What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

My walk with God, my most important preparedness effort, is getting back on track. I completed two more rounds of praying for our 100 closest neighbors. I have gotten myself back on track on my Bible study and prayer time and I am back in the saddle of teaching Sunday school.

Self Defense/Hunting

I purchased some ammunition:

60 rounds of .308 hunting ammo

50 Rounds of 7.62×39 practice ammo

100 rounds of .22 LR

1000 rounds of .38 Special practice ammo

I also made it out to the range to test some of my loads through the chronograph.

Supplies/Gear

The repairs and upgrades on our kitchen are (mostly) finished so we are able to start moving items back into the pantries. As part of that process we are going through all of what we had put into storage.

Any items that were not in sealed and completely airtight containers are being tossed out. Items in cardboard containers like pasta, seasonings and various mixes (like cornbread) are all going in the trash. We had originally thought that since these didn’t get wet in the flood they would be fine but we have seen where this type of packaging did not fare very well in the heat and humidity in the house after the flood. In addition the drywall dust from the repairs seems to have been able infiltrate many more types of packaging than we would have thought. We would rather be safe than sorry.

A fair portion of our canned goods had to get tossed as well. These were not affected by the flood but we haven’t had a working kitchen for the last nine or ten months which means our usage was almost zero and some have passed their “best by” dates. While I am usually OK with that, our storage conditions were less than ideal so most of those had to get tossed as well. After all, better safe than sorry and we have had enough health issues associated with the flood and reconstruction. Had I realized how long the recovery process would take I would have donated more of our canned goods to charitable organizations. I am positive there are many would could have used the help.

In any case, I will be taking an inventory soon and starting to rebuild the stock levels of our primary pantry. The emergency pantry will have to wait until more work on the house is completed.

Security

I cancelled our alarm company. It has been a useless waste of money since the flood and almost none of the sensors are working. I have narrowed the selection for a replacement down to three companies and will choose one of them in the next week or so.

Finances

Still paying for home repairs so nothing is really going into savings. We did finalize the decrease on our home repair loan to $25,000. I will be filing the amendment at the tax office shortly.

Fitness/Health

Still a total and abject failure in this area. We really need to start focusing on this more.

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

Take care and God Bless

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Complacency is Your Greatest Enemy

Complacency is Your Greatest Enemy

Have you become complacent?

Prepper 365

Maybe you’re ready and prepared for anything at anytime; trained, stocked up, secured and your to do list is empty – excellent! If that’s the case then feel free to move on, nothing to see here. But, if you’re like most people, you find yourself lacking in some ways simply because you’ve become complacent.

Complacency really is our biggest threat; as individuals and as a society. This can be related to security, preparedness, self-reliance, saving for retirement, religion or even politics. Sitting back or ‘going with the flow’ can ultimately lead to disaster.

Let’s take security for instance; have you ever left your car unlocked, left a loaded hand gun in the truck or forgot to lock the back door? Have you neglected to take your firearm with you because ‘I’ll only be gone a couple of minutes?’ Have you analyzed your home’s vulnerability to break-ins, or maybe still haven’t…

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Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

Things don’t always go according to plan. Not the small things and not the big things. As a young man I had plans to be a writer, to own a bar in the tropics and to live above the bar or on a boat (or both). Fiction, poetry and a little drunken debauchery on the side would fill an expectedly short time on planet Earth, after all, the brightest stars burn out the fastest, right?

That was the plan baby…

What actually happened was falling in love with a Wonderful Woman whose family situation was…complicated…and not at all conducive to the life of an island bar bum and writer. What’s more is the three little ones she was solely responsible for broke my heart too. There was no way I could look into those trusting and hopeful little faces and not fall in love with them as well. Faces that needed help before they became hard and uncaring; before they became statistics on the news.

Dreams change.

Savings, formerly earmarked to buy the bar, went instead to a decent place for them to live. A writing career (paid for by tending bar) was traded for something that paid the bills a little more reliably and work that didn’t involve vampire hours. The typewriter grew a covering of dust and eventually a place in the back of a closet. A planned free and easy life replaced with worries of where to get money for school clothes and Christmas gifts, braces, college…

Fast forward thirty plus years.

