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:
This week we hope you had a wonderful celebration of Independence day. We did some traveling to visit with friends in another state to celebrate Independence Day. We also took some other shorter road trips for shopping and other errands. This mostly kept us away from the ranch so we didn’t accomplish much more than our regular chores.
We took delivery on several truckloads of 3/4″-minus gravel, to keep our driveway and parking area comfortably driveable.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Yes, this week, Sunday and Monday, I weed-whacked the garden paths, did more weeding in the main garden, and spent much time in the kitchen preparing food, reorganizing the dish cupboards, refilling spice jars, cleaning the refrigerator and such. I also cleaned the chicken coop. The rest of the week was spent traveling, visiting friends and celebrating our Independence. I hope we can keep it for many more years. Pray!
Many Blessings, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
We are late in getting the Preps of the Week column out this week due to some disastrous weather that the Latimer household experienced this week. The gardening and fencing projects were moving along as planned when the disaster struck. A freak weather cell moved through the area and dumped over two inches of rain in just a matter of about 30 minutes. The storm was extremely localized and the the area just couldn’t handle that amount of water. What used to be our garden became a raging torrential river with very little warning.
The river cut its path across a number of properties that have apparently never seen flooding like this. While the river raged for only about an hour, our garden was particularly vulnerable because of the soft earth of both it and the area where we have been working on the fence line. As a result, we may have lost a significant percentage of the garden. We are still in the process of digging the plant life out of the muck and mud and trying to salvage what we can. We originally thought that the whole garden was a loss and it was quite disheartening to see the entire garden under fast flowing water. All hands were mustered during the storm and while I worked the tractor and frontend loader to move dirt and gravel to protect and save what we could, everyone else wielded shovels like their life depended on it. That action may be what saved the rest of the garden.
So far, at this point, it looks like about 2/3 of the garden may be salvaged.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.