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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Lots of slush means poor ice conditions

Last week’s rain certainly knocked the snow down in a hurry and I was shocked at how much water was lying under the snow.

The cows were happy because they didn’t have to make the long walk home to get a drink.

On the trapline, though, the rain deepened the slush, which means my travelling across the ice will be out for a while (I don’t enjoy slush at all).

To me, it seems like there is nothing solid below.

Trapping has been very slow, as well. But we have heard they are having a remarkable year further north near Red Lake and surrounding areas.

No rush to take down Christmas decorations

Well, Happy New Year to everyone! I’m so happy that we already can see a difference in our daylight hours!

Monday was Ukrainian Christmas and I still have all my decorations and tree up mainly for my Grandma Bliss. Personally, I’m never in a hurry to take my tree down and it hasn’t even been shedding needles all that bad.

It probably is happy to have access to more water inside than it did all summer outside.

I likely will tackle some of my Christmas decorations and outside lights this week, but I’m going to enjoy them as long as I can.

Here are my New Year’s wishes

Well, 2012 has come and gone!

Alas, the years do pass by much quicker now, which I know is a sign of aging.

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution person but as I waited for my tractor to warm up Monday morning, I was thinking about a few wishes that I have!

I wish that my cows have enough hay to get us through this year, I wish that we don’t experience sore feet again, and I wish that we have adequate moisture so that I am not stressing about hay next year at this time!

Be sure to hug your family

I’m sure the Christmas travelling, visiting, and eating has begun for many of us!

My boyfriend/partner was calling it the “12 days of Christmas” since we had started so early this year.

I think we all have very little to complain about when you think of the tragedy that is all too fresh in our minds regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

It still makes the hair stand up on the back or my neck.

Still no sign of my heifer

Well, no luck yet in finding our missing heifer.

We have continued our search, but still no birds or bones. Strange.

Poor Maddie and Marlee definitely are getting a real taste of farming—good and bad. The worst part is not knowing what happened.

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I spent most of last week in Peterborough at an Ontario Cattlemen’s Association meeting, which saw mostly positive information being passed along.

In fact, there are people predicting good cattle prices for a few more years yet so this keeps up the positive optimism.

Research report completed

Well, it was pretty much down to the wire but I finished my research report before the Nov. 30 deadline.

I have to admit I was getting tired of sitting at the computer, and likely should have added a few things to some of the reports.

This way, you will have to contact me with questions!

I still have a few things to tidy up at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, but after that I’m a full-time farmer again.

Putting up Christmas lights takes some time

It looks as though winter is here!

I was hoping the snow would get me more into the Christmas spirit! I started putting up my outside lights but ended up getting very little done.

It takes me a week to get it all dialed in, so it looks like I’ll be working evenings this week if I want to have my yard all lit up by Dec. 1.

I also have a couple of new ideas for this year so I’m hoping I have enough extension cords!

Not feeling festive yet

I was thinking how I wasn’t feeling much like getting into the Christmas spirit—and was blaming it on finances, job security, and all the challenges of life when, in fact, I think it might just be the weather!

The little bit of frost we had in our yards has disappeared over these past few days, so out will come the “red rim radials” (rubber boots) and the messy dog tracks in and out of the house.

Plowing seems to be done for the season

Well, even though I’m not quite done plowing, I just might be the way things looked and felt earlier this week!

I don’t think I’m brave enough to pack myself onto the tractor. I have about a day’s worth of seed to clean, so I think that is what I’ll tackle.

My final report also is far from finished, so I’m not lacking anything to do, for sure.

The mice have been steadily moving in so I’ve been tackling them, too. I was thinking of bringing “Roxee” along to help, but now worry about doing that with all the bait I have put out.

Too few days to finish work

Hard to believe November is very much upon us.

This tends to send me into panic mode. The Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) is supposed to be completed by Dec. 1 but I’m just not sure if November has enough days for me this year!

I’ve been able to get back out plowing and, despite the cold days on the tractor, it is going very nicely. But I’m afraid the weather is going to get the best of me this week, though (if the forecasts are correct).