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The Whisper

July 8, 2016

I was so pleased with my flower baskets and how they were coming along. The vibrant colours brightened up the front and side of the house so nicely. Although I had somewhat begrudged the money that they had cost me, I was delighted with …( read more )

The Quest

June 30, 2016

The other night as I was cleaning the corral, I got such a laugh. I had just finished locking the animals in the stable because a lone wolf had been about again. Due to the long summer days and warm evenings, I left the top half of the …( read more )

The Bone

June 20, 2016

My five-pound Yorkshire terrier, Sienna, made me laugh the other day when I glanced up and saw her struggling and staggering around the yard carrying a bone. The bone was meant for the large, outside dogs who weigh seventy to eighty …( read more )

The Stove Pipe

June 11, 2016

This spring, we were able to install a Toyo stove — a small oil furnace — in our home. This new addition meant that during the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, instead of trying to regulate the wood stove, as the temperatures vary so …( read more )

The Scrap Pail

June 1, 2016

I have a scrap pail beside my sink. Apple peelings, pear cores, old lettuce, stale bread, carrot ends and such get tossed into it for the horses. These scraps don't seem like much to me, compared to the whole fruit or fresh bread, but the …( read more )

The To-Do List

May 10, 2016

Climbing up onto the stable roof and re-tarring all the rolled asphalt shingling is not my idea of fun. In fact, it's one of the last things that I ever wanted to see on my to-do list. And yet there it was: "tar barn roof". Oh me, oh my! …( read more )

The Cure

April 26, 2016

My mare, Mama had a crippled front leg when I bought her. How it happened, I don't know. For many years, she wore a leg brace, which was helpful in keeping her comfortable and mobile. One morning, however, we looked out to the corral and …( read more )

Take Courage

April 14, 2016

My Yorkshire Terrier, Sienna, who weighs five pounds four ounces, was the most fearful little creature I'd ever met when she first came to live with us as a puppy. No one could get near her, and she shook and trembled in every new …( read more )

The Relief

April 2, 2016

The other day when I was tramping through the brush to untangle one of the horses' stake lines, I found myself heaving such a sigh of pleasure and relief. Why? Because we don't have any type of snake in the far north. It's just too cold …( read more )

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 )

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