Not much…

The last two weeks have been filled with six dentist appointments, lots of pain meds, several emotional outbursts, and I’m still not done.  What can I say?

My dentist and his assistants are just the best people, though, and I’m so grateful for their professionalism and kindness.  We have worked as a team to get this all done before my Birthday next Sunday.

This coming week Samantha and I will have Our Brrday party before she has her own kidsfest at GattiTown and I have my own celebration at…who knows where?

I hope you’re having more fun than I am…


Postcard from Camp

Hello, Mudda!  Hello, Fadda!  If you get that, you’re old.  Camp Sonnystone is moving right along!

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Today we’re taking a field trip to Ellis Park to watch the horses run.  Kids are pretty good at picking the winners, actually.  I’m feeling better, but we lost a little rhythm while I was sick.

Still ahead is an Unbirthday Party, Water Balloon Blast, Rocket Launching, and finishing up PawPaw’s Scavenger Hunt.  Next week we’ll visit the zoo and the museum and there are several movies we want to watch.

Hope you’re having as much fun as we are!


Disney ’17 in 3:30

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.


December 2, 2016

Up and at ’em, kids!  It’s time to sparkle through a fun-filled week-end.  This one is jam-packed with holiday events:  Christmas in New Harmony, complete with an Appalachian Music Concert at Thrall Opera House, is on our agenda for Saturday.  On Sunday, I’d like to check out the  Evansville Historical Homes Tour.  What do you have planned?

In the meantime, there’s the lists–baking list, card list, gift list, and don’t forget the usual To-Do list that never ends.

And did I mention I’ve started the Mediterranean Diet?  Well, I started the red wine part, anyway….


Enjoy your week-end!  It would be great to catch a glimpse of you at any of the above events, so I’ll be on the look-out…



Look me in the eye…


It came scurrying  out of the corner of my kitchen counter top as I was doing dishes…

I saw the movement and stepped back,

ascertained it was something big and quick,

shrieked, jumped  waayy back,about 5 feet,

and watched as it came rappelling down the stove,

and scrambled across the floor,

two pairs of hairy legs up,  two pairs down,

suddenly stopping at the leg of my kitchen island.

 It looked up at me and glared…

I glared back…said nothing,

just turned my back and walked away,

sneaking a stealthy glance back

to make sure I wasn’t being followed…

(I don’t kill spiders…it’s a karma thing)

News Round-up

Shew!  Busy times.

Martha, Nancy, and I went over near Robards, KY to a new winery/restaurant, The Farmer and the Frenchman.  It is brand-spankin’ new and very well-done.  It’s a little far out there–and we got lost, thanks to my directions–but the decor and view are terrific.  The menu was interesting, but I stuck with a familiar Greek salad;  not the best I’ve had, but certainly good.  The wine was nice, sweet, but not syrupy.  They were out of their signature “dressed-up cowgirl red”, so I drank a glass of white — good enough to persuade me to buy a bottle.  I plan on dragging Casey down there and I highly recommend it to ya’ll, too…


Last Friday I drove over to my mom’s hometown, Grayville, IL, to visit with Aunt Shirley and my Compton boy-cousins.  Aunt Shirley is visiting from Melbourne, FL and I like to see her whenever she’s nearby.  We went over to Davina’s Country Diner for lunch–catfish fritters, green beans, and cucumber salad-


-and then came back to Jeff’s house to smoke and drink and play cards.  It was a blast.  There is no one else alive who I’d rather drunk with than Any of my Compton cousins, and the guys are real sweethearts.  Those boys roll their own tobacco and it is nasty, she says since she puffed up a pound or two of it.  I napped and waited for cousins Lana and Charley to show up for some cards–chit-chat–and won $4…beginner’s luck.  My clothes were stinking and I don’t want to talk about the hangover the next morning…

I bought a selfie-stick a while back, but can’t get it to connect to bluetooth, so I have to use the timer and somebody else’s arm to snap the pic…not an easy feat when you’ve been dancing with Jim Beam all day…

Girlfriend Luann is in town for her Mom’s 90th birthday party on Saturday, so we’re getting together this afternoon.  I’m going back to Grayville on Friday for a more sober visit and to say hasta la vista to the Auntie.

Saturday is the Birthday Party and I guarantee you the food will be the stuff of childhood memories.  Lu’s clan is full of interesting people to whom I like to pretend I’m related.  Still, there’s no Jeff & Jay in that fam, so they are missing out (but will probably live longer).

The first full week in October is always the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, which I will avoid like the plague.  Ya’ll go on down there, though, and enjoy yourselves!  Olivia’s dance school is marching in the parade, but the other grandparents are covering it for me.  Lily King is the grand marshal and it will be packed–we are proud of our homegrown Olympic Gold Medalist.

Casey has the week off, so we’re planning some sort of adventure.  I’ll be perfecting my selfie-stick skills and be sure to keep you informed…

Till then…Peace…

Best of Sonnystone 2010

While I take a break from blogging, every Sunday I will dredge up the Past, digging deep to find the most popular posts from each year since The News has been published.

Always nice to take a walk down Memory Lane…shall we?

All Together Now June 11, 2010

Week-end Wrap-up…with Eric update…

One day gray and rainy, the next day green and shiny…that’s how the last week has gone.  Just in time to water my beans and peas, down came torrential rains.  The grass was nearly a foot tall when Casey got out there to mow today.  I won’t complain, though…I love Green…

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I’m going to wait until I return from NYC to plant the vegetables…  I fly out of EVV this trip, leaving this Thursday and just in time for Grandparents’ Day Celebrations at the EE’s school on Friday.  I love being fete’d… Of course, that Saturday is the Derby and Sunday is Mother’s Day, so it should be non-stop festivities.   The girls have that Monday off, so we can sneak away to a museum or the park or Shake Shack…

In case you haven’t heard, my son-in-law was hospitalized on Friday with sepsis.  He was nearly in shock…that’s serious, folks.  We were just rejoicing that his chemo was finished—all 17 rounds!  he made it!—but his immune system hasn’t even begun to recover.  Luckily, they got him to the hospital in time.

Here’s Melissa’s latest update:  5/1/16 5pm EST:

          Update, so y’all are in-the-know: things are decidedly less dire than they were on Friday. He’s still on the antibiotic drip for SEPSIS, but all his labs are trending back in the right direction. Although the patient would prefer to come home and convalesce surrounded by his girls, he’ll likely be in hospital a few more days. Unfortunately, they’re also concerned that he may have shingles, so he’s been mildly quarantined until the lab results come back tomorrow. *big sigh* …. Thank you all for your love, prayers, messages, and warm wishes; it makes a world of difference, and we’re grateful for all of you. xx

So there will be more celebrating to do when I get to the Big Apple, though I may have to drink for two if Eric’s still under-the-weather…   I’ll do my best, as you know.

Everything else has just been the gettin-ready stuff…I can hardly wait to get there…



Breaking News…

Yesterday was a day like Alexander’s…  Somehow, everything seemed more difficult.  The culmination was spilling my tea into my computer keyboard.  I tried to get it cleaned up quickly, but…   Casey’s out clearing the roads, so I’ve taken over his computer until I can get out and get one.  After the initial “geez, f!**”, I’ve gotten into the idea of getting new.

It seems like a natural time to take a break from reporting, anyway, as there will be little happening for a couple of weeks…unless, of course, something does actually happen, at which time, you’ll be the first to know.

Stay warm and safe, dear readers.