Photos from the week-end

A great time was had by all on Saturday night when all four of the cousins slept on a pallet at JoJo’s house…

We woke up Sunday morning and went to the zoo to ride the new carousel before it got ungodly-sticky-hot…

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We were wilting when we got back to Sonnystone, so into the pool we splashed…  Samantha didn’t have a swimsuit, but we put her in anyway, because she’s a Big Girl, too…

The Jrs. brought over a crockpot of roast beef and taters, a watermelon jicama salad, and extra melon…mmm…

Camp started in earnest this morning and I’ve pretty much worn the kids out!  The heat is all-July and they are chewed by chiggers, but we’re having a blast.  Hope you are, too!

Peace

Pre-Camp

Sorry for the absence…I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath…

As we prepared for the arrival of 3/4 of the Jose’ fam, we stayed busy working in the Garden , and doing the Gettin’ Ready Rag…

 Emma, Eliza, and Eric arrived Wednesday evening and we are having a swinging time…

Eric is leaving this morning, and Camp Officially starts on Monday.  The New York Girls will be here a couple of weeks, then their mom will pick them up and stay a couple of days.

I’ll be sharing the fun!

Peace

Countdown…

Oh, my, I am sooo tired…but verrry excited.  There’s no time for being sad –though this is the Newyork girls’ last night here– because Mickey and friends are awaiting our arrival.  We have been counting down the days…

I’m going to miss these kids like crazy, but it’s time…   WDW is a great way to top off The Best Summer Ever.

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Camp Collage

I’m cooking up some green beans from the garden, mixing some BBQ sauce for the pulled pork and chicken, shuckin’ the corn and generally preparing for the feast that we call the Camp Picnic.  It’s been a Great week…

The weather was stormy all week, but now it’s morphed into hot-as-hell-southern-indiana-in-july, with a bumper crop of mosquitoes.   I’m thinking we need a waterproof bug-spray…has someone already invented that?  We’ll be out in the pool till feast-time…

(I bought a new camera, a cheapie, but decent video capability.  I’m working on the Movie, so there’s more…)

Have a great Sunday!!!

 

Photo Finish

Monday at around 5pm I locked it up and packed it out of the First Aid Station.  It was a weird week-end, and a long one.  The races had been cancelled 2 weeks prior and it was looking bad on Sunday as the jockeys mounted ponies (not the horses, the ponies that the outriders ride) and checked out the standing water.  The park was packed with more people than had visited in 2 years and a lot of $$ was on the line, so we all breathed a sigh of relief as the horses came into the paddock after a 40-minute delay.  It turned out okay, though, as the track conditions moved from sloppy to muddy by the last race.   I did a little match-making, hooking up the wt. clerk with a gal he hadn’t seen since high school;  took some pictures;  actually had to work a little as the oppressively humid heat took a few patrons down.  Walking out on Monday, I told my guys in Security, “Before I return next year, you need to review the policy on sexual harassment.”  Boss-guy replied in true KY style, “Why? Ain’t you gittin’ harrassed enough?”

It’s just like the carnival…full of colorful characters, excitement, and drama and comedy.  The racing office personnel and stewards, the Horsemen, owners, trainers,  the jockeys and their agents, have all moved to Churchill Downs where a Live season starts this Saturday.  I’m invited to visit them there, or at their next stop at Keeneland in October, but right now I don’t want to watch another horse-race for love or money.  Sick. Of.  It.   I don’t know if I’ll go back next year, but, as one co-worker noted, “It’s like childbirth.  The next day you say you’ll never go through it again, but a year later you’ve forgotten the pain and ready to go.”

Last Race, Ellis Park, 2014  

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So, I’ve got a while to think about it.  If I go back, it will be because I miss the great people I work with…

Or maybe it’s because I’m a carny at heart…

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3 more days…

After the kids have come and gone,  I always feel a little blue.   Last week was a bit slow-motion, but I’m revving up now for the First Day of School.  It is my custom to go back to the building on the day of 6th-grade Open House, set up my office and try to mooch as many free meals as the PTA can possibly provide.  I get to take a gander at the new crop of kids and see what sort of challenges they’ll offer.  This year the open house is on Thursday and our nurses meeting is on Friday–another free lunch!!!  We’ll be munching as we’re being lectured on head lice and vaccines…nice…

Let’s not rush through the Now, though…I have 3 more days of vacation.  Even though my to-do list is legal-pad length, I just might do something else…

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Camp Sonnystone Yearbook

 

Camp Sonnystone, 2014 was a rousing success!!  We started each morning with our Theme Song…

Welcome!  I say welcome!  Welcome to Camp Sonnystone!  PawPaw is our leader.  His assistant’s JoJo.  Step right up and see the show!  Let’s Go!

We painted birdhouses, canvases, plaster monkeys;  made suncatchers and planted zinnias.  We went to the zoo, rode in PawPaw’s tractor, swam in the pool, played musical instruments, marched, and had several spontaneous dance parties.  Camp wrapped up on Friday night with a campout-sleepover…

I apologize for the quality of these pictures;  Me and my Nikon have been broken up for a while and we’re just now coming to an agreement about our relationship, so I won’t blame the camera completely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the picture…

I am reveling in this time with my grand-daughters so much that I’ve not taken many pictures.  Instead, I’m  trying to embed the memories into whatever gray cells are still functioning in my old brain, being right here right now.  Still, there’s this nagging voice saying:  Blog this…   Here’s what I’ve got:

 

July 8

July 9

Cousins Day

 

The Original Cousins

The Original Cousins

Bob & Ruby would be so proud...

Bob & Ruby would be so proud…

 

July 10

Melissa will take off early tomorrow morning to stay a few days in Indianapolis and for Emma to compete in a Feis (Irish Dance Competition) while I head back to the track for more Live Racing.  They’ll return Monday and we’ll have 11 straight days of festivities.  We’ll be in touch so we can see as many of you as we can.  Till then…

Just a quick check-in

Every Friday Olivia and I have been hitting the rummage sales—okay, I call them rummage sales, you call them garage sales, some people call them yard sales, and when I was really little my mom called it bummin’.   She brings her purse, has to have Something from each sale and I’m trying to teach her a little about money management…hahaha.   One week she immediately grabbed up a rock-em-sock-em robot game, and was gonna carry it on home.  I said, no, it’s too much money ($2).  She said, but I’ll just give them 25cents…  I wish it always worked like that.  By the way, she did put it down with a little coaxing and found a wonderful Barbie computer for only 50cents.   See?  money management.   Usually we have lunch somewhere after the sales, but today we’re going to pick up some something to bring back to PawPaw and see the construction…

Casey’s been working non-stop on the porch, starting early and pushing on until the sun is on the west side of the house.  It’s going to be put together by the time he goes back to work next week, but there are a million little things to finish up after:  paint and more paint, some trims, the ceiling fan, onandon…

I didn’t get pictures downloaded of day 4’s accomplishment:  doorway on north end.  We had, or I had, a brief panic when our local box stores didn’t have the screening, but I got it ordered Tuesday and FedEx delivered yesterday, thank-you.

Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen, for the visit of the E’s…  Emma, Eliza and their mom, Melissa, will be flying into Nashville 7/8.   There’s a feis in Columbus wrapped around a visit to Lola Sonya in Indy 7/11-13, and they’ll be at Sonnystone non-stop from 7/14-7/24.  More details later, but I hope many, many of you can visit.

Gotta go, the good stuff’s gonna be taken….