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 presently en route back to the Rawles Ranch from a lengthy out of state trip, so I’m leaving today’s column up to my amazing, wonderful, lovely, patient, and talented wife Avalanche Lily. (Can you tell that I miss her?)
Avalanche Lily Reports:
We have had mild winter temperatures and clouds this week. In the middle of the week we had another snowstorm.
At the very end of last week we experienced a six-inch snowfall, On Sunday, I plowed for the first time this year. I have to say that I now am very comfortable with the job. We have a standard transmission pick-up truck and all of the transitional moves are now automatic and smooth on my part. Yeah! That is so cool. Now I can officially add to my repertoire of acquired skills, snow plow lady. 😉 I plowed a second time for a four inch snowfall that we had in the middle of the week.
During the past two weeks, I have gotten back into weight lifting. My arm muscles have recently lost quite a bit of mass from not doing too much physically during the past three months. It’s amazing how quick one loses their prime when not maintaining it. To counteract this, I am now lifting eight pound weights in about four different ways with repetitions of thirty or more, several times a day. Plus the daily mucking out of the cow shed and shoveling. I’m glad the snow has finally arrived and the presence of the wolves have forced the use of the shed, thus the mucking out, to be more active again. I’m not into being a big muscled bound woman by any means, but when I found it difficult recently to lift a fifty pound box of Jim’s ammo, I knew it was time to work out and lift weights, again.
Not much else in the prep department. Just maintaining that which God has given us.
End of week wolf update: The wolves have appeared to have moved on. The horses and cows are no longer staring off into the distance around the ranch. I have been walking around the ranch again with just the Glock, and haven’t see any tracks….
The Male Teen Age Kitten. M. has learned to play fetch! It is so cute!! We bought some tiny catnip stuffed mice for the kittens to play with. Recently, Miss Eloise started to toss one and M. brought it back near to where she was sitting. She threw it again, he ran after it, picked it up and came a little bit closer. The next throw, though, he didn’t come anywhere near Miss Eloise. I told her to just play with him a little bit every day and that he will catch on to what we want him to do. The next day she played with him, again, by the third night, I picked up his mouse and tossed it for him and he brought it back to me about five times in a row, but, he always dropped it off to the side of me. He flops down and drops the mouse. Finally, the next night, Miss Eloise tossed the mouse again and he brought it and dropped it directly in front of her. It’s official, now, that cat knows how to play fetch. Again, we all exclaim “M, you are so cute and adorable!” What a wonderful way to spend part of an evening playing fetch with a kitty.
Another game that Miss Eloise is playing with M. Is “Hard to Get” Miss Eloise will approach him and say, “Hi M!” He will meow and run away and then immediately looks back at Miss Eloise to see if she is chasing him. He will go under her bed or behind a book case we have in the living room. If she backs off, but still looks at him he will continue looking at her as she talks to him. When she walks away he comes back out and goes near to where she is doing things and will watch her/taunt her/ invite her to chase him again. It happens in rapid succession. He likes to be chased, but not scooped up.
One more thing, he enjoys draping himself, like a kitten stole, on Miss Eloise’s shoulders to watch her do the dishes. What a kitty!
I have continued to listen to Ezekiel. I seem to be having trouble concentrating on it and don’t wish to skim by it, so still working on it. I have of course, listened to other scriptures as well.
Scripture for the week that I find very comforting:
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Jim will be home this afternoon. I cannot wait! Please pray for him to have a safe last leg of his travels.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week and New Year!
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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