What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

Purchased an additional bolt carrier group (BCG) for my AR. They were on sale and if something is going to break on an AR it will probably be something in the BCG so it doesn’t hurt to have a spare (or two).

In the past I have generally favored two point slings for my rifles but with the training I have been doing I have found that a single point sling actually works better for me so I picked up a Blue Force Gear single point sling for my primary rifle (it was on sale).

Blue Force Gear single point sling

I also picked up a couple more cheap AR magazines for “dry” training. I plan to use these around the house for practicing mag changes and such. I dedicate specific magazines for this type of training that have the “guts” removed and a fluorescent green tape applied so they can never be mixed up with mags with live rounds. Mistakes can happen, ask the folks on the set Alec Baldwin’s movie (those who are still alive anyway), and anything that can reduce the probability of an incident is worth the money.

Ammo Purchased this month:

5.56/.223: 140

9mm: 100

.22 LR: 100

I attended a small unit tactical training class. In this class we covered a variety of topics including observation, reconnaissance, tracking and area search/clear.

Supplies/Gear

We restocked primary pantry from the emergency pantry and restocked what was rotated out. I have a number of smaller bags of beans, peas, rice and some tea that we have been ordering as part of our regular grocery orders. I normally keep these on a shelf in their original packaging but grouped in larger 1 gallon ziploc bags. Based on some conversations with other preparedness minded folks I went ahead and vacuum sealed them instead of relying on the ziploc bags.

I also reviewed our supply of over the counter pain medicines and found we had burned through a lot of our backup supply during the COVID lock down. We placed an order to bring those levels back up to where they should be. Then did the same with vitamins and supplements.

I noticed that Amazon was unable to fill an regular order for the specific brand of toothpaste I use so I grabbed three tubes from another source and stocked up on the brand Wonderful Wife prefers as well.

Wonderful Wife and I sat down with the list of the 100 Items That Disappear First in A Disaster and reviewed it together. This list is based on the experiences of people who lived through several disasters but primarily on the experiences of those who survived the Bosnian war. We discussed each item to decide if it was applicable and, if so, how well stocked we were on that item. We are putting together a plan to fill the gaps we identified.

Based on the weather related power outages of last winter and our review of the “100 items” list we purchased a propane powered heater. Unlike most propane heaters it is designed and rated to be used indoors and it can run from either the small camping sized propane bottles or the larger tanks used on outdoor gas grills. It should provide plenty of heat to keep at least one room warm even if the power goes out. However, this was a good lesson on doing your homework. I purchased this heater thinking I could run either the smaller camp type propane bottles or larger propane tanks used for outdoor grills and it does. If you buy the adapter for the larger tanks, which I have not been able to locate yet. I also neglected to check the availability of the smaller camp style bottles. Every store around is out of stock and most say they don’t know when to expect them back in. I don’t know if this is a supply chain issue or a simple demand issue. Nevertheless, I did finally find them in stock and not at ridiculous markups and now we have a small but decent supply but I will feel much better as soon as I can get that adapter.

We also purchased an additional five gallon fuel container for gasoline, filled it up and added fuel stabilizer.

Security

No updates here.

Finances

Two of our investment accounts returned dividends. One we reinvested in the same mutual funds that paid the dividend. With the other we withdrew the funds and invested them in precious metals. We also went ahead and purchased the silver coins to give the kids and grand kids for Christmas. We give each one ounce of silver for Christmas and I wanted to make the purchase while they were available and we had the funds.

We reviewed the investment mix of our primary 401k and re-balanced the investment mix based on which options are performing better.

The biggest change for this month is that Wonderful Wife is working again and bringing in a paycheck. We were able to add to our investment accounts, both stock and cryptocurrency with money from her paycheck.

Fitness/Health

Getting in better shape will make me more resilient, harder to kill and increase my ability to defend my family and those I love. This month I have made some very good strides in toughening up physically. I have regained my strength to pre-COVID levels and, in some cases, I am stronger than I have ever been. Pretty good for a over the hill couch potato, I believe. Walking/running is still limited by the injury to my Achilles tendon but I am doing the best I can without damaging it further.

Will I ever be as fast or have the endurance of the ruling junta’s enforcers from anitfa and BLM? Probably not. Will I be as strong? Possibly. Every time I stack on another weight, add another rep or walk a little faster I increase my resiliency, become harder to kill, and increase my ability to protect those I care about.

My goals are to be fit enough to pass the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and be able to do the Murph Challenge which is based on the workout of a Navy Seal. Will I get there? At close to 60 with a bad shoulder and ankle, probably not. But the closer I get the better prepared I will be for the dark times ahead.

