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:
We had a pleasant, cool, week at the Rawles Ranch. Some out-of-State relatives came to visit for a few days, and we showed them the sights. Frosts are now a real risk, so we’ve been busily harvesting–now mostly tomatoes.
This week we rushed to harvest celery, mint, and tomatoes, before any hard frosts. Many of the tomatoes were still green, and Lily simply pulled up the vines and brought them into the house intact, in the hope that the tomatoes would continue to ripen indoors. The sheer volume of tomatoes was quite gratifying. We have lot of work to do, to get them preserved!
I am itching to set our slash piles ablaze, here at the ranch. Despite the recent rains, our county government has not yet started the fall “open burning” season. At this rate, there may be snow on the ground before I can legally burn. But I will defer to their judgement.
This week I had to make an adjustment to the latch on our poultry house. It had to be tightened considerably, because one our mouthy mares was developing some expertise at fiddling with that latch. Her goal, of course was nosing into to poultry house to try to gain access to the grain bins. “Horses will be horses.” The potential goes beyond mere equine naughtiness. If they were to gain access to a grain bin and eat their fill, there would be a risk of what could be deadly foundering. I urge SurvivalBlog readers to always take precautions to prevent foundering incidents!
The Latimer’s are in day 14 of the testing of the bugout trailer. So far everything is going smoothly. Each year we learn from the last.These long term test really bring out the weaknesses in any plan. The solar system is behaving well since the loose connections were identified last week and the panel has been mostly able to keep up with demand.This week’s weather dumped about 5 inches of rain in just a couple of hours, so the water shedding ability of the tent was well tested. As long as the tent is ditched properly, there is no issue, but it sure would be nice to have a portable platform that the tent sets on. If any of SurvivalBlog’s readers are familiar with such a product, I’d love to hear about it. The tent is a military 16′ frame type tent with a footprint of a little over 15×15 foot so the platform would have to break down nicely and store in or on the trailer. Weight is also a concern. Building one out of standard lumber requires too much room in the trailer.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.