Goodbye September…

October has been so busy.

I have not been able to post for 12 days. I have been kept busy bring in all the house plants and preparing them for winter. So, many of my next posts will be all about the houseplants that keep me in flowers all year round. But first…

Goodbye September

WOW… September was a month, filled with many Highs and Lows.

I am a newly diagnosed Diabetic…
I had a Kidney transplant three and a half years ago. I was told that the Rejection Meds, plus the Steroids, I will be on the rest of my life, will predispose me to Diabetes. Well for about three years, all was well. But then, after five months of failing health: muscle weakness, uncontrollable high blood pressures, coordination and balance issues, insatiable thirst, no hunger, excessive urination, then Thrush. I was tested for my A1C, rushed to the emergency room, and hospitalized for 4 days to stabilize my sugars.
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Now we normally eat a healthy whole grain, mostly Ovo-Lacto-Pesco diet, but my meds. kicked me into full blown textbook-case Diabetes. I had Home Care Diabetes Nurses coming twice a week, and a Physical Therapist once a week. I now give my self insulin shots, I cannot use oral insulin pills due to my Rejection Meds.
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I am slowly, able to get out and about once more, with the help of my Rollator.

The first week

Sunday the 3rd – Went to our Eldest daughter’s house for dinner and a shared Birthday cake with our son-in-law Kevin. We had a relaxing visit, then we were sent home with some of her homemade goodies: a pint of applesauce; 1/2 pint of peach preserves (great for lassies); strawberry-rhubarb preserves and rhubarb or cherry preserves.

Tuesday the 5th – My cousin Don and his sister, cousin Kim came by for a nice visit. Kim gave me a lovely basket of fruit: oranges; apples; kiwis; almonds; and luscious grapes (she even researched what I could or could not have).

Sunday through Tuesday however… I realized that I had been suffering from a silent headache. Which may have impacted my total enjoyment of these days.

Wednesday the 6th – The Home Nurse was here, BP had been running high 154/105 and 150/110, she called the doctor, etc… Crazy, I was just at the doctors 2 weeks ago and my BP was 110/70… It was so low, I had a hard time walking, I guess I am not use to “normal low”. 

That night I tried to breathe & relax with some of the wonderful gifts I had just received. My Lavender and Rosemary candle from my sweet neighbor Jessica and her children, along with some nice healthy munchies. 

Thursday the 7th – Nurse came again. -BP coming down 132/93.
I think I need some Xanax. 

Friday got to make some of my homemade deodorant.                                       \Organic Deodorant – Homemade

The Second Weekend

Saturday – I enjoyed a local town’s Bike Night Event, I was able to walk the whole thing for two hours, with the aid of my Rollator, that is. It allows me to sit and rest as needed. I even made my goal on my Fit Bit…

But guess what… my Ricco sent a picture, via bluetooth, from his phone to my computer, but instead sent it, via bluetooth, to my fit bit… I don’t know how, but he wiped out all my steps for the day. 

The Third Weekend

Saturday – Enjoyed a 4 hour outdoor concert – ‘Doo Wop on The Delaware’.
Sunday – Enjoyed several hours at the “Dog Days” Event and Car Show for a Wonderful abused animal rescue called “Justice Rescue.”
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The Fourth Weekend

Another good one… Saturday, we went to The Greek Affair, a Festival of Grecian Flavors and Delights. I was held at a friend’s Beautiful Greek Orthodox Church. It was a very HOT day. But, I had my Rollator and could sit whenever and wherever I needed. Plus I carried my solar umbrella, so cool under it.

We met up with a couple of old friends, one couple could not make it due to illness. We had a nice Greek dinner together, sitting, relaxing, talking, and enjoying the company. I got to have a Wonderful Dinner: Lamb, green beans, a creamy risotto, etc. then Bakalava. Last but not least, a dozen Dolmas to go. 😀

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To top the night off, we drove back to our friends house for a few more hours. We left there with an armload of homemade goodies: 8oz. each of Blueberry, Peach, and Strawberry Jams; Fresh Tarragon; and a quart of tomato sauce. 😀
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A Wonderful, Yummy and Funny Day. 

So I am feeling Blessed with abundance,

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I feel I’m still working towards basic good health.
I have been released from Home Care and Physical Therapy.

Plus the Real Good News and True Blessing is that our
Friends are safe from the storm…
Jesus and his family in P.R. and all our friends all over Fla.
I Love and appreciate you all.   

