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!
This past week, I snowplowed our road and parking area twice. I just wish the weather would make up its mind. Alternating rain and snow is depressing. I’d rather have it just consistently snow once a week, for a couple of months, with the temps staying below freezing. That would be best for our family’s X-C skiing and snowshoeing
I’ve kept busy, packing orders and adding antique guns to the online catalog of Elk Creek Company. We have a Friday of Color Sale planned for November 26th and 27th, 2020. I will be traveling all of the month of December, so be sure to get your order in by midnight on the 27th!
It just struck me: Anyone who enlisted or was commissioned shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and stayed on active duty or in the Reserve or National Guard is now very close to their 20-year retirement threshold. (September of 2021.) Wow! There is nothing like an endless war of counterinsurgency to grind down a military fighting force.
I resigned my commission when I was a Captain (O-3). That was on January 20, 1993, the same day that Bill Clinton was sworn in. I wonder how different my life would have been if I had opted to stay on active duty. Many of my friends who stayed in retired as full Colonels around their 20-year-marks. Soon, I may hear of promotions to O-7 or higher, from those who stuck it out to age 60.
Enough reminiscing. I’m handing this over to Lily…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
The weather has been raining and snowing and the temperatures are mostly above freezing.
I’ve been making Coconut yogurt for the past two weeks. I recently discovered Cocoyo Yogurt at the Winter Ridge Natural food store in Sandpoint, Idaho. I bought some and tried it very carefully for a couple of days, because I hadn’t eaten any yogurt for about five years and I recently had gone through a course of antibiotics. It was super yummy and my stomach didn’t rebel. Because it was expensive and we live so far away, I wondered if I could take some of the Cocoyo Yogurt and use it as a culture with some Coconut milk that I had. I looked it up on the internet and the consensus was a, “Yes”. So I took two cans of coconut milk with the fat on top, mixed them together and put a good dollop of the yogurt into it, mixed it in, covered it with a folded paper towel and rubber band, and set it on the counter for twenty-four hours. Yep, sure enough, I made great tasting, albeit a quite sour coconut yogurt. I also read that one could open up a Probiotic pill and sprinkle it on two cans worth of Coconut milk and set it out for twenty-four hours and make yogurt that way. I have now done that, also, and that type of Coconut yogurt is milder than the Cocoyo and taste super yummy. I like it both plain and with a little bit of raspberry jelly.
I bought and tried Delicata squash for the first time this week, oh yum! It has a delicate sweet flower-like taste. We all really like it. I bought them as organic, so I am saving their seed to plant next summer. I do hope they’ll grow up here.
On Wednesday, since the temperatures were in the high forties, the ground had thawed and there was actually a few hours of sunshine outside. (What a concept!) I went out to the Main garden and pulled a late harvest of carrots. The carrots were a mix of sizes, but there were a lot of them! The carrot harvest is much better than I was anticipating, considering that last year’s harvest was such a dismal failure. I am storing them in our root cellar closet. I still have one more row left to harvest. I will cover them with leaves, soon.
This week, I have listened to most of the book of Proverbs. Additionally, I have listened to: Daniel 9 to the end of the book about four times in row, the book of Joel and the book of Hosea. I’ve also listened to a few chapters in the book of Acts and translated chapter one from Hebrew to English. I have read in Jeremiah chapters 13-22.
I’ve been getting out for daily walks around the ranch.
Our rambunctious “teenager” kittens have been getting into mischief. Most recently, they decided that Jim’s home office should be their playland. Beloved Maniacs, they are! 😉
Shhh! Don’t tell Jim: In the mornings when I wake up and come out to the Great Room, I stoke up the fire and get to work. If I become too hot, I open the windows in the living room section of our Great room to cool the room down and myself. Well, mornings can be a very wild time for our teenage kitties. They have all of that built-up energy from a good night’s sleep to expend. Sometimes they will start their chase games, tearing all around the Great Room, down the hall to the bedroom areas and back again, then one will leap up on an armchair, jump over to the window and tear up the screen to the top of the window and just hang there looking outside. Often they can see birds and squirrels. Shhhh! Thankfully, their claws are not pulling the screen to bits. It seems to suffer no ill effects from them. LOL 😉
Cows, horses, and birds are doing well. Nothing new to report on them.
This week, I have been very, very deep in thought, study, and prayer over what I should be communicating to you. I’m presently drafting a feature article covering some important information concerning the currently forming The New World Order’s One World Religion. I’m hoping to post that within the next 10 days. I’d appreciate your prayers that I would choose the right words, in a way that will bring understanding and will please God.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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