Showing posts with label preps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label preps. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

My week was log jammed with travel on both ends, first for work then to see the kids. Spent a long weekend with them which was excellent. They are well and it was great to see them. A red eye home then work in the morning left me pretty beat.

This week I put fresh batteries in the light on Project AR and tightened the lights attachment to the rail.

Also I started getting a bit more intentional on financial stuff. I have been saving a reasonable amount (not quite 20%, maybe 17 but an easy round number) but otherwise haven't paid attention to that all much. With a bit of discipline I suspect I can do better with money stuff which would be good. I want to do a couple things in the next year or so and it will take money to do them. More on this later.

Not much of a week I know but starting out behind and trying to make up for a lack of time to do normal stuff during the week didn't leave much time.

Next week I plan to fill up the 3 empty gas cans. My get home bag is going to get adjusted, sort of like I talked about recently. Penciled in some range time this weekend. Also I plan to rework my current pt plan.

So not much happened here but I hope to do better next week.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Weeks Preps

Lost a pound and a half since the last weigh in.

Filled up 5x 25 gallon gas cans.

Organized some stuff.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

 In this case the week may be stretched some.

-Got a couple of pair of those good Bass Pro wool socks.
-An inflation adjusted brick of CCI Mini Mags in .22lr.
-At Goodwill looking for a tennis racket bag I picked up a good wool sweater and a nice pair of Boy Scout convertible (zipper off legs) nylon pants for $9 total.
-Did some dry fire and clearing my house/ controlling points of domination.
-Some PT.
-Started tracking my food intake.
-Started Jui Jitsu/ MMA.

What are my goals for the next week?
-Keep tracking caloric intake. Record all days and be at/ under calories for at least 5/7
-Good PT (3 runs, 2 weights/PU/SU, 3 yoga) and BJJ
-5 good sessions of dry fire using a timer

If I get to it
-Finish trailer unload 
-Fill up fuel cans with non ethanol gas
-Go shooting (I have a hot date penciled in with my G19 for Valentines Day)

What did you do to prepare this week?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I picked up 2 mags for the LCP and 50 rounds of ammo to load them to fill a recently identified need. I will load up one mag to use as a reload and keep the other in my vehicle with the ammo in case I am caught in need.

Also window shopped rifles at the LGS. Looked at a folding stock AK-47. Either that or an AR will be my 'truck gun'. Have some soul searching to do on that one. Your input is of course welcome.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Posts of Note

In response to my recent post Commander Zero wrote his own post. The issue of balance is one we agree upon. He brought up one valid point I practice but fail to consider. Some items are arguably at risk of being available in the future. Guns, mags, ammo, body armor, night vision, etc are widely available now but may well not be in the future. On the other hand some items like tools, food, etc are likely to be available in the future. Within reason (balance and financial) front loading at risk items makes sense.

Also Kenny did a great post on how we actually use expensive tactical knives. For military folks substitute MRE for Amazon.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Is Preparedness Category based, Linear or All Over The Place?

A recent talk with Commander Zero inspired this post. Since memory is fallible and I am uncomfortable putting words in other people mouths (especially if I didn't ask to share them) I will not try to quote him. Just assume everything smart comes from Zero and the boring/ stupid stuff is me.

We could look at a few different ways to prepare. Lets discuss some generalities and what I consider the pro's and cons of them.

Category based. Lets say the categories are guns/ ammo, food, energy, comms, medical, tools, gear and misc. We could debate them but for the purpose of this discussion you get the point. You would work on one category until it is complete then go to another, then another, etc.

Pro- Mass. In this way you are going to see significant progress. Seeing progress has a real motivational component in keeping people working.

Con- Not balanced. In almost every preparedness situation you need some stuff in many if not every category. A whole lot of food doesn't cancel out the need for self defense. A great communications system is not a substitute for a spare pair of boots. You get the idea.

