Monday, February 11, 2008

Saddlebred with Hair

Here are the latest pics of my new saddlebred girl. Overall I am happy with her, especially her 'girly-ness'. I'm still refining some of the musculature, and just getting started on her hair-do. As always, your comments and feedback are appreciated!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

More snow pics

Since my last post it snowed a few more feet. Yes, that's right, even more snow. We now have 4 1/2 feet on the ground.

Several buildings in our area have collapsed, even a house just up the road from us. Here's Todd insuring that doesn't happen to us:

Underneath all this snow is a deck that normally Todd can keep clear of snow and we enjoy year round. Not *this* year:

We are doing fine, though it's be overwhelming at times. I'm still pluggin' away at my ASB, more pics to come soon!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Life within the Snow Globe

I will admit, I get most of my sculpting accomplished in the winter. It's so quiet, so peaceful, with no outdoor chores to do. No weeding, no watering., no mowing...Todd feeds the horses. So really, all I have to do is stay indoors and sculpt. Which I love.

My normal winter routine of getting lost all day in my work has been getting interupted. This winter is dead set on being intrusive, on breaking up any feeling of long hours spent working for both Todd and myself. Mostly for Todd.

Typically we get a foot or two of snow, then it warms up and melts. We can haul the horses out to ride in the sandy washes of northern New Mexico and enjoy the outdoors. This year our trailer is awash in 4 feet of snow, we are not going anywhere with it. We also go skiing occassionally, but this year it seems like our 'recreational' time is spent on the tractor and the ATV moving and plowing snow. And more snow....and then more. Todd spends hours each day moving wood, splitting wood, trying to keep two woodstoves going, with wet wood. Wood is in stacks in front of the stoves, getting them dry enough to burn. We tell ourselves "next year we are buying our wood in the summer so it has time to season". Todd's other fun activities include trying to keep vehicles and other systems running. Making sure we fill our fuel containers whenever we make it to town. Making sure the horses have what they need.

Here's Todd plowing down to the barn after I pushed through with the tractor:

Our little herd in the round pen, which is getting shorter with each storm. The arrow points to the top of a T-post. You can't see the fence anymore:

My girls, who usually have no chance of putting their heads over the top of the panels:

Winter this year is a part time job and a big distraction.