Thursday, March 22, 2012

List Making at Two A.M and Advice from Jann Arden!

Good humour is one of the best articles
 of dress one can wear in society.
            William Makepeace Thackeray

I have so many things spinning around in my head I can’t possibly think of sleeping.  I picked up our Via Rail train tickets today and am running through a list of what I should be packing; this is turning out to be more difficult than I thought. It appears the place I am heading (Vancouver) which is supposed to be warmer, is much cooler. I took a look at the two week forecast and it looks like it will stay cool, I have no problem with that but I wonder if our world has truly been flipped upside down?

 Here in Ontario it is supposed to be feeling cool, not really cold but, not walk around in short sleeves and shorts, and wearing sunscreen weather. It was 23c here today. Oh dear I am not complaining that would be silly.  On the West Coast the beautiful fragrant Cherry, and Magnolia blossoms should be pumping fragrance into the atmosphere, and all the colourful hibernating bulbs should have popped out of the cool ground.

 I remember in the old days (five years ago) going there this time of year and being comfortable, wet, but comfortable. It was 7c there today. I saw a photo on the TV and people were wearing heavy coats, and it has snowed somewhere in the prairies. What the heck? I was looking forward to getting away from the cool damp days of early spring here in Ontario and enjoy walking in the warm rain of Vancouver. I am wondering if I am heading in the right direction. Will it flip back? I feel this overwhelming need to be prepared for anything.

I have narrowed my list down to:

 A pair of thermal lined winter boots, rubber boots, and cute little sandals.

 Rain coat, a down parka, and light jacket.

 Long underwear, not so long underwear, and a bathing suit
 Ski pants, jeans, and shorts.

A wool sweater, a cotton blouse, and a T shirt.

I think my list is coming along nicely; I still have to go pick up some hand warmers, sunscreen and I must not forget, a collapsible shovel and some dried food rations just in case the train gets stuck in the snow in the mountains.

And maybe just for emergencies, a camp stove, and a small pot for melting snow for drinking, a sleeping bag, and maybe a Donkey to carry it all.

 I am going to need a much bigger backpack. Does anyone know where I can find a small Donkey?

How do you hide a Donkey in your luggage?  Jann Arden could not hide her dog; I may have to ask her if she figured out how, as I may be closer to the middle of nowhere, you know like Sioux Lookout.

Wow I almost forgot my toque or I mean my straw hat. Goodnight all.



  1. Love that dressed up tree stump!

    Got me laughing about the small donkey. Sounds like you're making headway!

  2. And the excitement builds!

    This sounds like so much fun. I'm wishing warm temps for you.

  3. In the old days. Five years ago... You made me laugh with that.

  4. That is some list! YOu are going to have a wonderful time.

  5. My mother always told me to pack what I'd think I need, and then take half of it out! You sound like me with all the "what if" things...dried food rations, etc... :)

  6. I can see the What Ifs and Anticipation keeping you awake all night. Do they have all those rules about liquids in small containers and no knives like they do on airplanes? Well...granola bars and thermals will save your life wherever you go.

  7. Ha! I will have to go back and see how long you are going to be gone...I thought it was four days..not four weeks. Long underwear and a bathing suit? oh my..

  8. You just can't tell with this weather anywhere these days can you. I hope it warms up for you.

  9. Love your list. You pack like I do. I laughed. Especially the long underware. I have a pair of red longjohns that I always take traveling. My husband likes air conditioning and I DO NOT. I think your trip is going to be so fun. Good luck and I can't wait to hear the tales and see the photos.

  10. You certainly do have a luggage problem. Difficult when you have to prepare for all weathers. Hope you have a great holiday!

  11. Yeah, Jane Arden couldn't hide her dog, could she? Thank you for making me laugh!

  12. ugh - that is cold!!! Id wear a million layers at first - but then i would have a hot flash and drop right where i was standing LOL Wheres spring when you need it???


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