Friday, December 13, 2019

When the Mowing Gets Tough

Courtesy from Spider Slope Care
Every once in awhile, something comes along that is truly revolutionary and this week's topic is right in that wheelhouse.  If you have read this blog for long, you know I have a deep fascination for anything that can revolutionize the world of a person with disability, disease or just elderly AND that is also a technological leap forward.  So, with that in mind, say hello to the Spider Slope Care remote control lawnmower.

Lawnmowing meets the Jetsons (old cartoon for the younger readers) in this nifty remote-controlled mini-tank.  Powered by a Kawasaki engine on the larger two models, the Spider has plenty of horsepower to tackle any job.  However, if it does happen to meet its match, like a slope of 55 degrees, it also has a wench to pull itself up a 55-degree incline that none of us mere mortals could do.
The remote has a range of 500-700 feet which is 165 - 230 yards.  Truly amazing.  In other words, you can sit in one location and mow a very large yard without relocating.

For the handicapped outdoorsman that doesn't want to give up the immediate satisfaction of mowing their own yard, this could be just the tool that is needed.  Pricing was not readily available, but there is contact info on their website.
Check out the video:

Sunday, April 28, 2019

My Book is Available

One of the many projects I have been working on is a book:  Finding the Extra in Your Ordinary.  Check out the trailer below:

The book is available to order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and will be available via iTunes once it is digitized in the coming weeks.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy it!

Sunday, March 24, 2019


I am so excited to be back writing for those of you who follow me.  I took a year or so off.  We added a daughter, moved to a new house, and did life.  All of the things that can keep anyone busy have been doing exactly that, however, this blog is still important to me as I hope it is to many of you.

Many physical developments have transpired over the past year plus that have made doing the outdoors that much more challenging.  It is at this place of pain that I want to begin.  As the disease of FSH Muscular Dystrophy continues to steal away my strength, I must daily answer the question of whether or not to quit my pursuits of the things I love.  The dilemma is not just the world of the outdoors but of work, play, parenting, and beyond.

So much of life comes down to a simple question:  I am going to conquer or be conquered?  On the outset, this seems like an easy enough question to answer, but when an individual begins to count the cost of what conquering might entail, the molehill can turn into a mountain quickly.  A deep sense of dread and of being overwhelmed can ensue.  This can spiral downward into hopelessness and depression.  STOP!

The Bible is full of great wisdom.  Even if you are an unbeliever, the Bible has

some great psychology teachings in it.  Take the verse below for instance:

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
"8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

What we place our thoughts on will dominate us.  If we are chronically thinking about what we cannot do, we will continue not to do anything.  However, if we change our brain, get rid of the stinking thinking, we then can begin to process our situations through fresh vision.

We still may be limited in the way we go about life, but we are still going about our lives.  Quitting isn't just a one time action.  It becomes the attitude of our hearts and a lifestyle.  Instead of saying, "Well, I guess I will have to quit 'x'."  Learn to say, "Well, I can no longer do 'x' the way I have always done it.  I must learn to do it a new way."

The old saying, "where there is a will there is a way," is excellent.  Without the word WILL, it is a dead statement.  Will can best be defined as "convinced".  In other words, when you "will" do something, you are "convinced" it must be done.

Be convinced - get out there.  Enjoy nature, your family...your life!