Time for a year in review. How did I hold to my goals, where could I improve, and what failed miserably. Update in red!
BullOnParade wrote:A little late to the game, but I've been giving this one a fair bit of thought since December.
I'm going to be adding a .308 bolt action rifle this year. Intentions are for hunting purposes, fading out my .303. I will consider adding a 7.62x39 version of the VZ58, but that is lower priority. I am at or near stocking capacity for a lot of my centre fire calibers, so I will be scaling back on those, probably keeping an eye out for some of the higher end European .22 that pops up by the case, just to restock on rimfire.
I didn't buy the .308, but I decided on what I want, so that acquisition is due to happen in the first quarter of the new year. Didn't buy the V58 yet, still not sold on the idea. Found a little more (room for) center fire calibers, and managed to shoot rimfire regularly AND increased my stock. I also picked up a new bullseye pistol (Colt Goldcup 1911-22), and purchased my first AR receiver.
I'm mostly at capacity for food and water for my current living situation, and I don't foresee my current situation changing in the next year. I will be investing in a few more long term shelf stable options, like #10 cans of mountain house food.
I've been working my ass off for the past 8 months, and am proud to be CC debt free (well, I still have a balance on a 0%CC, but I also have the money ready to pay it off as soon as the promotional rate expires). I will be starting some investments that I should have started years ago, and try to pay down my car loan sooner. My great uncle passed away last summer, and there is supposed to be financial inheritance coming to me and my cousins, but it's a long time coming. If that money comes in, and depending on how much it is, I will be using it to pay off as much of my car loan as possible.
Faily McFailson right here. No progress on unscheduled car payments, no real progress in savings, no inheritance.
I have a few kits that have been finished for quite some time, but a lot of these kits get things borrowed from them at various times. I want to buy duplicates of all these little things that I borrow on a regular basis so that my kits are in a constant state of readiness.
Done and Done. Updates to the links in my signature to follow.
My current BOL being my parents house;
I keep a bit of ammo stored there, again reaching capacity. I have a bit of a training range set up there, but with the hours I've been working, I haven't had time to improve it or use it.
My parents are old school preppers, the kind who keep a generator or stocked cupboards because it's what you do when you live in rural Ontario, not because they feel the need to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. The house always has a few weeks worth of food and water, but I'd like to improve on the wild edibles on the property. I currently know of a few grape vines, raspberry bushes, and cat tails, but definitely not enough to support the family. I have a few apple trees started, hoping they survive a spring planting.
Nothings happened with the BOL except rotation of stock. Also My kid sister isn't a kid anymore. If I am going to continue to prepare for myself, my parents, my girlfriend, my sister, I should be considering a scenario where my sister's boyfriend may be worth keeping around.
Big Projects/Long Term Goals:
If finances prove available, I want to start looking for a piece of recreational property several hours north of Toronto. I may not purchase this year, but I am intending to drop a shipping container home on the property, once it is established. I will put the container on my parents property (much closer than I plan on leaving it) and finish the inside there, then ship it the rest of the way north at a later time.
Since finances didn't prove available, nothing happened here, still long term.
So that's where I am. Who know's what next year will bring!