Wordless Wednesday – “Lap Dog Wannabe”

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Eight Strand Gaucho Braid

I haven’t made a movie in a Very Long Time.  Since I just finished braiding my reins on our trip to Colorado, I decided to film that tutorial.  It’s one of the most difficult braids I’ve done because it’s is very hard to find where you left off if you get interrupted!

In fact, I had to do three takes on my video because I messed up twice!!! Then I sound like I’m a drill sergeant on this take… don’t ask me why.  I was trying to do it precisely and fast… I hate videos where people just rattle on and on.  Give me a break, people, teach me and let me go!!

I tried to finish my “keepers”, aka turk’s head knots, but discovered my scrap pieces aren’t long enough, so I’ll have to go out to the studio and get more paracord… but not tonight!

Anyway, for those of you who like round reins (or dog leashes) this video is for you.  This is a larger size than what I’ve made before.  I’m hoping they’ll be easier to hold since sometimes my fingers get stiff anymore…

8 Strand Gaucho Braid from Carol Greet on Vimeo.

Gold Star

Well, I did something today I’ve never done before!  It was a blast, in more ways than one!

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is radio collaring and blood testing some elk in this area.  A friend and I crashed their party… wanting to learn more and see what we could see.

What we could see was not much, the helicopter miles and miles away doing their thing… but we were filled with information and details and techniques and stories from the professionals on the scene.  Each question we had was thoroughly answered by the guys.  I won’t remember it all because Elk Capturing 101 is a fast and in depth class!

First, there’s the radio collar… they can track the elk… are they going over the Big Horns or out in the badlands?

radio collarThese collars, hopefully, will transmit data for three years!

After a hour or two of waiting, learning, and asking more questions, the helicopter showed up.

helicopterA pilot and two assistants are in charge of netting the elk and collecting the data.  Once they’ve netted one, it takes about 5 minutes to gather the needed information and set it free.  Fast and efficient, it was very clear that these guys are quite the experts in the field.  Evidently, after hearing stories, the new techniques have improved the process so much, that there is minimal impact on the elk.

netWhile the pilot hands over the blood samples and data to the wildlife biologist, another team member repacks a net.  It was quick and easy and I was curious about it all.  So curious, the ground crew let me check out the netgun…

Do I look like I know what I’m doing??

netgunThank you to the Wyoming Game and Fish for letting this landowner get a full picture of where, what, how, and why of the studies they’re doing and how it impacts me.  Being very open and honest goes a long, long, long ways these days!  Good job, guys.  You get a gold star!

Mud Season

The snow is disappearing quickly… Mud Season is here!  Plus it began RAINING  tonight, just as we were getting a few spots actually DRY.

The heifers are in the calving pasture… Daniel’s keeping a close watch because it’s about time for babies!

I enlisted Tess and Megan to help me reorganize my craft room downstairs… Trash was pitched.  Stuff hauled out to the studio. (Which, oddly enough, now needs organized as well!) My craft room is now a sewing room/craft room.  Who knew I had so much quilting, fabric (including OLD quilt tops and flour sack fabric), and wool???

My paints are also down there simply because they will freeze out in my studio.

Yes, I still have too many supplies in the Indian room, but, hey, I’m finishing up braiding some reins (finally) and making Lacee new zentangled shoes… and at least I *feel* more organized!!!  Thanks, girls!

I’m hoping for an adventure tomorrow that I can share…




Bullet journaling is a topic that I shared during my Journaling Class I gave at the library a while back…  basically it’s a great way to keep track of things like goal setting or habits.

You can track just about anything… and be organized about it.  It’s a way to accomplish things instead of just being busy.  I find myself being busy A LOT… but I still haven’t finished my Cowboy Counting book with Quinlan,  or remade The White Goose by Tasha Tudor, or completed my fairy/cowboy book… You see the pattern here?  I start.  I don’t finish.

I get caught up (or distracted) and there’s so many things I want to do…  bullet journaling is helping me see that in concrete terms.  I kept track of how many times I actually “create” a craft or “write” on those children’s books I want to do.  Since January?  I have checked those off on my list about 5 times.

I want to do more creating and fewer dishes!  That’s not gonna happen, but maybe less time doing dishes is within reach!!!  I’m trying very hard to be more organized which kind of leads into more *clean* as well.

A long time ago, I ran across the 15 Minute Room Cleanup.  It’s just exactly that… Set a timer for 15 minutes and clean one room for the entire time!!!  You can’t count dishes or laundry, just that room.  Work hard until that buzzer sounds… In an hour and a half, my house should be clean.  If you think you’re all clean… look again, wash a window, or a wall, clean out a drawer, it’s amazing what you can find to work on!

Then the buzzer sounds and that’s it.  You’re finished.  Don’t worry about it, finish it tomorrow.

Add dishes and laundry and two or two and a half hours should be all you need to have a clean house.  That leaves twelve hours to do Something Else.  Now, cooking will take up a large part of that for me, but still… there’s a lot of hours left in my day.  Why aren’t my goals completed yet?

So… yesterday, I packed myself down to my studio, away from distractions… and created.

Inspired by the newest Roby Baer video on YouTube, I picked up my pastels.  Why I chose to do a black cow in the snow… I don’t know.  Shading black isn’t easy!  But, hey, I’m happy enough… I accomplished something creative!

pastel cow