Our Mini Nature Preserve

Encourage Birds & Wildlife with Food, Water, Shelter.

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Water – There are many water sources.NWF_certify_sign_CWH_print
  • Many regular, and a heated birdbath.
  • An outdoor two tier water fountain.
  • A recycled bathroom sink is an in-ground drip fountain.
  • A recycled tub is an in-ground pond -water for wildlife.
Shelter – There is a multitude of places to hide and survive.
  • We made and placed four different pine bird boxes.
  • We have a Wren nesting pipe house.
  • We hung nesting baskets under our Grape Arbor.
  • A Purple Martin house, that is really a Wren and Sparrow condo.
  • We have a Brush pile for the birds, small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • We leave Leaf Litter over winter for the small mammals, and invertebrates.
  • Plus we provide what we call a ‘nesting box’ of goodies to help facilitate their nest building. It contains: small twigs, pieces of straw, leaf litter, grass clippings, cotton string, and cotton dryer lint (only cotton should be used).
Food – There are many food sources available.
  • Nectar – We have a Humming Bird feeder.
  • Suet – We offer them Suet eight months out of the year, October to May.
  • Mixed Seed and Cracked Corn – Twice a day, in the morning, and then again in the evening, we feed them a controlled amount by scattering it on the ground, and on tray feeders. It is increased in November through to April, and on days when it is near or below freezing, we feed them three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Household scrapsFruits and veggies are often added to their daily diet.
  • Egg Shells – We offer them egg shells during their nesting season.
  • Our FruitsWe do share with Wildlife. They Love our fruit. We have: an Apple tree; eight Grape vines; Blueberry bushes; Blackberries, a ‘gift’ from the birds; Raspberries; and ‘Volunteer’ Pin Cherry trees, additional gifts from our feathered friends.
Our Mini Nature Preserve

Our Trees, Hedgerows, and Plants provide, Food and Shelter for all Our Wildlife. They provide our family’s share of oxygen. Additionally, they are natural air filters, windbreaks, and sound barriers.

In the Beginning there was…

1. House, front copy

And Now…

Our Plant Inventory

Trees, big

  • White Oak – We maintain three, there were five, we lost two due to storms.
  • Black Locust

Trees, medium

  • Pin Cherry (2)
  • Sassafras (2)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (1)
  • White pine (1)Rose of Sharon, Violet

Trees, smaller

  • Apple (1)
  • Blue Spruce (1)
  • Sweet Gum (1) – kept dwarfed
  • Rose of Sharon trees (5) (in addition to the hedgerow)

Shrubs & Bushes

  • Azalea (2) 1 large, 1 small
  • Blueberry (2)
  • Boxwood, English (2) sempervirens
  • Boxwood, True Dwarf (1) suffruticosa
  • Boxwood, Littleleaf (4) microphylla Koveana
  • Holly, American (1)
  • Holly, Blue Princess (2)
  • Holly, China Boy (1)
  • Hydrangea (3)
  • Rhododendron, Large
  • Winter Honeysuckle
  • and a Chopped up evergreen (the Robin’s Lair)privet-0-12-jun-2018.jpg

Hedgerows

  • Forsythia hedgerow – (6′ W x 40′ L) at least.
  • Privet hedgerow – (3′ W x 30′ L) at least
  • Rose of Sharon hedgerow – (3′ W x 60′ L)

Cover: Blackberry & Raspberry brambles, and an eight Grape vine canopy.

Groundcover: Ground Ivy, Periwinkle, Virginia Creeper, Wild Ginger

Perennial Flower & Foliage Garden: Astilbes; Bleeding Hearts; Cardinal Lilies; Daffodils; Hostas, Blue; Hostas, Variegated; Hyacinths; Jonquils; Kalanchoes; Lesser Celandine, Peony; Snow Drops; Tiger Lilies; Tulips.

