Hello all –
I don’t talk about my personnel life too often – but find it therapeutic to sit here in front of the TV watching Dual Survival and put stuff that is on my mind on “paper” – so here I go.
I live a typical life with typical problems, worries, concerns and events.
My job – which I have been at for 14 years – is driving me crazy. I know it will pass – it always does. Just in the past couple of weeks things have been very stressful. I feel like I need a vacation so I can kinda step back and evaluate things there at the plant and make clear decisions on how to resolve those stresses. That vacation will come – but it will be a little bit.
My oldest son – who is 12 – is a great kid. Kind hearted and very smart – in some things. This kid is just driving me crazy. 12 years old going on 30 I will tell you. Unbelievable forgetful. Biggest problem is he has had too much exposure to negative influences – which has been my fault. He has a tendency to get disrespectful with his mother – which I will not stand for. I have recently had to restrict some of his privileges – including many of those negative influences – which did not go over well with him but it is what I had to do. Hopefully things will get better. Like I said – he really is a great kid.
Although I received advice to the contrary from a few readers – I took a loan out on my 401k. I evaluated the decision from many aspects – and feel secure that I made a decision that not only I can live with – but will be beneficial in the long run. There are several things that the funds will go towards – including some preparedness supplies.
In reviewing my preparedness “stockpile” – I have identified a few areas that I plan to fund over the next few weeks:
First on the list is FOOD. Food is always at the top of my list as I consider it critically important for almost any emergency situation. If you loose your job you are going to think about how you will provide for your family – including food. Have a years supply of food stocked up – that would be a great stress reducer in a situation like that. So – I am going to invest in increasing my food supplies by at least two fold.
Next up on my list is DEFENSIVE SUPPLIES. Specifically – my ammunition supplies will be increased again by two fold. Although I have a decent supply now – I feel the need is there to increase my ammunition stores now for several reasons:
- Ammunition is not getting any cheaper.
- Ammunition stores extremely well.
- I want to practice more – meaning I need more ammunition.
Beyond ammunition there are a variety of accessories and supplies for my survival battery that I want to add. Slings, cleaning supplies, sights, magazines, etc. are on my list. Additionally – there are a couple of firearms that I am wanting to acquire. First on my list is a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 riot-style 12 gauge.
ENERGY has recently been improved in my situation with the addition of a generator. This was a big purchase and I am really glad I have it. With an effort in the direction of redundancy – I plan to add a small solar system soon. Consisting of the solar system itself – along with batteries and an inverter – I want to be able to run a small refrigerator as well as charge small batteries and battery powered devices if needed.
Beyond the above
Take care all –