Our Park Map Placemats

Our Outdoor Memories Memorialized.

When our children were young, from preschool on, we would take different park maps and seal them in acetate. We would use them as Placemats for all our meals. When they were very young we explained to them, that it was like we were looking down from the clouds at the park. When we sat at the table, we would look them over to familiarize ourselves with the layout of the parks that we were planning to visit and camp during that season. We would point out the lakes and streams, and the trails that we wanted to try. We would talk about the trails that we have hiked and the many discoveries found on those trails. Through the years, we would mark up the maps with those discoveries, like, where is ‘Our Blueberry Hill’ or ‘Our Raspberry Row’, ‘Our Hidden Bubbling Brook’, ‘Our Special Fishing Spots’, the Best Views, etc.

We would take the Park Map Placemats to camp with us and constantly refer back to them. When we went hiking, we would carry, a marked up, folded map.. As we adventured, we would make additional notes. Once we were back home we would come to an agreement as to what was to be added to the Park Placemat Map.

We still use them to this day. The kids are grown and gone with families of their own. On occasion we were lucky enough to use the Park Map Placemats with our Grandchildren. We all Loved them, what Wonderful memories they hold, ‘Our Secret Spots’, ‘Our Hidden Hideaways’, Our Family’s Personal Park History.


P.S. The Bonus was: Our children learned to read many kinds of maps at a very young age, and even how to use the Compass, and how to Navigate by the Sun, etc. They were never afraid to set out on an Adventure with map in hand.¬† ūüôā

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. ‚Äď OmaEagle


George Denny Clemens Ancestral Men of Faith


George Denny Clemens / Clement ¬† 1615‚Äď1660

A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.

My 9th Great Grandfather.

George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans and he along with ten or twelve others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First.

At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.  George Clemens, a member of British parliament 1647 London, England, Puritan and Mennonite, 1647 a member of British Parliament and was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, thus beheaded.

In January 1649 a trial was arranged, comprising 135 commissioners. Some were informed beforehand of their summons, and refused to participate, but most were named without their consent being sought. Forty-seven of those named did not appear either in the preliminary closed sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the four-day trial, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant; two further commissioners added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile. The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649‚Äď53) and then the Protectorate (1653‚Äď59) under Cromwell’s personal rule.


Genealogical History of the Gottshall Family,                                                   descendants of Rev. Jacob Gottshall. With complete record of the descendants of William Ziegler Gottshall, Compiled by Rev. N. B. Grubb. Published by The Gottshall Family Association 1924. 128 pgs.


Mr. Lewis Waldemar Clemens, of the Royal Colonial Institute, of Toronto, Canada, has for a number of years untiringly searched the family records of the Clemens family back through the archives of Ottawa and has carefully traced the ancestry of the official records of England and Holland, with such success that his complete work has been passed upon by The College of Arms, England, and after strict scrutiny has received the official approval of that institution.

Mr. Clemens traced an unbroken record of the family ancestry back to the sixteenth century, to

I) Clement of Toft, Lincolnshire, England. He was the father of

II) William Clement, of Wissingsett, Norfolkshire, to whom in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1563, the Family Arms were granted by the visitation of Norfolk,. made by William Harvey, Clarencieux King of Arms, South of Trent.. and confirmed by John Raven, Richmond Herald. in the year 1613.  The wife of William Clement was one Arm Nernon. They had three children, George, Thomas and Edmund.

III) George Clement, married Audry Denny daughter of John Denny, of Chishunt, and widow of John Haydon, of Longham.

IV) George Clement, son of George and Audry, became Puritans and together with ten or twelve, others were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First, 1648.  They had a son Jacob.

V) Jacob Clement, born 1651, was nine years old when his father, George Clement, was beheaded.  He and his elder brother John also became Puritans and when Jacob was eighteen years of age, the two brothers came out to America in 1669. Jacob afterwards returned to England and in 1677 he was married there to a woman whose Christian name only has been recorded, Mary.

V) Jacob CLEMENS (1651-1684) married Maria Mary BARTHOLOMEW (1658‚Äď1684), Like most Puritans, Anabaptist, etc., they fled England, and lived in the Netherlands to avoid Religious Persecution.

VI) Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Bartholomew CLEMENS (1680‚Äď1745) was born in the Netherlands, married Anneli “Anna” Hiestand REIFF (1682‚Äď’1745′) born in Alzheim, Switzerland. They were married in The Netherlands in 1702.

They Emigrated in 1709 to Salford, Philadelphia  County, now Montgomery County Penna. They were a Prominent Family in the Salford Mennonite Community.