Linear- Working to move all categories forward in a reasonably balanced way. Say get ready for a normal black out with a few days of food, some spare batteries and flashlights, a hand gun with some ammo, etc. Next work towards a longer 2 week type event. More food, some sort of power generation plan, a long gun of some sort, water purification, etc. Move on to a nasty 6 week Katrina type event. You get the idea.

Pro- Balanced. You are working forward in a way that relative to your overall level of preparedness there is not a weak link. You aren't all guns/ammo and no food or all commo and no tools, etc.

Con- Progress is slow. Even as a fairly motivated person after a quarter or a year of putting not insignificant resources into preparedness it is hard for me to really see progress. It happened but a little bit in each area isn't very fulfilling.

All Over The Place- Work on what you are interested in at the time.

Pro- By doing what you are currently interested in you are very likely to go hard and make real progress. The newest/ weakest guy in an active ham radio club is going to crush a prepper with a radio and a license. The newest guy in a GSSF/ 3 gun club is probably better than a prepper with a safe full of guns.

Con- This lack of any meaningful plan leads folks to go too deep into their passions and ignore the other stuff at their peril. I have seen guys who are beginning to intermediate level survivalist with not one, or two but THREE 'bug out motorcycles.' Its his life and money but if that guy thinks this is the motorcycle collection is a good preparedness move for his situation he is at best not looking objectively.

What is the right answer.

Personally my core plan is linear. It is hard to do and I do it imperfectly cough clearly I need another AR-15 and G19 cough but it is the goal. Now for hobbies/ spare time stuff I tend, thanks to Chris's excellent advice, to generally pursue hobbies that are helpful for preparedness. Fitness, fishing, shooting, etc.

The difference is past some point with most of these things there is a point of diminishing returns as it relates to preparedness. I will talk fishing since I know a tiny bit about it. Getting a fishing pole, a cheap Wally World spare, a bunch of gear and some sort of cheap (under $500 unless it can be a major food source IE you live on a river/ swamp/ coast) small boat could make sense if you live near water. On the other hand that third $500 fishing pole and a 20k fishing boat are not preparedness items. These are hobby purchases, which isn't a bad thing, just that they should come from hobby money not prep money.

Thoughts? How do you prepare?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Food During Out of Town Moves and Fringe Benefits of Stocking Supplies

Someone asked about what I do with stored food during moves. The fridge/ freezer stuff is easy it gets eaten, given away or tossed. The long term shelf stable stuff like 5 gallon buckets are easy, it sucks but you move them. That might not work for an international move but the effort and cost to buy then sell a ton or two of food multiple times is unpleasant. The mid range pantry stuff (rice, canned goods, boxed stuff, etc) is a bit more complicated. I try to eat up as much as I can and move as much of the rest as I can.

Military movers will take unopened shelf stable stuff (CONUS). I wouldn't suggest taking anything fragile (glass jars, etc) but cans and buckets are fine.

[Do note that if you are pushing the limit this sort of food is heavy and busting your weight allowance is expensive. I would not be moving a dozen cases of canned food and a ton of rice n beans if we were anywhere close to the limit. For lower enlisted folks weight allowances are pretty low so this probably be a good plan. The amount of food I will move is probably a third or half a lower enlisted guys total weight allowance. One of the many places where the military is not fair.]

Right now I am in the eating it up phase. However since I had food for 4 and there is 1 of me it isn't going great. I'll probably end up taking some stuff to good will or giving it away. Losing a few hundred bucks of food every couple years is a cost of being a survivalist in the military. One of the many places where that is a hassle. Such is life.

Also moving my ammo stash sucks.  Get a bit of .308/7.62x51, decent stash of 5.56 and 9mm, a bunch of 7.62x39 and 12 gauge and it adds up fast. Ammo I have to haul myself which is a hassle.

I am open to input here but as I've done this a couple times so odds are high my plan is about solidified.

I am also trying to work through some other stores such as gasoline before the trip.

A fringe benefit of this stuff is for the last 2 weeks my grocery bill has been very low. Until I leave I will only be buying milk and fresh fruit/ veggies at the store so the bill will be even lower. Also started using up the gasoline. So my bills for fuel and food are going to be very low for awhile. A happy accident as finances are in a state of flux.

