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!
Just days before I had planned to launch my new web-based mail order business, I came down with the flu. (No, not that flu!) This is the first significant illness that I’ve had in about three years. So forgive me if the blog posts are a bit thin for the next few days. Despite this illness, I’ve just launched Elk Creek Company, on schedule.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Grr! I got the bug last night, (Thursday night). I was hoping to avoid it, but I am surrounded by it, since, Jim and Miss Eloise came down with it first, on Tuesday, closely followed by Miss Violet, on Wednesday. 🙁
However, this week in light of the threat of Corona Virus popping up, we had to run to town for appointments and last weekend we went to the Gun Show in Post Falls. (Which was probably the source of the cold/flu).
I have not had a bad cold, either, in a few years. Hopefully, this won’t be too bad. I am making everybody drink much and eat lots of fruit and green smoothies and take supplements and take steam showers, often to keep the chest congestion junk loose.
We made two trips to Costco, over last weekend and again on Wednesday, and other stores to stock up on fruits and vegetables and a few more items to top off our stores of items to quarantine ourselves. I bought 20 pounds of lemons and squeezed fifteen pounds of the lemons and froze them into ice cube trays and put them into gallon baggies in the freezer.
I bought four bags of Costco sweet peppers and chopped and have frozen two of the bags, so far.
I bought cartons of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, grapefruit, and naval oranges to eat fresh. I bought 30 pounds of carrots: blanched and froze 10 pounds of them. Bought large bags of spinach to dehydrate and make into spinach powder for smoothies. Still doing this as I write. Also bought Power greens for smoothies.
I bought a large number of avocados to freeze. I’ve never done that before. I will wait a few days for them to ripen then will cut them up, freeze them on a tray then put them into a plastic bag.
I bought frozen strawberries and mango. I still have a lot of frozen strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, broccoli, beans, etc and canned and dehydrated apples, and other foods. But these purchases will keep us in fruit longer, if this is the last time we can get out to buy fruits and veggies.
We bought another case of canned tuna, salmon fillets and some cod and Costco organic chicken breasts which I froze. Our other chickens are not yet ready to butcher and won’t be for another month or so. I bought extra organic sandwich meat and cheese for the kids and froze that, as well.
We bought some supplements that we hadn’t had on hand: Selenium, Magnesium Chloride, and Iodine. These help alkaline your body to help kill off serious viruses.
I bought more grain for the chickens and four more selenium salt blocks for the cows and horses.
We had an appointment scheduled for this coming week that we had to cancel because of this crud we got. We don’t wish to spread what we have to others.
This week, I decided to do a hot bed in the greenhouse. So I moved the soil aside and put fresh cow manure and straw in the bed. But that was as far as I got. I still need to get back out there to cover the manure with the soil and to plant seeds.
It might be a week before I get back out there depending on the intensity of this cold. I don’t wish to aggravate it. I want it gone ASAP: rest, fluids, lots of good nutrient packed foods! I’ve been taking high doses of C, D3 5000, Zinc tablets that dissolve slowly, and Magnesium. And I’m chasing everybody else in the family to do the same!
Oh my goodness, I just sliced up two of Costco’s giant Ruby Red grapefruits, a half for each of the four of us and took my first bite. It is sooo good, tasty-sweet. You all gotta get some if you can. The girls and Jim are all raving about how good they are and want seconds. Not until, I eat mine. 😉
You need to listen to Adapt 2030. He is saying that this Coronavirus is the trigger for the world lockdown of commerce and trade. He is saying to look for the crash of China’s stock market beginning on Monday, which will cause the a domino affect for markets around the world leading to a worldwide Economic collapse. He says to get your food now. I am inclined to agree with him. Tell your friends and family and pray. We here at the ranch are ready to quarantine. Are you?
May you all have a very blessed and safe and healthy week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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