Jo Mayne Casey

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Laundry Room Re-do

In 2017, DIY Projects, Winter at Sonnystone on January 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been using the New Laundry Room for a week or so now, but just today got the picture of the finished product.  I’m a little embarrassed about how gross it was before we started, but we kept telling ourselves (for 13 years) that we would do fix it soon.   All done now, in 3 weeks of retirement…

Our house is anywhere from 80-150 years old, depending on where you’re standing.  The laundry room is attached to the 1931 building that was apparently built as a garage, but there is no archaeological evidence of a driveway…

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It doesn’t look like there’s been much done between 12/30 and 1/5, but that’s when all the plumbing (there was a pink bathroom in the room we tore down), electrical, and gas hook-ups got done.  You can see we heated the old thing with a cube heater, but now we have fancy-shmancy state of the art gas heat…  I do my laundry more often now.

 

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baubles, ornaments, and knickknacks…

In Christmas, 2014 on December 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

We found 3 new sets of Mr&Mrs in New Harmony, bringing our total to 18, not including the large animated figures.

Just a picture post…

Mid-week Missive…

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

Halfway to Friday, Happy Hump Day…images of the camel dance through our heads.

After starting the steroids on Tuesday, I felt just fine by Friday…maybe a little headache, certainly a lot of muchies, but sooo much better… Of course, I got outside on one of those sunny, 60degree days and sprung the back again.  Okay, though…if I’m going to be laying around on a heating pad, why not have the soundtrack be torrential rain?

I ordered the carpet for the bedroom and when that arrives in a couple of weeks, we’ll be completely done with the remodel.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  It’s zehr cool to actually have a door to my bedroom.  (It’s the little things)

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check out the new pendant lamp in the window seat…

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Saturday I’ll be playing piano/organ at the wedding of Kenny Thomas and Amanda Lewis.  Kenny is the son of my good friend, Kristi, and his dad is the late (and legendary)  Chuck “Grady” Thomas.  It will certainly be bittersweet to be a part of their nuptials.  I admire Kristi so much and am so honored to serve;  however, I haven’t practiced piano this much in Years!  It’s a real work-out, as any church musician will attest.    I love the music, though, and have dragged out much more than I’ll need just because…

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Take heart:   the day after tomorrow is Friday…I think we’re gonna make it, friends.

home improvement…

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I didn’t get a real “before” picture, dammit…  Imagine a sort of  shotgun-house where you walk through a bedroom to get to the back of the house.  When we first moved in, we lived upstairs, but the bathroom downstairs is closer than up there, and I’m too lazy to take the extra steps in the middle of the night.  It’s always bothered me that we’re so out in the open.  So we’ve built a wall, sort of a 3/4 so that we will still have some air flow…  We planned for weeks, and Casey started on it last week-end…

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We’re using a sliding door;  it’s going to create a nice mudroom-type entry from the side door…

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There is much, much more to do:  the drywall on the inside of the room has to be mudded and sanded and we’ll put new carpet in there;  we’ll use flooring to match/connect the entry with the kitchen;  everything needs to be painted.   Casey’s going to wait until I’m in NYC to do the drywall…  I sure do love this guy..!

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It’s that time of year…

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

The oppressive heat was defeated by an incoming cold front, breaking down the temperatures from 95 to 75, lowering the humidity and puffing up the clouds.   It’s a welcome change.  Yes.

There’s always another side, even to a beautiful day.  I began to sneeze, 3-4 in a row in the afternoon;  by evening, my throat felt like a razor blade and my head was throbbing around my eyes…that’s right..the Dreaded Snot of seasonal allergies.   It starts out thin and runny, then begins to jam up your nasal sinuses and obstruct the  eustachian tubes until your entire head is full of  thick, wet, mucous.  To make matters worse, I didn’t have any of my  personal standby, Allegra, so I dug up some old Benadryl, evidently too old to actually work. because I had a miserable Friday night.  Saturday morning,  I decided to start with the Sudafed we had around and that was a flawed decision, to say the least.  By the time I had nursed myself through three every-four-hour doses, my heart was racing, my stomach was bolting, and the headache, snot, and sore throat were as awful as ever.    I spent the night coughing, wheezing, and throwing up…ready to write my will.  This morning, Casey went down to CVS and bought some Allegra and voila!  Now I am just another clogged cranium walking around with kleenex up my nose…but at least I’m walking.

Last week was a busy one:  I took Olivia to and from school a couple of days;  Sister and I did our sing-a-long;  My school broke ground for our new gym and all the bigwigs and TV stations were out,  Here’s what else has been happening here at Sonnystone…

The 98% finished room…

We’ve got the furniture put back into our freshly carpeted room, and nearly everything on our newly painted walls.   (I have a rather inspired idea for behind the couch, but it will take a while)

The stereo is back…

The last several months I’ve listened mostly to music from my computer, using cheap speakers and/or headphones, and I’m just Not Feeling it.    Even Melissa had noticed that the listening music was a little under-represented during her visit.  Since it’s an essential component of my personal well-being, music, played loud from speakers that have some decent bass/woofers,  has made a comeback…
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I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy those CD’s I downloaded from the library…the cognitive dissonance is getting to me…(is it stealing? or just borrowing?)

Harvesting…

This should probably be over on the gardening blog…  We brought in the tomatoes and the basil before I was laid low by the Snot.  I’m feeling almost well enough to get out and pull in the sunflowers and rearrange the front perennials (that will be on the garden blog!)

