Somedays…

Do you ever have those days where there is so much information going into your brain and rattling around that you know you won’t be able to sleep?
Today is one of those days.
Brandon and I went to a Range Management Workshop today, so we have lots of new terminology and ideas ricocheting around the steel traps of our minds.  Ha.
I also have a filthy house and some of the boys’ girl friends are showing up for the next few days.  Do you think I could ask them to do some housework while they are here?
We will be working cows the next few days.  Possibly some OOPE photo ops.
I have to feed people good meals when the work load increases.  Yecch.  I hate cooking.  I have the beef… I just never know what else to cook with it!
My dogs have been totally ignored lately and I feel guilty.
The English Shepherd situation in Montana has possibly taken on a positive outlook for us ES people to be involved… just as my boys will be returning to Laramie and I have to start helping feed cows in the morning.  Next week we will gather all our cows in from the badlands and the workload will increase even more, and I will be so bummed if I don’t get the chance to go to Billings.
My kitchen cabinets are in limbo right now…  I need to make a decision.
I have to drive Victoria’s new Ford Escape over to her in Kaycee and retrieve my precious Durango.
I have to start work on my kids’ book or it’ll never be done by July.  If anyone reading this has stories of Greet Ranch in its past 100 years, I was supposed to tell you to write it up because Cindy is collecting them for our celebration.
Brandon needs to show me how to load cattle information in our new program before he leaves on Sunday because before you know it – it will be calving season and I’ll be years behind before I even get started.
I have more priming and painting to do.
Somewhere in here you’d think I’d lose some weight.
I need to clean off my desk from all my Korean teaching info to make a fresh start.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things.
I’ll make a list.
And then…
And then…
I’m gonna lay down and picture this… and smell the sweet scent of Buffalo Pea and sagebrush
and listen to a fly buzz by and a cow rip some grass
and sip from a cold cold mountain spring
and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin
and breathe deeply and relax
because somedays are like today…
but somedays are like this photo… and I love this photo!
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Floor

Well, it needs 4 more cut panels and the little pantry yet… but I think I’ll declare the floor done!  It wasn’t that hard once we figured out seams and grout lines and centering and the 3 patterns we had to work with!  We made mistakes that cost us time and extra panels, but we *think* *hope* *pray* *cross our fingers* that we’ll barely have enough laminate to finish.
My knees (and knuckles) ache anymore… which I attribute to the coumadin I’m on, not that I turned 50!… and so, I’m glad to have this project over!  Too much kneeling and pounding!
Along the way, I did run out of paint.  That’s why there are white primer spots where cabinets will go, I was running out of paint.  Plus, Brandon keeps calling this color peach… and I’m not a peachy kind of girl… so I might put another coat of wood/sandy color over the top and into the mud room since the cabinets will be long in coming.
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Bar Log Video

Here’s the video I promised.  Yes, it is long and I’m sorry about that… but I hated to leave any step out!  

This sawmill was originally owned by Vernon’s great uncle who then sold it to the Mills Ranch about 45 years ago.  My kids are thrilled to learn how to run it.  They could have done this all day.  They were just getting things figured out when we quit… Gary tires easily and this activity was enough for him.

The first log is a “test” log to make sure the blade was spinning true.  It shows the blade at work from a different angle, so I left it in!  For those who care, these are Douglas Fir.
The lever that Daniel (in the green sweatshirt) clamps down on the log is called the dog, and it holds the log in place.  Great care must be taken to get the log level and cut it so it won’t warp.
Gary and Donna actually got us two logs we might be able to use.  Both are gorgeous and we hope to poly them and leave in the sawblade marks, just to show that *WE* did it and this is no store-bought log!  We also cut a smaller log for the bar top if we decide to make the bar a double-decker!  Wahoo!  This was cool!

Sawmill from Carol Greet on Vimeo.

Bar Log

Up at the Mills Place is a sawmill.  Ped and Gary, the Mills brothers, both enjoyed working this sawmill.  Vernon had helped Ped a time or two, but had never run the saw.  Now, Gary wants to keep the sawmill, so we don’t own it, but ever since we’ve bought the place, my boys have wanted to try their hand at it.
The other day Vernon asked if Gary could cut us a log for the bar top in the new kitchen.
This is the Bar Log’s story.
The players:
Scruffy Daniel.
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Patient (or is it impatient?)  Brandon
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The sawmill and an old blade.
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The tractor and its PTO (power take off) that spins the saw through various gears, belts, and other mechanical stuff that boggles my mind!
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Gary Mills, who’s attention to detail and knowledge of logging and running this sawmill, hopefully will be absorbed by my boys.
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Don’t forget the log!  Chosen for its size and number of knots, this log complete with its sawmarks, will soon be the bar between my kitchen and dining rooms.
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After some practice runs…
Much debate…
Three logs…
Some sweating…
Some learning of new skills… like running the dog and fixing the sawdust chain…
The job is completed.
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It turned out so gorgeous, I forgot to take a picture of it!  I did video it though, so stay tuned and I’ll post the video!
Oops.
But this is SO cool.  Not everyone gets to saw out their own Bar Log!

Roads

We made a flying trip to Billings today.  I hadn’t planned to go because originally it was just Vernon and Victoria going to Cody to finish up the paperwork on her new car.  But Vernon said since they would be halfway to Billings, why didn’t I go along and we’d figure out our cabinets.
See, 2 years ago, when we first bought the Mills Place, I came along a great deal… some great oak cabinets with a stainless sink and stove and dishwasher thrown in for $700.  I was proud of myself and the people said they bought them at Lowe’s … and it’d be easy to buy more to finish my kitchen whenever we got around to remodeling.
Guess what.  It isn’t easy after all.  While it looks like the stuff on Lowe’s website, when you get there, it isn’t the right cabinet.  I think we had this discussion the other day about having to drive so far to buy things.  Well, this time we drove 4 hours and then met up with this new dilemma.  We could buy the slightly different cabinets… which were cheaper made as well… and a slightly different redder oak color.  So we’d have mismatched cabinets.  Laminates that wouldn’t be able to be restained…  Here’s what I have.
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Or!  We could buy all brand new hickory cabinets for $3800 with solid hickory doors and manufacturer’s warranty and full length pull on the drawers.  Now that’s what I wanted to do.
Here’s closeups of the two colorings of the hickory.
         or this….            
But does my already purchased flooring look ok with it?
Does my paint match?
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Paints cheap I know, but good grief!  Now I’m all puzzled up, because I planned for oak cabinets… and I could buy oak cabinets too, for a difference of $200… I think it was $200.  I am so confused!
Don’t even get me started on countertops.  Well, OK.  My light one I had chosen didn’t look good with hickory, so the nice lady recommended these…
 which is greenish    which is really dark   which is medium
and these are gorgeous… which doesn’t come across on the screen.
We made the bar top yesterday… but I’m tired and will post that excitement tomorrow.
We had NASTY roads on the way home.  We are SO ready to go relax in bed and fall asleep.
Hey this was supposed to post last night… think I was too tired to hit the right button???