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

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I completed my study of the Gospel of Mark and started a study of the Gospel of John.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

Now that I have finally worked out the configuration I wan to run on my fighting belt (war/battle belt) I am starting to work on the configuration of my other line gear. Specifically, my plate carrier and chest rig. I have picked up a few mag pouches and such but I will need to train in these at least a few times before I get them set up the way I want them.

I bought two Glock 17 magazines and two AR-15 magazines. I plan on using these exclusively for training, specifically for training performed without live ammo such as dry-fire. For these magazines I purchased magazines from ETS because they are clear so at a glance I can ensure they do not contain live rounds. I also mark these with fluorescent green tape so that there is no mistaking these as training mags.

Supplies/Gear

The lids for the extra eight buckets of food arrived as well as the additional oxygen absorbers. We purchased 70 pounds of rice and 50 pounds of beans. Combined with what I already had on hand we filled 4 buckets of rice and 4 of I beans. One set went to my Mom’s house, one set to my son’s, one set to each of my daughter’s that don’t live with me.

Distributing it is this way each family has food on hand if they can’t get to us. Since my youngest daughter lives several hundred miles away this is particularly important for her and her daughters. It also helps ensure that an incident at any one location won’t take out all our supplies.

Added to my supply of AA and AAA batteries. The grand kids help make sure we are rotating them in a timely manner.

Security

No updates here.

Finances

Continued moving money from our savings account to an investment account. Transfer limits on the savings account keep me from moving it all at once or more quickly.

Fitness/Health

Missed last week but back in the groove on working out and trying to get more fit.

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

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Although, to be honest, I missed several weeks of church and Sunday while sick with COVID. I was also not good at keeping up with my Bible study for at least a week of that time.

Self Defense/Hunting

Made an ammo purchase of 40 rounds of 5.56/.223 and 100 rounds of 9mm.

Supplies/Gear

Rotated the emergency pantry and restocked it.

Wonderful Wife and I discussed it and we decided to go ahead and add to our long term food storage. We discussed it with the kids and we will be sending an additional bucket of rice and another of beans to be stored at their houses. We spoke with my mom and she agreed to store an extra pair of buckets at her house as well.

We will talk to our youngest daughter about doing the same for her and her girls. Since they live several hundred miles away it is particularly important for her to be well stocked since it could be difficult for them to make it here in an emergency.

All told this will be at least eight more buckets of food distributed across four households in two cities. I have already bought the buckets and they are here. The lids are on order as are additional oxygen absorbers and food safe diatomaceous earth (DE). I have enough mylar bags on hand. Once everything is on hand we will purchase the additional beans and rice and get to filling them.

Amazon had 2.6 gallon collapsible water storage containers on sale for just under $10. Although I have a number of water storage solutions already, adding a couple of these didn’t cost much and added another way to store water in case of an emergency or a disaster.  Most of my storage solutions are 5 gallons or up so these could prove handy for smaller, easier to transport quantities of water.

Security

No activity this month.

Finances

Even with Wonderful Wife not working we managed to put a little money aside and invest a bit in crypto. We also used a refund check for a cancelled medical procedure and combine it with Credit Card points to make a small purchase of precious metals.

Fitness/Health

This month has been spent dealing with and trying to recover from COVID.

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

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

Ammunition:

60 rounds of 5.56

20 rounds of 7.62×39

100 rounds of 9mm

Continued dry fire practice with the P365X

Supplies/Gear

We restocked the emergency pantry but the biggest investment in this area was to buy half a steer. Fully processed, it ended up costing just under $6.00/lb for grass-fed, organic beef. We are now stocked up for meat for at least the next year.

Continued stocking up on long term food items.

Security

Nothing to report here.

Finances

We created an investment account and put money into a mutual fund instead of the bank from Wonderful Wife’s paycheck. Since inflation is higher than the interest rate paid on savings accounts we are losing money on what is deposited in the bank so I am also transferring money out of savings and investing it as quickly as the account restrictions allow.

Unfortunately, Wonderful Wife is no longer employed…

This will impact how much money we can add to savings and will require (again) that we tighten up on spending and investing.

Fitness/Health

I started working out again, you can read about the progress in my Project Get Fit 2021 (Part 2) posts.

