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,
We’ve just had a beautiful week of sunny weather, but quite cold nights. (As low as -1 degree F.) So the family has done a lot of snowshoeing and ice skating, right here at the Ranch. There is more snow due off and on for the next 10 days, but hopefully that will be the last blast of winter. We are anxious to start cutting firewood, mending fences, and getting back in the greenhouse.
I had a few hobby gunsmithing projects this week, mostly completing and perfecting a few AR builds. I’ve also been working on an antique Chilean Model 1895 Mauser sporter project. Note: With pre-1899 antique guns, I only feel justified in altering them if I’m starting with either an incomplete rifle, or modifying some else’s previous sporter project. I try to leave complete original condition guns alone–not wanting to destroy their collector’s value.
Please send comments about your own preps. Thanks, – Jim Rawles
The Latimer Homestead this past week has done some pruning of vines and will continue to do a bit of clearing and cleanup on the property. We finished the sealing and painting of the ceiling and structural beams. The bulk of our work this week will be clearing out and cleaning our kitchen and office cabinets to prepare them for stripping the finish, sanding, and paint.
The hardest part about prepping the cabinets will be trying to find places for all of the “things” stored and stashed in the kitchen cabinets themselves while still making at least some of it available. It is absolutely astounding to me how much “stuff” a person can
hide store in the average kitchen!
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.