Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

8 02 2012
Diane and Vicki Cianciarulo at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

I visited the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg this week.  It was a great time to reconnect with old friends, make new friends and check out a lot of cool new products designed to make our hunting life easier.  Vicki Cianciarulo and I had hunted together in Illinois, so we were able to catch up here, she is such a great person.  Jim Shockey and his daughter Eva were wonderful, very personable and took lots of time visiting with us.

Cy, Jim Shockey and Diane

One of the booths I made sure to stop at was Bullseye Outdoor Adventures.  Several of our hunts have been booked thru Russ Walker and George Winslow, and they really bend over backwards to make sure you have a good trip.

I was thrilled to make the display for the show (bottom, 3rd from left) I am in really good company there!

One other important stop for me was the Savage Arms booth.  I just had to check out the new Lady Hunter Rifle!  My husband ordered one for me in 30-06 a few weeks ago, and we are still waiting for Savage to start shipping them.  But I got my hands on one, that will keep me happy until mine comes in.

My future rifle!


8 02 2012

As I was driving out to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show today, I received a phone call from one of my best friends.  Her father is battling cancer and had to undergo emergency surgery twice.  I had been mentally thinking of all the cool new things I would find at the show, and now all I could think of was blessings.  I AM BLESSED!  Some may ask how can I think such a thing, I lost my son at age 16 and I have battled breast cancer.  Tragic as those things are, I am still blessed.  I have a wonderful family that supports every endeavor I embark on.  I have a wonderful job that allows me the flexibility to go where I want when I want.  I have good health (now).  I have 2 new grandchildren that are a blessing in themselves, plus 3 older ones that have blessed my life for years.  I had a wonderful hunting season and I have been recently recognized for my work with Genealogy.

My friend’s father was mumbling about killing pigs, which apparently made his nurses nervous.  But the truth of the matter is that we have vowed to make his dream of hunting hogs a reality.  The moment he is physically able we will be helping him fill a bucket list dream.  I am hopeful that the excitement of going hog hunting will help make his recovery seem much quicker and help him thru the rough patches.  I am blessed to be able to help him achieve this.

No matter how rough you have it, your life is full of blessings in many ways, if only you are open to see it.  Help people thru the rough patches they are going thru and they will be there for you when you need them.  Don’t give into the negative, look for wonders and BLESSINGS.  As always Live the life you love, love the life you live!