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 week was fairly quiet. I’ve been catching up on some blog writing, and doing some last-minute Pre-Biden “Commonsense Gun Safety Executive Orders” purchasing. I also had a half-day of on-site retreat design and improvements site selection consulting with a client who lives nearby. (An explanatory note: Here in the Inland Northwest, “nearby” generally means less than a three-hour drive. Some of my neighbors have been known to drive 1.5 hours each way, just to dine at their favorite steakhouse. And a “day trip” to a gun show can mean: three hours of driving, then three or four hours at the show, and then a three-hour drive home.)
Given the prevailing mood and the understandable angst in the country, orders from my Elk Creek Company customers have been brisk. I’ve noticed that I now have a lot of repeat customers. At least three of them now have a half-dozen antique guns that they’ve bought from me. So I suppose that says a lot about the quality of the guns that I select to sell, and how conservatively I describe them. I also try to include some fun bonus items with each order. Elk Creek Company customers tell me that they are tickled to see their gun arrive in a brand new padded case or in a period holster. And one other quite frequent bonus is the inclusion of one or two 1880s – 1890s publications. (See the accompanying illustration.) These help to provide some entertaining historical context for the guns that they’ve just purchased. Things have changed a lot in America, in the past 125 years. Thanks for your loyal patronage, folks!
And now, over to my lovely, hard-working wife, Lily…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week has been a dry weather week with temperatures in the mid- to high-thirties. We have very little snow on the ground.
We had a power outage from that windstorm for four days. We were able to again practice what life would be like long term without grid power. I have to say it was very peaceful to not have the near-constant hum of the refrigerator and upright freezers all the time. We also all went to bed at a more decent hour, between 8:30 and 9:30pm. Our usual bedtime is an hour or two later than that.
I was able to refine our drinking water purifying routine. We collected water from the river in enclosed containers, filtered it through my milk filter funnel using paper towels as the filter medium. Then I boiled the water, cooled it down, and sent it through the Berkey. This routine is to ensure purity of the water and to extend the longevity of the Berkey filter. We could just send the river water through the Berkey without the other steps but that would eventually clog the filters sooner than we would want.
We also streamlined/practiced our off-grid sponge bathing technique… Come to think of it, we do have two camping showers put away in our RV and in a Go bag, that we could have used. I had forgotten about them. I will pull one out and put it under the sink and give it a try the next time we have a power outage. It’s been done!
We cooked a lot using our propane stove top and cast iron pans. Unfortunately, our propane oven only starts with the electric starter. However, I also heated up food in our wood stove-top oven. This oven tends to only get up to about 200 degrees, so is best used as a warmer. I did keep soup heated on the woodstove top.
The items in the kitchen refrigerator were removed and placed in coolers and put on the back porch. Our temperatures were in the thirties and high twenties all week. The items from the kitchen freezer were moved to the other freezers in the house that were periodically on our generator. (When we run it in the winter, there is no need to run it 24 hours a day. Nor is there a need to run the genset at high RPM, if we only run one chest freezer at a time.
For lighting we used a combination of candles, flashlights, a kerosene lantern, and battery lanterns. We all seemed to like the atmosphere in the evenings. We could have used an electric floorlamp for the 8 hours per day that we were running the generator, but that sort of ruins the whole “power outage” ambiance. Our family spent more time all together in the livingroom, around the woodstove, where it was warmer than every other room in the house. We all enjoyed very much the family togetherness. One night Miss Eloise read us a chapter out of Patrick McManus’s book, “The Night the Bear Ate Goombah”. The chapter she read to us was titled “Getting it in the Ear” that discussed the best method of extracting a fishhook from human anatomy. We all just about broke a gut from laughing so hard. 😉
This week in the Indoor bathroom greenhouse, I planted seeds of spinach, kale, beets, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage. Then I went outside and cleaned up the beds in the greenhouse and turned them over to get ready for planting the greens that I started in the Indoor greenhouse, in a few weeks. I also began reorganizing and cleaning up the gravel floor from last year’s dead vegetation.
I’ve been walking outside several times this week for forty minutes to an hour.
At the end of the week, on Friday, we had the perfect weather for ice skating in our meadow. The sky was a rare crystal blue with awesome sunshine. The meadow has many very large dips that collect water and some brooks that make excellent skating rinks when conditions are right. This year we have some of the largest stretches of ice we’ve ever had before. I got the girls going and we all went out and skated for almost two hours. Jim came out a little bit later to watch us enjoy ourselves and to get a bit of sun himself, and to take photos. If my memory serves me correctly, I don’t think we ever had the right conditions to skate last winter, so if this is correct, it’s been two years since I skated last. I just want to give a shout out to muscle memory. After five minutes on the ice, I was doing all of the stuff, I used to do as a kid. It felt wonderful! I love ice skating.
I will say that I did have a fall at the end of the two hours. I stepped off the ice onto some grass that had some ice around it. For some reason, my left skate went forward and I flipped straight down onto my back left hip and upper gluts, hard. I think that I fell on the tuft of grass or ice-mud since I felt it so strongly on my left side . As I was going down I called out to “Jesus”. It hurt! As I lay there, I immediately claimed healing. I waited for a minute or so praying some more and most of the pain left. I moved around a little to see if anything was broken. The ligaments in the front of the pelvis hurt some. My back left pelvis hurt. And even though I hardly landed on my upper back, I held up my head, my left lower rib muscles hurt probably from being so tense, protecting my head as I landed so hard on my gluts. Miss Eloise yelled, “Are you all right mom?” I yelled back, “I don’t know, but I’m getting up.” I did get up and walked carefully over the grassy tufts to another ice patch and skated over to the girls. We took off our skates, then headed back up to the house. So okay, as I write this, I think I’m okay. I don’t feel much though expect to have some good muscle aches in my back, hip, and chest come morning. Hopefully not! I’ll let you know.
I did watch the Inauguration of the new administration to listen for key words which indicate Biden’s path and his alliances. I also spent time looking through his Executive orders. (By the way, a reader mentioned that a shorter URL to get auto-redirected to www.Whitehouse.gov is to type: “www.antifa.com“. Try it. We found that very funny.)
It is important to follow what Biden does each day so one can be aware of how to pray and to be ready for what is coming. He is definitely furthering the UN’s “worse than communism” One World Order and will not be a friend to Christians and Conservatives. His call for unity of our country, isn’t our call for unity. His call is for us to compromise our faith and our morals and worse. Nope, that ain’t happening, Mr. Biden. We will not bow down to your depravity. Your “good” is God’s evil, what the God of the Bible claims is sin. We will not partner with it. We fear God more than man.
It’s time to seriously Pray and to know God’s Word. Keep reading and listening to it and praying. We need to know who He is and learn to hear his voice. For He will guide us and show us how we should walk and what we should be doing. He will encourage and strengthen us to persevere through what is coming upon the earth and will keep us from evil.
This week I returned to listening and following along reading the “minor” prophets of the Bible: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and Lamentations. I had accidentally skipped Lamentations a few weeks ago.
I’m very much looking forward to listening and reading the New Testament again, beginning on Saturday.
Remember, we do not worship a dead God or Idol! We worship the Father God and His Son Jesus who is the Living Savior! He died for our sins and rose again from the grave. He is ALIVE and sits at the right hand of God the father and He will be our advocate before the Father God on the Day of Judgment. Hallelujah Jesus is ALIVE!
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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