Friday, January 28, 2011

thanks from jackson

I've been resting, if you've been wondering. I come home from work, see to the dogs and the farm, and then eat a meal, make some tea, and get to bed. I haven't been writing here much only because it was one less thing to think about in a very chaotic squall of misfortune recovery. But things have been warming up, calming down, and I can feel myself feeling better.

Thank you for the letters, emails, donations, packages and kind words that helped pull me out of my winter funk. One person made me dinner and cookies (a chili mix and some ginger snaps), another sent me books and jam, one package from Alaska had an antique reindeer ornament that hangs in my kitchen. I appreciate them all, so much, and I hope to be mindful enough to send proper thank you notes (today someone sent me note cards, so I think that's the Universe telling me to get on that...). It is quite the feeling of kindness and looking-after I get from these parcels. All from complete strangers, too. It is wonderful. It is the community here that keeps me going some days. I am told by some people this farm is an inspiration, but the secret is it is easy to do the impossible when you have your own support group a few clicks away. From the baling twine of my heart, I thank you.

Tonight will be much like the rest of this week: some repose and a book. I still feel tired, but I think that has more to do with the end of the week than anything else. And hey, days are getting longer. It was sunny until after 5 here. Before you know it, it will be March and my heartbeat will be in the tempo of lambs.

Tomorrow: Pig. Check back for a pork post with pictures.

P.S. NPR's The Splendid Table will be airing an interview with me tomorrow, download it here!

P.S.S. I'm getting a Bun Baker Wood Stove! We're working out an advertising barter! Now I have to start saving for a chimney!

28 Comments:

Blogger Jackie said...

a long time ago when I was a groom at a big country house in Buckinghamshire, I quit quietly to myself every winter.
By the time I could walk 'home' (down the drive from the Big House to my little thatched Lodge) in the daylight, I was the most blessed and happy little horsekeeper in the whole wide world.
Spring will come.

January 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Ooo, Pig! What an interesting extra week she's had, huh?

I stopped worrying about you after your "Extra elevation" post. :)

Enjoy your rest; I can feel the extra daylight already stirring my sluggish blood. Spring fever will be here soonish...

January 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Hi Jenna: Here in Nova Scotia it was mild and sunny and light until 5:30. I'm all snowblowered and shovelled out, the road is pretty good, the car started today and I may get off this mountain tomorrow to get mail and fresh, non-boring groceries. Monday I may even make it completely into town!! There is a rhythm to dealing with winter in the rural north and resting now is the way to go - you've earned it and you need to.

January 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Glad to hear it all, Jenna. Have a great weekend, filled with tea, naps, an occasional Cold Antler Brew, and some good food.

January 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
OpenID peihome said...

Glad to hear you're well!

And yes, the days ARE getting longer!

Soon, soon ...

Hopefully, we'll have some lambs and kids here at our place. I'm not sure who is bred, but I was half thinking of measuring some bellies to see if I'm imagining pregnant expansion, or not!

How can you tell I'm not a professional, lol.

January 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Oh yes, on the coast of Maine, it is still light after 5PM EST. The sun had so much strength today that I just know spring is soon to happen right after sap season.
So Jenna, tell us about the drains letting go so your plumbing is functioning normally.

January 28, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

DL: drains are okay, I think. The water has drained from the shower but I haven't showered it in all week. I used the shower at work. I want to scrub it all out and then see if it drains right, but nothing burst ....

I did make an appt to get the septic pumped in May. I don't know when it was done last, but it might be well worth it for piece of mind.

January 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Ah yes the pig. I thought of the two of you the other day when I saw this http://www.saveourskills.com/processing-pork-kill-butcher-cook-pig

This site in an off shoot of The Survival Podcast.

I thought of you again yesterday as I was out in search of buckets. I stopped in a store and, lo, amongst the wine corks, brewing stuffage and a cheese press -- there was your book, Made From Scratch. Since I have the book, I settled for a jar of unpasturized, unfiltered honey!