CLEMENS, Family Memorial Stone at Salford Mennonite Cemetery

  • Gerhardt ‘Garret’ CLEMENS 1680-1745 and
  • Anneli ‘Anna’ REIFF 1682-1745
  • Their Children:
    • Johannes ‘John’ Clemens 1707-unk and wife Elizabeth
    • Elizabeth Anna Clemens 1712-1793 and
    • husband Valentine Kratz 1747-1834
    • Jacob Clemens 1703-1782 and
    • and wife Barbara Clymer 1714-1777
    • Abraham Clemens 1710-1776 and
    • wife Catherine.
  1. Clement of Toft…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† My 12th GG Father
  2. William Clement & Ann Nernon                                 My 11th GG Parents
  3. George Clement & Audry Denny                                My 10th GG Parents
  4. George Clement                                                         My 9th GG Father
  5. Jacob Clemens & Maria Mary Bartholomew              My 8th GG Parents
  6. Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Clemens & Anneli “Anna” Reiff¬†¬†¬†¬† My 7th GG Parents


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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. ‚Äď OmaEagle

April Flowers 2018

Spring is Always Here                                                                                         With Flowers Around the Year.

Mini Orchid Frosty White

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere…
My Indoor flowers bloom year-round,                            My Hubby buys me bouquets most weeks,                   Plus from February up unto the middle of October,
My outdoor plants gave me flowers…

My Mini Orchid Frosty White
This Baby’s been in bloom since the end Dec. 2017,
He’s near the end of bloom, needs a rest until June.

April 1, 2018 Easter¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I added these to my Collection…

Burnt Orange Lily
Deep Blue tipped White African Violet.

Some of the Flowers that have blessed my April.

African Violets, Amaryllis, Apples, Bleeding Hearts, Blueberries, Dandelions, Forsythia, Gil-o’er the Ground, Hyacinths, Jonquils, Lesser Celandine, Lilies, Orchids, Periwinkle, Pregnant Onion, Spathiphyllum, Wild Violets, Winter Cress.

The First Week of April

My Pregnant Onion sent up a flower stalk, it will bloom for at least 3 months.

Pregnant onion
This is it’s Flower
My Forsythia is open through gloom of storm & snow
My Jonquils
My Lesser Celandine
Periwinkle April 2018 week 1
My Periwinkle
Hyacinth April 2018 wk 1
My Hyacinth is really trying
My Kalanchoe is making an appearance

My Cardinal and Tiger Lilies are also coming up

The 2nd & 3rd Week of April

Wild Violets
Wild Violets
Gil o'er the ground April
Gil o’er the Ground
Gil o'er the ground April.
Gil o’er the Ground
Bleeding Hearts

The 4th Week of April

Blueberries April
Liberty Apple April
Liberty Apple
Liberty Apple
Liberty Apple

BUT… The Pride of My April Blooms are My Amaryllises

My Amaryllises grow 36″ high, and the blooms are over 6″ across.
I have had them over 45 years now. My Mama plant bulb came from my Grandfather back in the 70’s.

First Week of April

My Amaryllis holding their heads high.

Amaryllis AprilAmarylisis April 2018 week 1Amarylisis April 2018 week 1.

First Week of April

I have many in various stages of bloom. I have 4 pots with 5 bulbs.                          A total of 8 Р9 flower stalks, each flower stalk has 3 to 4 flowers
So perhaps I will have up to 36 flowers

Amaryllis wk 1 stages of bloom


Second Week of April

2 of them with 7 flowers on 2 stalks, & 2 more stalks to bloom yet.


Third Week of April

And the Bloom goes on, and the Bloom goes on.
3 pots, 3 stalks bloomed with 11 flowers, 3 more stalks to go.

Amarylisis Apr 2018 3rd week

Last Week of April

The Last plant to Bloom. 2 stalks, 7 flowers.

Amaryllis 4th

End Note:

Over the years, I have given many of the ‘Baby’ Bulbs to new homes.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Best part is receiving some pictures of them when they Bloom. ūüėÄ

Thanks for joining me again, I know it’s been awhile.

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. ‚Äď OmaEagle

My Christmas Miracle

The Gift of Life – I am a Transplant Recipientth

I have PKD РPolycystic Kidney Disease.                   I received my Gift on Christmas Day 2013.

After my Transplant I mailed a letter to my Donor’s Family through the Gift of Life Program. Today it is 4 years 3 months since my transplant.



Here is my letter to the donor…

Dear Donor:

I want to Thank You for your precious gift, ‘The Gift of Life’, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

I pray for your family for their loss, and for the Love and Care in honoring your wish to give the gift of Life. Even though you are no longer in the physical world with them, I pray you will always be with them in spirit and in memories of all the good times. I pray the end was easy.

I know not what faith base you are, but for me and my family this will always be the best Christmas ever. You have returned Life to me. After languishing for over five years you have restored to me many things…

As a Mother of four daughters, and five grandchildren, I can now resume my proper place in the family. I will now, once again, be able to tend to them, instead of them always having to worry about and take care of me.

