Thursday, December 23, 2010

happy and merry!

It's finally Christmas, and I am packing up the presents, dogs, and homebrew for a short vacation back in Pennsylvania to be with my family. Thanks to the goodness of the Daughton Family, I have secured some serious farmsitters and will be able to enjoy this holiday with my mother and father, brother and sister, and all 5 dogs (there are already two canine cousins waiting to meet us in Palmerton!). I'm excited for the road trip, too. It's been year since I've hit the highway, drank Starbucks (the Peppermint Mocha is a guilty pleasure), or truly strayed far from my land. This weekend will be the first time I haven't spent the night at my farm since I bought it. But the firewood will be stacked if it's needed, and the animals have their feeding rounds and heated buckets, and I feel good about this Holiday. It feels good to go home.

Also, I might be taking a short vacation from the blog as well, since this will be family time dedicated to doing nothing in particular besides talking, eating, drinking and laughing—and so the computer will be shut off or shut down. But I will be back Sunday, and writing up a storm. I just wanted to thank everyone for your readership and support and wish everyone out there a Happy Holiday! Stay safe, stay warm, and don't be afraid to hug a sheep.

Here's to 2011!

62 Comments:

Blogger Casie said...

Have a wonderful family Christmas!

And thanks for the inspiration to keep working on my own dreams here as well.

December 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger karental said...

Merry Christmas. I look forward to another year of your adventures.

December 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

Merry Christmas Jenna! Would that be Muade on the far right with the piercing gaze? She really does'n embrace the holiday season does she?

December 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

And you thought you wouldn't be able to go to be with your family. Glad you were able to hook up with some people you trust with your farm.

December 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Merry Christmas and safe travels to you!

December 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Enjoy your christmasweekend with your loved ones.

December 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

That is maude of course, looking hateful. Anyone who thinks Sheep lack personality hasn't met that Border Leicester.

December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Velma said...

travel well, jenna, and enjoy the break.

December 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Yo, ho, ho. Have a good trip and safe home!

December 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Merry Christmas Jenna! To you and all your animals!

December 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
OpenID plot101 said...

Merry Christmas. Travel safely.
I don't think I've commented before, but I really enjoy your blog! Best regards from the Dutch-German border, Jandra

December 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Safe travels and Happy holidays from the crew at Living Kitchen Farm and Dairy, Depew Oklahoma.

December 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I am glad you get to go home for the weekend...enjoy your time with family and friends. Your farmsitters deserve a big hug!!!!

December 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger cpcable said...

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases! Here's to a 2010 that was full of new adventures and a 2011 that will bring you even more.

December 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Have a wonderful family Christmas.

Thank you for your blog and books. You are an inspiration!

December 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Happy Holidays Jenna! Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute with your family!

That Maude cracks me up! She makes the same hatful face as my cat!

Blessings,
Debi

December 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Have a great time, Jenna.
Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Merry Christmas Jenna!

December 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger emilyray said...

Merry Christmas Jenna and Coldantler farm!! Dogs are the best road trip buddies - be safe and merry. Oh yeah - do you still have csa shares for sale???? How do i look into that?

December 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
"THANKS" FOR THE INSPIRATIONAL BLOG, & ENJOY YOUR
BLOGCATION, & WE'LL LOOK FORWARD
TO NEW POSTS' AFTER THE HOLIDAYS!!!
BUT MORE IMPORTANT HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY, & ENJOY YOUR FAMILY
CHRISTMAS!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY SEAT WEAVER!!!
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

December 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Safe travels, Jenna.

December 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I love reading your blog - but enjoy Christmas with your family. We all should turn off our computers and spend the time with our families.
Merry Christmas!!

December 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Erin Leigh said...

I really enjoy reading your blog (and books!).
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Erin in RI

December 23, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Debra had me check out your blog and I really enjoyed the video. Hope yall have a safe journey and a restful one.
Odie

December 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger alindner said...

Jenna,

Merry Christmas! I just found your blog a few weeks ago (thanks to Starfish Envy) and I'm sad that I've already caught up on your old posts so will have to wait for them one at a time! It's lovely to read what you're up to and I'll look forward to reading you next year.
Amy

December 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Have a great Christmas, and safe travels. My sheep are not into being hugged. I'll hug the goats instead. And then go in the house and knit with CAF yarn - maybe that will cheer Maude up.

December 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Drive safely. Got chains or buckets of sand in the back of the truck? Warm blanket just in case? Water? Signaling gear / flashlight?

Enjoy your holiday. We'll be here when youse guys get back.

Merry Christmas all!

December 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger dk said...

Enjoy Christmas with your family Jenna and blessings to the farmsitters. Have a safe trip!!

December 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Merry Christmas! We'll miss you.

December 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Merry Christmas, Jenna!

December 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I'm glad you found farm sitters so you can spend this holiday with your family. Safe travels, and merry christmas!

