What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

My walk with God is still going well. We went to church and Sunday school on Easter. It was a great and uplifting service. Our Wednesday night Bible study resumed this week after the break for Easter and, as always, I learned a lot. I was not 100% on my prayer time and personal Bible study. Work and laziness provided excuses to skip a day but I was able to pick it back up again and finish the week strong.

Self Defense/Hunting

I bought a “lead sled” be Caldwell to help me sight in my rifles. I still haven’t made it out to the range but I was able to make  short work of laser bore-sighting a couple of rifles out to 24 yards in my backyard.

I bought two more lower parts kits. I plan on building an AR for each of my grand kids. It will be a while before they are ready for them so I buy parts when I see them on sale for a good price. I am also considering another pistol build, possibly in 300 Blackout…

Supplies

I reorganized my EDC. I’ll post the details later in the week.

Fitness/Health

My blood pressure is almost back to “normal” and the secondary infection I picked up is healing so I should be fit shortly. My strength and stamina are still not back to where I was before we got sick but it is moving in the right direction.

I did my stretches every day this week and only missed one day of exercise. I was also able to increase the number of reps I do this week. Wonder Wife wants to join a gym so we signed up for trial memberships at a small place around the corner. I hate exercising in those laces but Wonderful Wife thinks it will help her so I’ll go along to help support her efforts to get in shape.

Finances

One of the stocks we own paid a dividend and we requested a check for them. I plan on reinvesting the money in something more stable than the stock market or making a contribution to our IRA.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

Modular EDC Project: Part One

A week or so ago I posted about trying a more modular approach to my everyday carry (EDC) approach. I purchased a couple of organizers from Maxpedition and was eager to get started. Silly things like work and family seemed to keep getting in the way so this took a little longer than expected.

I had several goals in mind when I came up with this little exercise.

First and foremost was that I have become a bit lazy of late with regards to my EDC and I have been leaving the bag in the car rather than carrying it around everywhere. The problem is that some really critical items (and some not so critical items) were in the car instead of on my person.  For an idea of what I was lugging around and what my EDC looks like check these posts:

My EDC

Everyday Carry (EDC) Bag Dum

The secondary goal for this exercise was to be able to organize certain types of gear into discreet containers. One example was that I could have an organizer with TSA unfriendly items so I could pull them quickly and easily without having to pull the bag apart and run the risk of missing something.

The final goal was to reduce a little duplication. I have my EDC bag and I have a laptop bag that I carry when visiting client sites. I have a lot of stuff duplicated between them such as first aid kits, flashlights, knives, multi-tools, etc. With so much duplication it is easy to overlook something that is running low in one or the other bag. It’s also hard to rotate through it especially since some of it can go bad or expire.

It was not one of my goals originally but ThoughfullyPrepping provided some very useful advice on the initial post:

Everyone considers the kit. It’s the be all for everyone.
Only when you think about it there is little you can’t find if you look so the only thing that never leaves my side is a d@mn good knife and a FFP3 (N99) grade face mask.That’s it.

What I consider a decent knife (or two) is already part of my EDC. No matter where I go (except when flying and a few other times when even knives are prohibited) I have a knife on me. I consider it an essential tool. I carry a couple of different models depending on my attire and the circumstances but a knife is a given. I also carry face masks (as well as other items that can provide a similar function such as bandanas) in my EDC bag but, as I mentioned, I have been leaving that in the car of late. So this was well timed advice when deciding what should be in my “always with me” organizer.

So, what did I come up with?

I’ll show you next week!

God Bless

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

My walk this week was pretty good. My prayer time was consistent as was my Bible study. I was able to step in and lead our Sunday School lesson on Sunday. We didn’t have Wednesday night Bible study this week but we did have a Maunday Thursday night service and a Good Friday service.

The Thursday night service was extremely powerful. Our pastor gave a detailed overview of the crucifixion and the effects on the human body that had most of us in tears. It was a powerful message that showed, in detail, what Jesus suffered so that our sins would be forgiven, so that my sins would be forgiven.

We also attended the Good Friday and (of course) Easter Sunday services and even made it to Sunday school. It was a powerful and emotional week.

Self Defense/Hunting

I bought two more boxes of .308 ammunition. Another box of what will likely be my “go to” hunting round and a box of “premium” hunting ammunition. It will be fun to test them all out as soon as I can make it out to the range.

