Friday, December 31, 2010

the year's oldest sunrise

What a luxury to have today off, a weekday morning, here at the farm. Simple tasks like lighting the woodstove first thing, and setting about the weekend morning routine seem scandalous. Usually at this time on a Friday I am frantically swilling coffee from a travel mug as I zoom down 313 into Vermont. Right now, well, I haven't even showered yet.

I have plans to go up to the Agway in Salem later and buy some feed and warm socks—possibly start pricing materials for a modest hoop house. My midwinter mind has turned to growing things, as it tends to for all gardeners dealing with snowdrifts and seed catalogs at the same time. Hell, I planted snap peas in a yogurt container in my kitchen yesterday just to look forward to something green. The anticipation of just a few pea sprouts lights my mood and makes me miss having a banjo around here. For some reason pea sprouts and a banjos always go together for me.

This year's over. I have a lot of goals but most of them are personal. I've put so much energy into the farm this first year that my own needs have fallen to the wayside. So I started a morning and evening yoga and meditation practice again. Nothing drastic, just fifteen minutes of Zazen and a good stretch twice a day . I want to start every day able to clear my head and touch my toes. From these disciplines will come better fitness, less anxiety, and a calmer attitude towards myself: which I am sad to admit is usually discontent. My 2011 will be dedicated 100% to this farm and 110% to the farmer. She needs to heal up a bit.

All my best wishes for a grand new year.


Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Have a grand New Year, yerself.

Sadly, we as women tend to always put ourselves last. I think it's genetic. However, yoga and meditation are one of the greatest things to give to oneself.

December 31, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

Best wishes for a very happy new year. May it be your best one yet!

December 31, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

You're right to put yourself first. If you don't thrive, nothing des.
And a very happy new Year to you too!

December 31, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Looking forward to reading your blog this year! Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Aranea said...

I hope the new year is great to you and all the ones to follow!

December 31, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Jenna, bless you for all the contentment you've helped me find in my own heart. I wish you nothing but the best in the New Year. Take care of yourself-you deserve it! Peace!

December 31, 2010 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger sandyridge said...

Good morning, Jenna!

Best wishes for a wonderful and fulfilling new year. May it be as beautiful and wonderous as the sunrises, sunsets, and days you share with us from CAF. Blessings to you and yours.

December 31, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Speaking of hoophouses, Ali over on Henbogle (a recently discovered blog) has some pretty thorough information w/photos on building a simple hoophouse. It looks easy enough that for the first time I actually thought maybe I could build a small one for myself. Read the info at

You have a happy New Year too, Jenna!

December 31, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I hope your new year brings everything you ever dreamed of. The last two days here have been warm so I've spent them out in the garden, preparing beds, moving raspberries, separating lettuce seedlings and transplanting them in the covered beds. It's amazing how getting dirt under my nails makes me feel like a new woman. I can't wait to see your spring projects. Best of luck.

December 31, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger 6512 and growing said...

The oldest sunrise...I love that!
Enjoy your zazen and stretching and may it permeate throughout your lovely farm.

December 31, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Yes, you do have to take care of yourself above all the other creatures you care for. If you can't care for them, who will? So that is a great attitude to have. I need to do that also. SO take care of you and have a happy great new year.

December 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Colorado Girl said...

Good goals! I know that when I practice yoga, I feel so much calmer. Enjoy your much needed day off from your "day job"!

December 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I can only imagine how busy farm life is, and can't wait for our family to start our own little family farm (hopefully by June!). Thanks for sharing all of it! Looking forward to seeing what the new year brings!

December 31, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Happy New Year and I hope it's full to the brim with joy.

December 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger psmflowerlady said...

Best wishes in achieving you heart's desires in 2011. A friend of mine posed the question, "What would your life look like if you truly loved yourself?" This is the question I will use as my compass in decisionmaking in 2011. Would I make this decision the same way for someone I loved and cared for?

December 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

"I want to start every day able to clear my head and touch my toes." I think you just wrote one of my New Year's resolutions for me. Thank you, ma'am, and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
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December 31, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

My wish for you this new year is for strength, wisdom and good health...may it be yours in abundance!

December 31, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Happy New Year, Jenna. I came across your blog when Sara Lamb posted about the fleece she rec'd from you through her csa share.

Have enjoyed seeing pig. Thought you might get a kick out seeing the knitted pigs at the end of this post:

December 31, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Speaking of a banjo I am listening to Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder as i was reading your blog. I also love to see new growth anytime. Have a happy new year.

December 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Little Terraced House said...

Jenna, heres to a great New Year. You go girl, we are all right behind you !

Big hugs Babs

December 31, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

While stretching your ham strings and calves touching your toes is good, also stretch your quads by bringing your heel up to your backside. A lot of older women have knee trouble and it's because we don't stretch our quads, which will tighten up the IT band and pull kneecaps out of alignment. This will make running a lot more comfortable. Walking too!

Get a sled ride in somewhere, and Happy New Year to you!

December 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Best wishes Jenna. Today the maill man left the Seed Savers Exchange and Territorial Seed catelogs. I know what I'll be doing this weekend. :-)

December 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm grateful for finding your blog this year. So nice to read the thoughts of a like-minded person who is more eloquent then I am. ALl the best for the New Year!

December 31, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Happy New Year Jenna-may this year be the best one yet! Here is a link to a great gardening blog with hoop house inspiration-
Peace to you and yours,Karen from CT

December 31, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Happy New Year to you and all the critters at CAF! I'm so glad I found your blog this year.
If you like locally milled grain, you might want to check out the Hoosic Valley Farmer's Exchange in Schaghticoke, too. They source their grain from local farmers, and mill their own livestock feed, and they're really nice, knowledgeable people. Not open on Sunday, though.

December 31, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

That's a mighty fine resolution! Reducing stress will keep you much healthier than just about anything else you do!

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy new year!


December 31, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I think this new year will be an exciting one for all of us.
We have such plans and schemes how can it not be exciting??

January 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Happy New Year, Jenna! Here's to you getting more sleep in 2011. After a few weeks of good zzz's, you should be right as rain :)

January 2, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

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