Ending Radio Silence

Hello, folks.  Sorry it’s been quiet here, but life has been…interesting.

First, we had a mild SHTF incident when we lost water here at the house for the weekend.  We could fetch it from outside, but no running water inside.  It was…interesting.

It was a nice reminder that I really need to do better on my water storage.

However, I started doing a bit of garden planning now that we’re past this thing with the water (pro tip: Never assume a faucet is a simple fix unless you are a plumber).

Now, some of you might remember that I mentioned I live in a mobile home court (which is just a step up above your traditional trailer park).  We live in a decent sized, fenced in yard, but I didn’t think a garden was a realistic option.

Then I started thinking about vertical gardening.

The idea of growing up instead of out sounds like the ticket for such a limited space.  So, planning has begun.

Of course, this offers up some challenges as well.  For example, I have two parts of my hard that are where I plan to put place the garden.  One is north facing, one is west.  The eastern part of the yard is too narrow to do much of anything, plus has a lot of tree cover so it’s not ideal anyways.  The South is just too shady.  At any point in the day, there’s like zero sun there.

The biggest challenge is that it’s still shady as heck.  At 7:30 this morning, there was remarkably little sunlight hitting the ground.  By 10, it was decent on the western lawn.  By 1:30, the better sunned section from earlier was now in the shade.  However, the entire North lawn was bright and sunny and clearly had been for some time.

It’s a good thing I’m going vertical, because there’s really very little yard available for use that has decent sun.

Anyway, I’ll make it work.  The BOL doesn’t really have great sun either, so this will make a good lesson in planning around that.

 

A Quick Thanks

It’s been one of those days today, but I wanted to take a moment to thank M.D. Creekmore and the Pack over at The Survivalist Blog.  I’ve had several people stop by to review my plan.  Between there and here, there’s been a lot to think about.

I’m actually impressed with the fact that no one said my plan was total bollocks, so there’s that.

While M.D. hasn’t offered an opinion, he didn’t take out the link to my blog when I commented over there that I had my plan up.  I didn’t explicitly ask for feedback, which may have helped, but M.D. could have nixed it had he wanted.

He didn’t, so for that alone he deserves my thanks.

I’m working on another post for later today, but I did want to offer my thanks to the crew over there for everything they’ve done so far.

5/29 Week In Review

It’s been a pretty busy week on the prepping front.  Realistically, it’s also time to slow down just a bit.  This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon after all.  However, for the first time in a while, I’ve got a month or more’s worth of food.  That makes me feel a whole lot more confident.

So, let’s review just a bit. Continue reading

Gettin’ Prepping

First, let me say welcome.

Next, let me tell you a bit out myself.  I’m Tom, and this is my site.  I’m going to start off with some confessions.

You see, I’m a rookie prepper who shouldn’t be a rookie prepper.

I spent years talking about prepping and studying about prepping, and what did I do?  Well, mostly I did jack.  I bought guns, but that was mostly because I really like guns.  That part was easy.

However, this is far from a reliable strategy.  You know what I call people who stock up on guns and ammo but nothing else for a social collapse?  Predators.  And I don’t want to be anything like that.

I have challenges to deal with, however.  You do too, I’m sure.  My hope is that here I can really address my challenges, how I deal with them, and maybe help you figure out your own issues.

Maybe.

Challenges

One of my biggest challenges in prepping is my wife.  On the surface, she’s at least tolerable with prepping.  However, the reality is that it kind of annoys her at times.  Mostly, since prepping ain’t cheap, it’s something she demands to be cut when money gets tight.

Of course, keeping money from getting tight would fix much of this, but it’s easier said than done.

Another challenge is where we live.

You see, most people figure that preppers need 20 acres in the middle of nowhere.  Well, I kind of think that myself.  However, we live in a crappy neighborhood in Southwest Georgia.  I am suspicious of many of my neighbors, though there are some good folks here too.

We moved here after my business completely collapsed followed by the death of my mother who had minimal life insurance.  Yeah, it sucked, and this is where we ended up.

So that means we have to prep while maintaining complete OPSEC from the vast majority of our neighbors and try to put aside enough so we can get another place.  Yay.

 

The Plus Side

The plus side is that there is a ton of information on the internet, and I’ve spent a decade or so considering myself a “prepper” despite not actually doing a damn thing.  I’ve armed myself with a lot of information at least, so I’m not going into this completely blind.

In addition, while we might not live in the best neighborhood (but far from the worst as well), we do live somewhere with a low enough cost of living that we can direct far more money toward preps.  In addition, my son is now almost 15, so he can put forth physical labor.  He thinks the prepping thing is kind of cool, so there’s that.

 

Where I Stand

So where do I stand?  Well, I’ve just put in an order for some one-gallon mylar bags and O2 absorbers.  We also have an extra room that’s being used for storage.  Well, preps are storage…kind of.

I’ve got a couple of shelves in place, and they can hold a decent amount of preps, and a larger, sturdier system on order as well.  Once that’s loaded up, we’ll see about grabbing another.  And another.

Plus 5-gallon buckets.  Oh, there will be buckets.

 

So What Will You See Here?

I’m not going to obligate myself to any kind of regular schedule here.  Not right now, anyway.

That said, I hope to be somewhat regular with my updates.

Subject matter will vary based on my own interests.  They fluctuate from time to time.  In fact, my wife will say that’s an understatement.  However, since there are a billion different things to study with prepping, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  There should be plenty of things to write about.

Guns though.  I’ll definitely write about guns.  Like I said, I like guns.

However, I like eating too, so food should be there aplenty.  A bit of everything really.

My next post will be a bit about my prepping philosophy, what I happen to be prepping for, and so on.

I hope you enjoy.