Thanks to all who endured

Most know that where I live and farm was my great-grandpa’s place, followed by my great uncles (Bud and Charlie is how they were known for their lives).
Charlie fought in World War II but did not share many stories about this time as it was an extremely tough for him and many others. Bud, meanwhile, often was bitter about war talk himself because of the fact he wasn’t able to fight for our great country because of health issues.
I think of Bud and Charlie most days, but maybe even more on Remembrance Day since I am so proud of so what a great country we live in because of the hard times so many faced so many years ago.
Thanks to all of them and their families who waited for their safe return.
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The Rainy River Hereford Association is planning its annual meeting and potluck supper next Friday (Nov. 22) at 6 p.m. at the Stratton seniors’ centre.
Everyone is more than welcome to come out for a great supper (Hereford beef will be supplied) and a very quick meeting, along with some great visiting time and door prizes!
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My vet cousin (Stacey) had her baby boy on Oct. 31. Easton Robert weighed in at 9.85 pounds, and was welcomed by his big brother, Callen, and big sister, Charlie!
He always will have a fun-filled birthday arriving on Hallowe’en!
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Two very special farm ladies are celebrating birthdays this week, as well–Shirley Morrish and Kristine Carpenter.
These girls work hard promoting agriculture throughout our district and have done so for many years!
Keep up the good work and hope your birthdays are special just like the two of you!
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On Friday afternoon while I was plowing, I received a very exciting phone call! My friend, Maynard Martin, called looking to provide “Hope” with her “forever home!”
I was both excited and sad.
Maynard works at the sales barn in Stratton and loves animals. So after watching Maddie play hockey on Saturday morning, I packed up Hope’s things and drove to Maynard’s.
Destiny wanted to go with me—and thankfully she did since I was crying until I picked her up (and I am not a public crier).
But it was a wonderful feeling when Maynard’s brother came dashing out of the house still trying to get his jacket on, and before we had parked, because he was excited to see her.
He quickly walked her out to see two of his other brothers who were busy in the barn!
I likely overwhelmed Mrs. Martin with all the dog treats, toys, and bed–and the special cheese Hope likes since she had a few more antibiotics to finish for a bladder infection.
It was so nice to see that she was going to get the much-needed love that she deserved, and there is no place better than living on a farm!
Destiny and I toured the new barn that will be in full-use near the end of the month! The family has worked so hard and I am so excited for them!
As we left, I still felt sad that I was leaving Hope, but there was such a great feeling in my heart that she was at such a special place with a very special family.
Destiny, meanwhile, is not allowed to have a foster dog ever again–or at least not when she is around Auntie Kimmie!
Maddie and Marlee were a little upset with me, as well, about finding Hope a home. They had a million questions about Maynard (police checks might be easier than those two!)
Never mind when I tried to explain “karma” when I was telling them about the person who had abandoned Hope and her brother in the first place!

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