December 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Merry Christmas, Jenna! Hope you have clear roads & happy doggies on your journey. And a lovely time with your family!

December 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Merry Christmas Jenna...I just wanted to share that because you have done so well in your life - we felt confident to reach out today and have secured a realtor and are working with a lendor to get qualified to FINALLY get our farm. SO SO EXCITED!

December 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Little Terraced House said...

Jenna, have a lovely break with the family and have a safe journey.

I hope its a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you, your family and all at Cold Antler Farm.

Babs xxx

December 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Single Serving Jack said...

Awesome video on Border Collie's record breaking vocabulary. I thought you might enjoy it.
http://dogs.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/12/23/funny-dog-pictures-border-collie-vocabulary/

December 23, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

Merry Christmas to you! Travel safely and enjoy your vacation. I love that photo, with Maude in the back corner with her ears turned back :)

December 23, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Merry Christmas Jenna-have a safe trip! Love your pix as usual-Karen from CT

December 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

That is wonderful you will be with your family for Christmas.

Have a safe drive and Merry Christmas.

December 23, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Okay, I've been following this blog for nearly a year, ever since a family member gave me "Made From Scratch" last Christmas, and I just now got the "Babe" reference in Maude's name.

I'm such a lurp.

Merry Christmas, Jenna, and everyone else as well!

December 23, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Have a safe and happy Christmas - so glad you can get home to family for a spell.
BTW my package from CAF's CSA arrived today and I'm just thrilled with the quality and quantity of wool - more than enough to make what I have in mind - and I will be doing a blog post on the whole thing after the Holiday Season - pictures, background and a link to the pattern I plan to use. I feel very good about supporting sustainable small enterprizes like yours. Merry Christmas!
Janet in Nova Scotia

December 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas! Drive safely!

December 23, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Enjoy your vacation and your family!

December 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Katou said...

Have a safe trip to Pennsylvania; it will be nice to be with your family, even if it is for a short time. You are really due for a short vacation from the farm.

Merry Christmas and the very best for CAF for the coming New Year.

December 23, 2010 at 10:55 PM  
OpenID nytesong said...

I am so glad you are able to drink Starbuck's peppermint mocha---oops! I mean spend time with your family!!

Have a Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

Merry Christmas Jenna! Have a wonderful holiday with your family. Enjoy every moment of visiting, waking up together, loving. There's nothing like it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Warm hugs, Cary

December 24, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Rural Revival said...

Merry Christmas Jenna. It's been a delight learning from you!

~Andrea~

December 24, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger R. Reed said...

So nice to be with family this time of year, glad that you were able to procure some serious farmsitters :) Have a safe journey and a wonderful holiday!

I too look foward to reading about your farming, brewing, spinning and breeding adventures in the coming year. You inspire me!

December 24, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Wow, Jenna, a year? I predict some serious culture shock! But what a great homecoming for you--both before and after the holiday. I hope it leaves you satisfied with reconnecting with loved ones, and coming back to a home that's truly HOME.

Merry Christmas.

December 24, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Therese T. said...

Merry Christmas, Jenna :) Relax and have fun!

December 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Licks and wags
Katie the Border Collie

December 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Enjoy your rest and relaxation. Thoroughly enjoy being with your family. We'll all be here waiting for you to return. :)

December 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Floridagirl said...

Jenna,
Hope you can see this Leanin Tree card with border collies and sheep.


Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Merry Christmas Jenna! Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

December 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Earthdrummer said...

Wonderful Holiday to you Jenna!! Drive safe & drink merrily with love and contentment!!

xoxo

December 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Be safe, loved, slobbered on and Feted !~! Bless the farmsitters.

December 24, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm so glad you were able to work out a way to be with your family for Christmas. It's so important. Have a wonderful time.
We will wait for you.

December 24, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger storms said...

Merry Christmas Jenna! Enjoy the winter wonderland.

December 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Merry Christmas Jenna, I have got to give you credit for inspiring me to start blogging and for all of the friends I have made as a result of my blog. You certainly have been an inspiration with all that you have overcome and accomplished over the past year.
Looking forward to what the new year brings. Please don't stay away too long.

December 25, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

I'm so excited! I got Chick Days for christmas! I started reading it almost immediately! Thank you for writing! Merry Christmas Jenna!

December 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger LMC said...

Merry Christmas, Jenna! My parents gave me Made from Scratch, and I'm so excited to read it again!

December 25, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hey Jenna:

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, my wife gave me your new book for christmas, It was what I asked Santa for!
Jenna thank you very much for the Books you taken the time to write, Your blog which Shows us, another side of what life is.
Be Blessed
David

December 25, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I just finished reading your book. I loved every page. It was said to read about the bunny but your words struck a cord with have animals I know myself comes tough choices. Thanks and keep on writing

December 26, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

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