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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Long list heading into Emo Fair week

It's the Emo Fair week and I have such a big list, although I'm reminding myself that it is more important for Maddie and Marlee to have exhibits to display—not me.

They are crafting like crazy.

I'm sure every year we tell ourselves that we will try and not leave all this stuff until the last week. Yet here we are—leaving it to the last week again. We have until today (Wednesday) and that seems like a decent amount of time, but there is so much to do besides craft and make stuff.

Farming full of weather-related challenges

What a great long weekend! I realize we all are looking for a bit of rain and a few places received some I'm hearing. I feel confident it will come—I just hope it doesn't all come at once next weekend during the Emo Fair.

The weather forecast looks sunny for the next couple of weeks, which seems unreal to me. I'm hearing that many farmers are close to feeding hay or already are. This makes for a very long winter and very hard on feed, especially if you are short on feed from the dry conditions.

Farming is so full of challenges and so many of them are related to weather.

First cut of haying done

It was celebration time at my place on Saturday night! After a hard day of work, we finished our first cut of haying! It was a good feeling.

We had both the square baler and round baler going. It was just like the good old days when we hayed all day and had a later supper. Great feeling.

Maddie, Marlee and McKenzie (Maddie's friend) helped me in the hay mow and experienced a good workout.

The girls were happy we were finished with the hay but more because we could now concentrate on getting our animals ready for the fair.

Another growing season quickly coming to an end

The week of our annual soil and crop tour and open house has arrived. It is a bit of a bummer, though, because it is one of the signals that we are reaching the end of another growing season.

Following this is a rush to be ready for the Emo Fair and then, boom, it is fall! In fact, you already can see the colour starting to change throughout some of the cereal crops.

There is a good chance some of the earlier-planted grain will be ready to combine in the next couple of weeks.

Give someone else your password

The middle of July has arrived. Time is just ticking along.

The weather is mostly fabulous! We are down to our last 120 acres of hay but it will be a slow week since I will be out of town for a few days. I am somewhat looking forward to this meeting. I will be in Barrie, ON so I am getting a visit in with one of my good friends, Destiny. Destiny's BFF is travelling with me for the visit so it should be a nice few days.

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.