Goodbye November

A Rough Month

November was a very emotional month for me.

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There was of course the normal stuff, paying bills, going to many doctors, etc.

There was the very emotional three week visit from my daughter and her spouse. My Daughter has lived in Scotland for 11 years now.  We have not seen her in 3 years. They came ‘home’ for an proper American Thanksgiving with the family. They swooped in, and we all ran around like ‘Loons’. We did Historic Philadelphia; Longwood Gardens; We saw Annie in Philly; and ate at many Vegan restaurants. They went to Wellsboro to visit family at their cabin property and see the Pa. Grand Canyon; then they went out to see Fallingwater, the  Frank Lloyd Wright House; They returned to our house, then they were off to spend several days in New York City visiting with friends, seeing Miss Saigon, the New York Philharmonic, etc.

Then before I knew it, we were saying our goodbyes through sobs and tears. Not knowing when we will see each other again.

The final heartbreaks for me was…

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on the 10th Belle the 16 year old Border Collie died,
on the 28th Tyler the 14+ year old Cocker died.

Our 3 Black dogs 2004Belle on LawnTyler & Rock

I can no longer find my voice.

I have nothing left to say.
I can no longer post,
I can no longer blog.

 

Thanks for listening.

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Recycling Clothes… 5

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Repurpose Receiving Blankets

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They are usually made from a nice heavy flannel, and come in such cute patterns… Disney characters, cartoons, etc. So once you are are done using them to ‘swaddle’ or as light throws, repurpose them by making nice flannel pillowcases.  It is so easy, just fold them in half and sew.

My children Loved their pillowcases they used them forever. In the warm months, they would wick the sweat from your brow, and in the cold months they were warm. My children used them up to and all the way through College. They used them at home, and traveling, at summer camp, they even took them to their dorm rooms. Some were even used by the grandkids. The cartoon style ones were loved the most. Flintstones, Pebbles & Bam Bam, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, Pooh Bear, etc. I still have, 3 left home here, 1 Yogi Bear and 2 miscellaneous. I use them occasionally. 🙂

These are the last of the pillowcases made from the receiving blankets. Not the best pictures, but what do you want for being almost 40. Plus they became softer and softer through the years. 😀

recieving blanket. 3receiving blanket. 2recieving.

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What are some of you quick repurposing ideas?

Take Care, 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 Mayflower Lines… Plymouth Colony to Pennsylvania

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Minnie Adelade Willse, 1883–1952

Our Grandmother Minnie was born in New Amsterdam, New York.                   On her father Constant D Willse’s line, she is Netherlands Dutch and Mayflower English.

She’s a descendant of two of the First Original Migrations to The Americas.

The Mayflower Separatist (Saints) whom landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, and The Netherlands Dutch with the Dutch West India Trading Company whom migrated to settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

The Mayflower Saints landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.

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This is the our Mayfower direct line.

George SOULE Sr.    (1590 – 1677)   9th GG fatherMayflower Line.
– signed The Mayflower Compact
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George Soule Jr.        (1624-1704)     8th GG father
Mary Soule                (1680-1726)     7th GG mother
Joseph Devol Jr.        (1703-1782)     6th GG father
Isabel Devol              (1724-1800)     5th GG mother
Peabody Cook           (1767-1850)     4th GG father
Lucy Ann Cook         (1797-1870)     3rd GG mother
Constant C Willse     (1824-1910)     2nd GG father
Constant D Willse    (1864-1953)     GG father
Minnie A Willse       (1883-1952)     Grandmother
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Our Mayflower linage, thus far.

  1. Anderson, Isabel Elizabeth – born 1621 • Massachusetts
  2. Adley / Audley, John (William) – born 1602 • England
  3. Beckett, William – born 1530 • England
  4. Borden, Henry – born 1370 • England
  5. Briggs, Henrie – born 1574 • England
  6. Briggs, John – born 1624 • Rhode Island
  7. Butterbutler, Agnes – born ‘1525’ • England
  8. Classez, Eechje – born 1680 • New York
  9. Cook / Cooke, Thomas – born 1569 • England
  10. Cornell, Thomas – born 1595 • England
  11. Devol, Richard – born 1530 • England
  12. Eldred, Alyce – born 1570 • England
  13. Felkes, Margaret – born 1576 • England
  14. Fisher, Edward – born 1616 • England
  15. Fowle, Richard – born ‘1514’ • England
  16. Hill, Henry – born 1540 • England
  17. Hills, Susan – born 1548 • England
  18. Hinckes, Mary – born ‘1575’ • England
  19. Iden,Margaret – born 1540 • England
  20. Lang, Margaret – born 1580 • England
  21. Lawton, George – born 1581 • England
  22. Leigh, Ann – born 1530 • England
  23. Muller, Michael – born ‘1600’ • Germany
  24. Odding, George – born 1585 • England
  25. Peabody, Hannah – born 1700 • Rhode Island
  26. Pickard / Pickert, Bartholomew – born ‘1650’ • England
  27. Potter, George – born 1584 • England
  28. Reeder, Joan – born 1572 • England
  29. Salisbury, Thomas – born ‘1589’ • England
  30. Sherman, Henry – born ‘1520’ England
  31. Smith, Isabell – born 1585 • England
  32. Smith, Richi – born ‘1580’ • England
  33. Soule, William – born ‘1565’ • England
  34. Stokes, Elizabeth – born 1638 • Massachusetts
  35. Taylor, Martha – born ‘1590’ • England
  36. Thomas, George – born 1620 • Massachusetts
  37. Tomor / Tornor, Thomas – born 1397 • England
  38. Uebele / Ubelin, Hans Wilhelm – born ‘1625’ • German
  39. Walreth, Johann – born ‘1700’ • Germany
  40. Ward, Philippa – born 1577 • England
  41. Weare, Joan – born ‘1675’ • England
  42. Weiser, Jacob – born ‘1590’ • Germany
  43. Westcott, Rebecca – born 1605 • England
  44. Wilber / Wilbore, Dorothy – born 1617 • England

