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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Weeks Preps and Why Saving Aids in Preparedness

This week I received 20 AK magazines. They were a silly deal, like 6.50 a pop for decent (Korean I think) new AK mags. Not eastern euro commie surplus quality but far better than junk US makers. Once a buddy shipped em to me the total cost per mag was $7.50ish. Big shout out to that guy who I will let choose to identify himself or not.

Now I didn't NEED AK mags at all. Honestly wasn't in the market for any but at that price putting some away to set up a future rifle, make cash during a panic or equip a friend or for a rainy day was an easy decision. So I went from bring pretty solid on AK mags to quite solid; amply able to acquire another rifle and stay under ratio (20 mags per rifle) with a few left over to give away, sell or maybe cache.

Today I was at the grocery store which was selling 6 packs of canned veggies for $2 a piece, so like 30 cents a can. Roughly a third of the standard price. Bought 25 or so. They had fruit for $4 or something. Not an amazing deal but still far better than normal prices, bought 6 of those. This purchase of about $50 will be over a year's normal consumption of canned veggies and a few months worth of canned fruit (we consume less of this as we try to feed the kids fresh fruit but sometimes you don't get to the store or whatever). All purchased at a huge savings over the normal price. This is a deep enough stash we can eat out of it till the next time we see a sale, certainly for veggies and probably for fruit, thus keeping the family food cost savings ball rolling.

Both of these were short notice purchases of stuff we can use but were not in the market for at huge savings. However they cost money. If we did not have some cash available we would not have been able to jump at these deals.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Monday, June 16, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I bought ten gallons of gas to fill up my last two empty fuel cans. Received a tactical tailor Glock 9mm/ .40 drop holster. It will give me the option of an overtly tactical holster for a Glock 9mm without a light which is something I was missing.

Also it will give me the option of switching to a lighter setup based on a duty belt that is compatible with a modern backpack which is a nice option to have. Granted it means I totally need a chest rig as part of the setup but it gives some good options. My gut says that if occasionally carrying a ruck combined with a lot of local patrolling was the order of the day I would use the battle belt and an ALICE pack. On the other hand if I needed something vehicle friendly or knew I would be rucking a whole lot it would be a lighter rig and a modern, much more comfortable ruck.

On my current lifting program it was max week. Here is where I ended up:
Military Press (standing, strict)- 135x1
Dead Lift- Did not beat my 2 month ago max of 360x1 though I am stronger now. It was a long day.
Bench Press- 265x1 honestly a whole lot better than I expected.
Squat-225x4. This is pretty wimpy though in my defense I have been focusing more on a strict 'ass to the grass' squat than weight. Still the squat has not been getting the attention it deserves and I need to do better.

(Edited to include: I did squats today (6-17) and went 245x3 to a good depth with solid form. That is probably a more realistic assessment of my current max.) 

Am at a steady state with the garden and chickens. The plants are growing like crazy and the (4) hens are averaging 3.5-4 eggs a day so that is good.

Probably did something else but I cannot remember what it was.

Next week I plan to purchase some spare parts for a rifle, hopefully get some mags, sign up for a class, plant some seedlings and PWN the gym.

What Do You Do To Prepare This Week?

Quote of the Day

"Time is short people, don’t squander it on trivial BS. You have a responsibility to take care of your family by planning ahead. Even if you only buy 2 or 3 extra cans a week at the store, in a month you have 8-12, in a year you have 96-144 (doesn’t seem like much, but it is). Are you prepared to defend them?  “But guns and ammo are so expensive!” So was that new game system or IPhone you just bought, Dumbass! You should be actively prepping and planning to defend your family and friends “when” not “if” this storm comes. If not you are an irresponsible, self centered, Slug, and you deserve what happens (unfortunately, your family doesn’t.). I don’t care if you don’t come train with me, but by God, get it somewhere! Go to Max, or Defensive Training Group , or Sierra 12 or Mosby. YOU are responsible for what you do, AND DON’T DO! Be the person that sees and carries out the responsibilities the Founding Fathers expected of Citizens. If not, no big deal, it’s just an idea past its prime…..right?"

Mason Dixon Tactical

Monday, June 2, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

Got some good PT in this week including 4 lifts, 1 long run, 1 ruck and a pair of minimalist runs.

Got 6 2x4's and a few sandbags for free. The 2x4's will probably be emergency repair type stuff.

Reenforced the chicken coop. So far the girls are averaging 2 eggs a day which is pretty good.

