My new best friend joins farm life

My boyfriend/partner and I ventured off to Warren, Mn. to pick up my new best friend.
“Roxee,” my new black Lab, has now joined farm life here north of Emo.
She is very tiny and once again I find myself carrying her because, #1, she is cute and cuddly, #2 she is too small to be walking with cattle and sheep (or even my cat, for that matter) and # 3 she is much too slow so giving her a ride speeds things up for the time being.
I’m hoping she begins to sleep through the night quickly, though, since this is my last month to sleep through the night before calving starts.
She sleeps a fair amount right now so I have to work hard during these times.
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I took the time to read Elaine Wilson’s book, “Life on the Trapline,” and what a great book it was!
I highly recommend everyone to take the time to read this. It was such an interesting book and very easy to read. You will finish it quickly because you don’t want to put it down.
Elaine was a darn good woman—working hard and raising a great family in much harder circumstances! I certainly do enjoy the trapline but I’ll be very honest and tell you I could not spend months on end in the bush as I would miss my social life too much (my social life mainly involves going to meetings but I enjoy working in this community).
The other huge difference is we have a lot of luxuries on the trapline now. For instance, we have a solar system that allows us to watch satellite TV and vacuum—and even runs an air conditioner in the summer.
We still have to carry water and use an outhouse, though.
We also have four-wheelers and snowmachines so it’s a real treat to check traps.
Once again, Elaine’s book is excellent and I’m so glad she took the time to share her story with the rest of us!
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The Rainy River Hereford Association is hosting its annual meeting this Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Stratton seniors’ centre.
The social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with supper at 6. The association provides the roast beef while the rest of the meal is potluck.
We always look forward to a nice evening of catching up, door prizes, and our famous roast beef auction!
Everyone is welcome no matter what colour your cows are!
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The annual meeting of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association is fast approaching. Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Way School in Stratton.
Rick Hobbs, a director with the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, will attend, along with Barry Potter from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
We also will have various committee reports and look forward to hearing from our membership.
So if you don’t see me out and about in the next while, or I’m late getting my work done, you can blame it all on “Roxee” because I’ll likely be holding her at home!

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