Editors’ Prepping Progress

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!

Jim Reports:

I had a very quiet week helping an elderly relative, so I’ll be leaving most of this week’s Editors’ Prepping Progress column up to my lovely wife, Avalanche Lily.

Other than some gardening work and exercising (mainly bicycling) on most mornings, I didn’t do much that was preparedness-related. But I did succeed in finding eight antique guns for my inventory at Elk Creek Company. These include: A couple of very early Marlin pump action 12 gauge shotguns, a .38 S&W top-break revolver, two Stevens top break .22 single-shot pistols, another 1895-dated Swedish Mauser sporter, a Colt Model 1878 Double Action Frontier revolver in .44-40, and a Winchester Model 1890 pump action rifle chambered in .22 Short.  I should have all of those listed by the third week of July.

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,
This week has been gorgeously sunny and warm, finally, just the way summer should be.  This fine weather really chirks my spirits.  We have been having lots of fun getting our work done and visiting with a friend.

There are quite a few things to report: First off, when the grandsons were here this past weekend, we candled our incubating chicken eggs and found blood vessels running throughout the eggs, proving that we have viable life in those eggs.  That was really exciting for all of us!  Babies are coming!!!

Next, I think I mentioned that a few weeks ago that we had shucked the dried Mandan/Painted corn that I grew last year.  The amount of corn that I grew in a very small area came to a gallon and a half. Also while Son and Daughter in Law were here, we took out the fan and winnowed the corn to get rid of any chaff and silk left in the corn. Then we ran out of time with them here.  But a few days later, I ground about three cups worth of the corn and made Matza corn tortillas.  They were yummy and crispy and sweet a real corn tasting much much better than the store-bought corn chips we have been buying of late. What a great feeling to grow one’s own corn, dry it, winnow it, grind it, and make one’s own “bread.”

So, I made the corn tortillas by mixing the ground corn with a teaspoon of salt, a third cup of oil, a little bit of white flour to add a little bit of stickiness, and about two cups of water. I mixed and kneaded it then rolled out with my rolling pin, put oil on the skillet, and “fried” the tortillas.

I have been weeding and planting more seeds in the garden.  I had to re-plant some of the green beans and yellow wax beans. Additionally, I planted another row with both of them.  I planted spinach, more kale, spaghetti squash seeds, and pumpkin seeds in the Extension Garden.

We’ve already had to get the water sprinklers into the gardens, so I have been rotating them around on a regular basis.

The greenhouse is going gangbusters.  We already have some baby tomatoes forming.  I have started broccoli and cabbage seeds in pots for fall crop seedlings that I will plant outside, later this summer.

The farrier came this week and worked on the horses’ hooves.

Horsey Friend came and worked the horses with Miss Eloise.

We girls joined a friend and her daughter for an afternoon hike this week to a spot in the National Forest that is very beautiful and very isolated, true wilderness with mountain views like you wouldn’t believe, lots of elk, moose and deer tracks, wolf and moose scat, too.  We went to a large crystal clear mountain creek rushing down from the very high snowy peaks nearby, and sat on its edge for a while.  We saw lots of wild meadow flowers that I delighted in identifying such as: Bunchberry, Queen Cup which is the western version of the Blue Bead Lily for you Easterners, Three spotted Mariposa Lily, Tall White Bog Orchid, Yellow Beardtongue, Blue Beardtongue (these are Penstemons), Twisted Stalk, Yarrow, Strawberry, Foam Flower/Miterwort, Pipissewa, Kinnikinnick, Wild Rose, Orange and Yellow Hawkweed, Daisy, and Arnica.  We just loved it out there.

Jim: We need to go backpacking and camping when you get home!!!! Please?  Yes, Yes!!!  😉

May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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