Calving season coming up fast

Frosty temperatures are supposed to be leaving us later this week, so I’ve decided to hold off undecorating my farm buildings for a few more days.
I dread the darkness of the yard without all the Christmas lights anyway.
I certainly have been noticing how we are seeing more and more daylight each day again—and that is a welcome sight. And despite these colder temperatures, the sun sure makes the day seem a bit more pleasant.
My cows enjoy the sunny days since they still are nestled in the bush out of the wind but the sun beats down on them.
Some mornings, when “Roxee” and I walk on one of their many trials they create to venture home for water, we find them with frosty noses but all happily chewing their cuds. It is a comforting sight.
They are likely much cozier there than they will be in a couple of weeks when I bring them home to prepare for calving (our due date is Feb. 12).
I have a few less cows to calve this year, but it still will mean plenty of trips to the barn, lots of shovelling, and lack of sleep.
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Maddie and Marlee returned from their Christmas vacation to Florida last week and ventured out to the country for the weekend.
It was three weeks since we had seen them and we had a lot of catching up to do! They had lots of stories and experiences to share with us.
We did some farming, snowmobiling, and, of course, crafting. We did end up creating some pretty cute “blue jean jewellery” and Marlee was determined we should be sharing our creations on Pinterest.
I need to re-stock some of my supplies before we have another weekend like this!
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Sending love and thoughts to the Lambert family as they had to say good-bye to Chuck last week.
I met Chuck when I entered Grade 9 and I don’t think I knew of a friendlier person. Chuck seemed to like everyone and had many people call him their friend (young and old, town and country).
Many of my farmer friends loved working and playing with Chuck after meeting him through working at the mill.
He was a treasure and will be missed by many.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association is hosting its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
Please mark it in your date book and plan to attend. Our agenda is looking good.
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We have been invited to participate in the beef symposium that is being held at the University of Guelph on Jan. 24 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
They will allow us to view via Web-Ex and the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association will cover the cost.
If you are interested or would like to see the agenda, get in touch with me ASAP. I will book it as long as there is enough interest.
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The Rainy River Hereford Association will host its annual meeting and potluck supper on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Stratton seniors’ centre.
Roast beef will be served.
Everyone is invited to attend this casual night of friendship and fun.
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If I can get caught up on my bookwork, I might even tackle my Christmas letter that was going to be my New Year’s letter this year.
But the way I’m going, it might be a Valentine’s letter!

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