Pray Upside Down – 2nd Edition

We are pleased to announce that our Pray Upside Down – 15 Week Bible Study has officially been launched on Amazon.

We have updated all Scripture verses to the NASB (New American Standard Version) and added a few graphics, and made some slight modifications to the original lesson plan.

God’s great hope for us is not simply the forgiveness of sins and a place in heaven when we die; but rather, He wants us totally restored, in heart, mind and soul . . . NOW! 

As we enter into this amazing adventure with God, we soon recognize that we are a part of something tremendous, something that is beyond our earthy perspective, and we are transported into the heavens with Christ; we live, breathe, and find our being in Him! 

This Bible study will help you rediscover how it all began, what happened in the Garden of Eden, who is the Devil really, and what is he up to today. 

You will head into the heavenly realms and discover profound truths concerning your relationship with God, and His incredible plan for you. 

You will search your heart, preparing for a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. In this study, you will enter into God’s armory, suiting up with the whole armor of God. 

You will discover the Keys to the Kingdom given to you, and learn what they unlock; discovering your true nature in Christ, the authority given, the Sword of the Spirit, the covering armor, and the mission ahead, you will truly learn to pray . . . Upside Down!

Available on Amazon now, for only $12.95

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Let’s Go Off Road

Now that spring is in full bloom, and most of the snow is melting, some of those old familiar 4×4 trials are calling your name!

Off Road

Off Road Challenges Ahead

The spring rains have created a playground of soupy and muddy bogs, downed trees from the heavy snow; a plethora of 4×4 challenges just waiting to be discovered. It is definitely time to start putting together your adventure!

Check your local area for trails to explore, or take a look online for off-road parks and designated trails.

Plan Your Off Road Trip

Planning for a gentle ride in the countryside, or an extreme expedition; it pays to be prepared. Nature has a way of changing our plans, and being ready to adapt, can mean the difference between an exciting and enjoyable day, or fighting for your life.

Before heading out, do a quick check and see that you have everything you need for the journey ahead; consider the following items:

Vehicle Checklist

The lists above offer suggestions; as you prepare for the journey ahead, you may think of other items as well. Double check before heading out, making sure you have the essentials.

Let Someone Know Where You Are Headed

It is also a good idea to let someone know where you plan on going; how long you expect to be gone, and when you plan on being back; do this even if it is only an “easy” ride.

The old saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here!

Keep a Record of Your Journey

I would also suggest that you also find room for a compact journal to take along. Getting outdoors can be exhilarating; even inspirational, and having a place to record favorite places along the way, wildlife encounters, GPS way-points, and your thoughts of the day, can be of great value when you get home.

We can help with that. We have developed a, Off Road Journal; small enough to fit in your glove-box or back-pack, but with enough room to record every important step along the way.

We also have Adventure Journals for Day-Hiking, Fishing, and Camping

GET OUT THERE!

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Automotive Maintenance

Whether your car or truck is brand new, a vintage classic, or a second-hand beater; to keep it running smoothly requires a consistent maintenance plan.

In the fast-paced society we live in, it is easy to over-look the need for regular maintenance on our automobiles. Too often we run them steadily until an engine light comes on, or an unfamiliar sound catches our attention; sometimes leading to an expensive repair.

Avoid Costly Repairs

To avoid an expensive interruption in our own personal transportation system, there are a few things we can do, that will prevent a costly repair bill.

One of the first things for you to consider, following your purchase of a new or used car or truck, is to learn all you can about your specific vehicle; not all makes and models are created equally.

If your vehicle came with an owner’s manual, take some time to read through it; you may learn a great deal about your car or truck that you were not aware of.

Be sure and read the maintenance section; it will give the specifics regarding the type of oil to use, the frequency of oil and filter changes, and other maintenance related items.

Perhaps you bought a used car and there is no owner’s manual; a quick search online will help you to locate a copy.

Check Oil Regularly

Take a few minutes to learn how to check your engine oil. You can refer to your owner’s manual, or stop at your local parts store, or visit your mechanic, and they will gladly show you how to check your oil.

Your car or truck needs to have regular oil changes to keep that engine healthy. With many brands of oils and filters; coupled with new synthetic oil blends available, it can be a little confusing to decide which oil is best suited for your vehicle.

