Jo Mayne Casey

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Camp Sonnystone 2017

In 2017, Camp Sonnystone 2017, Photos, Summer at Sonnystone on July 17, 2017 at 11:57 am

 

 

Picture Post

In 2017, Photos, Summer at Sonnystone on June 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

At the ShrinersFest 2017

 

 

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My personal favorite:  The Ultimate Air Dogs

 

Peace

 

4 days in Manhattan…

In 2017, Spring at Sonnystone, updates on June 13, 2017 at 11:41 am

The Kindergarten Graduation

5 years ago Emma graduated Kindergarten…Same hat.  At least my head hasn’t grown…

Party at American Girl

Swinging in Central Park

Roaming the Met

Sadly, I did not take any photos of the Ceili, only videos, and I would Love to share them with you.  Alas, wordpress is not being co-operative.  If I figure out how to upload them, I will post them.  All of the dancers were wonderful, especially Emma and Eliza.  So much excitement!  Word to my daughter, send me some pictures!

We’re back at Sonnystone, catching up with the garden and putting up the pool.  The New York Family is scheduling a July visit—hey, that’s just a couple of weeks!  Plans for Camp Sonnystone are underway.  Being with each family is wonderful, but getting All of Us Together is Superlative..!  See you soon!

Peace

Adventures with with O & S ….

In 2017, Photos, Spring at Sonnystone on June 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

We went to the zoo to celebrate Olivia’s first day of summer vacation…

Afterward, we came back to Sonnystone and played…It’s nice to have PawPaw around to play clue and help with fairy wings…

Samantha spent a while working on her flying…

Missing the essential Pixie Dust, she didn’t quite lift off, but she persisted…I like that in a person…

 

Peace

 

Just in case you miss me…

In 2017, Spring at Sonnystone on April 18, 2017 at 5:20 am

I’m off to NYC for a couple of days–3 to be exact.  It’s Eliza’s spring break and I got a great price on a ticket out of Indy.  We’ve been non-stop gardening for weeks and I’m actually ready for a break.  The weather in Manhattan won’t be as warm, but what better way is there to spend rainy spring days than playing with your grandkids?

Hope your Easter was happy…ours was!

Peace

Photoblog

In 2017, Photos, Winter at Sonnystone on March 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Snow, Birds, and a touch of cuteness…

Winter decided to show us who’s the boss around here–for another week or so, at least–and snowed all over the bloomers…  Whaddaya gonna do about it?  Take pictures…

What I actually Like about snow happens at the birdfeeders.  The birds just flock in.  I love watching them…

I got out my bird book to identify a newcomer:  See the little brown guy in the picture below?  He’s an Eastern Towhee.  They usually feed on the ground, but the snow brought him round to visit.  The cardinals, chickadees, and finches are my usual crew.

The snow is now gone, but the danger to the plants and birds is even greater since the temperatures are hovering between 20 and 35.  I read that March is the most dangerous month for birds, as their natural food sources are already emptied of berries and the ground is frozen.  If you don’t already feed the birds, you ought to try it.

Here’s a little bit of Cute to warm you up…

Peace

Camping Compendium Day 1, Part 2

In 2016, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres, Gallivanting, Travelogue, Trippin' in the Trailer on November 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Just past the Oconoluftee Visitor Center, the Blue Ridge Parkway “ends”…  The Parkway stretches 469 miles mostly along the Blue Ridge chain of mountains that is part of the Appalachian Mountains, connecting Shenandoah National Park (mile marker 1 at the tip-top) to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (mile marker 469, bordering the Cherokee Indian Reservation).   We have traveled this route before, from 469 to about 160, and from 84 to 1, where it connects with Skyline Drive in Shenandoah.  We camped at Shenandoah many moons ago and drove Skyline in the fog.  It’s on our list to drive it all at one time, hopefully with the sunshine that we had last Saturday in North Carolina.

