Penelope made sure the plate was properly precleaned before going into the dish washer. And all in the house were very happy and proud of our accomplishments for the day.
As for my backpack and sleeping bag returns, this decision came about following an 8 mile hike day followed by a night spent in my tent in my bosses' lower yard.
This went well enough on our hike. Eros did great carrying the bulk of the food he'll be needing to carry on the trail. My pack was filled with as many water bottles I could find around the house and all of the gear I had so far. This brought my pack up to 23 pounds. the weight of the pack itself was not a problem but I could not seem to make it fit properly. I kept having to rearrange it, change the strap length. And the front buckle on the waist was extremely painful. Also the bottles fell out of the side pockets more than once. So all in all I was not finding the pack to work for me. I have now ordered a completely different pack which I will hopefully receive in 3 weeks.
That evening Eros and I got in the car and drove to my bosses' house for a new experiment in sleeping in the tent. This time it would be just him and me and in an unfamiliarish environment. He's been at my bosses' before and could no doubt smell their puppies whom he knows well.
We got there after dark as arranged and I put up the tent light by a flashlight (I don't have a head lamp yet). Everything went wonderfully well. I love my little tent! Eros and I settled in for the night once I got over the dizzy feeling I always get from inflating my sleeping pad. He popped his head up a few times before finally settling down and going to sleep. I too settled to sleep and did find slumber for a little while but very quickly woke up again as temperatures dropped. I was getting colder and colder as the night wore on. I started out in long johns and socks and ended with a double layer of clothing and still could not warm up in my sleeping bag. I curled up to warm up, nothing I snuggled up to Eros who was quietly snoozing away, nothing. I had a simply miserably cold night of little to no rest.
I still hung on till morning, always hoping I would warm up somehow, but didn't. By 7 am the tent was packed up and we were in the car headed home where I was greeted by my two girls pouting because I'd not brought them along on our adventure.
Thus came my decision to return the 30 degree sleeping bag I had bought. the temperatures that night had not gotten as low as 30 degrees. I should have been fine. But there it is. I've done some research on sleeping bags and I think I've chosen something that will suit me better. It is actually what is referred to as a quilt. This too will take a couple of weeks to reach me once I order it.
I'm just glad that I tested these things before heading out on the trail. It would have been a miserable time if I hadn't.
So the research and experiments continue and on Monday Eros goes to the vet, a new vet.