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Monday, April 22, 2013


I was watching some of BugOutVehicles videos this morning.  He tends to be very cerebral and yet gives encouragement for people to be prepared and not let THINGS get in the way of being physically and mentally prepared for the worst times ahead.  He uses the term Zero to mean Goal  Zero...  Zero dependency on others or government for our survival and comfort. 

My Goal Zero is to become off grid and owning no one for anything.  My husband and I sat down and talked about what it would require to do that.  Let's think about it. 

1. We (own) a house.  Not true as we owe more than half of the value of it still. So we don't really own it at all.  If we miss a few payments we would lose our home and our equity in it.

2.  Utilities are a burden and it would be very hard to live in the city without them.  Most utility companies require you to pay deposits and at the very least minimum charges to live in your homes or the social services and or child protective services could get involved.  You cannot build fires in your backyard in our area except in barbeque grills.  We have to pay city sewerage bills whether we use it or not.  We also have to pay for stormwater drainage.  In effect that means we are paying for the rain.  We also use natural gas for our heat and we have to pay minimum on that even in hot weather.  So you can see how much we are in monthly debt to our utilities companies.  That doesn't include the real estate taxes which pay for city services and schools.

3.  We are constantly reminded that we live under government rule whether it is local, state or federal all the time.  We can't burn anything in a burn barrel, we can't have chickens, we can't leave anything for the trash collection on our driveway a few days ahead, we can't water the yard or garden when they say we can't.  We have to have our grass mowed even when we are on vacation, etc. etc. etc.
We are just fed up with all the rules and restrictions and we don't even live in a restricted neighborhood.  Our city is just very restrictive and we would love to get away from these restrictions.
Of course you can't discharge firearms in the city limits so you can't even target practice much less hunt nearby.

4.  We have had people stealing parts off of vehicles, bicycles, rototillers, etc from our yard and garage.  I am really fed up with the area.  They even came with bolt cutters and tried to cut the chain that we had our small trailer locked up to a tree.  The neighbor across the street stopped him but didn't call the police.  My husband had his Snapon tool chest full of tools stolen by someone who broke into our garage.   I am ready to live in the country!

5.  Now that I am finished with most of the negatives let me start telling you what I want to happen in my and my family's future.......  I want to live where is no state income tax.  We pay out thousands every year in State Income tax in VA.

6.  I want to live where there are no restrictions on the type of home, or how much water we can use, or whether we can burn our trash, or whether we can hunt on our own land.

7.  I want to get rid of monthly utility bills.  Yes I know it costs a lot to drill a well and dig a septic system.  We already have part of our solar electric system and will have to buy our batteries yet. 

8.  I would like to have privacy from prying eyes looking down at us for having our grass 3 inches high.  I would like to have a place you can't see from the street so theives won't see our equipment and trailers and not be tempted to steal from us.

9.  I would like to be able to not worry about making those mortgage payments.  Not worry about being laid off from a job.

10. And most of all we will be drinking well water instead of city water which is full of toxic chemicals and is still dirty when it comes out of your tap.   I would like to eat food grown in clean ground and raised from heirloom non genetically modified seeds.  Being in a rural area would hopefully be cleaner air by being away from the millions of cars in our present area and being where there are a lot of trees to produce a lot of oxygen.  I also want my CHICKENS!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, folks, now you know what I want to get rid of out of my life and what I want to bring into my life.  I heard something recently which I would like to do and that is to set in my mind what I want for myself and concentrate on getting it and thank God for allowing me to get it and I will.

I hope you all can decide what you want for yourselves and find a way to get it.

Have a great and happy journey to your future!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

January 2013 - A New Beginning

The Mayan Calender said December 12, 2012 was the end of the one cycle but said nothing about the future.  Obviously it is the beginning of a new cycle.  Now what will this new cycle bring?  Is it going to just happen and have nothing to do with us or do we have an influence on it by our actions, our thoughts, and our emotions?

I have been doing a little browsing on the net watching a few you tube videos here and there and have really started to realize that every action, thought and feeling we have has far expanding circles of reactions.  Wasn't it Einstein who said that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction?
Think about it.......isn't it just physics to admit that for every good deed we do that there will be a reaction by those who are good to pass it on.   But think about those that are bad will they dislike our good deeds and do the opposite action which is evil deeds and try to nullify our good deeds.  Yes I believe that can happen.   I see our great country being dominated by the minority of evil do-ers.  If one person doesn't believe in God and speaks out against prayer in public settings or the Ten Commandments in the court houses or a Nativity Scene in a park then they always seem to win the battles almost by default because no one wants to be politically incorrect.  But if the Islamic community wants to do something the government protects them.  I have no problem with the Islamic believers being protected but what I want to ask is why aren't the Christians and Jews protected just the same?   Why can one complaint from an atheist shut down Caroling in the park when the Muslims can lay down their prayer rugs no matter where they are and pray at their appointed times? 

Christians and our Jewish brethren need to stand up for our rights under the Constitution to be able to practice our faith in a possitive way.  We need to march with permits on Congress praying for a return to the original intentions of our fore fathers to allow us to believe in the God of our choice and be able to practice our faith without interference from the Government of our great nation.  We pray for our Congress, and our President and our Supreme Court to have Gods wisdom and blessings to run  our country for the benefit of all citizens of any religion or faith or even those who don't wish to believe in God at all.  Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and all other faiths have the benefit of the faith based community praying for good and blessing for all who call this country home.  I think this is where it was meant to love your enemies, turn the other cheek, and bless those that would despitefully use you comes in.  I believe if we start praying for good things and always pray for possitive things then we will spread out in circles that will be hard for those who hate to have a leg to stand on. 

Hatred is evil and harmful not only to those that are hated but to those who do the hating.  This new year is a chance to spread love and goodness that may make a change to our country that will be
overwhelming to the evil do-ers.  We may even be able to change a few of them to stop hating and start loving their fellow man. 

What do you say, should we try it? Should we make a stand for good and love and hope for our nation?  Maybe bring back some of the values of the past that were good like having faith based families and homes.  Like teaching our children to love and do good deeds just for the sake of doing them.  How about we teach more of our kids to have good old fashioned manners like opening doors for the elderly and picking up things that someone drops and handing it back to them.  What about saying please and thank you and excuse me.  How about not interupting when someone else is talking?  There are a lot of old fashioned manners that would maybe make our children more able to cope with the world around them.  I see nothing but rudeness, hate, and foul language coming from the youth of today.  That is exactly what the evil do-ers want to see.  We need to take up the call to change our children's attitudes and manners. 

Yes, I know I am old fashioned and ridiculous but I have just spoken in this post what I believe and pray will start happening in our country.  I think it would make a huge difference.  Maybe if we could change how our kids and how we act ourselves then the politicians could stop their  nastiness and maybe they would look at our country in a different light.  Like what kind of a country are they legislating for our childrens, and grandchildrens future.

Well, whether you believe or not I want to pray for you all that read this and pray for blessings for you all.  Remember that if you put out positive thoughts it will return to you in the future in ways that will surprise you!