To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
This week I wrapped up my wood cutting and splitting project. It feels good to be finally done–at least for this year!
On Wednesday, Lily and I took a road trip to buy an antique Winchester .30-30 saddle ring carbine (circa 1898) from an estate.
On that same trip, I dropped by a Costco store to buy some copies of my latest book. But they didn’t yet have any at the store that we visited. I’ve been told that other a few scattered Costcos have put them out before the revised Costco release date. They are being sold for just under $15 dollar per copy. For a large-format hardcover fully-illustrated 240-page book, that is a great deal. I’ve also heard that the stores are only receiving 25 copies. Therefore, I predict that hey will sell out muy rapido. The book should be widely available by late next week. It’s full retail price will be $24.99 USD. Thanks for your patience!
Now on to the more loquacious Lily.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Oh My goodness, on Monday noon, I was looking around the ranch, indoors and out, and everywhere I looked, Aaagh! There is something that needs to be done: Prune the raspberries, pick the raspberries, harvest the beans, freeze or can the beans, trim the branches on a trail, water in the greenhouse, water the large pots with the acorn squash in them, make apple sauce, preserve the peaches, prepare the cabbage, blanche it and freeze it. Can cabbage be dehydrated? (Yes, it can. I looked it up and it’s simple, Phew!), weed the broccoli, pull the thistles, again in the corn patch in the Annex garden, move the waterers around, do the dishes, vacuum the house, wash the floors, fold the laundry, thaw out meat for dinner, cut up and dehydrate the zukes. Rototill the Annex gardens. Plant the fall and winter crops in the greenhouse. (It is getting very late in the season.) What else? Wash the planter pots and trays, put up re-bar stakes around the tomato patch to erect hoops to put plastic over to protect tomatoes from colder nights to prolong their growing season.
This all ran through my mind after I had already fed the animals, had my Bible study, a half-hour bike ride, carried four loads of branches from a pruned trail to a burn pile, folded two loads of laundry, did the morning dishes, turned the eggs in the incubator, showered, brushed teeth, vitamins. Of course, this was not all done in the aforementioned order.
This is a crazy busy time of the year. I’m happy to do all of this. I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything. I just want more time and more energy to do it!
This week the girls and I weeded our very large tomato patch. The girls also weeded the yellow beans and kale beds. I weeded my herb garden.
I started to prune out the spent canes in the Golden Raspberry patch.
I harvested and dehydrated two quarts worth of broccoli, twelve heads of cabbage, and a good quantity zucchini and cucumbers.
I harvested yellow beans.
I harvested our Transparent apples and turned them into canned applesauce. I boiled down the water that I had boiled the apples in, into four quarts of apple jelly.
I harvested more French Green beans and pressure canned eleven pints.
Dehydrated and froze assorted sweet peppers.
I squeezed five pounds of store-bought lemons and froze their juice in ice cube trays.
I searched for other ways to preserve cucumbers and found that one can juice them and freeze the juice in ice cubes to use in smoothies or other drinks. So I made two batches.
I have a patch of volunteer garlic that I harvested this week. They are a lot smaller than the others but are still garlic!
Jim and I, traveled to a local city for some business and some serious shopping. We bought a couple of cases of Tuna fish, a few blocks of Cheddar cheese, a case of Almond butter, mustard, Basmati rice, TP, paper towels, Laundry soap, Dish soap, salmon to freeze and hopefully can later, lemons, avocados, Sweet peppers, apples and grapes for fresh eating, potato and corn chips, a large amount of wide mouth quart jars and regular mouth pint jars. One can never have enough canning jars! I really prefer wide mouth pint jars, but since very few are to be found these days, regular mouth jars must suffice. We bought some clothes that we needed for ourselves and for the girls.
As I write this, the next batch of meat chicken eggs in the incubator are rocking and peeping when I check on them and encourage them through make peeping sounds to them. (It’s always exciting to us to have babies being born.) They’re eager to hatch out and join this world. Therefore, within the next 24 hours we should have more baby chickies about us. I am praying for a much higher hatching success rate.
Update: As of Friday night two have hatched and twenty or more have holes in their shells and are working hard to get out. It’s looking like we will have a good hatch rate. I’m still praying, though.
Each morning this week, I studied the book of Matthew through e-Sword and then I listened to each chapter being read aloud in Hebrew while following along in English. I just love it.
The girls and I, are being quite diligent about riding our bikes every morning after the sun rises and shines in our valley.
Life is very good here. Honestly, if we didn’t have our computers/Internet, we would never know that things out in the world are not looking well. Except for posting comments and quick looks at the news and my favorite YouTube channels, I’ve been away from the computer most of the day. It is definitely more freeing and peaceful.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
o o o
As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.