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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Christmas tree mishap a pain

Many people spend hours cleaning prior to Christmas, including me. I wore out two toothbrushes and an entire bottle of “Mean Green” getting the grout in my tile all polished up.

I lucked out with fewer walls to wash this year since I just finished getting fresh paint in more than half of the house upstairs. Alas, there still was plenty of dust and dog hair floating around, though.

Despite all of this, I ended up in a huge mess around 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

Ag station needs income

I finally have copies of the Emo Agricultural Research Station reports available!

I did leave multiple copies at Emo Feed, so you can pick one up there or let me know and I can be sure to get you one.

Keep in mind that we already are planning next season, so if there is work that you would like done, please get in touch with me. Things still are a little sketchy with cutbacks and all but as far as I am aware, we are back in business next year.

Lucky to have missed storm

Well, I was lucky enough to travel around the storm of last week.

Not sure if I should say lucky or not–my family (mostly my brother) had me stressed out about travelling. I am still so tense in my neck and shoulder that I really need a massage!

I was happy to arrive back in Winnipeg to find my truck not snowed in the parking lot! The way everyone was describing the weather, I thought my truck might be there until spring.

Christmas coming much too fast

Well, we’ve turned the calendar page to December–oh no!

I really need to put my thinking cap on and start making a list of what I should be looking to buy for my family and friends.

That is the difficult part for me–I’m not a shopper. It is one thing if you walk into a store and know exactly what you want. But wandering around waiting for something to jump out at you just isn’t my thing!

On the bright side, I finally finished my outdoor lights Saturday! That’s my favourite part of Christmas–the lights and decorations (oh, and the food, of course).

Not ready for Christmas yet

Monday marked one month until Santa arrives!

I wish I could say I was all ready for his arrival. I did start my outdoor lights but like many others, you put the lights away working and they magically don’t work as I pull them out of my numerous Rubbermaid containers.

It will take me most of the week to get them all up, but it would be less if you didn’t have to spend the time trying to get them all working again.

We missed brunt of wintery weather

It sounds like we missed out on the brunt of wintery weather once again after hearing how nasty road conditions were north of us.

We likely would have had quite a dump of snow ourselves over the weekend had it not been so wet.

Not sure what is worse? It certainly is greasy and sloppy in the barn yard right now.

Saturday was a very beautiful day and we saw the sun all day! I was able to get the sheep all vaccinated and the ram out!

I then thought it would be a perfect day to Ivomec (de-worm) the cows. Alas, they didn’t agree.

Thanks to all who endured

Most know that where I live and farm was my great-grandpa’s place, followed by my great uncles (Bud and Charlie is how they were known for their lives).

Charlie fought in World War II but did not share many stories about this time as it was an extremely tough for him and many others. Bud, meanwhile, often was bitter about war talk himself because of the fact he wasn’t able to fight for our great country because of health issues.

RRFA dinner a great time

Well, for those of you who didn’t make the RRFA dinner and entertainment night on Saturday, you missed out on a great time!

The board was very organized so the meeting portion passed quickly. And congratulations to Elaine Aveyard, who let her name stand to join the current board.

Bernie Zimmerman will continue on as president, Linda Armstrong as secretary, and Ang Halverson as treasurer.

Meanwhile, cowboy poet and humorist “Rhymin’ Diamond” Doug Keith did a great job of entertaining us–with lots of good laughs.

Wrapping up final chores

Another frosty morning on Monday but I think this is the only way I’ll be able to tackle some straw baling–and plowing work that I still need to do!

It will require a fair bit of clothing but I will try to finish these jobs (if you see me off the tractor and on the ground, you may need to come and roll me over so I can get up!)

I finally submitted the Ontario Performance data for the wheat trial last week. So now we will finish cleaning our other cereal trials and then finally the soybeans.

Not ready for snow yet

Snow day! Ugh, I don’t think we are ready for this yet. Or maybe I should just speak for myself: “I am not ready for this yet!”

I may have jinxed myself as I did spend some time over the weekend doing some winterizing.

I dread turning the heat on in my water bowls since my hydro bills are very high without those elements on! But I will agree that paying the bill is easier than thawing water lines!

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We are busy at the Emo Agricultural Research Centre trying to get the Ontario performance trials cleaned and data submitted.