Final EARS report kept me busy

Thank you to everyone for all the nice notes, cards, and gifts in memory of “Karma.”
I still feel very lost and lonely, but it certainly made me feel good knowing how many people saw how much she meant to me and what a good dog she was.
In the meantime, I’ve been busy finalizing my Emo Agricultural Research Station report for 2011. I had planned to have it finished by the Soil & Crop Improvement Association’s annual meeting last week, but that didn’t happen.
I’m still saying that because of our great year this year, I spent more time outside and less putting the numbers into the computer.
Needless to say, once I have it printed off, I will leave copies at Emo Feed and Gary Sliworsky’s office.
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I spent the entire weekend stringing my Christmas lights. It takes me that long, and by boyfriend/partner admitted that he thinks I’m crazy!
I still have some finishing touches to do, but most of my outside decorations are completed.
I was ticked over many sets of lights. I don’t understand how you can put the lights away perfectly working and when you pull them out a year later—nothing!
If you are out for a drive north of Emo, take a swing by.
I understand Ken Fisher donates his bus and takes the Emo seniors out and around the village of Emo to take in the beauty of all the Christmas lights (thanks, Ken, that is absolutely wonderful!)
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Many of you will remember Dr. Brenda Meyers, a former vet here in Rainy River District.
She moved from the area in the early 2000s, but I have continued to stay in touch with her, mainly at Christmas time.
She just finished a book about her days of practising in Rainy River District and raising her three daughters. It was a great book and if you are interested in purchasing it, you can contact Brenda by e-mailing her at 4brenm@telus.netor or writing Brenda Breitkretuz, R.R. #4, Site 15 Comp 20, Oliver, B.C., V0H 1T0.
The book is only $15, and is certainly a nice keepsake on her days working in our district.
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Hats off to the organizers and participants involved with this year’s Santa Claus parade in Fort Frances on Saturday. Maddie participated with her Sparks group.
We invite everyone to Emo’s “Holly Daze” parade this Friday (Dec. 2) starting at 5 p.m. The girls and I are going to try and put something together so Marlee can participate, as well.
Alas, I’m not sure how much preparation I will have time for since I’m off to Peterborough to an Ontario Cattlemen’s Association meeting for much of this week.
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The heifers that I sold are still in quarantine in Toronto, but are scheduled to fly to Russia on Dec. 10.
I have been in touch with the company just to make sure they are fitting in so far!

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