To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, 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 the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready! This week’s emphasis is on small arms mechanical training.
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
I was down with a cold for most of this week. So I didn’t accomplish a lot around the ranch. But I had recuperated sufficiently to attend a gun show on Friday. That gave me the opportunity to stock up on some more full capacity magazines. I did so, just in case the denizens of The Swamp have another spasm of unconstitutionality and try to limit new production to only reduced capacity magazines for the citizenry. (They did so with their 1994-to-2004 ban, and that was a memorably hideous decade.) By mailorder, I also bought a few more 80% AR receivers and 80% pistol frames, for use with my Ghost Gunner automated compact milling machine. (It is an original Ghost Gunner that recently went back to the factory to be upgraded to the more accurate Ghost Gunner II generation spindle.)
Also by mail order, I also picked up some assorted SIG P320 parts, magazines, and holsters. (While I’m still primarily a Glock 21/Glock 30 .45 ACP kinda guy, the SIG P320 is now my preferred 9mm pistol.)
Avalanche Lily Reports: There are now hundreds of sprouts growing rapidly in the tile-floored spare bedroom that we’ve temporarily re-purposed as our “pre-greenhouse” room. There, I am using our pair of GrowPro 600 LED grow lights 13 hours a day, with amazingly fast results. The two grow lights put out so much heat that we don’t need to heat that room. This past week, I planted additional seeds: broccoli, Butternut squash and another type of beefsteak tomato. Additionally, I planted parsley, mint, oregano, basil, cilantro, acorn and Hubbard squashes cantaloupe, and Sugar Baby Watermelon.
The Outside Greenhouse: My “Greenhouse within a Greenhouse” experiment is now really taking off. I finally have one-inch sized secondary leaves of kale, lettuces and spinach. Definitely, the winter gardening needs to be started in late August/early September, not at end of October which was when I planted the seeds, to have produce throughout the winter. Otherwise, we are just getting a big jump start on earlier-producing greens in the spring.
Spring is just about here. This week the Robins, Winter Wrens, Varied Thrushes, Oregon Juncos, plus others, I’m sure that I just haven’t heard yet, have returned to our area. I love hearing the spring birds’ chorus in the morning and evenings. Hooray, warm weather will soon be arriving, too.
Please continue to post comments about your own preps.
Thanks, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week the Latimer Homestead will be busy with preparations for spring. In addition to more work on the kitchen update, we will be tilling the gardens and planting onion sets and potatoes.
The kitchen project is slowly progressing. This week we shut down the refrigerator and dealt with the cabinetry around it. Wow! You never realize how much you use something like that until you don’t have it anymore. I can’t tell you how many times in those two days that I rounded the corner to grab something from fridge only to realize that it wasn’t there.
Also, we have plans for a trip to the city for some bulk purchases and a doctor check up this week. The daffodils are budding and asparagus buds are coming up, so we will be enjoying those soon, too! It’s a busy time of year.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.