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!
I was on the road for more than two weeks, helping an ailing elderly relative. I just returned to the Rawles Ranch yesterday. The only progress that I made toward our prepping was returning with a couple of boxes of citrus that I picked. We’ll eat some of that fresh and juice the rest, and freeze it.
Oh, and I also stopped by a gun shop on my return trip and bought a complete Bravo Company AR upper with a stainless 18″ barrel. I intend to mate that with a spare Palmetto lower. That completed AR will be set aside for the grand-kids. With AR parts prices presently quite low, I consider this the ideal time to complete some gun builds and “stack them deep.”
Avalanche Lily Reports
Yahoo, Jim is home! Hallelujah! It was a very long two plus weeks without him. I am super glad that you’re back home, Jim! My beloved hubby!!
This week, I re-rototilled the garden. I planted the 25 yellow raspberries, 154 potato halves/about 50 pounds of Kennebec potatoes, and over 800 onion bulbs of various types. I still have about forty pounds of red potatoes to plant. I’m playing that hurry-up and wait on the weather game for planting the rest of the garden. We had two frosts this past week. The second frost was really hard. When I saw the truck covered with frost early in that morning, I dashed outside to the garden to hose down the strawberry leaves, rhubarb, and raspberry buds, to melt the frost before the sun hit them. I think I saved them. A few more days will tell us the story. I wasn’t expecting the second harder freeze. This coming weekend we are supposed to get a weather system that could give us snow, and afterwards, drop our temperatures into the high twenties at night. So it’s been wise that I haven’t planted any thing else out there, but the root crops. The colder temperatures are supposed to last until the end of the first week of May.
In the greenhouse, many of the trays that I planted are beginning to sprout their seedlings. They did fine with the two freezes this past week, but this coming week, I think I will be building a fire in the woodstove in the greenhouse for the coming below-freezing nights, and/or bring some of the seedlings trays into the house. Some squashes, cucumbers, and tomatoes have sprouted, since the frosty nights. I’m not sure, that I will trust them, in particular, out there on these next frosty nights, even with a fire in the woodstove… The broccoli and cabbage have sprouted in the trays, but I’m not worried about them. They can handle some frosts.
Early in the week the girls and I washed, chopped, and froze some, and dehydrated some, of those 20 pounds of sweet peppers. The dehydrated ones filled a mason quart jar. We will be adding the dehydrated peppers to soups and sauces in our future cooking.
This week we experienced our first thunderstorm of the year, and saw our first two rainbows over our mountains of the season. Beautiful!. Miss Eloise saw the first hummingbird while sitting on the porch in the sun reading her history. Cooper hawks or sharp-shinned hawks are giving their mating calls all day long around our ranch. Robins, Pileated woodpeckers, Flickers, Canadian geese, Winter wrens, and other birds are all also singing their hearts out. Spring has sprung here in the American Redoubt and it is glorious!
Two of our horses developed a leg or hoof problem this week, and thus have been locked up in a corral while being doctored by Miss Eloise and I. One has received Epsom salt and iodine hoof soaks with a dose of Bute. After two days of treatment, has shown much progress in recovery. This particular horse will remain in the corrals until our meadows dry out, since she is prone to hoof problems from the wet conditions. Grrr! Our other horses have no problems with wet meadows. The other horse has been receiving Bute and forced gentle walks and is slowly recovering. We think she was kicked by one of her buddies. Horses! All of them were brushed and hoof-picked.
This week has been exam preparation week for the girls, so lots of studying took place.
The girls and I squeezed in one short hike, this week.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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