As preppers work to make progress to achieve prepping goals, we took some actions this week too. The SurvivalBlog editors made some plans earlier in the week and now reflect upon these. Below, the editors share what we each accomplished. Please write to us in the comments and tell us what you did this week to get your preps in place and to be ready.
Here in the American Redoubt, trees grow literally like weeds and if you don’t stay on top of it, you soon have a fire hazard. The chainsaw was wielded effectively, and we continue to put up firewood for the Rawles Ranch. The limbs and underbrush that was pushed into slash piles burned as well, and we are well on our way to keeping a fire-safe ranch and a supply of winter heat.
Sadly, we also had a set of eggs in the incubator and made the determination that none of them were viable, so out they went. We will try again soon though.
The Latimer Homestead had pretty ambitious plans this week and for the most part things went as planned:
- The new roof is completed and now tested. The roofers showed up a day late due to rain and had to knock off with only half a day’s work done due to the same weather front. The rain allowed us to pinpoint some critical areas that needed improvement, and the following day they completed the entire roof. They weren’t kidding when they said two days! It looks good too. There were some casualties though. The bathroom light fixture couldn’t handle the herd of elephants on the roof and gave it up, ending up in little shards. After that, we took everything of value off the walls. They also did a good job of cleanup, but we’ll be picking up nails for quite some time I’m sure. Hopefully not in tires though.
- We repaired and braced the utility feed and cut down the problem trees (except for the stumps.)
- Mrs. Latimer finished planting the garden and now it’s a waiting game to see the miracle of growth occur. It’ll be about a week before we start wondering if anything is happening at all, and then the following week we’ll start making plans to replant. Soon after than, we see the little green tips start poking through the ground and everything will be okay. You’d think we would learn, but we worry every year like that.
- We laid 300 feet of one-inch water line and are now using it to water the garden. The water pressure is so much better through that. I built the headers for the water line out of copper and brass fittings. No leaks were apparent. We left the trench exposed just in case.
- The evaporative cooler on the food storage made it in, but it was a chore. Everything that could break on it did as we refurbished it. A one-hour job turned into a 5-hour job. Our store of food is protected now, not so much for the house though, as the roofing delayed the house cooler. We couldn’t get to this cooler before the week ended. We will just push it into next week’s projects. The family is disappointed, but they can always step into the shop/food storage area if they need to escape the heat. In the meantime, we have fans that we run all night long pushing the cool night air through the house to keep it bearable.
How did you do this week on the plans that you made? Did you run into unexpected difficulties? Did you accomplish all of your goals? I was able to finish most of what I set out to do. But sometimes life happens and the plans go to pot. What life lessons did you learn if things went wrong?
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