I also realized this could be a fringe benefit of preparedness. If you have a months food and gas stashed that means you could live off stores and put cash to stuff you definitely have to pay for like say rent and utilities. In a personal SHTF this would let you stretch existing cash reserves to keep things going longer. Of course you would be depleting stores which would either need to be replaced or your preparedness level would drop. Options are a good thing.

So stocking up on food, fuel, etc all has a variety of benefits. You should do that.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prepping Through Dry Stretches

There are certainly different levels of preparedness. Some folks are happy with a case of buckshot for the family shotgun, a good water filter,  a stash of emergency food sufficient for a regional disaster (say 30-60 days) and a shoe box full of batteries for flashlights and radios. Aside from rotating canned food if you go that way (which is a good idea it has a lot of pro's and limited downsides specifically weight and occasional need to rotate them) and batteries, which with some organization can be done through normal use this guy is done.

Other folks want higher levels of preparedness, some much higher. For folks on the longer end of the spectrum of preparedness goals it is a long journey. It is years or most of a lifetime of work. A marathon not a sprint if you will. In any multi year effort there are going to inevitably be times where you loose focus or life's demands creep up. Medical issues can come up and money gets tight. Sometimes we just plain get bored or lose interest. Now it is easy to do nothing about preparedness for a week or a month but when a month turns to 2 or 3 it can be an issue.

So what can we do to minimize the down sides of these inevitable events?

-Hold what you have got! This means keeping up on needed maintenance for small engines (or going all the way and draining fluids, etc), rotating fuel and mid term type food, occasionally cleaning some guns, etc. If we can do this at least we should be able to maintain the levels of preparedness we worked so hard to get to.

-Automate whenever possible. Metals Pimp does a regular monthly plan for silver and gold. Set it up on a CC or transfer from your bank and forget it. [As soon as I get a better picture of what my post divorce money situation will be I will set one of these up.] I think there are similar plans for food storage out there.

-If the reason you are slowing down/ distracted only affects one area (space, time, money, physical stuff, etc) then focus on the other areas. If you are broke you can still do PT and dry fire. If you are short of space you can still train. If you are short on time you can still accumulate supplies. Work on what you can work on. You get the idea.

So those are my general ideas about how to manage the inevitable dry stretches. Now here are a couple thoughts on how to get out of them.

-Shift focus. Start a new preparedness related hobby. If you are a big radio guy get into shooting. If you are a big shooter get into canning. If you are a big time gardener work on pt.

-Do something useful but a touch indulgent. Splurge on a cool new radio then play with it. Build that precision rifle or get licensed and pick up that Enduro bike you have wanted. Dig deep to find the money for that class. You get the idea. [Incidentally I am going to try hard to make ECQC happen in 2016 as a present to me. Also an Appleseed.]

-Reevaluate and set new goals. Look at where you are and where you want to go. Find some goals to be excited about and get back to work.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Importance of Inspecting Bags

These days my Rucksack just stays packed. We do not go to the field every other week or something but I use it for road marching once a week and just like to keep it ready to go. At this stage in my career I have accumulated enough spare socks/ t shirts/ etc that the ones in my ruck can just stay there. For the latest round of field time I almost just grabbed my ruck and took off. Decided it would be a good idea to look in it and I am glad I did.

I was missing a couple key things:

For whatever reason I didn't have a sleeping bag or a woobie or anything like that. Granted this is Louisiana in the dog days of summer so the gore tex bivy could have worked and just sleeping in my clothes would have kept me alive but some sort of insulation makes for a comfortable sleep. I put in my HPG Mountain Serape.

Also for reasons that escape me I have one pair of socks in my bag and they were mid weight and made of wool. When I took out the rest of the winter module I must have missed them. While wool can be worn in any season all but the lightest garments are punishing in this heat. I kept that pair of socks and added 3 lighter pair.

There was a bottle of anti inflamatory pain killers in my ruck. The gel tablets had melted together into a big ball. So those need to be replaced with non gel tablets. 

