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! This week’s emphasis is on Spring cleaning
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
We’ve had fairly mild weather for the past week here at the Rawles Ranch. Despite some recent dustings, the snow is now melting faster than it is accumulating. And of course the days are starting to get longer. We can see spring on the horizon. My darling wife (Avalanche Lily) is getting her typical late winter itch to start the vegetable garden. Given our northern climate, that will be mostly sprouting indoors until March, and then only starts inside the greenhouse until at least May.
On Thursday we rotated our horses and cattle into a new winter pasture. We typically do this in the late winter each year, to get them off of any sodden loafing areas. The intent here is to reduce any risk of hoof rot. As usual, when we turned them out to change pastures there was much joyous galloping around and kicking up of heels (well, hooves, that is). That little ritual is always fun to watch. This time, one of our Jersey cross heifer calves was feeling particularly rambunctious. She started to chase a pair of doe mule deer around the newly-occupied pasture. This brief, playful chase took place on about a foot of compacted snow. Seeing that gave us a good chuckle.
All but one of our pastures at the ranch is partially wooded. In the new pasture there are plenty of clear spots (with no snow) beneath fir and cedar trees. Hopefully these fresh loafing spots will keep hooves healthy.
We have been doing some spring cleaning and organizing at the ranch house. We are all feeling a bit of Cabin Fever. We can hardly wait for the snow to come off. It will be great to be able to get out away from the house and tackle some chores like fence maintenance and firewood cutting.
We have been enjoying reading comments from readers about your preps. Please keep them coming. – Jim Rawles
We are cleaning garden beds and prepping for the early spring harvests and plantings, such as asparagus and onions. Orders are going in for onion sets, since we didn’t get enough seeds put in this fall. The chicken house was also cleaned this week, but we need to do a little smoothing in their run area this week and pull out more of that wonderfully rich compost to spread in the gardens.
On the Kitchen front, the cabinetry has been cleaned and scrubbed. It took longer than anticipated to accomplish this particular task, but the worst is over. We’ll make it through the weekend and on Monday, we’ll begin sheetrock repairs after covering the cabinetry with painters plastic. This will be the hardest part as the kitchen is basically shutdown during these repairs due to the plastic covering everything. Thank goodness for all of those freeze dried meals we put away over the last year!
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.