The 60’s… O’ Woe To Me… Damn Vietnam

O’ Woe To Me by Debbie Rapp, age 14

Poems by Debbie Rapp - O' Woe To Me Jan. 1967

A Throwback to My past… Ah, My Past… Some called it… ‘Hippy’
others still call me the Original ‘Flower Child’ or ‘Earth Child’.

I will be posting poetry from over 50 years ago, for an insight into some ‘Minds of the Times’. I needed to get it out there, so bear with me, I believe that these poems display some of the ‘Last Vestiges of Innocence’.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

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Last Vestiges of Innocence… The 60’s

Love Letters from Wayne

The 60’s were a very turbulent and trying time for all, but I believe none were impacted more than the youth of the day. We were fed daily doses of violence, between the protests, the riots and the nightly broadcasts of the scenes and casualties of Vietnam.

Most of us were raised through ‘The Happy Days’ of the 50’s, but it seemed all of that came to a screeching halt as we were thrust into the Chaos of the 60’s. Our generation, I feel, experienced the greatest emotional highs and lows, between the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Assassinations, the Civil Rights Riots, the Draft, the In-Your-Face realities of war, the Anti-War Protests, the Be-Ins, the Love-Ins, the decade long Space Race culminating with the First Man on the Moon. Um… and the last but not least, the Greatest Diversity of Music.

I will be posting this poetry from 50 years ago, for an insight into some ‘Minds of the Times’. I needed to get it out there, so bear with me, I believe it is the ‘Last Vestiges of Innocence’. Love Letters from Wayne

and… Wayne, wherever you are, I hope Life has treated you well.

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A Throwback to My past…   Ah, My Past…   Some called it…   ‘Hippy’
others still call me the Original ‘Flower Child’ or 'Earth Child'.

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

The Handyman Special – Bathroom II

Our House…

Our Handyman Special…

Was more Special than we were Handy 😀

It took us decades to finish it.

Bathroom II

This Bathroom seriously needed to be redone, the floor was sinking, and the ceramic floor tiles were cracking, due to a cracked beam. In addition to that, this bathroom was originally done (revamped) all too quickly and poorly the first time. It was ‘thrown’ together rapidly to accommodate a disabled parent who could not navigate the stairs to the other bathroom.

This one took well over six months, piece by piece, to finish. PHEW

The Cracked Beam

* Bath, cracked Beam

The Gutting

The Rebuilding

The Finishing

The Finish – TaDah

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Wahoo – Another Major Accomplish

after all these years… Through 4 daughters with all their activities and running, and hosting another teenager daughter, an exchange student, for a school year. PLUS… 5 dogs, 5 cats, 5 times taking in and running for homeless people and / or families, 3 parrots, 3 elders with all their running, 2 turtles, 2 fish tanks, 1 pond, 30+ years of being an active Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteer, and our 2 jobs,, etc.  Oh and Last, but not least… My Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney failure, 5 years on home dialysis, then my transplant..

PHEW!   😀    Go Us.

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

The Handyman Special – The Bathroom

Our House…

Our Handyman Special…

Was more Special than we were Handy 😀

It took us decades.

Before

Bathroom upstairs 1979

After

Bathroom up 2

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Bathroom up 3

Bathroom up 4

Wahoo – Finally

after all these years… Through 4 daughters with all their activities and running, and hosting another teenager daughter, an exchange student, for a school year. PLUS… 5 dogs, 5 cats, 5 times taking in and running for homeless people and / or families, 3 parrots, 3 elders with all their running, 2 turtles, 2 fish tanks, 1 pond, 30+ years of being an active Girl Scout and Boy Scout volunteer, and our 2 jobs,, etc.  Oh and Last, but not least… My Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney failure, 5 years on home dialysis, then my transplant..

PHEW!   😀    Go Us.

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Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Walking My Talk

Walking My Talk … Just updated my ‘Walking My Talk’ post.

Oma Eagle

HOW DO I WALK MY CONSERVATION TALK?

Maintained a mostly Pesco-veggie diet

pre 1978 and on
  • Shopped regional and seasonal.
  • Used wax paper lunch bags.
  • Used refillable drink bottles and thermoses.
  • Made all meals from scratch. -no trash.
  • Bought bulk in paper bags at crate and barrel stores.
  • Cleaned with vinegar; baking soda; and Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps.
  • Refilled bottles at our old-fashioned ‘health food’ store with:
    • Vinegars
    • Dr. Bronner’s Soaps
    • Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Mineral Bouillon
    • Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids.
  • Used washable rags to clean.
  • Used washable linen napkins.
  • Made rag rugs for floors.
  • Used no air conditioning.
  • Owned no refrigerator. (I was talked into a small Energy Star one later on.)
  • Owned no dryer or dishwasher.
  • Hung all clothes to dry, either outside or inside.
  • Recycled / reclaimed old wood furniture.
  • Had a garden.
  • Rode motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and walked a lot.
  • Drove a manual 5 speed 1978 Toyota Celica…

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Despicable Disposables & Sky Litter

The Lone Balloon

The Lone Balloon - DRD June 2018

SAD… SKY LITTER and plastic waste,
Destroys Wildlife and our Open Space.

