Foodgrains Harvest At Fairfax

Farmers and other supporters of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank gathered on October 22 for a growing project harvest.

The Boissevain-Morton-Whitewater growing project started back in 1998 just outside of Boissevain. For the first 10 years crops were grown on Eldon Stobbe's farm. "Back then it was quite a moving sight because the first year we had 21 combines at the harvest" said Stobbe.

This year trucks and combines showed up at the Del Fraser farm to harvest 270 acres of soybeans. It was a special year because the group has now raised more than $1 million dollars through the local project.

Jay Ort -- 4-Time Cross Country Championship Winner


We celebrated a champion this week -- Carman Runner Jay Ort won his 4th consecutive cross country championship, competing at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. He's had quite the high school experience -- his skills have also taken him to national and international competitions, including the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Photo by: Adi Loewen

There was a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon between 4:00 and 5:00 as the moon passed between the earth and the sun.

Glen Campbell Releases Final Song -- "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

Remember the songs Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, By the time I get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman....All huge hits, and all recorded and sung by Glen Campbell who, according to wikipedia, "during his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album." Glen Campbell has released his last song, and accompanying video.  It's called, "I'm not gonna miss you", a recognition that the Alzheimer's disease, which he has been battling since 2011, has "won" again. The video released with the song, includes highlights of his career, and clips of Glen and wife Kim.  The career-spanning video also flashes through performances, family home videos and doctors discussing brain scans with him.  Glen Campbell was admitted to a special care facility this past spring.  The touching video can be viewed below.  Many Manitobans host an Alzheimers Coffee Break every September, or walk in the June memory walks.  January is Alzheimers Awareness month

To Everything there is a Season


Seasons — yes seasons. The season is changing. Though we have experienced some wonderful warm and even windy days, for the harvest still going on, there at times is that chill in the air that brings us back to the reality of the calendar. We are reminded once more that time marches on.

We near the end of calving in our small fall -calving herd.  The calves are so neat to watch, especially in the cool of early evening when they start their calf-racing — running along the top of the old fence-line ridges, some of the mothers mooing their disapproval of their distance of travel from them. 

The work in the garden is gradually getting complete. The potatoes are dug, as are most of the carrots. There are still a few dahlias to dig and cut and dry in the sun. The onions are curing in the garage and out in the sun on nice days.

As usual there are lots of fall jobs to do in preparation for winter and freeze-up. We are doing some extra electrical work, so that our well is less susceptible to high water and will actually work when the water gets above a certain point.

We are thankful for good fall pasture, a real savior on the winter feed supply. 

Last week-end was Thanksgiving week-end.

Perhaps you took some time to think what you are thankful for. If not — this idea is not restricted to a day or a week-end, but involves a life-time of daily thoughts and conversations.


At church, during our “story time” we discussed things we are thankful for. 

Some really good thoughts came out. 

Many of us have experienced some very painful losses in our lives of very dear people. 

We are thankful for family and friends that have rallied around. This does not take the pain away, but eases the burden. 

We are thankful for our health-care.

We are thankful for living in a free and peaceful country — something we will soon be remembering especially when October turns to November. 

We are thankful for food and clothing and shelter, for those in service industries that help us to keep going, despite weather and equipment failures.

There are just so many things — that sometimes we may take for granted.

We are thankful for an educational system, for public schools, for the opportunities afforded us in our country, to learn.  


I am thankful for new friends as well as the old faithful ones, those who offer fresh and challenging perspectives, for the chance to hear someone’s life -story, complete with all the ups and downs that we all have. 

I am thankful for music, for how it touches us to the depths of our souls. 

I am thankful for memory. It allows us to bring back thoughts of good times with those no longer with us — and can bring a smile even in the midst of a sad day.

A list of things I am thankful for overflows from my mind:

For our pets, whether guinea pig or cat, budgie or dog, who offer us company and humour and faithfulness.

For the soil, how it nurtures seeds and hides life in winter, gets covered up and returns once again to its life-giving properties 

For those who work the land, not always an easy proposition, especially in this challenging year of farming.

For veterinarians and doctors, nurses and hospitals, for babies, children, teens, Moms, and Dads, brothers and sisters, cousins, teachers, friends, caregivers.

For those who smile at us. 

Who challenge us. 

Who bring another point of view to change our minds.


For sunshine, for drying winds, for warmth, for heat and insulation when it is cool.

For the support of friends, for words of encouragement that can have such power in our living. 

For understanding, for compassion 

For hugs. 

For friendly waves when we pass a neighbor on the highway or street.

For coffee and conversation with a friend.

For the gift of sleep when a person is weary and in need of rest. 

For relaxation after a stressful day. 

For company in loneliness.

Encouragement in the midst of a bad day. 


For whenever we have safe travel in the midst of busy lives.

Whenever there is healing from sickness.


For whenever we get through the downs of our ups and downs in life.

For the smallest of blessings in the every days of our lives. 

For the power of gratitude to change our view of things. 


For the God who gives us all and is in all. 

Hoping for everyone, even a moment of Thanksgiving, in each of your days. 

Take care.