Last night we were planning to about one o’clock. We surfed the net, looking for clothes that complement the existing closet and different stuff that is missing to the dogs. Wool underwear, wool socks, gloves and thermal pants were ordered. We found that the condition of the harnesses must be controlled, the number of dog booties checked, team lines and stakeout inventoried. It became clear that we need to buy more Eskimos hooks, hooks to the neck lines, nylon rope to the neck lines and anchors to the stakeout to park the night in the mountains.
|The snow is still on the roof, but probably not for long|
|The snow that fell yesterday has melted to slush|
Today the fog is dense in Jonsbyn. In the morning it was raining and yesterday's about 1dm fresh snow went into a wet slush - a weather, in short, not preferable for sledging.
Instead, it was very appropriate to move forward in planning.
With all the dog booties, which we currently own, scattered on the kitchen floor, I saw that it was 98 -far too few - add dog booties to the shopping list. The next census was stakeout. The number of dogs in our kennel has grown rapidly and when the stakesout, which we have not used since last year's race season, were checked , we discovered two things: One, we have only stakeout for seven dogs. Two, bits of the stakeout is worn and needs replacing - add stakeout for eight dogs and pieces to replace the worn on the shopping list.
So it was time for inventory of the harnesses.
|17 pair of dog eyes excited following me as I approach the kennels|
As I approached the kennels carrieing their harnesses, 17 pairs of excited dog eyes were following me and longing barking echoed over Jonsbyn (as mom comes with our harnesses we are usually going out for a run). With hands, which soon became numb in the wet zero degree temperature, I concluded that since the requirement of fit is high when the dogs will wear the harness each day for about 60 days, we need to organize four new harnesses - add four harnesses to the shopping list.
So went another day and day of departure is one day closer.
As I have been shopping Håkan has put his time and power into taking down trees for selling, to try and make the income equal to the cost.
Tomorrow we are working and there is no time for planning. It will be necessary that we are effective during the holidays that remain if we are to be well prepared