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’ve been helping a relative for the past few days. I brought along one of my Stihl chainsaws and my Fiskars pole trimmer, and have made good use of both of them. Having the right tools handy is always a time-saver. And I should mention that it is also often safer. If I had been up on a ladder with a bow saw instead of standing on the ground with my pole trimmer, I would have put myself at needless risk.
I took some of my own advice, and have been more aggressively buying pre-1899 cartridge guns, whenever I can find bargains. My goal is to gradually sell off much of my modern “trading stock” and replace it with pre-1899 guns, in the interval before the Democrat/RINO-planned “universal background check” law goes into effect. Enactment of some variant of this vile and entirely unconstitutional piece of legislation now looks very likely. PLEASE repeatedly contact the White House, your congressman, and both of your U.S. Senators.
I now have just eight days before the second half of my book manuscript is due to the publisher, so I must make this entry short. We now shift our attention to my dear wife’s weekly report:
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This has been a nice weather week after nearly a week of clouds and rain, last week. It has been quite a week! During the early part of the week, it was necessary for us to run to various towns for three appointments and other needs three days in a row. Going to town even for a brief errand or appointment generally takes up almost the whole day for us.
We are trying to hurry-up and wait to harvest the last of the produce, playing that game of, “How long to leave it to grow, before the frost comes and kills everything?”, and trying to get into the home-schooling rhythm. Honestly, this time of the year (and the spring, also) stresses me out with the demands of gardening, preserving, and conducting school, conflicting with each other. Both I want to do. Both demand a lot of time and finding the balance is a challenge. Well, I’ll just say that Bible, math, and American literature coupled with essay writing have our attention for now. The other classes will take their rightful places in a couple of weeks.
Around the trips, I did manage to can nine more jars of carrots, freeze four gallons of Zucchini (I think I’m just about at the end of the Zuch. production), and freeze two gallons of Broccoli. I harvested parsley and basil which still need to washed and put in the dehydrator. Our tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, finally. I have harvested a few Orange Cherry Tomatoes this week, yum! I have the following queued in the garden, nearing harvest: at least thirty Spaghetti squash (I am very pleased with them. It is the first time, I’ve ever grown spaghetti squash.), pumpkins, beets, turnips, cucumbers, acorn squash, cabbage, kale, lettuce, carrots, red onions (I harvested all of my yellow onions already), French green beans, Yellow wax beans, sweet potatoes (I do not have much or any expectations for the sweet potatoes), and corn. In pots, I have gold potatoes, another spaghetti squash, a mystery tomato, and various mints.
In the greenhouse, I have more tomatoes, basil, parsley, butternut squash, a pumpkin, lettuce, kale, beets for greens, spinach, green and “black” peppers, and honeydew melons.
We are getting handfuls of Gold Raspberries, still, every few days from the Primocanes. My red raspberry Primocanes will ripen next week or so.
In town, I purchased 8 more cases of various sized canning jars. One can never have enough canning jars.
The girls and I also squeezed in a bike ride, and two short hikes in the late afternoons and early evenings. One hike was hiking down/exploring a dry stream bed which flows into a lake. I was hoping to reach the lake, but about a half mile down, we ran into a huge log jam with massive logs all jumbled together. The size of it really surprised me, because this was a fairly small mountain stream, but this was near the bottom of it’s course. With the smallish size of the stream and the huge size of the logs and the log jam, I can just imagine the volume and force of the water that must flow through there during the spring snowmelt to carry those logs. Amazing!
The forests on either side of the log jam were absolute tangles of logs, brush, cedar tree branches, flotsam and jetsam, basically impenetrable without a battle. We weren’t in the mood to fight through it to go around the jam, nor to climb over the log jam which was more than a hundred yards in length, and potentially very dangerous, so we turned around. The streambed hike was a good 45 minutes duration. The other hike was to a local waterfall which gave us a good elevation to climb, 700 feet in over a mile, to get our hearts pumping, but not to exhaust us. This hike took about an hour and a half with a pleasant sit at the waterfall. Most of our exercising this summer has been on the flat. It’s time to start going up hills. We will, Lord willing, keep going for longer and higher elevation gain hikes in the future.
This time of the year we have a mouse problem. The mice are finding their way into our home. The problem appears to be worse this year. We have been setting about seven snap traps throughout the house and have been making the three cats stay in the house at night to hunt the pests. The cats are doing a great job. Every morning we find one to four mice dead on the floors where the cats leave them, and up to three caught in the traps. It’s been a crazy late-summer for mice! We do not put out poison because our cats do eat some of the mice. We love our cats and don’t want to lose them. We have to make sure all food is off the counters. I have to wipe and dust every surface, every day. And I vacuum the whole house and under all of the furniture in the living room and kitchen and wash the floors. I’ve had to deep clean the bedrooms, too, this week.
Many of our potatoes that were harvested have Potato Scab. We had some in previous years, but I didn’t recognize what I was seeing. But this year, I researched it. Now it’s become a problem in my garden which means that I should not plant any more potatoes in the main garden for five years. This means that I will be breaking new ground for new potato beds this next summer, down in our annex garden. I will also have to order new seed potatoes, instead of using my own, so as not to spread this bacteria. In the potato beds used this year, I will be planting crops that grow above ground since scab affects other root crops. Additionally, I’m not sure these harvested potatoes with scab will store well all winter without rotting. Therefore, I will be sorting out the potatoes with minimum to maximum scab and will be canning many of them in the future. We live in a fallen, sick, disease and sin-ridden world. There is much we must learn and fight against.
Yes, It’s been quite a week.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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