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!
We are in full Winter Mode, here at the Rawles Ranch. After a couple of glorious sunny (but chilly) days early in the week, we transitioned back to snow. This time it was a fine dry powder that refuses to clump together when pressed in your palm. This made Avalanche Lily quite excited, because she likes getting some of that on top of an established snow base, for cross country skiing.
I’ve been busy outlining a book for a publisher in England. The book contract is pending. I’ll post more updates on that is a couple of weeks.
I’ve also been frantically ordering parts and magazines for my current AR builds. These are all being assembled for my grandchildren. I say “frantically” because I’m starting to see prices creep up. I believe that we’ve seen the bottom of the Trump Slump. I expect AR parts and 11+ round magazines to positively gallop in price, in the next few months. Buy low and sell high, folks! Fair warning: The new U.S. Congress has been meeting. This famous quote bears repeating:
“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Gideon J. Tucker
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Dear SurvialBlog readers,
This week was a very good homeschooling week. I believe we are getting into a good routine once again.
I ordered more seeds, tubers, canes, and crowns to expand some garden beds. I am expanding by adding beds to my Golden Raspberry patch, another Asparagus bed, another Black Raspberry bed and another Strawberry bed. Since our climate seems to indicate that fruits of the berry kind do the best here and because I recently ate some awesome Blackberries from Costco, (I didn’t enjoy the bitterness of the Blackberries of my youth and so have not planted them on our land up to this point), I decided it was time to put in a Blackberry bed down in the orchard. So we have sixteen canes on order. This week while cleaning out the chicken coop, we ran the manure in the work sled, down into the orchard and put it in the area will I will put the Blackberries. We will continue this practice until I have enough manure down there and then we’ll put manure in other areas until spring.
Yes, I did get to cross country ski once this week, and once last week in powder snow before the rains came and ruined both snowfalls. It is a lovely way to get some exercise.
Around here we’re lucky to have powdery snow for more than three days in a row before the rain comes. But once it rains, usually after a day or two, it freezes then I can hike, run, walk on top of the crust until the next powdery snowfall. This is our winter weather pattern west of the Rockies. I am awaiting/hoping for a huge rainstorm on top of snow which would form a large lake in our meadow followed immediately by a large non windy polar vortex which would freeze the meadow and give us a lovely skating rink! If we’re going to live in a winter climate, can we please have the right conditions to properly play in it, so we can stay in good physical shape?
This week was also spent in much time of prayer and intercession, and reading of the scriptures. As a family we, over the past three months, have read through 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings and this week have begun 1st Chronicles. I also spent time reading the book of Daniel and comparing it to these books and comparing it to James Ussher’s book, “The Annals of the World”. It is very interesting and I will continue reading this, this weekend. I believe the Lord God is giving those who seek Him revelation and discernment of the days we are living in. There is a serious sense of an “Impending Something” that is about to fall on us here in the USA and the whole world. Please be in prayer and repentance for yourselves and this nation.
May you all have a very safe and blessed week. – Jim & Avalanche Lily, Rawles
This week at the Latimer household we spent much time dealing with the neighbors dogs who suddenly acquired a taste for chicken. Normally, when a dog does this, the dog just quietly disappears. However, this is a neighbor that we truly want to keep in good relations with so we had to work with them to control the dog. I happened to have a security camera that covers the adjoining property fence line and was able to maintain visual security while I worked on my computer. During the times in which the chickens were foraging, I would watch the fence line and catch the dog digging under the fence.
It took more than a couple of painful whacks on the dog over multiple instances as it tunneled under the fence, but it eventually stopped attempting it. I’m sure that the memories of that will fade a couple more times as it remembers the tasty treat and fun of bringing down a chicken, but I believe we can salvage this without the loss of the dog or the relationships.
We also finished digging up all of the carrots from last season and storing them in sand buckets in the garage.
In the meantime, the family has been in a somewhat subdued mood as we mourn the loss of an extended family member. He suffered from dementia for the last two years and it was painful to see his deterioration over time. We are confident of his safe arrival with our Lord, but we grieve the physical loss nonetheless.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.