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

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I finished one round of praying for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

Purchased ammo:

    • 140 rounds of 5.56
    • 400 rounds of 9mm
    • 20 rounds of 7.62×39

Continued my dry-fire practice with the P365 XL. I am at least as fast picking up the dot and placing a shot on target as I am with iron sights but I want some more range time with the gun before trusting my life to it. In the meantime…dry-fire, dry-fire, dry-fire…

Supplies/Gear

Nothing this month.

Security

We had security cameras in the house prior to the flood following Hurricane Harvey. Since then we have only had a doorbell camera in place. It is something I had every intention of replacing but just never seemed to remember/get around to it.

I finally did.

Amazon had a deal on a three camera system. I added one additional camera to cover all the areas I wanted covered. I was able to set it up and get it fully operational prior to leaving for the lake.

Finances

We cashed out some stock dividends and credit card point and purchased more gold.

We have also continued adding to our savings. I will be meeting with a financial advisor to see what recommendations they might have for providing a rate of return that will at least keep up with inflation while still allowing quick access to the funds should they be needed.

Fitness/Health

I had been trying to allow my shoulder and ankle to heal naturally by rest (no exercise) and over the counter and herbal anti-inflammatories for months now and it wasn’t helping. These months of inactivity also mean that I have gained back the weight I had lost. My strength and stamina are headed back to where they were before I stated exercising as well. So, I finally went to the doctor. As expected a steroid shot in my shoulder fixed it right up. For my ankle he prescribed an anti-inflammatory that has worked amazingly well and physical therapy.

Unfortunately, the anti-inflammatory medication is also a blood thinner which I discovered when I went in to have two of my kidney stones pulverized. The procedure had to be cancelled (wish they could have told me before Wonderful Wife took time off work). That actually worked out very well. The day after the procedure was scheduled an upper respiratory infection slammed me. I was in bed for three days and sick for over a week. Recovering from the procedure while dealing with the infection would have been incredibly rough and may well have put me in the hospital.

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

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued praying for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

It seems like ammunition is starting to become a bit more available. This month I was able to pick up 600 rounds of 5.56 and 200 rounds of 9mm FMJ.

With some of the 9mm ammo I was able to go to the range with the new P365X to test it out and make sure it is sighted in. It may take another range session before I work it into the carry rotation. In the meantime I am practicing with it daily to get faster and more comfortable picking up the dot. At this point the times for getting on target and taking an initial shot are pretty comparable at shorter distances. The dot is definitely faster (and more accurate) at longer distances and for follow up shots..

Attended some small unit tactical training that included patrolling techniques and practices, advancing under fire (and retreating), communications and (VERY) basic house clearing/QCB.

Supplies/Gear

Began studying for my HAM (Technician) license. I hope to be ready to take the exam within the next month or so. I also purchased a couple of mobile radios that I can use once I pass the exam.

Hurricane season is officially here and I dragged the old generator out and gave it a test run.

Security

Nothing this month.

Finances

We continued adding to our savings and investment accounts. Our goal is to add $500 every week to savings/investments on top of what we put in through payroll deductions.

With out tax refund check we purchased some precious metals.

Fitness/Health

Based on something that was seen during the CT scan for kidney stones I had an endoscopy done on by esophagus and stomach (upper GI). The results showed signs of chronic acid reflux but no cancer (Thank You, Lord). I have an appointment scheduled with an orthopedist so I can get back to exercising. I also went ahead and scheduled a time for them to blast the two bigger kidney stones.

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

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued praying daily for my 50 closest neighbors, five each day.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

No changes here.

Supplies/Gear

We rotated the emergency pantry late last month and then we placed an order to restock it early this month. We also added a few additional items to the pantry list, primarily some seasonings. We rotated again at the end of this month and will place the restock order next month.

We stumbled across reasonably priced ammunition several times and were able to add 360 rounds of 7.62×39, 80 rounds of 5.56, 300 rounds of .22 long rifle and 50 rounds of 9mm.

Inventoried our ammo supply and updated the inventory lists.

I purchased 8 additional AK magazines. I think we are pretty good on AK mags for now but I would still like to add more AR magazines.

Sig Sauer P365x

I received a bonus from work and decided to treat myself to a early father’s day present, a Sig Sauer P365X topped with the RomeoZero red dot. Once I send a few rounds through it and verify the zero on the red dot it will likely become my primary carry pistol. With another P365 in the mix I also stocked up on additional 15 round magazines.

We also continued stocking up on first aid and trauma supplies.

Security

No changes here.

Finances

Moved money from a certificate of deposit that was paying a lower interest rate to a savings account that pays about the same rate but has no limits on access to the funds.

Invested a bit more in cryptocurrency.

