What did I do to prep this week….

A Year of Change and an Attitude of Gratitude!

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin




What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor


This time between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be a time of reflection for me, given the long winter nights and perpetual snow in the North Country. A time to consider what has worked this year, what hasn’t, changes both good and bad, and plans and projects for the coming new year.

Last year at this time, I was contemplating death not life; not very positive, eh? I was in a strange town, alone, isolated from family and friends. Strokes and a car accident have left me disabled, feeling useless and adrift. I had thrown myself into gardening, for health, exercise and sanity. That led me to perusing the internet on homesteading which led me to preparedness. Preparedness is an old homesteading concept repackaged for the 21st century, in my humble opinion. And that journey eventually led me to Modernsurvivalonline.com and Rourke.

Life makes strange twists and turns. I got a new boyfriend and that rekindled my ex-husband’s passion and we are together again, better than it has ever been. The difference? Acceptance—on both our parts :-). My experience and passion for homesteading, and being old, led Rourke to offer me an opportunity to help others through Seasonedcitizenpreppers. And all of this has changed my outlook over this past year to one of Gratitude.

Gratitude for YOU, the subscribers of SCP! How you have changed my life for the better! That old feeling of uselessness and self-pity has been replaced with a new zest for life and Hope! Your comments mean so much to me, our editors-at-large, and Rourke. I was thinking about the tens of thousands of years worth of knowledge we have here on SCP. And how if every one of YOU shared just one bit of that knowledge over the next year with the rest of us, how much better we would all live for that sharing!

And talk about sharing! Have you gone over to our sister-site, Modernsurvivalonline.com and looked at all the wonderful free preparedness ebooks that Rourke has on that site?! If you too are learning from and enjoying this site, I ask that you share it with your online friends, “Hey, I found this great website, seasonedcitizenprepper.com, check it out, I think you will like it!”

And resolutions? Well, I quit smoking in 2012 and gained the obligatory 20 lbs. In 2013, I will lose that 20 lbs.! I will make a conscious effort to be grateful for whatever the Lord chooses to bless me with this year. And I will try to bring you, my friends here at SCP, the best possible content I can come up with! And sometimes, part of prepping is taking the time to contemplate what you have, and who you have in your life, and appreciating that with an Attitude of Gratitude!

Preview of the week to come…

  • Like flowers? How about a few that can add to your health? Hmmmmm…..
  • Whooooooo…….Whoooooooooooo……. (that’s just a hint)
  • Link to a massive survival library  (not Rourke’s at MSO)
  • Household/Kitchen safety as a prep concept
  • More recipes
  • More downloads
  • Spouse doesn’t like guns?

Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prep?


A smile for you…

Big Smile

Cold is a relative thing ya know….

At 65 degrees, Arizonans turn on the heat. People in Minnesota plant gardens.
At 60, Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in Minnesota sunbathe.
At 50, Italian & English cars won’t start. People in Minnesota drive with the windows down..
At 40, Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats. People in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt.
At 35, New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold.
At 20, People in Miami all die. Minnesotans close their windows.
At 0, Californians fly away to Mexico . People in Minnesota get out their winter coats.
At 10 below zero, Hollywood disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in Minnesota are selling cookies door to door.
At 20 below, Washington DC runs out of hot air. (Ya think? Nah.). People in Minnesota let their dogs sleep indoors.
At 30 below, Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Minnesotans get upset because they can’t start the snowmobile.
At 40 below, ALL atomic motion stops. People in Minnesota start saying…”Cold enough for ya, eh?”
At 50 below, hell freezes over. Minnesota public schools will open 2 hours late.




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