Perennial Wilds Garden: Burdock, Catmint, Chickweed, Clover, Cress, Dandelions, Dock, Ground Ivy (Gill-o’er-the ground), Henbit, Lady’s Thumb, Lamb’s Quarters, Mustard, Plantain, Pigweed, Pokeweed, Dead Nettle, Self Heal, Sorrel, Violets, Wild Lettuce, Wild Garlic, Wild Ginger, Winter Cress, Wooly Mint.

A Few of the Ways Wildlife use some of our Plants

White Oak – Food: White Oak provides food for my Grackles, Jays, Nuthatches, Thrushes, Woodpeckers, Rabbits, and Squirrels. More than five hundred butterflies and moths are attracted to this host plant. The larvae of two small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family are known to feed only on the white oak leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for many birds. Our Great Horned Owl usually returns every Fall.

Black Locust – Food: The Flowers are pollinated by Bees and Hummingbirds. Seeds are eaten by Mourning Dove, Eastern Cottontail, and Squirrels. Shelter: Many animals use this tree for cover and cavities. A good home for bird, especially Woodpeckers.

Pin CherryFood: Twenty-five species of songbirds and ground birds eat the fruit. Mammals of all sizes relish it. More than 400 moths and butterfly species eat the leaves.The larvae of a small moth species of the Bucculatricidae family feed on nothing but pin cherry leaves. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Sassafras – Food: Sassafras fruits are eaten by many species of birds, including my Phoebes, Gray Catbirds, Northern Flickers, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, Vireos, and Northern Mockingbirds. Groundhogs eat the leaves, and Rabbits eat the bark in winter. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection.

Eastern Red Cedar – Food: The Cedar Waxwing is one of the principal users of red cedar berries, but many other birds and mammals, make the fruit an important part of their diet. Shelter: A favorite nesting site of; Chipping sparrows, Robins, Song Sparrows, and Mockingbirds. Juncos, Myrtle Warblers, Sparrows of various kinds, and other birds use the dense protective foliage as roosting cover.

White pine – Food: The seed-filled cones beckon sixteen species of songbirds, and small mammals. Pines are the host plants for more than two hundred butterflies and moths. Shelter: offers excellent year-round shelter.

Apple – Food: Yellow-bellied sapsuckers often feed on the sap of apple trees, leaving a grid of sap wells around the tree, Ruby-throated hummingbirds depend on these sap wells for food, especially when floral nectar is scarce. Insects feed on the sap and in turn become food for birds, including ruby-throats. Many species of bees, butterflies, moths and beneficial insects use the nectar of the apple blossoms in spring. They also feed on fallen rotting apples in fall. Shelter: provides important habitat for many birds, including Bluebirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Orioles. Branches and cavities in apple trees are common nest sites. Many species of mammals and birds use the cavities in winter for shelter or for food caches.

Blue Spruce – Shelter: provides shelter for Siskins, Nuthatches and Crossbills.

Forsythia HedgeShelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds & insects.

Privet HedgeFood: can produce thousands of fruits, which are eaten by birds. It’s also used as food by the larvae of some (Lepidoptera) Butterfly and Moth species. Shelter: Nesting, Roosting, and Protection for birds and insects.

Rose of Sharon HedgeFood: Flowering from July to October, it attracts wildlife in droves, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds. Shelter: Roosting, and Protection for many birds and insects.

For the Garden

  • Encourage Birds for Pest Control, by providing Food, Water, Shelter.
  • Use Ladybugs, Diatomaceous earth and Milky spore for pest control.
  • Use recycled Grey water for garden, if you can.
  • Use Rain barrels, if you can.

Repurposing, Recycling, Reusing

  • In 1985, we recycled a bathtub as an in-ground pond.
  • In 2005, we recycled another bathtub into a raised bed herb garden.
  • In 2015, we recycled yet another bathtub into an additional raised bed garden.

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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

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

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

 

 

Dr. Bronner’s

“Healthy Hunza-Type Foods” by All-One-God-Faith, Inc.

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A Throwback to My past…          Ah, My Past…

Some called it ‘Hippy’ others still call me the Original ‘Flower Child’.

