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 week, while out of state to gather inventory and to assist an elderly relative, I’ve been keeping busy. Starting on Wednesday, I have been stripping, sanding, priming, and painting the very heavy duty deer guard bumper on our SUV. The bumper was made by the skillful folks at Reunel, down in California. This bumper has served us well for more than eight years. It has surely saved us from thousands of dollars in collision repairs. (Deer collisions are very common, in our region.) But it was starting to show its age. So it was time for this rust removal and repainting project.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week has not been as productive as last week. It’s been too quiet here, since Jim left. My motivation umph cratered. 🙁 I’ve mostly been just maintaining the ranch feeding the animals, moving the chickens around in their tractor. Did you know that chickens can drive? 😉
I did mow the orchard, and main garden’s paths, finally. I roto-tilled the Annex garden, several times, that had been growing Buckwheat and Field peas since April. Those crops are being plowed under to rot and provide more nutrients to the soil. There, I will be planting Mandan Painted corn, beans, squash, and other veggies, next week.
I did clean one of our cow stalls.
Miss Eloise is planting her garden.
I did some serious deep cleaning in the Pantry hall this week. We have a coat section located there. I have taken every coat, sweater, jacket, ski pants, Camo clothing, etc., washed them and am relocating them to different closets in the house. I want to use that area for storing cleaning supplies.
We had some lovely guests for a night this week, and this of course also precipitated the deep cleaning spree of the kitchen, Pantry Hallway, and rest of the house.
I planted Acorn squash seedlings in large planter pots. I planted seedling Buttercup squash in the Annex garden. I planted watermelon seeds in the greenhouse. I planted a Yellow Sweet corn and Yellow and Green beans in the Main Garden.
The mosquitoes have returned — in force. I have been running around the house, inside and outside, and our porch with the Bug Zap it killing them with murder in my eyes. Miserable beasts they are.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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