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’ve had a couple of fairly frustrating weeks, attempting to buy antique guns at various auctions and gun shops. I’ve learned that antique gun prices are accelerating far faster than the rate of general currency inflation. I found very few guns that were: A.) Actually made pre-1899. B.) Mechanically sound. C.) Chambered for practical cartridges, and D.) Affordable. I did manage to secure just a few. These included a dandy little 1895-dated Swedish M1894 Mauser 6.5×55 Carbine sporter in a Mannlicher walnut stock, a couple of NFA-exempt short-barreled Stevens New Model (Second Issue) “Pocket Rifle” single-shot .22s with detachable skeleton stocks, an H. Pieper (Belgian) Single Shot .22 Rifle, and a Winchester Model 1887 12 gauge lever action riotgun that was made in 1888.
I also was providentially able to buy an extremely rare original 1880s-vintage Bridgeport Rig slotted revolver holder on a lightly-tooled vintage pistol belt. (The one that I bought is pictured, above.) All of the other bidders at that auction must have overlooked this item, because it was thrown in with a large lot of assorted holsters. Deo Volente, I will have that item listed at the Elk Creek Company online store by the second week of July. The asking price will probably be around $2,000. Yes, they are that rare. Please note that my store’s shopping cart system will be shut down until July 1st — when I plan to return from my travel.
My winning bid on the Bridgeport Rig reminded me to mention something important: We are mortal. We will all meet our maker, possibly much sooner than we expect. That item was probably a prized possession of some avid Colt revolver collector. But when he passed away, his heirs just sent his “stuff” off to an auction house, and they failed to recognize its significance. It was just thrown in with a lot of oddball holsters and pistol belts. There is a lesson in this: It is important to carefully catalog your gun collection and keep that as an appendix to your Will. If need be, tie tags on items that you have tucked into your vault. That way, your heirs will know the relative value of various items (for divvying up your gear), or they’ll know an approximate value (best described in the number of ounces of silver–since we live in an era of inflation), so that they’ll know how much to ask for them, once you have become “unavailable for comment”.
Even more importantly: Get right with God. Ask for forgiveness of your sins through the cleansing blood of Jesus (Yeshua). The pile of tools, toys, and trinkets that you leave behind is meaningless, in the grand scheme of things. The condition of your soul should be your paramount concern!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
I spent several days and many hours re-rototilling the new Extension garden, chucking rocks (literally hundreds of pounds worth: an old glacial river bed) and grass roots and other weeds from the soil, preparing the soil to plant. The soil in there is now looking great! There, I planted Hubbard squash starts from the Indoor Bathroom Green House and seeds. I also planted Jacob Cattle Bean seeds and Sweet Potato slips that I had started on my window sill. I want to keep trying for sweet potatoes… Additionally, I planted Rainbow Swiss Chard, those tomatoes that I started just a few weeks ago to make up for the ones I lost to frost, Red Russian Kale, Red Salad bowl lettuce, Arugula, mixed lettuces, and beets. I still have room to plant some more items.
I re-planted a large amount of French Green bean seeds. Something ate their secondary leaves on the first planting… I am harvesting many broccoli flowerets, now. This is the earliest I have ever had broccoli. This is because I started them in late February in the Bathroom Greenhouse.
I planted cucumber seeds next to my other cucumber plants.
The strawberries are almost ready to begin ripening!!!! We can’t wait!
I planted more Blackberries in the Orchard.
Miss Violet, Miss Eloise and I, have been weeding many garden beds together.
I mowed the paths of the Main garden.
I reorganized the propane freezer and was able to get almost all of our meat into it. In order to do that, I needed to remove eight packages of beef bones. Those, I boiled down for two days and pressure canned the broth. We are trying to work our way through the frozen veggies in the freezers. I tried dehydrating some of them a few weeks ago but they turned out blackened. So, we need to just eat them.
Horsey Friend came over for a visit and to give our horses a workout with Miss Eloise.
This week as I went out to the barn to feed the beasties one morning. I lifted a tarp and took one step into the barn. A quick movement stopped me dead in my tracks. I saw three healthy, beautiful black and snow white striped skunklets prance toward me from the back of the barn wall. Their fur was fluffed up. Their black fur had that beautiful sheen and their white stripes were bright and clean. There was a pile of hay between us in the middle of the floor. They pranced towards it and disappeared behind it. I didn’t see them reappear, so I slowly and carefully walked into the barn and looked behind the pile and saw a small hole under the pallets that they had disappeared into. Ah Ha, I had been smelling the slight odeur of skunk lately while in the barn, but thought we had just had some night-time visitors, this year. But no, they were obviously born under there, yet again, this year… Though they are cute, I hate having skunks on our property. They stink, is my understatement of the year!! I wish they’d stop calling our open-sided barn their baby nursery every year! Grrrr! Last year, Jim shot about five of them, but they keep coming back…
I tiptoed around the floor to get hay that is stacked on the back wall, for the bull. I don’t want to set them off, now that I know exactly where they are hanging out..
Next week, I want to finish planting the Extension Garden and then work on the last section of the Annex Garden. I will be putting short season veggies in that plot. I will also have to plow it numerous times. It is not a part of the glacial river bed. There is very little rock there, but it is full of Bull Thistle… Frankly, I prefer to deal with rock.
The girls and I will be babysitting the grandsons this weekend. So Jim will be fielding most of the comments, since I won’t have too much time to be on the computer.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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