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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

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OCTOBER is coming…

OCTOBER is coming…
Crisp air, acorn rains, Cricket’s song, sadly wane,
Harvest Moon light, Campfires glow, all creatures start to slow,
Trees throwing down their leaves after their splendid show,
Pumpkin, hot apple spider cider, spice wafers and s’mores,
Oktoberfests and Autumnal harvest with goodies galore. – DRD 2014

Rickelle's full moon 29 Aug 2015 cropped

 

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

Pennsylvania Governor William Penn… My 2nd cousin 10x removed

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Gov. William Penn’s Great Grandparents         Driessen Pletjes (1550-1645) and                         Alet Goebels (1550-1615)

are My 11th GG Parents…

My 8th Great Grandfather, Abraham Op Den Graeff and Gov. William Penn were 1st Cousins

Governor William Penn, Born 1644 – Died 1718

 

Admiral Sir William Penn, baptized: 23 Apr 1621- died: 16 Sep 1670

British Admiral, and Father of the American Quaker William Penn.

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He was a parlamentarian in the English Civil War, commanding the naval forces of Oliver Cromwell. On Cromwell’s death he offered the fleet to King Charles II, and built a close relationship with the King. He captured the island of Jamaica from the Spanish and, as its first British governor, stripped it of its wealth, causing terrible hardship for its people. He loaned the majority of this wealth to fund the King’s building plans but, on his death, his son requested repayment of the loan. The King, having no money to repay this debt, offered William Penn land in America on the condition that it was named after the Admiral. The State of Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) still incorporates the coat of arms of the Admiral in its official State Flag.

 

With this Penn’s Woods land, Penn hoped to provide a refuge for Quakers and other persecuted people and to build an ideal Christian commonwealth. “There may be room there, though not here” he wrote to a friend in America, “for such a holy experiment.”

 

Penn’s cousins the Op den Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, ‘turned’ Quaker were among the Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683.

Abraham Op den Graff… 1651–1731 Ancestral Men of Faith

 

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. – OmaEagle

Organic Deodorant – Homemade

My ‘Smell My Pits’ Deodorant

The Best Deodorant you’ll ever use.                                                                      One Try, and you’ll not Deny. This IS the Best.

Smell My Pits
ingredients: Essential oils; Tea Tree; 1/3 baking soda; 1/3 coconut oil; 1/3 cornstarch.

Quick and Easycream together

Cream together 1/3 Cup each:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Cornstarch (non-GMO)
  • Pure Baking soda

Blend in:

  • 12 drops of Tea Tree oil, then
  • 12 drops of essential oil of your choice:
    • Lavender
    • LemongrassSmell My Pits, 2 styles
    • Rosemary
    • Sweet Orange…

Decant into jars.

The jar on the left is this recipe.          This is the one I use for Everything…

The jar on the right is My ‘Touch My Skin‘ moisturizer.                                       This recipe is the same, with one adjustment. See recipe below.

To use, take a small pea-sized piece, roll it around between your fingertips to warm it, then rub it into your armpit. Repeat for the other side. In warmer weather I prefer to keep my batches in a cool place, or the ‘Ice Box’ (Refrigerator), so they stay more solidified. I prefer to use the Lemongrass and Orange essential oils.

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Additional Health & Beauty Uses for My ‘Smell My Pits’ paste…

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I Polish My Teeth… Once or twice a week, I put a large pea-sized piece on my toothbrush and gently brush my teeth and gums for a few minutes. Then taking a sip of warm water, I swish the remaining paste all around, then spit. It leaves my teeth and gums feeling so smooth and clean.

I Polish (Buff ) My Face… I wet my face with warm water, and dab the paste all over it. Gently rubbing the paste in with my fingers, I concentrate on the ‘rough’ areas. I let it set for a minute, or two, for the ingredients to do their ‘Magic’. Then I rinse off the ‘grit’ with warm water, or a warm wet rag, leaving behind a thin coating of coconut oil. I gently pat my face dry. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft…  It is an exfoliating buff and brightener. I do this one to a few times a week.

Anti-Chafe Cream… In the hot weather I occasionally need to rub a bit into my groin leg creases to keep me dry, and irritation free.

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To make My ‘Touch My Skin‘ moisturizer:

Mix together 1/3 Cup each:

  • 1st – Organic Coconut Oil, melted, not hot.
  • 2nd – Pure Baking soda, stir in until dissolved.
  • 3rd – Organic Cornstarch (non-GMO), stir in to thicken.
  • 4th – Blend in the Tea Tree and essential oil drops.

Decant into jars. It may seem too loose, but it will solidify as it sets overnight.

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The Magic of this mixture is…

  • Coconut Oil is:
    • An Antioxidant
    • An Antibacterial
    • An Antifungal
    • An Antiviral
    • A Moisturizer – provides deep and real moisture.
    • Great for Atopic Dermatitis
    • It helps strengthen underlying tissues.
  • Baking Soda is:
    • A Neutralizer – it neutralizes acids and bases, so it removes odors.
  • Tea Tree Oil is:
    • An Antiseptic
    • An Antibacterial
    • An Antifungal
    • An Antimicrobial
    • An Antiviral

 

My ‘Smell My Pits’ paste is a one pot wonder, makes for easier travel.