I also bought a sling for the new Ruger American rifle. Now I just need to get to the range to get it sighted in.

Supplies

I was able to spend some time working in the garden tying up tomatoes, watering and planting some of the plants I should have gotten in the ground weeks ago.

Fitness/Health

I was pretty consistent about exercising this week as well. At least I did my own bare minimum each day (except one). I was also able to increase the number of reps I do in each exercise session. I am slowly regaining the strength and stamina I had before getting sick.

I made a list of food that can help bring down cholesterol (mine’s not high but Wonderful Wife’s is) and put together a shopping list based around those foods. Since I do most of the cooking I will make sure these get included in our diet.

My blood pressure and heart rate are still high. I have another appointment with the doctor next week. We’ll see what he says.

Finances

We put a little aside out of Wonderful Wife’s paycheck this week but, unfortunately, it will get used pretty soon. We spent a little more on the credit cards this month that we expected but looking over the receipts it was not frivolous.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

I stumbled a bit at the beginning of the week and skipped a day of prayer and Bible study. Outside of that I was back on track with Bible study and prayer. We made it to church although not Sunday school this week and I was able to attend the Wednesday night class covering the Old Testament.  It felt good to get back on track and I definitely needed it this week.

Giving back is an important part of serving God. This weekend I was blessed to be able to give back a little. Our church puts on an event that brings kids out to the country and enables them learn and enjoy some great skills like camping, fishing, archery and shooting. I was able to spend the day teaching kids (and even a few adults) how to safely handle firearms. We also had the opportunity to share the Gospel in a fun and exciting way. It was also a real stretch for my physically after my recent health issues. I was also able to make a donation to the church this week as well.

Self Defense/Hunting

Tactipen

I spent some time practicing timed draws from concealment. I am still slower than I would like but I ma making progress.

I purchased a “tactical pen” for restrictive environments like when flying. It is definitely not my first choice for a defensive tool but it should be far more effective than harsh words.

I also bought some ammo this week; another box of .308, a box of .38 Special self-defense ammo and 80 rounds of buckshot. I have had a target for the amount of ammo I wanted to have on hand for at least a year and with this purchase I achieved that target for the last caliber on the list, 12 gauge buckshot.

Supplies

Bought two Maxpedition packs to test out a more modular approach to my EDC.

Fitness

I am back to square one but I have started stretching and exercising again after my recent health issues. I am getting stronger and should be able to catch up to where I was in a few weeks.

I have been a really bad boy and haven’t taken my blood pressure as often as I should have. Checked it today and it is still a little high (122/81) but still down from last week and WAAAAY down from last month.

Finances

Nothing financial this week.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

Modular Organization For Carry Gear

Since I have been sick and pretty much grounded from doing much of anything I have spent a bit of time thinking about all the stuff I pack around and what’s the best way to do that.

Here’s the deal. When I worked across town I kept a “get home bag” in my office. It contained snacks, food, toiletries, first aid kit and very basic tools in case I was stranded at work for a few days (happens fairly often in flood prone areas). I also kept another “get home bag” in my car that also included a change of clothes, good walking shoes ad a better supply of things that would be needed should I need to get home on foot.

Since I work from home most of the week these days I don’t need to keep a bag in my office. I still keep a bag in my car but I took out a the extra pair of jeans, walking shoes, and t-shirt. Mainly because I wear the same shoes for work now that I carried in my bag before (more casual work environment), the jeans are not too small and the t-shirt…well that needs to go back in.

I also carry an EDC bag with most of the same stuff minus the clothes. The EDC bag tends to get left in the car these days because it is a pain to lug it around. So, that leaves me with two bags in my car with essentially the same gear. That’s fine when I am in someone else’s car but possibly a bit wasteful most of the time. Plus it means that some items I should really have on me are back in the car.

So, here is what I am thinking…

Yes, that could be dangerous.

Micro Pocket Organizer

I ordered a Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer. From what I can tell I can keep most (or all) of what I consider essential to have on my person at all times in it and it fits quite nicely into a cargo pocket. I will have to see how well it works with jeans or slacks but I may be able to either attach it to a belt loop or find another way to carry it. To be honest that would be less than a few hours per week and mostly at church.

