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Cool and Calm…

In 2017, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres, updates on November 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

I’ve been enjoying this down-time before the holidaze, just piddling around the house, cooking up some soups and casseroles.

I’m reading “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman.  I love it!  I’ve been reading several chapters a night, like bedtime stories, and Love Odin, Thor, and especially Loki.  Though they are Not lovable, really.  Great Stories!

I’m listening to 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde  a live album by folk, country, and old-time music band, Old Crow Medicine Show. The album is a track-for-track tribute to Bob Dylan’s landmark 1966 double album Blonde on Blonde.  Old Crow re-imagined the arrangements of the individual tracks with manic fiddles and banjos, and it’s all good.

I’m practicing on the piano “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.   Seems like everybody in high school who could play piano could play this one, but I just found the music in a used book from a rummage sale.   It’s more difficult than I thought it would be, so I am challenged…practicing a lot…

My piano sounds better than that…

One more week until Thanksgiving, so I’d better pick up the pace and get ready for

Turkey and Tradition, the Opening Race of the Holiday Triple Crown.

I am so thankful for thankfulness, it just makes me feel so grateful for gratitude… I’m bound to win…

Peace

Did you Notice?

In 2017, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres, Disney World 2017, Walt Disney World on November 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

I haven’t posted much about our recent trip to Disney World—just that movie that I laboured over and Only One Reader actually watched it…  See, I know these things.  I don’t know which of you it was, though, so you can act like it was you if want to please me.

Since 3minutes 30seconds was too much to ask, I’ll make it convenient for you.

I may have mentioned that I picked up a sneezing, snotty, cough-y thing whilst driving through Alabama.  Whatever it was, the coughing and wheezing got rough enough for even Me, who normally spurns the need for doctors, to make a visit.  I got the clear x-ray, the breathing treatment, and meds.  The breathing treatment helped me breathe better, but I was jittery as a june bug, and irritable, too.  I filled the Rx’s and started on Prednisone.  I dreaded it.  That shit is miracle, but man, it’s like speed.

That’s when I tore into the upstairs and began setting up  A Room of My Own, cleaning, purging, organizing…  Making that little movie took forever, as my mind kept jumping.  There was no sleeping, so my mind raced over ground it really should stay away from…  I deactivated my facebook and instagram accounts and started over.  I reorganized the folders in my computer files.  I ran out of thoughts…

And that was just the first 2 days…   By the time I completed the dosage, I was feeling more alien than human, and it was 3 more days before I was back to what I’d call normal.  Of course, I’m still coughing…

More pictures…

While my head was buzzing around, money started falling out of the sky…  Facebook sent me a $30 credit to boost my posts.  It was such a kick!   Watching the stats was addictive, as the number reached climbed into the thousands.  The number of people who actually clicked on the blog site was less impressive, so I was able to quit before they got any of My $.  But that’s not all!

Simultaneously TwinSpires, the online site where I bet The Triple Crown, sent me $10 to bet on the Breeders Cup.  I had to bet the race that was sponsored by TwinSpires, no problem.  I looked up some picks and found one that was on all the lists (I don’t remember the name!), bet the $10 and made $20.  I figured I’d bet the ten again on the Classic, but spread it out on 3 horses to show and they all came in, bringing me another $14.  Pennies from heaven…

More Pictures…

When we leave Disney, I am always beginning to plan my next visit.  For me, the Magic never gets old…the parades, the rides, the characters, the games, food, the music, all of that and a giant Dole Whip…

Peace

Embrace Joy

 

 

the stroll before the storm

In 2017, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres on November 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

It’s too hot for November…a cold front is predicted to clash with this heat and mix up some storms tonight.  Already the wind is blowing the leaves off of the trees like golden orange snow.  Setting the time back meant that we were up early this morning without any effort at all, so we headed over to the Audubon Wetlands trails to scrunch through the leaves and see if we spotted any wildlife.  We didn’t, but it was a fine walk…

Peace

15 years ago today…

In 2017, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres on November 1, 2017 at 11:56 am

My Mom passed over sometime in her sleep, between the hours of 9pm and 1:00, October 31-November 1.

