Plenty to Do

It seems like all I have worked on this past month was “Jen”, the T.rex skull, or the Grasslands Exhibit.  On occasion, I did help out a bit with ranch work.

There was the morning spent bleeding our heifers.

bleeding heifersThis is a pregnancy test for the heifers to see if the AI process took.  That way, we’re more certain if they were bred to AI bulls or the natural ones.  Of course, they’ll be double checked at our normal preg test time, but doing this helps with records and genetics.  Brandon has improved with the bleeding part a tremendous amount… I think the first time we did this, it took us two days!  This time it took us six hours.  I’m just the records and labeling girl… Daniel runs the chute… and we had B. working cattle up the alley for us.

We also covered an eye that may be starting with some pinkeye problems.  The eye is sensitive and running, so we use old jean material to create a “cone” bandaid… keeping it protected from light, dust, and dirt.

pink eyeBy the time the glue and patch wears off, the eye should be improved.

I was out cleaning up my yard some, when Eden dropped a bedraggled, soaked, and less feathered “baby” chick in front of me.  She was still alive.  I don’t know if Eden was “playing” with her, or the other chickens attacked her and Eden saved her… but needless to say, I wasn’t happy!  Poor little sweet thing!  She really is a friendly chick, and I will be bummed if she is a he!  Since she is still alive this evening, I figure she will recover.  She may become a pet, I figured if she continues to get beat up by the other chickens (if that is what it was), then she can live in the chicken tractor in my garden.  Her mom has gone back to living in the coop as normal.

Tomorrow will be another catch-up-with-summer-work day…

There is always plenty of work on the ranch to do!



Excellent Day

More photos from Independence Day…

Yes, we had a “float wardrobe malfunction” and lost a book cover.  Oooooops.

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We’re funny… or we think we’re funny!

JalanJalanCraig finally got to meet Jalan Crossland.  Home town boy.  Talented and award winning musician.  Excellent writer.  Very fun and unique… go check out a few of his videos!

Judy JohnsonJudy, Craig’s wife, working hard at their booth.

Ten Sleep royaltyMeeting Ten Sleep royalty… (They’re sisters and 20 mile neighbors and great branding pen ropers!)

After we finished up and recovered and I wandered back home… my sister showed up and we went creek stomping and fishing for supper.  An excellent (and tasty) way to end an Excellent Day!  Thanks, Craig and Judy!



Collapse.  That’s what we finally did about 4 this afternoon… after zinging from the opening reception of the Wyoming Grasslands exhibit into final work on our float and supper with Craig and Judy Johnson at the Red Reflet Ranch yesterday and today’s early start to get those last minute details on the float finished.  We walked the piddly little 6 blocks of Ten Sleep handing out can coozies that promote the library to all the HOT audience.  It was mid 90˚’s and just scorching!  We then went to the park to prepare for the visitors for Craig, and sat there and tried to help until 1:30 or so when we abandoned the Johnson’s for lunch before the cafe closed.  Then back to the park to pack up the shade tent and tables and tear down some of the float so we could take it home to tear it down some more.  By 3:30, we’d had enough.  We were even heard to say, “I am NOT interested in going down to the rodeo… It is too HOT. ”  We stayed in the air conditioning for an hour to finally cool ourselves down.  Holy cow.  Never thought I’d say those words, but, get this, I DID NOT ATTEND THE TEN SLEEP RODEO for the first time since… FOREVER.  No photos of bareback riders, bull riders, or tight Wranglers…  These are better…

floatThe Nerve Wracking trip to town, driving SLOWLY, to keep Jen from cracking…

JenWho’s Jen?  Well, that’s the nickname of the T.Rex in Craig Johnson’s newest book, Dry Bones.  this is what I’ve been working on the past month.  No, she’s not a really good representation of a real T.rex, but hey, that’s what I made!  I do admit that the teeth are awesome though!  The skeleton, the turtle, and Jen’s dig (and bones) made for the storyline, so if you’ve read the book, you thought the float was great!  Jen

Here it is, fully decorated.  Banners are the covers of the other books in the series.  In the book, the government comes and crates up all the old bones, hence the Property signs and the graffiti look of SAVE JEN!

Craig Johnson

Craig JohnsonCraig JohnsonWonderful, wonderful day.




Thanks so much, Craig and Judy.  You’re always welcome in Ten Sleep!

(more photos to come tomorrow!)

Just a Tease

teaseJust a smidge of our float for tomorrow morning… full of meaning if you’ve read “Dry Bones”!  It’s been a full day.  Great dinner at the Red Reflet with Craig and Judy Johnson. Come back tomorrow for a view of the entire float and parade and who knows what else?

Be there.  10 am. Ten Sleep Fourth of July Parade with Craig Johnson as Grand Marshal!

Grasslands Exhibit

Tonight was Ten Sleep Library’s opening reception for the Wyoming Grasslands exhibit.  It opened in Ucross last month, we’re the 2nd of 14 libraries in the state to host this for a month.  I have been working on hanging the 41 photos, black and white and color, for a week!  There were lots of trips up and down the ladder, as, since we are a small library in a small town, we don’t have dedicated space for exhibits.  That meant hanging photos over computer desks and book shelves and work space and magazine racks!  It was a challenge, but I think it turned out just fine.

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We had grass displays and seed from the local FFA chapters, a short talk from Trey Davis, Land Manager of the Nature Conservancy, Worland’s mayor and wife, great local people, and even the exhibit’s graphic designer was there!  You can’t tell, but we had grass in green Ball canning jars as center pieces with our food… This is a bad photo of one, but they looked so much better in person!

grasslands exhibit

If you’d like to see some of these photos, there’s a short slideshow here.  If you’re in Wyoming, check to see when it’s coming to a library near you!

Anyway, one event is complete and a success… Tomorrow comes with some final work on our Fourth of July float then supper with Wyoming author Craig Johnson and wife, Judy… I know, rough duty!  The parade on the Fourth is at 10 am, come wish Grand Marshal Craig Johnson a cool breeze… It’s supposed to be HOT!