Take a few minutes and talk with a good mechanic, or consult your local car dealer to find out what the best oil and filter would be for your car. High mileage cars may benefit by having a synthetic blend; while a newer car may require a very specific oil type.

Be sure and ask how often you need to change your oil; most mechanics recommend changing the oil every 3000 miles, but this can vary depending on your specific vehicle, and the type of oil you use.

If you change your oil on schedule, each and every time, your engine will be very happy!

Check Your Coolant

A well-maintained cooling system is essential to your car or truck. Your combustion engine gets very hot and needs to be cooled consistently; whether it is 110 degrees outside or 25 below!

It is a good idea to check your radiator fluid from time to time; always do this when the engine is cold and has not been running; otherwise, the internal pressure may cause the hot water to scald you.

If you live in an area where the winter temps get into the negative digits; it is a good idea to have your fluid tested to see if the solution is strong enough so it will not freeze.

If you happen to change your own fluid; be sure to dispose of the old anti-freeze properly. The glycol tastes sweet to animals and if your pet drinks it, it can be fatal!

Consider a Maintenance Log Book

A good Automotive Logbook can help keep your maintenance on track. We offer a Logbook that may help. A simple and easy way to track your vehicle maintenance projects, with plenty of space to write notes and comments concerning your project.

Convenient size 8.25” x 6” fits easily in most glove-boxes.

Record the following:

  • ENGINE OIL – FILTER
  • TRANSMISSION OIL – FILTER
  • AIR FILTER
  • FUEL FILTER
  • RADIATOR CHECK – COOLANT
  • HOSE REPLACEMENT
  • BRAKE REPLACEMENT
  • SPARK PLUGS – WIRES – DISTRIBUTOR CAP
  • BELT REPLACEMENT
  • FRONT END ALIGNMENT
  • BATTERY CHECK – REPLACEMENT
  • WIPER REPLACEMENT
  • TIRE REPAIR – REPLACEMENT
  • TIRE ROTATION

Safety First – Tire Check

Before you jump in your car and head out in the morning, take a quick walk around, and look at your tires. A tire with low air pressure can cause your car to handle improperly, and in rainy or snowy weather, this can be outright dangerous!

If you happen to notice a low tire, be sure and get to a service station and have it checked out. Often a tire will pick up some road debris, causing a small puncture, or you may have a faulty valve stem, causing air to escape slowly.

You can pick up a tire gauge at your local auto parts store, and you can check your tire pressure yourself. Properly inflated tires will keep you safe, and even save on gas mileage too! Be sure and talk to a mechanic to find out what your tire pressure should be for your specific tire and vehicle.

Windshield Wipers

Maintaining your windshield wipers is essential to safe driving. Worn or dirty wipers can smear and streak your windshield, making it very hard to see, especially at night!

When selecting a wiper blade for your vehicle, avoid the cheap, low-cost blades. Ask your mechanic, or trusted parts store clerk, what they would recommend for your ride.

Premium wipers may cost you a few more dollars, but it will be money well spent, keeping you and your family safe in all weather conditions.

Check Your Lights

It is also a good idea to check your lights too; do a quick walk around making sure your high and low beams are working, along with your taillights and brake lights too.

If you happen to be driving along one day, and you flip on your turn signal, and you notice that it sounds like it is flashing extra fast; this is an indication that you have a burned out turn signal bulb.

Drive to a lighted location where you can get safely off the road, turn on the signal, and locate which light is not working properly.

Head to your local automotive parts store and grab a new bulb. If you are not comfortable changing the bulb yourself, most reputable parts stores will put it in for you.

Be sure and get this replaced as soon as possible, and always use your turn signals when making a turn!

Maintain Your Braking System

Making sure that your brakes are properly maintained is essential to your safety, and the safety of others around you. If you live in an urban area with lots of stop and go traffic, your brakes will wear out quicker than if you live in a rural setting.

Many brake pads come with a wear plate that will begin to make an annoying screeching sound when it touches your brake rotor; if you hear that sound, it is time to get to your service center and have your brakes checked.

