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

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

Rag Rugs – Recycling Clothes 3

Rag Rugs

 

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 Rag Rugs:

  • I cut the material into 1 to 1.5 inch strips. (depending on it’s thickness)
  • I begin to wind it into a ball, like yarn
  • I knot the ends together as I go. (I have occasionally sewn the ends.)
  • Store in see-through bin.

 

Rag Rugs in the works…

 

Finished Chair Cushions

mint seat cushionseat cushionf

 

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

Quilts – Recycling Clothes 2

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.

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The Denim Quilt – Winter 1979-80

I made this denim quilt, while pregnant with my first daughter,                 during the long winter nights of 1979-80.

Denim quilt -winter 1979-80
38 year old denim quilt – made in Winter Nights of 1979-80

It is not as bright and beautiful as it has once been.                                                 It does need some attention and new ‘stuffing’, but boy, does it have a history. First there’s the history behind each and every pair of 1960’s & 70’s jeans in it. Then there is the 38 years of history it has seen…

  • The ‘Huggles’ and Cuddles
  • The Bedtime Stories
  • The ‘Friday Girls Night’ movies
  • and last but not least The Confidential talks

It has secret pockets and zippers, where the girls liked to hide things. 🙂

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22 years later…

I made this for that very same daughter in Winter 2001-02,                         while she was completing her Undergraduate Degree.  😀

The Daughter’s Denim Quilt – Winter 2001-02

My quilt for BLD

I wonder what ‘history’ this Quilt will hold after 38 years.                            I hope them to all be Wonderful.

Read about it here on my Daughter’s Blog…

https://riotflower.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/mama-comfort/

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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