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.

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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.  🙂

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

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The 1940’s Brown Velvet Suit

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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

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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

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.

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

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

The Movies of Your Mind…

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At Least You Will Have The Movies In Your Mind…

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The Hugs & Kisses, Cuddles & Giggles, Laughter & Tears,
The Human touches shared through all the years.
Overnight it all appears to be gone,
They are no longer your Babies, They need to move on.

They will grow and move away,
You will see them often in the early days,
Their life will then fasten its pace,
Their visits will be longer spaced.

You will hear their voice on the phone,
they will think of you when they are alone,
You might even get to SKYPE,
and see their face in their busy life.

A Holiday you might still share,
unless they need to be elsewhere,
But you are Happy for them, Yes indeed,
Because you gave the Roots, but also Wings.

You encouraged them to go and explore,
You told them there would be many open doors,
So out into the world they did go,
They will do well, you always did know.

The Special visits with Big Hugs and Kisses,
The sitting together and sharing of the stories times,
A reminder of the days gone by, My, Time does fly,
At least you will always have the Movies in your mind.

DRD October 2014

Quilt Stash – Recycling Clothes 4

Quilts

 

I Mean Really Recycling… 

by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Quilts:

  • I cut heavy-duty plastic into 12 x 12, 8 x 8, and 6 x 6 square templates.
  • I cut the materials into desired sizes.
  • I separate them by size, materials, and colors into individual ziplock bags.
  • Save special items in their own bags: pockets, logos, zippers, buttons, etc.
  • I store the bags in see-through container.
  • Once I am ready to start a project, I can see all I have on hand at a glance.

 

 

 

My Quilt for Daughter

My quilt for BLD

 

Read the story about our Family Quilts here: Recycling Clothes… 2

 

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