One of the big questions in the prepping / survivalist community is when did you start prepping? My great grandparents lived on a small farm, my dad was raised on this same small farm, my mom was raised in a rural area and had chickens and a garden. I was exposed to gardening, farming and [ Read More ]
After looking through my youtube video I realized I have not uploaded a video in a couple of months. The last video I uploaded was on September 15, 2013, which makes 3 months. In all honesty I had not realized it had been so long.
So what has been going on?
Added some lean-tos on the shed to park the tiller and lawnmower under.
Got a deer feeder setup about 100 years behind the house.
Added some pvc pipe to the deer feeder legs to prevent coons from climbing the legs. Raccoons have been climbing the legs and turning the spinner, which dumps a lot of corn on the ground. the corn is not for coons, it is for deer and hogs.
Just as times change, so must survivalist adapt and change. There comes a point when one project is finished, and its time to start another one. My life has reached such a point.
If you have been following my youtube channel and this blog, we have covered fishing, gardening, running trotlines, juglines, camping,,, just all kids of stuff. Now its time to move to the biggest project of my life. That project is getting back to basics.
It is time to stop buying bullets, and to start putting down fence post.
For the price of 100 rounds Federal 223 Remington, that would almost pay for the chicken yard gate.
Which one would better serve my family, another 100 rounds of 223, or a larger chicken yard? I have plenty of 223, but my chickens need more room.
Would it be better to buy ammunition, or put down a septic system at the homestead?
It would be nice to have unlimited funds. But as with most working people I have to decide which project needs attention.
What did you learn in the past year?
I learned a lot about chickens – difference in the various breeds, how much room they need, chicken coop design, chicken yard size and nutrition requirements,, only to name a few.
What I learned in the past year is only a drop in the bucket. After my wife and I get moved to the homestead we plan on almost doubling the size of our chicken flock. Currently my wife and I have 13 hens and no roosters. After we get moved we will probably increase the size of the flock to around 24 or 25 hens, and one rooster.
The next step in my chicken project will be to develop a self-sustaining chicken flock.
Once the flock size is increased, the chicken coop will probably be too small. One of the next steps after getting moved will be to build a larger coop. But we are getting way ahead of ourselves.
Like a lot of people my wife and I have limited resources. We are just everyday middle class people trying to get by. Just like everyone else we pay our taxes, pay the electric bill, internet, health insurance,,,,. Once everything is paid we try to decide how to save money.
The issue we are running into, my wife and I are looking at moving away from Jasper Texas to a rural area. Jasper is already rural, but we want to get further away from town.
We need to put a water well on the land, sewer system, build a chicken yard,,, and a few ether odds and ends to get our new life started.
Then came the Adam Lanza incident and renewed calls for an assault rifle ban.
I am finding myself pulled into some of the panic buying. There was a short period of time between the shooting and Dianne Feinstein calling for more gun control and prices going through the roof. During that short time period I picked up another AR-15 for less then $1,000.
A gun store has some AR-15s for $1,300 each. As I consider buying another AR while I still can, I keep thinking about what that $1,300 could pay for at the homestead. We could probably put down a septic system for between $1,500 and $2,000.
As I was looking through my facebook feed this morning, I realized that a lot of the people on my feed are posting links to conspiracy theory sites. Those sites were talking about vaccines, how the drug companies are lying to us about cancer, how the government was trying to control our lives,,, just your [ Read More ]
So you are sitting around the house, nothing is on TV, no new or exciting news on the internet,,,,, what do you do?
You could always play some Skyrim or Left 4 Dead 2. But Left 4 Dead 2 is getting old.
What hobbies can survivalist get into that will help improve our long term SHTF survival skills?
Most of us handle money in shape for or fashion just about everyday. Why not get into coin collecting so you can start stockpiling silver and other valuable coins?
Silver and gold have been recognized as being valuable for thousands of years. At one time the US dollar was backed by gold, but now its just backed by a promise. If that promise ever falls through it would be good to have some kind of money that has a real physical value.
Ever though they are getting very rare, from time to time I find a pre-1965 quarter in my change. When I find silver coins they go into storage.
Years ago I used to take my kids down to a pawn shop in Orange Texas to buy them silver dollars and half-dollars. I was trying to teach my children the value of real money. Times change, things change, we moved away from Bridge City and Jasper Texas. The local pawn shops around here do not sell silver coins.
Sooner or later everyone in the prepping/survivalist community deals with prepping fatigue. Whether you have been prepping for a year, two years, ten years or twenty plus years, sooner or later you are going to get fatigued.
Due to the way I was raised by my parents, the way my grandparents lived on a small farm, and the atmosphere of the cold war in the 1970s, I would say my parents and grandparents conditioned me to be a prepper.
To me, survivalism is a way of life rather then a hobby.
Some people get into prepping like they do a lot of other things. Whether its getting in shape, going back to school, jogging, working out, stop smoking, stop drinking,,, most people are sincere in their actions.
Then they realize how much time and effort prepping can take. For some people its a matter of buying some canned goods and bottled water. Then there are the people who allow their lives to be consumed.
Like everything else in life, balance comes with moderation.
A few ways I deal with prepping fatigue
Pastor Dowell posted another good video, this time its about prepping.