I was the last person to speak to her, but I had No Idea it would be our last phone call.  She had enjoyed the trick-or-treaters that had kept her hopping all evening.  While we were talking, a few more came to the door and I heard her praising their costumes before she picked the phone back up to tell me how cute they were.  It was just a check-in phone call, for my mama expected to be called Every Day and fussed loudly if you went too long without calling or coming by.  She said nothing much was up, that she was feeling fine.  We closed that Last Conversation as we always did:  I Love you, Mom.  Love you, too, Sweet-Pea.

The following afternoon, I received a frantic phone call from my sister:  Mom is dead!  Mom is dead!

We drove the mile between my house and hers.  I ran past the ambulance and firetrucks, through the throng of EMT’s and Paramedics standing with their eyes averted to my panic, into Mom’s bedroom where she lay as if in sleep…curled on her side with her hands under her ear.

No, Mom!  No!  I screamed.  No!  I knelt by her bed and held her lifeless body and cried.

I cried for days…months…  I’m crying now…  I miss her Always…

My Dad had died 5 years earlier.  My birth family had been clearly divided for a decade before that.  When Mom died, that was the end.  My siblings and I were courteous and fair when dealing with the inheritance, but that was all she wrote for those relationships.  We walk very different paths.

I often wonder (as does anyone who has lost a loved one) what she would have thought about all the changes, especially how she would have Loved her Great-Grandchildren.  I wonder what she would have thought about the smartphones and facebook.  I Fear what she would have thought about Politics!

Last night we lit a bonfire and I burned some rosemary to remember both Mom and Dad.

They live in my heart and in my head, in my music and in my Home.  Hardly perfect, their example of what Not to Do was often my inspiration.

I wish they could have had more peace in their lives, more happiness.  So I take the Happy Memories.   I tell their Stories and Sing their Songs to my grandchildren.   Smiling, they live on…

Peace

 

 

Disney ’17 in 3:30

In 2017, Walt Disney World on October 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm

So, seriously, it has taken me days to get this video edited down to 3min 30sec, and it’s so not perfect, but I had to finally stop and post or I will never move on with my life.

What is perfect, though, is the pure, shining Joy that radiates from our faces.  When folks have questioned why our family returns to Disney World again and again, that’s what I try to describe.

Peace

Whimsical Wednesday

In 2017, Disney World 2017, Walt Disney World on October 18, 2017 at 9:46 am

Wow!  This has been the longest spell of not-blogging that I have had in 6 years…  Why? you ask?  4 days of travel, 7 of Disney World, and all of the activity that goes with vacationing, including the work, plus the nasty allergy-type coughing, snottiness that I picked up somewhere in Alabama.

We had a wonderful time at Walt Disney World with the Jr family.  We’ve been busy cleaning up and catching up, so part of the problem is that I’ve not taken the time to download anything from WDW and I’m still extremely challenged with uploading the phone stuff–they are in google pictures and wordpress cannot find them.

I took the Nikon along on the first day when we visited Animal Kingdom, but took only a half-dozen or so shots.  As I’ve mentioned, it is a done-for camera and most of the pics I took were out of focus.  This is what I’ve got to share.

We were the “Family of the Day” at the Satu’li Canteen…(our server took the picture)

 

Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life

I Loved the Rivers of Light Show because it is My Theme, My Mantra, My Faith…

It’s our rite, it’s our call  Every creature great and small

If We stand alone   We stand to lose forever

Raise your hands to the sky  On this journey you and I

We’ll grow stronger than we know if we stand together

Feel the Rain  Face the Wind  Touch the Earth

And take it in…

Touch the Sea  Feel the light  Live the fullness of this life

Sand and stone  Flesh and bone  We are one

We are One, with the Oceans

Free to run, through the sunlight

Everyone, pure as water

Flowing in the wilderness

We are one in elation

Sound the drum, a celebration

            Touch the earth  Feel the sun

     We are One

           Touch the earth        Feel the sun
We are One

And that’s it for now…   I’m all caught up around the house now—laundry, gardening, cleaning up the trailer—and I’ve re-stocked the fridge.  I caught up with the mail and received my Medicare notice, immediately going into a funk of feeling old.  Old, I tell you.

