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« on: June 01, 2015, 11:56:34 AM »

Yeah.....been kinda slow lately.  Not having fun at work, crappy weather, etc., etc., etc.  The river near me is wayyyy up (others are flooded) all at the same time when I had family in from Canada visiting.  Result is about a month of being completely stalled.  Not really in the mood to do much after a work day, and weekends have been eaten up with fixing up stuff around the house for summer.  Just a bit of a rut.  I suppose I've done ok this year (med kit, pistol training, subversively got wife a bit more into it) and I'm generally positive with how I'm progressing.

So, I think to keep positive I need to start making lists and goals.   As it stands:

- Ok with guns.  Though we always want more!
- mediocre with ammo.  Though we could always use more!
- ok with water.  Right now we'd probably be good being house-bound for a couple of weeks.  We have a camp filter, but I'm debating a Berky.  I don't live but 200 yards from a major river, so I could get water daily to be purified without much issue.  This assumes my electric pump well is kaput.
- ok with food.  I've been picking up an extra bit now and again (Mac n' cheese, canned veggies, etc.), and I've gotten a few #10 cans of some oddball stuff (freeze dried meats, powdered eggs).  No cases of the stuff, just a few items to supplement.  I have ordered a "Meals in a jar" recipe book on sale, so I'll see if there's something I can do with that.  Note that we are NEVER close to being out of food anyways, so this is just shoring it up a bit.
- mediocre with health.  Have a new med kit built, but I'm lacking in skills.  This is the hardest thing to deal with for me since I work such long days that I cannot do anything during the week and the weekends are eaten up by the rest of life.  Not sure what to do about that.  Gunna have to ponder for a spell.
- Finance. We cut the house from 30 years to 15 year mortgage and my savings are finally up the "pre move" levels again. This is one thing I'm pleased with.
- Shelter.   The new house lacks the tied-power infrastructure I had in the old house.  I need to see about getting the generator fixed (carb & fuel line is gummed up), putting the NG/Gas/Propane kit on it, and getting a 50A line tied through a switch to the main breaker.  If I could get this up, all I'd need is some gas to run my water pump, septic, and basics (ex. fridge) and I'd be good for a while.  This will be pricy, though.  Not looking forward to that.
- I do not have a lot of climate controlled storage space, but my home office closet can be set up for more 'purposeful' storage.

Boy, the more I think about it, I almost dig more of a rut!  This is why I need to make a list/plan and do a bit of each at a time.  Perhaps I can get something running here and share it in a format that others can use in a checklist format or something.

For example: One person food bucket.  Have a list of what goes in there (basics, prepackaged stuff, plastic utensils/camp kit, can opener, vitamins, etc.) to keep someone going for a set amount of time such as a week to a month.  All the items would be ok for a least 2-3 years for rotation.  I think this sorta thing would be exceptionally helpful to folks.

What do you all think?  Time to start Googling and YouTubing to get some ideas.
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2015, 08:09:35 PM »

Well done!
I think you hit some key points, and were super-honest in your assessment.  That first step is where most folks in the self-reliance community fall short.  They refuse to be honest with themselves, and be a little critical.  Good on ya for that!
Good call on identifying that training and support from the significant other/family are key components that folks usually completely ignore. 
Congrats on working the finance piece of the puzzle.  That one is usually put to the back burner as it can be demotivating.  Working out of the mortgage will be a big help to you, and brings focused intensity to the table.
Thanks for sharing on the one-person food bucket.  I'd like to see everyone post "yes" or "no" - do you have at least one of these buckets set up (and ideally labelled/dated) and ready to go if you need it?  I'm afraid even in this group of super-stars, we'd find less than 50% "yes".  What about it TSS team?  Are we over 50% on this mark?  Be honest!
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 08:25:20 PM »

Yeah, I just don't have the forward momentum to keep up with big changes.  I manage to do a bit here and a bit there.  For example, since the original post, I've
- Set up a few basic needs buckets.  All are food oriented (rice, cornmeal, beans, spices, vitamin suppliments, etc.) and are sealed in mylar w/oxygen absorbers.  This is a new process to me.
- Got a berky which is friggin' awesome.
- Got an encrypted USB memory stick.  I now need to start moving important docs onto it and lock it down.
- Got the missus to sign up for a 2 day homesteading/gardening course up in Waco.

So, not a lot considering it's been over a month, but enough to keep it all on the positive side.

I do believe that I may need to rent a storage space a-la '299 days' style.  I just don't have the climate controlled room at the house to store it all if I were to go full bore on it.  I can fit perhaps 6 buckets and a couple of cases of #10's here, but that's it, so I need to investigate other options.  Besides, it'd be kinda nice to have some stuff 'off site' just in case there's a problem at home.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2015, 08:05:53 AM »

It sounds like you need a prepping "vacation".   Take a weekend and get out of town with your wife.   Go play tourist in your home state or area.   You'll be amazed how refreshed you feel.


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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2015, 01:37:00 PM »

It sounds like you need a prepping "vacation".   Take a weekend and get out of town with your wife.   Go play tourist in your home state or area.   You'll be amazed how refreshed you feel.


Take Care and Stay Safe.

 I agree come on down to Evansville and I'll take you and the wife fishing, or to the casino, or sightseeing. Whatever to get your mind off your stress and a chance to recharge.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2015, 05:55:54 AM »

I started climbing out of a rut last week myself - I think once people get into a point where nothing feels fresh anymore it's because they've stopped learning, or lost a little passion for what they are doing.

I started working on my ham radio license last week because kind of like you are saying I finally hit a saturation point, but mine was at work (I work for a firearm manufacturer, and my main timesinks outside of work are shooting, tinkering with my guns, and dryfire). I needed to just do something completely from scratch, from a clean slate. I never took physics in high school or college so suddenly whole new world of important stuff I just never understood opened up and there was suddenly all of this depth and room to stretch in my universe again, and I didn't feel quite so mentally boxed in. It helps to have clear, achievable-but-challenging goals as well, which I think prepping can get away from if you let it (i.e. can't be prepared for literally everything, easy to spread time and effort across too many things and not really get anywhere decisively, etc.).

To steal a line from an old Zen monk, sounds like it might help to shake free of Expert's Mind and get back towards Beginner's Mind. In the expert's mind there are very few possibilities, and everything is stuffy. In the beginner's mind, there is nothing but possibility, and my goodness at least a person has room to breathe that way.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 06:50:14 PM »

Just getting out of it.  Slowly.  Started doing some reloading and relaxing.  There's only so much BS I can deal with at work and on TV, so I basically get pi$$ed-off for a few weeks, and recycle back to my slow-n-steady process.  A couple days prep-vacation doesn't cut it.  I need to shut down all of that and more for weeks!  Been spending as much time away from work as possible and as much time as possible just haning out on the back porch with a beer.
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