Monday, September 28, 2009

sometimes you're the horse

It's a miserable evening here at Cold Antler. One of those days you give up on by 3pm and spend the rest waiting for the next sunrise. It's been overcast, raining, and windy here in southern Vermont. Days like this I usually revel in, adore really. I like the comfort of the cabin and the fireplace, but today for some reason I'm not feeling too offensive with my attitude about weather. The gold, red, and orange leaves are being ripped off the trees and racing across the roads. Everything's damp. The kind of damp that makes your clothes, indoors, seem musty.

I do apologize for the thin posting this weekend. I had an impromptu visit from my old college roommate, Erin. We went to design school together and now she lives in Cambridge, in the heart of Boston. I think she enjoyed her self-imposed Urban exile though. We spent the two days driving, shopping, talking. Pretty much being college roommates again. We talked about shoes, men, and our jobs. The kind of conversations I can't have in Vermont unless they're imported. I've made some close and wonderful guy friends here, but so far, like always, finding women that I enjoy the company of has been hard. (This is completely contrary to Idaho, where most of, if not all, my close friends were gals).

So I'm back. Still fighting with Chuck Klosterman who has grown more and more violent and who I subdue every time with a shepherd's crook or rake. (Don't freak out, I just brush him away. I don't beat my poultry. That's tacky.)

Sorry friends, I give up on this crappy day. Some days you're the horse, and some days you're the cart. Today I was 100% buggy-fuel. Now I'm going to walk outside and make sure the sheep are all content and the gate is locked. Then I am coming back in for the diine therapy that is Wilcox pumpkin ice cream with crushed ginger snap button cookies. Then I'm going to crash in front of the fire and watch some Buffy (season 4, Hush, if you're in the club) and chalk this day up as a loss.

The bright side is this: October is almost here. And October, darling, is when everything happens.

October is cart time, baby.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude - Hush is one of the, if not *the*, best episode(s) of Buffy ever! (Jealous here to not have any on DVD at the moment...) However, I myself just had a cup of chamomile tea and some apple pie with real whipped cream - the perfect end to an equally cold, windy, rainy day here in western NY. Oh, and did I mention we have the basement woodstove going?

I'm glad that you were able to spend time with your friend this past weekend - "girl time" is so important, and even if it's long distance, it's good for the soul.

Looking forward to October with you!

September 28, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I love that people who read this dog have seen Hush. I love that so much.

September 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

blog, not dog.

September 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

Hi Jenna,

I'm sorry you had such a bad day. Anne Shirley once said 'Tomorrow is always new, with no mistakes in it.' So true! I know tomorrow will be better.

September 28, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

seriously. it's days like those that i'm so thankful i own all seven seasons of buffy. i might have to break out some season six this week.

September 28, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Darcie said...

I miss Buffy.

September 28, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Okay, first of all, that sounds like the best ice cream of all time, ever.

Second, I hear you on all counts. I was inches away from a Beavis and Butthead marathon in pajamas yesterday myself (sometimes you really do need to go that low).

P.S. - sometimes a rooster needs a beatin'. ;-) Try the water hose thing - seriously. He'll be so confused...

September 28, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Today I commuted two hours to a job I dislike, in a state where I don't belong, and it was 92 degrees. You win.

September 28, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger BlindingPhoenix said...

Food therapy sounds good about now.
Hush is such a wonderful episode. I miss Buffy, it can be the best bad day therapy ever. On a truly bad day, nothing can squash it like "Once More, with Feeling" and a good pie!
Have a better day tomorrow.

September 28, 2009 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

That sucks. You're such a trooper though - able to always take care of your animals and do what needs to be done no matter how you're feeling. I really admire that. Poultry-beating being tacky is really funny. No, you've got way more class than that :-) Sorry I've never seen Buffy. I'm a wimp and vampires freak me out.

September 28, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger sueguzman said...

LOVE Buffy. LOVE the Angel series as well!
The new Twighlight pseudo vampire can't hold a candle to him!

Great stuff!

September 28, 2009 at 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slogging through "Dollhouse" here with hubby in evenings and "Firefly" with teens late night. Whedon is my TV hero.

I wonder if it's in the air because I'm not the buggy or the horse today, I'm what the horse left behind that the buggy rolled through.

Mama said there'd be days like this.

September 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger deborahwolfe said...

I think you should consider opening your wonderful blog up for an affiliate program. It could help accelerate your dream of owning a farm.

September 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Mancelona Woodswoman said...

Twistie ~ I think it was Miss Stacy who said that line to Anne...? :)

Same here Jenna. Cold, wet, leaves flying into the next county.

Sounds like you need to hit the hard stuff. Gilmore Girls.

Tomorrow will be better. Hopefully for both of us.

OH, and ditch Chuck. We had a Chuck for years. Used to chase me at the clothes line, corner me in the outhouse, even getting in my truck. Also, he may end up doing some damage to Winthrop unless you up your rooster/hen ratio. (10/1) Let him go and watch Winthrop blossom. Winthrop can't be a "cocky" rooster until Chuck is out of the picture. Smart boy, that Winthrop. He's laying low...

September 28, 2009 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Buffy rocks!! and Hush was the creepiest episode ever.

I watched the entire series twice. And all of Angel. I had such a h***on for Spike.

I'm a lot older than this sounds, btw. :)

September 29, 2009 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Alison Russell said...

Isn't it a testament to Joss Whedon that "Hush" got an Emmy nomination for best screenplay - in an episode with almost no dialog!

My mother is a huge Buffy fan. All her friends seem to think it has something to do with vampires, and keep pointing her in the direction of stuff like "Twilight" and Anne Rice. She has trouble getting them to understand that it's not the vampires she likes - it's Joss Whedon's writing!

September 29, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

I feel ya!! And your right, October rocks! It is my favorite month out of the whole year! To the autumn..cheers!

September 29, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not like rainy Fall days. I get a bit pissy about my painted trees being undressed by wind and rain.

BUT, I did take that day to make a wonderful turkey soup stock, make the weekly bread and grab a movie at the local Red Box. So it wasnt a total loss. Oh, also made some more salsa....made 30 cans for the Winter....already down to 4! Gonna have to have 100 mater plants next year.

When ya get outta work today Jenna, you will forget about the rainy day. Its wonderful today in New England!

September 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

laluna- I'm western NY too. Just how western are you? We had a girls weekend at the local Holiday Inn Express, but in the neighboring town they were trying to do a Winefest complete with somekind of bike wine tour thing. Lots of soggy bikes in the parking lot, but we were nice and cozy in our conference room in our jammies!!
Karental- thinking about you and hoping something works out for you. I go through restless periods even though I consider myself a rut person. Not really sure I'm where I should be in my life right now, but I'm gettin' it done.
Jenn-I'm having trouble(impossible time) posting to your comments. I keep getting kicked out, anyone else??
And a couple of Black Fridays ago, the Gilmore Girls past seasons were REAL CHEAP at Target and I didn't get them and now that I see the regular price, I kick myself. I just catch it here and there and would like to watch the whole thing. Maybe while the guys are watching The Matrix that I just don't get, but I'm alright with it. I don't care that I don't get it..

September 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jenna, just got the Oct/Nov edition of Mother Earth News and there's a photo of an autumn walk from your farm on their picture page - very nice! :-)

Karen Sue, I'm further west than you (sorry, this being the interwebz and all, I tend to be very non-specific ;-)

September 29, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

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