Still, when I look at all the fun we had, even with the weather being ungodly hot and humid down there, I’m pretty satisfied that I can keep up with the youngsters.

This is just a tease.  I’ll be back soon with the Real Pictures and True Stories…

Get out the tissues and listen to the music…

 

Peace…

Monday is for Musing…

In 2017, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres, Random Musings on September 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

in no particular order…

My old Nikon is so old…and I’ve banged it around, left the lens caps off, and did I mention it is old?  I think its photos are about 3 pixels.  I’ve priced a new one and I’m just too cheap to buy it…  The disadvantage is that it is such a big camera and dragging it around my neck gets tiresome.  The advantage is that it has a viewfinder and I’m just bad at taking pictures using that screen-thing ya’ll are so accustomed to.

So it came to be that I needed a phone upgrade and got a Galaxy s7 edge the other day.  This baby takes lovely pictures, like going from analog to HD…but I’m struggling to get my composition right whilst using that dang screen to frame it.  I’ve been walking around the house practicing…

…and will hopefully be handy with it when we are on…

…our upcoming trip…

We’ve been cleaning up the house and gardens in preparation for our upcoming trip to Disney World.  Yes, we are Disney Freaks and try to visit every 2 years.   This year is very different, though, since Melissa and her brood can’t be with us.    Michael and I have been intently working on the trip since last Christmas.  Casey and I will be staying at the Fort Wilderness Campground and the Jrs were upgraded from Port Orleans to Animal Kingdom Lodge!  We have dining reservations at the Royal Table (and all the other good character dinners) and fast-passes for all the most popular rides.  Because we’ve usually had a group of 10 and adjoining rooms, because we’ve usually stayed 4 days and this time we’re staying 6, I’m sort of discombobulated by the amount of time Casey and I will be on our own…  The International Food and Wine Festival is going on at Epcot…very timely…

(The New Yorkers will be meeting us at WDW next July…we get to go every year for a while!)

…remember when facebook was fun..?

It’s been a while.  Long ago I began to “hide” people, putting them on my acquaintance list whenever they posted a hateful anti-Obama meme or spewed some other racist shit.  I felt that was “nicer” than un-friending them, and soon half of my fb-friends were hidden.

The other day, I put Everybody back on the Friend List and started to receive their little posts in my newsfeed…  No surprise that all of those “friends” are still posting anti-Obama and Hillary memes, anti-LGBT and immigrants posts, and are Angry that Most of us are opposed to their guy, acting like they were so respectful when they were opposed to Pres 44.  Can anybody say “Tea Party”?  Oh, I forgot, that was about “taxes”, not that black guy who was president…

I have put most of them back on the acquaintance list…

..the self-acceptance summit…

My biggest personal problem, the one that I have struggled with Forever, it seems, is my self-hate.  I talk to myself like I would never speak to another person.  I call names, I demean, I beat myself up for every mistake I make.  My inner Judge has always been a bitch, stemming from blahblah childhood blahblah poor parenting, blahblah mean people blahblahblah…  I’ve prayed, I’ve meditated, I’ve tried the medicine…my struggle continues.  Ridding myself of people who reinforce such attitude has helped, and last week I attended a seminar on Self-Compassion that was Word when I needed it.

It was nice to “meet” some of my favorite authors–Elizabeth Gilbert, Danielle LaPorte, Kristin Neff, and Anne Lamott, to name a few.  What I was advised was to be my own friend and to respond to my Self with compassion, understanding, and forgiveness.  Sounds easy, eh?  Well, I’m trying.

What struck me most about these folks was their lack of perfection, their complete and honest admission that they are just as effed up inside as I am.  People who write best-sellers are still just messed up people like me….except they actually wrote best-sellers…

enough of musing…let’s have some music…

Peace

See ya next time, Summer..!

In 2017, Summer at Sonnystone on September 5, 2017 at 11:07 am

We had what will most likely be our last day in the pool yesterday.  It was a bright, humid 89 degrees, so we oiled up one more time and floated for a while, savoring the sunshine.  It was windy, though, and last night a storm blew in and brought in autumnal temperatures, predicted to last for the next week or so.