Was at the local Walgreens to get some stuff and ended up picking up some medical stuff: couple extra boxes of band aid's as well as what I call the Patriot Nurse 3 (gauze pads, mucinex and pepto bismol). IIRC she mentioned those in a video at some point or another as 3 very good things to have that cover a lot of bases.

Got 15 gallons of gas and some oil for the EU2000. Need to hook up the hour counting thingie and put some oil in it then begin testing.

Worked to organize some stuff.

Sharpened my EDC Al Mar knife as well as my big camp knife.

Rereading World Made By Hand.

This coming week I plan to get 10 more gallons of gas, lift and run, eat healthier and really run the numbers on what I need to get started with a bolt gun (to decide if I can do it now or need to wait a bit).

What did you do to prepare this week?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RE: Retirement Strategy

Saw this post over at Rural Revolution. It seemed like something you all would benefit from reading. In things like this I sort of use making a post as a forcing function to distill my own thoughts. So here we go.

The concept of retirement as it existed in recent years, say 1950's to now, is becoming increasingly out of the reach of many people. A few things contributed to this in my mind. First real wages for most Americans have been going down for decades. Second inflation makes it difficult for a normal person to maintain their earning power, let alone make enough in interest to maintain their principle long enough to last till they die. Third due to an insane healthcare system whose sole measure of success is keeping people alive longer, with no regard to quality of life, in order to charge them more money. The need for all of the medical care just mentioned plus health care's cost explosion beyond inflation is more than many can afford. The idea of retirement as a time to buy an RV and drive around the country or play a lot of golf is going to be out of reach for most people as time goes by.

My generation seems to generally have an idea that any retirement they might have will be solely based on their own savings, we have no illusions about social security and most are not in a job with a meaningful retirement package, let alone the kind of defined benefits pension that lets average folks actually retire. 

I am seriously concerned about the retirement planning, or lack theirof, in the Boomer's. This concerns me because their collective expectations absolutely do not match up with their collective savings. They saved less than the generation before who owned their homes outright and often had defined benefits type retirement plans. The issue is most boomers have homes they cannot afford with large mortgages to match and 401k's they occasionally contributed to. Many boomers planned (if just by default) on their last few years of work being at peak (for them) salaries and that if need be they could work a couple years longer. The issue is they are often finding that 5-10 years before that point they are downsized, with severe difficulties finding comparable replacement positions.

In fairness to the boomers many worked hard, made the right decisions and saved to have those savings lost (or one could argue stolen) to inflation and economic downturns of the late 90's and 2008. The ruthless pragmatism of business today combined with a general lack of loyalty (employer to employee or visa versa) these days meant many people were forced out of the labor force and replaced with less experienced people who would do the same jobs for half or 2/3rds the pay. While individuals ultimately have ownership for their situations some folks had the double whammy of their investments being destroyed and becoming functionally unemployable.

Many (I cannot even guesstimate a percentage but even if it is a quarter, and I suspect it is a lot higher, we're talking a whole bunch of people) boomers are going to find themselves unable to work at close to their peak potential and unable to afford to retire. People who envisioned skiing in the winter and laying on beaches in the summer might be substantially downsizing their homes and scraping by on part time work. These are some of the most reliable voters on both sides of the R/D spectrum so when they hurt politicians are going to listen. I do not know what will come of this but on an individual level there will be a lot of misery.

General retirement take away's at an individual level:
1) I fail to see how people can even consider retirement without their primary residence being owned free and clear. In almost every conceivable situation folks leaving the work force for retirement face a significant decline in income. It is true they will probably not continue saving for retirement so that takes a few bucks out of the budget but how people plan to keep paying (typically) their biggest single expense on a lot less money baffles me.

2) Instead of running the numbers based on working till you want and a catch up plan of 2-5 extra years look at what it will look like if you have to leave the workforce (or at least your peak earning) 2-5 years EARLIER than you plan. 

3) Pay yourself first.

4) There are a couple ways to free up resources to pay off your home and save for retirement. One is to cut expenses drastically. Another is to earn big money. The third, and arguably most attainable is to split the difference pursuing both earning more and spending less. 

In addition to the above mentioned general stuff here are a few more from a more preparedness oriented perspective.

5) One can make a very legitimate argument for paying off your primary residence before investing substantially for retirement. In today's market the savings on interest is probably better than you would see in a reasonably safe investment anyway. Also if something happens you could do a whole lot worse than to own, free and clear, your primary residence. Doubly so if it has some capacity to produce food. As noted in the original post with a big garden, a couple fruit trees and some chickens you can get a lot out of an acre or three.

