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!
Even though I’m presently traveling, I made some prepping progress by topping off our NBC protective equipment. I mail-ordered more disposable plastic booties and nitrile gloves. We probably already had enough, but this will give us extras for barter and/or charity. I’ve also been on the hunt for more pre-1925 reference books to scan for use as bonus material for next year’s SurvivalBlog Archive USB stick. I want to make that one really special, since it will be our 15th Anniversary edition.
Oh, by the way, we are now sold out of the 2005-2019 edition of the blog Archive USB sticks. The family that handles order fulfillment for us has promised to get them all in the mail by around March 14th. So that means all of the buyers in CONUS should have theirs in hand no later than March 21st. Folks in the UK, EU countries, and Australia may have an additional 2-week to 3-week wait. Thanks for your patience!
I’m also taking this opportunity to do some minor repairs on our “daily driver” — a four-wheel drive SUV. It now has logged more than 300,000 miles–with no major repairs. I’ve been scrupulous about maintenance, but I now have one regret: I now wish that I had used synthetic motor oil, from the outset. That might have meant making it past 450,000 miles without an engine overhaul.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Hmmm, what shall I share with you this week? Our weather has been very spring-like in the high 40s during the day and fluctuating between mid 20s to 30s at night. It feels as though we are four weeks ahead of time of what it should be here, for weather. Robins arrived at the very end of February along with some little warblers. I haven’t seen them yet, but I am hearing them in the trees. I am happy about them but my usual exuberance is greatly subdued.
Of course our snow is melting fairly quickly. Most of the snow has melted in our woods closest to the large open meadows, but our “sheltered” meadow and my main garden, still have about eight inches of packed snow as well as our south and west and north woods. I know my description is sounding confusing. The snow melt is controlled by the location of the trees which block the sunlight which reaches the meadows. Also, one patch of our woods are so thick with branches that most of the branches caught the snow and melted it before it reached the ground after storms. Therefore under those trees the ground is bare. However in the open meadows more snow was able to accumulate, and then if shaded by trees, doesn’t melt as fast…
All this to say, that every area of ground that is exposed and was a loafing area for our large beasties, had a large amount of manure droppings. The girls and I have spent three days collecting it. We have collected at least thirty wheel barrel fulls and put it on the extension garden and a brand new garden area of which will be a new potato patch. This is not fresh manure, it has had at least three months of winter weather and rain to break down the live components in it which would make it hot and unsanitary to grow with. We are not finished with the hauling job yet.
Back to the main garden: I ran a water sprinkler in the main garden to accelerate the melting of the snow in there. I want to be able to rototill ASAP and to put more manure in and perhaps plant a cover crop and then rototill that under as green manure and then plant the garden.
In the indoor bathroom greenhouse, I discovered that some of the seed had a poor germination rate, therefore I replanted of some tomatoes, broccoli, and cabbage. I also planted in trays seeds of kolarabi, (a first for me), Marigolds, Nasturtiums (another first), Brussel sprouts, oregano, basil, lavender (a first), dill, cilantro, Marjoram (1st), and cumin (1st).
Last week, after going through my seeds and planting many of them. I realized that I didn’t have enough seeds of spinach, broccoli, cabbage, beets and some others for the long term. Since I have not yet mastered the technique of saving these species’ seeds, I have ordered these in one pound bulk sizes.
Concerning the Covid 19 virus:
We decided to work towards lessening our outside contacts as much as possible. We canceled the meat bird orders (I will breed and incubate our current flock’s eggs for meat), a dental appointment, and new glasses will be sent to us–instead of the usual in-office fitting. I still need to make runs to the Post Office, and maybe one more trip to the grocery store (I want more fresh produce, we are all set with the dry goods departments), but we’re basically done for now, until we can see how this shakes out. Jim is almost completely isolating with his relative for the duration of his stay.
We still have FedEx and UPS orders arriving but, are planning on not ordering more things, after these last orders arrive. Those received items, are being sprayed down with a strong diluted bleach solution, and while wearing gloves, are transferred into a room and are being left untouched for nine or more days.
We will have to make do with what we have. We need to begin conserving our propane use with using the clothes dryer less and cooking outside over a campfire or on our wood stove. We will also need to be a bit more conservative with the use of paper products.
Concerning treating the Virus if one begins to feel sick: I came across a study/observation, of a Chinese Doctor Cheng who mentioned that high doses of Vitamin C help people to recover from the Covid 19 virus. Jana and Steven Ben Nun of Israeli News Live are recommending a Lisomal form of Vitamin C which allow 98% of the C to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream instead of through the digestive tract. They are saying to take 10,000 MG daily when sick. They personally have healing testimonies on how well Intravenous C has helped them and a relative with pneumonia. If one is not able to acquire the lisomal version of C it is okay to take 5,000 mg of C throughout a day. Since it is water soluble, one cannot overdose on it. (Unlike vitamins K, A, D, and E, that are fat soluble.) Large doses of Vitamin C can cause loose stools, but this won’t hurt you in the long term. In fact that helps with the cleansing out of the virus.
Some good links:
I am reading all of your comments. There is so much I would like to say to each and every one of you. I appreciate all you for sharing with us, your research, knowledge and life experience. And even though I may not comment, I am praying for all of you and for the specific prayer requests we’ve received over the past few weeks.
A special Thank You to Tunnel Rabbit for all of your research and the time you are putting in to keep our community informed of the Covid 19 Virus. We really appreciate your effort!!! Jim and I, do not have the time to focus only on the Virus at this time. Jim needs to keep the blog articles flowing and I have to keep up the ranch and the homeschooling.
My opinion is, especially after watching the video of the children in the hospital in Iran, is that this is going to get REALLY BAD and that we all should have been ready yesterday. :-(. God has been warning us for 2,000 years minus 7 or 8 years. (Noah warned the people of the great flood that was coming for 120 years and it had not yet ever rained….). God said to watch. This Virus is just the beginning of what is coming. We don’t even have a grasp of the evil and catastrophic events that are about to fall upon the Earth.
This is judgment from the LORD GOD because our iniquity has reached it’s full. (God is probably allowing the use of a plague or bioweapon as one of His instruments of judgement.) But those who LOVE HIM and have a heart for Him and know His salvation through Jesus, (Yeshua for our Jewish readers) can put our trust in Him. And He will keep us safe in Him until He wants us to come home to Him, either through death or the rapture at the Sixth Trump. (Read Revelation.). We need to pray, and trust God and Stand in Faith that He will care for us. We need to encourage one another with the Words of God and His promises.
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by my name will Humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Daniel, (Daniel 9:4-6) after remembering the prophet Jeremiah’s words of the Israelite children being in captivity for seventy years in Babylon and realizing the time of the exile was nearly complete,
“…set my face unto the Lord, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes; and I prayed
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.”
We can claim Psalm 91 and Psalm 121- “I lift my Eyes up unto the hills, from whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Isaiah 54: 17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
We shall not fear: 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If you do not possess God’s salvation (Yeshua, Jesus) who will save us from God’s wrath to come on unrepentant sinful law breaking men, salvation from our sins only comes through the blood of the Lamb. Jesus is the final Lamb, the final sacrifice for sin. Repent of your sins and believe on the name Lord Jesus Christ and He will save you from your sins by His blood and will save you from the wrath of God which will come at the end of this age of grace.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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