When selecting a set of brake pads or brake shoes, go ahead and spend a few extra dollars on a quality brand, after all, your life depends on your ability to stop, and to stop in a hurry if you need to! Depending on your driving situation, most brake pads will last between 20,000 to 40,000 miles.

About Shocks and Struts

If you notice that your vehicle is getting a little bouncy when you hit a bump, or when you come into a corner it tends to “dive in” or sway a little; this is an indication that your shocks, and or struts, are getting weak and may need replaced.

The shocks and struts keep your vehicle stable while traveling down the highway, absorbing all the bumps, potholes, and other imperfections on the road. After time, these essential components wear out and need replaced.

Since these components wear out gradually, you may hardly notice the change over time. Once these items are replaced, your car will handle like it did when you first drove it.

Exhaust Fumes

If you begin to smell exhaust fumes, or your vehicle seems to be sounding a little louder than usual; it most likely is an exhaust failure somewhere. Your exhaust system takes hot gases from the engine, conveying them through a catalytic converter, which makes sure all the fuel is burnt before passing through.

The exhaust travels on through a muffler, quieting down the noise of combustion and then out the tailpipe. If any of these components get a hole, or begin rusting through, it is time to get to a shop and see about repairs.

A faulty exhaust system may also cause your engine light to come on as well, as various sensors measure the mixture of oxygen in the emissions.

Remember, exhaust fumes contain carbon dioxide and can be deadly, so if you begin to smell fumes, get to a service center and have it checked out!

Does That Emergency Brake Work?

Every car comes with an emergency brake; however not everyone uses them. If your vehicle is an automatic, most people simply toss it into park. If you have a standard transmission, you cannot always rely on the gearing to hold your vehicle, especially if you are parking on a hill.

Parking brakes that are not used, often get corroded, and do not work properly, some won’t release fully, causing the rear brakes to drag a little.

The next time your car is in the shop, make sure to have a mechanic adjust your emergency brake, making sure everything works as it should; and then by all means use it.

You never know when a little kid may jump in and play around a little; and that could be disastrous!

Adjust Those Mirrors Too

Just 30 seconds, that’s all the longer it takes for you to check and adjust your mirrors before you head out. It is essential for safe driving to have your side mirrors and center rear view mirrors adjusted so you can behind you.

In snow or icy conditions, make sure you clean the mirrors so you can see, before going on the road.

Trying to clean or adjust your mirrors while driving can be a distraction; one that can be avoided by a 30 second look before you begin.

Put Down Your Phone!

We live in a world where everything is digital and we are connected to everyone and everything. It is important not to let our communication devices become distractions while we drive; even our on-board navigation systems can be distracting.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, with 390,000 injuries!

Remember this; a car traveling 65 miles per hour, will travel over 95 feet in one second! While trying to read, or send a text traveling at this speed, you will easily travel the distance of a football field with your eyes off the road; enough time for a fatality!

Make sure that your devices are secured properly and won’t bounce on the floor if you hit a bump. If you feel you need to make, or take a call, find a safe spot to pull over, and right beside a busy road is NOT a safe place.

The old saying; “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here; you be careful out there!

Travel Prepared for the Unexpected

When traveling, you never know what you may encounter, and being prepared can make a big difference. Put together a small travel bag to toss in your car or truck. Include a first aid kit, flashlight, a jacket or sweater, pair of gloves, a hat, small thermal blanket, a small collapsible shovel (especially when traveling in winter)

It is a great idea to have a small tool kit, which includes socket set (standard & metric) adjustable wrench, pliers, and a couple of screwdrivers; flat head and Philips’s head. If space allows, a set of jumper cables and a small fire extinguisher may come in handy too. Make sure you know where your spare tire is, and if you have the proper tools to change it if need be.

If you love to go off the beaten path and explore less traveled roads, be sure and let someone know where you went, and always carry a little extra water and snacks.

