Sunday, December 26, 2010

home from home

I'm back at the farm and mighty tired. After a long weekend of family and friends I packed up the car last night and headed north at dawn to be back at Cold Antler before the storm hit. Tonight they are calling for some serious snow: up to a foot with more in higher elevations. Right now it's dark as sin out there and the wind is picking up but not a single flake has fallen. I'm a little nervous about the old barn roof, my touchy furnace, and knowing the stone-cold fact that my entire morning will be dedicated to shoveling paths to the animals, hay, and water so that the place can function at near-normal levels. It's what we sign up for out here. I shovel with gusto.

I'm slowly catching up on emails (or trying), cooking dinner, and getting myself and the farm ready for the new year. I have some big goals (for me and this farm), and I'm dedicated to making sure I give them my all. Starting with getting more sleep, which I will see to by getting to bed a little earlier. Farmers do not watch Conan. It's a sad truth behind the label of pastured bacon.

I hope you all had a fine holiday, and if you live anywhere around these parts: prep the coffee pot tonight. You'll be grateful in the morning.

22 Comments:

Blogger Joleen said...

Welcome home Jenna. I hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday with your family.

December 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Jenna: I was worried that you might get caught in the weather while on the road. So glad you're safely home before it starts - good advice to prep the coffee tonight instead of waiting until morning - we'll be getting it too.
Be safe and warm and keep that water flowing!!!
BTW the wool arrived Christmas Eve and I'm delighted!! Will be doing a post on my blog in the New Year!
Best wishes
Janet in Nova Scotia

December 26, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Aisha said...

glad you had a safe holiday, good luck on all the new year goals I can't wait to read about them. BB

December 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Take good care of yourself and your farm. Glad you got home safe.

December 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger April said...

Can't wait to see what 2011 holds for you! Best of luck for the snowy days ahead :)

December 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
MOST "THANKFUL" YOU HAD A SAFE TRIP HOME!!!
AND DOUBLE "THANKFUL" YOU WERE ABLE TO GO HOME, & ENJOY YOUR
FAMILY!!!
LOOKING FORWARD TO READING
YOUR BLOG IN 2011, & GET MY DAILY
PORTION OF INSPIRATION FROM YOUR CAF BLOG WHICH I WILL BE USING A
BIT OF AT THE TOP OF THE YEAR!!!
BLESSINGS, & MAY YOU HAVE A
HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY SEAT WEAVER!!!
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

December 26, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Glad you had a great time and got back safely to no disasters on the home front.
For many years I shoveled paths hither and yon. In 2009, I invested in a snowblower. Now I wonder why I waited so long. I would recommend one when you can do it. Saves the back and is much more efficient than a shovel.

December 26, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound. Its been snowing here in Mass for about 3 hours so I'm sure its on the way to you! We are getting 18 plus inches. Yuck!

Can't wait to read your blog on your plans for 2011!

Happy New Year

December 26, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

when I first read this post I thought you said get more sheep.... I thought my goodness, didn't she just get a boatload of the and all with lambs due in the spring?! So I reread it and saw that it said get more SLEEP! Maybe I too need more sleep! Anyway, welcome home, glad you had a nice visit with family. We're in Maine and readily preparing for the impending blizzard, which means more shoveling and snowblowing and extra wood lugging.... but I wouldn't have it any other way!

December 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Glad you made it back alright, Jenna. May your muscles serve you well in the morning! Sweet dreams...

December 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Welcome home, hope your furnace holds out and that you have a fantastic 2011. I'll be here to read all about it.

December 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Thistledog said...

Jenna, glad you made it home before the storm, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for the barn roof and furnace too. Here's to the New Year and all we can accomplish in it!

December 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Glad you're safe and sound!
**Tami

December 26, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Jenna, I thought you said "get more sheep" too! Thank goodness you really said SLEEP. Glad you made it back before the big storm. We only got about a 1/2 inch down here in Maryland, but I'm sure it'll be different for you. Snuggle with those dogs and stay warm. Happy New Year!

December 26, 2010 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Eaglescout said...

Jenna - we're just a bit south of you in CT. It's snowing sideways! The woodstove is piping hot and we're snuggling down for the night after a great day of snow flurries and now heavier snow.

Glad to know you are safe and sound!

December 26, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Welcome home Jenna. Hope you had a good time with family and friends.

Grace and Peace,

John

December 27, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Sarah Rachelle, I'm in MD, too, but, unfortunately, I'm in the part that got 11" (so far) and 3 ft. drifts! Usually, the Western shore gets the worst of it, but things were reversed this time. Yuk. I hate snow.

December 27, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

Happy Holidays Jenna, glad you made it home before the storm here. Here in Philadelphia it's coming down hard and fast, and we did one round of shoveling around the chicken coop tonight to make it a little less scary for the girls in the morning when they find their world has shrunk :) Stay cozy!

December 27, 2010 at 1:45 AM  
OpenID Tami said...

12" of snow today here in southern VA, highly unusual amount for us. Hope you brought back some food from Mom's cause you may be snowed in for a few days!

December 27, 2010 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Sounds like a three dog night and a wild wooly morning. Happy 2011; I hope from you want you get what you need.

December 27, 2010 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound.
Odie

December 27, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Glad you made it home safely! Getting more sleep sounds like a sound laudable goal to me. Your health can only benefit from it!

December 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

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