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 exceptionally hot in our part of the American Redoubt on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures above 100 Fahrenheit are quite rare at our latitude and elevation, and few houses in our valley are air conditioned. There was also some haze from distant fires. At least the humidity was mercifully low. Needless to say, in this weather I did most of my outdoor chores and projects either in the morning or in the evening. The 2018 crop of mosquitoes are still with us, so the evening chores were a bit “slap dash”. (That is: With me slapping mosquitoes and dashing around to try to keep them off of me.)
My earthworks project is nearly done. It has been gratifying to see the result. It also helped me build some muscle and get back down to my target body weight. Like many other men in their late 50s, I have to watch my weight closely.
This week I also took a few useless items to the county landfill. I hate clutter around the ranch. Thankfully, there is no charge to use the landfill. That is covered by the “modest” taxes on our land. Since we’ve always homeschooled our children, I feel a bit over-taxed by the county. I suppose it is natural to grumble about being forced to pay for a service that I do not use.
I dropped one more dead-standing tree this week. This will probably be the last of the felling for this year.
Lily and our kids have been busy stacking the firewood that I’ve been gradually crosscutting and splitting. (I did that in my spare time between other projects.) Their stacking project will probably go on for another week–since the kids also want work in the cool of the morning.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Despite the heat, we accomplished much outside. We’ve been waking up around 6AM and have been immediately going out to work on our various projects.
This week, the black raspberry season came to an end. After picking the last berries, I immediately grabbed my pruner and pruned all of the spent brambles from the beds.
I harvested almost all of my onions. I have one more patch that is slowly maturing. I have laid the onions out to dry in the sun and then will braid them and hang them for the winter. The onion beds have been rototilled and replanted for fall crops. We will be hooping these beds for the fall and winter.
I weed whacked the garden paths.
The children and I, each morning for an hour, are stacking the wood that Jim has cut or split, in our woodshed,
Friends from out of state came over and spent the night. The following morning they helped me weed a few sections of the garden. They were a wonderful help and encouragement to me. Thanks, you guys!
I had some extra Thimbleberries and Elderberries that I didn’t get to process. I got too busy with other items calling for my attention. They became moldy, so I brought them out to selected areas of our property and buried them. Maybe they’ll grow? We don’t yet have them on our property, though this is their natural habitat.
Picked and froze two gallons of Red Raspberries. Picked, blanched and froze green beans.
May you all have a very blessed and productive week.
Many Blessings to All, – Jim Rawles and Avalanche Lily, Rawles
It was just another week of harvest at the Latimer homestead this week. the routine constisted of getting up before it became too hot, harvesting the daily bounty from the garden and then shifting the work inside to start the storage prepping of that same bounty. Canning, freeze drying, dehydrating, freezing and, of course, eating.
This coming week the Latimer’s have some extraordinary appointments away from the homestead that will distract us a bit, but we still intend to continue to prune and stake some more of the tomato plants and also fertilize the beans, Brussel sprouts, and tomatoes. We are quite busy with harvest also. Processing our harvest is consuming a significant portion of each day, as we prepare delicious, nutritious food for the weeks, months, and years ahead.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.