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!
On Thursday, I did some on-site consulting with a client with an off-grid retreat on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I’m now en route, returning to the ranch. Today, I have a full day of consulting planned with another client. We are meeting in a small town on the east shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
We are again taking orders at Elk Creek Company. Thanks for your patience. With both the election looming and early Christmas shopping, I expect to sell out most of my antique guns by early November. If you want to buy one, then order it soon!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
[Lily Edit: Hag Sameach Sukkot to all of our Jewish and other readers who celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Our Lord God, the Creator God, Yahweh, dwells with us in our hearts through the gifting of His Holy Spirit, when we believe on the redemptive work of His son Yeshua. Someday soon, He will reside with us physically, when He rolls back the sky and returns in the Clouds of Heaven at the end of the Age of Grace. Come Quickly Lord!]
This week has flown by very quickly. It has been sunny and warm in the afternoons in the high seventies. I am enjoying the warm temperatures and no mosquitoes.
What did I do this week?
This week I canned about twenty plus cans of Coho Salmon that I had bought and froze until ready to can.
I harvested the plums from the plum tree, about fifteen pounds worth. I harvested about ten pounds of Mackintosh apples and two Gravenstein apples, and one other kind of apple from my very young orchard.
I also canned another large batch of tomato sauce, from my tomatoes that are ripening inside.
I spent more time collecting, drying and packeting fruit and veggie seeds. We are still packing tomato and Jalapeno pepper seeds, I collected seeds from store bought organic Butternut squash and store-bought Honey Dew melons. Even though these two do not grow well out here, the ever optimist in me will try again next year. I will probably plant them in pots in the Green house bathroom earlier this coming year and see what happens.
I planted horseradish and Comfrey roots in my new herb garden that I am trying to establish.
I harvested almost all of the celery growing in the green house, rinsed, chopped and dehydrated it in my Excaliber Dehydrator. They yielded three quarts of dried celery. I still have two patches growing outside, that I cover when the nights threaten to frost.
I harvested a large amount of Cilantro of which I still need to dehydrate.
I harvested the last of the green tomatoes that were still out in the garden, that I covered up during potential frost nights. I pulled their vines and threw them into the compost.
We’re still harvesting and munching on the golden raspberries. The red raspberries primocanes were killed in the first three nights of frosts that we had a few weeks ago, and are therefore not producing a fall crop.
All of our critters are doing super well.
I did some sewing to mend some clothing.
I ran some errands in various surrounding towns and cities. That always takes up a big chunk of our time.
I listened to the books of Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua while driving and working in the kitchen.
Of course the girls helped me in some of these projects.
I spent some hours this week listening to June Knight of the “We Are The Bride” Ministries WATB.tv. She had a group of women join her this week to listen to the government’s “Vaccine Congress” in Washington D.C. this week. Scientists and others, Dr. Fauci included, discussed how they would make the vaccine (or vaccines) mandatory and how to distribute them and how to deal with those who resist. If this is not associated with the Mark of the Beast….Very serious times we are living in.
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.