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Get ready for some pesto, friend…

Sneak Preview…

While I’ve whined and swigged toddies, Casey has been planting trees!!!    We bought a tulip poplar and a heritage river birch and he’s just about got them in the ground…

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That just about catches us up…

Excuses, excuses…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

In addition to the “working 7-days-a-week” excuse for not blogging, I’d like to add the “we’ve painted 5 rooms and gotten new carpet” justification.   Casey’s been working 10-hour days, 4 days/week, off Fridays, and has worked the last couple of week-ends painting the front of the house in a nice neutral “toasted almond”  (although he finished up the kitchen in white).   We figured since I’m gone all the time right now, we’d get this stuff done and be able to relax after this Last Week-end of Horseracing.

Painting in the front wasn’t too bad since we only had to move the furniture into the middle of the room and take down the wallhangings…but….we had carpet laid yesterday in the back room and had to move out Everything…Everything….   I have waayy tooo much stuff …

The unbearable heat kept most folks away from the track yesterday and I’m hoping they stay away today too—or at least stay hydrated.  While I’m manning the First Aid Station, Casey will be finishing up the painting in the back…

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I hope to have it Mostly put back together by Monday…  Have a great Labor Day Week-end!

Some B&A…

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2013 at 7:47 am

I’m still not completely done with the upstairs preparations, but since the Jose’ fam won’t be here till July I’m not in a big hurry.  Here’s the so-far…(all of the “befores” are first, duh)

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But the biggest change was downstairs, dining room…

 

 

As you can tell, I moved the hutch…

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You can imagine moving all that, dishes and stuff, rugs and even curtains.  I’m sick of it.  I was glad to get away to the BluesFest last week and now I feel “moved in”.

One more B&A, then I’ll let you go.  Remember the trees Vectren killed and said they’d come back and cut?  They came out last Friday and did the work—It looks soo much better:

just one more cup…

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 at 8:44 am

We got new carpet laid yesterday…in the dining room adjacent to the living room.  This floor has always been wood, so it has taken me 10 years to quash the guilt and cover it.  I like wood floors as much as anybody, but this floor had a large (inherited)  sun-stain the size of an oval rug,  as well as my contribution of water-stains.  A fella came in a couple of years ago and helped us wax and shine them, but he said then that they needed to be sanded and completely revamped.   While that might have been less $$ than carpet, I HATE  cleaning wood floors. (don’t get me started about cleaning ladies again).   So I’ve spent the last 2-3 days in a mess, and now I can put it all away, obsessing  over each little arrangement of Stuff on the shelves, placing my beloved junque just-so…

The Sun is Shining!!  After last year’s drought, I’ve learned to appreciate the rain, but  this Spring is tediously wet.  While I admit it gives me time to get some of this indoor stuff done, I’ve had to be very creative when it comes to getting in my walking…but I am keeping up.

The Summer Reading Program, wherein I stated I was going nook-free, is a bust.  I just can’t do it…  I finished up Little Women and have some good books from the library.  Right away I noticed that I have to use reading glasses for Real Books, so I bought up 3 pair and have them scattered throughout the house, ready to read…  Right now I’m about 1/3 through Wild  (Cheryl Strayed) and like it, but I couldn’t resist downloading another Nero Wolfe yesterday and finished it up in a day…  I’m sounding a little bit lazy, here, aren’t I?

We’ve got some music on the agenda again this week:  WC Handy Blues Festival is On over in Henderson and we’ll be having a little family outing on Wednesday.  In the meantime, I’ve got to get the dust off the dishes…

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Rainy Friday…

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

With dozens of projects to choose from, top priority was given to cleaning and rearranging our upstairs rooms.  As I was moving this and arranging that, I decided to move a chest of drawers to my closet downstairs and suddenly  my closet  moved up from off the list to top. Seems like it took forever to get it cleaned and organized —It’s those things that keep a person from having time to sit and blog.

Today, however, I’m returning to the original priority and the sound of the steady rain on the roof makes it a cozy place to work.  Husband has been working 10-hour days, but is home today to help schlep, so I’ve got to get to work…  Just so you know, here’s the Before…

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It’s a great rainy-day project…

marching on…

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

YaYaYaaY!!!   TGIF and Spring Break!!  I know, I know…the weather sucks.  But it’s the last week of March and warming temps can’t be too far off.  I hope…

I’m leaving Monday, flying out from Nashville to NYC;  returning Saturday, 6pm or so.  While the weather won’t be ideal, there shouldn’t be any rain…   I’m just so excited to be there, who cares?   While I’m gone, Casey will be installing new kitchen flooring.   We have some Big Plans for some painting and carpet and the kitchen is our Kick-Off project.  I forget to take “before” pictures, but I bet Casey will remember.

In the meantime…  I had seen a really cool French Country sideboard/hutch kinda thing down at the consignment shop.  It’s 76″ long and I pictured it in the dining room, but… I would have to move tons of glassware and do something with the hutch I’ve got and  it was pricey.   The consignment shop lowers prices every 30 days and as I checked in monthly, I noticed it wasn’t selling…until finally it was down to 50% off and and extra 10% for writing a check.  Still…I just couldn’t justify changing all that dining stuff around…when it dawned on me… how about using it as a desk??:

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This still entailed some moving around of desks and wires, setting some dust bunnies free, and I’m still working on the shelves.  I like it…

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