Editors’ Prepping Progress

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.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those –or excerpts thereof — in this column, in the Odds ‘n Sods Column, and in the Snippets column. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

We had some great fun on hikes quite close to our ranch. We have millions of acres of National Forest lands that stretch out in all directions. The Forest Service roads are very lightly traveled, and the trails even less so.  And as for “boonie crashing”, when we go off-trail up steep forested hillsides, it is safe to assume that we sometimes tread where literally no human has ever placed their feet before. That may sound like an exaggeration, but unless you’ve been to our corner of the Redoubt, it is hard to picture just how lightly-populated it is.

I had a dental appointment and had to make one other trip to town, but otherwise we’ve mainly been here at the ranch. The pastures are greening up, but we are still feeding the cattle, horses, and sheep a bit of our remaining stack of Timothy hay. We’ve been enjoying beautiful “pre-mosquito” spring weather.

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

The beginning of the week was quite pleasant with warmer temperatures and intermittent sunshine.  The end of the week the rain returned, which is a blessing for this region of the drought stricken Redoubt.

Hmmm, this week we were super busy accomplishing many jobs that have needed to be done.

Miss Violet and I cleaned the Chicken coop and the Sheep Shed.  Both were in dire need of the clean out. The Chickens hadn’t been done in over a month and the Sheep, not since November.  Now all animal domiciles have had their deep spring cleaning done. It feels good!

This week with some help from Jim, we re-rototilled the Annex gardens and planted three rows, thus far, of potatoes, a row of carrots, peas, and three rows of yellow and red onions.

In the Green house, I filled with soil, 144 three inch seedling pots, and planted: cantaloupe, watermelon, Butter cup, Nutter butter, Delicata, Green and yellow Zucchini squashes, celery.

I’m a little bit late in getting these started, but also we’ve had some very cold temperatures this spring, which means the greenhouse had gotten below freezing, too, and I didn’t want to kill these cold sensitive seedlings, if I had planted them earlier.

I harvested and dehydrated a quart and a pint of chives.

We went on only one hike this week, mostly because I wanted to get stuff planted in the Annex garden and greenhouse and get the chicken coop and Sheep shed cleaned out.  Next week we’ll get back outside again when the rain lets up.  We’ve seen Trillium blooming and the shoots of Solomon Seals in the forest.

This hike, we bushwhacked an area that was a flat, to check it out, at the base of a mountain, and ended up climbing a hogback ridge up to where it widened out and went up the mountain with open burned areas.  The view was fantastic of our other high peaks.  It was incredibly steep, our mountains are, like going up stairs.  Jim and Miss Violet, again, stopped to rest for a bit, while I continued up, “a little bit further” with H. our pup.  “A little bit further” seems to be my saying on these hikes, lately.  I could appropriate that saying as my new trail name Little Further, but for Opsec, won’t, since I am telling you.  I do have a different Camp/Trail Name that I would use on a long-distance hike.  But it was fun to think of it, since I always want to keep going ” a little bit further” to see that, “tree over there”  “that view from just up there.”  😉

This time H. our pup kept running down the mountain to check up on Jim and Miss Violet, then came back up to where I was.  I don’t think she likes it when we split up.  But I don’t usually go too far ahead.  Anyway, this time, just above us, there was a huge rock outcropping cliff that I would not have been able to go up or around without going back down and up, further down the canyon.

Good Patriot put up a video titled, “Top Prepping Items People are Not Thinking About”

Umm, on a few of them, for me, she is correct, and I wrote them down to mitigate my bugout bag and survival plan…I need the ketchup bottle, I need to switch my salt in my bugout/hiking First Aid kit from Himalayan to Celtic Sea salt. There are more minerals for replacing electrolytes in the Celtic Sea salt than in the Himalayan. We need new mosquito netting for the house and for the bugout bag.  I placed an order for more seeds this week…I have two large totes full, but realized I needed certain others, mostly greens, lettuces, and squashes.

UN General Secretary Antonio Gutterez and WEF’s Klaus Schwab Signed an Agreement to Accelerate the Agenda 2030 Initiative.  This is not good! Accelerate your own Prepping.  Be prepared to defend your own against these thugs.

Elon Musk is not your friend, dear conservatives.  His free speech mantra on Twitter is a Trojan horse.  He is a member of/graduate of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum School.  Here is a proof that he is for the New World Order otherwise known as the Great Reset:
I also saw that Musk is considering charging commercial users who uses Twitter…Personally, I think we all should not be participating in these social media websites.  Get off them.  The more who leave them the less revenue they make and the less control and tracking and information they get from us.

May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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As always,  please share and send e-mails of your own successes and hard-earned wisdom and we will post them in the “Snippets” column this coming week.  We want to hear from you.