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Project 50: Spot a Bald Eagle

Spot a Bald Eagle

This did not happen in my fiftieth year, but it did occur twenty days into my 51st year! I did spot a bald eagle, there are two of them!

Project 50

I’ve always wanted to see a bald eagle in Ohio. Growing up, eagles were an endangered species.  I don’t recall even seeing the birds in a zoo. They were finally removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.

How I Found Them

I found the nest entirely by random. I was driving to my dental appointment, down “River Road”-which runs along the Tuscarawas River. I knew there was a nest along the road, but River Road is about ten or fifteen miles long, and I had no clue where the nest was.  I saw a bunch of people standing beside the road, I assumed they were hunters. Then I saw the tripods and cameras with big telescopic lens-they  must be the birders!

Patience is a Virtue

The nest is about five miles from my house. I stopped by several times when I was driving in the area. I did not see the eagles until  my third trip. The birders-two men-were really helpful. The eagles were perched in trees, and didn’t return to the nest while I watched-about one hour in the cold.

My husband and I were out and about, and I had brought my camera with me on a subsequent outing. There he/she was! On the nest!!

Eagle Nest

There should be eggs in the springtime and I plan on returning and hopefully getting some good pics of the eagles.

Close up of Eagle in Nest

The second eagle was just to the right of the nest. I did not get a very good picture of the pair together.

both eagles

Have you seen eagles in the wild?

Project 50: Leftovers to Accomplish


Leftovers to Accomplish

Some of my Project 50 I will accomplish in 2017!

Be able to do one pull up

Make a scarecrow

Participate in a local river/lake cleanup

See a bald eagle

Visit 10 new parks to me, whether it’s metro/state/national

Attend a local festival

Find my yoga CD and stretch!

New goal: Century ride on my bicycle

What goals do you have set for 2017?


Project 50: What Didn’t Happen

Project 50 What Didn't Happen

Confession time! What didn’t I accomplish this year for Project 50? What didn’t happen?

Make a photo album/scrapbook of all my beloved dogs-it is in the works

Visit fifty parks, whether city, county, state, or national-too big of a goal, especially with knee surgery.

Organize my photos-are they ever really organized? I am working on both print and digital organization

Find and attend a local yoga class-there is a local class held at various times, none of which work around my work schedule

Make my husband a picture from his favorite flowers from our property-Ack! My husband loves these little tiny pink wildflowers on our property. By the time I thought about picking and drying, they were gone for the season! Carpe diem! Or the wild flowers will be gone!

Attend an Ignite Talk-I thought this would happen at Fitbloggin, but it was not to be. Ignite Talks seems to have moved out of fashion. I live two hours from a major city so it’s not like there is a local Ignite Talk

Update our wills, power of attorney, advance directives, central spot where all this will be stored-argh. This is my biggest fail. I resolve to accomplish this in January 2017!!

Give money to a homeless person without reservation-maybe this will tell you the bubble I live in, but never had the opportunity. Sometimes there is a person standing at the off ramp off the highway, but I was not going to stop in traffic to donate.

Make a scarecrow for my garden-just never got around to it

Start a podcast-without high speed internet, I am shelving this idea. I think I want to do it, but until technology reaches the rural areas, it is not happening

Snowboard or ski again-this idea needs  snow. I could have done this last winter, but I was still hoping to run again and didn’t want to screw up my knee any further

Make a sock monkey

Run an obstacle course race-shelved that due to the knee

Be able to do a pull up-I didn’t work on it hardly at all. I need to put this at the top of my “TO DO” goals for 2017

See a bald eagle-this was a happenstance goal. We have lots of bald eagles in Ohio now, I just have not seen one.

Participate in a local clean up the river/lake-by the time I looked this up, the dates had moved past me. I do plan on doing this in 2017.

Update my resume-argh. I will do this in January 2017!!

Hopscotch-I will do this too!!

Try a dance class-can I count Zumba at Fitbloggin this past year? I did do that.

Sing karaoke-another goal I just did not get around to. This would involve driving out of town, meeting friends, and then singing in public. I really should do this since I do have this aversion to singing, this really would push me out of my comfort zone.

Do you have a Project 50 or a bucket list? Did you tick some items off the list in 2016?



Project 50: What I Learned

Celebration of Turning 50


I set out in 2016, to come up with fifty activities/goals/experiences to celebrate turning fifty years old. It was a fun project!

