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!
This past week was a challenge, but with the help of my incredible wife, I got through it. As of Friday morning, I was up out of bed and dressed for the first time in nine days. Bronchitis is never fun. Whilst ill, I fell behind on my blog writing. And I foolishly launched my Internet mail order biz (Elk Creek Company) last Saturday, because I falsely concluded that I would soon be well. (Why do I set self-imposed deadlines?) Oh, and to top it all, my publisher in England asked me to make some last minute changes to my book manuscript. Fun, fun, fun. Thankfully, I have an incredible, amazing, lovely, and gracious wife who was able to manage everything else around the ranch, and play Florence Nightingale, and cook tasty meals. I must say that Avalanche Lily is The Complete Package. I feel truly blessed.
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Gee, How am I supposed to follow that, except to say that Jim is my Complete Package! He is my Manly Man! And I am truly doubly blessed to be married to him and to share with him the life God has given us to live in this beautiful American Redoubt valley, on our own land, with our own gardens, and livestock, surrounded by gorgeous mountain vistas and rivers, dreams come true… We are truly blessed of the Lord! God gets all of the praise and thanks!
Despite all of our colds and bronchitis, I did get to accomplish a few things in the area of prepping:
Last week, while shopping at Costco, I noticed in the freezers, bags of frozen avocado. I took the bag out and looked at it and thought that if they were freezing avocados, then I could freeze them, too. I thought, “I love eating Avos fresh and I love putting them into my smoothies. I will be very sad when and if the day comes that they cannot be a part of my diet, because they are unavailable because of poor harvest or transport issues due to a TEOTWAWKI event. I also dislike the fact that they tend to all ripen at the same time and I can’t eat them all fast enough. From each batch I buy, I need to throw out one or two because they over ripened, which has been upsetting me. Therefore, why can’t I buy a few large batches of them and let them ripen and freeze the bulk of each batch? Then I would get to eat them fresh and frozen and have them on hand all of the time, instead of just when we can get to town and buy them.”
So, I put the bag of Frozen Avos that I was examining back into the freezer and bought a large bag of fresh Avos.
I mentioned it in the blog, last weekend that I had the bags of avos and intended to freeze them once they had had a few days to ripen. GritsInMontana wrote in concerning freezing the Avos and told us how she freezes hers. She slices them into chunks and pours fresh lime juice over them, puts them on trays, covers them with Saran Wrap and freezes them. The lime juice and Saran Wrap keeps them from oxidizing. She also makes Guacamole with lime juice and a little bit of salt and covers the bowl with Saran Wrap. The Saran wrap is in contact with the Guac. So I followed her example. The only thing, I did differently was not add salt to my Guac, and I put my Guac into an ice cube tray. It worked beautifully! I now have a gallon bag full of frozen Avo chunks and another gallon bag of frozen Guac cubes. I did several batches this week after returning to stores to buy more Avo. I will be continuing to buy Avos and freezing them, until I have a very comfortable long term supply. If we lose power, then they will be put into the propane freezer. The meat in the propane freezer will be canned!
Also this past week, I bought a large amount of fresh spinach. I dehydrated it and ground it up into powder in my new Vitamix blender. This week I returned to some stores and bought another large amount of Fresh Spinach and am dehydrating another two batches that I will blend into spinach powder. The spinach powder joins the beet green powder and Kale powder that I made this past fall. These Greens powders are put in my smoothies when we do not have fresh greens in the house.
I bought more limes, squeezed them and froze another two ice trays worth for my frozen lime juice supply.
I am thinking of squeezing oranges and freezing that juice, too.
The girls chopped up two big Costco bags of sweet peppers for me, and froze them.
I did several post office runs this week, to mail out our first Elk Creek Company antique gun orders, for Jim.
Well concerning the Coronavirus: You haven’t heard much from us concerning our personal opinions of this virus. This is because Jim as a real Journalist wants to be really sure of his facts and sure that they are coming from reputable sources and are the truth of the matter before commenting.
There are many opinions and theories circulating out there. We are developing our personal opinions. But cannot comment on them, yet.
For now the best thing we will say, is take it seriously, prepare accordingly, and be ready to self-quarantine (isolate), at the drop of a hat.
My opinion in general is, that we are in the very Last days of the Age of Grace/Salvation. The coming of the Lord Jesus in the clouds of heaven will bring this age to an end. See the book of Daniel 7:13,14. He will catch up all who believe on Him and will pour out His wrath on the rest of mankind who took the Mark of the Beast. This will be a chip or something that will allow people to continue with buying and selling when they crash the economy and go cashless/have a digital currency. If you take the Mark and join in with this economic system, then you will be eternally separated from God the Father. There will be no hope for you. Don’t take the Mark! We may starve to death, but death by starvation and maintaining your soul and fellowship with God, is far better than being cast into hell for eternity.
The book of Revelation Chapter 6 talks about the four horses of the Apocalypse. We think they are beginning their ride and this is just the beginning and will be quickly followed by many more pandemics, famines, war, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, terrible storms, droughts, floods, etc. Therefore, we must all repent of our sins, and read the Word of God and Trust Him to protect us, or bring us home to Him. We must always be ready to testify of Him even if doing so will bring persecution to ourselves.
Again we encourage you all to continue Prepping. Continue praying and asking God what more He would have you do to be ready for what is coming upon the earth. Please continue to warn the ones the Lord leads you to warn.
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.