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 had a busy week, conducting a two-day “Pre-Hunker” sale for Elk Creek Company. We took 12 orders for a total of 15 antique guns. Those should all be shipped by Monday. Unless the pandemic subsides earlier than predicted, we will be on a voluntary hiatus from taking any new orders until May 26th. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, I’ll be adding items to the catalog. These will include a few replica guns that are chambered in obsolete cartridges that are no longer found in stores. The relevant Federal law that puts these recently-produced guns in the Federal “Antique” category reads: “…any replica of an antique firearm if it is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition, or uses rimfire or conventional centerfire ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States, and which is not readily available in ordinary channels of commercial trade.” – 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3), (a)(16). Thus, NO FFL is required!
This coming week, despite some recent snow and the forecast of some rain, I plan to be out in our woodlot, cutting up some downed trees into firewood to ready ourselves for the winter of 2020-2021.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
I can’t believe it. Spring has officially arrived, the birds have returned, the frogs are peeping and the past six weeks have been very mild-spring like weather no snow. But then suddenly in the past four days we have had snow shower after snow shower. Four days in a row, we woke up to two and four inches of snow on the ground.
Something I found kinda interesting/strange/exciting was to hear the frogs chorus while knowing that their ponds are surrounded by snow. They’re singing in the snow!!
This week Miss Eloise and I have spent a number of days working to tame our three month old heifer calf “L”, who was born in December. (See my blog article, “A Cowgirl’s Night Out“.) She is a beautiful petite little thing and so doe-eyed with such soft fur. She is currently wearing a halter which makes it easier to catch her and attach a lead to the halter. Once she is standing still we pet and pat her all over while talking to her. She is beginning to relax around us and sniff us. We are trying to teach her lead. We introduced her to snacks of bits of carrots. She wouldn’t take the carrot on her own, so I pushed it into the side of her mouth which forced her to crunch them and eat them. It appears that she is liking them.
I cleaned the chicken coop.
We have an overwintering wild female turkey living on our ranch who I call to in the morning while feeding the chickens, cows and horses. (The cow, our pregnant heifer and calf are locked up in the corrals at this time for myriads of reasons.) When she hears me or sees me, she flies down from the trees for her breakfast. While she is eating, I can walk up to about three feet of her, if my face/eyes are not looking directly at her. If I keep my head down and slightly turned away, she will hold her ground if I have to walk past her. But if I am looking directly at her as I walk toward her she will run, fly, hop away as quick as possible. It’s very interesting to watch her behavior towards me. If I am really busy close to her, she will also allow me to get very close to her as long as I don’t directly face her.
In the late afternoon, if I’ve tarried too long, the bull and the horses will come to the back porch and will moo and whinny to me to come out and give them their dinner, literally. 😉 During the past few evenings Miss Turkey has been right there with them within four feet of the animals, waiting for me too. I love our sweet little animal kingdom.
We recently ordered and received cases of sweet potatoes, grapefruit, avocados, oranges, lemons, cabbage and boxes of chocolate chips. I have been scrubbing the fruit in hot soapy water. I started with the case of lemons and have frozen four trays of lemon cubes. Also this time, I zested most of the lemon skins and dehydrated them. Now we should have lemon flavoring and lemon cubes for a very long time. I’ve scrubbed the avos and the grapefruit thusfar. I will get to the oranges on Sunday. I plan on squeezing and freezing some oranges and also zesting and dehydrating some of their skins, too. I think, I can leave the cabbage for awhile. I am making both salads with them and juicing them with carrots and celery.
The celery seeds that I had bought for seasoning completely failed to germinate. 🙁 so they must have been irradiated or something…
Many of the squashes I planted last week have germinated. Some have not, of those I will have to replant this coming week.
Miss Eloise did the antique gun packing for Jim, who is still in “just-in-case” quarantine for two more days. Thank God he is still healthy!
This week, I had a wonderful phone call with a fellow Prepper in which we became better acquainted. During our conversation we both shared our stories on how God lead us to our husbands and to the American Redoubt, not necessarily in that order. We also shared how God has spoken to us, giving us pre-knowledge of coming events/sixth sense/ words of knowledge, and dreams that have lead us to prepare for what is here now and what is coming in the future. It was very exciting and encouraging to me hear how God had lead her and to hear of his loving kindness and guidance in different areas of her life.
As I’ve been reflecting on our conversation I was thinking, “Wouldn’t that be a great topic for our readers to write about? How God specifically has lead/directed us to prep or move, or to marry our spouse? Or specific examples how we’ve been lead to do something, without understanding why, but doing it anyway and then God revealing the reason later, being thankful that we had obeyed the prompting.
I believe if we shared these incidences with the Lord that many of us will be encouraged and that it will increase our faith and trust in the Lord. Our stories would bless and encourage one another and give is more opportunity to remember his hand in our lives, to remember that he cares so much about the very details of our lives, and will give us more reasons to thank him and to trust in him even more completely for the days that are coming. Those of us who have a close walk with the Lord are going to experience some very exciting days in the future. I also hope and pray that our testimonies will draw others to The Lord’s salvation and, to some to seeking to hear Him more clearly in their own lives, and others to press in and to deepen their walk with Him.
Whoever would like to write, remember to keep as much OPSEC as possible. If you feel led to write, please write your stories in the Comments.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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