Afraid of a nasty reminder of winter

It’s hard to believe that last year at this time, we still were experiencing minus-40 C conditions.
However, I’m nervous about feeling too excited about spring. I’m afraid we could get a nasty reminder of winter from Mother Nature.
If you’ve been listening to news reports, the poor people of the Maritimes got hit very hard once again with a big snowstorm over the weekend.
Here at home, the mud slowing is appearing in the yard—along with all the treasures that were buried under the snow. It certainly is not the prettiest time of the year but it does feel good when you don’t have to go outside wearing layers of clothing.
The animals are enjoying it—resting comfortably and looking over the gate dreaming of green grass. But they will have to dream for a while yet since we normally don’t get them to pasture much before June 1.
My yearlings really have been stretching through the fence, so I’m going to put an end to that this week with a new electric fence (they have no reason to be looking anywhere but they just seem to nosey!)
I’m still awaiting my last six calves and we should be seeing some lambs arriving a month from now.
Meanwhile, I have a big list of jobs to finish up before I head back to the Emo Agricultural Research Station on April 1 (it always seems like I have lots of time but here I am down to two weeks).
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Tragedy has struck my mom and dad again—their kitty, “Moe,” was killed by their garage door. They are not having good luck with their pets.
He really was a nice kitty and certainly will be missed by all of us. He only was allowed in the porch, and enjoyed us all petting and playing with him as we came in and out of the house.
He was a stray kitty that turned out to be a great pet and mouser!
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I wound up at J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances last week to judge the science fair after one of the judges couldn’t make it.
There was a great variety of projects and it certainly is nice to see kids display passion about some of their interests.
It is very tough to choose winners when they all put in some good efforts.
Congratulations to all the students at J.W. Walker for their entries—I enjoyed my morning.
It was quite a busy day around there with their science fair. They also had bumped up their winter carnival since our snow was disappearing so quickly.
It looked to be a great day for students and staff alike.
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Mark your calendars for an ag info day on Friday, March 27.
The Rainy River Soil & Crop Association is planning the day and as speakers, locations, and times are announced, I will pass them along.
Brian Hall, the canola specialist with OMAFRA, is making the trip but the group is planning something for everyone.
They are hoping to rejuvenate our old tradition of “Ag Days.”
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The Rainy River District Vet Committee is hosting its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Emo Inn.
If you have any concerns, or would like to attend to learn more about the designated veterinary area, let me know!
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I’m still accepting orders for tree seedlings.
The Rainy River Stewardship Committee once again is bringing in white spruce, red pine, and cedar trees, which will arrive mid-May.
The white spruce and red pine are in bundles of 20 for $5 while the cedar are in bundles of 10 for $5.
It is great if you book them now. We also are hoping we will have schools interested in planting.
We would like to co-ordinate some plantings in each municipality with a school—perhaps around a cemetery or garbage dump.
Let me know if you are interested.

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