                Suggested Vehicle Maintenance Schedule – (refer to your owner’s manual)

5,000 – 10,000 Miles

Change Oil and Filter (check your oils specs)

Inspect Brake Pads and Shoes

Inspect Tires Inflation/Wear

Inspect Belts for cracking/fraying

Inspect Transmission Fluid Level

Inspect Power Steering Fluid

Inspect Brake Fluid Level

Inspect Battery/Cables Clean

15,000 – 20,000 Miles

Rotate and Balance Tires

Wheel Alignment

Inspect Engine Air Filter

Inspect Ball Joint

Inspect Driveshaft Boots

Inspect Steering Boots

Inspect Exhaust System

30,000 Miles

Change Cabin Air Filter

Change Engine Air Filter

Change Transmission Fluid

Change Battery (if needed)

Change Brake Pads/Shoes

Inspect Front Differential Oil

Inspect Hoses (Brittle, Cracked)

60,000 Miles

Change Timing Belt

Inspect Drive Belts

Change Spark Plugs

Change Engine Coolant

Help Prevent Human Trafficking

As a person who loves to travel, you have the opportunity to be the eyes and ears along the highways and byways of America, and beyond. Human trafficking is a growing problem, and if we can condition ourselves to be aware of the telltale signs of this epidemic, we may be able to make a difference.

Be alert to the signs

Victims of human trafficking (especially children) are not likely to call out for rescue, or even seek help.  That is why we need to be aware of the signs; this is a big industry, and many of the victims live in fear of their life.

Children are particularly vulnerable (although any child could be a potential victim of sex trafficking) Certain groups of children are more vulnerable than others:

  • Those involved in the child welfare or foster care systems
  • Refugee and migrant children
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Homeless and runaway youth
  • Children who have experienced prior abuse, sexual assault, or rape
  • Children with unsupervised access to internet

NOTE: Any child (under 18) performing commercial sex acts is a victim of trafficking – regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion. Remember, there is no such thing as a child prostitute.

How to identify a child who may be in trouble

  • Showing signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises, cuts, walking with a limp
  • Appear malnourished; have obvious health issues
  • May have large sums of cash, multiple cell phones
  • Miss school often; be easily distracted at school
  • Might lie about their age, even have false ID
  • May void eye contact, be fearful around people, and especially law enforcement
  • Talk as if scripted or practiced responses in social interaction
  • Unable or unwilling to give local address or information about parents
  • Dressing in a seductive or sexually alluring fashion
  • Behave withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
  • Social media accounts may contain sexually explicit photos or language

How to Identify a trafficker

It is possible that you may be more likely to encounter the one trafficking, than the ones being trafficked; here’s what to look for:

  • Most likely be much older than their male or female escorts
  • May appear jealous, controlling, and even violent or threatening
  • Not allowing the boy(s) or girl(s) to speak for themselves
  • Wear flashy and expensive items

Know the Risk Factors

It is possible that you could encounter human trafficking anywhere, there are certain venues and locations where this type of activity is often more likely to be encountered.

  • Hotels and motels
  • Airports/airplanes and busses
  • Truck stops and gasoline and service centers
  • Emergency rooms

You can Report suspected trafficking

If you suspect you are witnessing trafficking, do not intervene directly.

In case of emergency, dial 911.

In a non-immediate situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

1-888-3737-888 or text INFO or HELP to “BeFree” (233733)

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Let’s Go Camping

With spring in full bloom across most of our country, and with many of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, or relaxed, there is no better time than now, to start planning your getaway into the great outdoors.

Planning is Essential

Planning the first back-packing – camping adventure of the season, might just be in order!

Many State Parks have designated hiking trails and campsites available. A quick search will reveal possibilities near your location.

If you have been inactive all winter, like most of us, then you may want to start with a moderate camping adventure; in other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew!

A 10-mile hike over rough terrain, may a little more than you bargained for right now; don’t be afraid start out small.

One of the things we know we should do, but often overlook, is proper preparation and planning, for our camping experience.

Make a List – Check it Twice

Nature can be unpredictable, so it is worth the extra time, making sure you are thoroughly prepared before heading out. Consider the following checklist:

  • large frame back-pack (depending on the duration of your trip)
  • hiking boots / shoes
  • quality tent (make sure you have ALL the stakes, ropes and poles)
  • hatchet
  • paracord
  • lightweight tarp
  • sleeping bag
  • camp pillow
  • trail map (sometimes cell reception can be sketchy out there)
  • GPS / Compass
  • cell phone
  • knife / multi-tool
  • sunscreen
  • first aid kit
  • insect repellent
  • flashlight
  • fire starter
  • whistle
  • water – food – snacks
  • water purifier
  • rain gear
  • thermal blanket
  • extra clothing
  • camera
  • extra battery or charging system for electronics
  • wipes / toilet paper
  • binoculars
  • prescription medication
  • gloves

The list here is only a suggestion; as you prepare for your outdoor adventure, you may think of other items to toss in your pack too.

