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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Farming can be a tough life

I really enjoy my life and especially my farm life, but there are days I really wonder what I'm doing! And I'm certain this happens to others, as well.

I do feel that some days the farm sucks the life right out of me. Even on the days I feel this way, I still enjoy what I am doing; I just wonder if it is all worth it.

It makes me sad to think of not cutting hay, working with cattle, getting run over by sheep, and, of course, saving a bunny. I see how hard everyone works around me to help me and it breaks my heart.

Many tributes to a life well-lived

I was fortunate to know and call Rachel Hill a friend. Myself and many, many others. Sadly, Rachel lost her battle with cancer and she was honoured with a beautiful memorial on Saturday right at her home.

Most people who live longer haven't conquered as much as this amazing, strong, and determined woman did. The tributes to a life well-lived were heart-breaking and she deserved to beat this battle.

Last fall, Rachel attended the “Laying tile in the fight” fundraiser for breast cancer and I was so proud of her for being so strong.

Rain swells river

Some of us experienced some significant rain over the weekend and others not so much.

At my house, we received around two-10ths of an inch but the Emo Agricultural Research Station got just over an inch.

We also are working with a Ph.D. student who is doing some work on a few of the rivers/creeks in our district and he sent a text telling us the La Vallee River went up 20 cm over the weekend, so it should be sampled.

That seems quite significant.

Lots keeping me busy around my place

With Friday being a P.D. Day, I decided to book off from work and prepare for sheep shearing as well as spend the day with Maddie and Marlee.

When I booked it off, I didn't realize I would be nursing two bunnies and bottle-feeding a few lambs. My mom has been taking care of the lambs but they were off to a country music show.

They had a little lamb living in the house so she was sad they were away. My dad was sure they could take her along but I told him I was pretty sure they would have to leave her at the border.

Long weekend was hard to beat

That was a long weekend hard to beat! The much-needed rain came before most of us started our weekend and then we had sunshine for the rest of it.

Unfortunately, dampened the Rainy River First Nations' annual fish fry but the meal still was top of the line.

Cliff Westover was the lucky winner of the weekly “Catch the Ace” draw, pocketing $400. But Cliff choose envelope # 8, which contained the queen of spades, which means the progressive pot will be roughly $4,500.

Tractor breakdown cause for woes

It was a great week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station with Claire and Nick!

Working with summer students every year keeps me young; at least at heart.

We are ready to plant but, of course, we have a tractor breakdown. Funny thing, the tractor was put away last fall working, sat all winter, and then we pull it out to go and there is a problem.

Yes, we have two brand new John Deeres but we need to use our older, smaller tractor for planting.

Great time at 'Gold Rush Gala'

Congratulations to the committee that worked so hard to stage the “Gold Rush Gala” on Saturday night at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.

The event was well-attended and supported by many across our district. It was great to see.

I think everyone had a great time and we all hope you generated some dollars that will help rebuild the tired structures that exist at the fairgrounds in Emo.

One of the guests mentioned to my parents that it's unfortunate events like this haven't been happening more frequently so we could keep our community structures up to date.

April to be a jam-packed month

Here's hoping the Easter Bunny found everyone and he wasn't froze out or blown away!

This weather certainly is keeping things from being too messy around the farm yard anyway, though I'm hoping things warm up for those who are going to start calving soon with little or no indoor facilities.

Our lambs are coming a little later this year and that might be a good thing with this wind blowing (even the barn is none too warm).

The sun is great, and eventually the mud and fun will come.

Ace of spades finally 'caught'

As you may have heard, Gerry Allan “caught” the ace of spades during Friday night's weekly draw at the Emo Legion and went home with roughly $16,400!

Gerry selected envelope # 8 and that is where the ace of spades was hiding for all these weeks.

Although we are happy for Gerry, our raffle committee gets very sad when the latest round of “Catch the Ace” is over.

Some committee members feel they would like a break from the weekly action but others are willing to continue on, so we will take this week off and then start with Round #4 next week.

I'm back to work at EARS

Well, Monday was my official first day back at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) though I am out of town most of the week so you won't likely catch me there until next week.

Still, seed already has been coming in—which is likely the earliest I have ever seen that. There remains a fair bit of snow around and with a bit cooler temperatures for the week ahead, that might not change too much over the days ahead.

The slow melt is much more beneficial to our land, though, so we should not complain. Spring and summer will arrive!