Let’s picnic and camp on debris piles,
some places that’s all there is for miles and miles,

The 1st Earth Day, was nearly 50 years ago,
we did get the clean air and clean water act though,
But solid waste has grown even more,
You see piles on the roadsides, forest, and at the shore,
what the Hell was the environmental movement for?

No one it seems really cares,
they do not see their mess land elsewhere,
Out of sight, out of mind,
just leave your inconvenient trash behind.

Release your Celebratory balloons and lanterns into the air.
OH, they’re just fine, they’ll ‘biodegrade’ somewhere…

So that’s what we get and deserve in the end,
It’s only about ‘Global Warming’ / ‘Climate Change’ my friend,
Forget Solid Waste piling up at our front door,
becoming islands in the Oceans and the forest floors. -DRD 6/2018

Let’s not even talk about our Toxic waters and seas,
you know the food and water for you and me – DRD

Please Share to Make Others Aware

Our Trash and Plastics Legacy will not go away anytime Soon,                              We’ve run out of Space, we’ve run out of Room.                                                    Become Aware and Care for the land we all Share, for Our Earth all around.          Our Solid Waste is growing in Leaps and Bounds,                                                      It is causing Our Creatures to ‘Drown’. SAD

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Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Mini Nature Preserve

Encourage Birds & Wildlife with Food, Water, Shelter.

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Water – There are many water sources.NWF_certify_sign_CWH_print
  • Many regular, and a heated birdbath.
  • An outdoor two tier water fountain.
  • A recycled bathroom sink is an in-ground drip fountain.
  • A recycled tub is an in-ground pond -water for wildlife.
Shelter – There is a multitude of places to hide and survive.
  • We made and placed four different pine bird boxes.
  • We have a Wren nesting pipe house.
  • We hung nesting baskets under our Grape Arbor.
  • A Purple Martin house, that is really a Wren and Sparrow condo.
  • We have a Brush pile for the birds, small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • We leave Leaf Litter over winter for the small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • Plus we provide what we call a ‘nesting box’ of goodies to help facilitate their nest building. It contains: small twigs, pieces of straw, leaf litter, grass clippings, cotton string, and cotton dryer lint (only cotton should be used).
Food – There are many food sources available.
  • Nectar – We have a Humming Bird feeder.
  • Suet – We offer them Suet eight months out of the year, October to May.
  • Mixed Seed and Cracked Corn – Twice a day, in the morning, and then again in the evening, we feed them a controlled amount by scattering it on the ground, and on tray feeders. It is increased in November through to April, and on days when it is near or below freezing, we feed them three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Household scrapsFruits and veggies are often added to their daily diet.
  • Egg Shells – We offer them egg shells during their nesting season.
  • Our FruitsWe do share with Wildlife. They Love our fruit. We have: an Apple tree; eight Grape vines; Blueberry bushes; Blackberries, a ‘gift’ from the birds; Raspberries; and ‘Volunteer’ Pin Cherry trees, additional gifts from our feathered friends.
Our Mini Nature Preserve

Our Trees, Hedgerows, and Plants provide, Food and Shelter for all Our Wildlife. They provide our family’s share of oxygen. Additionally, they are natural air filters, windbreaks, and sound barriers.

In the Beginning there was…

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And Now…

Our Plant Inventory

Trees, big

  • White Oak – We maintain three, there were five, we lost two due to storms.
  • Black Locust

Trees, medium

  • Pin Cherry (2)
  • Sassafras (2)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (1)
  • White pine (1)Rose of Sharon, Violet

Trees, smaller

  • Apple (1)
  • Blue Spruce (1)
  • Sweet Gum (1) – kept dwarfed
  • Rose of Sharon trees (5) (in addition to the hedgerow)

Shrubs & Bushes

  • Azalea (2) 1 large, 1 small
  • Blueberry (2)
  • Boxwood, English (2) sempervirens
  • Boxwood, True Dwarf (1) suffruticosa
  • Boxwood, Littleleaf (4) microphylla Koveana
  • Holly, American (1)
  • Holly, Blue Princess (2)
  • Holly, China Boy (1)
  • Hydrangea (3)
  • Rhododendron, Large
  • Winter Honeysuckle
  • and a Chopped up evergreen (the Robin’s Lair)privet-0-12-jun-2018.jpg

Hedgerows

  • Forsythia hedgerow – (6′ W x 40′ L) at least.
  • Privet hedgerow – (3′ W x 30′ L) at least
  • Rose of Sharon hedgerow – (3′ W x 60′ L)

Cover: Blackberry & Raspberry brambles, and an eight Grape vine canopy.

