Thursday, November 12, 2009

wishful thinking

This photo was taken last December after our Christmas Delivery run. Every year I make some gift baskets for the neighbors and we mush them door to door. It's the least I can do for these amazing people, who have done so much to take care of me these past two years and never once asked for a thing in return. They are always keeping an eye on this farm. All the houses that surround me make sure all is well at all times. When Saro started laying on her eggs and was no longer seen waddling around with Cyrus—my neighbor Katie walked up the hill to inform me of the horrible loss. She was thrilled to then discover Saro was safe, just indoors on her nest. But it was so heartwarming to know she was looking out for everyone here. All of us, under many wings.

Anyway, in this picture, we just got back from handing out French toast baskets. These grand baskets include homemade bread, fresh eggs, and local maple syrup. It's a fun, inexpensive, homemade gift to give. And if you time it for a weekend, you can bet your winter hay the receivers will be frying up that battered bread the next morning. I don't know any breakfast food as good as fresh-bread, backyard-egg French toast. Why, I'm salivating at the thought right now...

Looking at that photo makes me a little excited. It hasn't really snowed here yet. What did fall barely coated the ground—but when it does come, we'll be ready. I'm looking forward to that first real dump. If I'm lucky it'll happen on a weekend, if I'm really lucky, a Friday night. To wake up on a Saturday with nowhere to be and nothing to do, and just coated in fresh powder in a cabin in the woods...it's something else. You sleep in, stoke up a roaring fire, and never leave the place. If you do leave your place by the fire, it's only to chop by the woodpile or tend the animals. It is s a wonderful, wonderful feeling to dedicate your day to such primal comforts. When this little cabin gets covered in a few inches, you'd swear time slows down. One side of a record seems to play for hours. In a few weeks we'll have that. To be on the safe side I'll keep stacking cordwood, order more heating fuel, and have the furnace serviced. All that will get done and we'll be okay. but let's let tonight be about wishful thinking, and possibly French toast for dinner...

27 Comments:

Blogger sueguzman said...

What an amazing photo of your dogs!
What a great, comforting thought...aaaah snow..mmmm

November 12, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger chadruss said...

yay for french toast!

November 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger chadruss said...

yay for french toast!

November 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Cre8tive Cowgirl said...

Best post yet! This makes me almost start liking winter and snow......almost!

November 12, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Mancelona Woodswoman said...

Our 16 heavy-coated Siberians and Alaskans are also ready to hit the trails. ;) Snow is coming...

November 12, 2009 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

you just described my favorite things about a snowy day. haven't experienced one in years now that i live in CA. thanks for jogging the memories.

November 12, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

your snow day description sounds so AWESOME! I think I could handle snow this year, as long as I don't have anywhere to be.

I shall have to make a loaf of bread, just for french toast, just because my husband's wonderful bread is just not so great for french toast. So how do y'all like your french toast?

I like to start with a little cinnamon mixed in with a little sugar, just a teaspoon, so that it mixes into the egg easier. And then add the milk and vanilla, and a dash of Angustora Bitters (I know- it sounds weird, but I learned it from my late father, who always referred to it as the wonder-what) and then start dipping bread, usually sourdough, but that's just because that's how I like it. Buttered, and with real maple syrup, of course.

How do you like your french toast?

November 13, 2009 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Love your blog - especially "snow" photos. In February this year the Uk had lots of snow (quite unusual nowadays)and I loved it!

November 13, 2009 at 3:06 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I share your love of winter and can't wait. Last winter was very snowy and lasted for months. Everyone else got weary of it, but I loved it!

November 13, 2009 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

We do homemade gift baskets too, either meat hampers from our larder or bread & homemade preserves (for veggie friends). I wish we had a delivery system as glamorous as your two dogs!

I enjoy reading your posts, particularly when something's gone wrong as home - a poor crop, a sick animal, unending rain etc. - as you always have a positive outlook on your life.

Sometimes I need refocusing, and need reminding that there are great things about our way of life even when it's not all going to plan! Thanks for the perspective.

November 13, 2009 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Those dogs are just beautiful.

November 13, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Man, every time you talk about about the french toast made from your homemade bread and maple syrup, it makes me crave it really bad! (I am pregnant so that might be part of it.) Seriously though, I made it one time, making the bread just for the french toast, and it was the most amazing, filling french toast I'd ever eaten in my life! I'm really thinking of making some today.... :-)
What a happy food it is!

November 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

Loved the picture of Jazz and Annie. I'll bet they enjoy the Christmas delivery as much as you do.

I am wishing for cooler weather, but stuck here in Louisiana with highs in the 70's still, it seems a long way off.

On the bright side... my garden is still going strong and we are really loving being able to harvest for the dinner table.

November 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Texan said...

Your furry friends (dogs) are beautiful!

a what a great Christmas gift for your neighbors!

November 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

Most of the time when we get a big snow, the power goes out and it can be a few hours or a few days before the power company can restore it. We've refused to buy the back up generator for all the reasons Jenna so wonderfully described. Time does slow down. We used to have an electric stove, (no power. no cooking) so we'd prepare food that could be cooked on the top of the wood stove. Every room was lit by oil lamps or candel light. No TV so it's games and convesation. I'll admit there were times we felt the power was out too long. But most of the time it was a little disapointing when the lights roared back on.

November 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Great picture of the pups! French toast baskets are a great idea. Now, who can I get to give ME one? :)

November 13, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I'm wondering if sled dogs could pull a concert harp through snow? I'd have to have a heck of a sled, but how much fun would that be, showing up for Christmas Eve church services with harp and harpist towed by a team of fluffy, snow-covered dogs.

Hmmm...

November 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

How great is that?! - getting Christmas presents delivered by dog sled. I love it. Looking forward to your photos of the first BIG snow. Have a great weekend.

November 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

you so need to make that your xmas card!

November 13, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger kayxyz said...

Agree with the holiday card comment. Long-range question, speaking of maple syrup, the book Simple Abundance steered me to Scott and Helen Nearing's Living the Simple Life. Do you have contact with their former homestead, Forest Farm?

During my last gasp to stay employed, I enrolled in an ethics course and did a research paper on Thomas Jefferson. I learned that Jefferson's vision for the fledgling United States was for everyone to be farmers and to help each other. Good job.

November 13, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Beautiful picture, Jenna. Ah, snow! I am sitting in bed, bundled with blankets, to ward off chills, aches, and 102 temperature. But I am dreaming of snow. Dog sled - what a way to get Yule gifts!!!

November 13, 2009 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah Sanders said...

I dream of snow days like that one! But for now....you've given me a hankerin' of french toast! ;o)

November 13, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Dessa Wolf said...

This pic would make a cool Christmas card. Gorgeous dogs and what an awesome idea.

November 13, 2009 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Beautiful photo! It makes me think that since you're a designer Jenna, you could use this to make holiday cards and put it on front of the card. You should start a whole series of note cards and holiday cards with your beautiful photographs to help raise money for your little family's new home someday.

November 14, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Lorna Jean said...

Wonderful photo! I better go get some chocolate before I start crying--I so miss the snow of home, but living in the Middle East means not a chance for cold or snow this year! Enjoy your wonderful life :)

November 15, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Mud Mama said...

Oh my goodness! My Mica is a wolf grey and her sister is a red - they totally match your two! Love this picture :-)

November 15, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Pilgrim Soul said...

I second Joleen's suggestion, Jenna. You should totally make holiday cards using your photographs or drawings.

November 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

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