What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

This was an OK week in my walk with God. I prepared for and taught Sunday School this week and then we went to church. I didn’t go to the Wednesday night men’s study because it was not held this week due to Thanksgiving. I spent a good amount of time in prayer this week and I think it is really helping. I think I am starting to see some direction and paths God would like me to take.

Self Defense/Hunting

Our annual family hunting trip is coming up in a few weeks and so I made some time to get to the range and spend some time practicing with the rifle I plan to hunt with this year.

Ruger American Predator in .308

I did better than I thought I would but I am still not as accurate as I would like to be so I will try and make it out again before we leave.

For whatever reason, I am still a lot more accurate with the 7.62×39 version of this rifle than the .308 version. I don’t know if I am flinching with the .308 due to the greater recoil or if there is a slight difference in the triggers between the two rifles. The scope on the .308 is mount a bit higher than the one on the 7.62×39 but I can’t see that making much difference.

10 rounds of 7.62×39 (top)/five rounds of .308 (bottom) both at 100 yards

I also collected a fair amount of brass in .308, .30-30, 5.56 and 300 Blackout that I can reload.

Since the freezer is completely empty after the flood I am hoping to get a decent sized hog or two but we’ll see.

Supplies/Gear

I realized I was walking around without any glucose tablets in my EDC bag and my work backpack so I picked up a couple of these to keep with me.

Finances

Spent money out of savings to repair the house. Shows the importance of being financially prepared. I also added the surgical masks I purchased last week to the first aid kit in my work backpack.

Fitness/Health

I removed the old tile in one of the rooms in the house so we can replace it with the same tile we are installing throughout the rest of the house.This was done manually with a 16 ounce hammer and a pry bar. So, that gave me a few days of really good exercise. However, this is an area Wonderful Wife and I both need to work on…really need to work on.

Our yearly cancer check was this week and all came back negative. Nothing even worth taking for a biopsy!

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

God Bless

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Shows Where Their Hearts Are

I was stuck in traffic the week after the murder at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. Most organizations had their flags flying at half-staff. Both the federal and state government’s of Texas were flying tin respect for those killed. As I sat there I noticed an organization that was not, Planned Parenthood:

It says a lot about an organization that they can’t be bothered to follow the guidance of the government institutions that fund them.

Some would say that, “well it was a Baptist church and so probably opposed to abortion.” Well, that says a lot too. If you can’t show respect for folks murdered in cold blood just because they think differently than you do.

Then again, when you are responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 unborn children per day what does a few that made it through matter?

Thanks And Giving

Today, we in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving. According to tradition, the early English settlers of North American started this as a holiday to give thanks to God for the bounty of the harvest. Also according to tradition, native Americans and English settlers sat down together at the first Thanksgiving to celebrate this holiday. The way I learned the story, that was, in part, to thank the Native Americans for helping the English learn how to grow crops and harvest the wildlife in this “New World.” Today, the focus seems to be more on the feast itself, the football and the Christmas sales that start ever earlier each year. There is less and less focus on reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for much less thanking our creator for those gifts.

Because of the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey our plans for Thanksgiving are going to be a little different this year. Since the house is under construction hosting the family and preparing the feast would be a bit challenging so this year we will be heading to Wonderful Wife’s work for the day. We will help serve lunch to and visit with the folks who live there (it is an assisted living facility). We thought it would be important to give back a little as well as giving thanks. After we are done, some of the kids and all the grand kids will be joining us and we will have our own little feast and family get together.

Some might ask what we have to be thankful for this year after all we suffered tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the house in flood this year. Wonderful Wife is struggling with some health issues, etc., etc., etc…

But I look at the flip side of that.

We survived the flood and so did our home, although it needs a lot of care to get it back to the shape it was in before. Because of gifts from some wonderful folks and that fact that we were prepared financially we can afford to make the needed repairs. Despite the health challenges, we are alive and have each other and our kids and grand kids. So many good folks have volunteered their time and effort to help us with this recovery, most of them total strangers, my faith in humanity has been restored. My prideful spirit, a sin, has been smashed and I have learned to share my troubles and accept help from others. My faith in God has increased in direct proportion to the destruction of my pride. This also opened my eyes to the suffering and challenges others face which built on my ability to empathize with them. To top it all off, through the grace of God, I have been saved and look forward to an eternal life in heaven regardless of what happens in this fallen world.

I honestly have so much to be thankful for that it literally brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.

Thank you Lord.

God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

That Stung A Little…

So, my tax dollars the federal government returned to me are gone and the donations from friends, family and coworkers is gone. They started laying the tile floors today. On the one hand I am excited to have something nicer than drywall dust covered concrete to live on I have to say writing that check hurt a bit.

What stung a little more was going to the bank to put money from our savings into the checking account to cover the check I wrote. When it is all a bunch on ones and zeros that just appeared in my account one day it was one thing but counting out the $9,000 in cash…

that stings a little…

God bless.

North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

The news today say Trumpette will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

Well, duh.

Hacking a US company and threatening the lives of the employees of that corporation should have had them back on the list a long time ago. Honestly, they never should have been removed from the list in the first place so why now?

As a designated a “state sponsor of terror” and with the US is still neck deep in “the war on terror” could that give the White House the authority to attack North Korea without going to Congress for a declaration of war?

Take care and God Bless.

What Did You Prep This Week?

Another really unproductive week…

Walk With God

I prepared the lesson for and taught Sunday School and went to to church. Attended my Wednesday night men’s group. I didn’t make enough time to study the Bible or spend enough time in prayer but I will do better next week.

Self Defense/Hunting

I spent a little money and bought some ammo; 20 rounds of .308 and 100 rounds of .22 LR.

Supplies/Gear

I bought two small bottles of hand sanitizer. One for my bottles for EDC bag and one for my work backpack. We also bought some fold flat surgical masks to add to our various packs.

Finances

Nothing this week.

Fitness/Health

Nothing 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

A Sign Of The Times

My business travels took me to Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week which, to be honest, is not one of my favorite places in the state (no offense to anyone who may be a resident). We stopped in at a local restaurant for some wonderful food and as we were slowing ambling to the car (trying to work off a little of the fried shrimp) and enjoying the nice, cool day I noticed this local magazine in the rack out front:

Needless to say the cover caught my attention and I picked up a copy to read at my hotel later that evening.

The cover article actually turned out to be some sort of reader survey/poll where folks talked about the issues that concerned them. It was a pretty bland article and nothing in it couldn’t have been written about most any city in the south or west of the nation. However, I have been unable to get the cover associated with that article out of my head.

Now I know this is the print magazine version of click-bait but still. It seems like the conversation in this country has shifted. A few years ago, people would have considered you a bit of a crackpot to talk of a revolution in this nation. A few months ago, people would have considered you a crackpot to if you said the revolution was inevitable. Now it appears that the semi-mainstream, slightly left of center media consider it an foregone conclusion that it will happen…

As you consider your preparedness plans you might want to make sure you keep something like this in mind. Most importantly, if you are not already doing so pray for our nation.

God bless.