It has been another great summertime, full of kids and fresh vegetables.  The chiggers outdid themselves this year–I picked up more last week!   I did the usual summer-rant, cursing the 100degreeshumidity70percent that is July, but that is what pools are for.   So many summertime songs passed through—from summer in the city to summer girls, summer of ’69 to summertime blues; and don’t ever forget Popsicle of Love (it’s summertime, babe)…

Of course, in my day, the day after Labor Day seriously, actually, was the end of summer as we marched back to school, wearing our new back-to-school clothes.  So it is that I have been going through all my clothes, trying to find something that I can wear on our upcoming Disney World trip.  I have trimmed down, as mentioned, and I’m so thrilled to be back in my old clothes again, but they are Obviously Old and Really Outdated.  My shoe situation is sad, too, as my closet is full of worn-out, but comfortable!, shoes.  I feel a shopping spree coming on…

We celebrated our son’s 36th birthday on Sunday at Bru Burger.  (isn’t my baby darling?  that’s his new smile)

There’s plenty of September chores for the garden, but I’m still going through stuff in the house.  One more big haul to charity will wrap up that project for the year and I’ll have some room to breathe…and buy new stuff…shiny things!

Peace

 

P.S.

 

Rummage

In 2017, Summer at Sonnystone on August 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

It was a great success…and fun, too!  The after pictures look like we didn’t sell much, but we did.  The leftovers get spread out by the end of the day…  My attic is soo much lighter now…

Liv and Samantha made a nice bit of cash with their lemonade stand.  They were fascinated by pulling off the shells of the buckeyes in the yard (we have 2 buckeye trees) and Casey told them they were lucky, so Livvy was inspired to put a price on them!  Quite the entrepreneur…

I felt a little sad about selling my albums, but I own all/most of them on CD and I am just too lazy to get up and change a record all the time.  About 3/4 of them were sold, but it’s a little interesting to see what people Didn’t buy…all of my Dan Fogelberg and Kenny Loggins albums are still here, as well as Steve Winwood and Derek and the Dominoes, and some Allman Bros…and Pablo Cruise…

I kept Grateful Dead Europe 72…just because…

Peace

99% solar eclipse

In 2017 on August 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm

I wasn’t too awfully taken in with the Solar Eclipse phenom, but since we’re located so close to the action (81 miles to Hopkinsville, KY and 99 miles to Carbondale, IL) it has been the talk of the town.  People flocked to the areas of totality, and it looked to me like they had an Awesome experience.  Eville was to be 99% and I figured that would be good enough.  My son and his co-workers at the Hwy Department worked special hours today, driving to the roads to corral the hordes of folks expected to line the shoulders to see the eclipse.  They were warned that animals would be freaking out in the daytime-darkness and that bats would come out.

Well, what a surprise…  I went down to get my nails done and Kim, my manicurist, had some solar glasses.  I was the only customer and we all went outside and took turns using the glasses.

It was way cool…but…it did not get dark.  It was a little like having sunglasses on, and it felt a bit eerie, but the shadows remained strong.  I’m like…what?   There was just a sliver, a small rim of the sun still showing, but 1% was enough to cast a strong shadow.  Amazing.  That Sun is one helluva star… (No, the animals were cool with the event, and no crowds were lining the sides of the highway.)

I’ve been pulled away to help my cousin with his elderly dad and I’ve made a half-dozen trips to Grayville and back, all of which started After we had already made a mess pulling stuff out of the attic for the rummage sale.  In addition, we’re getting Olivia to and from school and watching Samantha on T-W-and part of Th.  The sale is this Saturday and the weather is supposed to be good.

I have to admit, kids, that the constant barrage of shit from Washington is making me sick and tired.  I try to ignore it, but I just can’t!  Just when things seem to calm down, another catastrophe occurs.  I’m trying to stay positive, but It’s Really Bumming me out…  I’m not writing much because I can’t act like I’m not moved and upset, but I don’t think I write very well about it.  I wish I could.

Anyway, I’ll see you at the rummage sale this week-end…I’m selling my old albums and a record player (that works)…you know you need you some vintage vinyl…

Peace

 

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