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!
Things went very well with my slash burning, early in the week. Two of the four piles were consumed within eight hours, one with 12 hours, and the last one–containing a stump–within 20 hours. There was only one pile that required much “Woof” (dyed off-road diesel) to get started. All of this burning was during a rainy spell, for safety. I should mention that if I had waited until this weekend for burning, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get those piles started. There are some more drenching rains in the forecast, and even a chance of a snow shower here on the valley floor, on Sunday.
I had one on-site consulting session with a client who recently bought a large retreat in our region. He has an enviable lifetime supply of Western Larch (locally called “Tamarack”) for firewood.
I’ve been topping off a few supplies, here at the Rawles Ranch. Part of this was rotating our old fish and other veterinary antibiotics, and replacing them with fresh stocks. I’m also laying in some additional full capacity magazines, for barter purposes. I anticipate the California appeals court to strike down that state’s magazine ban sometime before the end of 2020 or perhaps early 2021. If and when that happens, then we will see the result of 20 years of pent-up demand from 35 million+ Californians. (Their ban on buy any additional 11+ round magazines took effect on January 1, 2000.) I expect their high demand to devastate the nationwide supply of available magazines for at least a year.
Our pre-election sale at Elk Creek Company is continuing apace. The inventory is being depleted rapidly–now down to just 50 guns. Not surprisingly, we’ve had several orders for freshly-reconditioned Chilean contract Mauser Model 1895 short rifles chambered in 7×57 Mauser. We started out with nine of those a week ago, and are now down to just
six five four two one remaining. “Going, going…”
And now, over to Lily:
Avalanche Lily Reports:
We’ve had some very rainy days lately with only two days of sunshine. The rain dumped a large amount of snow down to the 4,800-foot level in the mountains surrounding our valley. The very high peaks, above 6,000 feet, appear to have received up to two feet or more. The snowy peaks were beautiful in the sunshine against the backdrop of green grassy valleys, dark green conifers mixed with the fall season yellows of Cottonwood, Aspen, and Tamaracks. Very “purdy!”
Now it is supposed to rain for the next four days or so with a chance of a dusting of snow at our elevation this weekend. We’ll see. Sometimes, we get snow when they predict it, but other times we don’t.
This week we had guests for a few days. One of Miss Eloise’s friends visited. Later her parents visited with us for an afternoon.
The girls and I chopped up three gallons worth of our harvested red and yellow onions. Those we froze for future more expedient cooking experiences. We still have a large quantity of harvested onions left, some of which I still plan to dehydrate.
This week, I received in the mail three orders of garden seeds for next year.
I am continuing to add to my essential oils collection and various supplements that we take on a regular basis or may take in the future. What keeps happening is that we have a base supply of supplements, but I am looking for the purest forms and keep finding others that we want to try when the need arrives. Currently, I take only three, supplements on a regular basis. Jim takes seven.
I planted some Lamb’s Quarter seeds that I had collected, in a couple of other spots on our ranch as well as some more Sunchoke/Jerusalem Artichoke bulbs.
I am still harvesting broccoli florets which we’ve been eating.
I harvested some of my carrots. They did much better this year than last year. I will be leaving them in the ground and will be mulching them, shortly.
I harvested my first homegrown elderberries and Miss Violet and I de-berried the elderberry whorls. We washed the berries and froze them for a future day of syrup making.
I harvested from the greenhouse all of my hot and sweet peppers. The hot peppers were threaded onto a string and strung up to air dry in a sunny window near our wood stove. Probably by next week, we’ll have a continual fire going in it, instead of sporadic fires that will help to dry out the hot peppers. The sweet peppers will be chopped and frozen.
I went to a regional Yoke’s supermarket this past week–that I hadn’t been to in for over three months–to check out their inventory. Wow, there were big changes in the store. It looked as though they had redone the floors, but they hadn’t finished the flooring job yet. The shelves were further apart and shorter in length. Foods had been rearranged and were in new locations and sequences. There was a limit of one bottle, for bleach. The shelves are no longer packed with inventory. There was one case of taller Comet cleasnser and only two left of the smaller sized package of Comet. Cleaning supplies of all kinds were scarce. The meat section looked good. Fresh fruits and veggies looked fine. Canned goods were definitely lacking. I definitely had a feeling that there is some serious lack coming. I do not believe that the store managers are just putting out a few items at a time, and then putting out more. There is a serious supply chain disruption occurring and I wouldn’t be surprised if one they are conditioning us to get used to seeing less on the shelves because very soon there will truly be less on the shelves. Or my number two thought: What if we are really already seeing the last of many items that are no longer being manufactured, like light bulbs, and that when they are gone, they’re gone? I picked up some light bulbs, and sink stoppers, and more Comet scrubbing powder.
I listened to the books of Ruth, Judges, First and Second Samuel, and First Kings while working in the kitchen, house cleaning, and driving to town. I took another two trips in this week for various reasons. I very much enjoyed listening about places–many of which I have visited, in Israel–and the stories of each character that has contributed to the rich tapestry of Biblical history. The Judges Caleb, Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Barak, Sisera and Yael, Brave and Righteous Gideon from Manasheh, Yiftach; The book of Ruth with, Naomi and Boaz. Eli and Samuel, King Saul, King David, Abner, Ahsahel, Joab, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Elijah, Jezebel and King Ahab, et cetera. Wonderful stories, wonderful examples on how we should live and not live, and of YHVH’s lovingkindness and judgments for disobedience and rebellion. And also promises for all who love Him and obey His commandments. I encourage everybody to read and listen to the Word of God. The Word of God IS our blueprint for life on Earth.
Again, I would like to give you all the link to the YouTube Bible version that I listen to, when I’m online. (In our vehicles, we listen to the Bible on CD.)
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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