Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Autumn is on my mind. I'm not sure why. Usually this type of longing doesn't kick in until late July, but I am ahead of myself, and pining. I found this photograph Sara Stell took when she visited last year. That's the road you take over the small creek that leads up to my farm. Right now all those leaves are green as June will allow, but in a few months they'll start to burst, and I will be glad.

You may never know a person who loves October as much as I do. Halloween will always be my favorite day, a big happy celebration of memories and a chance to get wild and remind yourself you're still among the living. I look forward to it more every year too. To temper my thirst—I bought some baby bear pumpkin starts on my lunch break. I'll plant them tonight. In a few months we'll see photos of them inside the cabin or on the porch and know we made it. I can't wait.

On an unrelated note: I think it's time I sucked it up and got involved in the world of sheepdogs and trials again. After the sadness of having a Border and then having to give her up, I have been distant from the club. But it's time to get back into the fields, and start learning again.


Blogger Colorado Girl said...

I am in total agreement! I love October as well. I can't wait for leaves falling and Halloween!

June 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger CorinneLouise said...

Glad to know annie is doing good.
October is a month of so many smells, rain and grass, falling leaves, mist and rotting wood. Apple and pies. LOve your blog.
From one of MaryJane farmgirls.

June 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

How is Annie doing?
I love October and Halloween also.

June 17, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

October is my favorite month as well! Since I no longer live in a four season climate, I get sad for autumn a lot. My husband had to make me a mood board with pictures of New England that I keep on my desk!

June 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

October has always been my favorite month but lately I am really finding much to love in the summer months. I love having daylight after 9pm and never having to wear a coat and the smell of green fields and watching my seedlings grow. October will always be the favorite treat but July is pretty darn tasty too.

June 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger R said...

Jenna, it's tough to look forward to Fall since we're just starting to feel post spring-like weather here in Wisconsin, but I too enjoy Fall as well! Good luck with getting back into your club, I don't know how you do so much! When do you have time to sleep? Thanks for the great blog, keep it up, really enjoy reading your posts! Any upcoming articles in Mother Earth News? R Dean "Slowdog"

June 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

I'd long for Autumn too, if I had a view like that. So beautiful!

June 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm another person who loves October's smells and colors. I'm excited, tho, because today I noticed blossoms on my tomato plants and little, tiny buds of broccoli on those plants! For a first time gardener, this is pretty exciting! I was wondering what to put in the other raised bed, and pumpkins sound like a great idea!! Arwen

June 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

What a beautiful picture that is.

I'm hoping it will warm up around here soon (as I sit at my desk with a wool throw over my lap). I do love October though. So much so that I'm thinking of taking my 4-week sabbatical during the entire month of October. What a treat that would be!

I've never owned a sheepdog, but have always been highly impressed with their skills. Working dogs are sooooo smart.

June 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger ammamcp said...

I, too, count October as my favorite month. I am fortunate to live in an old neighborhood w/ a lot of deciduous trees for Southern Calif, but I miss Virginia.

I have a couple of friends that run sheep in clubs and they love it. Apparently, Border Collies and Aus Shepherds need to work or they go psycho!

Glad to hear Annie is recovering nicely.

I have an appt w/ a fiddle teacher to learn to use my electronic tuner I bought years ago. Thanks for lighting the fire under my bum!

June 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

don't think i ever told you this, but i knew that we'd hit it off the very first time i ever read a post of yours that talked about your love for autumn and october.

June 17, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we begin to swelter here in Illinois, I am again reminded not only THat I love October, but actually WHY. I can breathe again without all the humidity, my birthday happens and my son is a Boo baby (born on Halloween). Bring on the crisp air, corduroy jackets, apple cider and corn harvest on the prairie. I'm ready now.

June 17, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Anonymous dogear6 said...

I did the same thing a few days ago. I realized that it was because at 8 am, the temperatures were still in the low 60's and the humidity was down and it just "felt" like fall even though everything is green and lush.

Congratulations on the discussions with Storey Publishing. I've been working my way through John Maxwell's book on realizing our dreams. One of his questions was who does it benefit. I've been puzzling over that, as my urban homestead benefits only myself and my hubby.

However, I realized that your book last year had a benefit for me. After reading it, I realized that I could still homestead and there was so much I could do without having more than a small suburban lawn and three rambunctious dogs inhabiting it.

So thanks for taking time to blog and write your book and show the way. Your dream has had a benefit for many of us who follow your news with eagerness.


June 17, 2009 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Shannan said...

I so miss October in the Northeast! I am stuck in South Carolina for the time being (originaly from upstate N.Y.) and here everthing goes from green to sickly brown in a matter of days. October and Halloween here are not even the same as up north, it is hard to think about carving pumpkins when it is still 90 some days. Hope that Annie is on the mend and doing well.

