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!
I was quite busy this week, preparing for the long drive to the Kalispell, Montana gun show. I will have three tables there, September 6-7-8, 2019. If you’d like to drop by to chat, look for three tables in a U-shape, with black table drapes, mainly populated with AR-15s and AR-10s. For OPSEC, no photos, please.
This week I also finished hauling limbs and a few rotted deadfall logs to four slash piles, and tarping them. This was in preparation for my planned burns, in late October.
I also assisted Avalanche Lily with the first phase of the potato harvest from our main garden. So far, we’ve hauled in about 275 pounds of red and yellow potatoes. But I’m estimating that this is only somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of them. It will be quite a crop, this year! I feel so blessed to have such a great gardener, as my wife.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This past weekend we had a family barbecue with all the Rawles children, their spouses and the grand kids. A lovely time was had by all!
I proofread Jim’s manuscript before he sent it to the publisher.
I canned 16 quarts of peaches bought from the local Amish store, and dehydrated 3 quarts worth which were vacuumed packed.
In less than one week’s time, the potato bushes lost much of their green, and since this coming week the fall rains will be beginning, I decided to harvest. I believe we have about 400 plus pounds. I will weigh them in later. I love digging potatoes, it’s like digging for buried treasure and is very satisfying. Only near pitch darkness forced me to quit digging the first night of harvesting.
I pulled up the green beans that matured. I am now drying them in the greenhouse until threshing time.
I canned nine quarts of diced tomatoes of which were also bought from the local Amish store. I freezed tomato sauce and some tomatoes that have been prepared to make ketchup at a later date.
In late September and into October I will be canning, dehydrating and freezing our own tomatoes as they ripen in the house.
I harvested six more green and purple cabbages.
We dropped my parents off at the airport this week for their flights home. It was very sad and hard to say good-bye considering the very uncertain days we are living in. We wish they could move here and join our “group”. They are a natural fit. But for now, God has them on another path and we must leave them in His hands.
On the trip home from the airport, I made it a stock up trip and stopped at various stores. At Costco: TP, paper towels, bleach, dish soap, laundry detergent, sweet peppers to freeze, this time; carrots to can, lemons and limes to squeeze and freeze their juice. I stopped at Walmart and bought some more canning jars. I stopped at a Yokes and bought some canned juice for health purposes, salmon. I stopped in at a Safeway and bought two 25 pound bags of carrots to juice, can and dehydrate. I’m growing carrots but I just won’t get enough for our long term needs this year. We feel that we need to have at least a three year supply of food on hand for every member of our family. We are quite close to that now, but want to extend that further to help others that may come through. I am a good gardener, but am not yet producing, as much as we need. We feel that time is closing in on us and therefore must buy and process as much produce as possible, now, while we can get it cheaply. We really feel that in the next year with all of the crop losses from the Grand Solar Minimum and weather extremes that go along with it, and the potential stock market crash and chaos that will ensue, that our country and most of the world will be experiencing food shortages, sky rocketing food prices, and outright famines. We must prepare, grow and buy what we can now, to be as prepared as possible for what is coming. Also, with the economic reset that is coming, we feel that currency will go digital and that in order to buy or sell or function at all in this new Orwellian society, you will have to take a “Mark”, a chip or electronic tattoo on your hand or forehead. That to us is the “Mark of the Beast” and we will not take it. We will have to be able to live outside it’s system which will last about three and a half years. Therefore, we must have enough food to survive that time. We must also be prepared to take care of our medical needs, etc., because we won’t have access to them. Be prepared to barter.
I’ve been researching living without refrigeration. We do live on the grid and have three freezers plus a fourth that is part of the refrigerator. Three of the freezers are powered by electricity and one by propane. Except for left-overs, fruit and condiments, I have been lessening our reliance on refrigeration itself. We eat very little dairy, now. Freezer-use is still another issue. But, I’m planning on gradually lessening our reliance on the freezers by canning and drying more of our meats and produce. We love eating fresh and plan to continue to do so as long as the grid holds up, but, I want to be prepared to have the bulk of our food dried or canned before the grid goes down.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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