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Foto Friday: Instagram December 2017 & Top Nine 2017

Top 9 of 2017

Recap courtesy of 2017 Best Nine. Previous Year Top Nine [Instagram: December 2016]. The lead post both years was a ribbon photo. Y’all know what’s important to me. Robert & an SSF Christmas bow repeat in the top nine.

Last month’s Instagram from @rodneyssaga. Previous Month [Instagram: November 2017]

Rodney's new habit? #horse #riding

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SSF on Christmas eve. #holidaydecoration #horse #combineddriving

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2017 trainer gift to Miss Courtney

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Milton's first drive with a navigator.

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Winter Solstice Sunset

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Ready for the barn Christmas party.

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Whiskey, The Multi-Faceted Horse

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Seen at the feed store.

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Detente

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Napping in the snow 2/2

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Napping in the snow 1/2

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Group nap.

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Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Goals 2018. Not.

Horses
After a week of Looking Back posts, the logical move would be to spend time looking forward. Nope. To overturn the quote, ‘I don’t set goals. I’m tired of the whooshing sound they make going by.’

From this time last year, Rodney slid backwards. My goals for Rodney range from being able to walk around the pasture to jumping 5′, depending the the level of reality with which I am currently in touch.

From this time last year, Milton took a big step on the diagonal, i.e kinda forward, kinda sideways. My goals for Milton got nowhere. Greg’s goal for a driving horse has been rolling along nicely.

From this time last year, saddle seat was all over the map. Robert was on my dance card [Looking Forward, SSF 2017]. He got a better offer [Graduating From Sam].

From this time last year, combined driving shot off in a wonderful, unexpected direction. I went from wondering what we would be doing [Looking Forward, Driving 2017] to navigating a winning team [ICDE].

Life with horses is too unpredictable. Therefore, I have no horse goals for 2018. The plan is to keep moving forward and see where we end up.

Update for those who have noticed the difference between the gloomy posts and the photo of me riding Milton (!!) on the sidebar & on Instagram: The holiday posts were written ahead of time so that I would not be sitting in front of the computer while Greg was off from work. At that point, I was deep in the dismals. Perkier now. Interesting things have happened over the Christmas break. Details on Tuesday (Rodney) and Thursday (Milton).

Blog
I feel more comfortable with blogging goals. Here the rate-limiting steps are under my control, barring the vicissitudes of life that loom over us all.

Some goals are procedural: make photos of the AlphaBooks instead of simply scanning the covers. Include more horse stamps, as available [Letter Art: Graphic Design for the Masses, the One-Horse Open Sleigh Stamp].

Some goals are long-term: Get better at photography; I have signed up for winter and spring evening classes. Learn vector graphics by using Inkscape for lettering instead of GIMP. For an explanation of vector (i.e. Inkscape/Illustrator) vs. pixel (GIMP/PhotoShop): What Are Vector Graphics?

Some goals are specific: A blog I read has expressed possible interest in a guest post. More details when/if this happens. Take a photo suitable to submit to Catduate School on Instagram. Bonus, have it posted by same, if they reopen submissions. Draw posts with this year’s art boxes. Yeah, I tried again. Participate in a blogging secret Santa, which means remembering to get involved before all the reveal posts start showing up.

I list these here for accountability purposes. We’ll see how well I did come this time next year.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

State of the Blog: A Sea of Statistics

An unexciting post put up for reference. Now I won’t have to look up/recreate these links or numbers. Scroll down for top ten. [Previous State of The Blog links]

2011
First post, December 22 [We begin. Again.]
Last post, December 31 [Fear! Fire! Foes! Nevermind.]
10 posts in 2011

2012
First post, Jan 1 [Gentlemen …]
#100 March 30 [Foto Friday: Exercises], noted the next day [Blogging Influences]
Missed Posts:
posted Dec 21 [Foto Friday: Goodbye & Hello] #366
skipped 7 days, included blog anniversary, 1 year
posted Dec 29 [Spotted in Boston]
Extra posts 0
Last post [End of the Month Commentary – By the Numbers]
359 posts in 2012 (=366+0-7), Total 369

2013
First post, Jan 1 [Not So New Resolution]
#500 [Other People’s Horses], noted earlier [The Nature of Milestones: Nearing 500]
Missed Posts:
posted Aug 21 [Hiatus]
skipped 4 days
posted Aug 26 [Breaking Radio Silence]
skipped 2 days
posted Aug 29 [More 15 Minutes]
skipped 12 days
posted September 11 [I’m Baaaaaack … With Camera]
Extra posts 0
Blog anniversary, Dec 22, 2 years [Text Art: Holiday Stickers]
[2013 In Review] posted in 2014
Last post, Dec 31 [On the Seventh Day of Christmas: 7 Mags a-Payin’]
347 posts in 2013 (=365+0-18), Total 716