Those additions made my ruck pass a quick initial inspection.

During the field problem I identified the lack of a medical kit in my ruck as an issue. Granted there is one in my level 2.5 get home bag but that was not with me. Need to add at least a basic boo boo kit. Those supplies can back fill stuff in my level 2.5 GHB when they are used together. Picked up the stuff for a boo boo kit today.

The point is not to assume. For systems you use semi regularly you really need to inspect them /at some interval, and before every major use.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

 Ordered another dozen mags for the FAL as well as the sight adjustment tool it needs.

Ordered a Dutch Oven which was long overdue.
Dry fire-
Gear- Glock 19 withBlade Tech AIWB holster.
Drill- 1 shot from concealment.
Par time- 1.7 seconds.
Extreme low- 1.3
Extreme high- 1.8 seconds
Average 1.35-1.55

This session was better than yesterdays. The overall average was down .05-.1 of a second but the extreme high was down more like 2 tenths of a second.

Oh yeah almost forgot WE GOT A CARGO TRAILER! More on this later. All in all between the FAL, spare parts kit, mags, the case of Federal 7.62x51 XM80 and the trailer this was the most expensive month of preparedness ever. Not intentional, just sort of how things worked out, but still a lot happened. Obviously most months are not like this. 

What did you do to prepare this week?

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Ventures Discussion: Soliciting Input

Right now I am a little blah with how the blog is going, it is sort of in a rut. Nobody likes to say things like that but it is true. Part of that is my survivalist/ preparation efforts are sort of in a rut. Maybe a rut isn't the best way to put it but I can't think of a better one. To some degree this is a product of my hard work. I have knocked out all of the 'low hanging fruit' of stashing a decent amount of food, water purification, buying some guns n ammo, etc. I've even hit some of the middle branches with a NOD and the Honda EU2000. However the higher rungs, specifically a paid off piece of land (even a small one) with a little cabin, which are really what will take our preparedness to the next level are still elusive. I work hard and make decent money but with a 1 income household the basics, a few modest luxuries and saving about 10% for the future account for every dollar that comes in. It is honestly really frustrating for me at this point.

The situation right now is that while my efforts to better prepare in our scenario will make us more comfortable they are reaching the point of diminishing returns due to the inherent risk of A) living around people and B) the lack of redundancy which comes with a bug out location. In a true worst case scenario well before we ran out of food or fuel we would likely have serious problems in the form of hungry neighbors.

There are some possibilities floating around and maybe one will work out in the next year or so. Hopefully one of the various possible options works, we get shit on by life enough so it would be great to have the dice roll in our favor for once. I am trying hard to be optimistic without getting too excited like I did awhile back which really sucked hard when that potential option fell apart.  OK, That is enough "poor, poor pitiful me." Onto the blog.

I have been thinking about doing a few things. These are ideas I am fairly certain would work in principle though I won't get into the details unless folks are interested. 

Things I am thinking about doing in no particular order:
-Politely asking for some sort of voluntary donations. This is like the radio in that folks can listen for free but it is a lot more like NPR (aside from the blatantly hypsterish and arguably communist overtones) in that the due to my (work IE the job that takes care of my family) constraints I am limited in who the blog can associate with or advertise for. However I might or might not sympathize with them I simply can not openly associate with or advertise for people who like numbers between 2.9  and 3.1% or  names similar to "Matriots", which greatly limits my readership and advertising opportunities and budget is pretty tight.

 I do not want to get into a bleging cycle at all; first because our household finances are, if not exciting, certainly stable and secondly because the idea of guilting a reader who may have a family and makes 25k a year to send me $20 every month for my internet bill, broken down car, mortgage or the excuse of the week is morally repugnant. We are not hurting for necessities in terms of money so really I could not complain very much.

-Will continue to think about it but I may ask readers who can afford it and enjoy the blog to donate some modest amount (Say between $12 and 24) of cash a year to offset costs and generally help my preparedness efforts.

