Calamity’s Corner

It’s that time again! We love to hear from readers. So sit and chat awhile!

What are your New Year’s goals? What are your plans to hit those goals? Like I always say, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Tell friends and family members about your goals, so they can help you stay on track. Or tell us! We’ll keep your opsec. Set some concrete milestones and write them down in your calendar. That way you can keep yourself accountable.

For instance, Hubby and I are working this year to up the emergency money stash to a full 3 months worth of expenses.  We’re at about a half a month’s worth right now, if we hit our savings goals for the next 2 months we will have 1 month’s expenses, another couple months after that we could be up to 2. It helps me to break something of this magnitude down into weeks, and specific goals. In our case, if we’re going to go over budget somewhere, it’s likely the grocery line.  I know this because I review our budget vs actual every month. So every week if I keep my focus on that one part, and we hold steady on everything else, we’re quite likely to hit our monthly goals.  I don’t have to worry about the next 6 months worth of financial goals and austerity, I just have to focus on one week at a time, follow our budget and re-evaluate every month. Totally doable.

Are you setting up your Bug Out Location this year? Bulking up your food storage? Curious about a new survival skill? Shout out in the comments!

– Calamity Jane

22 comments… add one
  • Calamity Jane January 9, 2014, 10:52 am

    Ok I’ll start!
    I mentioned my financial goal. There’s a larger overarching goal associated with that one, but I think I’ll post about that next week.

    I also am working towards a full inverted pose in my yoga practice. I am thinking maybe shoulder stand, but I’ve told my yoga instructor about the goal and I’ll see where she leads.

    I’m going to aim for a couple of 5k’s this year. With the goal of whittling down my time to something more respectable. 30 minutes? 25 minutes?

    I want to get in more practice with my bow this year. I want to log at least a couple of hours every week this summer.

    My eldest needs to learn to swim this year. At least a head above water doggy paddle.

    Those should keep me pretty busy this year. :)

  • Roseman January 9, 2014, 11:14 am

    We have allocated an additional percentage of our budget for prep items be they food, ammunition or other tangable assets.
    Also are planning to go to the range monthly for target practice.
    We will be giving our grown children gift certificates for the pistol class required as a pre req for obtaining their cc licence.

  • Babycatcher January 9, 2014, 12:01 pm

    Top of the list, getting my CC permit, although when it HTF, it really won’t matter. I just need the training. I’ve never had it. The other biggie is a grain mill. I think we will be getting the country mill, because we could mechanize it, if needed. For now, it would be by hand. The third, is learning to play the piano, so we can have church here, if necessary. I play guitar, drums and mountain dulcimer, piano would be an extra.

    • Calamity Jane January 10, 2014, 9:14 am

      I want to get some training with handguns too. I’ve never even held a handgun. I think I looked into it once and the nearest range was an hour away. With 2 little children I’ve shelved it for now, but good for you for going for it. I lean heavily towards that Country Mill too. I hear nothing but good about it.

      • irishdutchuncle January 10, 2014, 1:25 pm

        unfortunately, too many people say “I’ve never even held a handgun” as a prideful statement. I’m glad you’re not one of those…
        good luck with all of your goals for the year.

  • Papa "J" January 9, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I dislike “New Year Resolutions” unless they are something you just thought of. Why wait until Jan. 1st to start if you knew back in June or Sept. that you needed to do something about whatever. I’m continuing in the path that I have set out years ago to be more self reliant and learning the old ways of doing thing from scratch. I have however gotten out of shape for various reasons over the years and have needed to exercise more. Started several months ago and will continue to get better at it. This is my very big prepping flaw and I know it.

  • Pineslayer January 9, 2014, 4:18 pm

    My only goal is to try and keep up the insane pace for another year.
    Projects upon projects.
    If I have one goal that will make me happy, it is to put a couple thousand miles on the van seeing more of this great country.

  • Jarhead Survivor January 9, 2014, 4:33 pm

    I want to stop procrastinating in certain areas of my life. I’m going to start attacking hated tasks head on!

    The Road Less Traveled and all that jazz.

    • irishdutchuncle January 10, 2014, 1:14 pm

      failures have a way of cascading…
      I didn’t quite get around to protecting a couple of pipes from the cold. (mother-in-law’s house) the plumbers had to be called in. one of them may have left the oil burner switch off, resulting in an oh-three-hundred phone call to the heater man… (03:00 am)
      …and the day is still young. so yeh, procrastinating isn’t working out for me either.