Being prepared can be the difference between having a memorable adventure, or fighting for your life in the wilderness.

Journal Your Adventure

We would also suggest that you also find room for a compact journal to take along. Getting outdoors can be exhilarating; even inspirational, and having a place to record favorite places along the way, wildlife encounters, GPS way-points, and your thoughts of the day, can be of great value when you get home.

We can help with that. We have developed a camping journal; small enough to fit in your pack, but with enough room to record every important step along the way. It even contains helpful tips should you become lost, along with a comprehensive checklist to review before heading out.

Stop by our website at www.abidingline.com and take a look.

We have Adventure Journals for Day-Hiking, Fishing, and Off Roading.

GET OUT THERE!

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Explore the Great Outdoors – Day Hike

It sure has been a long and difficult year! With various lock downs, and quarantines; the inability to move about freely, has caused many to feel a little claustrophobic; a day-hike might just be the remedy.

With spring in full bloom, and many of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, there is no better time than now, to start planning your getaway into the great outdoors.

PLAN YOUR HIKE

Planning a Day Hike might just be the first step getting outdoors. There are many State Parks with designated hiking trails available. A quick search will reveal possibilities near your location.

If you have been inactive all winter, like most of us, then you may want to start with a moderate hike; in other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew! A 15-mile hike over rough terrain, may a little more than you bargained for; start out small and work your way up.

PREPARATION IS KEY

Preparation for your trip is important too. Nature can be unpredictable, so spend the extra time and make sure you are prepared before heading out. Consider the following checklist:

  • day-pack
  • hiking boots / shoes
  • trail map (sometimes cell reception can be sketchy)
  • GPS / Compass
  • cell phone
  • knife / multitool
  • sunscreen
  • small first aid kit
  • flashlight
  • fire-starter
  • whistle
  • snacks / water
  • extra clothing / jacket
  • wipes
  • thermal blanket (these are small and lightweight and can be a life-saver)

The list here, is only a suggestion; as you prepare for your outdoor adventure, you may think of other items to toss in your pack. Being prepared can be the difference between having a memorable adventure, or fighting for your life in the wilderness.

KEEP A JOURNAL

I would also suggest that you find room for a Compact Journal to take along. Getting outdoors can be exhilarating, even inspirational, and having a place to record favorite places along the way, wildlife encounters, GPS way-points, and your thoughts of the day, can be of great value when you get home.

We can help with that. We have developed a Day-Hike Journal; small enough to fit in your day-pack, but with enough room to record every important step along the way. It even contains helpful tips should you become lost, and a comprehensive checklist to review before heading out.

We have other Adventure Journals for all your outdoor journeys; take a look!

GET OUT THERE!

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Increase Mental Acuity Through Word Games

As we grow older it becomes evident our mental acuity, begins to fade. Concern regarding Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementia inducing conditions, become more pressing as we age.

I know, having just turned 63, I find my train of thought can get side-tracked if I am not careful. Keeping my brain healthy and properly exercised is vitally important.

While we cannot stop the inevitable journey toward old-age, we can do something to mitigate the mental effects associated with it. Diet and exercise can be quite beneficial; but have you ever considered something as entertaining as a word puzzle?

Word games and puzzles are not just for kids; adults can benefit greatly by engaging these types of activities too. Our brains are amazingly complex, and they seem to be built with an innate desire to solve problems.

Too much idle time

Unfortunately, we have seemed to have succumbed to the numbing effect of information overload. When we have a few idle moments; we turn on the TV, or we grab a cell phone and surf the internet. There is nothing inherently wrong with this; but it does tend to disengage the mind.

Why not do something to keep your mind engaged; get those synapses clicking and thinking! Grab a crossword, or word search puzzle and engage; besides, it’s a great deal of fun!

We developed a series of Word Search Puzzles designed to truly engage the mind on many levels. We began working on a Word Search puzzle book for the State of Pennsylvania; our home state.

