Many of you know that I left my position as Salvage Master with a major international salvage company last year but I did not bother to mention why I made that decision. This was a major step towards completing my preparations for whatever might come down the pipe. Outwardly, it didn't make a lot of economic sense to leave a position for another for less than a third of the salary and benefits but I had already been stranded in a third-world hell-hole for many months on more than one occasion and do not want to take that chance any more now that the shit is sliding faster towards the fan. It has truly been a blessing to be at home with my family for the first real time in nearly thirty years. We have put in a garden, an orchard, a fish farm, a rabbit farm, bees, an arbor, and have been steadily whittling away at the unending list of other items required for self-sufficiency with a vengance. I have been fortunate enough to have a small community of preppers and we have been helping one another to survive the collapse of our economic system and most anything else that develops. We have enough to share with all of our extended families and this is by design. We have goals and are working very hard to reach them. God has been very kind to us. Today, I gave my step-son a BOB. I also gave him a hand-gun with ammo and extra magazines and a 12 gauge pump with an assortment of ammo. Yesterday, I baked bread after grinding flour with our mill. We had a fine meal that came entirely from our labor, a few seeds, and what we could catch. I think that salt and yeast were the only store-bought things we used. I can regulate the production of our rabbits and fish to several times what we actually eat and have already bartered meat for labor on a coiuple of occassions. When I said that prayers were needed, I do not mean to ask for anything for myself but I want to ask you to pray to give thanks for the ability to plan and prepare for the things beyond our control We always seem to take it for granted, the many blessings that we have been given and blessed we surely are.Those of us that refuse to hide our heads in the sand and wait for what we are entitled too, are the blessed few. I want to remember to thank god for the means to solve so many problems> this is not going to be an easy row to hoe, my friends, but with hard work and planning, we can not only survive difficult times but we can maintain our dignity and humanity and charity. May god bless you one and all. PS My darling wife is having three vertebrae replaced in her neck this Thursday and I would really appreciate a little prayer there too.