Time to close up research station

Well, after this week I will be a full-time farmer once again as I plan to have the ag research station closed up and put away until spring.
I ended up dragging a bunch of files home in case it is something I need to find for people. Luckily with today’s technology, you can drag a lot of stuff around with much less bulk.
I never seem to be able to use up my holidays and I blame it on the weather. We have such few nice days that you can’t afford to take the day off and miss the good weather—and there is no sense taking time off when it rains because I likely need good weather at home to get things down, as well.
So now I will use my holidays and prepare for Santa!
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Speaking of Santa, I’ve been working on my outdoor lights for a week now and I’m still a few hours from being finished (I have run into many interruptions).
This week, though, I will be set to go. I always had a goal of having my outdoor stuff ready by Dec. 1.
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My boyfriend/partner and I enjoyed the Santa Claus parade Saturday evening in Fort Frances.
I likely have said this before but that is something we never would have done as kids. But now with Maddie and Marlee, we make it.
Participants did an excellent job of decorating the floats and all the lights were fabulous (of course, this is coming from a light lady).
The girls were very excited to see Santa, but were really wondering what he was doing after the parade! We figured he likely was resting because he is heading to the “Holly Daze” parade in Emo this Friday evening (Dec. 3).
Maddie, Marlee, and I are going to decorate the four-wheeler and trailer for the Emo parade (or at least that is the plan for now).
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Maddie and Marlee helped us check the traps this past weekend. We were lucky enough to catch a weasel and a fisher.
Both girls were proud of the catches, and we toured them around to Nanny’s and Grandma’s so they could show them off.
They both thought they would like to take them home, but I didn’t think that was such a good idea.
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The Rainy River Soil & Crop Association hosted a successful annual meeting last Wednesday night despite the major snowstorm.
Congratulations to Shawn Hyatt and Scott McNabb for joining the board. It is great to have some new faces get involved with our groups.
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I would like to remind everyone to join us at the Emo Legion on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., when Dan Ferguson of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association will be joining us for some informal cattle talk.
Everyone is welcome!
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Some of you may have seen our “Rainy River Raised” brand the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association has developed on our cattle tags or posters.
Now we have shopping bags with our logo on them. They are made by a very “green” company and have a 40 percent recycled material content.
Cloverleaf will be giving everyone a bag when local meat is purchased, but you can also buy them at Tompkins Hardware, West End Motors in Emo, the Rainy River Regional Abattoir, and the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances (you also can contact me).
It a great way to deliver some of our local products or wrap up a Christmas gift—especially to those people not lucky enough to live here!
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I hope to see everyone at “Holly Daze” this Friday and Saturday in Emo. Be sure to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful Christmas decorations!

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