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Mini-Pocket-Organizer-13p1559.htm
Mini Pocket Organizer

I also bought the larger Mini Pocket Organizer. I plan to put the remainder of the stuff from my EDC bag in there. That way I can put the important stuff in my pocket and have it with me at all times. The “nice to have” stuff can be tossed into a backpack or whatever I happen to be carrying that day and still be close by. If this modular approach works I could even do some specialized organizers too like one for when I am flying (I tend to strip my EDC gear down when flying out of town and sometimes forget to put things back in place), camping, or hunting. The idea is that I can just grab the organizers I need, toss them in the bag and I’m off.

 

I am hoping it will help simplify thigs too. Instead of a different medkit in each of three bags I can carry one medkit and transfer it as needed. It decreases redundancy (that’s a positive AND a negative) and makes it easier to keep track of what’s where, what’s been used and moved around.

What’cha think? Has anyone out there tried this approach? If so, how did it work out for you?

God Bless.

What Did You Prep This Week?

The simple answer is, not a heck of a lot…

Walk With God

I am back on track with my daily prayer time and Bible study but we still missed church this week. Hopefully, we will be recovered enough to go next week.

Self Defense/Hunting

Nothing…

Supplies

Nothing…

Fitness

We both went back to the doctor this week. Wonderful wife has come down with another secondary infection and is back on meds for that. My blood pressure is down but still very high. They increased the dosage on my meds and added a second to try and get it down. They also ran blood tests to check for organ damage. Fortunately, those came back negative!

I have restarted my daily stretching but exercise is off the table for a little longer until I recover a bit more strength.

Finances

Wonderful Wife got paid this week. A family member was also able to repay a little of the money I loaned them last year. Between those we were able to put a decent amount into savings. We are closing in on our goal of having six months salary in savings! We should be able to meet that goal this year.

As I have mentioned before I give each of my grand kids an ounce of silver for their birthday. With two birthdays coming up in the next two months I went ahead and purchased them now. To qualify for free shipping I added one extra ounce of silver to the purchase and we added that to own own stash of precious metals.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

I was still off track this week. When your brain isn’t tracking well enough to follow a kid’s cartoon it’s tough to try and understand the word of an all powerful God. We didn’t make it to church this week at all but we should be well enough to go this weekend and we should be contagious either. As my condition improved I was able to get back to a more regular prayer routine and Bible study so that is a step back in the right direction.

Self Defense/Hunting

I was able to make it to the store one day and picked up this paycheck’s supply of ammunition and reloading supplies. I bought a pack of small pistol primers, 15 rounds of buckshot, and 20 rounds of .308 practice ammunition. I plan to start buying ammunition regularly again. After the last election I pretty well stopped any efforts to stock up but as prices are coming down it would be good to take advantage of that. 12 Gauge buckshot will be the first priority since I never reached my “stock up” goals. .308 is a new caliber for me so I will be buying it pretty regularly as well.

I bought extra/replacement magazines for the Ruger American Predator and they arrived this week. I now have three on hand and that’s probably all I will buy for now.

Supplies

The WaterBOBs I bought last week arrived. Wonderful Wife thought they were a good idea, so I guess I forgot to tell her when I ordered them…oops. I am going to share a link to these on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2

I do not get any compensation if you purchase them. But for those of us in hurricane prone areas I think they are a spiffy little war to temporarily increase your water storage capacity.

We ordered a second starter pack of freeze dried foods from the same company. We’ve had a three meals made from these ingredients so far and they have been tasty so we’re ready to try some more. More to come soon…

Fitness

We bought a blood pressure machine so I can continue to monitor my blood pressure at home. As of last night it was still quite high but WAY down from what it was. It was so high the old blood pressure machine we had wouldn’t read it. The new one will.

We are feeling almost human again. The antibiotics and other medicines are finally kicking in. We have been able to take some slow walks around the block and I have been able to start stretching again but that’s all we are ready for. We have a lot of chores to catch up on this weekend and don’t want to overdo it so we’ll keep it at that until next week.

Finances

Nothing new here. I did place an order for some silver coins but those are for my grand kids, not us. Their weird old Papa gives each of them an ounce of silver for their birthday and I bought some cool once for this year that weren’t too much over the spot price.

Other

I bought a little StreamLight MicroStream flashlight. I carry the longer brothers of this little light in my backpack and my EDC bag but this little guy is small enough to carry in a pocket. It is a bit bigger than the key chain light I carry so might be a little more useful in some circumstances.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless