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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Days already starting to get longer

It’s the second week of January and we already are starting to see a small change in our daylight hours! Yay!

That is what I find the most difficult about winter–the dark being so long.

We certainly saw a lot of snow last week and it took two days to get things all cleaned up. Moving snow is not my favourite job and my dad was off in Florida, so I tackled as much as I could before my almost step-son came and spent most of a day finishing up the mess I made.

New year off to snowy start

Happy New Year to everyone!

It looks like we are starting it off with snow. I do recall someone telling me that the Farmer’s Almanac was calling for a “real old-fashioned winter” (i.e., lots of snow and some cold days).

I guess the snow will make all the snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers happy! But I get tired of cleaning off the deck while my dad will spend hours and hours pushing around in our driveways.

I’ve always found that to be a waste of time and fuel but it needs to be done.

Looking forward to 2017

Many of you still will be celebrating and visiting, and perhaps because of the weather, some celebrations will be extended!

Although the weather didn’t co-operate, we certainly can feel lucky because it sounds like places around us were hit harder.

If your visit was extended because of the weather, enjoy your extra time together!

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On Christmas Eve, we gathered with my boyfriend/partner’s family in Stratton. Although it was a smaller crew, some of the family still is travelling in so we are hoping to see a few more of them yet.

Final stretch to Christmas

We are moving quickly into that final stretch before the big day!

I finally got my upstairs tree up on Sunday. But as I was dragging it in from the minus-34 temperature, and the needles and branches were following off, I did think to myself, “Why do we do this again?”

We spend hours trying to clean our house and then we bring in a messy tree. But after getting as many lights on it as I possibly can, and all the special decorations that I’ve collected over the years, I remember why!

‘Holly Daze’ a hit

Emo once again hosted a wonderful weekend of “Holly Daze!”

The parade was just awesome! Maddie and Marlee each brought a friend along and this year with our “dog” theme, we not only tossed out candy canes but milk bones for all the dogs watching the parade!

Marlee’s friend, Ella, thought, “Emo sure has a lot of dogs.”

Marlee and Ella then stayed in the country for the weekend. Ella was so easy to have around and is a true country girl at heart.

Still bare ground in Emo

Winter has arrived in parts of Rainy River District but we still have bare ground here in Emo.

No complaints, though, as it will be great if our farm yards get some frost into them before the snow falls.

I did have to spend most of Saturday getting all the water systems fixed up with heat for the winter (Ontario Hydro will be pleased with that as I’ll see a huge difference in my bills for the rest of the winter).

It is at least a month later than normal, however, so I shouldn’t complain.

Still enjoying amazing weather

Here we are the middle of November and still enjoying amazing weather!

I realize this will be coming to an end but we certainly have had a good run. For instance, we unrolled bales and baled them into square bales this past weekend and actually were hot.

Meanwhile, I’m feeding cows in places that most years you wouldn’t go with a tractor. The only bad part was as I was feeding, I thought, “Wow, that’s weird how the branches are all off that tree like that.”

Turns out it was a strategically-placed tree stand. I might have ruined a hunting spot.

Hard to believe it’s November

November–who would have thought this! This weather is simply amazing.

But then you have the people who just have to tell you,“We will pay for this” or “This will be added on to the spring!”

Let’s just be positive, enjoy it, and hope it is just as nice on the other end.

This mild weather certainly is easy on people’s feed supply. Many cattle still are grazing and have little interest in eating hay when the grass is still green and even abundant in some places.

The cattle love this weather as much as we are.

Local food co-op makes pitch

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op was here presenting how it could allow all of us to access more local food and even other items.

I hope some of you were able to attend one of their sessions. If not, it works like this: items that are for sale are listed on the website and you can order for a specific period of time and then a pick-up on a specific date and time.

We are hoping to include Emo and Fort Frances in this (currently they have these hubs in Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Kenora). We think it could fill the void of losing our farmers’ market.

Challenges seem to be never-ending

Last week seems like just a blur.

Our cereal performance data was due Thursday. Although I knew we were cutting things pretty tight, it all went bad when I went to enter the numbers and discovered our 1000 kernel weight machine was giving us false readings.

There was no way we would have time to re-do all of them and still make the deadline. So we did what we could and had to ask for forgiveness.

Fortunately, they were happy to have our yield data at least.