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 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! This week’s focus is on beginning to prepare for fall.
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
This week was fairly quiet. The children did a lot of horseback riding around the Ranch and once up into the adjoining National Forest. However, they weren’t long in the forest because the horses were on extra high alert and kept staring into the woods and snorting and making their nervous “whoosh” sounds. We concluded that there must be a predator somewhere just off the road in the forest, and even though we were fully armed, decided to not tempt fate. We erred on the side of caution and went back home. The family continues to do a lot of mountain bike riding around the ranch. (On of our bikes is a Montague paratrooper folder.)
It was a bit cool here this week, so we didn’t swim.
We have baby blueberry bushes which only produced a few berries this year. So we went to a U-pick blueberry farm and picked about 20 pounds of blueberries. These we froze. We intend to return the Blueberry farm in two weeks to pick some more.
Jim (“JWR”) was busy with hay stacking and wood splitting this week. Not much else in the way of prepping. But it was great exercise. He has some travel planned for this coming week, which will be good timing–to rest his sore muscles.
The Latimer Homestead continued its focus on the harvest but also took time to plant for fall and winter produce as well. This week it was fun to be able to share some of the blessings from our harvest with others who were much appreciative. We also enjoyed putting up some dill pickles, made almost completely from ingredients off our little farm, grape leaves included.
The days are getting cooler, and it is clear that we need to get as much produce, wood, and preparations put away for the coming winter and year ahead, so we are all motivated to get our work and projects done. There is much to do and family time to look forward to as we sit around a bountiful table and give thanks.