Christmas decorating deadline coming up fast

Well, silly me is still working on putting up my outdoor lights. It looks like I might have some cold fingers this week.
I haven’t even started anything inside my house, other than a project that my boyfriend/partner and Marlee tackled on Sunday.
I do have a deadline of Saturday since I am hosting a Christmas party! It all seems like a good idea–right.
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We attended a Christmas party on Saturday night with my boyfriend/partner’s crew.
It was a really nice night and great to see all everyone.
I big thank you to Troy and Kate for having us all over to their new home.
Many hours of hard work were evident, but they sure have built themselves a beautiful place.
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I applied to the “Do More Ag” Foundation to host a Mental Health First-Aid Course in our area!
We were selected and will be running the course on Jan. 30-31, 2020. I am excited that they have chosen us.
Details are still being worked on, but I will be looking for names to attend early in the new year.
Agriculture is one of the most demanding, stressful careers and we need to take care of ourselves. Please consider attending.
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This will be your last reminder that I am really hoping to see a good bunch of you at the Emo Inn this Thursday night (Dec. 12) to take part in the Rainy River Soil & Crop Association’s annual meeting at 7 p.m.
We have two guest speakers coming in, so I really hope you take the time to attend. Christine will be talking forages and Joanna cereals–so everyone is covered!
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I was in Barrie last week at a Beef Farmers of Ontario meeting.
Though it was great to see a bunch of my friends the industry is in tough times once again.
One of the major packing plants have closed and there is an even larger backlog for processing of cattle.
Cow prices have dropped anywhere from $400-$500 and the spread between heifers and steers is way too large.
Some predict that this will hurt us as much as–or more than–BSE.
2019 has been incredibly tough on many; tight supply of hay, little or no straw available many are still struggling to get crops harvested, and most have little of their fall work completed.
2020 needs to be better but with the amount of work left uncompleted, this fall will certainly result in a challenging spring.
I have such a hard time getting my head around why an industry that is producing food is hit so hard.
These things all affect succession of our farms which should concern everyone.
After listening to many of the hardships of this packing plant closing, it reassured me that we need to continue to fight to keep our local abattoirs open.
At least with our smaller local plants opened, we can continue to feed our family and friends.
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I left enough hay out for my cows to cover my absence.
Friday I was off to feed my cows and had a breakdown (something that I am not good at). I had some type of oil all over.
I called my friend, James, and he rescued me.
Luckily, it was just a hose that loosened, and he had it fixed up in no time.
Typical farm issues are always when you are going somewhere, or in a rush to get things done. I am lucky to have such great friends!