Sonnystone Summer Spectacular

Good morning, Sonnystoners!!  We’re coming to you Live this morning from the back porch here at the Acres, where we are kicking off Summer Vacation 2014!

I’ve only got 72 days of summer this year (wha???  there were 81 days last year), so we’ll have to pack it full of fun and festivities.   We’ve got a new pool to play in;  the garden is already lush and fruiting;  the camper is open and freshly leveled. We’re going to be screening in our front porch in June;  if you react to mosquito bites like I do, you’ll understand what a thrill that will be!    July will again be the month that the New Yorkers will grace us with their presence,  and I’m fishing for some other celebrities to stop by.  There are various fests and concerts around town and we’ll be there.

I wish the energy I feel this morning would last all summer…Jumped out of bed!  You’d think that since I just had so much time off I’d be a little less excited, but I’m darn near 100% now and ready to roll.  I’ve already watered and done laundry, drank some coffee and spent a few minutes swinging.    Our Memorial Day Week-end was very productive and still left us time to relax and get a little sun.   The weather was perfect and we’ve got some of the same on its way the rest of the week.

I’ll be blogging daily, whether here or at the garden blog, so follow me as we Swing through Summer at Sonnystone…

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Final pictures…

We drove the Jose’ crew up to Indy on Wednesday, pushing them out of the van as we drove by the  home on Riverview.  Not quite that abruptly, but we really did just carry in their bags, kiss them good-bye and do a u-turn.  We have been shopping for RV’s lately and wanted to check out CampingWorld in Greenwood while we were up there (nothing exciting);  from there we took the long way home.

It was a beautiful, magical, action-packed reunion.    There’s always a period of sadness after the kids have left, a real gloom that melts my mind.   Am I the only one who feels that time is speeding up?  I try to intentionally slow it,  digging my heels into each moment, but it just keeps moving on.  Children grow up, I grow old…

 

We managed to squeeze in some mini-golfing  the day before they left…

 

Of course, we took the obligatory picture on the swing…

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And gramps helped them with their game…

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The Quiet is deafening…  I’m back at the track, though, and school starts (for me) a week from tomorrow.  Already I’m planning a Veteran’s Day quicktrip to NYC and we’re All Hyped for the visit to WDW at Christmas.

Thanks to all the family and friends who added their joy to our festivities..!

A, B. B, and the E’s…

My grand-nieces, whom I love dearly and do not see enough, visited yesterday.  I was thrilled that we were graced with the presence of a Teenager, actually 2 of them…(but I only got a picture of 1)…  Alex came by to grill Melissa about NYC and her boyfriend picked her up later.

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But the younger girls, Berkeley and Briley, played with Emma and read to Eliza…

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Emma said that my blog posts do not contain enough words, but I can’t quite help it right now…a picture is worth a thousand words (and a gallery must be worth about a million):

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TGIF

I’ve got to work at the track today, noon till 4 or so.   The nurse who job-shares with me has met with some unforseen medical problems and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I have the whole week-end off.   In the meantime, here’s yesterday’s recap:

001Emma got her ears pierced at the mall, after driving her sister around for a while…

We did some gardening…

 

grandpa needed some help…

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Melissa took some pictures…

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It is hot as _______  (use your own expression), sweaty all around, but we Tried some swing pictures just to get some practice…

 

cemeteries, bars, and toilets (not necessarily in that order)

The Unexpected is expected when you live in an older home…  An emergency toilet replacement was carried out this week-end—I’ve soo been wanting a new one, right?

That doesn’t sound so inspiring, but we really have been on a work-binge all week-end.  In addition to a lot of gardening (to be reported over at Growing Every Season), we got a strong start on the upstairs bedroom re-do.  We put in a window air-conditioner, scratched our heads and asked, “why did that take us 10 years?”  I didn’t want to give up my window and Casey thought the window was too small. As he answered, “because we’re chowderheads”.  The changes upstairs spilled down to my closet and I’ve been grimly going through Too Many Clothes that don’t fit, ready for another trip to the Goodwill…

Today we stopped and visited a couple of cemeteries, mostly Casey’s family.  His grandma and grandpa Gibbs are buried in Locust Hill Cemetery, a very old, very German cemetery.  I’m intrigued by old cemeteries…there is that entire phallus theme going, large obelisks and columns, just to show that some folks are bigger, even in the afterlife.

Who says you can’t take it with you?
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Casey’s Dad always wins the Best Headstone, family member, award:
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We’d planned to drive over to Grayville and Albion, but my blood sugar dropped, transforming me into a grump, and verry close to spewing bile over anyone who approached me, so we stopped for a quick bar-burger.

After couple of beers, we decided to head on home and enjoy the fruits of our labor. (I’m planning a visit to Illinois soon, so I’ll be giving you a call, Nu-Nu!)

Today, the first Monday of my 81 days, is windy, 73degrees, birds chirping and gardens happily drenched with last night’s rains. By the time the high temperature of 87 degrees arrives, I hope to have all of my errands done and to be swinging on the front porch…

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****editor’s note: it is Not Monday–it just feels like one.

3 more days…

I have soo missed you…  In addition to being overwhelmed by too many unfinished projects here at home, I’ve been struggling to meet the end-of-school deadlines at work.  I still am feeling under the gun, but I figured I could at least write a quick note to explain myself.    Wednesday is the last day of our 2012-2013 school year;  I am ready—taking in treats today for the 8th graders, tomorrow for the 7th graders, and Wednesday the PTSA treats me!!  I always get sentimental on Class Day, but forget about it in, oh, say 5 minutes?  Weather and other intrusions have slowed my gardening, but it’s nearly all planted.  Opening the windows of the house was such joy…until it blew the dust into a storm and necessitated a day of cleaning.

I will be doing live daily blogging again this summer, with several projects planned,  so I hope you’ll get back in the habit of checking in…

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