For over 25 year I was a Girl Scout Leader of troops, a volunteer facilitating large council events, and a volunteer at summer resident camp. I was also a Boy Scout facilitating large unit events and a badge counselor (Boat and Water Safety, Kayaking, and Reptiles & Amphibians). I hope I will be able to resume some of these scouting activities. I will not be able to work directly with the kids due to my compromised immune system, but I hope to find a way.

Once again I will be able to be active in my community and church, maybe I will be able to sing once again in the choir.

So as you see Dear Donor, I have much to be Thankful for, thanks to you and your precious Gift. You will be in my thoughts and prays forever.

I am humbled and I thank you.


This note was included on the back of my 2014 Christmas Card. (above)

A Personal Note & Request:
You all know that I spent 2012 and 2013 going in and out the Hospital.

This past Christmas 2013, I received the ‘The Gift of Life’,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† for me and my family it was the best Christmas ever.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Returning Life to me, after languishing for over 5 years on dialysis.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† For 4 months, Dec 2012 to March 2013, I was literally dying.

This Christmas Day, I ask you to Light a Candle for my Donor Bill and his family.  Please keep them in your prayers, it is so hard to lose someone on Christmas Day.

Because of their Gift, I can once again become active.
I received not ONE, but TWO Kidneys (unheard of).                                          Thanks to all of YOU for your Good Thoughts & Prayers.

Love from Our House to Yours

I have so much to look forward to and to be Thankful for.


Every Christmas since, we ask the same…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Light a Candle for Bill and his Family.

Donate Life

Please sign up to be an Organ Donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.

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. ‚Äď OmaEagle

I Now See, … I can return now.

I Now See, that is who I was meant to be, I can return now.

As I read, my chest began to feel heavy, my eyes began to weep,
I thought the heaviness would stay, but as I drew deep breaths,
It slowly drifted away, as my sighs and cleansing tears rolled by,
Stop,¬† …¬† Breathe Deep,¬† …¬† Slow the Weep,¬† …¬† Clearing now,
I see the fierce one was once me, but I tired, my spirit, expired,
I now see, that is who I was meant to be, I can return now.

I wrote this in response while reading this postYou are too quiet for my liking.

Feeling Hope for the Return of my Spirit

Those who have read me, knew, some of what I had been through. Goodbye November¬† being one, then when I thought I was starting to feel the Heal, I wrote – Hello 2018‚Ķ I Think I Can. When I read ‘You are too quiet for my liking’ I felt it talking directly to me. There is Hope, My Spirit is small and very fragile, she is peaking out and gingerly taking small tippy-toes at this point. I do not have Faith in her yet, but there is Hope.


Your faces in the darkness, kindle my small spark.
Thank you for stopping by, – Omaeagle


The 1940’s Brown Velvet Suit


Mother’s Brown Velvet Suit

It is Near 80 Years Old. It’s a very plush velvet, extra soft and cushiony.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The buttons are white daisy-like flowers with a ‘rhinestone’ in the center.

Mother, wore this suit from age 16 to 24, Pre & Post WWII. (1940 to 1947)            I wore it from age 16 to 27, during and post Vietnam. (1967 to 1979)                        I wore it with brown suede platform shoes.


Passing It On.

I kept it all these years. In November 2017, It was passed on to my eldest daughter, age 37. She came ‘home’ for three weeks from mid-November through to early December, for an ‘American’ Thanksgiving, and an early Christmas. She has lived in Scotland for 11 years now. She was very close to her Grandmother, ‘Nanny Moon’. She loved The Brown Velvet Suit, but, she is going to make some alterations. She says: ‘The daisy buttons have to go, and maybe the sleeves, to make it a proper vest’. She will use it for work, I can’t wait to see what she does with it. I hope to be able to share some pictures in the future. * Note: My daughter, after reading my post, said she always intended to keep the keep sleeves on this Brown Velvet Suit.


My Daughter was close to her ‘Nanny Moon’.

Funny thing is, Nanny Moon’s Grandmother, came from Edinburgh, Scotland, the very city where my daughter now works. Nanny Moon always wanted to go visit ‘The Scotland’, where her Grandparents came from. Now at least her Brown Velvet Suit will get to live and work there. ūüôā

Mom in velvet suitHelen Mc & Mary Bomboy? Brown velvet copy


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. ‚Äď OmaEagle

Hello 2018… I Think I Can.

I Think I’m Back.

I have been absent for awhile, I was too emotionally exhausted to go on. Too weak to speak, or even write without the weep. My mind is beginning to respond and stay on, my heart still has a deep bruise. My spirit is coming back in Spurts. So for now, I feel, I will be returning in baby steps. I will start with some of my poetry, and see where it takes me.

Too Many Battles, Not Enough Victories.

The past many years have been hard,                                                                       Fate has not often punched my reward card,

Those who have read me knew, some of what I had been through,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Struggle after struggle, end on end, one on top of the other,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dialysis, ICU’s, hospice, transplant, & tending to a toxic mother.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† But the final straw was in the end,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† the loss in Nov. of my 2 Fur Friends.

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon… Omaeagle