In life, there is a time for everything. There is a time for a boy to become a man or a girl to become a woman. There is a time when the last frost has passed and it is time to put seeds in the ground. There is a time to work hard and a time to relax. There is a time to plan and a time to execute the plan. This is the time of year when we count our blessings while forgeting our woes.

For me, I am thankful for many things this year.  Both my wife and I are healthy as are our two cats and one dog. Both our companies are doing well and business is strong. Our extended family is also healthy and appear economically prosperous, given the horrible economy.

As to prepping, we are never where we want to be. Regardless, a lot of progress has been made this year. I put up > 50 of food and > 20 days of water, with the ability to collect and filter even more water. For security, I feel my weapons and ammo are at good levels and the security system finally got installed. I took a first aid course, disaster preparedness course as well as fully stocked several first aid kits. The generator and gas stores are at target levels and refeshed. There are two levels of backup heat options and one cooling option. In the financial area, I purchased physical silver as well as put away cash in the bank and safe deposit box. If we need to evacuate, we have a much better vehicle this year along with the supplies necessary to be effective (cats and dog are still an issue, but a solvable one).  I sleep better at night with these things accomplished.

Overall, it is a pretty successful year and my blessings are many. Count your blessings and forget your shortfalls, for now. The first of the year is coming when we can beat ourselves up for not accomplishing all our goals while setting new goals for 2012.

What are you thankful for?


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