Fitness/Health

As I mentioned last month, I am trying to get a lot of medical checks and procedures done as quickly as possible and the results are starting to come in. Abdominal CT scan showed no indications of cancer (thank You, Jesus), the liver issue I have had for the last 38 years is still there, and that I have three kidney stones (I already knew about two of them). I’ll need to get two of them taken care of at some point soon.

The colonoscopy went well and only one polyp found which is amazing after this long and with my family and personal history. It is being biopsied but appeared to the doctor to be benign.

Echo-cardiogram and stress test also came back clean.

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

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

The pace of our prepping has accelerated this month and we were able to accomplish quite a bit. There are two reasons for this, Wonderful Wife’s income has been mostly replaced (at least temporarily) and we feel that the likelihood of needing our preps is going up. A quick look at the news should confirm why we are thinking that.

In addition to the items listed below we have started making repairs and replacing items around the house. Better to do it now while we have the income rather than later after the economy tanks or inflation begins to skyrocket.

Walk With God

I continued praying daily for my 50 closest neighbors, five each day.

I continued my study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

We are continuing to stock up on magazines that the New Regime might want to ban in the coming months. We added four Glock 17 magazines, including one 21 rounder, three standard capacity AR magazines and one more AK magazine.

Since 7.62×39 is (currently) easier to find and cheaper than 5.56 we added five 30 round mags to feed my AR chambered in this caliber.

Yes, I always mark the 7.62×39 mags with a marker but also with the yellow tape in order to avoid potentially costly or even dangerous mistakes on the range.

Supplies/Gear

Rotated the emergency pantry.

We planted peas, peppers and basil in the garden and they are (so far) coming in nicely. The Cilantro generally reseeds itself but this year came up and went to seed almost immediately. I guess due to the crazy cold we had this year but none of it was worth harvesting.

We added more water purification tablets to our stock. The snowpocalypse forced a citywide alert that the water could be contaminated. It didn’t apply to us but I am not taking any chances for future incidents. The tablets don’t take up much room, are fairly inexpensive and last a long time. We also added a Sawyer Mini to the goody bag in place of the life straws I previously kept around. I plan on testing it out as soon as I can get into the woods.

I have been adding some Molle gear to my inventory including a holster for a sidearm in preparation for some training I hope to be taking soon.

I like to keep cheap emergency ponchos in my EDC, bag and get home bags. These are basically single use items and since I used a few in recent months I replaced the ones used.

I am hoping to do a little more camping this year and decided to add a good fixed blade knife for such adventures. I chose the Gerber Strongarm and hope to do a write up on it as soon as I get out there to give it a try.

Gerber Strongarm

We are also building up our inventory of household supplies as well; toilet paper, paper towels, sugar, seasonings, dry staples, etc.

We went into a large sporting goods store looking for hiking shoes and instead stumbled on a load of ammunition. We stocked up on 300 rounds of 9mm, 200 rounds of .223 and 100 of my preferred 7.62×39.

Score!

We put together two more blowout kits and purchased another tourniquet, this one a SWAT-T. This is supposed to be a better TQ for kids and with eight grand kids I want to be ready should the need arise. Stocking up on medical supplies is going to be a key goal while we have some extra money coming in.

Security

No activity this month.

Finances

Cashed out some dividends and used it to purchase precious metals and Bitcoin as hedges against economic collapse or inflation.

Fitness/Health

I had a bad week for exercise last week but I am still working to make myself tougher to kill by getting in better shape.

With the strong probability of financial and social disasters looming on the horizon I had decided to go ahead and take care of some outstanding medical concerns so they would be out of the way if things fall apart. Originally, I had planned on spacing all this out through the year but things at work are a little slow right now so I am taking care of all of them now. Just this month I have had an appointment with the Gastroenterologist for a check on my liver and a colonoscopy, a cardiologist to check my heart and lungs for any issues, and a urologist to check for kidney stones or cancer. The results on the kidney stones are back and, yup, like I told him (he didn’t believe me) I have three. I’ll have more information next week after another appointment with him.

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

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I finished one round of praying for my 100 closest neighbors. The app that I was using for this has been discontinued and merged with another platform. This one is a bit more detailed and I reduced the number of neighbors I am praying for to 50.

I finished my Bible study of the book of Revelation and started a study of the Gospel of Mark.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

I stumbled across some ammunition in my travels and in the course of running errands. We added 160 rounds of 7.62×39, 150 rounds of 5.56, and 50 rounds of 9mm while on vacation. The prices were inflated but not unreasonable.

