Thursday, January 20, 2011

farm on

Saro is sitting on her eggs quite diligently, only leaving for a short few moments to drink some water or scoop up some grains with her bill. Cyrus has become High Protector, and spends just as much time guarding the nest as she does. I do believe there will be some goslings at Cold Antler. And she's not the only plausible mother in wait. My lone doe rabbit has been building a conical little nest in her hutch, possibly for kindling, but she seems way past her due date. Phantom nesting? Is there such a thing?

I am a bit worn down from the winter, emotionally and physically. It's not the work of the farm, but the juggling of the farm with the office, commuting, shorter days, and brutal cold. This January has been an onslaught of heavy storms, and it is harrowing at times. Weather is something I usually charge through, but all the cards in the deck changed, Losing the Subaru means spending a lot less time jumping into a vehicle for cavalier trips into town for ingredients or to grab a cup of coffee with friends. Storms keep me put now. It's not a bad thing by any means.

Well, sometimes it's bad. They want a storm to come in tonight and that means I can't head over the mountain to Saratoga to go to the Greenhorns Mixer. But these things are held every few months so I will make the next one. It's a small disappointment, missing the event, but chancing a shoddy truck in a storm for a two-hour round trip just isn't a good idea.

I got a call from Mrs. Frost last night, we have to reschedule Pig's harvest for another week. With temperatures falling into the low teens (as a high) working outside without gloves to cut and wrap meat would be a bad idea. So Pig gets another week of rolling in her hay pile. I think I'll bake her a cake this weekend.


Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Good morning, I saw the forcast for New York state this morning and sighed, knowing your going to have to work harder, However use the down time if you can to read and refresh your creative spirit. I wish you a wonderful lul before the storm :)

January 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hello Jenna,
I would agree with you: it is a good thing that your truck isn't safe to drive in the snow. Winter is a time that reminds us to slow down and rejuvenate which means giving up somethings such as coffee in town. Relish in it! Once summer comes around, you know you'll be missing the down time. :]

January 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...

hang in there baby, everyone is in the winter doldrums now so you are in good company. i'm having a 'by the fire' day which kinda makes me twitch - i keep thinking of everything i COULD be doing. but rest is good too. snuggle the dogs and enjoy the quiet. spring will be here and we all will be hitting the ground running.

January 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Feeling rundown makes all things tougher. Winter is my personal nemisis and I feel your pain. We are facing single digit temps for the day time hours this weekend. It is hard on the animals and harder on us and our heating bill. {Drawn out sigh} Can't be helped. Happens every time about this same time of year... Best of luck in the calm before the storm. I am busy dreaming of my summer garden!

January 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Planning a garden or ruminating over seed catalogs is a fun thing to do in winter.

I'm sorry about your mixer- staying home is the smartest thing to do, of course.

When you are up to your elbows in projects and have the least time in the world for a relationship and aren't even thinking about it is when The One will show up.

So don't fret. I didn't marry for the first (and only) time until I was forty-one, but what I got was worth the wait, so try to be patient. Fill your life with getting on with your life, and sure as snow this winter, someone will show up and throw a wrench in it!

January 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

Having to stay put at home can be tiresome but its only temporary. I can always tell when winter has been too long. My body starts craving spinach and hard boiled eggs. So grab some baby spinach next time you're in town and treat yourself to a giant salad with some fresh eggs. I know I feel so much better when I do. Chin up, we're all rooting for you.

January 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...

I seem to remember you looking forward to snow.... You got it. :)

After living in the country 25 miles from town for 6 years, we go into town to shop only about once a week, maybe twice if we need feed and can't fit it all in one trip in the Prius. It's a good thing to be forced to plan. It also cuts down on all those impulse buys in the store. (We won't talk about shopping online.)

Too bad you will miss the get-together but I'm sure you have much to do, with your music, books, writing, and hobbies to keep you busy in the evenings. Or you can sit around and curse those of us in California who are having a drought, also known as beautiful warm weather.

January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

we Californian's are having a drought?
hmmm...well not here in the bottom of the rabbit's a muddy mess and I am SO glad the sun has come out today! You may be tired of snow and cold but I am tired of fog and cold....everybodys gotta get their two cents in on their imperfect weather!
Good idea to stay home, not worth becoming a frozen popsicle!
just keep signing..."the sun will come ouuut too-morrow....."
or the next day..or the next....