  • Elaine January 9, 2014, 8:03 pm

    CC permit tops the list, continuing to work on fitness, retry chickens with a better coop to keep the predators out, breed rabbits, work on establishing a bigger teotwawki co-op (this is tough for me, I am shy and have trust issues ;) )

    • Calamity Jane January 10, 2014, 9:17 am

      Yea, I love me some armed women. Go get it! Having rabbits and chickens around could help with the meeting like-minded people. Once you get to the point where you have excess meat or eggs or something, barter could be an ice breaker.

  • Francesca Steele January 9, 2014, 9:34 pm

    Very inspiring thanks for sharing. I haven’t worked in several years to raise my kids – so this year I’m taking a curriculum that should produce a certificate in editing and publishing. This should lead to independent employment when I’m done, can’t count on the system that is in place to be there in the future. If anyone want’s to publish… contact me in several months. ( I used to write user manuals for a manufacturing company and was a book buyer for a camera retailer) I hope I can finish before SHTF.

  • Mrs. B January 9, 2014, 10:56 pm

    I didn’t do any New Years resolutions per se’. My goal this year is to maintain my “upright” status and keep doing what I do. I am trying not to get caught up with things I cannot control. I am trying to be more patient. I pray the kids find work to sustain themselves and their families. ObamaCare Sucks. There I said it.

    It would be nice to afford a “vacation.” I would like to take the motorcycle to Montana and see Idaho.

    On the homefront, I want to learn to make sausage. I would like to put away more food and can more this year. I would like to raise some pigs this year and smoke some hams and bacon. YUM. Then there’s the garden…..

    • Calamity Jane January 10, 2014, 9:19 am

      Ooooh I’ve been intrigued by sausage making. I saw them do it on a Masterchef episode this fall and I thought it didn’t look too hard, of course I don’t have a casing machine, and I don’t know what those run… Good luck!

  • pete 2 January 10, 2014, 8:57 am

    My husband set our priority goal for this year. Wants me to get my back fixed whatever it takes. Have buldging disks and arthritis along with fibromyalgia. I take one day at a time and need to get well to keep everyone else going. The preps are all done by me although he is on board. Other goal half met is my husband quit his job of 15yrs. Gives him access to the 401k so taking part of the money to pay off mortgage we took for sons college. Previously had it paid off for a year. Taking a big hit tax wise to do it but the piece of mind is well worth it. He quit job after he had another lined up.
    Other goal is to use my new canner for the first time. Have never canned before. Any suggestions for something easy to can for the 1st time. I am thinking meats or soup.

    • Calamity Jane January 10, 2014, 9:21 am

      Veggies and fruit are actually easier to can than soups and meats. Something like peaches, all you have to do is get the skin off, cut into halves, pop into jars and pour boiling hot sugar water over them, then can. Meats and soups have trickier instructions because of safety factors.

      • pete 2 January 10, 2014, 4:40 pm


        can I use the pressure canner for the fruits? I don’t have a bath canner. Thanks. Oh and pete is my cats I live in the north east so will have to wait for peaches. The town has a peach festival every year. I will try that when they are in season.

  • gat31 January 10, 2014, 6:32 pm

    well this year we are looking for a second house to actually buy as the one we are in can’t be sold yet. We will be splitting up the family so to speak and have 2 in the new place. Since l’m one of the 2, l will be able to have a little more freedom when it comes to gardening, chickens, and (hopefully) rabbits. l’m trying a new system of saving money so by this time next year l should have a descent nest egg to purchase a couple big ticket items.
    l’m continuing my “little to no space” gardening techniques and even considering doing a pamphlet or downloadable reader book complete with pictures showing different ways to garden with little space. With my crazy work schedule lately this is about all l can realistically tackle. Good luck to everyone in obtaining your goals this year.

  • Ned Ludd January 12, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I am currently putting the finishing touches on a bee hive (writing this while the primer dries) so learning beekeeping is a biggie for me. Eliminating the last $1800 in outstanding debt is on the top of the list for Jan – Mar. Increasing the yield from my small suburban plot of land with more long term storage crops like squash, potatoes, cabbage & onions…also learning how to make fermented & pickled foods with the bounty.

    • Badger359 January 14, 2014, 5:41 pm

      We put up some sauerkraut over the holidays, My lemoncello is about finish, so I’ll be bottling that this week. My lee lead smelter for casting came also. We reduced our electrical bill 17% through the cold and ice storm we got here in north Texas, by using some of our off grid heating sources, kinda fun really, made one feel good about them selves.

  • Alegandron January 13, 2014, 9:27 am

    Love this blog. Read and lurk everyday. 1st time comment now.


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