6) Getting a home/ homestead/ retreat that is modest in relation to your overall financial situation is prudent. It will let you pay the place off faster than one you could just barely afford. This gives you more time to save money for other needs and the future.

7) Notwithstanding the cost to purchase a place consider tax liability. This relates to a place's assessed value, which coincidentally adjust up in the boom times a lot faster than they go down in the bad ones, as well as the tax rate and associated laws/ exemptions involved there. In the Great Depression a lot of people lost homes and farms for not paying taxes or had to sell part of their land at low prices to pay the taxes. Having a couple less acres or a more modest home you can almost surely hold onto is better than a super retreat on 200 beautiful acres of riverfront property which you need everything to go well in order to pay the taxes on.

7) All of that said YOU NEED TO BE SAVING!!! I am not talking about beans and band aids but money! Things happen now that require money. The world might very well keep on keeping on and when you are 80 bouncing grand kids on your knee it would be awful nice to have some money. Now I can hear someone saying "Saving is for fools, when magical SHTF time happens cash will be worthless." Many things could happen, including the world going on as normal.

I am not saying you need to have a bunch of cash sitting around or put money into the stock market. Aside from a short term cash emergency fund we could certainly have a discussion about different ways to hold wealth. To the guy who says "I invest in beans and bandaids, when magical SHTF time happens cash will be worthless and I will trade my turnips for some fools gold by weight" No you will not, that is either ignorance or envy talking. By all means you should put food back as insurance against a variety of potential problems but that is not investing for your future.

A dozen (or a hundred) gold coins in a cache or the bottom of your gun safe are great insurance and a form of savings but I have not yet figured out how to make them breed. 

You may be concerned about holding cash or having money in the market, which is understandable. The thing is to beat inflation and make any money you need investments that are working for you paying interest, dividends or income. Potential options are: rental properties, commercial farm land, shares/ stakes in oil or gas wells, relatively low hassle businesses like rental storage places or maybe timber land. I am not by any means saying that list is comprehensive and they all have down sides but the point is they are ways to take your money and realistically make more money.

So those are my thoughts on that. What do you thing?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

Got the Honda EU2000i and gas cans from their respective sellers.

Cleared out an old chain link dog run that was overgrown with brush, set up a chicken coup, reenforced the sides of the run with chicken wire, built a frame to support chicken wire on the top and put up a crude shade/ roof to help keep them out of the weather.

Got 4 Rhode Island Red laying hens. Super psyched about this.

Filled up the propane tank I bought last week.

Restocked a bunch of food we ate up in a couple weeks of not really doing normal shopping.

Went through and reorganized our vehicle kit to remove unneeded redundancies (Walker does not need 5 sweatshirts, etc) and non seasonally appropriate items, like Princess's heavy winter coat. The result was a slight decrease in space used without a sacrifice in capabilities. Added a couple things to fill some holes identified in the process.

Researching and trying to figure out what to do with my gardening plans. Think I know the answer but honestly ran out of time to do anything about it.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Monday, May 12, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I am working on a project that theoretically goes bang. Big fun there.

Picked up some 9mm ammo to shoot up practicing.

Ordered a new Machete to replace the SogFail.

Looking at options to set up a more robust shortwave antenna.

Replaced some batteries and a toothbrush that were used.

Replaced some shelf stable milk we keep around for the kids.

Picked up a few things to fill some holes in the normal pantry setup.

Looking at planting some more edibles, maybe some berries or something.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Monday, April 28, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I got back into the gym which was good. Work has been so chaotic I haven't really been able to keep a schedule. Anyway now that things have normalized I am getting back to it.

Got my HPG Mountain Serape.

Got a Survival Solutions OPSEC Poncho.

Got a bunch of freeze dried and staple type foods. Also I organized a bunch of stuff from previous orders that had been piling up. Found space for it all which means I can order some more as finances allow.

Tried to make a deal on a single shot 12 gauge. I have been wanting one for awhile but sadly the guy flaked out.

Tested out my solar setup a bit. Almost to the point where I am ready to write about it.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

It was a really productive week here. I packed away all the 7.62x39, 5.56, 9mm and 12 gauge ammo that has been accumulated over the last few months into ammo cans and updated the inventories. Over the years I have learned to do it all at once. I put the ammo into cans, write the contents on a piece of tape on the side with a market, update my inventories, throw in some silica gel and am it's all done. Not doing it this way seems to mean some part of the process gets messed up.

