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,
It finally feels like spring! We had three days of nice sunny weather this week. Our order of baby chicks arrived in the mail from Murray McMurray.
With all this good weather, I was able to finish scraping and hauling manure from the barnyard. There are still two large corrals to be mucked out, but at least the barnyard now looks presentable.
I was also able to get out and cut some firewood. I should mention that I plan to cut one additional cord this year, since last year I hadn’t cut quite enough for a hard winter, and we had to use a bit of our reserve pile.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week I did some more work in the garden by spreading some fertilizer to boost the soil’s nutrition. Maybe more on that later. Our nights are at the freezing mark. But the forecast is for warmer temperatures for the end of April. So I’m thinking about planting our main garden plots in the first two weeks of May. Hooray!
I did move cucumber seedlings, broccoli and some tomatoes out to the Greenhouse last week. The tomatoes and broccoli and cucumbers were all put under the hoops in the “greenhouse within a greenhouse”, but the temps got too low out there and the cucumbers died. The broccoli and tomatoes have survived it. Thus I will be again, planting cucumber seeds in the bedroom greenhouse, this coming week.
I brushed our horses, again, to help rid them of their winter coats. They adore me for giving them this kind of attention. One of our horses in particular, is a hairy monster. This horse sheds boxes and boxes of hair every spring. It takes me a month and a half of regular brushings every year to get it’s hair level to it’s summer coat. It’s amazing. The others are just about to their summer coats by this time.
Picking up the baby chicks at the post office, setting up their enclosures (we use old “leaker” low sheep stock tanks), setting up heat lamps, and training them all to drink (dipping their beaks in electrolyte water) took half a day.
With the recent good weather and upcoming fishing season, I’ve decided to learn a new skill: fly fishing for trout in our local streams and rivers. I bought a basic fly rod this week and spent a few hours watching a group of YouTube Beginner Fly Fishing tutorials (produced by Orvis) and personal trout fishing expeditions in the Northwest. Then I went outside to practice my dry fly casting in one of our pastures. It didn’t take me too long to get the gist of it. Now to perfect it and to study up more on flies and baits. I can’t wait for the opening of the 2018 stream and river fishing season!
The children are still working on schooling, but took some time out this week to practice their shooting aim with their bows and arrows and slingshots.
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Thanks, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
We were able to get some weeding accomplished at the Latimer Homestead this past week as several beds were cleared, measured, and marked in spite of high winds that made it difficult to work outside in the afternoons. We had begun work on our main vegetable garden water lines to adjust them for the changes in our annually rotated and modified garden water system when I had an accident with a box cutter. Sarah teases that I don’t do anything half way, and so this was no little cut up my arm. After a good deal of bleeding and many deep stitches, I probably won’t be working on the water system for a few more days.
Sarah was willing to sew me up but was glad she could get me in quickly to our local doc instead. She stayed right by my side and helped keep pressure on the wound to minimize blood loss during the hour or so it took before the procedure and then she watched the procedure carefully. (We don’t like to miss any learning opportunities, in the event at some point we don’t have access to their excellent care and have to deal with these kinds of accidents ourselves.) It’s our hope that with the family’s help, we will get back to the garden water system, laying of plastic mulch, and planting in this primary vegetable garden in the week ahead.
We are enjoying the growth of other veggies in the smaller garden thus far but need to get past the obstacles of weather, injuries, and projects to put this garden in! We’re determined! Also, this week, it’s time for a vet visit to do a well check on animals. After the excitement of this week, we’re especially grateful for our good country docs who look after our family and our animals!
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.