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Lunch Break

Jul 20, 2016

We are at that magical time of year when parents everywhere are celebrating the end of the school year and, more importantly, the end of the school lunch regime. It can be hard to come up with nutritious, interesting lunches for kids year round and by the time June arrives, kids and adults alike seem ready to just take a …



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It Happened so Quick

Jun 15, 2016

“We like the things that summer brings… Summer brings so many things!” exclaims a favourite childhood book of mine that I now read to our children.

Summer is a time of fun and excitement, it is truly filled with so many wonderful things for farm families. Summer is also an incredibly dangerous time of year. Farmers and their workers, including …



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City Mouse, Country Mouse

May 4, 2016

One of the things I love most about ranching is the wide, open spaces. Life on a farm is very different from life in the city, and while both have their benefits and drawbacks, I know that living in a (usually ambient) rural setting is what’s best for me and my family.

I did give city life the old college …



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Tree Hugger

Mar 30, 2016

My dad used to have a saying about the southwest Saskatchewan landscape – “there’s a girl behind every tree,” he would say. Evidently there aren’t many trees in our part of the Palliser Triangle and apparently back in the day, there weren’t many girls either. Not many trees, mind you, except for the rows upon rows of carefully planted shelterbelts …



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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Nov 16, 2015

Hand-me-downs are wonderful. I’m practical, and let’s face it, frugal enough to realize that clothing my children in brand new garb would be expensive, unfulfilling, and in many ways impossible to keep up with. My kids are growing quickly and they are relatively tough on their garments so when another shipment of hand-me-downs shows up on my doorstep, I welcome …



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Cuts Like a Knife

Nov 3, 2015

Last year after a bit of a chaotic fall, we took a hiatus from carving pumpkins. The kids were slightly disappointed but their overabundance of Hallowe’en candy eased the pain, their sorrow was short-lived. I may have actually missed carving the pumpkins more than the kids so this year, I was intent on accomplishing our ghoulish goals. One of my …



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Boots on the Ground

Oct 20, 2015

Farming and ranching has a reputation as being a “boots on the ground” sort of profession. Of course there is much more to farming than day-to-day chores and it is a lot more complex and technological than what some would believe. There is something special, however, about playing a role in food production where you literally get your hands dirty …



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From the Horse’s Mouth

Jun 30, 2015

We have a few horses kicking around the ranch that are of various shapes, sizes, and ages. We use our horses daily in our ranch work, whether it’s for moving cattle, or sorting cow-calf pairs, or treating sick animals, so they certainly earn their keep. Horses, however, do not stop grazing. Ever. Their heads are always pointed down and their …



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Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Jan 13, 2015

We are in the throes of winter. The wind may be howling, the snow might be flying, and it could be forty below outside, but in my house, particularly in my basement, the conditions are just right for baling.

My basement is currently home to many tiny toy tractors, panels, implements, trucks and trailers, all different species of livestock, a …



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Home Sweet Home 2.0

Nov 25, 2014

In a column I wrote earlier this fall I started to share a little compare-and-contrast exercise of some of my house renovating observations from a decade ago. Shortly after landing our house in the middle of a pasture in 2004, I had sent a newsy email aptly titled “The Top 10 Reasons to Move a House into the Middle of …



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