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 fairly quiet week. I’m presently out of state, helping a frail elderly relative. I’ve done some calisthenics and bicycling. I’ve also caught up on a few minor repairs and an oil change on our aging SUV, which has now logged more than 335,000 miles. And I’ve also had one meeting with a consulting client, and have delivered a few books to some local friends and blog readers. I’m pleased to report that The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide can now be found in nearly all Costco stores. That is, at least for now. Since they only ordered 30,000 copies, I expect their stores to start selling out by mid-September. The inevitable re-order will have to be printed in Hong Kong and then shipped traditionally over the blue. So the re-ordered increment might not make it into Costco stores until after Christmas. Therefore, if you want to buy any of the Costco edition for gifts, then jump on them, soon.
Now, over to Lily…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Hello Everybody! This week has been sunny and beautiful. I have been very busy out in the garden and in the house.
I haven’t done as much “prepping-wise” this week as in previous weeks.
This week we had dental appointments and we had some dental work taken care of.
Not much food preservation took place, except for at the beginning of the week, I dehydrated broccoli, zucchini, sweet peppers, and lemon peel. I froze more cucumber cubes. The girls peeled and chopped about ten pounds of carrots that we steamed and then dehydrated. They filled only a one-quart jar, once dehydrated!
After working on preserving these foods, I had just had it with the kitchen and needed a good break from the stove and sink. Therefore, I escaped the kitchen for three days and pressed the girls into cooking food for us and doing all of dishes, and of the clean-up for me. 🙂 I didn’t want to look at another dirty dish, nor peel, nor slice, nor dice another fruit or vegetable. I was outta there!
I spent the next two days pruning out the last few canes of the black raspberries, the rest of the golden raspberries, and about two-thirds of the red raspberries, and puttering around the garden and greenhouse, pulling weeds and moving the waterer around.
I mowed the paths in the main garden.
Miss Violet is currently in the midst of scrubbing all of the potting pots and trays. We have a whole lot of them. I washed a few, myself.
The tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen. It looks like from my perusals of the VentuSky web site that our region of the American Redoubt is going to have a long Indian summer this fall. This is good news for the fall crop of raspberries, the tomatoes, corn, and winter squash. They will have a longer season to ripen and grow more fruits.
Warning! September Snowstorm Coming!
A heads up, however, for those in the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains from Glacier National Park, Montana all the way down to Texas. On Monday through Tuesday, this coming week, you folks in these regions could be getting your first snowstorm of the year. Protect or harvest your gardens.
I spent a full day deep cleaning our bedroom and bathroom. I vacuumed, dusted, and scrubbed almost all surfaces, and under them, and nooks and crannies in our bedroom and bathroom. It was a big job!
Our bedroom is quite a large space and doubles as Jim’s office. It has “tons” of surfaces: that shelving unit for the antique revolvers, bookshelves, filing cabinets, a table, a desk, windows and window sills, blinds, glass doors, mirrors, other shelving units for overflow storage of everything and anything you could possibly think of, a lot of large totes dwell in our room under shelving and on shelving units, (Actually our bedroom is barely a bedroom. Only the wonderful King-sized Futon mattress gives a hint that the space is actually a bedroom). I cleaned in/around/under a dresser, an armoire, counters, lights, floors, etc. It was all a real dusty mess, dust bunnies everywhere. (They must’ve been in a breeding frenzy this summer having been mostly neglected since early June when Jim was last out of state.) It appears that I do the best deep cleaning in there when he isn’t home. 😉
I do clean the bathroom and bedroom every week, just not the deep clean. Dear Readers, please, you musn’t think that we’re slobs. :-0
I will also say that I really like our bedroom. Despite all of these things in it, they are arranged in a very pleasing non-crowded way, and it does still have class. There is a lot of natural wood throughout, which I love. And our bathroom is the posh-est room in the whole house with a theme from another continent, love it.
I went bike riding, and canoeing/fishing several times this week, but didn’t catch anything. I’m a terrible fisherwoman. But it’s something I’d like to get better at, I think? It is perhaps just more fun to watch the fish do their thing. I love floating very quietly on the surface of the water, leaning over the gunwales of my canoe to peer down through the deep clear water of our river, spying on the critters swimming below me. I did see a young beaver swimming the river this week.
