Jo Mayne Casey

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Camping with the Kids…

In 2016, Camp Sonnystone 2016, Summer at Sonnystone on July 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

We arrived at Lake Rudolph in the oppressive heat, wilting, but still smiling.  The pool was wonderful, the golf cart was a real hit, and we celebrated Emma’s half-birthday with s’mores…

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The next morning the Jrs met up with us and we headed over to Holiday World early.  We managed to ride the carousel, the train, and meet Santa within the first 2 hours of our arrival…

Then the thunderstorms arrived and shut down the park…really.  We were stuck in the gift shop for nearly an hour as the sky emptied and the thunder rolled.  In a park full of roller coasters, this means they don’t run.  We managed to enjoy our wait…

When the park shuts down for more than an hour, they give you tickets to return at another time, either that evening or another day.  Though the rain let up later that afternoon, we opted to go back another day—hopefully one that is a little less humid, if that ever occurs.   We filled out our day playing mini-golf…

Even though our park visit was cut short, it was still a full day.  We swam some more, had more s’mores, and drove the golf cart everywhere…

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We have started our Camp Activities–Music includes our perennial Theme Song “Welcome to Camp Sonnystone”, and “Hall of Fame” with choreography.  Today we made flower crowns and tomorrow we’ll do Make-it and Bake-it…so stay tuned.

Peace, people…

Weekly Wrap-up

In 2016, Summer at Sonnystone on July 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

Emma, Eliza, and I flew back from NYC on Tuesday on an uneventful flight into Louisville.  We hit the ground running and had both Olivia and Samantha spend the night and stayed the day on Wednesday.  Samantha was very good, sleeping until about 4am, then going right back to sleep when I picked her up and held her next to me.  Ah, the joys of grand-parenting.  She just wants to do everything the big girls do and the big girls are having a lot of fun just being together.

We celebrated Eliza’s half-birthday (5.5) on Wednesday…

I’m hating this heat.  Though it seems as if I’m a bundle of energy, I’m really dragging around.  And the mosquitoes!  Damn them!  Emma’s legs look like a skin disease.  I win the bite count, but she reacts very dramatically, welping and swelling.  All 3 of the big girls have enjoyed the pool, and I think the chemicals keep down her itching.

Scenes from the girls’ choreographed Pool Show:  

We’re rolling out to Lake Rudolph for some camping and a visit to Holiday World.  The weather is supposed to suck, continued heat and increased chance of thunderstorms, but hey, the kids are excited, so we’re sure to have fun.  They’ve helped get the Coach packed and now are singing and dancing to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”…

Happiness is… grandchildren…

Stay cool, friends…

 

Postcard from New York

In 2016, Photos, updates on July 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

Like most postcards I have sent, this one almost beats me back home.  I’ve spent the last week playing Nanny to my grandchildren, traipsing through the heat and humidity to the Met, Radio City Music Hall, NYPL, and some hours just hanging out at the homeplace.  I skipped the Saturday feis, but sweated through yesterday’s in Tappan to watch Emma collect 5 more trophies, and now I’m starting to pack it up for tomorrow’s return trip.

Here’s some highlights….wishing you were here… or had been…

Sisters, Sisters…at the Met,  walking like an Egyptian

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It’s all fun and games until the hug turns into a headlock…

We have seen the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular every year since Emma was born, so it was a thrill to be able to add a mid-year visit with last year’s Spring and this year’s Summer Spectacular.  Love those high kicks…

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Bill’s Burgers is our regular after-show-stop…

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That’s all I’ve got for now, kids, but we’re flying home tomorrow and the grand-daughter count will multiply x2 as we start a month of Sonnystone Camp and Festivities…

Peace and Love…

Traveling Shoes

In Summer at Sonnystone, week-end wrap-up on July 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

I’ll be arriving in NYC at 5pm or so today, staying until the 19th.  We will be seeing the Rockettes Summer Spectacular on Wednesday, and enjoying a feis or two over the week-end.  We’ll fill in the time with strolling the sidewalks, just being together.  The girls will be returning to Sonnystone with me to stay about a month.  I’m verrry excited.

As usual, I’ve been angsty all day, trying to decide how many pairs of shoes to take.  Thanks to my new Mary Poppins bag, I can fit in the whole lot of them….but I won’t.  I’ve never spent much summer-time in NYC, so I’m sort of suspicious that my wardrobe is so light.  Am I forgetting something?  Oh, well, I’ve heard they have a few shops in Manhattan.

I’ll try to do some live reporting while I’m there.     Peace…

Eric: The Epilogue

In 2016, Breaking News, updates on July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

I guess it will always be the Year-that-Eric-got-cancer, and it’s been a long rough-patch.  The days since March, 2015 have been fraught with temptation to fear, piled with prayers for mercy and healing, and full of gratitude as friends have shared our woes and lightened the burden.

Eric is Now (as of 6/23) not Just Cancer-Free, but Officially Finished with All his treatments.  That’s 17 rounds of chemotherapy, a rare adult who made it through All of the prescribed infusions.   That’s one surgery to remove 3 rays of his left foot with associated wound-healing complications.  That’s one bout of Sepsis following the final chemo treatment.  That’s 25 radiation treatments, burning his foot till it resembled Peking Duck and temporarily putting him back on crutches.  That’s about enough, isn’t it?

I want to use all of my eloquence to describe my son-in-law, but superlatives sound so shallow:  fantastic father!  great husband!  caring friend!   He is all of that and always has been, but adding !cancer survivor! misses the truth.  He was determined, often grimly, motivated by his daughters to stand up to whatever the cure required.  It has made him a deeper, stronger soul…

I’m reminded of these verses from the poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

I really think a celebration is in order.  Let’s get it started this Independence Day weekend—set off a bottle rocket, or light a sparkler, or maybe even throw one of those cherry bombs in Eric’s Honor.  Toast him with your favorite beverage!

You Really are a Rockstar, Eric! You did it!  It’s Over!  You are so loved and admired!

4/21/16

4/21/16

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