This time I had a few silica gel packs from something that got shipped to us. Recharged them in the oven and they were good to go. You can buy the silica gel packs for a very reasonable price if a free source does not appear. I have also used silica gel cat litter before (though I would absolutely not do so for food or food related products). This step is arguably not necessary but it makes me more comfortable so I do it on everything that is not sealed from the factory or in a spam can.

Also reorganized my level 2.5 gear (assault pack/ get home bag) and bug out bag AKA level 3 sustainment load. Some was an adjustment to a more summer load with fewer warm clothes as it is unlikely I will wear wool gloves or a heavy sweater here in Louisianian for awhile. Another component was balancing the two setups which are in theory complimentary to each other. Big fun was had.

Relooked my vehicle setup too. Tossed out some less useful things for our current situation and added some more that fill holes. Also a way to bring preparedness into cleaning out a vehicle.

Also started the garden. It is later than is ideal but is due to circumstances beyond our control. Still good to get it moving. We are looking at getting a coop and chickens with part of our tax refund.

So what did you do to prepare this week?

Monday, April 14, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I was pretty late with this last week so not much this week. Also we had guests which was big fun but didn't lend itself to getting preparedness oriented things done. Anyway since I want to get back onto the more regular schedule you get this post again today.

Filled up some gas cans in the ever continuous struggle to ensure all our stored fuel is reasonably fresh.

Restocked some disposables.

When getting some admin stuff done I realized there was some unexpected cash in my Paypal account. Probably going to get a poncho and a Mountain Serappe like Alexander Wolfe's. Also looking at making a substantial food storage purchase. So not much happening this week but lots coming down the pipe. Also we'll have the last few posts from the Fighting Load contest to wrap it up.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week

Spent a lot of time organizing the garage. Finally got it almost where I want it. We can park a car, or barely 2 cars in there which is a nice option to have. Still need to organize and inventory some stuff but at least it is all readily visible on shelves (vs piles on the floor) so that is good. Also it's a lot easier to find stuff now.

Ordered some wool socks.

Ordered a case of 5.56 ammo.

Got a bunch of disposable plates, cups, bowls and silverware. Put it all into a plastic box with a roll of trash bags. Figure enough for at least a couple weeks. Also added a case of TP to the stash.

That's what I've been up to. What did you do to prepare this week?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What Have You Done Lately To Prepare?

In recent weeks this has fallen off so I want to play catch up. Lost some weight which was good. My fitness level has dropped due to field time but it'll come back. Goes to show as a reminder that you lose weight at the table and get fit on the track/ at the gym. I'm trying to focus on a good consistent diet to lose another 10 pounds.

Going to try to implement record keeping for running from here forward. Did 3 miles this morning. A half mile out, a 1m(ile), .75m, .5m, .25m 'sprint' workout then a half mile back.

Was supposed to take a sweet pistol class awhile back but unfortunately work crapped all over that dream. It's not like I talked to my boss 4 months out before booking or anything, oh wait a second I did. Was really depressed about it for a few days but what can ya do. On the plus side I've still got the case of 9mm ammo set aside for whenever I do make it to one. The guy was cool about the whole thing and even though it was just a week out he gave me a full refund. Since it won't work to try anything again for awhile I'll probably put the refund into a case of 62 grain M855 5.56 ammo.

Also on the plus side I ordered a new pocket knife, an Al Mar Eagle HD. My concept of use is for a light EDC blade to do basic tasks and I suppose if needed go all Singer Sewing Machine on somebody. A light, thin knife with a full 4" blade seems like it'll fit the niche well.

Picked up a couple extra stainless steel water bottles recently. Got tired of moving em around. Now I have one to carry, one in my assault pack/ bail out bag/ get home bag, and one in each of our BOB's. Kind of along these lines I have finally unified my military and personal survival level 2.5 systems into one. The full on level 3 entertainment system is a bit more complicated due to different needs and work mandated color schemes. Anyway it's a good exercise to work through.

So that is what I have been up to in terms of preparedness lately. What have you been up to?

Monday, February 3, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

Still working the issue with the 870. When I have spare time it'll probably be devoted to sawing, filing, sanding and refinishing the forend of the gun. Can't wait to be done with that.

Walker and I went camping this weekend. We were in the backyard in case it didn't do well. He hadn't ever slept in a tent before. Turns out that we were close enough to the house for the WIFI to work so that was nice after he went to bed. It was pretty fun for both of us. He got to eat dinner and hang out outside. I had a fire and did a bit of carving.We will do it again as soon as we can. After another run or two in the yard we'll go someplace nearby overnight.