It was a great deal of fun putting it together. We found nearly every single city, town and village in the state, over 1800 of them! We also discovered the names of various mountains and we tossed those into the puzzle book too.

Going to into print

Copies were printed and given to friends; the result was amazing. As they began searching; they were recalling various places they had visited, and even began looking up places they never heard of, just to see where they were located.

The puzzle book also contained State symbols, such as the State Bird (Ruffed Grouse) State Animal (White-tailed Deer) State flag and more. We inserted high resolution BW photos of these symbols inside the puzzle book.

We had so much fun putting this puzzle book together, that we decided to make a Word-Search Puzzle book for each state. Now we have all 50 states available; we call them the “Across America Series of Word Search Puzzles.”

We have other Word Search Puzzles to enjoy as well; which can be found on our website or on Amazon.

Give it a try

Puzzle and word games could just be what you need to keep a healthy and sharp mind. You don’t need to be in a nursing home, or confined to a hospital bed, to enjoy one of these puzzles.

By the way, these make wonderful gifts, and might just help your aging parent, or friend, sharpen their mind too.

You can find out more about these puzzles and so much more right >>> HERE <<<

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Mother’s Day – The Silver Pan

Every year when Mother’s Day comes around, I remember the amazing lady I called Mom.

I was the second child of 8 children, that my mother would bring into this world; I have 5 sisters and two brothers.

When I was three years old, we had moved to house situated on three acres, in a scenic part of North Central Pennsylvania, in the quaint Village of Cameron.

Dad promptly acquired a small Farmall Cub tractor, and we put in a large garden and it produced a bountiful harvest every year.

I can recall Mom working tirelessly in that garden. As summer came along, and early crops began to mature, Mom would pull the onions, pluck the green beans, the peas, and anything else that was ripe; then process of canning the various vegetables began!

I cannot remember when, but I distinctly recall Mom had acquired a large, silver colored pan. I suppose it was about 24” in diameter and about 10” deep. I can still see her coming out of the garden with that pan; overloaded with peas, beans, and onions.

Mom would sit down in the backyard and snap the beans, shell the peas out of the pods, trim the onions; then with the Silver Pan full, head inside to start canning.

Once a week, she would set me on the kitchen counter and she would grab the Silver Pan; I would watch as she poured a certain amount of warm water into the pan, adding a little sugar, then sprinkling dry yeast on top, gently stirring. Then she would put flour into the warm mixture, continually stirring as she kept adding more and more flower.

I could tell the mixing was almost done, when she wiped her brow with her apron. Once finished adding and mixing, Mom covered the Silver Pan and the gooey mixture with a cloth.

An hour and a half later, she would pull out the gooey mixture, now doubled in size, and she would sprinkle the countertop with flour, and toss bread dough on, beating the daylights out of it.

After a sufficient pounding had occurred, it was cut into strips and placed into 6 bread pans, where it would set for another hour so, and then it was into the oven. I can still smell the intoxicating aroma of fresh baked bread, wafting through the house!

I recall Sunday nights, sitting in our living room, as we would get ready to watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, followed by Walt Disney.

Moments before the Walt Disney show came on, Mom would come in with her Silver Pan brimming to the top with freshly made popcorn for all!

I can remember when Mom had her first set of twins (she would have 2 sets of twins) when it came time to give the babies a bath, she would pull out; you guessed it, the Silver Pan and wash them in it.

I saw her use that Silver pan for hauling vegetables out of the garden, for mixing bread dough, for washing delicate clothes, bathing babies, and serving popcorn, and so much more.

The Silver Pan became a symbol etched in my mind and heart; a reminder of what my Mom was all about; she was a tireless and selfless servant to the family she loved and adored.

Mom tirelessly hovered over her children, dedicating her life to our care. She was a compassionate nurse when we got sick, a counselor when we were emotionally hurt, encouraged us when we were down, lovingly scolded us when we were bad!

Every Mother’s Day I think of Mom, and I miss her smile, her encouraging words, her servant heart, and her overflowing love.

I can still see her walking up the little hill from the garden, with that big Silver Pan full of green beans resting against her hip, in one hand, and a wiggling toddler firmly held in the other.

