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. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
We had some family travel early this week, to be at the hospital to assist a relative, in eastern Washington. Thankfully, the doctors had a good report. Praise God!
I’m coming down to the wire on my deadline for the first half of my manuscript for “The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide: An Advanced Preparedness Handbook for Uncertain Times“. That is scheduled for release by Carlton Publishing of London, in mid-to late 2020. My deadline for the second half of the manuscript is September 22nd. Needless to say, I will be very busy, in the interim.
In my “spare” time, I’ve been building slash piles, hauling wood, and splitting rounds. With the help of our kids, I should have all of the wood we’ll need for the winter stacked under cover by the middle of next week. That way, we’ll feel truly ready for winter.
I have a gun show scheduled for the weekend of 6-7-8 September, in Kalispell, Montana. Then, soon after that I’ll be traveling out of state to assist an elderly relative. Have Macbook, Will Travel. It is nice being able to take my work with me.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
The early part of the week found us at the hospital with our relative who was receiving further invasive studies on her heart issue. It turns out that either the preliminary echocardiogram had a false reading or the Lord Jesus answered all of our prayers and completely healed her! Regardless, we are so relieved and pleased and are praising and blessing the name of Lord Jesus for His lovingkindness and mercies towards us. You have no idea how relieved we are. This family member can now look forward to many years of a vigorous life in serving the Lord in His Kingdom. Thank you one and all for your prayers for her.
The rest of this week has been spent on myriads of projects:
I emptied, defrosted and rearranged three of our freezers (two were not defrosted, one was spot washed, one was completely scrubbed and all were rearranged), Most of the items were alternately moved to our new chest freezer. Now I have most of an empty freezer to refill with fresh foods. The incident that precipitated this long over-due attention to the freezers was that one of them had one too many items that had shifted and blocked the door from being sealed shut unbeknownst to us while we were in town. Upon return, I found the door ever so slightly ajar with some items thawed out. Grrr! So we had to cook up some items. Six frozen meals in mason jars were given to the chickens, and I had to turn some thawed berries into jams — four pints of black raspberry and ten pints of red raspberry. We still have many gallons of frozen raspberries in the chest freezer. And yes, I did use regular cane sugar. But, we’ll be giving many of those jars away as gifts and eating them when guests visit, since we don’t want to regularly eat really sweet foods.) We really didn’t lose too much, thankfully. I also discovered some forgotten items that were over five years old that were culled, so it worked out in the end.
I froze 10 pint bags of kale for smoothies and stir fries, two gallons worth of Middle Eastern Zucchini, another gallon of yellow wax beans, another gallon of raspberries. I canned five more quarts of sterile water for medicinal purposes. I stacked another pile of split logs in our wood shed with Miss Eloise. Miss Eloise and I dug up another bushel of red, purple, and white potatoes from the experimental over-wintering bed. I’m not into full potato digging mode quite yet. I’m still debating how soon I want to pull them out of the ground since that greenery is still mostly green and growing. I put up hoops around my tomatoes in order to cover them with plastic when the nights get cooler in another week or so. However this year I plan to pull in all of the tomatoes regardless if they’re green or not, if a hard frost is predicted. That way they can finish ripening in the house without risk of frost damage. I also dehydrated another two quart-size mason jars of Zucchinni
I rode my bike twice this week. My Mum and I canoed The Unnamed River this week. It was a very lovely paddle together!
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.