I am still madly in love with Wonderful Wife. I watch her sometimes when she is sleeping or watching TV or cleaning the house or whatever amazed that I could have been that blessed to have a woman like that put up with me for this long. I see my little ones, now grown, with little ones of their own, and I can’t help but thank God for them. They, along with Wonderful Wife, have been the color on the canvass of my life. My heart breaks (in the good way) looking into the little faces of my grand kids. Faces just as filled with hope and wonder, hope and trust as their parents’ faces so long ago. Seeing those little faces…I smile…my soul and my heart smile.

My plans changed…

My dreams changed…

..and I am a richer man for it. I am truly blessed.

Thank you Lord.

 

An Observation

Have you noticed that the people who are most up in arms about the way the federal government handled the children of (so called) asylum seekers are the same people who are constantly clamoring for the same federal government to be given ever more control of our lives?

These are, in general, the same folks who tell us we don’t need firearms to defend ourselves to keep the government in check. They tell us only the police can be trusted with firearms. Yet these are also the same folks whining, complaining, protesting and rioting when those very same police do something they don’t like.

You can’t have it both ways folks!

If you want to make yourself a ward of the state you can’t complain when your new masters don’t act the way you want them to. If you want control over how your lives will be administered you can’t give that control of your life over to the state…

Take care and God bless.

Some New Toys

I have to admit that as of late I have not been very good about saving money. I have been very good about buying myself some new toys…

Iver Johnson in .32 Smith & Wesson

I have always been fascinated by the Iver Johnson revolvers. They were so far ahead of their time in so many ways. Drop safe transfer bar firing pin? Yup, about 70 years before Bill Ruger. Trigger safety? About 80 years before Gaston Glock. Wonderful Wife inherited one from her dad that was non-functional. It was, in fact, found while fishing in a roadside pond. The serial numbers had been removed as had the sights. He called it his Bonnie and Clyde gun. I picked up the little brother (.32 vs .38 Smith & Wesson) that is in a lot better condition than his although missing quite the same level of history.

I will be reloading .32 S&W and will have ammo to take it out and give it a try soon.

A pair of Webleys

The barrel on my Grandfather’s Mark II Webley was damaged a while back (link). I found another Mark II on Gunbroker and paid way too much for what will likely become a parts donor. But that old Webley has some serious sentimental value and the parts from this one will make it whole again.

A Pair of 36s

I mentioned already on the blog that I had purchased a Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a 3″ barrel. She has some holster wear but is otherwise in fine shape. I love shooting this little gun and may decide to carry it on occasion (if I can find the right holster).

.44 caliber (replica) 1851 Navy

How could I resist? It was 25% off. It was able to be shipped directly to my door. and it makes a huge cloud of smoke whenever I shoot it.

This is a replica of the 1851 Navy by Pietta and is such a blast to shoot that I couldn’t pass it up. It was such a cool deal that I took care of a couple of birthday presents at the same time I ordered mine!

Other than the Model 36, none of these are guns I would use for self-defense unless I absolutely had to. None have any real investment value. None will put food on the table. They are, essentially, toys (for use at the range) and that is all. I probably shouldn’t have spent the money on them but I really wanted them. All but one were pretty decent deals and there is more to life than what you need. Sometimes it is nice to get something you just want…

Take care and God bless.

Inspiration

I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

-Luke 12:8-10

Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. I give myself to Him and will serve Him to the best of my abilities.

Amen

How To Reduce The Risk Of Getting Shot

I came across a post on a site I am unfamiliar with “Anti Media” one ways to avoid becoming a “gun violence” statistic and it actually made some good points (link).

For example, the number one recommendation was to not commit suicide. While this is someone trite it is still true. Most gun related deaths in the US, about 63%, are from suicide. Now, will banning firearms prevent suicide?

No.

I had a relative in the house for a while who was at risk for suicide. I was particularly careful with my firearms during that time frame. During one conversation with her I tried to get her to turn over a knife she had in her purse. She looked at me for a minute and then explained all the different things within the house that she could use to kill herself; kitchen knives, medications, household chemicals, the pool, ropes, cable, chains, taking a dive off the roof, the motorcycle in the garage, etc. She told me those were just the ones she could think of and there were probably more…

Other top suggestions included:

  • Don’t join a gang
  • Don’t deal in illegal drugs
  • Avoid dangerous people like criminals and abusive people

One of my personal favorites was to avoid gun free zones since nearly all mass shootings have occurred in gun free zones…

Just something to think about.

Take care and God bless.