-Setting up some sort of premium content type thing. This would be heavy on me sharing things that are within my personal and professional areas of expertise. It would be more A members only part of a/ the site or something. Maybe a newsletter that is published monthly for folks that subscribe. It might be a situation where folks can joint the site on a longer term deal for say 6 months or buy this months content stand alone in the form of a newsletter. I would have to figure out what sort of software/ programs are available to support either of these. It is important to note this would note take away from the content on the blog, it would just offer some high quality content to folks who want it. My rough idea of monthly price point would not exceed a fancy coffee drink or a tall draft beer at a neighborhood bar.

I would have to figure out the details but there would be some sort of a measurable (say 6 posts a month for 5 pages of content) deliverable to you but the bottom line is you would get a good bit of new quality content. I might post premium content on the blog down the road, especially if I am busy deployed or training, but it would be the exception to the rule and at least 60 days later. 

-Some sort of anthology or selected readings  from the blog. This might include old posts that are no longer available. Best of the blog type things along specific guide lines like 'survival guns', "self defense', rants, etc at a nominal price of a couple bucks are what I have in mind here.

-Consulting. If you have a question(s) that goes beyond a quick email or such. Specif topics could be home defense, personal security, self defense and general contingency type planning. If you wanted me to say, do an area defense assessment/ training session, I could do that if it was within reasonable driving distance from (whatever is) my current location. If you are further away we would have to deal with maps/ google maps images and talk over the phone. Not sure how to price this but it would factor in my time and (if applicable) costs of travel. Would do my absolute best to make this very reasonable for the customer as I want you to have the advantage of my experiences. If you came to me with a general goal and budget I would do my absolute best to make it work.

- Offering the blog as a venue for sales/ barter. Say you want to sell an AK and we have a bunch of readers who might want an AK. For a nominal fee (I dunno $5 or 10) I post your ad on the main page and it gets to a couple thousand readers. Could work out good for everybody.

Those are the ideas I am mulling around right now. Please let me know what you think of them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Do Something Every Day

This Post at Defensive Training Group Do Something Productive really called out to me.

It reminded me of a story (or maybe a fable) I heard once at work that went something like this..."A young 2LT was new to the job as a Rifle Platoon Leader. His Platoon Sergeant was awesome. He was a '7 in 7' guy meaning he made the rank of E7 in 7 years, which meant he was kind of lucky and completely the shit. The Platoon Sergeant told the young Lieutenant "Every day at work I do something I do not want to do or have to do."

I have taken this to heart and am going to give it a try. I want to do this in 3 areas of my life: work, home and preparedness. Figure I will give it a week or so and see how it goes.

Did you do something useful today?

Monday, May 18, 2015

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

-Did my dry fire 3x like a good boy should.

-Picked up a box of Remington 150 grain SP ammo.

-Repacked my work ruck. Once we finally ditch the ACU pattern I intend to unify those two systems (work ruck and BOB) into one. It will let me keep things simple and avoid a lot of duplication.

-We are working at rotating the food in the freezer.

-Bought some gold and silver from Montana Rarities the Metals Pimp.

Next week I plan to
-Dry fire
-Hit the range
-Put seedlings into pots
-Start a new batch of seedlings
-Sharpen the chainsaw
-Tidy up the garage
-List some more stuff for sale. Speaking of which I still have things from the last batch.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Have You Been Up To In Preparedness Lately?

I revamped my get home bag.

Have an 80% solution on a resupply cache.

Selling stuff to buy more useful stuff.

Rotated some stored fuel. Will rotate more over the next 2-3 weeks till it is all fresh and properly preserved non ethanol gas.

Bought 350 pounds of dog food. That gives us about a 2 month supply.

Bought 20 pounds of just add water pancake mix and 2 big things of syrup.

We are looking at cargo trailers.

What have you been up to in preparedness lately?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ammo Counts, Expending Ammo and Resupply plus 2k Down a Glock 19 with 1 Misfire

Max Velocity had a pretty interesting post on ammo and rates of fire.