Pastor Dowell brings up a good point, if you do not prepare then there is something wrong with you.
With hurricane Sandy laying waste to the Northeast, it could be days, maybe weeks before relief efforts reach some ares.
Over 10 million people are without power in the Northeast, roads are blocked or flooded, who can the people depend on? Themselves.
Why did I open this blog? Because I wanted to. This blog is an extension of my thoughts and opinions.
For a good part of my life I have been opinionated and outspoken. This blog allows me to express my opinions to a wide range of people.
As for survivalism, I see survivalism as an extension of my everyday life. To me, my survival gear stockpile is no different then a coin collection. Just as coin collectors are always looking for that rare or unique coin that will round out the collection, I am always looking for some new skill, knowledge or survival gear addition that will round out my collection.
In 2012 my wife and I built the chicken coop and got some hens. I like sharing those experiences with people who visit my blog.
What is life? Would it be safe to say life is a sharing of experiences?
What would life be if nobody ever shared their opinions and thoughts? How lonely would that life be?
Over the past year or so I have noticed a troubling trend with various based survival websites.
Those trends are sites that offer little unique content, no unique pictures, no unique videos,,, nothing but a site that tries to sell you something.
There are two types of bloggers out there
1 – someone who has first hand information on a given topic. These are the people who enjoy what they are doing, know something about the topic and can offer advice based on their first hand experience.
2 – someone who knows almost nothing on a topic, but hopes to open a website to make money.
What I am going to do is offer some tips on how you can tell a real SHTF survival site from a spam / junk site.
Are the topics diversified
Is the site focused on a couple of narrow topics? These are called niche sites.
SurvivalBoards and SurvivalistBoards are niche sites, but we discuss various topics, such as political opinions, hunting, camping, firearms, gardening,,, and so on.
Lets say the public was given a 1 week notice before the start of a major global conflict. Rarely does that kind of advance knowledge leak out to the public. For the sake of discussion lets say for once the public knows what is going to happen a week ahead of time.
One of the incidents I am referring to is the leak that Israel may attack Iran during Yum Kippor.
I have been hearing various rumors for over 2 decades, so I take them with a grain of salt and keep living life.
The word has leaked out, you do a review of your survival gear stockpile, now what?
What does your water stockpile look like?
What does your ammunition stockpile look like?
What does your fuel stockpile look like?
What about seeds for your long term survival garden, communications, livestock, livestock feed, firearms, propane,,, and other preps.
If you do not have your firearm and ammunition stockpile ready before SHTF, do not count on accumulating supplies after SHTF.
Lets say you had a 1 week notice, what would you buy? Would you buy ammunition, and sacrifice resources to buy food, water, livestock feed, fuel,,,?
Even if you have money to buy ammunition, what makes you think there is going to be anything on the shelves?
Would you rather buy ammunition, food, water, food for the livestock?
My 13 chickens (hens, no roosters) go through a 50 pound bag of laying mash every two weeks. For the price of 200 pounds of laying mash (4 – 50 pound bags), which would last around 2 months, I could buy 100 rounds of Federal 223 Remington.
Would you rather have 2 months of eggs, or would you rather have 100 rounds of 223 Remington?
While I was working in one of the various welding shops in southeast Texas, one of my coworkers told me about his theory of fake people. I would like to share that theory with all of you.
A fake person is someone who has no identity of their own. They have no hobbies that set them apart from anyone else. When the fake person is around other people, they adopt the attitude of the people the fake person is around.
I am going to use a certain individual that I know. He is in his late 20s, married and has three children. He also adopts the lifestyle of whoever he is around.
When he was living with a girlfriend a few years ago, his apartment was always spotless. He kept his truck clean,,, just an overall clean person.
Earlier today (August 7, 2012) someone started posting rude comments on the Survivalist Boards facebook page. The comments were along the lines if someone lives off the grid, or eats processed food,,,, general stuff like that. I removed the comments and blocked the person. Keep in mind, I rarely, and I mean rarely ever remove comments, much less block anyone.
There seems to be a mindset that survivalist should live in a bunker, or off in a remote mountain range somewhere.
Lets say someone lives in a bunker with complete solar power, grows all of their food, or lives in a cave off in the mountains somewhere, how is that person supposed to function in modern society?
I can not imagine having a birthday party in a bomb shelter. All of the parents having to climb into the shelter, all the kids singing happy birthday,,, much less the OPSEC of inviting a group of people into the shelter.
Sure there was once a time when people lived on small farms. But even on small family farms, people still had to buy or trade for resources. How are people supposed to find salt, flour, sugar, leather, raw metal, plows, anvils, hammers, nails,,, on a family farm?
For the past 20 years I have considered myself active in the survival community. Whether it was listening to talk radio, buying American survival guide magazines, going to gun shows and talking to people, there always seemed to be a level of doom and gloom.
Doom and gloom seemed to be everywhere in the 1990s, in magazines, in books, on the radio,,,. People were talking about how NAFTA was going to abolish the U.S. as a sovereign nation, how the United Nations was going to invade the U.S., how the new world order was going to use the Y2K event to usher in a new era.
There for a decade it was just one thing after another, after another, after another.
After a couple of decades of hearing the same thing over and over like a broke radio, you start to get a little numb to it.
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