Sunday, February 22, 2009


People who assume sheep lack personality, dignity, or character have never met my Sal. He is my favorite of the flock, and I say that without apology. Sal's a lion of a sheep, and every time I look at him I wonder what he has already figured out about me. I was outside feeding them this morning and he hung beside my waist to get scratched on the head. In the wind his dreadlocks blew around his face as the storm picked up. I scratched his head and noticed a small cut. I thought about the bag balm inside, and made a note to bring it out at evening check in. There was probably a haiku in there somewhere, but instead I took a photograph.


Blogger Shaun said...

I often wonder what the thought process of my animals is.I have such a hard time imagining what all of our little tropical fish must think of me every time I feed them or have to rescue one of them from the may-lay that is quite frequently our tank.

On another note, pea-sprouts this morning!!!

February 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture..

February 22, 2009 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Hi Jenna....pea sprout update. I have several up about an inch...and my lettuce is up too! Sunny out now and hard to believe we're getting lake effect snow tonight and tomorrow. Like you, I can hardly wait for spring!!


February 22, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of animal emotions? I have doubt that they are there and they are made from experience and something I will say is 'je ne sais quois',just as in humans. What do you think?

February 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to say that I have NO doubt that emotions in animals are there.

February 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

well, we're animals. we have emotions . I have no idea what is going on behind sal's eyes. But I like to think if your blood is red you consider this and that.

February 22, 2009 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Regardless of the thoughts of Sal, the best thing you did was put a CAF notation on the photo. You post good pics and should be credited should someone really like what you post. I know, I sent the note cards. You go, girl..

February 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous C.J. said...

Today I found myself on an unintentional trip to the Dark Side. New to blogging, I went on a apparently naive) search for blogs with positive messages promoting simplicity, honesty and finding humor in every day life. What I found was too much self-absorption, biting sarcasm, egotistical wit and depressing emotional/psychological vomit.
As a former social worker, I'm no stranger to others' pain, anger, and life issues, but Wow, putting it all out there to share with others makes the world even darker I think.
Then, before I headed out for a walk to clear my head, I checked in on your website and what greeted me but that beautiful photo of Sal and your lovely description.
Your website has been such a bright spot on the map for me and obviously for so many others. You seem to keep putting one foot in front of the other to reach your goals while so many people appear to keep tripping themselves up.
You sounded a little frustrated in your earlier blog about your pace towards your dream, but I hope you are aware that you're already decades ahead of so many others.

February 22, 2009 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

February 22, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished reading your book and loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your insight. I live in Ohio (very near that Lehman's Hardware you mentioned in a post somewhere) and although my small family of 5 lives smack dab in the middle of our little college town, I'm determined to live a "simpler" life.
Thanks again for your book and your blog. Beautiful pictures and wonderful tips!!

February 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

Sal is lovely...That's a great photo of him...

February 22, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Sal is a good sheep
He keeps Jenna company
On cold Vermont days


February 22, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

such a pretty picture. sal is now part of my wallpaper/screensaver. Thank you!

February 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger spinyurchin said...

Awwww...he's got little curls on his soft cheeks. How cute is that? Very.

Pea sprout alert!

February 23, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

cj, that made me so happy. thank you.

and thanks for your emails, which i will write you back, promise.

February 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Susanna in PA said...

I'd like to tack onto CJ's post with a recommendation to check out Ode Magazine - for Intelligent Optimists (yeay!)
I have it in my Favorites arsenal with Jenna & CAF, Mother Earth, Grit, etc etc

February 24, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i just felt comfort in the combination of the words intelligent and optimist. thanks Sue!

February 24, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

What a beautiful portrait of Sal! I am new to your blog, so I don't know these things: Have you tried making any sheep's milk cheese?

February 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

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