What Did I Do To Prepared This Week?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure!



By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

ErosionWhat did I do to prepare this week? Preparedness, to me, is all about a “stitch in time saves nine” and after torrential rains this spring that carved 2′ deep erosion ditches into my gravel driveway, that I finally got filled in, well something needed to be done.

Last month I had a guy carve the driveway edge and slope it to help divert runoff. It helped, but 5-6” of pounding rains last week caused more erosion in the same spot as before. So I have been digging a diversion ditch across the gravel driveway this week. I’m using a narrow trenching shovel and attempting to dig through a hundred years of gravel. This is back breaking work! Whew! My back is hurting!





Here is a picture of the ditch so far. I’m filling it with drainage rock to create, I hope, a natural tiling effect that will prevent future erosion. If my back holds out, the plan is to ditch across the driveway and then 150 feet up the side.





deck finished

I thought you might like to see how the side porch turned out. I can tell you that I will never make a finish carpenter! Measure twice and cut once right? I succeeded in messing one board up 3 times and ended up piecing at points because I ran out of long enough boards to complete as I had originally envisioned. But it is done and will last for years with no more maintenance. I had feared I would lose that porch this winter if I let it go any longer – I was actually scared to walk down the steps for fear of going through. Nice and sturdy now and a great place for morning coffee.


Coming up this week, we have articles on Tobaco Preparedness – Roll Your Own Cigarettes, Medical Preparedness from GrammyPrepper, All Around the Web News, Don’t Own A Gun? What Better Time Than The Present?, To Flu Vaccine Or Not, and Heart Attack.

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Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?


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