January 20, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

I sure hope they are wrong about the storm for your sake. Seems things are going kind of smoothly at the moment with the hope of new life coming. I am sure the pig would just a cake of any description. Take care.

January 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Mike Caines said...

Whatever you do, DO NOT put on sad music (LOL). Here's a goofy idea... maybe you can do a web video conference so you can have a get togeather for coffee without leaving the house. I think there are some sites that let you do this.

January 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Might want to check the weather forecast before you cancel. Last I heard, we were expecting less than an inch of snow tomorrow. Although, as always, Veryork could get more....

January 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Irma said...

Oooo, I think Mike Caines is on to something with his comment. Make a Skype date with someone -- could be someone from your office, could be someone across the country -- to have coffee. It would be great fun to look forward to, and a nice way to still be "part of the world" when weather keeps you housebound.

January 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

i wonder if they have skype speed dating? that would be an interesting way to spend an evening...with a bottle of whiskey in hand of course.

i'm sure your pig would love a cake, its an interesting emphasis our society puts on "last means" i also would make a wonderful meal for some of my foster dogs before they were killed. a nice walk/run/hike and a burger it was the least i could do.

January 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Look @ it this way~ you'll save money on gas and get some serious reading in. Crossing fingers with you that spring comes soon!

January 20, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I love the Skype coffee idea. Today I Skyped with my cousin in Tennessee and my best friend in Newton Falls, Ohio. Perfect for bad weather visits. Almost as good as being in the same room!!!

January 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM  
OpenID clemscritters said...

yes, rabbits do make nests during false pregnancies.... if it has been more than 35 days since her last date, then she needs another go at the buck; and if she is carrying the hay around like a mustache, she's ready!

January 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...

Tina - here in farthest Nor Cal it is a very DRY January! 60 something today and it has been above freezing in the mornings for the last couple-three weeks. December was nonstop rain and snow and I expect we'll be on for more of the same again soon.

January 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I love the idea of baking pig a cake!!

January 20, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Zev said...

I had the pleasure of attending a Greenhorns mixer in Maine back in August, and it was amazing! What luck it would have been if we had met. I just noticed that in one of your recipes in the back of Made from Scratch you note that you're from Palmerton. My roommate was from there. Small world!

January 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

Are Saro and Cyrus your only geese? I went to our feedstore to order poultry for the Spring, and they said I'd need at least 4 geese for them to be happy. We're only on an acre and a half, so that sounds like a lot of geese to me. Any recommendations on goose breeds? Tolouse sounded kind of mean, so I was thinking Embdens. How do your geese do with your chickens?

January 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Chicky said...

Your posts seem to get sadder & sadder. :( Of course you've had a very stressful winter thus far, but if you're experiencing some unusually strong winter "blues," maybe give Vitamin D a shot. I've begun taking it regularly this winter (my winter doldrums are particularly strong this year - weather probably doesn't help as it's been a cold & uncomfortable winter thus far) - & noticed a vast improvement on my energy & mood. Just a thought.

Don't forget to take care of yourself too.

January 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger {hip} said...

what kind of geese do you have? Our Buffs are starting to act broody and I was wondering if she may be getting ready to lay! Seems like an odd evolutionary strategy to have babes in the dead of winter, no?

January 21, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

I get the blues in winter time. My problem, minor, is that I don't get enough UV light. Lots of people suffer with this. To much darkness. A help is a tanning bed, so spend a little moo la and go to a tanning salon.

If you want to talk on Skype let me know. I grew up with subsistence farmers and know what you are going thru x 10.

January 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

I get the blues in winter time. My problem, minor, is that I don't get enough UV light. Lots of people suffer with this. To much darkness. A help is a tanning bed, so spend a little moo la and go to a tanning salon.

If you want to talk on Skype let me know. I grew up with subsistence farmers and know what you are going thru x 10.

January 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger City Sister said...

Spring will be here easy in looking at the seed catalogs and dreaming of bacon!

January 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger cory said...

Please don't kill "Pig."

January 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Hip, they are Toulouse!

January 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

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