Monday, January 19, 2009

a short one

No matter where I end up—I will never forget waking up in this small cabin in my bed of fur and teeth, and walking out into the wold to feed the animals in the dark before work. If you let them, everyday chores become a legacy.


Anonymous Michelle said...

Is everything okay? This post sounds ominous.

January 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i think everything is okay? Far as I know anyway.

January 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous dogear6 said...

I didn't think it was ominous. I thought it was simply a reminder that the drudgery of our routines are also the memories of our future. They should be cherished and done mindfully, not rushing to "get through".

This is easier to say than do. I rushed through so many things when my daughter was growing up and now we look back at how much we enjoyed cooking together, folding laundry on the bed, keeping a garden etc. And she does these things herself now - cooking, laundry, garden.

Yes, Jenna, I am your mother's age.

But this a good reminder to enjoy the routine of our days.

January 19, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger CL said...

Hi Jenna,

Couldn't find a link anywhere to contact you privately...

I'm writing a review of Made From Scratch for my newspaper on the San Francisco Peninsula, and I enjoyed it so much that I've decided to write a second article for, a site for parents with kids in grades K-12. It will touch on your main ideas, but be more of a practical, how-to piece with tips (bullet points) for our readers -- formatted similarly to some of your blogs at The Huffington Post. I think you've done a fabulous job introducing the modern homesteading lifestyle to people like me in particular -- I'm a 29-year-old living alone in a small, backyard-less, one-bedroom apartment in Russian Hill in San Francisco.

I wondered, however, if you'd like to share any tips, specifically for families, on how to implement some of your ideas in this book. Or perhaps you have thoughts on how to get kids or teens excited about some of the activities you mention -- I'd love to hear them and include your input in my piece.

My deadline is in mid-March, so if you have any time between now and then to send over any thoughts, that would be wonderful. Book-related articles on include a link to purchase the book on Amazon, too. If you're interested, feel free to shoot me an email at I've included links below to previous stories we've treated similarly.


Arthur Plotnik's tips for teens:

Richard Louv's tips for families:

January 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, you fans who read your blog all the time are worried about you! I hope all is well if it isn't that you let us all know! We do care about you!!

January 19, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyday chores are our legacy. It is only our present moment that matters. We should be grateful that we can wake each day in comfort and love and grace with those we share our time with, being feathered, furred or otherwise.

January 19, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Erikka said...

may I ask what you do for a job? i found your blog through Green As A Thistle's blog where she mentioned your book.

Kudos to you for living your dream.


January 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I am a web designer here in Vermont. I work for the Orvis Company.

January 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

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