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 starting to get packed up for my drive back to the ranch. Early this morning I reactivated the shopping cart system at Elk Creek Company, so all of our antique guns should now be orderable. I set some special sale prices on most of the rifles. But be advised that shipments won’t take place until after I get back to the ranch on January 2nd or 3rd. Thanks for your patience.
While I’ve been gone on this out-of-state trip, Lily has been able to get by without any snow plowing. But looking at the long-range weather forecast, it looks like I will have plenty of plowing to do, in January. Time will tell.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
I have a lot of natural phenomena to report from this past week I saw a Golden Eagle, a couple of Bald Eagles, and the Tundra Swans are back in our local waterways. Beautiful birds those swans are.
I saw the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in the constellation Capricorn on the 22nd after the clouds cleared out of our area. That was an interesting sight. This is not the “Bethlehem Star”, as you might have read elsewhere. When that conjunction occurred in 2-3 B.C., the planets were Jupiter and Venus. Jupiter represented the New King and Venus represented the Bright Morning star. August 12, 3 BC Jupiter–Venus in the morning and on June 17, 2 BC Jupiter–Venus in the evening. I do not know what constellation they were in. At this time, I believe that Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn may be announcing the soon coming of the New World/One World Order’s “President”, the Antichrist. Jupiter symbolizes the New King, Saturn symbolizes a Hunter/Nimrod, and Capricorn represents the goat/Baphomet which refers to Satan. So therefore in a nutshell a New Warrior Hunter King of Satan is coming upon the earth soon…. Watch, time will tell.
Israel dissolved it’s government of the Likud/Blue and White Coalition government that had the two heads of Benjamin Netanyahu and Benjamin Gantz. They will be going to their fourth elections in two years. I don’t think they will succeed in ever forming a coalition government again. So I am thinking that perhaps a great leader will rise up, who will be the Antichrist but will be considered their “Messiah ben Joseph” who will be a warring Messiah and will rule the world from Jerusalem. I think we are on the cusp of these biblical events happening. But only time will tell… It’s all speculation. Again, I say, Watch for we know not what hour these things will occur and when OUR Jesus will return in the clouds. But we do know that we are in the season of His return.
Well, then, more about the wolves: Neighbors called me at the beginning of the week to inform me of large wolf tracks around one of their homes, within twenty feet of the house, and wolf scat at their mailbox. Additionally some wolf tracks were observed going up their driveways. It looks as though there is a pack of at least four. At the end of the week, I called the neighbors to find out if they have seen more tracks after the recent snowfall. They haven’t. I meant to go out to our meadow to look around for fresh tracks on Christmas but ended up going to visit some friends, instead. So hopefully, the wolves may have decided to leave now. Time will tell.
At the beginning of the week, our cows and horses were constantly gazing off into the forests all around our ranch. They seemed to be on alert for the wolves. Therefore, all week long I have been putting the cows and their calves in the shed at night and closing the doors, and putting the horses and bull into the corrals. Usually, this winter, the bull and horses have had the run of the ranch, while the heifer calves and their mothers have been in the corrals. Since the heifers are coming into heat now but are too young to be bred, I have been keeping them corralled away from the bull and keeping the bull out to run with the horses. So, I have to now, get the cows and heifers in the shed at night, close them in, then invite the bull and horses into the corrals and close them in. In the morning, I let the bull and horses out of the corrals and let them run the ranch, then I let the cows and heifers out into the corrals for the day. It’s a little bit of a rodeo twice a day. However, it’s amazing how quickly the animals get into a new routine and obey the commands.
Keeping the cows and heifers in at night has necessitated my mucking out the sheds every morning.
Because of the wolves being nearby of late, I have been sticking close to the house. I never go outside without at least my Glock .45, and when I walk any distance from the house I’ve also carried my Maxim arm-braced M4 pistol. That speaks with more authority than Mister Glock.
I have listened to an hour of Ezekiel this week and will finish it this coming week.
I am not really prepping much these past two weeks, as you can see — just maintaining what God has given us.
I do have two specific projects that I am thinking of working on very soon. Those I will tell you about as I do them.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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