Wet fall has made for a messy yard

I hope everyone was able to enjoy a nice long weekend. The weather wasn’t so great but otherwise I was feeling like we all had a lot to be thankful for.
I tried to tackle a wee bit of housework but spent most of my time getting equipment put away and preparing for the next season.
I really was hoping for a warm, mostly dry fall but that sure hasn’t happened. My yard is a sticky, muddy mess. I have lambs in a corral and calves in another, and I cannot wait for them to be out.
I feel horrible when I see the calves in the mud but it is only a week since I pulled them off their mothers so they need to be in “high security” for until this weekend and then I should be safe.
The lambs, I think, I then will move over to our run-in shed so they can stay out of this damp mess.
I’m feeling so bad for many of our western friends who cannot get on their land to harvest. For some, this is the third-straight year that they got flooded or snowed out. This results in some heavy stress loads for many as your whole year’s work rests in the hands of Mother Nature.
My boyfriend/partner was busy with some of his trapline work for a good part of the weekend, but was around Monday to help with a few heavy things that needed to be moved.
He and “Roxee” just were finishing up with me and heading off to set some beaver traps. But as he drove into the barn, Roxee spotted a squirrel coming out of a grain bag and darted off the six-wheeler after it. For some freaky reason, she got her hind leg caught in the box handle and was hurt.
Clayton thought she broke her leg so off to the vet we went. It turned out she dislocated her joints where the digits meet the bone. She is splinted now for four-six weeks and it has to stay dry.
Needless to say, I was a mess and likely will be a mess until the split comes off. My dogs are everything to me and they honestly should consider sedating me when stuff goes wrong.
We are lucky (I think/hope) because Roxee is a very calm, well-behaved dog so I’m hoping for a good heal, though I am worried about her getting up and down the stairs right now.
So my good weekend kind of went to heck when this happened.
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Our next cattle sale is quickly approaching on Saturday, Oct. 20. Because of the limited times between sales, James has less time to visit everyone.
Please, if he hasn’t talked to you and you are planning to bring cattle-let him know! It really helps him when he is lining up the buyers if he has a decent idea of what animals he will have at the sale.
You can get in touch with James on his cellphone at 1-807-271-2005.
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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is hosting its annual meeting on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
A social hour runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30.
It is sounding pretty interesting as they are advertising “mystery entertainment!” If you are looking for tickets, give Lisa a call at 487-2340.
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Wishing us all sunny days ahead.

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