Reality

14 04 2012

The start of a new life


Today I was on a hunting high. I had shot 2 osceola turkeys earlier this week, and today I shot a really nice spotted sow hog. On our way back to where we are staying, just out of the blue Dale wanted oranges. We stopped at a local road side stand, and got to talking with the women inside. Betty is a cancer survivor, and Linda had just recently undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer. She looks great, but as usual had some questions and concerns about her treatment.
This really brought home to me why I am doing this. Just a little over 2 1/2 years ago, I was in her shoes. I was staying positive, but there were concerns. I hope seeing that my recovery is nearing complete, and that my life has gotten back to as normal as it can be, will help her cope with her ongoing recovery. I hope everyone realizes that cancer can be just a hiccup in your life. Keep your spirits up, maintain a positive outlook, lean on people when you need support, cry on someone’s shoulder when the stress gets to be too much. But PLEASE never ever give up. Life is to precious to waste a minute of it. As always “Love the life you live”!

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Easter Egg Hunt 2012

2 04 2012

Our grandchildren and Sammy went on a hunt for Easter Eggs, they got a couple. They really enjoyed the hunting, not so much the cleanup. This is not your run of the mill egg hunt tho! The kids have decided that this needs to be part of every Easter.

Sammy, Ginger, Chaney, Sarah and Ryan Easter Egg hunting.





2012 Youth Archery Tournament

26 03 2012

Three of our Grandchildren competed for the first time in an archery tournament this weekend.  To sound like a proud grandma (which I am!), they did WONDERFUL! I was really impressed with all of the kids abilities, and compassion to other kids.  The older ones stepped in to help the little kids, and even the little kids helped with even younger spectators.

Ryan competed in the 7 and 8 year old division.  He had some off moments, but was able to pull out a 225 by the end of the day.  Considering that 300 would be a perfect score, he did great!

Ryan was right on target

Sarah competed in the 9 and 10 year old division.  After some minor adjustments to her sight, she ended the day with a 224. She held it together through the stress of equipment failure.

Sarah loves shooting

Ginger competed in the 11 and 12 year old division, and did fantastic.  She got a new bow just 2 days before the tournament, so a lot of work was needed to get her shooting good.  She shot a 264,  Unfortunately in her division the top 3 shot a 299, 298 and 292.  These kids are good!

Ginger and her new bow

Ginger and her new bow

After the main tournament, the archers shot at balloons, at which Ginger won $1.00 for her team breaking them all the fastest.  Ryan won $9.00 for hitting the X on a javelina target.  Everyone left a winner.

Sarah, Ryan and Ginger





A Very Ithaca Birthday

15 03 2012

March of 2012 may seem like any other month to you, but to our family it is a very special time.  Our daughter Shannon turns 30 on the 9th, our son-in-law Jeremy turns 30 on the 10th and our nephew -in-law Bryan turns 30 on the 24th.  It is not to often that 3 members of your family turn 30 during the same month.  Yeah, I know in 10 years we will have 3 turning 40 together, maybe I will write another post about that then.

Well we wanted to make this year’s birthday really special.  We ordered Ithaca model 1911 pistols for Shannon and Jeremy, with their serial numbers being the dates of their births ( 309 and 310).  Bryan’s wife Mary also ordered him a pistol from Ithaca.  We arranged a tour of the Ithaca Plant in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, which is owned by our good friend David Dlubak.  David personally conducted the tour.  With all 3 of them getting their pistols at the end of the tour.  Bryan Stoops even gave them a lesson in tearing the guns apart and cleaning them properly.  We followed that up with shooting the pistols out at the quarry.  It is amazing how accurate these guns are right out of the box.  Later that evening we had dinner for 25 at Shotzy’s restaurant.  Jeremy’s parents and his brother’s family joined our family and the Dlubak family.

We now have other members of our family counting down the years till they turn 30 and hopefully follow in their older relatives shoes.

Shannon with her 1911

Ithaca Gun Company    http://www.ithacagun.com/index.html





Hunter Safety Course 1972

15 03 2012

Life is not fair!  Or at least that is how it seems to a twelve year old.  Add to that wanting to hunt and fish when neither of your parents enjoy either.  Add to that being a girl in 1972.

I wanted to hunt so badly, I would check out every magazine and book on hunting I could find at our local library.  Outdoor Life and Field and Stream became my educators.  I asked so many dumb questions of anyone who even vaguely knew anything about hunting.  I spent hours weekly riding the deer trails on our horses, observing the patterns of the deer.  I could ride right into a group of deer without them taking to much notice.

It seemed like divine intervention when my friend Cheryl talked her father into taking us for our Hunter Safety Certification.  We had about 30 participants in the course; 28 boys, myself and Cheryl.  We took a lot of ribbing from the boys, and even a few of the fathers.  They felt we had no place in a “boys” class.  We didn’t mind, or at least didn’t let on to anyone that it bothered us.  Cheryl’s dad, having 6 daughters, was very supportive of girls being able to hunt.  His support made a huge difference in the tender sensibilities of a teenage girl.  By the end of the course, only 2 students rated a 100% on the test; myself and Cheryl.  Instead of the boys being happy for us, they made sure we knew that hunting was a male sport.

To this day I feel the pressure to prove  myself capable, to prove my abilities, to compete with ghosts of my past.  I know I am up to the challenge!





Coping

6 03 2012

Sometimes the pot of gold is right beneath your nose, right at home.

As you may know, my father died 2 weeks ago, followed by the death 1 week ago by the father of my good friend. Life at times is hard, but always worth the effort.

How do people cope with illness and death?  That has been asked of me numerous times in the past few weeks.  You have no choice!  The fact that these people are looking for a way to cope, shows that they will find the way.  I always tell everyone to talk, remember, laugh, cry and most importantly-love.  I am the sort to tackle life head one.  Realize your options and set a course to succeed.  Cope with death as you would cope with life.  The pain you feel now with pass, and with that comes an ability to move on.

Now is a good time to start a project, join a club or a gym, take up a hobby or volunteer, anything that keeps your time and mind busy.  While you are improving your life with these activities, you are also strengthening your ability to deal with crisis’s in your life, you are building personal connections that will help when you need a shoulder to lean on.  Don’t be afraid to lean on someone, your friends will be honored you came to them, and sometimes a stranger will become a valued friend.

Don’t give into the negative, look for wonders and blessings in your life.  Celebrate the life, embrace the future. As always Live the life you love, love the life you live!





Snow

16 02 2012

It has been a rough week here, it seems cancer and other life disrupting diseases are ravaging people I love. I am feeling philosophical, “life is like a box of chocolates”. No, No, No, I mean life is like snow.

As I sit here watching the snow fall, I am at first mesmerized by its beauty, then the dangerous nature of snow and ice creep into my thoughts. Snow like life can be beautiful to watch from the outside. Many lives are being touched, and some destroyed. The beauty at times covers the true challenges that everyone faces. You can present a façade that people cannot see behind, project a picture that distracts from the pitfalls.

As I wait for the snowfall to cease, I am also waiting on the dreaded phone call that lives of people I love have also come to an end. Love your family while you can. Share your love with the people who matter to you. Do what you can to help ease burdens. Share the beauty and the pain. Know that Spring is ahead, and life will go on. Just look into the innocent face of a newborn and you will see our future. The never ending cycle of life.