Last weekend, down next to the chicken tractor, I found the very few remains of a dead hen. 🙁 Luckily it was the hen I didn’t like. She wasn’t very friendly at all to the baby chicks that I brought down there a couple of times this summer for parental visitation. I guess sometime the night before something decided to get in and get one. I think it was a skunk or a raccoon, but it could have been something else, like a marten, or maybe a wolverine? It wasn’t a bear, because they are too big to get into our fencing around the orchard. Therefore, because a critter had success in getting a meal from our chicken tractor once, the odds were very high that it will return for a second meal. So, I moved the birds back up to the Hen House. I was really hoping to leave them out until the heavy rains came… amazingly nothing bothered the chickens all summer until now.
All three groups of baby chickies are doing well.
A happy change of plans occurred, and thus, I get to keep all of the newly hatched meat chicks instead of only half, and I will pay the owner of the eggs for the fertile eggs he gave me instead of splitting the chicks with him. The happy reason is that some of his hens actually hatched out their own broods of chicks while I was incubating some of his eggs and he doesn’t want or need these chicks after all. This is actually a great sign that this breed are great setters. Thus I will be keeping several adults next year for breeding for our future meat bird needs.
Since the chicks are now mine, I have moved all of them in their rubber water trough to the hen house with the heat lamp. They are doing well out there. They get to listen to the other birds doing their peeping, clucking and crowing.
At this point, because of the number of birds we now have and the limited space in the hen house, I will take a break from incubating chicken eggs for a while.
At the end of the week, I did another type of prepping that was very important, but I must leave it as a mystery for you all because of OPSEC. I don’t wish to tell everything we do. As you know we’ve already given whoever (friend and foe) reads this blog a whole lot of basic/general information about ourselves, but you and they don’t have to know everything!
Oh, and I separated the two heifer calves from their moms, only during the day, I will reunite them at night, or vice versa, I think, and I brought the bull to the mothers, for breeding. I will be participating in several daily rodeos to keep the heifer calves away from the bull, but yet keep the mothers in milk and the calves at the milk. I will be giving the calves nursing rights a few times a day, maybe. I’m still trying to work out how I want to do it. I have an eight month old heifer that I must keep away from the bull, yet, I don’t wish to milk the mother, but yet I still want her producing just in case we need her milk at some point — and want her bred. Confusing and complicating, I know. But the bull Sh. is a happy boy now to be back with his girls!
Of course, I spent time in the Word of God, now listening to the book of Acts in Hebrew while following along in English, and listening to Steven Ben Nun’s latest Bible study on his new understandings of prophesy. God is really revealing many gold nuggets to him. I really, really enjoy hearing them.
Jesus is truly prophesied all throughout the Tanak. Every book in the “Old” Testament reveals Him to the reader. He is the Word of God, The Father made Flesh. He is the Messiah, the Anointed One! He is the Great I Am. The Everlasting Father, The Author of Life!, He is the true Prince of Peace, The Lord of Lords, The Lord of Hosts, Adonai Tzevaoat, The Lover of our souls, Our healer/ Adonai Rofeh, The Kinsman Redeemer/Goel, The Ancient of Days! He is the sign,אות/ The Alef ve Tav/The alpha and Omega/The Beginning and End, He is the savior (Yeshuati) from our sins and saves us from the Wrath of the Father God at the end of this Age of Grace.
Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees in John 8:42, ” If God יהוה were your father, ye would love me, for I proceedeth forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me.
Also Jesus said in John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”
In First John 2:23 says, “Whoever denies the Son (Jesus) does not have the Father יהוה either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father יהוה also.
John 14:6 Jesus, said, ” I am the Way the truth and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me.”
John 14:21 Jesus said, He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
These verses are awesome words from the Lord, Jesus.
May the Lord God open everyone’s’ eyes to see Him! He is the only way to God the Father! Time is running out.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
Much love and Blessings to all of you,
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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