I had expected the manuscript of Book Number 11 to take about 3 weeks to finish. Instead I added a lot therefore had to restructure the original. Six read-throughs took about 7 weeks. I sent the text off electronically but some of the illustrations had to be drawn – that took more time – then I had to send them off by snail mail.
My mailing address is Nimpo Lake but I passed the Kleena Kleene Post Office en route to Tatla Lake. This building was an elderly woman’s house when I arrived in the area but she died a few years ago. The P O used to be in an old log cabin a couple of kilometres away that once did duty as a store but it was abandoned. Green mail boxes were put outside. Then, for a while, the KK P O was simply an SUV. The lady who ran it would go to the green mailboxes on mail days (three times a week) and sit there for 2 hours dealing with mail. The owner of the old log cabin got fed up with this use of his property so one day the mail carrier threw the mail boxes into his truck and dumped them off outside this building. Canada Post has since ratified the situation and fitted up all the electronic gear. Now a different lady, Melanie, drives down to attend to P O business. (The decor came with the building.) That is my parcel of illustrations on the scale.
I continued to Tatla, used the church’s washing machine and went to the library, then joined friends for a ski. Tatla Lake has a great network of cross country ski trails. My dogs loved visiting with the other mutts.