One Try, and you’ll not Deny. This IS the Best.

(As with any new product, test it on a small spot to see how you fare with it.)

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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

 

Sir John Sulyard, a Knight… 1420-1488

Ancestral Men of Faith

Sir John SULYARD, a Knight,                                                                                     14th Great Grandfather                                                                                               Born 1420 in Wetherden, Suffolk, England.                                                           Died 18 Mar 1488 in Suffolk, England.

* Sulyard, Sir JohnGentleman Sir John Sulyard, Knight Elected Westminster Courts: Justice of the King’s (or Queens’s) Bench, a judicial position within the Court, under the Chief Justice. A common law court qualified to hear cases involving revenue owed to the King; and the Court of Common Pleas qualified to hear cases between subjects. Sir John Sulyard purchased the Suffolk manors of Wetherden, Stratford and Spanbys in Stratford. [His grandson Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden (d. 1574) inherited the Sulyard family’s Suffolk estates and was granted the manor of Haughley, also in Suffolk, by Queen Mary I. a.k.a ‘Bloody Mary’.]

St. Mary’s at Wetherden, Suffolk, England

Saint Marys @ Wetherden

Wetherden

Built in the mid 15th century by Sir John Sulyard, completed by his widow’s second husband Sir Thomas Bourchier.

 

The Sulyards were a prominent Suffolk Roman Catholic family.

During the Reformation a.k.a The Protestant Reformation, they became Recusants (dissenters; nonconformists). They were Roman Catholics in England whom incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.

We have many ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’ families whom suffered persecution, on both Religious sides during the Reformation. Many of whom, (Protestants) fled to America for their Religious freedoms.

 

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. – OmaEagle

Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup

An End of Summer Treat

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Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup a.k.a. Matzoh Minestrone

It’s the beginning of the ‘End of Summer’, the garden goodies are coming in full-fold…    Fresh green beans, okra, corn, tomatoes, etc. Now is the time to enjoy and get your full of your garden’s bounty. For me one of the best ways is to enjoy them in their veggie broth with matzoh balls… YUM

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Start with 2 to 2 & 1/2 quarts of homemade veggie or chicken broth. Bring to a slow boil. Add sliced okra, green beans, corn from cob, and tomatoes. Let simmer until near tender. Meanwhile mix up the matzoh dough, make walnut-sized balls, let sit as soup simmers. (You can use the Matzo Ball mix.) When veggies are near tender, drop balls into soup and simmer until they are done… Yum

 

What are some of your families recipes?

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

William Henry Dennell… 1841 – 1921 73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers

Civil War Veteran

William H Dennell, 1st Lt.                                                                          

2nd Great Grandfather

  • Born and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lived in Hancock, Washington Co, Md.
  • Lived in New Castle Co., DE.
  • Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupations:

  • Sailor
  • Civil War Soldier signed up for 6 years.
  • United States Marine Corp. (Sailor)
  • Railroad Engineer (Trolley)
  • Machinist at Mill

Seventy-Third Regiment originally known as the Pennsylvania Legion, 45th of the line, was recruited in the city of Philadelphia, during the months of June and July, 1861

  • Mustered in: 8 Aug 1861 for 3 yrs.
  • Reenlisted as Veteran Volunteer: 1 Jan 1864 for 3 more yrs.
  • Promoted – 1st Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant 26 May 1865
  • Mustered out with Co., 14 July 1865 – Vet. at Alexandria,Virginia

Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corp. 5 July 1866 (Sailor)

73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers                                                                       73rd Regiment of Penna. Veterans Volunteers Battles

  • 28-30 August 1862 – Second Bull Run (Manassas). Prince William Co, VA.
  • 30 April – 6 May 1863 – Battle of Chancellorsville. Spotsylvania Co, VA.
  • 1-3 July 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.
  • 25 November 1863 – Battle of Missionary Ridge. Chattanooga, TN. 

 

GAR grave marker

 

VETERAN VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT

State of Tennessee Town of Lookout Valley

I, William Dennell born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged 23 years, and by occupation a Sailor Do HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have voluntary re-enlisted, this First day of January 1864, to serve a VETERAN VOLUNTEER, in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, William Dennell do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to, at Lookout Valley Tenn } William Dennell  this First day of January 1864. BEFORE 1st Lieut. Henry Hess 73rd P. V.

I CERTIFY ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Veteran Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. J. S. Treyles (?) Examining Surgeon.

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Veteran Volunteer, previous to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgement and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able- bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has Gray eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, is 5 feet 11½ inch high

Seventy-third Regiment of Penna Volunteers, 1stLt. Henry Hess 73′ Reg P.V., Recruiting Officer. Mustered into Comp E Seventy Third Regt Penns Veteran Volt Regiment this first day of January 1864 Robt E Beicher

 

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. – OmaEagle