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!
This week, while traveling, I bought another e-bike, in mountain bike configuration. I also managed to find another antique rifle, for my mailorder inventory. I’ve also had a LOT of writing and editing to do.
Although I’m essentially pinned down here, helping an elderly relative, I’m making good use of my time. For example, I’m getting plenty of daily exercise. I’m also writing extra blog posts, to be ready for the end of the year. If I “work ahead” and get the blog written 10 or 12 days in advance, it will give Hugh Latimer enough time to prepare the annual archive early. The goal is to have the waterproof archive USB sticks orderable by the 10th of January. This year it will have more than 4,000 pages of additional bonus material. These are some pre-1925 books on practical topics that I had professionally scanned.
Update: As of Friday evening, there is now enough snow at the Rawles Ranch to get back to cross-country skiing!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
This week, I am waiting for the snow to come back. The weather turned warm (above freezing most days and some nights 28-41 degrees) and rainy and we lost the snow very quickly that I had skied on last Monday. We did receive another inch of snow this week, but then it’s been raining for three days. So except for that brief ski last Monday, I haven’t skied since.
I walked three times for 45 minutes each.
During Thanksgiving weekend we moved the guest bedroom indoor garden out to the west windows and into the great room so that the room was available for one of our sons. I was so busy that I forgot to check on watering them. The intense heat and dryness from the wood stove and the lack of light did a number on the plants. I lost everything except the green beans and the tomatoes. The mint lost it’s leaves.
Therefore I am going to burn/steam all of the rest of the soil and start over again with the lettuces, kale, beets, etc., in about two weeks. The reason being, is that the French green beans are producing beans well. I would like to harvest some more, beans from their bushes and then, I’ll pull them and sterilize the soil that they are growing in and start the beans over again. They are also suffering from the mites. Stuff happens.
I dehydrated and froze 25 pounds of store-bought organic carrots.
I cleaned the hen house and chickie box and put the manure in the extension garden. I opened up one end of the chickie box so the birds have more room to roam within the hen house, but can return to the lamp when cold. They are growing so big now that they need more room to move around.
On Friday, our elderly horse, Ch, 30 plus years old, went down during the night in the doorway between her stall and corral and couldn’t get herself up. It was raining and snowing. She was stuck. This morning, she didn’t come when I fed the others their breakfast, so I went looking for her all over our woods and meadows. I didn’t find her so I went back to check the stalls and there she was down in the doorway. After talking with Jim, I called our neighbors who came over to help us. We were able to pull her out into the corral with a come along and pick up truck. We spent hours praying for her and feeding her apples, carrots, wet cob, molasses, and water with a syringe. I gave her Bute, which is a pain killing asprin-type pill for horses. We covered her up with blankets and electric heat pads, plastic tarp and put straw under her and all around her to add warmth. We massaged her back to help warm her. Then we tried several times to get her up. There were five of us pushing and pulling and rocking her. She just didn’t have the strength to get to her feet. She tried so hard. A horse in that state down more than 4-6 hours usually isn’t going to get back up, without a lift and sling, which we don’t have. She had been down just during the day over eight hours and who knows how long during the night. So just before dark, we decided to put her down, so she wouldn’t suffer through the cold snowy and rainy night. Dear, dear Ch. Rest in peace. You had a wonderful life and retirement with us. You taught us how to ride and care for horses. You were so good and patient with the children. You were always so welcoming to the other and every new animal(s) on the ranch. We loved you. We’ll miss you.
What a sad week. I’m so sorry that we have not had such good news to share with you, lately. We are living the life God has given us to live. There are great days and tragic sad days. God Gives and He takes away. Blessed be His name. God knows all things…
Just one interesting side note: Miss Eloise had a dream this morning. She woke up to the sound of me starting the Skype call to Jim to tell him about Ch and to get his advice on how to handle her situation. Before Eloise woke up she had had a dream that someone was loading Ch. up in a trailer and was taking her away. She said she protested, and told him how wonderful she was, what she had done for us, and how we had cared for her and had done so many things with her and for her, how much we loved her. She felt like she was explaining to this person like she was memoralizing Ch’s life with us. Then she woke up to the Skype ringing and heard me talking about Ch to Jim about how we could help Ch.. She feels like God gave her a warning dream this morning that something was going to happen. I believe that The Lord God warns his servants before things are going to happen to get us to pray/intercede for and to prepare our hearts.
The book of Amos Chapter 3:7 tells us: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” He is a merciful and kind Lord.
We are missing Jim, while he is traveling.
Please continue to prepare your hearts for the persecution that is coming, the economic collapse, the famines and food shortages. You really need to listen to Adapt 2030’s last few uploads and Ice Age Farmer’s last few uploads. These things are coming very soon, sadly. For those of you east of the Rockies, it looks as though you’ll be having a brutal winter with possible long-term power outages. Make sure you have other ways to heat your home or to stay warm, such as long johns, warm outdoor clothes, and extra sleeping bags. Make sure you have bottled water and canned foods, dried foods to eat if there is no power for cooking.
We also hear that the flu is starting early and is already affecting people greatly. Be ready to care for yourself and your loved ones and to quarantine yourself to avoid catching it, if you are able. We don’t know how much longer the window will remain open to prepare. Do what you can, every day.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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