According to the omnipotent US Army the M4 rate(s) of fire are:
  • Semiautomatic - 45 rounds per minute
  • Burst - 90 rounds per minute
  • Sustained - 12-15 rounds per minute
The first two are what you would use during an ambush or break contact drill. Yes that is 1.5-3 mags a minute. Since most of us do not have burst let's round up to 2 mags a minute. The significant thing to note is that people typically do not keep these rates of fire up for very long. Either the situation is resolved successfully (kill BG's or break contact), it is resolved unsuccessfully (death/ capture) or it stalls out into a slower scenario where people are firing a round every few seconds while trying to maneuver their elements or waiting for back up.

 Units in combat can quickly run very short on ammo even if they act reasonably. People can only reasonably carry so much of the stuff. The saving graces of this are 1) people within a unit will use ammo very unevenly. The guys on perimiter security will probably not shoot at all. If the left side of the patrol base takes contact the guys on the right are just waiting for the flank, etc. Guy with 8 mags gives 3 to the guy with 2 mags.

This is also why caliber and magazine interchangeability matters.  The AR-15 in 5.56/ .223 is the hands down obvious choice these days followed shortly by the AK-47 in 7.62x39. There are lots of valid options but pick one and stick with it. Hard to toss a PTR-91 mag to your buddy who is rocking an AK-47 or borrow from the guy with the AR in 6.8. Pistols matter a lot less because you won't honestly use them much. If things are that bad that you are widely cross leveling pistol mags in contact you are probably about to die anyway.

This is also why active combatants need a solid resupply plan for ammo. Maybe you keep a few spare mags in an assault pack, a couple bandoleers in a ruck and a bunch more in the truck. Maybe you go assault pack, pre positioned speed balls and a resupply cache. I do not know what the answer is for your scenario but if needed you better have a way to get ammo.

Lastly the issue of shooting your ammunition vs saving it is paradoxical. You are not (though different for a survivalist than a soldier) incentivized to bring ammo back from a fight but woe be the person who runs out before the fight is over. However people, especially survivalists, can worry too much about some 'one shot one kill' fantasy that does not accurately reflect the fundamental nature of modern small unit and insurgent combat. If it takes a mag of ammo to kill I guy I will call that a win. You lived and that guy died, now you have X amount of ammo remaining for your other problems.

This is not to say you should waste ammo but, especially in an environment where civilians are not a big concern, if you get a shot take it. I'll shoot a guy in his exposed foot because it will greatly hinder his movement. Even though it is an ifffy shot on a non vital part of the guy hitting him there makes my situation better. If I do not have time for perfect fundamentals I will still take the shot. Worst case I waste a 35 cent bullet, best case I hurt the enemy.

I hope this helps share this valuable discussion and bring my thoughts into the picture.

Also Tam shot 2k rounds through a Glock 19 without cleaning or lubing it and had 1 misfire.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Taxes and Trailer?

Got the taxes taken care of for the year. Since it isn't April we are doing better than usual. I am pleased to say we did better than expected which was nice. Things worked out just right to drop us into a lower tax bracket. Will have to look at if we can strategically make that happen for 2015 also.

With these unexpected gains we are looking at purchasing a trailer. Something enclosed either a cargo trailer or just maybe a small camper if we can find one light enough that is still in the budget. This would greatly aid in traveling and camping with 2 kids and 2 big dogs. It would also really be handy in a variety of preparedness type situations. More research will be done and we will talk more later. Exciting times.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

-Ordered a stripped AR-15 lower.

-Purchased a second mag for the Ruger LCP.

-Typed up our pantry inventory. I need to print it out and keep it on a clip board in the kitchen.

-Did some reading ham stuff.

-Cranking the miles out decently with some soreness but no joint issues. Am at 20 miles so far for the month and given that last month was 27 total that is good. My goal this month is between 35 and 40. I would like to progress over another month or two and end up in the 45-55 mile range. We'll see what happens.

