concerned

was never a conspiracy theorist until 9/11/2001.  And to this day, find it inconceivable that our supposed excellent intelligence system missed that event!  and either that’s true, in which case, our country is far from being as safe as we all hope we are.  OR  they allowed it to happen so “they” could begin to clamp down on civil liberties.

and with what has been happening since, the latter is looking more and more like the reality.

Having been a stupid, know it all, liberal anti-war protestor in the 60’s, I have room in my thinking to give the kids protesting today some slack.  Like us, they find themselves in a situation that they have no control of, and which no one seems to give a damn.

What I don’t understand, is the total support of media with unfactual information.  Am not going to say Fake News, but will say highly edited presentation of stories.  Like, Columbine will be brought up as an example of an AR being used in a school shooting – but not the fact that it happened during a ban on the guns!  Nor will instances of an armed person stopping a shooting from becoming a massacre.  Or the lack of reporting on a shooting involving a basic 10-22 rifle, used by a young man to kill his mother and friend because he wanted to see what it was like to kill someone!  The NRA is criticized, even condemned, but no one deems it necessary to point out that the NRA is the one that lobbied FOR the current background check system. but that the military and local municipalities are the ones failing to report people into it!

and so I’m left with the feeling, that once again, things are being manipulated to give the government more power over us, and the people less civil rights.  In this case, to truly try to disarm the populace.

I certainly do not NEED to own a gun.  I’m not using it in my work.  I’m not using it as part of my livelihood.  I don’t live in a crime ridden area.  Its not how I put food on the table.

But I lock my doors, have a smoke detector, an alarm system, a fire extinguisher, insurance, carry a spare tire.  Not because I intend to use them, but JUST IN CASE I ever need them.  My neighborhood would be considered upper middle class with a few homes being only part time residents.  We’re private.  and we’ve had break ins.  More than a couple.  We have coyotes, bobcats, and rabies in our wild animal population.  We’ve had mountain lions move through regularly on their way to water, and we’ve had bears foraging in the back yard.  We have homeless people camping in the forest regularly.  And the police, unless we are very lucky, are at least 20 minutes away and we no longer have an animal control officer.

So, while I don’t need a gun, I carry one, JUST IN CASE.  And I don’t think its appropriate for someone who lives in the urban environment, who has never been robbed, attacked, or otherwise threatened (over my almost 70 years have been more than once), tell me what I need to be safe.  And until they can answer the question as to how my giving up my right to security and safety is going to keep someone else from breaking the law, in such a way as to demonstrate its necessity, I’m going to argue against this direction of society.

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unexpected consequences

Yesterday fell off my Trike.  and it hurt!

Bought my Trike for several reasons, but one of them was because we live a little more than a mile UPHILL from a year round creek, which would be our only water source when the storage tanks run out, SHTF.  and our 3000 gallons of water storage would only last about a month of garden watering alone if there’s no rain.  Humping gallons of water from the tank would not be fun, but hauling a few gallons at a time with a vehicle would make it all so much easier.

Hence, the Trike.

So yesterday went over that way to see how steep that hill really is and can I get up it with a loaded Trike!

and the short answer is NO

As mentioned in another post gained 25 lbs last year and that puts me close to the max weight allowance for the Trike.  and I don’t have the leg power to assist the motor.  Ended up running backwards, one wheel went off the pavement, swung the bike across the slope and there was no place to go but tip over!

And when I hit the ground, my gun, which is in a belly band off to the side for cross draw, slammed into my arm with all my body weight.  It took me awhile to realize why my arm hurt so much as I don’t think about the gun in that way.

Being 68, am really lucky that I was able to pick the trike up, put the chain back on it, and pedal home, instead of ending up in the hospital with broken bones.  Seem to have just sprained my forearm.  Although last night was wondering if I didn’t need the ER!

So besides having to lose weight, have to get stronger leg muscles, and keep doing those exercises that keep my bones strong!

Which is why prepping is about our health and strength as much as it is about canned goods, dried rice, and water!!

dress for success / camouflage

Been experimenting with wearing the CanCan hip hugger around my waist, today wearing a thinner, snugger sweater

.camoflaluge  as you can see, it doesn’t actually print, but its not exactly concealed, ie camouflaged!  So carrying my purse on that side, wearing a long scarf or a vest would be necessary – but then again – people see want they want to see.  and with a woman would probably be polite enough not to ask, but assume its a phone or some medical device!  Although I think I’ll stick with the scarf, vest, or purse!!

its that time again

Another school shooting and the hue and cry for more gun laws.  Lets not deal with the whys, just the how.  This is not to demean the horror of a school shooting, but it is about not making us all guilty because of a few.  I keep hearing how we shouldn’t judge all undocumented aliens by the actions of a few, but those same people DO judge all gun owners by the actions of a few.

and with a conservative pro gun president in office, it is likely that we won’t see any action on this subject on the large stage.  BUT we will see it on the State Level.

