Friday, May 14, 2010

a heavy may

The past week took me down—a little too much is happening all at once here. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, in the last few weeks I have: bought a farm, moved, unpacked, painted a kitchen, prepared to install a hive of bees, slaughtered chickens, started another twenty chicks, planted a garden, started tilling more, cooked all meals at home, kept a near-daily blog, tended a farm's daily needs, finishing edits on one book while finishing a manuscript on another, am hosting a photo shoot this weekend, have my parents coming to visit next weekend. I also have more guests possibly over memorial day, repairs, magazine articles, home projects, and I'm raising a puppy. I also have a 40-hour work week at the office, leaving 4:45 AM - midnight to do everything else....

When I say I'm overwhelmed, I mean it.

It's all good stuff, great stuff really, but for girl to juggle all that: the pressures of publisher deadlines, the office politics, a farm, I have found myself worn just as thin as I am pulled every May. May is the month gardens hit the dirt, chicks hit the heat lamps, and new animals meet the farm. All the other events are happy accidents and big life changes. Please don't think I am complaining, I am just a very tired girl. Sometimes just crashing on the couch instead of posting on the blog is the extra 45 minutes of rest that maintain my sanity.

I'll be on a more even keel by June. Just getting through. Patience is appreciated.

photo by tim bronson

35 Comments:

Blogger kandy Gray said...

oh please, we should be the least of your worries!
bit of unasked for advice? stop inviting people over to stay until you are less booked!

try to remember to breath,
kandy

May 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Don't burn out on us Jenna! I will make the sacrifice of only reading your blog every other day if that is what it takes!

Hang in there!

May 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Aw hon, don't you worry 'bout us! I'm surprised you haven't collapsed months ago. :) And, even though all I have is a suburban backyard garden and volunteering at our farmers' market, I can sympathize. Down here, it's April that nearly drives me around the bend.

Just remember, we're all out here in blogdom cheering you on. One ding-dang step at a time!

May 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

(((Big Hugs!))) You're doing great. Hang in there. It's truely amazing to read about dreams coming true. Understandably your life is pretty busy but in a crazy cool way. If time is what you need then take it. Your blog is definately worth waiting for. We'll be fine:^)

May 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Allmycke said...

Isn't it about time you put a few things on the back burner?
Just wondering!

May 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tora: said...

Ah lass, a weaker woman would have packed it in by now! YOU ARE AMAZING. HANG IN THERE!

May 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

Oh just keep posting pictures of the animals and your readers will be happy.

One of the many blessings of a new puppy is the multitude of photo-ops.

May 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna--we (I can only speak for myself) can wait while you catch your breath. I'm just happy it's not something sad or tragic. Don't blog to the point that you let these wonderful moments pass by without really getting to savor them. From what I see, we're all just grateful you're there and don't mind your taking a break! You need the time to relish this time--don't let some of these extraneous things steal your joy.

May 14, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No backburners.

The people visiting are my parents, and the next weekend is a big deal, but I can't blog about it yet. Neither are folks I would turn down!

May 14, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

May always seems to be SUCH a crazy month--I am 100% feeling your pain! Hang in there. It will soon slow down. :)

May 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

As the others have said, do what's most important and we will be patient until the Spring calms down.

May 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Dear Jenna,
skip the blog for a day or two (or three or...)if you need to sit on the couch to relax
big hug from The Netherlands
Jessica

May 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger *jean* said...

i just took a blog break...people will understand if you do that...especially with what you have on your plate...blogging without obligation comes to mind

by the way, your puppy is the cutest puppy in blogland...

May 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

It occurs to me that you should be glad you don't have a relationship to juggle in with all of this! Of course, being this busy is precisely the kind of bait that will lure the right one in...

So! There are new books in the wings? Can't wait!

You must sleep really hard when you do get to sleep. Maybe that's it. Maybe I'm just not busy enough....

Hang in there- we can wait!

May 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

With age comes the wisdom and appreciation that you have a beautiful new home and the life to go with it. In this moment, I'm engulfed in worries that I don't want to go into here. But I'm mostly healthy, I have a loving husband, three beautiful grown daughters, and a precious grandson. I have a job until the end of September. Nobody died in the recent months.

Your description of May does not sound heavy to me.

