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!
Just in case “President” Biden (or should I say… Harris) gets sworn in, I hedged my bets and bought another $1,800 worth of full capacity magazines. (Mostly AR-15, AR-10, Glock, SIG P320, and M1A.) I expect that we’ll soon experience massive and chronic shortages of 11+ round magazines.
This week I got the studded tires back on our SUV and had the oil changed. (Yes, I’m now at the stage of life where I pay to have that done.) I also hooked up our Western plow on our pickup truck. The controls were acting a bit glitchy, so I gooped all of the terminals on the detachable control and power cables with dielectric grease. That fixed it.
I”ve been busy with radio and podcast interviews — promotion of my two most recent nonfiction books: Survival Retreats and Relocation (now available for ordering) and The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide (in print since late August). The latter has been selling very well, so it looks like there will soon be a second printing. That batch should be available in late January or early February. (They are printed in Hong Kong, and they come to the States via cargo ship.) Take note that there could be a drought of available copies, in the interim. So if you get the chance to buy any at your local Costco, then jump on them. You’ll be able to re-sell them for $25+ each, on eBay.
It feels good to settle into our winter routine. Summer and fall tend to be very hectic for us. So it is nice to have days where the most memorable highlights are, feeding the cows and horses, sweeping snow off the porch, and tossing logs in the woodstove.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
It is snowing again, and there is enough snow for skiing. Therefore, for the first time this year, I cross-country skied around the ranch. Fun!
This past week I had trouble getting a batch of white beans to soften. Those had come from one of our older buckets. Therefore, I put them in our pressure canner, with plenty of water. I brought the pressure canner up to 15 pounds and left them there for 35 minutes. That really worked. Later that day, I made them into sweet baked beans, with some beef hot dog chunks, and plenty of maple syrup. Yummy!
We received an order from a food company that delivers to a central drop point. Among the items that I ordered were two cases of fresh tomatoes that I plan to make and can salsa and diced tomatoes. They have been washed and frozen. I received Avocados that I will freeze, fifty pounds of oatmeal, and various essential oils. I now nearly have the full complement of essential oils for various applications. I also bought more various fats and oils to try and to have on hand besides our supply of Olive oil and Coconut oil. They were lamb and beef tallow, and avocado and grape seed oils.
I sewed a few garments that needed mending.
This week, I have been doing an in-depth comparative religion study. I may get back to you later on it, since it has great relevance to the coming New World Order’s One World Religion that will go with the One World Government and One World Economic system: The end game of the Internet Of Things will usher in the Beast System. How will the major religions of the world unite and be “In Unity”?
I listened to many of the Psalms. One of my favorites is:
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.