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Old 01-02-2017, 01:41 PM
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What are your 2017 new years resolutions? Or rather, what would you like to do different this year than you did in 2016?

Mine are:

Firearms: I am looking at adding three firearms to my collection:

Lever action Henry rifle in 30-30 Winchester.

Bolt action 22 rifle.

Maybe another pump shotgun. This is up in the air.


My usual garden is about a quarter acre. In 2017 I would like to plant a small garden to motivate armchair preppers.

Maybe a garden 20x20 feet, or 20x30 feet. Maybe one 10x10 feet? Something that an urban dweller can do.

Work on the farm:

This is an ongoing project. I have old fence wire to pull up, trees to cut down, and then fence in around 7 acres for livestock.

Build a pole barn - extend the current tractor barn to something like 36x36 feet, or 30x36 feet.

I am thinking about maybe getting a couple of cows, but really want some sheep and goats.
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no particular order but on the "17" to do list:

buy an old pick up 70's type, no computers etc...(project BO vehicle)

more food storage

more ammo

down payment on land in neighboring state

getting married in march...lol past the point of no return on this one

low on the list, possible camp trailer purchase

few other odds and ends

Have a great 17 everyone !
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My '17 to do list! Not where I want to be, but realistic!

Get a Rooster. ( We usually have around 15 chickens, but all hens since Roosters are a PITA. I just buy more chicks every year)

Build an Earth bag root cellar / bunker. 12' dome.

Increase the size of the garden(s) to supply 50% of our food. (currently around 20% as a guess)

Get a new HAM radio base and put the old one(s) in a Faraday cage.

And of course, continue to learn from you all! Have a great 2017!
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:42 PM
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I plan on spending more time here, but my main resolution is to cut down on the alcohol.

If I could keep it to three drinks a week I'd be good.
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I'm getting my right eye cataract fixed after a 5 year VA wait. I'm excited, pistol shooting will be back on the list.

I hope to get my garden in this year 4'x40' along my driveway. I can weed from the down hill side and harvest from the driveway. Have the T posts and the electric fencer to keep the elk out. Hopefully I can get my little tractor operational - it has a drag behind rototiller. I could pump from the creek or tap into the neighbors runoff from the springs.

I have room outback I could build a cordwood root cellar. Out front I might be able to hire a hole dug into the hill and do a rock root cellar.

I'd like to add a couple hundred watts of solar panels - no sun in the winter here so not really high on the list. Perhaps I can build a solar ice maker for use during the summer. Guess it depends how hard it is to get ammonia to charge the system.

I really need to finish the design for my wheelchair INCH cart. I'm ordering the metal to make the roller bearing hubs for the new Mt. bike size tires for it this week. After it's done I'll be working on the 4 wheel bike with a 4 wheel trailer.

More time on design and build less time slacking off on line.

Maybe you could "square foot garden" plot as an example. I loaned my book out and it never came back.

I'm not all that excited about a Henry or 30-30's for that matter. A good bolt 22 and 12 gauge pump would be higher on my list.
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My resolutions for 2017

1) Buy BP revolver and airgun
2) Start work on obtaining a gun permit
3) If first point is fulfilled, buy pistol (is good that in my country do not need additional CCW licence, if someone want carry in public places)

1) Expand food and water supplies in home
2) Start collect silver coins and foreign currencies
3) Better quality tools more light sources and some books would be nice

1) Get additional licence for repair and maintenance electrics up to 1kV and forklift driver licence
2) Spend more time on hiking and wilderness backpacking
3) Refresh Russian language knowledge, start learn German
4) More DIY skills would be practical investment
5) More advanced bushcraft and better knowlegde about fall/winter survival are useful

Vehicles, radios, BOLs etc
1) I dunno, get a bike maybe? But carry them on four floor...
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my number one resolution is to start paying more attention to my mind, body, and soul.

exercising, yoga, meditation, nutrition.

sounds so cliche', but I'm serious.

