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!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers:
It was a busy yet quiet week here at the ranch. I made some major progress on getting in our firewood for next winter. As it now stands, I’ve worked us up to a reserve of an extra 15 cords. That provides a comfortable margin, just in case of a future injury or perhaps a volcanically-induced year or two “without a summer “.
My work in the woodlot ate up most of my non-sleeping and non-writing hours. I also helped Avalanche Lily by hauling some compost material to the main garden. I wish that I had something more exciting to mention, but 90% of family preparedness is just plain old repetitive hard work and practice.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Yes, I concur with my husband’s sentiments on this week. The work we did this week is the regular chores of summer ranching and gardening. I spent many hours weeding the main garden, Annex Garden and Greenhouse beds. I replanted/planted more carrots, beets and lettuces. I harvested more strawberries from the main garden, and french beans, summer squash, celery and kale (from the greenhouse.) They all went right into a white bean soup, I made with chicken). In the greenhouse, I brought in more manure for a bed that I’m preparing for late summer/Fall crops.
We did more weeding in the Annex garden and rotated the water sprinklers in all of the gardens.
I’ve been watching with great anticipation the growth progress of my three types of raspberries. It’s looking like, Lord willing, that we’re going to have a bumper crop. I can’t wait. I just love raspberries, especially Black Raspberries.
I do wish to say that around the world there are currently 42 volcanoes in some stage of eruption. The preceding years’ average has been around 22 volcanoes erupting at one time. We’re in record volcanic eruption territory. I’m going to suggest that these eruptions are putting countless tons of ash into our atmosphere which will affect the earth’s temperatures and food growing capabilities. Please look into alternative ways to sprout and grow your foods indoors or under cover of greenhouses and hoops, etc.
Hope you all have a productive week.
Blessings, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
The Latimers have had a bit of a difficult week. During extremely high temperatures, we have had an air conditioner break down. The effects of intense heat combined with time spent on making air conditioner repairs put a halt to the fencing project. While some may point out that man got along without air conditioning for many years, I am reminded that their homes and lifestyles reflected that fact. Our modern society has evolved to the point where the home becomes nearly uninhabitable without that ever present air conditioning. Every summer you read reports of how the weak or elderly suffer during blackouts with a number of them dying. It is a good reminder to me when I build my next house. Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways.
However, we expect to begin working on the fencing again in the coming week. Though it has been hot, we’ve kept up on watering and it has paid off in the garden. We are harvesting radishes, lettuce, herbs, and green beans. The garden and yard need thorough weeding, which we will work on this week, if the temperatures are a little milder.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.