If your mom or grandma is still with you, I hope you make plans this year to spend some time with her; cherish those moments . . . you only have one Mom; be sure and show her a little love this year.

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Fishing Essentials – Log Book & Journal Available Now

As promised, one of our newest additions Fishing Essentials – Log Book and Journal is now live on Amazon!

The next time you venture down that beautiful trout stream and find the perfect hole, or you are in a special cove on a lake where a “big one” got away; you now have a convenient way to record the location, weather, bait or lures used, and even a generous place to record your thoughts and impressions.

“Some fishing stories are a bit “fishy” if you know what I mean. If you only had a way to jot down what REALLY happened; how big the fish actually was, where you caught it, along with all the little details you need, to have a truly great fishing story to tell.”

Now you have the perfect companion to accomplish that very task!

A simple and easy way to track all of your fishing adventures, never forget a special moment, or location again. Durable gloss cover, lightweight and special size (8 ½” x 6”) easily fits in any day pack.

Helpful Features:

  • personal contact information
  • emergency contact
  • start location
  • date – start – stop time
  • weather conditions
  • solo or with companion
  • track GPS way-points
  • lures – bait used
  • fish type caught
  • preparation checklists
  • personal comments – impressions

Order yours today, and never let the memories of your special fishing adventure evaporate before you get home again.

Great gift too!

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Spring is in the Air

The early days of spring are very special. The lingering snow in the mountains begin to melt in earnest and an occasional attempt by Old Man Winter to keep the chill, howls through the crisp air.

For many of us, the melting snow and the warmer weather meant one thing . . . TIME TO GO FISHING!

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, fishing season usually began about the second week in April. Our home sat on a three acre plot, that ran right down to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, and to an amazing fishing hole.

Usually Dad would plow the garden with his old Farmall Tractor the week before fishing season began, and I would follow behind, plucking the generous bounty of crawlers and red-worms revealed by the plow. I can still smell the fresh dirt!

Quite often, the river behind our house would be a little too swift on the first day of fishing season, due to the spring rains and the run-off from the mountains. Dad had a plan though; he would toss together a few sandwiches, a coupe of candy bars and drinks; pack it all up along with our essential fishing gear and head out.

One of our favorite spots for the first day was a place called George B Stevenson Dam. It was a small dam built in the early 1950’s situated on the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning River.

There was plenty of bank fishing, and the dam was well stocked with trout; we almost always came home with enough trout for dinner.

Oh the sweet memories that springtime brings; a reminder that the cold clutches of winter always give way to an explosion of beauty.

I hope you take time to go out and smell the fresh turned dirt, drink in the fragrance of the blossoming trees and early flowers, and if you can, go find a young kid, and take them fishing; it might just be what you need!

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Two New Journals Launching Soon

Fishing Essentials – Log Book & Journal

“Some fishing stories are a bit “fishy” if you know what I mean. If you only had a way to jot down what REALLY happened; how big the fish actually was, where you caught it, along with all the little details you need to have a truly great fishing story to tell.”

Now you have the perfect companion to accomplish that very task!

A simple and easy way to track all of your fishing adventures, never forget a special moment, or location again. Durable gloss cover, lightweight and special size (8 ½” x 6”) easily fits in any day pack.

Helpful Features:

  • personal contact information
  • emergency contact
  • start location
  • date – start – stop time
  • weather conditions
  • solo or with companion
  • track GPS way-points
  • lures – bait used
  • fish type caught
  • preparation checklists
  • personal comments – impressions

Off Road Essentials Log Book & Journal

For those who love to get off the beaten path and do a little 4-wheeling; here is the perfect companion for the trip. The convenient size easily fits in your glove-box; the same size as an owner’s manual.

We have provided an Essential Checklist in this journal to go over before you leave. Planning for a gentle ride in the countryside, or an extreme expedition; it pays to be prepared. Nature has a way of changing our plans, and being ready to adapt, can mean the difference between an exciting and enjoyable day, or fighting for survival.

Helpful Features:

  • personal contact information
  • start locations
  • trailhead and routes taken
  • date – start – stop time
  • weather conditions
  • solo or with companion
  • track GPS way-points
  • wild-life encounters
  • 52 entries
  • personal comment section

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