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 still out of state, helping an elderly relative. I’ve also been helping another relative move to a high elevation retreat property. This travel has given me sufficient time for blog writing, editing, hunting for additional antique gun inventory, writing gun descriptions for my Elk Creek Company online catalog, and plenty of exercise. But I’ll be very happy to get home to the Rawles Ranch. I plan to resume taking orders for Elk Creek Company on October 2nd. Thanks for your patience!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week has been a week of divine intervention, care and protection in the midst of some destruction. All I can do is worship God through His son, Jesus Christ from Nazareth, for His mercies and care for us despite a moment of negligence on my part when I was so tired and distracted. I praise Him and thank Him and in the midst of it, laugh for joy at His absolute love and care for us. Multiple miracles occurred. I just stand in awe of Him. Through this peril, I know that He loves us and is watching out for us and that He will continue to do so in the future.
Additionally, this week we had power outages for two and a half days from that wicked windstorm, no rain fell, here, only a few sprinkles, that blew through on the western edge of that huge snowstorm that ripped through the Rocky Mountains down into Colorado and further south. That was the reason for silence from me in the beginning of the week. Jim had to take over the posting of the comments. No power. No Internet. I did not suffer withdrawal symptoms this time from the lack of internet. The girls and I really enjoyed the silence in the house (no refrigerator or washer and dryer sounds in the background, etc.) and the time of really talking together.
If we had been without power another day, I would have lost two freezers full of frozen fruits and veggies. It was a close call. As it was, I had to empty out the kitchen freezer of items. Thankfully the Propane freezer was able to take them. I must do something different with all of those frozen veggies. But not the fruit. I do not like some dehydrated fruit, nor canned. Canned fruit is really too much sugar for me.
Following the windstorm, we had three nights in a row of severe frosts that killed the garden. Thankfully, I know my region’s weather patterns and mistrusted NOAA’s forecast for their claimed above-freezing temperatures and pulled in all baby and grown Zuchs and half of the tomatoes. I covered the other half, and green beans, etc. I pulled the French beans marked for seeds and covered the rest. Everything cold sensitive, not pulled, or covered got frosted and died. On the day after the first frost, I pulled in all of my sweet corn, which didn’t seem to grow to full maturity. Supposedly it was 75-day corn. Also, I pulled in all of our pumpkins, Buttercup squash and Acorn Squash. My large planter pots of Acorn Squash did very poorly. None reaching full maturity. They only produced two worth keeping. I did not have as good of a squash harvest as last year by a long shot. I think the Primo cane gold and red raspberries survived the frost and will keep producing for the next two weeks or so.
I continued working on pruning the last section of my very large red raspberry patch. I’m still not finished. I’m still pulling in the corn stalks of my sweet corn in the Main garden. I started to dig up the sweet potatoes that had leaves damaged by the frost. I didn’t cover those. Actually too much was happening that day, too, and we had visitors so I was only able to cover some things and didn’t get to the others. But, as I was pulling the damaged plants I noticed live leaves underneath, so decided to leave them in the ground during this next two weeks of forecasted warmer weather.
The cows seem to have been bred in the past week. I will keep the bull (“SH”) with them another full cycle, just to be sure. Then he may be off to the butchers…
I spent some time reading Dumitru Duduman‘s , “Dreams and Visions from God” These words are the main theme that I am picking up at this time.
“The Lord Jesus wants us to set ourselves apart, to be Holy and pure. Be Holy as I am Holy. Examine yourselves and repent and beg God to help you keep your mind Holy and pure. He is coming for a spotless bride. The Lord wants us to be Holy and prepared for His return so that he might save us.”
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.