Project 50 List

What I Learned

Write it down, make a date, and then go do it!  I did things that I have “been wanting” to do for years! Like visit Fallingwater! White water rafting! Ziplining!

Ziplining at The Wilds

Choose some things out of your comfort zone or normal routine

I painted a picture. I grew some new vegetable and fruit. I ate no meat for one week.

Project 50 Paint a Picture

I enjoyed pretty much everything on my list. I did not set out to enjoy everything that I got around to doing, but all turned out to be a positive experience. Even the kayaking in the open sea.

kayaks on Hog IslandI still have things to accomplish from Project 50 and that is okay. I’ve added some of these goals to what I would like to do/see/accomplish in 2017.

Here’s to a wonderful 51st year and a great 2017!

Project 50: Send Cards via Snail Mail

Snail Mail


This was my Project 50: Send a note/postcard/funny card every month to both sets of parents (in addition to birthdays/anniversary) and my nephew

I am happy to say success! This was an attempt to stay in better touch with the parents and my nephew. I am a horrible phone person-that means I don’t call people enough. But I was able to send a card of some sort, every month to my relations to let them know I was thinking of them. Even if they don’t live in the same country as you, they’ll hopefully still receive this if they use a Mail Forwarding Service. This means that regardless of where they live now, they can get their post relocated from their old home to their new one. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these cool cards in the post?

There’s a Card for That

I found that there is usually a card, every month for some holiday. I found out that cards are pretty expensive these days!

Coolest Cards

I found a web site called Love Pop Cards which makes 3-D pop up greeting cards. These are not cheap! You have to realize the card is actually a gift to the person. I didn’t take any pictures of the cards that I bought and sent, these pics are from their website


Love Pop CardLove Pop Card


No affiliate sales link, I just like their product. In fact, they have new designs on their website since I purchased my Halloween and Christmas cards.

I enjoyed sending cards this year. I think I am going to keep up this new tradition!

Do you send cards through the US Mail? Do you like getting a paper greeting card?

Project 50: Figure Out Instagram

Figure out Instagram

I did it! I figured out Instagram! I have no crushing secrets to give you or insightful tips on how to boost your instagram followers. Although, I have been told that using an instagram growth service yields good results. My goal was to simply figure out how to enjoy Instagram. In 2015, I just didn’t see the appeal of just pictures. I’m a writer, I like words! With Instagram being so popular, a zillion people couldn’t be wrong.

Use the Search Bar

Use the search bar of things you are interested it. You might want to throw a hashtag in front of it. You might want to search several terms that are related

Find German Shepherd dogs (or something that is interesting to you) to Follow

Really, this brightened up my Insta feed. Dogs have their own Insta followers, did you know that? My IG became far more interesting when random GS dogs drop by for a visit. Use terms like #germanshepherddog

Unfollow People if they bore you

I was following a person who seemed to snap a pic every three minutes and throw it on IG. (This was the old feed) She clogged up my IG surfing time. Once I removed her, more dogs emerged on my feed and I was happy. If you find that you’ve lost followers as you unfollow certain accounts, you could always look into using a followers app to help boost your following once again.

More Hashtags is Better

Somone has done the homework that says photos with eleven or mo hashtags perform better. Wow. I feel proud if I can come up with at least three.

You should follow me on Instagram!

My handle is

Project 50: Grow a New Vegetable

This summer I wanted to grow a new vegetable.  I had two planned: radishes in the early spring, and brussel sprouts for the fall.

Results: I did not know how freaking easy it is to grow radishes.  Sow the seeds in the ground and just a few weeks later, voila! radishes.  I am a bad blogger; I have no pictures of said vegetable.

Brussel Sprouts: Major fail. I did not even get them to sprout. Or if they did, I did not know what the tiny plants looked like. I blame my puppy for sneaking into the garden bed and causing mayhem.

You know what I do have pictures of? My cantelope that I grew!  That was a new fruit that I grew! So double win with the radishes and cantelope!

home grown cantelope

home grown cantelope

However, I only got one fruit per vine. Is this normal? I did plant these in the raised beds around our porch, and tied the vines vertically.  These were no maintenance plants, so perhaps I will grow these again.
home grown cantelope lope4

Any luck with a new fruit or vegetable for you this past year? It’s almost time to think of the spring seed catalogs!