Almost every state now has a local organization that works on the State level as the NRA works on the national level.  And these groups need all our support, even if it is just as a voice to remind our state representatives how we feel.  Bloomberg is throwing money around, offering support to local elected officials who push his agenda.  Last year they were offering $15M towards election campaigns of people who got gun regulations through here in AZ.

This year, as the legislation session begins, we already have one proposal on the floor for making all gun transfers through an FFL (no more buying your kid a 10-22 to get them started), AND making mental competency a requirement.  Who and how that is to be determined remains to be seen (and again, am not FOR people who can’t control themselves being armed), but his first step is if you’ve bought a gun within the last 6 months!  Buying multiple guns is a sign of mental incompetence!!!???!!!  A lot of us would have to be carted off to the loony bin then!  BUT to enforce that, it means keeping records of who is buying what.  IE, gun registration of some sort.

The NRA is not getting involved at this level, nor is the Second Amendment foundation.   This is strictly a grass roots type action.

Our state has been bleeding red for the last 6 years or so.  We’ve gone from private funding of a border fence, to municipalities talking of black listing construction companies from city bids that take part in building the wall!  From having our governor go head to head with the President over SB 1040, a state law regarding deporting illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

On a personal note, I see all our amendment rights being eroded at a dangerous speed.  The second amendment is about physical property so it becomes a rallying point and is obvious.  But we have already reached a point where freedom of speech is being shouted down and banned, depending on who you are and what you want to say.  Where religion and national pride are derided.  There is a natural evolution that we cannot, nor should not, stop.  But there are limits that we need to define, not just as a nation, but as our own personal borders.

The last couple of years has seen my person borders get firmer, while limiting who I let cross those borders.  probably, many of you have seen the same.

does this gun make me look fat?

Despite big talk and bigger expectations, managed to gain 25 lbs last year.  This had an adverse effect on my life from general health, to how I could (or could not) work the garden, and how I carried my gun.  Over the same period became very dissatisfied with using the carry purse.  As nice as it is, its just not on body.  The Can-Can product, the Big Shebang is still my favorite belly band style holster system.  But wearing it around my hips wasn’t working because every time I sat down or bent over, it would ride up in the back.  Since it is the stretch of the elastic that holds the gun securely, that meant constant fussing.

fatgun1Then I found one could wear it around the waist.  Its not the most convenient position for a fast draw, but it is on body, secure and this works with jeans (which I don’t really wear), yoga pants or skirts.  For the rare dress occasion will use the purse.

fatgun2it could be snugger – you can see how it sags, but for at home comfort, this is fine.  Do have another row of eyes to go and when I’m out and about that’s how snug I wear it to be sure the gun is secure.  Remember also, this is a full 4″ revolver – a BIG and HEAVY gun.

practice practice practice

As expensive as ammunition is, adding a laser pistol to your arsenal will set you back a pretty penny.  But this year, bit the bullet as they say, and added a Laserlyte with a couple of laser reactive targets to my routine.  Haven’t had a chance to get to the range for several months now, but even if I could, it is just static practice.

Santa brought me a couple of gong targets, but even they only do so much.

There was a choice between a Laserlyte and a SIRT laser gun.  both are weighted plastic guns that shoot laser light when the trigger is pulled.  The SIRT has more options, but are all pistol.  The Laserlyte also came as a revolver and since I’m a wheel gun woman, that’s what I wanted to work with.

The nice thing about these training guns is the ability to use them at home.  Practice draw and shoot. practice moving and shooting. practice in low light conditions. practice getting up from bed with your flashlight in the dark. practice from the hip shots, single hand shots, stop and aim shots.

They still lack certain aspects of live ammo – like noise, kick, and even the weight is a little light.  BUT, they are useful to develop muscle memory, stance, and just practice, practice, practice in places where you are most likely to need your self-defense skills.

2018

Find it hard to believe how fast time seems to pass as we get older.  Find it hard, sometimes, to comprehend how I got to be 68 years old and its already 2018!

Over the years, have seen the world dance close to the ‘edge’, and then dance back.  Right now we seem to be dancing closer than ever and as one problem gets solved, we’re facing so many more.  And so prepping continues as well as concerns for our personal health and well being.  The better we are individually, the better we can cope with what ever gets thrown at us.

Unfortunately, starting in 2016, began having some fairly serious arthritis flairs, and admit let that get to me.  And in doing that, let my exercise and diet guidelines go.  Now I face the future overweight and uncomfortable.  So one of my goals for this coming year is to bring that somewhat under control.  Am not crippled by my arthritis, but if I don’t lose 80 lbs, I might find that to be the case in the very near future!

The arthritis and my weight have also cramped my shooting; from how I can carry to how well I can hold and trigger my guns.  My practice has been using a laserlyte revolver – more on that in another post.

I wish you all an achievement of your goals in the coming year.  Health and happiness be yours.