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Spring Ahead, Fall Back

March 12, 2016

This weekend, many of us spring ahead in time one hour as we adjust our clocks to Daylight Saving Time. And as we do so, everything will seem a bit out of sync for a day or two. My dogs will give me an extra hour of sleep for a few days …( read more )

The Acceptance

February 27, 2016

A friend of mine called to let me know that her young grandchild, whom they had been worried about, was just diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Along with the diagnosis came training for both parents and child. Amidst the training, it was …( read more )

The Wolves

February 17, 2016

We have had two wolf packs in town this winter. One of them has been residing in a popular walking area, which has caused concern, to say the least. So far, six dogs have been killed by these hungry predators, and I don't want any of my …( read more )

Leave It

February 7, 2016

Sophie, my two-year-old retriever, is always finding things to pick up and chew on or eat during our daily walks. I, in turn, am always telling her to leave it, which she does for the moment. Once I am not looking, however, she does a …( read more )

The Dead Tree

January 27, 2016

There is a huge, dead tree leaning precariously beside the path where I walk each day. The tree has been dead for a very long time. Its trunk is naked and bleached by the elements, and its branches, stripped of all foliage, creak and …( read more )

The 3D Glasses

January 18, 2016

My daughter and I really enjoy going to the movies. One of the last ones we attended required us to wear 3D glasses. As the film advanced across the screen, from time to time, I would look over the top of the glasses just to see what …( read more )

The Moment

January 9, 2016

My collie, Bonnie, is very strong-willed. Perhaps that is all part of what makes her a good livestock dog: she is independent and able to make good decisions when need be. One of the best decisions she makes, however, is to listen and …( read more )

The Gaps

December 30, 2015

Peace and quiet reigned. The colourful Christmas lights framing the black of night through the windows reflected back upon themselves giving a 3D effect. It was then that I noticed that there were a few gaps in the lights. Some of the …( read more )

The Ongoing Feast

December 28, 2015

The roast turkey that we enjoyed so much on Christmas day just keeps going and going. Saturday was hot turkey sandwiches, Sunday was turkey salad, and today will find me standing at the counter picking its meaty bones. Picking the bones …( read more )

The Second Christmas

December 19, 2015

As the dogs and I watched the horizon, patiently waiting for the sun to rise sufficiently for us to go for our walk, I silently counted the days until December 21st, the shortest day of the year, signifying that on the morrow the darkness …( read more )

The Sad Christmas

December 14, 2015

It was a sad Christmas. A special, long-time friend and companion had died suddenly, and a light had gone out of my life with her passing. No amount of positive and faith-based thinking lifted me from the doldrums. My energy had waned, …( read more )

The Stand

December 7, 2015

My new Alpine goat, Agnes, is a milking goat, which has been a very interesting experience for me. Sophie, my two-year-old retriever, also found Agnes very interesting in an amusing way, at least for a time. Sophie loved nothing better …( read more )

The Parallel

November 11, 2015

Every Remembrance Day (or Veterans Day), I am deeply touched as members of our little community take turns placing wreaths of remembrance at the base of our town's cenotaph. Each wreath represents a different era: a war which has been …( read more )

The Situation

October 26, 2015

As usual, Bonnie and Sophie, my two-year-old collie and retriever, were outside on the property enjoying themselves as they kept an eye on the livestock. And just as usual, I was diligently keeping an eye on them. Even though they are …( read more )

The Revelation

October 16, 2015

It was 4 a.m., and I was driving through the depth of darkness toward my place of employment. I enjoyed my job, but as I motored along, I suddenly realized how indifferent and hardened my heart was becoming in regards to those whom I …( read more )

The Nosy Parker

October 6, 2015

My horse, Frank, is a nosy parker. "Nosy parker" is an old expression for one who has to have their nose into everybody else's business. Whenever I am working in the corral or out on the property where he is grazing, his nose is not far …( read more )

