Not a great ending to year for me

I don’t normally wish time away but I’m looking forward to 2012. It seems the end of 2011 is not going to go down in history as a great time for me.
First, my dog died. Then on the weekend, my youngest Hereford bull died and then later my washing machine.
My bull was on a slight hump and got too far over on his side, and couldn’t get back up.
You only have about 15 or 20 minutes to rescue them from this so unless you are right there at the right time, you have little chance of saving them. So there went $2,500-$3,000 buried in the bush.
The only good thing that may come of that is my boyfriend/partner will try snare a few wolves because they certainly will be digging for that meal.
I was planning on buying another bull this spring, but I’m not sure I can afford to buy two.
Maddie and Marlee certainly are getting their lessons with death. Marlee wondered if our bull had diarrhea? We assured her this was not the problem (poor girl would be afraid of that for the rest of her life).
I’m blaming the weather for a bit of this. Cattle are enjoying these mild temperatures and resting comfortably—too comfortable. Three of my farmer friends lost cows last week, as well.
And “Saltee,” one of the sheep twins, was busy playing the other night in a fresh bale of hay and jumped and landed on her back.
Good thing I was there or she would have been dead, too.
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On the bright side, I have my Christmas tree up and decorated now. I love it—even though many of the ornaments are “Karma” related.
I had to explain to Mad and Mar that you cannot torture my tree as much as Grandma’s since my tree was real and it will shed.
Maddie told Grandma that Auntie Kimmie has a lot more rules that she does! Tough Auntie I am.
So even though my boyfriend/partner thought I was crazy for spotting a nice Christmas tree near Thunder Bay, my friends went and cut one down in Dryden!
Guess it helped that they got to visit their fun little twin grandkids at the same time, though!
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I sure hope everyone has a great holiday and an even better 2012.
I wish that you have time to relax and enjoy your family and friends. It is so nice to not rush and actually sit down and visit with your company.
If you are lucky enough to have young children in your family, enjoy every minute with them—they grow up way too fast.
To my farmer friends, I hope calving is successful, crops are of abundance, and prices stay strong or stronger! We all should take the time to find out where our food is grown and try to eat local when possible!
Let’s work together, support one another, and make Rainy River District a great place to live, eat, work, and play.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

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