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!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
This week was fairly quiet and sedate at the Rawles Ranch. Jim’s main duty was snow plowing with our trusty old pickup. There had been more than 20″ of snow in the preceding week, so there was plenty of snow to move. Since we are expecting heavy snowfall this winter, we’ve opted to push the snow much farther back than usual. We’ll need a place to put all of the snow that is expected in the weeks and months head. Based on the long range forecast, we figure we’ll get at least 9 feet, this winter!
Meanwhile, Lily has been busy tending the winter plantings in the greenhouse. Her “greenhouse within a greenhouse” experiment has gone well. Lily put thermometers in each hooped bed (covered with visqueen plastic ) to measure air temperatures. She is regularly checking them–at least twice a day. With a heavy layer of fairly fresh manure beneath the beds, the soil temperature is holding between 42 to 55 degrees. The air temperature inside the hoops has been 32 to 60 degrees and the temperature outside of the hooped beds has been as low as 27 degrees and as high as 90 during the past week all depending on if the sun is shining or not. Germination remains yet to be seen with the seeds that were planted last week. The seeds planted three weeks ago in the non-manured bed are germinating and growing, albeit very slowly. I started out the week running the woodstove in the greenhouse, but with a couple of sunny days and moderating temperatures, outside temperatures now hovering around 32 degrees day and night, decided to let it go out. This week we’re in the high 40’s during the day and low thirties at night, so there is no need to keep the stove going.
For Lily, besides running out to the greenhouse for temperature checks and once watering of the beds, she has done the usual ranch winter life activities. These include animal chores in the AM and PM. Then there was snow shoveling paths to the greenhouse, compost pile, woodshed, chicken coop, corral gate and around the main gate. And of course homeschooling, cooking meals, house cleaning, and some deep organizing of two kitchen cupboards this week. Nothing too exciting or interesting, but just maintaining our normal way of life.
I’m looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps for winter.
May you all have a blessed week, – Avalanche Lily Rawles
The Latimer Family has remained busy caring for the chickens and also wrapping up the chimney and stove for one of our out buildings. We had some re-roofing required some time ago, and we have some buildings with metal roofs. So, it has been a learning experience to put in a chimney on a metal roof for the first time. We’ve cured our wood-burning stove and delighted this week at the beauty and warmth of it in this work space.
The week ahead looks like it should be fair weather for this time of year, so we will do some clean up in the area and possibly some further seed collection in addition to a beginning a bit of fall cleaning in preparation for guests for the upcoming holidays. We are also processing cranberries, making craisins, since they were in abundance at Costco when we made our monthly trip this week, and we’re baking and smoking meats for the winter. It is sure a tasty time of the year, though lots of work!
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As always, please share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments.