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!
My darling wife gets all the glory this week. Since I’ve been out of state helping an elderly relative, I haven’t accomplished a lot of prepping. Granted, I’ve placed a few re-stocking and “top off” orders–mainly for food and food prep items. I also completed a couple of deferred vehicle repairs and cleaning.
Oh, while here, I found a seller with several “ex-rental” refurbished 5-liter Invacare Platinum O2 Concentrators  on Craigslist. I dickered that gent down to just $250 each. With those, I helped out three relatives with gifts or “at my cost” sales of those oxygen concentrators. (With new HEPA inlet filters, new outlet filters, new air humidifiers, and sets of five soft cannulas, for each. That added just $17 to the cost of each machine.) Downloading the Operator’s Manual  cost nothing, and printing several copies on our ink tank type printer will cost just pennies.
My only other prepping this past week has been getting plenty of daily exercise. I’m just praying that I return home healthy. I will certainly take all of the requisite precautions!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week was again all about manure clean-up and transfer to three of our gardens. We collected more manure from in the woods with the wheelbarrows and transferred it to the various three gardens.
Two of the gardens are brand new, and the third, the Annex garden, was begun three years ago, but was not used last summer because of the thistle problem in it.
Our neighbor also came over this week with his tractor and spent seven hours moving literally tons of manure from a loafing yard and from the corrals and put it one section of the Annex garden. Before bringing in the manure into the Annex garden, I had him scrape the top soil off of the Annex garden in hopes of pulling up the majority of the thistle roots and the dropped seeds. Last fall, Jim and I attempted to burn out some of these weeds and their seeds with our big propane flame wand.
This next week, after the the weekend’s predicted snow storm’s snow melts, I plan to be rototilling all of the gardens.
I will be planting a green manure crop in the Annex garden which I will plow under in early May. Then I plan to plant corn there.
The seeds have sprouted in the indoor bathroom green house and are doing very well.
I also did the post office run and did one more in-store shopping spree for fresh produce: apples, celery, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, oranges, grapes and of course, Avos. I was fully garbed in a face mask, goggles and gloves.
Because of the worry of the Virus, I washed with a washcloth, under hot water all of the fruit and veggies when I returned home before putting them away.
I saw a mountain lion run across the road in front of my car, on that day. It was a large one, probably a male! It is only the second time I’ve ever seen one in the wild, thus far. “Ooooh, THAT WAS A BIG KITTY! Exciting! Beautiful!! What a gift to see!
The bulk seeds that I ordered from High Mowing Seeds  company in Wolcott, Vermont arrived this week.
I also ordered a large amount of fresh produce that will arrive at the end of the month, I hope? This fresh produce, will be used fresh and some frozen and dehydrated. The fresh should hold us through until I start harvesting our own lettuce, kale and spinach, in the spring, and will extend the provisions of our already frozen garden produce.
You all need to have ways to grow your own food this spring and should be getting ready to do so, now.
There is a very real threat of our country going under travel restrictions… Are your prepared to hunker down for a long time? Get ready!
Ice Age Farmer  is very concerned about our country’s spring planting season. He also mentioned the threat of martial law. Please listen to his podcast from late Thursday night. He started this video with the sound of singing from the Italians in their street from their homes while under quarantine.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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