Heavy rain not welcomed

Conditions were becoming quite pleasant regarding moisture by the end of last week—and then we had to have a blast of rain.
It turned out to be quite a storm Friday night, with a beautiful light show! Not so good, though, if you are an owner of dog that is nervous of storms.
My “Roxee” sleeps right through them, but I have friends that tell me their tales of their poor, nervous dogs.
At the Emo Agricultural Research Station, we ended up with nearly two inches of rain and just under an inch-and-a-half at my home. Either way, it was too much as things just don’t dry up quickly now.
Everyone is busy these days trying to make hay, haul manure, combine, sort cattle, and all the other things you need to get finished before winter arrives. Fall can be a stressful time of the year on the farm (you know the deadline is approaching, there are less daylight hours, and the list of chores is long).
I read something the other day that I thought was worth passing along: “Getting behind slow-moving farm equipment for two miles in the country is equivalent to waiting for two stop lights in the city.
“You’ll survive. Stay back, enjoy the scenery, and share the road this harvest season.”
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We were able to combine a few plots last week at EARS, but then the end-of-the-week monsoon put a quick halt to that.
I’m still having a hard time getting my head around the fact it is nearing the end of September and we are doing middle-of-August work. But as I keep getting reminded: “Kimmie, there is nothing you can do about that!”
I’m counting on good weather for a few weeks since we have a few weeks of work still in the plots.
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I locked myself in my office for most of the day Saturday and tackled a huge application that should have been completed in early August for the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association.
I finally feel it is close to being polished and submitted but I just haven’t had a chance to take the time to do it.
We are in the process of doing technological upgrades and we are hoping we have a chance to access some funding. These applications are a long process, then we just have to cross our fingers that we will be successful.
Our next sale–normally our biggest of the year—is quickly approaching on Saturday, Oct. 4.
As such, we are planning a small work-bee for this Saturday (Sept. 27) at 9 a.m. and we welcome everyone!
If you know of a high school student who is looking for community hours in order to graduate, we certainly would welcome their help, as well.
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I certainly recommend a country drive these days!
Since I only saw the walls of my office on Saturday, I spent Sunday enjoy the beautiful, sunny country. It was too wet to do any big work so I did as many little jobs as I could.
I was in the bush on the four-wheeler and it just hit me–wow, it is beautiful! The leaves are very colourful and we haven’t had any “hurricane” winds yet to blow them all away.
Take that Sunday drive, roll your window down, and enjoy the picture and the smells. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
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One of my bulls crawled through the fence the other night, so we ended up having to bring all the cows home to get him back in.
I later was telling Maddie and Marlee about it.
“Why did he get out, Auntie Kimmie?” they asked. “Well, I am thinking something was in heat,” I replied.
“What is heat, Auntie Kimmie?” And right then I thought, “Oh-oh, I shouldn’t have said anything.”
“Heat is when they want to make a baby or get pregnant,” I finally said.
“Well, how did he know someone was in heat?” And so the conversation went on for about an hour!
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Happy birthday wishes to Nanny, who is 86 years young.
I hope I can be as strong and tough as you are at that age!