I took a few movies of Kiba while hiking on a snowy trail in Grand Island yesterday. The poor dog has been waiting ALL WINTER for a little snow to play in. We only got a few inches but it was enough to make him happy.
So here is proof that you ~can~ let a smart, somewhat obedient husky off leash. Though if there are other dogs around to play with, forget it.
Also, I never realized; I call my dog back to me the same way Kate Winslett calls for help when she's drowning after the Titanic sinks. Right down to the weak whistle. Unintentional and totally hilarious. "come back...come back".
This last one is super short but cute. At the end of the trail is a marsh with a mound and a snowy overlook (great place to watch migrating birds). Kiba loves to run up there and run back, because there's a big log perfect for jumping over.
It's been one weird winter so far this year. We've had five inches of snow all season. Five! Normally by now we should have had more like fifty.
Well, we finally got some snow today. Yesterday I actually had to throw extra mulch on my garden, to protect all the bulbs that were sprouting. No one who lives as far north as I do should be mulching their garden in January. :/
It will be more enjoyable when the wind dies down (gusting over 50mph out there), and then Kiba and I can go for a nice wintry hike in the woods...something I have had to avoid so far due to excessive mud.
Meanwhile, last night at 2am as I was finishing carving on some mask orders, I was struck by SUCH an awesome idea for a mask design that I had to drop everything and go online to buy the materials I need to build it. It was so maddening to not be able to actually start making it. Like an itch you can't scratch. Gah. It is killing me not to talk about it, but I'm so tired of having ideas usurped that I think I'll wait until I finish it to share. It is going to be very very cool...that's all I can say.
Everyone, take a Zen break and look at this amazing video. It has to be seen to be believed. I love this man. I think we are probably very similar people. He's found a new way to paint goldfish and I just...every time I watch it, it makes me cry a little. So beautiful.
This is so cool. Remember back in June, I was talking about an interesting opportunity? This is it. Lise Watier Cosmetiques used my wolf masks for a Neiges perfume ad campaign. Here are some behind the scenes videos of the shoot, which happened in Toronto.
The production company contacted me on a Tuesday, the shoot was on Saturday, and I had all four white Direwolf masks finished and delivered by Friday. It was intense and pretty cool!
It's so neat to see those beautiful people wearing my masks on a set. :)
Waah! We were supposed to get a whack of lake snow. Instead we got about two inches of mushy slush...just enough to squish all my pretty ornamental grasses flat. Yuck. I went out and bought all kinds of lights for the front of the house and now I'm afraid to turn them on, because of all the wet. :/ I want to slap my weatherman for getting my hopes up.
Also, did you guys know there's a new Three Stooges movie that's about to be released? I'm horrified. The cast of "Jersey Shore" makes an appearance, if that helps you wrap your minds around the hellishness of this movie. That sound you hear is my inner child sobbing. Some things need to be left the heck alone, Hollywood.