Friday, December 14, 2007


I'm still perplexed by conflicting weather reports: for my area says "snow showers, possible 1 to 3 inches".  The TV weatherguessers are saying, "Get out your shovels; we're likely to have three to six inches of snow."  Sheesh.

I got a call from Libby's trainer.  Sammie said my filly is coming along nicely and only needs to learn a few manners.  She wants to keep her an extra week (no extra charge) in order to work her in the outdoor round pen.  Sometimes, she told me, a horse behaves differently out in the big wide outdoors than it does inside; it's been too icy lately to work her outside.  Libby has had the luxury of being stalled during all this ice-and-snow stuff.  She must think she's very special!  I'd love to go visit her, but since her trainer goes to school by day and Cliff works by night, that isn't possible.  And this weekend is looking more and more full. 

Cliff's brother Don and his best buddy (no, not his wife) are coming Saturday and spending Saturday night.  This means that while I'm preparing Sunday stuff, I'll also be feeding people meals on the preceding day.  Potato soup sounds pretty easy; that'll likely be Saturday's fare.  If there's hog-butchering going on Sunday, the fellow-butcherers (is that a word?) will be invited to eat dinner with us.  My knee, by the way, is doing well.  I'm sure it'll hold up.

Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman died yesterday.  I realize most people probably don't even know who he was, but his music is a big part of my times at the cabin, where I love to "keep things Indian".  Monica and Natalie often asked me to play my Indian music when I was at the cabin with them.  Floyd will still be singing at my cabin, as long as I'm able to walk back there.

If you're a movie fan, you've seen him at some time or other.  Some of the movies he appeared in are:  "Dances With Wolves"; "Hildago"; and "Poltergeist".  He also appeared on many TV shows:  "Rosanne", "Dharma and Greg", "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Northern Exposure", and many more.

I appreciate him most for his songwriting.  What I didn't know is that he was also an artist, and it appears as though he was a darned talented one in this Youtube interview:

Now playing: Floyd Red Crow Westerman - B.I.A.
via FoxyTunes   
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madcobug said...

I hope all that snow misses you. Libby is such a sweet girl being good. May Red Crow rest in peace. Helen

magran42 said...

I admire your attention to the Indians.  An interest of mine also.

suzypwr said...

I am trying to play the music but it keeping starting and stopping. So far, I am enjoying what I hear - thanks for sharing the link!


astaryth said...

So sad that he passed. I loved his recurring role on Dharma and Greg.

geocachelinda66 said...

I'm glad to hear Libby is doing well.  It is sad when people we like and admire pass away.  Linda

helmswondermom said...

I recognise him now that I see him, but I didn't know his name or that he was a songwriter.  I'm glad your knee is doing well and that Libby's training is coming along.  I hope you guys don't get much snow, and I hope you'll be up and outside soon.  You must be getting tired of the enforced rest.  Take care and have a good weekend.  I think potato soup sounds good, too!

gen0507 said...

I recognize him too...I have seen him on Walker Texas Ranger.  I hate that he died.  I'm glad that Libby is coming along well.  That's nice of her to keep her another week at no charge.  Don't you over do it on that knee this weekend.  I love potato soup.  I remember when I was a grandparents would butcher a hog & all the family would come to help with the chore.  


ryanagi said...

I remember you posting about him before (about his music) and it didn't click. As soon as I read "Poltergeist" and "Dharma and Greg" I knew instantly who he was. I remember him from Northern Exposure too.  He sort of became the face of the Indian nation to me.  The first image that would come to mind if talk turned to native americans (him and the fella in those Keep America Beautiful commercials with the one tear going down his cheek).  Funny how my mind works.  Also, very sad.

jspiker said...

A sad day....I now remember him from "Dancing with Wolves". (Just didn't put it together). Not all people leave footprints in the world but he was truly one of those who did. My thoughts and prayers will be with him.