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Editors’ Prepping Progress: Tree transplanting. Selling HK91s.

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!

Jim Reports:

I’ve been fairly busy writing a nonfiction book for a publisher in England. Per my contract, that manuscript must be completed by mid-September. It is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2020. I’ll post more details on that book in the weeks to come.

We finally had a change of weather. We’d had three weeks without rain, and had resorted to running sprinklers on our gardens. But thankfully we got good downpours of rain on Thursday and Friday. That provided relief for our pastures and saplings!  Speaking of saplings, this past week we transplanted more than a dozen volunteer fir saplings from places where we don’t desire shade (e.g. south of our garden) to places where we do want shade. This sort of planning requires visualizing the shade pattern of 20 to 70 foot trees versus the currently puny 3 to 6 foot-tall saplings. This is long term stewardship planning for our ranch that will span generations. Hopefully we’ll have grandchildren living here that will appreciate our foresight and our efforts.

As I recently mentioned in the Economics & Investing column, I decided to transition from HK91 rifles to AR-10 rifles, for our family’s primary rifle battery. Because original pre-ban German-made HK rifles and accessories have become so valuable, it is not tenable to keep them at the core of our family’s battery. Selling just one minty pre-ban HK91 will now generate $3,000+. This rifle switch makes a lot of sense. After liquidating three HKs, 400+ box magazines, 10 drum magazines, bipods, claw mounts, magazine loaders & unloaders, spare parts kits, et cetera, I will end up with at least six AR-10s with 30+ magazines each, beau coup spare parts, premium optics–such as Trijicon ACOG tritium scopes, and some cash left over. This transition will be a gradual process.

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I’ve already started selling some HK magazines and my Hensoldt scopes with HK claw mounts. The scopes  are all going to a local friend who declared: “I’ll take all of them, sight unseen.”  I started out by listing just the magazines, at The FALFiles Marketplace. (I should mention that I’ve also set aside 20 new-in-wrapper magazines for each rifle, to sell only with the rifles, or after the rifles sell.)

The aforementioned rifle cross-leveling exercise adds credence to my position that investing in tangibles is logical when living in a world dominated by inflating currencies. Silver and guns are my primary investments. Various “balances” and “shares” and electronic “coins” can be taxed, or legislated, or blipped away, but most tangibles cannot. It is our guns that are our premier tangible assets. They are useful tools that can even be used in defense of our ownership thereof. (No other investment vehicle–except perhaps edged weapons– can boast that claim.) It would require force of arms to pry these guns from our grasp. I may be old-fashioned and a veritable investing dinosaur, but we’ll never see our nest egg fully wiped out by some crash, glitch, or effrontery of government.

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

The beginning of our week entailed a brief getaway to celebrate our anniversary.  We went to a regional hot spring, did a lot of swimming for exercise, two 45 minute sessions of active lap swimming, a lot of soaking for enjoyment, and some hiking and sightseeing.  It was a very lovely time to be alone together. We really need to do this more often, Jim.  🙂

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Upon our return to the ranch, we entertained some unexpected guests for a day.  Of course you know that that entailed a frantic massive house cleaning and fresh food procurement, and preparation.

I was very involved with helping Jim transplant those saplings and did a lot of digging/refilling the holes.  Later that afternoon, we helped a neighbor do some of her yard work.

After morning homeschooling, the girls helped Jim sort through all of the HK G3 magazines into stacks, by maker and by year. Then they helped with packing, padding, and labeling the boxes. It was a full afternoon project.

I mowed the paths in the main garden and pulled weeds in many of the beds.  The potatoes, beans, 800 onion bulbs and carrots are now sprouting.  Yeah! It’s almost time to harvest chives and rhubarb.

I reorganized a few of our bookshelves.

The rains came, so on Friday I curled up for a day with my books.  I needed to rest after putting out so much energy earlier in the week.

Next week, I need to get into the Annex garden to plow and plant it.  We need to get back to working the horses… I want to hike in our forests to see the wildflowers…

May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.

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