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Read about George Soule Sr. and The Mayflower Compact. The first legal social contract composed in the New World. >  George Soule… 1590-1677

Read about our Thanksgiving tradition of reflecting on our ancestors and their First ‘Harvest Thanksgiving’. >  Holiday Foods – Thanksgiving

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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 parent, 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

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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 New Netherlands Dutch Line… 1623 Fort Orange, New Amsterdam to Penna.

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Minnie Adelade Willse, 1883–1952

Our Grandmother Minnie was born in New Amsterdam, New York.                   On her father Constant D Willse’s line, she is Netherlands Dutch and Mayflower English.

She’s a descendant of two of the First Original Migrations to The Americas.

The Mayflower Separatist (Saints) whom landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, and The Netherlands Dutch with the Dutch West India Trading Company whom migrated to settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

The Netherlands Dutch Migration to Settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

Philippe Maten Wiltsee and his family were of the detail of eighteen families sent by The Dutch West India Trading Company to Fort Orange in 1623. He assisted in building Fort Orange and Fort William. The family remained at Fort Orange until they removed to Manhattan in 1626.

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Fort Orange
                    Fort Orange, New Amsterdam

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Our New Amsterdam, New Netherlands direct line.

 

Philippe Maton Wiltsee    (1570-1632)        9th GG father
Hendrick M. Wiltsee         (1623-1712)        8th GG father
Theunis H. Wiltsee            (1674-1741)        7th GG father
Hendrick T. Wiltsee          (1702-1794)        6th GG father
Gerardus Wiltsee              (1735-1800)        5th GG father
James Wiltsie                     (1759-1844)        4th GG father
Hiram Wilsey                    (1795-1880)        3rd GG father
Constant C Willse             (1824-1910)        2nd GG father
Constant D Willse            (1864-1953)         Great Grandfather
Minnie A Willse               (1883-1952)         Grandmother
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Our New Netherlands linage traced back, thus far.

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  1. Abeel, Jan – born 1593 • Netherland
  2. Baudertius, William (Rev.) – born 1573 • Netherlands
  3. Beekman, Cornelius – born 1528 Germany
  4. Croon / Kroons, Jan – born 1597 • Netherlands
  5. DeBough, Frederick – born ‘1600’ • Netherlands
  6. Huygens, Christiana – born 1528 • Germany
  7. Martens, Barbara – born 1570 • Netherlands
  8. Meyrinck / Meyers, Jan – born 1600 Netherlands
  9. Pinkeney, Thomas – born ‘1675’ • New Amsterdam?
  10. Slagboom, Antonia – born 1593 Netherlands
  11. Straitsman, Teuntje – born ‘1600′ Netherlands
  12. Stunning, Agnes – born 1557 Germany
  13. Ter Bosch, Sophia – born 1598 • Netherlands
  14. Van De Boog, Isaac – born 1677 • Netherlands
  15. Van Vleck / Van Kleek, Hester – born 1681 • Netherlands
  16. Van Voorhies, Sarah – born 1763 • New York
  17. Ward, Sarah – born 1715 • New York
  18. Wilsey / Wiltsee, Philippe – born 1570 • Netherlands

 

Some of our ancestors from this line.

 

I will post about Our Mayflower Line next

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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 parent, 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. – OmaEagle

Goodbye October…

October was Another Busy Month.

Filled with many Highs and Lows.

The Highs:

  1. We learned that our daughter from Scotland will be coming ‘Home’ for three weeks for Thanksgiving and into December. She has lived there eleven years, we have not seen her in three. I pray, I / we will have Good days.
  2. We got to attend several events:
    • Historic Market & Encampment Days at Washington Crossing on Oct. 15 Demos and tours, plus Thompson-Neely House and Bowman’s Hill.
    • Historic Bristol Day (Bristol founded 1681) on Oct. 21
    • 146th Annual Carversville Oyster and Pork Supper on Oct. 21
    • A surprise Retirement Party for an old friend on Oct. 22
  3. We got to visit, and dine with some friends and family from out of state.
    • 2 times with a young cousin from Arizona. There were 10 cousins getting together. Always nice to be with family. She was in town for 6 days.
    • 2 times with our best friend from Florida. She was in town for 4 days.
  4. We finished bringing in all the house plants and prepared them for winter.