May 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Mother of Chaos said...

You're doing awesome. Hang in there. Times like these, you NEED to relax and decompress and NOT worry about the "needs" of your blog readers.

...wait, that's me...oh well, yeah, you don't need to worry about us. We'll be JUST FINE, like well-established little plants that do their own weed-defending and water-seeking for a while. :)

May 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

May is a tough month for farmers and you have alot extra going on too.

By the way, love the Gibs.

May 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger middleclassmom.wordpress.com said...

I love reading about all that you are doing and the lifestyle you are living (that I dream about), but its not worth an added burden. Take the rest. Throw us an occasional puppy picture and we'll be happy until you're better rested!

May 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

No worries. Everyone, everywhere is outside right now. Not much blog writing OR reading going on. Do your thang!

May 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger m said...

Blogging should always been the first thing to go. Announce that you'll be back in a fortnight and if you're compelled to write in the meantime, just save the posts as drafts.

Hooray on writing deadlines and all the great things in life. Take a little time for yourself to enjoy it.

May 14, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

But it's a 'good' tired. How lovely it is to fall into that nice bed at night these busy days, huh?

May 14, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Hang in there, ignore us for a while, get on top of everything. We don't want you keeling over lass.

Loving the pic of Gibson, so darn cute.

May 14, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hang in there. We aren't going anywhere. We're just along for the ride!

May 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

You know, a move is on the list of the five most stressful life events, right up there with death, divorce/marriage, and layoff/retirement. Don't worry about us, we have good imaginations. Take care.

May 14, 2010 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

After a spring like this you can really understand the meaning of the lazy days of summer. You work yourself to exhaustion in spring and it takes all summer to rest before starting harvest in the fall.

Try and get some rest.

Peace,
Pam

May 14, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Lisa Richards said...

I'm in agreement with blogging less often and inviting less folks over! You're an amazing person and we all appreciate you sharing your adventures, but hit the couch and take a nap, girl!

May 14, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Again I recommend Backyard Food Productions video. One thing she mentions is the pressure to get too much done at once. You have the rest of your life to work on this. Gardens can be expanded any time; Even chicks can wait to be purchased. Puppies and publishers take priority right after your work. You are in....now you can breathe

May 14, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

Jenna..my favorite saying "This too shall pass" has saved me from insanity more than once...Sometimes the best thing to do is just take a break, go to bed, and wake up to a fresh new day. Somehow if you just take that break, things look a little lighter on the other side.

May 14, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger 佳蓉 said...

向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。...............................................................

May 14, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Two thoughts....

Hand all guests a shovel or other implement and put them to work.

It's better to be doing than blogging anyway.

May 14, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger sissyjane said...

I'm tired, but I'm twice your age. I don't have farm animals, but a garden, and three dogs.

May 14, 2010 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Well I sure hope anyone who comes a-visiting at this time of year will be handed a hoe or shovel and asked to help out!!

If it gets to be too much you can always sell some of the livestock off. OTOH, it's all new right now. Once you get your routine down it will probably be better. That's my experience here anyhow.

Sleep is very important! Never mind about us. Just throw us a bone once in a while and do what you need to do. :)

May 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I think having out-of-town company during May and early June should be outlawed unless all hands are going to help with the chores. I LOVE my extended family and want them to visit my farm (mostly to show off) any chance they get to come up. But to travel for a visit during planting/ birthing season is very difficult. You can't jump in the car for a drive around town when you really need to be planting a couple of rows of corn or beans. You can't sit around the kitchen table for an extra cup of coffee in the mornings when the sheep/ goats are lambing/ kidding and need watching.
(This reminds me when I was in labor with my 4th child. My parents walked into the hospital room just as I was experiencing a big contraction. All I could think of was "I love you but could you please go away and come back later?")

Do you have some "city friends" interested in a little country fun who might be able to help out for a couple of hours after work or on an off evening? Then you could show off your farm and maybe even collect some buyers for your surplus meat and eggs.

May 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
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May 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Crash when you need to. Though I love farming vicariously through your blog, I can live vicariously every other day.

I love the shot of Gibson. I have a similar one of my cat SamTheCat when he was a kitten...chewing on the new kitten-heeled shoes I'd gotten for playing the harp at summer weddings.

May 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

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