Editors’ Prepping Progress

Edit date and time 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:

I often listen to music when I’m writing and editing the blog.  When an article needs my full concentration, I generally avoid pieces with lyrics — I try to find instrumentals, or I subconsciously start typing lyrics!

My recently-visited Radio.Garden stations:

  • Jive Radio (KJIV), Madras, Oregon. One of the most eclectic mixes of music I’ve found in CONUS.
  • Radio Berrner Oberland (“Radio BeO”), Interlaken, Switzerland.
  • SRF 4 News, Zurich, Switzerland. We have a Swiss friend of the family who will be visiting the Rawles Ranch again, later this month. So stations like Radio BeO and SRF 4 help me brush up on my Schweizerdeutsch.
  • KVMR, Nevada City, California. I enjoy the folk music that they play on weekends.
  • Radio Garuda, Paramaribo, Suriname.

(Note: Radio.Garden has been glitchy with recent releases of Firefox, but it works well with the Opera browser.)

This week I did a few more fence repairs. I also dropped two “leaner” fir trees that might eventually threaten a spot where we plan to construct an outbuilding. Since that is green wood, I’ll probably just cut and stack those rounds (up to 21-inch diameter) in place between a couple of standing trees for a full year.

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

I planted three types of cucumber and more Cauliflower, since the last batch I planted a month or so ago haven’t done too well.  It’s just been so cold up here.

In large planter pots, I planted more beets, collards, lettuces, and Pac Choi.

I found this useful video:  Trillium: Wild Edibles

Washed, diced, and dehydrated four bunches of celery.

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.