GSMNP was packed with visitors, so the the small 13-mile stretch we drove was a welcome relief from the lines of cars, and the views were just as awesome…

First we stopped at the visitor center…

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Then drove on up the mountain…

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I think the winding road down there is the one from Maggie that we drove in on…

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I love it when the mountains in the background look like waves…

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The colors…

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The weather was simply perfect…

 The only place you can buy alcohol in Cherokee is in the casino, and we are an alcohol-fueled couple.  We drove 30 or so miles down to Bryson City to visit Nantahala Brewing Company, figuring we’d pick up some beer.   It looks like the place is pretty new, large-screen TV’s and a stage for live music.  Right across from the GSM Railroad, it was about half-full of tourists like us.  We tried a flight of 4 5oz beers, one of which tasted precisely like Ass, complete with a whiff of fart.  The others were just okay, so we did not buy a $10 six-pack.  I did cleanse my palate with a nice cider that Nantahala does not make…

Back at camp, we had foil dinners…hamburger, potatoes, carrots, onions cooked over the fire.  We made foil apples, too:  cored the apples (I did this at home) and filled them with brown sugar and cinnamon, then wrapped them in the foil and cooked them over the coals until they were mushy…mmm…  I had brought extra brown sugar/cinnamon shake, too.

We watched the fire burn until our eyes couldn’t stay open…  Awesome Day #1

Camping Compendium Day 1

In 2016, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres, Travelogue, Trippin' in the Trailer on November 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

As we left for our mini-vacay last week, I was pretty tense, very distracted, awfully anxious. I knew we would be completely off-grid for a few days–no cell, no TV, not even radio–and frankly, that added to my stress, even though it was the whole point of going. We drove down through Bowling Green and over backroads in Tennessee, picking up I40 around Cookeville.  Our GPS advised us that the traffic down through Gatlinburg was stopped and pointed us toward our Cherokee, NC destination via Maggie Valley.  Maggie is lovely, but the road out has hairpin curves….it was a long last hour.  We got into Smokemont around 5 and had just enough time to set up camp before dark.  I had packed fried chicken, so after we filled our bellies we sat around the campfire and stared, listening to the quiet and not-thinking, beginning to unwind.

We were up early the next day for a hike.  A short walk from our campsite, the Smokemont Loop is only 3/4 mile, but it climbs, so it’s labeled moderate.  Hiking along, stopping to look and listen, the only wildlife we saw was a gray squirrel, but the birds were chirping over our heads, so I know they were there.  I Really am not into bears, but Casey was on the lookout the entire trip…

Smokemont Loop Trail

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The hike felt like a gentle massage…I could feel the tension leaving my shoulders and I hadn’t once thought about anything but the beauty of my surroundings.  We grabbed a sandwich back at camp, then set off to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and take some Overlook pictures.  That’s for tomorrow.

See you real soon!

Picture Post with guest photographer

In 2016, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres on October 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

We’re packing it in for our Smokies trip, but I wanted to share a few pics before we go.  I am fascinated with shadow pictures…they show off my long legs…

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As we were tearing down camp at Harmonie SP the other week, I let Olivia, my 8-year-old grand-daughter, wander around taking pictures with my Nikon.  I think she did a pretty good job, so here’s her album.

Pictures by Olivia

Bring on Autumn…

In 2016, Autumn at Sonnystone Acres on September 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

It is the day of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and here at Sonnystone it is a beauty.  Not Fall-ish yet, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the humidity isn’t tooo bad.  You can feel the energy of the Fresh Astronomical Season in the air.

I’ve missed ya’ll, and am ready to return to regular blogging.  But not today.  Today, I’m just leaving you with pictures and a promise…

New Harmony Kunstfest  9/17/16

I look forward to cooler temperatures and warmer colors, mums and blooming pineapple sage.  It’s been a Great Summer, especially for the moonflower vine that I started from seed and the sweet potato vine that I put in an urn…

I hope Your Day is Terrific!  Peace…

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