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!
Here at the Rawles Ranch, we received just a few inches of inches of snow this past week. Much of that melted on Wednesday and Thursday, when the temperature soared to around 36 degrees F. Our old reliable snow plow is now attached, but I haven’t yet put it into service this year. We’ll wait and see how the winter weather pattern develops. Perhaps it will be much more mild than last year.
I recently helped a consulting client select a gun vault to give to his son, for his new home. I recently began recommending vaults from Rhino Metals . That is a company located in Caldwell, Idaho. They are now one of our affiliate advertisers. Rhino is currently offering a 15% discount on their safes and 25% off all their safe accessories. When sales like that come along, I encourage folks to jump on them. My client says that he will be not only helping his son and daughter-in-law with the vault purchase, but also by stocking it well with a variety of investment tangibles, primarily for his grand-kids. A wise and oft-quoted old American saying: “Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.”
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Most of our family was down with the Common Cold this week. But early in the week I took the one-hour drive to town for shopping errands and made a special trip to a Dollar Store. There, my goal was to stock us up on some additional first aid supplies. These included: An ice pack bottle, several three-packs of 2-ounce dispensers of hand sanitizer (also useful for kindling fires), some foam toe bandages, 10 packs of paper dust masks, rolls of bandage gauze, boxes of individually-packaged alcohol prep pads, rolls of waterproof bandage tape, and some 4-packs of single use 1/2-gram Super Glue (CA glue) tubes. That glue is quite handy for wound closure. Total expense: $34.
I’m hopeful that we’ll get over these colds and be more productive, next week!
– Jim & Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week will see our children coming to visit us and preparations are underway to make their stay more enjoyable. The spare bedroom is being turned into a guest bedroom and basically redone. It’s doubtful that we will have time to repaint it as we don’t want the smell of new paint to permeate the room while they are hear, but the carpet is being ripped out and all of the outlets and electrical switches are being replaced. This is a continuation of the renovation of the house one-room-at-a-time. While the house still has a somewhat 70s feel to it, it is slowly coming around. Along with the guest room, the main bathroom is also getting some much needed updates in the form of new towel racks.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.