The Mending Stitch

September 24, 2015

It was brand new, and what a vibrant colour! I was so pleased and couldn't wait to wear it, although afterwards, I wished that I hadn't. It happened as I was walking down the driveway to feed the horses. The exuberant pup, dashing about …( read more )

The Holes

September 13, 2015

I have been working hard to beautify my property. Gardening in the north is difficult because there really isn't what you would call soil. Rocks and something resembling dirt are abundant, but not soil. Thus, I have been planting flowers …( read more )

The Two Minutes

September 2, 2015

I have an electric toothbrush, which does a fantastic job of cleaning my teeth and keeping my gums healthy, and all it takes is two two-minute brushings per day. Who could ask for more? And yet, some days, those two minutes seem to …( read more )

Green Pastures, Quiet Waters

August 13, 2015

Living in a tiny, remote, northern community requires that we travel a minimum of two hours each way to the closest city in order to access many vital services that our small town is unable to provide. We normally make this trip twice a …( read more )

The Gate

August 4, 2015

After five years, I was finally able to expand my corral. It is now almost twice as large, and the horses and goats love it. With the expansion came a second gate, making access to the paddock so much easier. Frank, my gelding, however, …( read more )

The Blotting

July 19, 2015

Oh, no, I thought, I'll never get this stain out. I had been walking with a friend when one of the dogs jumped up and accidentally scratched her. The scratch drew blood, and as I was helping her staunch the flow, my cream-coloured …( read more )

The Music

July 1, 2015

My horse, Frank, and I were lining up once again for the Canada Day parade in our little town. When the director of the parade had asked us to participate, I agreed, but also requested that we be put behind a float that would be playing …( read more )

The Problem Of Pain

June 28, 2015

We were worming the livestock when the first goat injected began screaming in pain and then promptly fainted. Then, her sister, the next in line, repeated her performance. Alarmed at their reaction, we contacted the vet, who asked us to …( read more )

The Price Is Right

June 17, 2015

Some days when I am busy baking, I switch on the television to keep me company. One of the shows that I view from time to time is The Price is Right. In fact, I remember watching it with my grandmother when I was a youngster. It seemed …( read more )

The Ability

June 8, 2015

The rabbit population has been growing in our area, so it is not unusual to see them hopping about in all seasons. In the winter, they are pure white. In the summer, they are brown, and in the spring and the fall, they are a combination …( read more )

The Actions

May 29, 2015

Sometimes I feel like I'm auditioning for a comedy show as I stamp my feet to create vibrations, wave my arms like a windmill, and shout as loudly as I can. Yes, having three very elderly canines in the house which are all at one stage or …( read more )

The Rescue

May 17, 2015

Getting older can place us in a tight spot. Each year, things which hadn't seemed to be changing at all now catch me unawares. My hair is actually turning grey. The third finger of my right hand has a cyst on the tendon which causes the …( read more )

The Search

May 8, 2015

Twenty people in our little town were searching. Two hours had passed. The bush was thick. The paths were many. The chill of night crept closer. Would the elderly gentleman who had wandered away from his home be found in time? …( read more )

The Option

April 19, 2015

As editor and publisher of our little local paper, as well as working four mornings a week as an administrator, I spend a lot of time on computers. And if there is one thing that I have discovered about these electronic devices, it's that …( read more )

The Pitfall

March 14, 2015

For the first five years of life in our present home, we lived with walls throughout most of the house that sported pink and yellow insulation covered in vapour barrier. At first, this took a bit of getting used to, but over the years, it …( read more )

The Loop-The-Loop

March 1, 2015

Frank was enjoying his gallop along the winding road every bit as much as we were. The evening sparkled and hosted just enough breeze to deter the bugs and bring refreshment from the heat of the day. As we approached our friend's …( read more )

The Story

February 10, 2015

What do we do when God answers our prayers? The story of Abraham's chief servant finding a wife for Isaac has spoken deeply to my heart, as I also hope it will to yours. When he came to Abraham's country, he prayed: God answered his …( read more )

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