Since bringing a baby girl into this world with my wife, we have both let our bodies slip while we put all of our everything into our first child who we love so dearly and has so quickly become our whole world. So now, it is only right that we get and stay as healthy as possible for her and for her future, for she will always need us.

plus as a bonus, it wouldn't be so bad to be looking good again, and being fit for if the time comes when SHTF and all I have left is my body to rely on

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1.get my leg sorted out.
2. thinking about a move civilization is creeping up on me,
3. year of the BAR (from OO)
4. calm down. been like a overturned clock spring
5. fit Girlchild a BOV out. (she just got her permit) she found a 51 chevy 1 ton,flat bed, with a NP435 4 speed in it, long throw, she really likes.
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1) get healthier through exercise. Lost a lot of weight being sick.
2) regain more use/feeling of feet from neuropathy. Played college basketball, easily dunked just standing there. now I can't get 3" off the ground.
3) keep everything and everyone running smoothly and healthy.
4) be able to release my death grip on control. I found myself controlling everything I could after being near death. Now it's a little to much, I know it, and trying to take it down a notch.
5) letting those I love know that I love them and let them know how much they mean to me. When was the last time you told your brother or dad that you loved them and not just be in a passing statement. This maybe the last time you talk to them. Do they know?
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Every day that I am not at work I will repair or build something. I've already fixed the kitchen sink pipes, set up a home gym, started converting a barn stall into an indoor chicken coop, added more tools to my collection and reorganized a bunch of my canned goods.
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I should be 100% debt free in March. This will allow me to make a career change away from a high stress occupation. I plan on resigning in April once debt free.

This will give me the time to do the following:

Run 6 to 8 miles a day at least 5 days a week.
Finish some prepper projects not finished.
Improve the garden and diversify what I grow.
Spend more time with the wife and kids.
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Getting in better health - was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago, but am good to go now.

Fix and paint the garden shed, tear down the grainery and greenhouse, fix my main barn, plant more perennial food plants.

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resolution #1: pick up some cheap property during the next republican recession.
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Continue to simplify, prepare by reducing needs.
Spend less time here, more time reading good books.
Have a few fitness related personal bests I'm working on.
Figure out apple ale, ginger beer, a good curry recipe.
Travel a few places while the world still allows it.
Seek truth, no matter how painful it may be to find.
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I just have a list of ongoing stuff, but the main one this year I would say to take my daughter hiking, fishing and camping as much as she will let me.

Plan to stock up on more types of food that we cycle through so we have a solid 6+ months of food we eat daily in addition to our LTS food.

Setup fuel storage next to my shed.
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I tend to make plans rather than resolutions. But I have made one resolution. The same one I made last year.

"Avoid the dirt nap."

It's a resolution I have great incentive to keep.
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:58 AM
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I actually have a resolution for this new year. Cut back on things that cost money to accomplish. Although a great enjoyment in life is in the activity associated with projects and the purchase of objects, I need to only do ones that I already have the material at hand.

No new toys! No wild women! No trips! No gadgets! No building material! No unneeded preps!

This will start just as soon as I finish some concrete work I have planned and also after getting the new hydraulic control valve for my tractor. Though I might also tear down and replace the seal in the wood splitters ram. And a few other tasks but only if I get really bored.
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Stop working so much and ski more.
Go completely organic with my stealth garden.
Plant a whole lot more huckleberry bushes up near one of my favorite hiding spots.
Put optics on the "Big" rifle.
Post more photos here to help out the better posts some of my friends have made.
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Finally get around to expanding the small grow area I have.
Put in a whole mess of blackberries around the property for deterrence and berries
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:37 PM
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For 2017 I really hope to get out of this hole I have allowed myself to fall into after the death of my other half 8 months ago. If we were older and it were natural causes it would have still sucked but at 35 years old I was unprepared for it and have not handled it well! Everything that was being built and positive gains are all but gone.. this year I plan to start from scratch, take a fresh start, a new location and get my **** together!!
Right now taking complete inventory of the house, preps, etc . Thin it down to mostly essentials . Ditch all the BS and start fresh.
Definitely have to put a damper on the alcohol .. that has been getting the best of me for a bit and I didn't even realize it until recently and have been cutting back and controlling it better!
I could go on and on but I think if I can get the other stuff accomplished then a lot of other things will fall into place on their own..
I think 2017 will end up being a lot better year!! I just gotta do my part to make it good!!!
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