-Reading Tales of the Stake Out Squad. Pretty interesting story about a unique time period.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Internet Preparedness Studying Trap

A conversation with our buddy Meister got me thinking about something. There is a serious risk of getting too caught up in blogs and videos and great reading material like Patriot Dawn by Max Velocity that you are too distracted to actually do anything to prepare! Don't get me wrong, I love blogs by folks like Commander Zero, Harry Flashman (in the mountains of Georgia who previously went by another name), Jamie of My Adventures in Self Reliance, Bayou Renaissance Man, TEOTWAWKI Blog and too many more to list. Heck I am a blogger myself. I also enjoy watching various youtube channels.

The problem is we need to actually do things to prepare and while we can occasionally get some really good hints and ideas from such entertainment they have to actually be acted on. I will confess to at times falling into this trap myself. Between reading other peoples blogs and my own blogging a fair bit of time is spent. While it is a fair bit of my entertainment and as such takes that time, often instead of watching tv or reading some junk fiction, it does take time. While my general trajectory in preparedness is forward it is often not as fast as I would like.

The way I plan to push myself out of this is to try doing something tangible, beyond physical fitness efforts, to improve my preparedness fox hole every single day. Do something every single day.... It doesn't have to be a big thing. I intentionally did not define the amount of time or effort beyond something tangible. It might be 5 or ten minutes working to finish up this or put some time into that. The point is that 1) regularly doing something is quickly habit building and 2) putting consistent time, even a little bit, into something with high regularity quickly adds up into a lot of movement.

So those are my thoughts on that.

Are you actually preparing or just studying preparedness?

Monday, December 8, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I put some energy into our home security along the 'deterrent' line of effort.

Busted out a needle and thread to fix a pair of pants and bring them into service. Wifey would have done it faster and better but it's one of those 'use it or lose it' things.

Restocked some staples and coffee.

Did a map recon then printed out maps for my alternate and contingency routes from work to home. In the near future I will drive them both.

In the next couple weeks I plan to:
Add winter gear to our systems
Order a bung wrench and fill up the blue barrel
Purchase 2-3 5 gallon water jugs
Better investigate surface water in my immediate area
Go to the range
Start looking towards getting a ham license
Order an adapter for my shotgun to mount the sling
If prices stay generally at present levels I will get some more silver
Look into solar powered motion lights

What did you do to prepare this week?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I really did not plan to make any black Friday purchases but some deals were too good to pass up. Purchased

.22/.223/5.56 Bore Snake for $6.99

Butler Creek Ruger 10/22 'Hot Lips' 25 round mags for $5.99x 10

Blackhawk Sportster Shooters bags for $7.99

Bushnell Powerview 12x25 binoculars for $8.99

Ten boxes of 2 3/4 Winchester Super X Heavy Game #4 shot to knock it off my years list

and a Leatherman because they were on sale for $20.

Additionally thanks to you all buying stuff through my Amazon (check out the search thingie on the bottom right side) I had some spare jingle in my pocket. Purchased a Morakniv stainless companion and a Italian Army Style Wool Blanket- 62" x 80" . If you purchase stuff through Amazon and want to start through my widget I'll make a bit of coin.

Also found the great deal on the Pelican rifle case.

In terms of actions (vs buying stuff) Turkey Day took up some time and watching my sisters kids for the weekend not too much happened. Hit fitness well in the first half of the week. Also I re did the shelter piece of the chicken coup. Put the cord higher and angled it better to avoid pooling and protect the hens from the rain. Added coverage on two sides also. Will see how it goes. Wifey said I was playing 'overgrown boy scout'. Hopefully that will protect them from the rain a bit better.

Speaking of which the three new girls (or some subset of them) must be laying because our egg production is up. We went from roughly .75 eggs a day to 1.75ish. Wifey (who knows these things from a childhood of FFA and animal husbandry) says at least one of the older hens is about done laying eggs. That one is headed towards the crock pot to serve her last loyal duty (probably X2) as chicken and dumplings.

I planned to add winter components to our systems but the weekend was a blur of small children so that did not happen. Next week or weekend I guess.

What did you do to prepare this week?
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