The Middles:

  1. I am continually working towards basic good health, after the sudden onset of Diabetes due to my rejection medicine. This month I had 3 Doctors visits: one with the transplant team and one with the eye specialist; two blood draws, two weeks apart, and a lot of paperwork.
  2. I am working on increasing my walking and balance aided by my Rollator (It allows me to sit and rest as needed). I am making goals on my Fit-bit.

The Low:

We are very sad… My husband lost a dear friend, he had suffered for a decade with a rare peritoneal cancer. We know that he will no longer be in pain, but we are very hurt that he and his family had to endure for so long. I could have never and can’t even imagine it. He was one of the Bright ones, (a Bright Soul) he always made you have fun, smile, laugh, and feel good about yourself, even during his battles. See you on the other side my Friend, but for now, Goodbye...

Goodbye October…

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Thanks for stopping by, and Thanks for ‘listening’.

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

Thrift Shoppe Finds

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So Glad We Stopped into The Hospital Thrift Shoppe

We have had a very busy day on an emotional roller coaster ride. We attended a Funeral Mass in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we had to return to the Hospital to follow-up on some business from the week before. On our way driving to and from each place, we would drive past the Hospital Thrift Shoppe, thinking we should stop in there soon.

On our way back home, we had talked about stopping in, but said we said No, it would be too much, because we are spent, we don’t have the energy left. We decided to head straight home, and perhaps take a nap. However, as we were driving by, at the last minute, we said, “What the Heck, just a quick look around.” Boy, am I glad we did…

Here are our finds…

  • 2 Sterno Emergency Preparedness Kits, each kit includes:
    • a Sterno 6″ pillar that burns for up to 60 hours.
    • six Sterno votive candles that burn up to nine hours each.
    • two 7-oz containers of Sterno gel fuel that burns up to 2.5 hours each.
    • and  a Sterno folding stove, so you can prepare food over the flame.
  • A BBQ apron with tools:
    • A nylon apron / that becomes a roll-up storage bag.
    • A BBQ spatula with bottle opener.
    • A BBQ knife
    • A BBQ fork
    • BBQ tongs
    • A BBQ mitt
    • and 2 shakers
  • A glass cake stand – (we will use as a plant stand)
  • A glass serving plate – (we will use as a saucer under plants)
  • 2 small lead crystal candle holders. (for battery taper candles)
  • A small square apothecary jar – (for the bathroom)

Sterno setsThrift glassBBQ tools

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All the above for an unbelievable price of… Two Dollars and Twelve Cents. 😀

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But then he ran back in and bought… a 2 gallon thick glass water dispenser jar without it’s lid for only a quarter. (we might use it for fermenting)  🙂

Glass jug

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Thanks for stopping by…

What do you think of our finds? What were some of your best bargains?

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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

 

 

Dark Shadows… Barnabas Collins

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My Barnabas Collins portrait by Wm C Haines

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When I was young…

I Loved watching the daytime  T.V. serial ‘Dark Shadows‘. On the days I could, I would race home from school to catch it on T.V., it aired from 1966 to 1971. I watched it from junior high school through to first year college – 1966 to 1969/70.

I also Loved…

traveling around my neighborhood on my way to and from the corner store, church, walking to and from the bus or my many different activities. I would always take the time to sit and talk with the ‘Elders’ of the neighborhood. We would talk daily pleasantries, and occasionally of their remembrances of their life and the ‘Old’ neighborhood.

One special man…

was old Mr. Bill Haines. In the long run, we wound up talking about my T.V. show, ‘Dark Shadows’. Every time I would see him I would sit with him on his stoop. We would talk about the day, the weather, and if anything recent had happened in the neighborhood. Then he would ask me about my show, and I would fill him in on the series, as he’d ask questions. He was so nice, and it was always a very pleasant experience. 🙂

One day…

he called me over and presented me with a present, saying: “I hope you’ll like it.” I was so surprised and elated I told him, (I think I yelled): “I Love it”, as I gave him a hug, and told him I would treasure it forever.

A decade later… 

I had not seen him for many years, because over the years both he and I had moved away. One day I was walking with my Mother through my Uncle’s and Brother’s neighborhood, when we ran into him. He was standing outside of his rented garage by the railroad tracks. My Mother and I stopped to chat with him, he was so much older then. Before we went on our way I asked him if he remembered the picture he sketched for me, he said with a grin ‘Barnabas’. I responded: “Yes, and he still hangs in a frame on my wall, and I still Love Him, just thought you’d like to know.” As he Smiled with a Beam in his eye, and nodding his head, he tipped his cap.

Now… 

I never knew what became of Mr. Bill Haines, but…

Mr. Bill Haines, where ever you are…

I Still Love Him, and 50 years later he still hangs on my wall. 🙂

 

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Barnabas is 16″ x 20″

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

Where did they, their parent, live, work, etc. Ask about their customs, foods, trades, just have fun learning from the Elders around you, they can be living history books.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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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