Sharpened some knives. One I'd used pretty hard and the other I just wanted to tune up. Figure if I sharpen a couple knives weekly or bi weekly that should go a long way towards having a safe, sharp stable of knives.

Did a bit of gun maintenance also. A good excuse to open the safe and ogle my precious.

I'm in the market for a nice medium sized knife. Concept of use would be bushcrafting/ camping/ survival. Broad characteristics are a 4.5-5.5 inch blade, full tang preferably of the same width/ depth going all the way down the blade and handles slapped onto the side. A sheath I don't immediately want to replace would be a plus. Looking at a Tops Brothers of Bushcraft, the Ontario Blackbird SK-5 or maybe the Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter. I'm open for input if anyone has experience with these.

What did you do to prepare this week?



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crazy Weather Prep

So today I went outside at about 5:30 am and it was a balmy 45 degrees. By mid morning it was probably 55. Then the mercury dropped like Bernie Maddof's hedge fund shares. By 3 it was under 40 and by 5 it was 35. At 3:30 it started to drizzle. Now the mercury is sitting around 34 and it is raining pretty hard.

The weather people say it is going to turn to freezing rain then snow overnight. The expected overnight low is 20ish. As the weather heats up a bit tomorrow (at least to above freezing) but keep raining till at least mid morning. I know those are warm temps for some places in the winter but I live in Louisiana

At 2 or so today both the parishes in the area had preemptively canceled school for tomorrow. After some hemming and hawing work decided to do the same thing. By 4:45 the answer was "get home before sunset and stay there. See you all Monday." So a spontaneous 3 day weekend seems to have occured.

This is nice because the idea of driving in the snow down here does not appeal to me. Now don't get me wrong, I am quite comfortable driving in the snow and have an amply capable vehicle to do so in. The issues that concern me are 1) the lack of snow plows, sanding trucks, etc all and 2) Cleti. Cleti being the plural of Cletus. Cletus, bless his heart, drives a huge truck and if he has ever driven in snow it's been a couple times in his life. Cleti probably haven't figured out that while a 4x4 truck will go like crazy in the snow it isn't very good at turning or stopping. I do not want to be driving nearby when Cleti finds this out.

Anyway the coming bad weather got me a touch worried. Our infrastructure and the people who maintain it are simply not very used to cold weather. Often usual stresses can bring up known weak points or potential issues that a low probability of occurring made not cost effective to prepare for.

So what did I do to better position myself? Filled up the family hauler that was sitting at a half tank and got some groceries. Didn't absolutely NEED to do either of those things but wanted to. Also having the stuff I want for the next couple days will help me avoid the imprudent trip in bad weather because I really want X. When I got home I moved a bunch of firewood so it was easier to get to. Also plugged in the battery pack thingie to make sure it is charged just in case the power goes out.

Now I'm home planning to watch this whole thing unfold. I can be pretty comfortable no matter what happens so simply not leaving is my plan. Could be entertaining.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

It was a pretty good week here. I ordered the stuff to move forward with Project 870 which is long overdue. Also picked up a castle nut wrench and a wool blanket. Repacked the Bug Out Bag which is good. While not explicitly blog related I worked to knock off eating out. Right now I'm home alone so it's easy and very tempting to just grab something. Last week I ate out once on Friday night so that was good. Got a chef salad for lunch today because I was craving something fresh and green like crazy. Only halfway went shopping last week so fresh and green haven't been on the menu for awhile. This week I'm going to dial it up a notch and try to keep cooking but work in more veggies n fresh fruits. Suppose this means I do need to go shopping pretty quick here, like tomorrow. Between that stuff, finishing Point of Impact and some projects at home I've been a pretty busy beaver.

This coming week I am going to finish the project at home. Hopefully the stuff for Project 870 arrives this week so I can get going on that over the coming weekend. Other than that it's just sustained excellence on all fronts.

What did you do to prepare this week?


Friday, December 20, 2013

Ammo Situation PNW 20 DEC 2013

I said awhile back that Firearmagedon was sliding into history. Won't back away from that. Guns are back at full availability. Mags are at full availability. Ammo with the exception of .22lr is back though prices are taking longer to drop down to normal than I would have expected.

Over the last few days I've done some ammo shopping here in the PNW. For reference it is the first time I have done so in about 15 months. Here are some non scientific anecdotal observations.

