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! Today, a bit about body armor. (Modern, that is.)
We certainly had our share of snow plowing and snow shoveling this week. The weather had improved, snow was already so deep that I had to ask a favor of my neighbor. He has a mid-size tractor with a dandy PTO rotary snow plow in the front. It blows snow out its snout nearly 40 feet. He punched some big voids in our snow banks with his rotary, so I now have a place to push snow, when I do plow. I’ll be happy when the Jet Stream shifts. The nearby Un-Named Range of Mountains must be at 130% of average annual snowpack. Our part of the American Redoubt never goes wanting for water.
After years of dawdling, I finally supplemented our body armor. In addition to a couple of Level II and IIIA concealment vests, we now have plate carriers with Level 4 mil-spec ceramic plates. It great having those options, depending on the situation. Finding surplus plates was easy. But finding comfortable and good-fitting plate carries that suited our purposes required some research. For Lily, we settled on a Blackhawk brand “Low Visibility” (minimalist) carrier. And for me, I opted for a used CIRAS rig, with beaucoup pouches. The rig came with a holster, but I will probably remove that and use a Kydex hip holster, instead. We’ll see. I need this to work for both on the trail and in a vehicle. No doubt I’ll make some changes to make it carry what I need it to, and be comfortable.
Avalanche Lily Reports
Wow, where did this week go? It flew by on me. I feel that time is seriously speeding up…
This week I don’t feel that there is as much to say on my part, except that we did the usual school, and animal chores. I also skied for five hours. I shoveled snow from the path from the house to the greenhouse. It had three feet of snow, for about lineal 80 feet. Last week I shoveled out the frost-free spigot on the other side of the greenhouse. I’ll still need to do that once again since we’ve had more snow since then. Soon, I will be getting out my pots, trays, soil and seeds to start growing my seedlings. I will be starting them in the house in a hallway this year, since our guest bedroom will be occupied by one of our older children who has returned to our home. Yes, I’m very happy he is coming home for a time. He is our world traveler.
I did make our own Boston baked beans with maple syrup and a barley beef stew, both of which simmered on the wood stove for a few days of which we’d dip into, when hungry.
Jim ordered three Wiggy’s Ultralite 20-degree Fahrenheit-rated 3.4 pound sleeping bags for us girls, for our summer backpacking trips. Our summer night temperatures average around 48 F. in the valley and are even colder up in the mountains. Therefore I am very happy to be getting these bags. They are currently on sale for $150. Check them out. By the way, I did stuff one outer Wiggy’s bag (from one of our four Wiggy’s FTRSS dual-bag systems) into a compression stuff sack. I checked and it weighed 3.6 pounds. Jim will use this bag when we backpack this spring and summer.
I had needed to update my ski pants, having had used a cheap pair for the last ten years or so. The zipper broke and they weren’t that comfortable and were rather bulky. The kids were all set in this department. Usually, I had been wearing long johns, jeans and my rain pants for short duration winter outdoor activity. But now that I want to try winter camping and Ice fishing, I wanted a nice durable warm pair for more sedentary winter activities. Through Amazon we ordered and received this week a pair of ArctiX women’s bibbed Thinsulate ski overalls. These are made in Bangladesh. I’ve worn them twice, now. They are a great fit on me and they seem to be doing well the job of keeping me warm and dry. I like them, a lot! The only problem with them is that I will have to do something different with my Glock with them. My Glock is in a paddle holster that slips into the waistband of my jeans. Usually, when I go out the door, I just grab it from it’s resting place and put it in my jean’s waistband. (I don’t like belts). These bibbed ski pants do not have a waist. So when I wear them fishing or during some other winter activity, I’ll have to put the Glock somewhere else, which will make it not as quickly accessible for me…
The girls and I, and a friend, this week, simulated a survival situation by practicing fire building out in three feet of snow, practicing with a magnesium ferro rod fire starter. It was not an easy thing to do without regular practice. We will be practicing more in the coming days. I will write more about this later, since the exercise/situation and the ramifications of it was much larger than what I am depicting here. It will probably become a regular article in itself. I’m planning on doing the same with the backpacking gear comparison article. However, at this time, I need to think, do, talk and pray more about both of them before writing about them.
No ice fishing this week. It’s something that I want to do, it’s just not a priority… Oh well.
Last week I brought the 7 Noahide Laws to your attention. We linked to Steven Ben Nun’s web site page as a source of information. Steven and his wife Jana are doing a seriously deep research into these laws and will be having a weekly talk about their research, every Wednesday (They began this past Wednesday) for the forseeable future.
A blog reader commented last week that he considered Steven Ben Nun as a “prophet” and that Steven has been wrong in the past with his “predictions”. To clarify: Steven has never claimed to be a prophet. He is a Watchman, observing the events of our time and comparing them to the scriptures prophecies in the Bible. He is seeing the events and thinking about what could possibly be an outcome for them. He is not saying, “Thus says the Lord…” A Watchman’s job is to watch events unfold and warn the flock of the dangers that they might cause. That is not the same as a prophet. Also, he is studying the prophesies and comparing them to current events, looking for their fulfillment. That also doesn’t make one a prophet because they were already written down. It’s not a new revelation.
Often, I had been thinking of something and then finding a few days or weeks later that Steven is addressing them. I find that incredibly interesting and a little bit as though the Lord is talking to me, and confirming my thoughts and ideas/His thoughts that He gave me, of events through Steven. The same has occurred with other people that I listen to, too. I do not agree with everything he says. But he is quite close on my page of ideas.
We’re all fallible human beings. We all see through the glass darkly. Therefore, I suggest that you, if you listen to someone’s ideas that you not take the as the gospel truth, that you always pray for discernment and do your own corroborative research.
May you all have a blessed and safe week, – Jim and Avalanche Lily Rawles
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