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,
We had a rainy week, here at the Rawles Ranch. So we concentrated on hunting and some indoor projects. I tagged a nice fat young whitetail buck earlier this week. That gave me a sense of relief. You see, it doesn’t feel like we are really ready for winter until the woodshed is full, the hay barn is full, and we have at least one deer hanging.
But I didn’t have any luck in filling my elk tag. Grumble, grumble... But I can only blame myself, because I didn’t take the time to get out in the woods very often, since Opening Day.
By the way, I usually hang skinned deer and elk for a full week to season the meat before I butcher them and wrap the cuts. I should also mention that I regularly pay a local shop to butcher our cattle, but I’ve always cut and wrapped the deer and elk meat by myself.
Meanwhile, Avalanche Lily was quite busy with homeschooling and Thanksgiving holiday cooking and baking, so she didn’t get much prepping work done. Her latest check on the greenhouse showed that we have several rows in a bed of spinach that are spouting nicely.
We are looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps this winter.
May you all have a blessed week, – James Wesley, Rawles
The Latimer Homestead has some reorganizing to do in their food storage area. Seed has been processed and is in storage for next year’s garden, and there is only a little rooted produce left in the garden. The freezing night temperatures have put an end to most produce, and so we are taking some time to do some rotation and possibly reorganizing this coming week (or two). Additionally, we are continuing to manage and monitor our chickens, but they seem to be improving. We still have some chicken therapy going on, with the interactions between the old and new flocks getting more competitive. Our rooster is apparently also getting a first-hand understanding of what it means to be “hen pecked”. Poor fella! Sarah is quite unhappy about this behavior in a few hens. Her rooster has been a good protector and quite the gentleman with his hens. The poor chicken behavior is just a little too similar to that of some humans we know.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.