January 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Community is really a special thing. My big Belgian (2000lbs) laid down in the sun yesterday and melted a whole down into the snow that she couldn't get herself out of. I didn't find her until I was doing chores at 8pm. Last time it happened I was able to get down into the whole and let her push against me, this time I couldn't get enough traction to help her. My wife made one phone call and in 20 minutes I had four people from town and a backhoe out in the pasture in 3 feet of snow and zero degree weather. We got a sling under her and lifted her with the backhoe. She didn't colic but was in rough shape.

Had the help not shown up, I would of had to put her down in the middle of winter.

You can't beat the people of small town!

I hope all goes well this weekend.

January 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Ha * hole not whole. I can't spell to save my life.

January 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Eaglescout said...

I'm glad that all is better now.

Stay safe.

January 28, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey Jenna, glad to see you are on the upswing. thought i'd send some grins your way. i remember you had similar varmint problems and maybe you can have a laugh:
http://adventuresinthegoodland.blogspot.com/2011/01/ohiofarmgirl-bloodaxe-varmint-killer.html

hang in there baby, we're all in this together
:-)

January 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Ohiofarmgirl- that post of yours had be dying! Jenna, glad you are feeling better and hope you find it useful. :) Should be there soon.

January 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

ooo that is exciting that you are getting that stove! I'm already looking forward to the pictures and stories about it!

January 29, 2011 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

So happy for you that you are able to get your bun baker wood stove. That is just fantastic news.

Have a great weekend on YOUR farm.

January 29, 2011 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Jenna, so glad you are feeling more yourself.

Isn't it amazing how the universe is always providing exactly what we need? Can't wait to see the stove!

January 29, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Bye Pig. Thank you for the food you will yield. Word.

January 29, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

So glad you are feeling better Jenna and with days getting longer and more sunlight maybe the worst is over. I sure hope so for your sake. I feel the closeness of our community that covers a lot of real estate but is close due to technology. Have a restful weekend.
Odie

January 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

So glad to hear you're on the mend and that things are sorting themselves out around CAF!

January 29, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

Glad you're feeling better!

I was listening to the Splendid Table Podcast last night while sewing and there you were - sounding articulate and fun! Can't wait to dig into the new book, but only after I finish a few articles I need to read for the dissertation.

Happy Saturday!

January 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger CherylConnell said...

Jenna! Glad you are feeling better and did you know your book is featured today on Design Sponge?!!!

woohoo!
That should help out with the mood. :)

Cheryl

January 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Rhonda Hoffman said...

I hope things are better soon Jenna. I LOVE the Splendid Table, so will listen tomorrow. Take care...

January 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger unpackingtreasure said...

I listened to the interview...I heard a little bit of Edwardian Farm slip in there when you talked about having a 'chicken concern' out back....lol. GREEN about the stove. The instant I laid eyes on it, I wanted one! So glad you can get one.

January 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
OpenID saracomito said...

Just heard your interview on the Splendid Table. Glad to know you now.

January 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

unpacking treasure! It just slipped out! It was my little homage to our favorite youtube bootleg gang...


hi new readers!

January 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I have major stove envy! Although, like you, I would have to get a new chimney. I can't wait to hear how it works!

January 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Glad you hear you've rested up and you're feeling better! Especially glad to hear you're getting the stove!!! How awesome that will be! Your next book could be a woodstove COOKBOOK based on your life on the farm! ;-)

Blessings,
Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com

January 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Ang said...

Great job Jenna! You do inspire me. My family butchered hogs every fall together. We had some great times. I am anxious to know how the 'numbers' worked out. I am trying to 'sell' the idea to my husband and would like more back up!

BTW, There are some animals that are meant to be pets--others FOOD. 'the way things are is the way things are' from the movie Babe.

January 30, 2011 at 8:36 AM  

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