To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
A lot of the accumulated snowfall has melted, here at the Rawles Ranch. But the weather forecast shows a couple of weak storm system approaching, promising a mixture of rain and snow, for the next couple of weeks. But at least it looks like I won’t have to do a lot of snowplowing. I don’t plan to be outdoors for much more than just feeding the livestock, toting firewood, and checking on the stock tanks. This a good time of year for those indoor projects.
The Drafty Door
With the recent cold weather, Avalanche Lily noticed a bit of a cold draft coming under our bedroom door, from the hall. This is because whomever built the house had apparently hung the door with eventual deep pile carpeting in mind, leaving a hefty 1.25-inch gap beneath it. I first considered adding a thicker threshold piece, but I realized that we’d just be tripping over it. So instead, I solved this problem by extending the bottom of the door. I used Torx head power screws and my trusty Dewalt to attach a 1″-square wood furring strip and then a broom style vinyl-and-pile door sweep. (I was careful to first drill pilot holes for the screws, to prevent the furring strip from splitting.) Problem solved.
Our local farrier was out to the ranch a few days ago, for hoof trims on our horses. The horses (and their hooves) are doing well, despite the alternating wet and cold weather this year.
Ordering Time, Again
This time of year is also dominated by planning for spring and summer gardening and livestock. Avalanche Lily has been sitting near the woodstove, pouring over her catalogs. She just placed an order for some non-hybrid gardening seeds and more blueberries and some yellow raspberries. She also placed an order for four swarms of bees, for our hives. We are getting Russian queen bees this year. (We’ll be picking those “split” swarms up in late April.) After weeks of deliberation, we decided on our next poultry order, from the Murray McMurray hatchery, in Iowa. This year we will be getting a straight run of 80 more chickens, a smaller batch of a different variety of turkeys, and an experimental batch of smaller game birds. Delivery of the peepers is expected at our post office in early April. They always promise two-day delivery. But given our remote locale, it is usually three or four days. For several successive years, we’ve received the call from the post office on a Saturday morning. But thankfully, very few chicks have perished in transit.
We are looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps, this winter. – Jim Rawles
This week, the Latimer’s Homestead had a bit of a dud in its preparedness efforts. A virus took its toll and slowed us down quite a lot. We did get some of our storehouse pulled and cleaned, but it was only a fraction of what we’d intended. The chicken pen is still in need of cleaning and more. So, this week we will pick up where we left off and try to get this work completed, as our strength is increased.
Our illness, we are quite sure, is a direct result of our break in our standard protocol. We got lax on our preventative doses of elderberry syrup and intermingled with a group we knew had been ill and apparently were still contagious. This experience reminds us of how important good hygiene, preventative measures, and natural health care will be in TEOTWAWKI!
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.