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!
Because of all of the current Mexican Beer Brand Virus turmoil, I’m cutting short my out-of-state trip. (I do not want to end up stranded out-of-state, like some character in one of my novels.) As usual, I will power my way home in two days, nibbling on baby carrots and some jerky. Here I should mention that it is only on these marathon road trips that I ever partake of any caffeine. Then, and only then, will I buy a Cherry Coca-Cola or a Dr. Pepper.)
I’m not certain about the infection safety of making multiple post office trips each week. So I may delay re-activating my Elk Creek Company store page. Thanks for your patience.
It will feel good to get back home. Pulling in our gate at the county road and locking it behind me will end some serious anxiety that I’ve had over the prospect of travel restrictions being put on cross-state-lines travel.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Well it’s now officially spring! Last night I heard the frogs singing their mating song for the first time this year. Their sound always puts a smile on my face. You guys, IT”S SPRING!!! Can you believe it??!!
Please pray for Jim as he will be heading home shortly. This week, I have been on the computer far more than the usual, moderating the blog’s Comments section, and monitoring the news nearly, almost non-stop.
There is a fair amount of anxiety, but really for us there hasn’t been much change in routine.
Though this week, I kept waking up between 4 and 5 in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Therefore, I dressed warmly and went outside to walk and pray. The stars were absolutely gorgeous. I always feel much better outside.
Concerning Social Distancing, generally, with our lifestyle we are fairly isolated, anyway.
So several weeks without much interaction with others outside of our family is fairly normal. Our two regular weekly social events we have canceled: piano lessons and our Bible study which hasn’t met in a few weeks for reasons of a surgery and Mud Season. We’re not sure if we will continue meeting for a while. Even though we are a small group, some of our members have been out and about with the public a lot in the past few weeks, I have too, twice, though taking appropriate precautions, but still…? The latest decision concerning Bible study is to wait a few weeks, all of us completely isolating, and if we are healthy at the end of three weeks and there isn’t a road closure then we will begin meeting again… as long as we remain isolated outside the group…
Prepping wise, not a lot was done…
I moved some more manure.
The horses had a hoof trimming from the farrier visit this week.
I’ve been caring for seedlings in the bathroom green house. The tomato plants are five inches high, now. Cabbage is a very good size, as well as the peppers and others seedlings. Now I’m hoping that they don’t get too root bound before I can transplant them in larger pots in the green house or in the ground. I just don’t have enough floor space in the indoor bathroom to transplant them into larger pots. The nights are still far too cold for them to be in the greenhouse. They’ll just have to hang out for another two weeks in their trays in the bedroom.
After the largish earthquakes in Utah and off of the California coast this week, I got a bit worried about some jars and other loose objects that we have in cupboards on tables, cabinets, et cetera. So I began rearranging them into safer spots, once again. I did this last summer, but surfaces have the tendency of collecting more things over time. Our region is also known to have large earthquakes, albeit fairly rarely.
Speaking of which, I had a dream last year of checking in on the USGS ShakeMap and seeing a huge red dot, an eight magnitude earthquake, in the northeast. This dot covered all of New England, Eastern New York, and Southern Canada. In my dream, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and immediately tried to call some relatives that live in the region, but was unable to connect. I woke up with that feeling of dread, but glad that it was only a dream.
I’m not saying that it will happen, just that it is a possibility, and folks in that region should consider it as a possibility and also prepare their homes to the best of their ability. Such as anchor tall shelves to the walls, and make sure you don’t have heavy or breakable objects in high places that could get knocked down. Latch cupboard doors so things won’t fall out. Keep your canned foods in mason jars, in their original boxes or bungie them into any shelves that they are on. Also: Have a bug out bag ready with water, food, clothing, water filter; put an tent and sleeping bags in a place outside of large structures, so that if there is total structure collapse you will have access to a form of shelter, etc. It’s good to be ready for anything that may happen.
We are living in unprecedented times which soon could become very dangerous. Watch and pray, Ask God for Discernment, wisdom, understanding and courage. Ask God to provide for all of your needs. Trust in Him and Pray Psalm 91 over yourselves and your family. We are praying for all of you, our dear readers.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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