One thing for sure is how much I miss Dr. Bronner’s ‘Healthy Hunza-Type Foods’, from the days of yore. I used and depended on his wonderful food products since the Sixties on up and through the early 2000’s.

In 1970-1972, I traveled around the country, I guess you could say I was ‘Looking for America’. I relied on some of them, especially the Balanced Protein Powder as one of the main survival food staples in my backpack. They kept Me and my Wolf Abe well nourished.

When I returned to a ‘Citizen-life’ they were a necessity in my home. I raised my Children and Husband on them. They slowly started disappearing from the store shelves after Dr. Emmanuel Bronner’s Death in March 1997. His children never knew the food recipes, he never passed them down. As far as I know, it appears as if they were all in his head, and there is no written trace of them. However, his children and grandchildren still do produce the soaps.

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Dr. Bronner’s “Healthy Hunza-type Food

These are the ones I always used

  • Balanced Protein Powder            – A Great Survival Food. ❤
  • Balanced Mineral Seasoning       – Sprinkled on Everything
  • Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon        – Broths, gravies & a hot drink
  • Hawaiian Mineral Syrup              – A nice healthy sweetner
  • Carrot Calcium Powder                – Use on food and teeth.
  • Calcium Malt                                 – Sprinkled it on ice cream, etc.
  • Dulse                                               – Sprinkled on Everything

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These are two I have left, and NO, I am not going to use them… Memories.

Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon:
All Vege-Amino-Broth Survival-Food-Base-Concentrate:
Contains: Soya Bouillon Base, Blackstrap Molasses, Vitamin C, Lemon and Orange Juice Solids, Soya Lecithin (oil free), Ocean Dulce, Papain Enzymes.
100% Balanced – Without Alcohol, Animal Products nor Synthetics! – Concentrated.                    Replaces salt, to season all food.

Dr. Bronner’s Mineral-Bouillon is 40 years guaranteed to duplicate our God-made natural sodium-potassium-chloride balance. For instant pick-me-up, use as a energy drink, balanced seasoning, or instant gravy. Enjoy 1 Tablespoon Bouillon in Cup hot water instead of meal. Also, mineralize carrot & other vegetable juices with a dash of bouillon.

SURVIVAL – FOOD – BASE
Keeps a Lifetime if Undiluted!

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Dr. Bronner’s Hawaiian Mineral Syrup
[1948 to ’69 “Organic Carrot Syrup”]

CONTAINS: Hawaiian Crude Cane Syrup. Vitamin C,
Lemon & Orange & Papaya Juice Solids, Dulse.

Enjoy Hawaiian Mineral syrup to replace refined sugar,
honey & syrup in Cereal, Pancakes, Tea, Coffee, Fruit
Juice, Milk, or alone with lemon in water.

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We had to switch to Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids in lieu of Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon. No offense to Patti Bragg’s, we have always used her Apple Cider Vinegar, but it is nowhere near the same. Bronner’s was a Balanced Mineral Bouillon, and Bragg’s is liquid Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids made from Vegetable Protein from NON-GMO Soybeans and Purified Water. (Not Fermented)

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soaps

Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store.

They are made with Organic Oils and are certified Fair Trade. We have used these Soaps for 50 years for everything… Cleaning our ‘Mind, Body and Soul‘. Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store. We use it for our body, hair, teeth, and as a refresher. We use it to wash our clothes, dishes, and house. We also use it on our fruits and veggies. We have put it into foam pumpers, for ease of everyday use. But the soaps are not the issue here, his family still produces them, plus they have added Coconut oils, and toothpastes to their product line.

As toothpaste, I used to use the liquid peppermint soap with the calcium powder, now I make my own. Read about my polishing one here: Organic Deodorant – Homemade 

  • Peppermint is very refreshing and cooling in the Summer.
  • Eucalyptus helps keep the bugs at bay.
  • Almond is very refreshing and warming in Winter.
  • Lavender and Rose are both refreshing and relaxing.
  • Sal Suds is great for cleaning household items.
  • We ‘rinse’ our fruits and veggies in Peppermint.

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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

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

 

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