To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles , but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
We had a fairly busy week, preparing for our family Thanksgiving gathering. I had to spend several days out on errands, with shopping, vehicle registration renewals, picking up mail, and visiting the dentist’s chair. The latter was necessary, but no fun. l also spent nearly one full day cleaning, lubing, price-tagging, and cataloging the seven antique guns that I had bought last weekend at the Lewiston, Idaho gun show. There, I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few nice 1890s-vintage antiques. I’m confident that I’ll be able launch Elk Creek Company (an Internet-based sales company), in February. My goal is to have at least 60 pre-1899 antique guns in inventory. The current receiver count is 38, so my goal of 60 pieces seems realistic.
The weather was pleasant for Thanksgiving, and we had a joyful yet muted celebration. One of my sons was not able to attend, because of the hospitalization of his Mother-in-law. Her prognosis, we are told, is poor and her time is short. But we take heart in the fact that she is a woman of strong faith in our savior, Jesus Christ. With the assurance of her final destination, we can rest well. Please pray for comfort, for her and her family.
Avalanche Lily Reports:
We do hope that you all had a wonderful and special Thanksgiving time with family or friends. I must say that in my department, there just wasn’t much of anything done towards prepping. I spent the early part of the week homeschooling Violet and the latter part of the week prepping for our family get together and entertaining. We did all of the usual stuff when preparing to entertain folks: baking, cleaning, vacuuming and turning the indoor garden back into a guest room. I moved the plants to the west and the south windows, for four days. On Sunday they’ll return to the guest bedroom.
The day before thanksgiving the girls and I baked pumpkin pies (from my own home grown pumpkins which I baked), apple pies (from the apples we picked this fall), and cakes for two birthdays that we celebrated, since we were all together. The girls and I had a good time working together, peeling apples, etc. and singing while listening to the the soundtrack from the “Sound of Music”. We love those songs. We, also, enjoy singing many other types of music together: worship songs: contemporary, Messianic, and old hymns; Pop songs, Celtic, John Denver, and many other styles, too.
I will say that the LAM brand Tiller Broad Forks  arrived in the mail this week, as well as the Neem oil, which I sprayed on some of the plants. I sprayed it on the one lone pepper that was beginning to take on a population of both mites and aphids. I sprayed it on the plants for three days in a row and did not notice a reduction in the population, at all. Therefore I put that pot outside to freeze, too. The list of precautions/hazards with using the Neem oil, includes, not getting it on your hands or eyes or breathing it, “It will harm you if you absorb it through your skin” I don’t like this idea. Because it’s an oil, that means that it won’t wash off of greens easily. I don’t wish to ingest it. Therefore, I do not think I will use it again. What are your thoughts with using Neem oil on vegetable plants?
I cleaned out the baby chick enclosure again. I hope to have more to report on next week. I love reading about what you folks have accomplished during the past week. So please share with us, while maintaining your OPSEC. 😉
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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