2014
First post, Jan 1 [On the Eighth Day of Christmas: 8 Fences Jumping]
Missed Posts:
posted Aug 21 [Delay of Game]
skipped 3 days
posted Aug 25 [Meet Milton]
#1000, Oct 14 [I Made It!]
Extra post – 1 (so says calculations, need to find the post)
Blog anniversary, Dec 22, 3 years [Penguin Farm]
Looks like I skipped a recap for 2014
Last post, Dec 31 [On the 7th Day of Christmas: Seven Horses Showing]
363 posts in 2014 (=365+1-3), Total 1079

2015
First post, Jan 1 [On the 8th Day of Christmas: Eight Resolutions]
Blog anniversary, Dec 22, 4 years [Doctor Hooves Meets Manehattan]
Last post, Dec 31 [Looking Back at 2015]
Extra posts 0
365 posts in 2015 (=365+-0), Total 1444

2016
First post, Jan 1 [Hello 2016!]
#1600 [10 Reasons To Wear A Helmet], noted elsewhere probably b/c I was updating around then [About]
#1700 [Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, Sept 2016]
Extra posts 0
Blog anniversary, Dec 22, 5 years [Five Years Ago Today]
Last post, Dec 31 [Looking Back, State of the Blog 2016] #1810
366 posts in 2016 (=366+-0), Total 1810

2017
First post, Jan 1 [Letter Art: AlphaBooks 2017]
#2000, July 9, 2017 [Letter Art: MM]
Extra posts Aug 18 [Foto Friday: Delay], WordPress says another one on 3/12/17!? Could be, but I don’t usually remove extras [Letter Art: Daylight Savings]
#2126 [10 Tips To Help You #bloglikecrazy]
Blog anniversary, Dec 22, 6 years [Foto Friday: The Night The Animals Talked]. I get caught up in Christmas & forget about the anniversary.
Last post, Dec 31, scheduled
367 posts in 2017 (=365+2), Total 2177

Top Ten 2017 Posts
[Why I Ride by Rachel Wamble]
[Insights to Sight – Horses See Differently than Us, Guest Post]
[Show Report: NACHS 2017, Riding]
[Starting Points]
[I’d Like Your Advice on Some Horse Buying Advice]
[Show Report: AWWCC Driving Derby 2017]
[Saddle Seat Versus Dressage, In A Nutshell]
[Rodney’s Dressage Lesson]
[And We’re Back]
[Pondering the Hiatus]

If I count Top Ten 2017 Posts written in all years, [Fever Rings] 2013 comes in 3rd. I have no explanation for this.

Top Ten Posts
[Watching The Tevis] 2013
[Why I Ride by Rachel Wamble] 2017
[Fotography Friday: Texture] 2012
[Why I Ride by Katie Wood] 2015
[Fever Rings] 2013
[Help Me Name My Horse, Prize Offered] 2012
[Show Report: Mid-South Spring Premiere, Rainsville, AL] 2013
[What Happens at a Model Horse Show?] 2015
[Foto Friday: A Short Tribute to Amy Tryon] 2012
[The Naked Challenge] 2015

Top Ten stats are one year from yesterday. I don’t foresee great changes in the last 48 hours of 2017.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Letter Art, AlphaBooks: Recap 2017

