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There and back again and then over there and then back again.

Got home late last night from our tour of southwestern Canada–all the way to Tofino, which is nearly as far west as a person can go in Canada.  We drove just a hair under 5,535 kilometres over our 3 weeks on the road.

I’ve been offline for most of the time away, which I’ve enjoyed.  I didn’t really miss the internets all that much, which, I suppose, is a bit of a lesson for me.  I plan on doing some posts about the trip in the near future.

I’ve unpacked the van and now I’m preparing to repack the van, as Luke and I are driving down to Otterburne tomorrow with a vanload of books, etc.* and to pay for our the trailer we bought.

As I’m boxing all of our books, Dixie and I get into a debate about my manner of packing.  You see, I’ve got a scheme in mind for the limited bookshelf space we will have in Otterburne.  I figure that if we have to choose a limited number of our books to shelve, then it should be those which we’ve already read.  Dixie, on the other hand, is more inclined to choose books in a set (i.e. matching spines–such as Penguin classics) or books she wants to read.  My argument runs thusly: if Joe or Jane Visitor comes over and looks through our bookshelf, as many people are inclined to do, and pulls out a book and says, “How was this one?” I think we should be able to give an answer.  Otherwise, the conversation will go like this:

“How was this book?

“Dunno.  Haven’t read it yet.”

“Did you like this one?”

“I haven’t read that one either.”

“Did you read this book?

“No.”

“Have you read any of these books?  How many of these have you read?”

“Few.”

And so on.

In my opinion, we shouldn’t have a bookshelf in which 90% of its contents are unread.

There will also be boxes of books marked “to read”, which are those books which we own, haven’t read, but want to read.  And, finally, there will be a third level of box holding books which we are in no hurry to read.  We may want to consider simply getting rid of that last set.

I have tentatively won the argument.  For now.

And so tomorrow the Vandermen set off once again.

Had a brief meeting today with our real estate agent.  We’ve lowered the price again.  We need to sell the house.  We also discussed some of the finishing work which should probably be done to sell the house.  I found it a rather depressing meeting.

But all shall be well.

Christopher Lake

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Spent the afternoon on Christopher Lake. Did a little sledding. Tried to teach the kids to skate a bit (first time for Luke). Made a roofless igloo. Played polar bears. Watched some skidooers and dogs. It was a good afternoon. I may post more of the day’s pictures later.

I also intend on still posting about the last days of our 2008 Vandersluys Family Saskatchewan Backroads Tour, which is long overdue.  They were in many respects the best days of the trip.  That series was interrupted by the sudden illness and death of Dixie’s granny.  It didn’t seem right to keep posting about the trip at that point, and then I forgot about it.  (In the meantime, go back and read about Days 1 & 2, Day 3 and Day 4.)

My photoblog has also been on hold since August, which frustrates me.  I haven’t taken many photographs since then.  I hope to find time to update, if only from old material.