little tables making mudpie sundaes.  Her teacher is a gem and the level of love exuding from all us grandparents was to the sky.  One little boy didn’t have a grandparent present, so I “adopted” him.

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It poured down rain that day, but when I left the school around 10:30am, I was filled with sunshine.  Quick stop at a diner for some coffee, then I put the umbrella back up walked down to the new Met Breuer, formerly the Whitney.  I really want to see the new Whitney–I’ve seen the outside–but that’s for another trip.  I’ll be sharing pictures of the exhibits over at MadWoman soon.

That evening, Emma and her 1st through 8th grade schoolmates put on a beautiful concert, and they all did a wonderful job.

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Emma is far left, second row; 3&4 grades, I think…

Saturday morning we went to a Feis in, where was I?  Somewhere in the Catskills, from what I’m told.  A Feis is an Irish Dancing Competition and my oldest grand-daughter competes nearly every week-end.  She loves it and is very good.  Like any sport, there are rules of advancement that I have been told several times, but don’t actually retain it.  I only know she’s moving forward with every Feis.  The competitions are held in various venues–hotels, outside, school gyms.  This one was held in a school gym, what I call a “bleacher Feis”.  I just can’t get these old (short) legs up and down bleachers well, so they are not my favorite.  I managed to secure a spot on a bottom bleacher near the dancers and got some great shots…or I think so…

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5 First-Place, 1 Second-Place Trophies…

After returning from the Feis, we put our hats on, broke out the bourbon, and watched the Derby.  I’m proud to say that I made 80 cents!!  If you know me, I call breaking even “winning”…

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Oh, there’s more:  Mothers Day! Church! Luncheon at DBGB!  A stroll through The Strand bookstore! A massage!

But, that’s about enough for now.  I’m back home now, obviously, and the cupboard is bare.  Hope your days are as full of as much love as you can stand.!!

An early birthday party…

In 2016, Celebrations at Sonnystone on May 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

I’ll be out of town on Olivia’s birthday, May 9, so we celebrated Tuesday…

We picked O up from school and headed straight to Toys R Us.   She knew exactly what she wanted…Shopkins!  That’s her Thing…

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Right next door is Gattitown, quickly becoming my favorite place to play.  The Jrs. met us there…  We feasted and played till our cards were emptied and Olivia had earned 200 points.  That wasn’t quite enough to get her pick of the junk they offer, but the worker-fella let her have the Yoda Pez anyway.

There is a birthday party at Skate World planned for Saturday and I’m sorry to miss it, but I’d probably break a hip, anyway.  I am so proud of her, and she knows it.  It will be a busy month for us after my return–she has a piano recital, a dance recital, and school is over the 19th (whaa??)

The grandkids are growing up so fast…  We’re just going round and round and round in the circle game (thanks-you, Joni)…

 

Week-end Wrap-up…with Eric update…

In 2016, week-end wrap-up on May 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

One day gray and rainy, the next day green and shiny…that’s how the last week has gone.  Just in time to water my beans and peas, down came torrential rains.  The grass was nearly a foot tall when Casey got out there to mow today.  I won’t complain, though…I love Green…

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I’m going to wait until I return from NYC to plant the vegetables…  I fly out of EVV this trip, leaving this Thursday and just in time for Grandparents’ Day Celebrations at the EE’s school on Friday.  I love being fete’d… Of course, that Saturday is the Derby and Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it should be non-stop festivities.   The girls have that Monday off, so we can sneak away to a museum or the park or Shake Shack…

In case you haven’t heard, my son-in-law was hospitalized on Friday with sepsis.  He was nearly in shock…that’s serious, folks.  We were just rejoicing that his chemo was finished—all 17 rounds!  he made it!—but his immune system hasn’t even begun to recover.  Luckily, they got him to the hospital in time.

Here’s Melissa’s latest update:  5/1/16 5pm EST:

          Update, so y’all are in-the-know: things are decidedly less dire than they were on Friday. He’s still on the antibiotic drip for SEPSIS, but all his labs are trending back in the right direction. Although the patient would prefer to come home and convalesce surrounded by his girls, he’ll likely be in hospital a few more days. Unfortunately, they’re also concerned that he may have shingles, so he’s been mildly quarantined until the lab results come back tomorrow. *big sigh* …. Thank you all for your love, prayers, messages, and warm wishes; it makes a world of difference, and we’re grateful for all of you. xx

So there will be more celebrating to do when I get to the Big Apple, though I may have to drink for two if Eric’s still under-the-weather…   I’ll do my best, as you know.

Everything else has just been the gettin-ready stuff…I can hardly wait to get there…

 

 

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