Groundcover: Ground Ivy, Periwinkle, Virginia Creeper, Wild Ginger

Perennial Flower & Foliage Garden: Astilbes; Bleeding Hearts; Cardinal Lilies; Daffodils; Hostas, Blue; Hostas, Variegated; Hyacinths; Jonquils; Kalanchoes; Lesser Celandine, Peony; Snow Drops; Tiger Lilies; Tulips.

Perennial Wilds Garden: Burdock, Catmint, Chickweed, Clover, Cress, Dandelions, Dock, Ground Ivy (Gill-o’er-the ground), Henbit, Lady’s Thumb, Lamb’s Quarters, Mustard, Plantain, Pigweed, Pokeweed, Dead Nettle, Self Heal, Sorrel, Violets, Wild Lettuce, Wild Garlic, Wild Ginger, Winter Cress, Wooly Mint.

A Few of the Ways Wildlife use some of our Plants

White Oak – Food: White Oak provides food for my Grackles, Jays, Nuthatches, Thrushes, Woodpeckers, Rabbits, and Squirrels. More than five hundred butterflies and moths are attracted to this host plant. The larvae of two small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family are known to feed only on the white oak leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for many birds. Our Great Horned Owl usually returns every Fall.

Black Locust – Food: The Flowers are pollinated by Bees and Hummingbirds. Seeds are eaten by Mourning Dove, Eastern Cottontail, and Squirrels. Shelter: Many animals use this tree for cover and cavities. A good home for bird, especially Woodpeckers.

Pin CherryFood: Twenty-five species of songbirds and ground birds eat the fruit. Mammals of all sizes relish it. More than 400 moths and butterfly species eat the leaves.The larvae of a small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family feed on nothing but pin cherry leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Sassafras – Food: Sassafras fruits are eaten by many species of birds, including my Phoebes, Gray Catbirds, Northern Flickers, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, Vireos, and Northern Mockingbirds. Groundhogs eat the leaves, and Rabbits eat the bark in winter. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Eastern Red Cedar – Food: The Cedar Waxwing is one of the principal users of red cedar berries, but many other birds and mammals, make the fruit an important part of their diet. Shelter: A favorite nesting site of; Chipping sparrows, Robins, Song Sparrows, and Mockingbirds. Juncos, Myrtle Warblers, Sparrows of various kinds, and other birds use the dense protective foliage as roosting cover.

White pine – Food: The seed-filled cones beckon sixteen species of songbirds, and small mammals. Pines are the host plants for more than two hundred butterflies and moths. Shelter: offers excellent year-round shelter.

Apple – Food: Yellow-bellied sapsuckers often feed on the sap of apple trees, leaving a grid of sap wells around the tree, Ruby-throated hummingbirds depend on these sap wells for food, especially when floral nectar is scarce. Insects feed on the sap and in turn become food for birds, including ruby-throats. Many species of bees, butterflies, moths and beneficial insects use the nectar of the apple blossoms in spring. They also feed on fallen rotting apples in fall. Shelter: provides important habitat for many birds, including Bluebirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Orioles. Branches and cavities in apple trees are common nest sites. Many species of mammals and birds use the cavities in winter for shelter or for food caches.

Blue Spruce – Shelter: provides shelter for Siskins, Nuthatches and Crossbills.

Forsythia HedgeShelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds & insects.

Privet HedgeFood: can produce thousands of fruits, which are eaten by birds. It’s also used as food by the larvae of some (Lepidoptera) Butterfly and Moth species. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds and insects.

Rose of Sharon HedgeFood: Flowering from July to October, it attracts wildlife in droves, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds. Shelter: Roosting, and Protection for many birds and insects.

For the Garden

  • Encourage Birds for Pest Control, by providing Food, Water, Shelter.
  • Use Ladybugs, Diatomaceous earth and Milky spore for pest control.
  • Use recycled Grey water for garden, if you can.
  • Use Rain barrels, if you can.

Repurposing, Recycling, Reusing

  • In 1985, we recycled a bathtub as an in-ground pond.
  • In 2005, we recycled another bathtub into a raised bed herb garden.
  • In 2015, we recycled yet another bathtub into an additional raised bed garden.

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Thanks for stopping by…

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle