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!
We finished nearly all of the hay hauling. Our friends only had about 23 tons of grass hay available to sell to us. Picking up the bales in the field saved us some money. This is an example of the old “Dollars-to-sweat ratio” that I’ve often written about. To be fully ready for winter, we’ll need another four tons. We’ll source that from another supplier, later in the summer. But we’ll again do our own hauling.
Now that most of the hay hauling and stacking is done, I’m back to firewood cross-cutting and splitting. I’m also knocking off items from the “Honey-Do” list. Next up will be adding some cattle panels to reinforce the bottom four feet of our main garden fence. That should keep the cows from nosing under the woven wire.
I’ve been very busy with the Elk Creek Company biz. Since the 12th of July, we’ve booked more than double our normal sales. Three of those pre-1899 guns went to a repeat consulting client and were delivered on-site, during our day-long consultation. The majority of the mailorder sales were also to repeat customers. It seems that they appreciate my “eye”, in picking out nice old guns. And of course, sales were helped by the fact that many gun shops are presently nearly sold out of guns and that most gun shows have been canceled. Americans are rightfully anxious to buy guns. I’ve been doing my best to re-stock, but at the rate that things are going, I won’t have much inventory remaining by September. (I launched the biz back in February with more than 90 guns on hand. But now I’m down to just 51.) So if you have an interest in buying a “no-paperwork” pre-1899 cartridge gun, then don’t hesitate to get your order in.
In the next two weeks, we have visits planned with all of our older “up and out” offspring, and our grand-kids. We really savor those visits, regardless of the time of year. But summertime is particularly fun, with plenty of sunshine, watermelon, and swimming. Those visits should be great fun!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week my garden is coming in in earnest. We have commenced the late summer marathon of preserving our harvest.
I picked spinach and dehydrated it and blended it to make spinach powder. I also dehydrated kale and then made kale powder with our blender.
Picked, blanched, and dehydrated two batches of broccoli.
Picked and froze the last quart of strawberries.
I am freezing the black raspberries and the best red raspberries. The golden raspberries will be eaten fresh and turned into raspberry juice. We haven’t been too impressed with them as jams or in pies, or frozen…
I picked about seven pounds of red and golden raspberries and put them through the Victorio Steam Juicer. Some of the juice we froze as ice cubes for raspberry-flavored water. Also made Raspberry syrup and canned it. It is so yummy. I feel that it is fine to make raspberry ice cubes, since if we had a longterm power outage, I can quickly turn what is left into syrup or jam.
I harvested a tart cherry tree and steamed those cherries for juice. I also froze it into ice cubes. I very much like the juicer and I am very happy to have discovered how useful it is.
I harvested the first zucchinis of the year.
I planted some herbs in herb garden: oregano, basil, cilantro, Jerusalem artichokes. I will be planting more soon.
Jim, the girls and I, brought in the last of the hay bales from the field. For now, we are glad this job is done, though, we plan to get a few more tons, in the fall. We also still need to get nearly a ton of straw for animal bedding and garden mulching.
I spent some hours pulling more thistles and mowing around the fruit trees in the orchard.
The baby chicks that hatched three weeks ago were moved into the hen house and are adjusting well. I am still making their chick food and supplementing it with fresh greens, table scraps, and scrambled eggs.
We had one hen who kept escaping from the Chicken Tractor and would run up from the orchard to the hen house and barn, so we decided to let her do her own thing up there. Two weeks ago, Jim found her sitting on four eggs. She had gone broody in an upright galvanized trash can. So I transferred her, in the trash can, into the henhouse for safety. I collected seven fertile eggs from the other chickens and slipped them underneath her. She had not been with a rooster in over a month, so I know her own eggs were not fertile. At least I think they weren’t… Now she has been sitting on them for two weeks. Next weekend, Lord willing, they will hatch. She is not disturbed by the baby chicks, at all.
The meat bird eggs that I am incubating should be hatching out on Sunday and Monday, this coming week. I hope we have many of them hatch…
Update: as of Friday night, one has hatched out with three more showing cracks in their shells, thus far… A total of 37 eggs are being incubated in this batch.
The Kittens! Oh my goodness they are so adorable. They are now seven weeks old. I call them our “little morsels of a cat” They are so confident and fearless. They are so smart. Within a few hours, they knew where the litter box was, and where their water was and where their food was located. We feed them beaten raw eggs, Tuna fish, and regular cat food. Plus they sometimes get a meat snack from the dinner time meal. I am behaving myself with them, only playing with them for a moment in the morning, at lunch, after dinner and at bedtime. ;-). They’re receiving lots of hugs, kisses, and cuddles.
The bug bite on my inner elbow which caused the swelled lymph line is slowly healing. It is no longer light red, but is still taut, though a little less taut and a little less “stingy” than last week. I never developed a fever or swollen lymph nodes. I treated it with Self-Heal tincture and Oregano oil two to three times a day. Whether or not those things helped it to heal or my body just did its natural self-healing thing is hard to tell. But nevertheless, I conclude that I am slowly on the mend! It does take a long time for lymph lines and nodes to return to normal once put into action. Thank you all who were praying for me and wishing me well.
Here is my spiritual perspective concerning the traumatic events of our day:
These events that are occurring, COVID-19 virus, laws being enacted that all must wear a mask when in public, lockdowns, food shortages. These events are only the beginning of things to come and it will not end well. It will end in Christian persecution.
Are we ready to meet the Lord Jesus, to lay down our lives for Him? This is something that I think about every day and pray about. I pray that I would have the strength to lay down my life and to not bow down and accept the Mark — in exchange for a bowl of lentils.
The mask requirement is part of the psychological conditioning. It is part of an occultic initiation ritual into the NWO, that is: Satan’s Beast System. It was very clever of him to give TPTB the virus scenario, masks, and soon to be followed by vaccinations and Bio Certificates/tracking chips. Without those, one will not be able to leave one’s home to shop, travel, work, buy or sell.
How many Christians do you know who will not capitulate? Nominal “Christians” will be turning in the real Believers, betraying them. The true Remnant that truly resists the Beast System will be very small! Are you people of that remnant? To make sure that you are, every one of us needs to be seriously repenting and seeking the Lord Jesus in prayer, fasting, and reading the Word daily.
Read Revelation Chapter 14:9-12:
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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