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. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 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 writing this week, so I only had the chance to get out and do just a bit of deer hunting. I also managed to to get our pickup ready to plow snow.
I hauled out another 50-pound salt with selenium block for our cattle and horses, to our east pasture. These blocks only seem to last a few months. I should mention that selenium blocks are only needed in regions that have soil that is deficient in selenium. (Generally, less than .20 ppm. But I’ve read that the selenium content of soil must be higher, if you have acidic soil–which is common in coniferous woodland areas. This is because grasses growing in acidic soil have less selenium uptake.) Our local soil is marginal for its selenium content, so I err on the side of caution, and buy the salt blocks with selenium.
This weekend, I’m at another gun show. I’m still gathering an inventory of pre-1899 guns, in anticipation of the planned launch of a web-based sales company, in February or March of 2020. It will be called Elk Creek Company. I plan to post some details about that in January. I won’t have an FFL and won’t be selling and modern guns — only pre-1899 attiques.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This past week has been rather cloudy and cool at the ranch. I had another quiet week of not much prepping.
I have been busy in our indoor greenhouse — a seasonally converted guest bedroom. I will have some details on that in a feature article which will appear in the blog (Deo Volente) on Tuesday, November 19th.
I spent two early mornings walking around some trails and fence lines of the ranch, pruning tree branches and dead saplings, mostly pines, to open up more trails for Cross Country Skiing/Hiking/biking/horseback riding.
And I did go for two-one hour power walks this week on the the same trails that I had just pruned.
I added a baggie of Himalayan salt to my Bug Out bag. It entered my mind to add it, so I did…
Most of my time was spent doing school with Miss Violet, writing the article on the indoor garden, studying the first nine chapters of the first book of Kings in English and Hebrew, translating, and doing the same with Chapters 18 and 19 in John. I also discovered the Red Alert Israel App that lets one know when rockets are being launched. I downloaded it onto my i-Pad and spent time praying whenever I’d hear it go off. And in general, I was maintaining the status quo of the ranch life: cooking, cleaning, feeding animals, organizing, etc. Some weeks are going to be quiet. I’m sorry that I haven’t given you something more interesting to read about…
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) bubbled up to 28,000 points by the closing bell on Friday. If and when that blows… …it will be spectacular, but not in a good way. Please continue to prep, and pray, and watch.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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