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’m now back at the ranch and have plunged into a flurry of activity. Presently, I’m cataloging, packing Elk Creek Company antique gun orders, and catching up on the “Honey Do” list.
Our Independence Day Sale is still in progress and ends on the evening of Sunday, July 5th. So that has me very busy. We’ve already had seven orders, so please get your order in soon! All of the guns are “first-come-first-served.”
On Monday, in addition to packing some orders, I plan to fire up one of our pair of Stihl Farm Boss chainsaws. The Husqvarna size-equivalent is the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. I consider them comparable, and from local reports, the Husqvarna is slightly better. So, if I had to do it all over again, I’d buy Huskies.
Remember our motto: “Two is one and one is none.” Some folks like to have one small saw for limbing and for dropping small trees, and a larger saw for serious felling. But I opted for two of the same model saws each with 20″ bars. That is because we don’t have many trees on our ranch that are more than 24″ in diameter. So I can “make do” with 20″ bars. The big bonus for me is that the two saws use identical bars, chains, spark plugs, recoil starters, et cetera. In my book, interchangeability of parts trumps. I also still have a smaller, lighter Makita electric chainsaw with a 16″ bar, but it is of course limited by the reach of extension cords.
Thankfully, I am nearly done with laying in our winter firewood supply.
A reader in north-central Idaho saw my request in the blog for a set of shelves to house my antique revolver inventory and offered me a very generous trade for an autographed book, a blog archive USB stick, and some consulting time. He has a seven-foot-tall set of shelves with adjustable slots that should work nicely. Lord willing, I’ll be picking that up, this coming week. My thanks to him, in advance! And thanks to the half-dozen other readers who responded. The only problem with most of those was the long driving distances required if I had bought any of them. Nothing personal, but diesel fuel is spendy!
And now, over to Lily.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Yay, Jim is home!!! Finally! I missed that man!
This has been a rainy and cool week.
Early in the week, I sliced the side slightly top-ish part of my right index finger deeply on a broken mason jar concealed by soapy dishwater. I had just slid some more dishes into the sink to help Miss Eloise get them done faster, (There was a big thunderstorm approaching with a lot of wind and we were worried about a power outage. The house was a wreck. I hate a messy house during a power outage. The storm never materialized or passed to the north of us). Thus I plunged my hands into the soapy water and encountered the broken mason jar. I yelped. It immediately poured out blood. It was all my fault for working in haste. (Shaking my head with regret). It took nearly three hours for it to stop bleeding when pressure, elevation, and ice were removed. When it finally stopped bleeding, I had only lost about a teaspoon of blood. I applied butterfly stitches and Iodine and covered it.
Obviously, this injury slowed me down considerably in my work as I wasn’t wanting to risk getting it dirty and infected. Therefore I spent a lot of time in the Word of God, studying the book of Hebrews and on the internet watching my favorite Watchwomen and Watchmen.
I was able to get into the garden in between rain showers to weed a few times using my left hand, primarily. I’ve been picking the first group of strawberries. We have been eating them fresh and in homemade dairy-free strawberry shortcakes with coconut cream and very little sugar, instead of preserving them, but more are on the way. I transplanted six more tomato plants into the greenhouse.
I harvested about eighty plus garlic scapes. These I will be saute-ing, freezing and infusing in olive oil. It is the first time I have ever harvested them. Two years ago, I planted some scape bulbets in a section of my garden that are this year finally looking like garlic. Maybe this year I can get bulbs from them?
We’ve been watching and helping, ever so gently when needed, hatching baby chickens. Yes, we’ve had success with the incubation this time. I plan on getting a new batch of eggs to incubate ready, shortly. We need to build our flock again.
I’ve also spent time researching how to feed our chicks naturally without commercial chick starter and have made up lists of grains and foods for them. This is something I should have done years ago, but as I have said before, lots of other activities have been developed and refined during the past ten years. It now time to focus on this one.
I am feeding the chicks ground up: split peas, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, flax seeds, red hard wheat, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, chopped hard-boiled egg, and greens from the garden. They are also getting a little bit of ground-up layer pellets. I also am giving them tiny gravel that I picked up in our driveway to use as grit as well as some grit that we had for some small budgies, we had, years ago.
In the past we’ve ordered mail-order chicks from Murray McMurray. These chicks were always already two to three days old. These chicks you had to teach to eat and drink. My babies were put into the feed tank under a 200-watt lamp. They were eating and drinking within six hours. I give them water with electrolytes and sugar added.
It’s amazing to see the chicks eating and drinking so soon, just a few hours after hatching, after being able to stand up, even before being completely dried off and fluffy.
Here is a video worth watching: Nathan Leal: There Will Be Blood. He is someone who is basically summarizing everything I’ve been thinking and feeling for the past five years and is saying exactly the same things of the other seven or so other people that I like to listen to who are confirming what the events of our day mean and what is coming down the pike — perhaps as early as September.
Time is running out. Continue to stock up, pray and repent and read the Word of God, so you know how to defend for yourself and your beliefs, provide for yourself and witness of the Lord’s grace and salvation and be able to stand strong. The girls and I are currently reading Richard Wurmbrand’s book Tortured for Christ: Faithful Christians Heroically Enduring Agony, Suffering, and Death in Communist Prisons. He was a Jew who came to faith in Christ. Wurmbrand experienced in Romania the Socialist takeover by the Nazis and then the Marxist takeover by the Soviet Union — much like what we will be experiencing here, soon. I highly recommend reading Wurmbrand’s book.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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