One shop decreased the amount of space they use for ammo by 2/3rds replacing the shelf space with more accessories, scopes, binoculars, etc. Even the newly adjusted space was not full. For pistols they had plenty of premium defensive ammo but no FMJ range stuff. Plenty of hunting rifle and shotgun ammo. A decent stash of 7.62x39.

The two wally worlds I've been to were hit and miss in terms of ammo. One had the .38 special plinking ammo I was looking for in addition to .40S&W and .45. No 9mm to speak of. They had little hunting rifle ammo but plenty of shotgun and some 7.62x39. The other had a solitary box of .38 plus some .40 S&W and a lot of .223 albeit at current prices.

It looks like you can find ammo for anything but .22lr which was entirely absent. I know it is being made but the stuff is just flying off the shelves. The whole thing has been really weird but in any case if/ when it comes back to a normal inventory I am going to double our stash.

What is the ammo situation like in your AO?

Monday, December 2, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

It was a good week here. Ordered a gun safe, a bunch of AK mags and some shelves for the garage. The gunsafe and shelves were planned, stuff we've been waiting to pull the trigger on for awhile. The AK mags were an impromptu buy based on an excellent price.

Added a few small things to the BOB. Need to get a machete and a mosquito net then it is good to go. Organized some stuff which was good. Split a bit of firewood.

Other than that not a lot happened. Thanksgiving ate up Thursday and Friday. This weekend we didn't do a darn thing which was really needed. Next week I am going to focus on getting some traction on the book. This month was nowhere near as productive as I wanted but given that weekends went to home improvement projects that was to be expected. Honestly we needed to get our residence set up a lot more than I need to finish a book. Hoping to get it done this winter.

Toying with the idea of putting together a nonfiction "best of the blog" type book. It would be a compilation of articles covering my foundational beliefs about different subjects such as weapons, gear, food storage, finances, fitness, insurgencies, etc all. Cost is TBD but would be in the McDonalds value meal to six pack of decent beer range. Does that interest anyone?

What did you do to prepare this week?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quote of the Day Wifey on Stocking Household Items

"I will conceed that sometimes it is helpful to have you. For example I forgot to buy any tin foil for thanksgiving but I have this crazy husband who stockpiles S&*T. Also there are times you go to the field that I do not go shopping for weeks."

-Wifey

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week

Got my war belt configuration figured out.

Got firewood. Also a splitting maul and a couple wedges.

Purchased a kerosene heater, 5 gallons of K1 and a spare wick. 

Organizing some more stuff for the cache. It will go out this week.

Purchased a bunch of kiddo go food at Sam's Club.

It was a pretty good week in terms of preparedness. Also got a lot done for our residence. It isn't over yet but we are a lot closer. Hopefully this week (and weekend) the last parts can get done so we can move back to a more normal life balance.

What did you do to prepare this week?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

I was swamped at work this week which hurt the eating healthy (when the boss says "We aren't leaving and we're getting Pizza" it takes a stronger person than I to eat the healthy leftovers in their lunch box with boxes of fresh pizza 6 feet away.) and fitness routines a fair bit. On the fitness side a rest was probably due though so that is OK.

-Got the war belt adjusted and ordered a Safariland 6285 which should finish that system off. Well till I figure out how to stuff another ammo pouch on anyway.

-Put some work into the ALICE Pack that's going to pull Sustainment Load/ BOB duty. Component list here if you are curious. Just cleaning up some corrosion on the metal parts then spray painting it to protect from future occurrences of the same. Other than that I'm looking at some changes for being down here. Skeeter net and juice for starters. Probably going to swap the hawk for a machete. I'm not in swampy Cajun land but lots of brush and small trees seems to be the rule here. Also recently purchased a 2 quart canteen which is going to be added to the side when I get around to sticking it on there.

-Other than that we are still working to get our home set up how we want. Lots of small scale DIY stuff going on here with more to come. Will talk about that later.

-Spent a good chunk of today organizing the garage. Have been working in there off and on for awhile but for whatever reason the efforts today really showed. Instead of stuff EVERYWHERE covering the floor we now have a few piles of like type stuff (tools, camping gear, gun stuff, kid stuff) to sort out and figure what we're going to do with. It's not there yet but I see the probable final solution of a nice organized space which is great. Going to hang some stuff on walls and from the ceiling which should help even more.

-As part of my organizing effort I have a working "to the cache" pile. A couple changes of clothes, a couple blankets, spare Solo Stove that type of stuff. Plan to sort it out, fill any glaring omissions then take it there this week.

So that is what I have been up to. Given that all the action happened this weekend I would say it was a pretty productive week.

What did you do to prepare this week?

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