Jo Mayne Casey

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2017 at 5-days-old

In 2017, updates, Winter at Sonnystone on January 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

You know I’m not perfect, nor do I have one iota of desire to be so, even though my blogs only show my good side.  Why not?  Who wants to read about my New Year’s Eve gallbladder attack (heroically faced down with magic vinegar shots and warm lemon water)?   I don’t want to whine about the $$ not being there when I planned for it, or to complain that I’m spending hours (literally) on the phone with numerous representatives of the insurance company, because ultimately these problems will all pass.  Who cares if I’m re-arranging the furniture (again) in a effort to control what I can, since I’m out of control of everything else?  You might be mildly interested to hear that Casey’s retirement=transition is going well:  he started remodeling the laundry room and is out there All Day…I visit him there and remind him that he’s supposed to be home by 3:30.

Today was our first snow, a kind of wimpy snow, and I love having Casey here with me.  It seriously brightens my whole outlook knowing there’s somebody else here.  The birds, my reliable winter companions, keep me entertained and now there’s 2 of us to watch them flit around, devouring our seed and suet.

I’m busy planning trips, especially the Kick-Off of  the “When I’m 64 Tour” beginning in February.  Looking forward to milder temps, for sure, but for now the snow and cold are feeling warm…



In 2016, Advent Season 2016, Winter at Sonnystone on December 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

We’ve had a wood-burning fireplace for 30 years, and about 20 years ago we began adding sage (from my garden) to our first fire of the season.  I believe burning sage and smudging clears the air of negative energy, a sort of spiritual house-cleaning as I’ve heard it called.  It’s just a little ritual of the seasons that has become a tradition.

Three years ago I read an article about Yule logs and adapted it to our First Fire Ritual.  We find a barkless log and write our wishes on it–Peace, Love, Joy–all that good stuff, and personal wishes, as well.  Then we put it into the fire, cover it with the sage, and wait for our wildest dreams to come true.  While there is still no Peace on Earth, we keep sending our wishes up to the universe for consideration.   This year, we asked the grandkids to tell us Their Wishes so we could write them on the Log:  Emma-place at oireachtas; Eliza-no homework and live at Disney; Olivia-pretty teeth (she’s getting braces in January);  and for Samantha we figured she wishes she could Be a Big Girl, too…

Temps are going down to 21 tonight…time to put another log on the fire…



Let the February Festivities Begin…

In 2016, updates, week-end wrap-up, Winter at Sonnystone on February 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

I was so glad to rip away the calendar page of January…too much down-time, if ya ask me…

February is my birthday month, and this is the first year I will celebrate with Samantha—she will be 1-year-old the day before I turn 63-years-old.  I like the number 63, especially the fact that it occurs the same year that we celebrate 36 years of marriage, and in 2016, another number evenly divisible by 3.  It seems a sign of magical adventures ahead.

That perky little observance aside, this getting old stuff sucks.

i thought growing old

I seem to sag more every day.  My skin in winter is like a dry sponge and my hair looks like I’ve touched a Van de Graaff generator.   Thank the gods for leggings and long sweaters,  warm scarves and cute hats.  We’ll make the best of it, you can bet.

There’s all kind of upcoming fun:  groundhog day, an antique book show, mardi gras, the orchid show at the Zoo, a play at UE, and all those birthdays.  Who’s up for lunch, out there?  We’ve got that Leap Day to enjoy, so leave me a note and we’ll plan some feasting.

Oh, how do you like my new computer?  Sleek, eh?

Tomorrow, be on the look-out for the MadWoman… she’ll be raving, I’m sure…

HELLLPPP…I’m trapped in here again….

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Seriously, Casey’s been working dawn to dark, the driveway is impassable, and I’m waayy too old to learn to use a snow-blower, so I talk to myself, keep the fire burning, and watch the birds.

I’m still planning on driving down to Nashville Saturday morning for the Lawn & Garden Show…it’s the light at the end of the snow-tunnel…



Orchids…and a Bird of Paradise

In 2015 on February 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

Oh, the irony…we were to make up a snow day today, but it snowed…   I like it, though, as we will still only have to make up 1.

I spent 8 hours of the week-end out at Amazonia, talking with the people and animals, walking up and down soaking up the humidity and light.  Naturally, I took tons of pictures and here are a few…

It’s pretty safe to say that there is no flower more widely coveted than the orchid. With their delicate, sculptural beauty and historical rarity, orchids carry an unrivaled suggestion of refinement. The exotic flowers are now cultivated in a wide variety of colors and delicately shaped blossoms, making them beautiful both on their own and as an addition to arrangements, but they retain their association with very special occasions.

Different cultures throughout history have believed in the healing, disease-fighting and protective properties of the orchid. In traditional Chinese medicine the orchid is used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses. The ancient Greeks associated it with virility, and the Aztecs were said to drink a mixture of the vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength.