While we were on vacation Wonderful Wife noticed a nice little SCCY CPX-2 with a red dot mounted on it from the factory and decided she wanted it. I was happy to oblige.

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Yes, the fact that it is Tiffany blue did weigh in on her decision

I finally made it to the range to zero in a secondary AR I recently assembled. I also used the opportunity to check the zero on my primary AR.

Given the current political climate and the bills currently circulating in Washington, I sent out a message to friends and family suggesting they review their magazine inventory and purchase anything they thought they might need while they can. After I sent the message I decided I should actually take my own advice and do the same. As a result, I placed some orders for magazines. So far, I have added three AK magazines, four P365 (12 and 15 round) magazines, four Glock 17 magazines, and six AR magazines.

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I also sent a message encouraging the team to purchase armor and plate carriers while they were legal and available. I even sent a deal I found on ceramic Level IV plates to them. Then I placed my own order.

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Supplies/Gear

I reviewed the items in my EDC backpack and reorganized it so items most needed would be more easily accessed. I also removed some items that were particularly bulky but provided minimal value. I also sorted through and reorganized my first aid kit. I tossed some things that had expired and streamlined the kit to be a little smaller but still be effective.

I put together a blowout kit a few months back. I am in the process of adding two more to my gear.

We rotated and restocked our emergency pantry.

Security

A bracket on our external storm/security door broke. I was able to find a replacement bracket and repair it. This door is a pretty important part of our perimeter defenses and I didn’t want to have it braced open due to a broken bracket for any significant amount of time.

Finances

We received a bit of a financial windfall. Money that was owed to us finally showed up. We added most of it to savings but also used a bit to buy Wonderful Wife’s new handgun and pay for our little trip to the Hill Country.

Fitness/Health

Over the last month I have continued to focus on improving my physical fitness. My cardio health has improved slightly and I have made decent progress in my strength training. Wonderful Wife, for a variety of reasons, has not been as successful but we did do a lot of hiking and walking in the hill country. That was really good for her.

To be prepared for the difficult times ahead Wonderful Wife visited the doctor for a routine checkup. She opted to go ahead and get two vaccines while she was there. One for shingles and one for pneumonia. I plan to go ahead and get those soon as well. We are both holding off on the COVID vaccine, for now.

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

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I finished another round of praying for my 100 closest neighbors.

I continued with my Bible study of the book of Revelation.

In addition to my daily study, I am also adding a verse of the day to consider and pray on. I am also spending a few minutes each day giving thanks for at least one thing per day.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church. Now that Wonderful Wife no longer has to worry about the possibility of bring the virus into her work we attending both in person.

Self Defense/Hunting

Found 7.62×39 ammunition at pre-COVID prices. Bought all I was allowed to buy (three whole boxes). Wonderful Wife bought me three more for Christmas but I shared one box with my son in law, Moose. Monarch is made by Barnaul in Russia and is much better than most Russian ammo. In fact it tends to be as consistent and accurate as any US made ammo and a bit more powerful.

Given the rabid dog approach the ATF is taking these days I decided to play it safe rather than sorry and I no longer own an AR pistol. It was primarily a close quarters weapon and I can fill that role with firearms that are are not (currently) being targeted. Specifically, I set up the CZ Scorpion with the light and optic from the AR Pistol and it’s good to go.

Note: Seems the ATF has backed off on AR pistols but I’m comfortable with my current setup and won’t get another AR pistol.

Supplies/Gear

We rotated and resupplied the emergency pantry. With the current income situation, we are not increasing our supply levels but we are not letting them drop either. We are maintaining what we have.

We have been cleaning things out, getting rid of what we don’t need. Some we are selling (Christmas money!), some we are donating, and some we are just tossing. We are (again) trying to reduce clutter.

Although we are trying really hard to reduce expenditures until Wonderful Wife finds employment, my employer sent me a $100 gift card to Amazon. I spent it upgrading my first aid/trauma gear. I bought two CAT-T tourniquets, gauze embedded with hemostatic agents (QuickClot), an Israeli combat bandage, new and better shears and a pouch to keep it all together and accessible..

Security

No changes in this area.

Finances

Without Wonderful Wife’s income we are not increasing our savings but, so far, we haven’t had to dip into it either. We have managed to stretch her last paycheck (it was for four weeks after all) and are still living off that.

Fitness/Health

Big failure here. I could give a lot of reasons (excuses) for why I dropped off the fitness wagon but I won’t. It will once again be a major focus but starting with the new year.

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

Take care and God Bless