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!
Since my return from out-of-state travel, I’ve been quite busy. In the past week, I’ve caught up on mail and packages, visited a local gunsmith, added several antique guns to the Elk Creek Company e-store pages, boxed and mailed out several orders, picked up an ATV from the local repair shop, dropped off a rototiller at a different repair shop, assisted a relative with transport to a medical appointment, had a dental appointment of my own, made a rubbish run to the county dumpsters, assisted Avalanche Lily with some house reorganization, hauled some topsoil, and prepped a couple of slash piles. I hope to touch off those piles next week, if we get the predicted rains. This year, just one of those piles contains a stump, so I’m hoping to be done with that project after only a couple of days of fire-tending.
Yesterday afternoon, I kicked off the Pre-Election Sale at Elk Creek Company. I expect more than half of my inventory (56 guns, at last count) to sell before the election, so order soon, while there is still a good selection available!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Yes, Jim is home. I’m so glad he made it back safely. We have had one busy week.
Not a lot was done in my area of prepping. I made a couple trips to town with Jim running errands. I did can one batch of tomato sauce. I bought two hundred pounds of apples from a local farmer. I harvested a two-gallon pail of plums from our small orchard.
I rode my mountain bike a few times, because the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I just had to be out in it. I like doing intervals on my bike. I ride a few loops around the house to warm up. Then after the warm-up, when, I reach a slight upgrade, I stand up and peddle very fast until I reach the crest of the slope and then peddle normally down it. As I warm up further, I increase the fast peddling, until, I do the whole loop at near top speed. Then, I go off onto other loops around the ranch. I cool down by riding loops around the parking lot or around a fenced in area. My workouts generally average thirty-five minutes. Other days I ride for up to an hour. Some days when I feel particularly energetic and alert, and feel like skill building/improving my biking techniques, I take the bike on narrow paths through our forests, that are not always trails. It’s challenging and fun.
I refilled jars and reorganized the baking cupboard. I reorganized two book shelves.
I listened to the book of Judges.
Jim was very surprised to see how much the kittens had grown in the month he was away. He immediately called them “our teenager cats”. One evening while we were sitting on the couches, the kittens started their wild hunt, chase, evade, and attack games while doing parkour all over the couches. The kittens are quite rough with each other. Jim watched them, highly amused, and dubbed them “The Maniacs”. He also calls them “mischief makers” and “the troublesome duo”. But He loves them, too, and cannot resist scooping one up for a hug and an ear and chin scratch every now and then.
Question: If you knew that you had only two more days to do your last-minute preps, what would you still need to do?
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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