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!
This week I did a my usual writing and my livestock chores. I also made the time for some target shooting and AR immediate action drill practice sessions with our #1 Daughter (Eloise.)
I’m still on my hunt for private party SIG P320 trigger group modules and a few more AR lowers. (A man can never have too many, especially with Democrats in control of congress.) My goal is to be fully stocked before S.42 comes up for a vote on the Senate floor. If I wait and it passes, then prices will sure skyrocket. $50 lowers will become $300 lowers. Hopefully it won’t pass, but I always hedge my bets.
Avalanche Lily Reports
This week again flew by very fast for us. We had great winter weather of snow showers and some sun. I really enjoy this time of the year. This week, finally, both girls joined me for cross country skiing for four days in a row and we skied for a total of about seven hours. The snow conditions and temperatures have been perfect. We skied in flat land and then up in some hills. I feel that I have really built up some endurance and muscles during the past five weeks of skiing. It feels really good. I’m hoping that we will continue to have good cold and snowy conditions for skiing for the next four weeks. And then, may the rains come and melt all of the snow chick chock, so I can get the garden in ASAP this year. I’m hoping with the girls, to go right from skiing to running without any break. Jim should join us with the running! Jim? My husband is a California-born boy and just doesn’t do too well on skis. But nothing is stopping him from trail running, right? Jim? 🙂
This week, I did some shopping to get a few more items in case of an SHTF event, soon. I bought more tarps, new hatchets for backpacking and for each vehicle, lamps, lamp oil, and kerosene, Sterno cans for backpacking, and winter waterproof ski gloves. Some of these items we will add to our stash and/or barter with, if need be. I also bought another 50 pound bag of oats and some other groceries.
I bought a size-adjustable Ecogear Pinnacle 65L backpack for Miss Violet. Her body stature demanded an adjustable internal frame pack to fit her correctly. As soon as she got that bag home, she immediately, and with great excitement, packed all of her gear into it. Once our second set of Wiggy’s bags arrive, hopefully this coming week, we will have rounded out most of our needed gear for backpacking trips. This coming week, we will be carefully going through all of our gear, and will be making some semi-final decisions of what is appropriate for us to hike with/bug out with in our packs and we’ll give you a basic list of what we think is important, for our region and for the appropriate season. Then this spring, after taking a few trips, we’ll tell you what more we think we need to adjust.
The local farrier came this week and trimmed the hooves of our equines. One of our horses has had some ongoing trouble with her hooves during the past two summers, which puts a damper on our riding of them. Currently, all hooves are healthy. We’re hoping that we can mitigate the problem this summer and get them back into shape and ride them more often, maybe even go horse back camping, too? It’s time for them to again be more than expensive beloved pets/lawn ornaments. 🙂
May you all have a blessed and safe week, – Jim and Avalanche Lily Rawles
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.