Preparedness Pays And More

Sorry for the long silence, but I’ve changed day jobs and it has been intense. Good, but intense. It will also help with some of the information in Preparedness Pays as well as my preparations.

Along those lines, I suggest you read this post from Sarah A. Hoyt. Like her, I am concerned at what I see coming. Like her, I’m expanding my preparedness as fast as I can within my budget.

A suggestion for those who are just now getting into practical preparedness: buy a water bath canner and a pressure canner now. When covidmania hit, you could not find either, and had a hard time finding jars. The jar shortage continues, so stock up when you can.

More soon.

Ice Cream Shortage Continues

Sorry for the lack of posting, but some changes in life have disrupted my plans a bit. Among other things, I had an opportunity come up and am switching day jobs. I’m looking forward to the new job, especially as it offers the chance to not only build on some existing knowledge, but to do a truly deep dive into an area that is of strong interest to me. That it does so with better pay, benefits, and less chance of being in an accident is just icing on the cake as it were.

More soon.

Crazy Weekend

Still catching up, day job is taking time and then there are other things at play as well.

My mobile apparently got zorched by a car power outlet not sending out the right voltage. I was going to replace it this week anyway, but it turned into an emergency issue on Friday. Good news is, took my business away from AT&T. Bad news, I had to go with a new phone, which I had not wanted to do. That said, the new phone is a vast improvement over what I had even if it did take most of the weekend to finish getting it set up and taking care of what got lost in the process.

I’ve also removed all my books and stories from Amazon Unlimited. That will hurt me a bit financially, but is worth it to cut into Amazon a bit. Slowly but surely I’m disengaging from every woke business I can.

Maybe this week won’t be quite as crazy and I can get back to regular posting. We will see.

I’m Working On It

I’m working on it. Promise. Sadly, the day job is limiting the time I have to research, write, etc. On anything and everything. Short version is that my team there is almost 50 percent understrength and facing an increasing workload. They have been unable to hire anyone for our open positions. To top that off, my direct boss has now tested positive for COVID, and I’m unsure how long he can continue to work from home. So, lots of miles and hours, which is time I don’t have to research and write. Stay tuned, as there is much to write about.

More To Come

Day life has been encroaching on my writing time, but I am working to get back to writing. I hope to have more on Preparedness Pays up soon, as I think some of the material may be needed soon, more than we might want. Just remember, make it part of your life and lifestyle, and it will pay for itself and save you from many of the hassles of real life, much less calamities.

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day to enjoy the bounty of nature, and to give thanks for that bounty. It is a day to enjoy family and friends, to make bonds, to reaffirm the bonds of family and friendship, and to give thanks for them. It is a day to reflect that together we can face hardship and more, and come out better than before if we stand and work together.

Take this day and do just that. Give thanks to God for all in our lives, not just the good; but, also that which is not but will in the end strengthen our Faith and our faith and solidarity with one another. If it means violating a mandate, well, too bad as the reasons of this day are far more important . Do not let tyrants petty or large dictate this day. Ignore them, and do take the time to count your blessings large and small, and to reach out to those family and friends and encourage them to do the same.

For me, I truly do give thanks this day. I still have a job, and while far from ideal it is work that is allowing me to get back on my feet in more ways than one. I give thanks that I have the opportunity now to seek new employment and to better myself on several levels in the process. I still have at least a few readers, and the opportunity to grow back to where things once stood, and hopefully do some good for others in the process. I give thanks that I have made mistakes, for I have learned from them and grown in positive ways in the process. I have food for my table, some food tucked away, and plan to enjoy it in the days and weeks ahead. I give thanks for the nightmare of the last six or so years in regards my health, for the worst never happened and while I have some issues and challenges to face with the arthritis and other related things, I also have the chance to fight it and get back to the life I want in physical terms. In fact, I give thanks that my last doctor visit showed that I am otherwise in good shape and we have plans to make that even better.

I even give thanks for what is happening politically. I hate some of what I fear is to come; but, this time has seen masks removed so that I can see who and what people really are and make better judgements and decisions in all of life. I give thanks that there are those who despite cancel culture, are willing to stand up for what they believe, and to fight regardless of affiliation for free and fair elections that are crucial to our Republic. I am thankful that yet others have made their intentions and desires clear, as again it allows us to make decisions based on facts and reality, not emotions. Most of all I give thanks for there is still time to deal with the issues if we keep the bonds of family and friendship and stand together. And, I give thanks for all those who stand for individual liberty and freedom.

I am glad for the friends in my life, for the acquaintances, and the chance to make new friends. I am glad for the chance to mingle and enjoy the company of others, and to have the chance to do more of that. I am glad and thankful for the many opportunities in my life, and that I have the chance to work harder at seizing more of them large and small.

Though it is hard, I give thanks for some horrible things in my past. I give thanks that in them I can see where Grace has saved me from worse paths and worse outcomes. I need look no further to see where that hand has guided me and kept me from far worse harm. Doing so reminds me to have Faith, and to trust that guidance and protection. While I have no faith in the institutions of Man, I give thanks that this year has helped me grow stronger in my Faith, for it remains.

I give thanks that I have a place to hang my hats, even though it not be my own. I give thanks for those in my life, and if I particularly give thanks for those that are a positive influence in my life, I trust that God will understand. I even give thanks for my stalker cat, for he reminds me that all deserve love and kindness (even if I occasionally wish for a restraining order on him). I give thanks for the chance to learn and grow, for we all too often choose not to do either. I give thanks for the lessons of life, for while they are often hard and unpleasant, they can not only help us learn and grow, they often require us to do so no matter what we may want.

I give thanks that God has not given me all I’ve wanted, as what has been given has been so much better. It is a reminder not to ask God for something in particular, but to put what is needed in my life in God’s hands.

I give thanks for knowing that I am not alone, and that individuals can still make a huge difference for the good in life.

So today, give true Thanks. Count the blessings large and small. Set aside fear, anger, uncertainty, and all the negatives in life and concentrate on the good. Concentrate of the love and fellowship with have with family, friends, and others we may not even yet know.

Eat, drink, and enjoy the bounty of food and fellowship that we have. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from supping that greater meal this day.

Free Ice Cream Non-Shortage

Some things came up at the day job that have me going in early, so there is a free ice cream shortage here. That said, there really isn’t a free ice cream shortage overall. Allow me to recommend you go to:

Instapundit (who does very good space/science coverage too)

Sarah A. Hoyt (who has been ahead of the curve on many election issues because she’s lived this before and recognizes the tactics. For a large “white” male, she gets around).

Legal Insurrection


Also, here is the mask study that is in the news, along with an interesting study looking at children and COVID-19. Remember, even on the rare occasion a real science reporter does the article/broadcast, read the paper/study being discussed yourself to get the straight scoop. Meantime, The Great Silencing marches on as predicted with yet more efforts on the financial front (expect more of this type thing to come) and more efforts on the hosting and promotion front. Note that the first is NOT the software, but a hosting provider. No need to abandon the software.

Enjoy your day!