June 17, 2009 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna!

I just came across your article in Mother Earth News and loved it...checked out your blog and ordered your book on Amazon!! I'm in the process of going through your blog archives and I just love your story. I wish I were in your position, as we are so close in age. Sigh. I did want to ask you about your herding dog situation though... I have 2 Aussies, 1 who has no interest in herding (go figure, she is our 45lb lap dog) and a 10 month old puppy that herds EVERyTHING, including the cats, any broom/rake and the lawn mower.... etc, etc, etc. I got him with the intention of trialing him, but at 6 months we discovered he has a luxating patella. I would still like him to be trained for herding to be able to herd on a small scale when we have our own homestead someday.. Any tips? I'd LOVE to hear how you are learning, how you found your club, etc. THANKS!

June 17, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

I absolutely adore October. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and October is the month our wineries are trying to complete their harvest and get all the grapes in while the apple farmers are busy with their agri-tourism business bringing the “flatlanders” up to buy cider, pies and Halloween pumpkins. We make our wine in October and look forward to our first fire in the wood stove we use to heat our house after what is typically a long and hot summer. October brings us warm days and cooler nights and our first big rain. (The Sierra Nevada is one of the only mountain ranges in the world that does not rely on any summer rains to sustain the flora and fauna.) I love to get away to the Eastern Sierra for some fall color photography and some flyfishing in October. There’s NOTHING like getting back to you hotel room (please think cheap dive, just a cut above sleeping in a tent) or campsite a little sun burned, a little extra tired, scratched up from hiking through the sage brush and smelling like trout. I really hope Heaven is like October.

June 17, 2009 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Annie is doing 100% better. She's been so much herself again on the antibiotics and whatever shot they gave her to knock it out.

June 17, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I love the start of fall but especially look forward to October. The beautiful colors. I don't think I'll ever settle for living somewhere where I can't experience the four seasons. Every year I seem to have a new appreciation for what each one of them brings. My only problem in the fall is the black walnut trees we have in our yard. All those walnuts to rake. But I wouldn't trade those beautiful shade trees for anything. I too look forward to the first fire in the woodstove that we use to heat our house. I've grown up with it all my life. For my family tho it hasn't always been rainbows and butterflies when it comes to finding wood to heat all season. But, I hope that someday when this house that has been my family home finally is mine, that the woodstove will still be there. People that have to work to make sure their butts are warm all winter have a certain appreciation for the warmth the stove brings. And an "appreciation" for the icy mornings getting out of bed before the stove is started. I'd give anything to have a little slice of October right now.

June 18, 2009 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Thats such a lovely photograph,I love autumn,I dont know anyone who doesnt in fact,its a glorious month.Round here theres a whiff of it that you get on an early morning or a late evening,the sort of evening when you have sat outside chattering & drinking & then all head inside slowly to realise the cottage feels very warm,because its rather chilly out where you were sat lol!

Misty mornings are so beautiful. Its never very hard to sit in my front garden with a hot cup of tea & imagine all the folks from hundreds of years ago setting off to work the fields,going up the misty lanes.

June 18, 2009 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

October is a special month. It is the month that I was born, it has my favorite holiday Halloween, the leaves are turning, the sun is a gold color. It is the time to pick apples, pumpkins, buy cornstalks, make homemade soup and chili and start wearing those comfy sweaters

June 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Cheapo Mimi in Nashville said...

Hi Jenna,
Love your blog and I enjoy following what you (and all your animals are doing). Ever look at the Bedlam Farm website? We lost our dear 14 yo BC last year and I am thinking about getting sibling BCs and learning how to herd. If you ever want a place to stay in Music City (i.e., during Bluegrass Festival time) let me know.

June 18, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Katz's farm is about twenty minutes from mine. I have never been there, but he is, in theory, in the neighborhood.

June 18, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

When I lived in the Pacific Northwest (the snowy side) I lived for winter. But now that I'm in the part of the world that lives in a never-winter-land, I live for autumn. I think the main reason is because I really, really dislike the heat of summer and seeing the leaves turn means relief is in sight!

June 18, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

hubby and i feel the same about fall and october,and halloween! I miss those new england warm fall days and chilly nights, the leaves changing, cider and everything related to the season. We even got married on 10/10 with baby pumpkins as the decor. Glad to hear annie is improving!

June 18, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is absolutely nothing more reviving than cool October air in ones lungs! I, too, have started to pine for autumn (and it's only June! Egh!) Summer in Minnesota is a lovely time, even if it can be unbearably humid, however it is October I love best of all.

June 19, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

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