[Z is for Zecora]
My Little Pony: Welcome to the Everfree Forest by Olivia London
[Y is for Young]
Mister Ed and Me by Alan Young with Bill Burt
[X is for Xenophon]
“On The Art Of Horsemanship” by Xenophon
[W is for Wodehouse]
Aunts Aren’t Gentleman by P.G. Wodehouse
[V is for von Tempski]
Born In Paradise by Armine von Tempski
[U is for USDA]
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse by U.S. Department of Agriculture
[T is for Tewson]
The Fat Pony by January Tewson
[S is for Severin]
Crusader by Tim Severin
[R is for Rubin]
The Big Book of Hidden Horses, Hidden Horses 2, Horse Trivia, If Wishes Were Horses by Deborah Rubin
[Q is for Queen]
The American Gun Mystery by Ellery Queen
[P is for Pace]
Old Bones by Mildred Mastin Pace, illustrated by Wesley Dennis
[O is for O’Connor]
Life In The Galloping Lane by Karen & David O’Connor with Nancy Jaffer
[N is for Newsum]
Milton by Gillian Newsum
[M is for McKinley]
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
[L is for Lewis]
A Book of Narnians by C.S. Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, text compiled by James Riordan
[K is for Krementz]
A Very Young Rider by Jill Krementz
[J is for Journal]
The Brayer, Journal of the American Donkey and Mule Society
[I is for Ipcar]
World Full of Horses written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
[H is for Hatch]
The Year of the Horse by Eric Hatch
[G is for Gray]
Horsepower by Patsey Gray
[F is for Francis]
The Sport of Queens by Dick Francis
[E is for Endicott]
Taking Up The Reins by Priscilla Endicott
[D is for Doty]
The Monday Horses by Jean Slaughter Doty
[C is for Cooper]
Pandora by Jilly Cooper
[B is for Brown]
A Good Horse Has No Color by Nancy Marie Brown
[A is for Anderson]
Horse Show by C.W. Anderson

During the year, I took notes on the books with the intent of discussing them at the end of the year, i.e. now. But the point of the project was visual rather than literary. I’ll summarize by saying that I was happier with some of the books more than others but I did not include any books that I disliked.

Did I read them all? No. Started well. Lost my grip somewhere around the middle of the alphabet/middle of the year. The ones I did not are in my To Be Read pile. We all know how that goes.

I had ideas that I couldn’t execute because my draftsmanship is not equal to what I see in my head. Insert Ira Glass quote, Advice To Beginners (Zen Pencils).

Special thanks to Robin Bledsoe, Bookseller, for having so many great horse books and for pointing me toward interesting titles even if she didn’t have them in stock.

Project explanation [AlphaBooks 2017]. Open to recommendations for next year. Which books would you choose?

Past Years
[2016 Alphabet]
[2015 Alphabet]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Snow Day

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would take fewer excitable snow photos. I would have fewer excitable snow photos all over my social media feeds.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would get better at working with my gloves on. I would not remove my gloves at the first sign of adversity.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would eat more soups and stews. I would drink more hot cocoa.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would have better waterproof boots.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would have an indoor arena. I would spend time in Florida.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would gravel the path to the barn. I would not have slick, stone steps leading to the front door.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would go cross-country skiing as a winter exercise.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would have an insulated water trough. I would use something other than a random stick to break up the ice.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would have a sleigh for Milton.

If I lived in a place where it snowed more often, I would not squeeze three blog posts [S(No), Snowrise, Snow Day] out of four inches of snow.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Winter Tournament (S)No Report

Today was supposed to be a show report. We did not have a show. We had snow.

Before anyone busts on the South for not handling winter conditions, allow me one word: Ice. Places that get lots of snow are places that stay cold. Snow continues to be snow. When we have snow, the temperature bounces back and forth across the freeze line. Snow becomes water becomes ice. Snowmageddon [Snow, Montage, Ice, Letters] happened when the warm roads melted the snow and the arctic air refroze it. No one drives well on sheets of black ice. Sending everyone out onto the roads at the same time to pick up kids from school? Okay, that was a poor choice. But I digress.

No horse show; no horse show report.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Letter Art: Recap 2017

Number of Sundays in 2017 – 53
AlphaBooks (next week) – 26
Rodney’s Saga – 13
Other Lettering – 5
Misc – 3
Text – 3
Sundays left in December – 3

Rodney’s Saga – 13

[Happy Rubber Ducky Day 2017]
[Glitter Pens]
[Indiana CDE 2017]
[IHAD 2017]
[Arte de la Letra: Bienvenido Verano]
[Flowers for Mother’s Day 2017]
[Zebra Stripes]
[Wallpapering with Light]
[Watercolor]
[Daylight Savings]
[Connect The Dots]
[Pen & Pastels]
[NYC 2016]

Other Lettering – 5

[Wheels]
[MM]
[Ya Gotta Want It]
[Winter Tournament Letters]
[BrickFair 2017]

Misc – 3

[A to Z in 2017] Solitaire alphabet game on Instagram, @alphabet2017
[Graphic Design for the Masses, the One-Horse Open Sleigh Stamp]
Recap 2017

Text – 3

[Screenprint]
[SketchBox Fail]
[AlphaBooks 2017]

Sundays left in December – 3
AlphaBooks Recap, planned
Holiday Letters, planned
New Year, planned

Previous Years
[2016]
[2015]
[2014]
[2013]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott