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’s emphasis is on small arms mechanical training.
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
After enjoying three weeks of spring-like temperatures, we’ve received another 11 inches of snow so far this week at the Rawles Ranch. And another 15+ inches of snow is forecast for this weekend. The last I heard, our part of the Redoubt region was already at 125% of normal snowpack. With more snow coming, there is certainly no shortage of snow! We will probably have a late spring this year. (I suppose that I should send a bill to Al Gore  for the extra hay that I’ll need to buy. His climate forecasting stinks.)
This year’s heavy snowfall has shifted our activity pattern. On the snowy days, we plow our road and barnyard. We also switch our focus to indoor projects. We also try to do some snowshoeing after each storm. And when there is a long delay between storms, we are often able to hike on top of the packed snow in regular boots, without much postholing .
We did have two very pleasant sunny (but chilly) days this past week. That provided us the chance to do some ice skating on one of our low-lying pastures that tends to flood. That was great fun. That sunshine also briefly brought our large garden greenhouse up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But it won’t be until at least March that we can expect consistent growth of our seedlings in the greenhouse.
I’m making this entry brief, because I have to go plow 10 inches of snow before dark. Right now, I’m feeling a bit like King Sisyphus , because if my reading of the projected Jet Stream direction  is correct, then it looks like we’ll have another 8 to 10 inches to push, by Sunday.
We always enjoying reading comments from readers about your preps. Please keep them coming. – Jim Rawles
The Latimer household is still limping along without a kitchen. We are busy working on the kitchen ceiling and supports as well as prepping kitchen cabinets. The ceiling and beam support should be concluded within the next day or two, and then we will all focus on clearing the remainder of the cabinet contents, cleaning and prepping the cabinet and drawer surfaces, and prepping them for paint in the week ahead. We had hoped to be further along at this point, but cold weather and high humidity have slowed down the drywall curing process.
We knew the kitchen was important to the operation of the household, which is why it’s getting this much needed renovation, but we really miss it at this point.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.