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!
We had a busy week. One house guest was staying here, and we are making preparations for two more to arrive.
I kept very busy with my writing, but still carved out some time for some gunsmithing. This was assembling another AR for one of our grandchildren. I also had to transport some hay cutting equipment. And I helped Lily dry pack some bulk foods. Oh, and I shipped out some mail order boxes. All but seven lots of the more than 200 lots in my “HK Extravaganza” over at the FALFiles Marketplace have now sold. I also listed five HK 91 rifles for sale there, in a separate “WTS” post. And two of those rifles have already sold. One nice thing about the FALFiles Marketplace is that so many folks there like to trade. That is my preferred modus operandi, whenever it can be mutually beneficial.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Another very busy week here at the Rawles Ranch! In the Annex garden, I have weed whacked then mowed two thirds of it. My wonderful husband rototilled it and the girls and I have been spreading manure, Epsom salts, and gypsum. We still need to spread many more loads of manure in this coming week and rototill it under, and then plant. We have bought 6 by 300 feet of fabric underlayment to spread over the beds for weed control. We plan to plant some faster growing crops. The whole area is something around a 50 by 100 foot plot. It will need several years more of manure spreading to get the soil in good condition. The other third of the area still needs to be weed whacked and mowed. (Mowing to chop up the weed-whacked felled vegetation to provide more nutrients in the soil. ) Then it needs to be roto-tilled. I may just spend the summer building up it’s soil. It’s just a lot of work. Last year I had planted potatoes, beans, corn and beans in this area, and we didn’t have the greatest harvest. Therefore more soil building is in order.
I spent a few mornings weeding and re-mulching with straw in the main garden. I replanted a few areas that had thin seedling growth of French beans, cabbage, and Alaskan Corn. In other words the few bare spots where the seeds didn’t come up, I replanted. I need to weed the potato patch and put in another layer of straw mulch on the beans, etc.
Strawberries are doing great and will begin to ripen by the end of this week, I think. The Mandan corn is three inches high.
The horses were worked and ridden by Eloise and a visiting friend.
A large order of nuts, raisins, and other items were received, packed away, and organized this past week.
A friend of ours who we’ve tried to witness to, died suddenly in a vehicular collision with a deer in the past week. I am very, very upset about it. If you haven’t called in the name of Jesus and repented of all sins you have ever committed, then you have no promise of eternal life with the Father God. We do not know the day or hour that we will die. Death seals our fate with God. We either belong to Him or we don’t. Please don’t procrastinate. Get on your knees and pray in Jesus’ name, confess all the sins you remember and ask Jesus to cover the ones you don’t recall. Ask Him to help you turn away from them. Ask Jesus into your heart and give Him your life. Get a Bible and begin reading it. Ask Jesus to send His Holy Spririt to you to help you understand His word and pray for yourself and your friends and relatives. We are about to enter very perilous times and you want to be on God’s side, not Satan’s.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.