With an estimated 25,000 different types existing naturally, orchids are of the largest flowering plant families, but they have always carried an impression of rarity. Some tropical species grow in virtually inaccessible habitats and have never been seen more than a handful of times in the wild. Their exotic mystique and otherworldly beauty was irresistible to the Victorians, who collected and displayed them like treasures. Consequently, they became a sign of luxury and refined tastes. Today they are still hunted and traded by avid international orchid collectors, who also prize them for their long-lasting blooms.

Just one more…the display at the top (and in this mosaic) was just beautiful and the show-stopper was a 30-year-old (yes, thirty plus years alive) Bird of Paradise that has been in our Zoo’s greenhouse for many of those.  Its blooms this year were so prolific and pretty that our curator pulled out the forklift and brought it in for us all to enjoy…

I suppose I’m going to have to put on my snow boots now…  Stay warm, friends.

January funk…

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I’ve been trudging through this week, staying up too late at night, oversleeping in the mornings, and napping too long in the afternoons.  My inner critic (that shrew) has been active, though, judging me for my inactivity.  I’ve spent an inordinate amount of thought-time missing my mom and dad, wishing my kids were still kids.  The water pipes in the kitchen froze.  I just couldn’t bring myself to blog…

Killing time on the internet, I’ve been reading some entertaining blogs.  The photos are wonderful, the content is pithy and/or funny as hell.  Instead of being inspired, out came the critic to compare and discourage.  So I drowned that bitch in a bottle of wine…

There’s only one thing to do about these January Blues:  Dance, brothers and sisters.

I betcha can’t Not Dance…


Today’s Special

In 2015 on January 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

A creature of habit, I no longer have to write down resolutions, I just find myself doing the same old (new) things every year…re-organizing the closets and cabinets, both literally and mentally, sorting through the flotsam and jetsam of the last year, keeping what’s useful and tossing the rest.

calvin-hobbes-new-year-resolution1We’ve pretty much evolved into a seasonal routine, and winter is for upping the trips to the gym, cooking healthy, cozying up with a book, writing, and reflecting.  The birds must be fed, the gardens planned, and this February we’ll greet our new grand-daughter.

But right Now is perfectly fine; in fact, it’s just Enough..!  Each morning, I resolve to Enjoy Today…

calvin and hobbes new year 1

Enjoy Every Day of 2015, dear Readers!


In Uncategorized on March 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

The Longest Winter wears on, despite our whimpering and whining.  The gnomes feel the same way we do…


Let’s go back to yesterday and wine instead of Whine.  Casey and I cruised down to the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show/ Wine Festival.  I know it’s going to be a while before we can Really plant anything, but take heart!

I’ve not been too successful at growing orchids, but they always entice me to try…maybe next year?

The wine tasting was tasty…  We got free glass glasses, drank freely from more than a dozen Tennessee wineries, and I must have been buzzed, because I Thought that I bought 3 bottles of wine, but actually came home with some 2 bottles of suspicious-looking ?orange wine and some “kool-aid” to mix with it.  Ah, well, I’ll drink it… The winery area was too crowded to take pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination…

While we’re worrying that winter will wear us out, think how the birds must feel.  We’ve already used twice as much feed at our feeders this year compared to last…  So don’t forget our feathered friends…


still riveted

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Are you watching the Games?  You really should…

I have never wanted to be an athlete of Any Kind.  It’s not Just that I have no discipline, but also that I might get hurt.  I admire so much the fearlessness of the Olympic Heroes; their hard work and the aforementioned discipline that consumes them stirs something inside all of us.  Come on, don’t tell me you don’t cry, whether  they’re standing on the podium, or if they blow it with one little mistake…

If you haven’t paid enough attention to cry, just use this little ad as a primer…

Now turn on the coverage…  (say what you will about Russia, their costumes are the Best)

Who knew?

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Who knew that Yoga could hurt so much?  Why didn’t you tell me??

ooph, I’m feeling my legs and shoulders today and it hurts so good.  I’ve discovered that I’ve been doing the Sun Salute wrong all these years;  the old way was much easier…  It definitely helps to have someone make you hold the poses, whereas I was rolling through them pretty quickly before.  I shouldn’t have pushed myself, though, because now I’m not feeling too keen to practice them…

Winter has gone all wintry on us again and there’s nothing to be done but hunker down and keep the fire burning.  I saw the eye doctor (new bifocal contact lens) and the MD last week (getting labs drawn tomorrow), so I’ve pretty much no place to go.

Did I tell you that I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD?  I started e-reading with the Original Kindle, then switched over to Nook a couple of years ago.  I wanted to use the Amazon amenities like Kindle Singles and lower prices on nearly all the books, but was also hoping that a larger screen would be easier on my eyes.     I bought the 8.9″ and it is kinda of heavy, not too portable.  But I do love the Amazon prices and shopping.   (Bargain-brag:  I used coupons and discover points to buy and only paid $75)

Oh, yes, the shopping…  And since there’s yet another storm on the way, I’ll be taking advantage of Prime to spend that overtime that Casey’s out earning.   Really…  a girl’s gotta have fairies…and fairy benches…and teeny-weeny little fairy pets.

Be careful…it’s slick out.

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