|Not the future I want.|
For my part, it was a rather quiet week:
1) Added 3 new Kindle Books and plans for a few more. "What good," you may rightly ask, "does it do to create electronic books when electricity itself may soon go the way of Brian Williams' credibility?" I'm glad you asked. A huge part of resilience is eliminating 'single points of failure.' In the network, that means duplicating that one piece of hardware that, should it fail, will bring your whole business to a halt. In my case, it means not increasing income so much as increasing the number of places from which I can draw income. I currently draw most of my income from the college bubble. That will not last forever, and I fully expect that electricity will outlive it.* Therefore, I work to minimize the consequences of that popping by maximizing other things that can pay the bills. Plus, historians today need a decent electronic copy of Aethelweard's Chronicle, which I hope will be finished by Friday, and Sunday at the latest.
2) Bought, sold, and (most importantly) restored a bassload of dies. In fact, in the last 31 days, according to Ebay, I have sold $763.54 worth of dies, enriching Ebay (and PayPal) no little bit, but also allowing me to add to my stockpile more dies, lots of lead and wiping solder,** toy soldier molds, unfinished wooden handles for rasps and files, rasps and files to fit the handles, a mason's chisel, a bigass fire extinguisher, and a thus-far-unused cast iron tortilla press. The good news is that the sales of dies, besides leaving me with more dies at month-end than month-beginning, also paid for all that other stuff. Earn your preps and they will come. The bad news is that I have not yet learned to make tortillas by hand.
3) Added bricks to my pile and located plans for a sweet outdoor brick bread oven. I now have a pile of recovered street bricks 3' high, 2' deep, and 25' long (and growing), and it looks like I haven't even really touched the erstwhile wood barn. The weather was nice enough that it was actually enjoyable to pick through the piles and recover another couple hundred bricks this sunny afternoon.
4) Renewed my CPR certification.
5) Added a lockable storm door to the front of the house. It's not a huge layer of protection, but it is a loud one.
6) Planned much of the garden. I'm still not sure how much area I'll dedicate to potatoes this year, but it will likely be larger than a 55-gallon barrel.
7) Spent a bunch of time with the lovely and gracious Rogue and the kids, all of whom are far more important than cast boolits, seater dies, or any other merely physical items. It's always important to remember that prepping is never about the stuff. It's always about the people who will ultimately need the stuff.
* In other words, I don't think TEOTWAWKI is RIGHT FREAKING NOW. But if it is, then that's fine. Bring it.
** hands down the best way to get tin at below-market prices. While I didn't get to pour any bullets this weekend, I'm looking forward to next, when I'll be a bachelor and might get to try out this new recipe for 45 ACP I've been pondering.