Tuesday, January 25, 2011

truck stuck in ditch. rabbit died.

Got the Ranger stuck in a ditch today, driving down a slushy hill leaving the office. Kind coworkers pulled it out with chains. Benjamin didn't make it. He died yesterday. The pipes are un-froze but the drainage is still blocked and the septic guy who came by the farm yesterday said the proper fix would cost hundreds of dollars, so I'm waiting out the thaw and showering at the office before work.

I appreciate all the kind comments and encouragment. I'll make a proper update soon and snap out of this funk. To be perfectly honest though, all I want to do tonight is go home, make tea, and go to bed.

Jenna - 0
Winter - 147,985

69 Comments:

Blogger Rae said...

Holy cow! I don't blame ya, wanting to head back to a cup of tea. You're having a heck of a start to the new year. From what I've read on your blog, though, you're a trooper and a half. Spring, warmth, and better times are just around the corner. Keep your spirits up, and I have no doubt you'll sail through just fine!

January 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

Just breathe. Do you know how many people would have given up already?! You're doing great! Honestly! You're discouraged now but you are getting back up and in doing so you are encouraging SO many people. You're going to make it and will come out on the other side so much stronger. Just keep breathing.

January 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Jenna: I'm so sorry to hear about Benjamin. Sorry too you landed in the ditch, but that's par for the course in hill country in winter, and what friends are for - you really need chains now and studded tires later - you want to be sure that you fit the studded tires for the vehicle you are sure you will drive for a few years so you have the right size and get the wear out of the tires - you cannot retrofit studs so must buy new tires.
it has been minus 18 celsius here for over 48 hours but i am watching the temp climb this afternoon - it's now a balmy minus 11 and going for a high of minus 8 tonight and tomorrow morning, so life starts to flow again. I tucked myself into bed last night with a granny gown over fleece pj's and a handknit wool hat tied under my chin - thank god I didn't have a chimney fire - the embarassment if I had!!!
Cheer up - it will get milder - I've been worrying about you.

January 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Sounds like a night for soup and lots of sleep. Tomorrow is another day.

January 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

What get's me through the day is to always think, no matter how bad my situation seems to me, so many other people are so much worse off then I am. We are going through similar things, car died, costly to fix, 2 small kids I am trying to get to preschool, husband is ALWAYS at work leaving me to tackle everything with the house, furnace is shaky, 300 year old house, financial worries, trying to get a small farm started. So I feel for you and I know it is tough. But the light at the end of the tunnel is that spring is right around the corner.... or so we hope? And all of the winter blues will be behind us. So now you know what you need to tackle for next winter and be two steps ahead. I know you are greatful for all that you have. It just feels like you are being kicked in the balls! lol sorry for that! But thats how I feel a lot. We will get through and conquer! But keep in mind that you are my inspiration to keep going! So keep kicking ass young warrior!

January 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger MIB said...

Take care of yourself, Jenna--it's been a rough season. I live a couple hours west of you, and it's been challenging making sure all the livestock stay safe in the weather we've been having. (The day before yesterday, I noticed that one of my miniature rams had a big bald spot on one side, and I made my husband help me put an old t-shirt on him to protect the bare skin--good thing, too, since it got down to minus 22 that night.) It's not just you; this winter has gotten tough all of a sudden. We'll all just keep hanging in there...

January 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Hmmm - these problems are no fun at all unless you did a degree in plumbing and driving off piste . . . Sorry about the chicken losses and Benjamin. In summer you will look back and think, well, if I survived THAT winter and all life threw at me, then I can survive anything.

January 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Just catching up with everything now, and it sounds like a rough ride - so sorry to hear about all the troubles, and I hope things settle down soon. I suppose it's good to know how things can play out, and to know what could be expected for coming years as part of the learning process, but it really sucks to be right in the middle of it. Thanks for sharing it, though - you're a huge inspiration and source of learning - and I hope things start to ease up.

January 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

So sorry about Benjamin, thankful the truck in the ditch wasn't worse. This is the worst winter in years, you are doing great so far even if it feels differently to you right now.
Take deep breaths, enjoy every small good thing that has and will happen and know that once you survive this you will come out stronger than ever. You have already shown amazing strength and grace from the first day I found your blog and I KNOW you can soldier through.

January 25, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Jenna,

I work as a civil engineer. Whats the proper fix?

January 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Wow, this was a tough year to start farming seriously. At least you've got three dogs to commiserate with. They'll listen to everything. Plus they'll keep you warm.

Enjoy your tea, when you get to it.

January 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Ivanhoe said...

It's about time I started thanking you for your wonderful blog-writing, so I sent you $5 through PayPal yesterday. When I graduate from university in about a year or so and have some more money, I'll try and make that a monthly thing.
I'm certainly not advocating making this a pay-only/subscribers' blog, but you are more than deserving of voluntary regular donations from whomever that can and wants to offer them. I honestly would not be surprised if there were enough readers who'd be willing to offer long-term monthly donations to easily cover what you make at your day job, thus freeing you up to take care of te farm and write. And sleep!!!

January 25, 2011 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger jenn_denn said...

Remember, "This too shall pass." Add a shot of Jack to that tea, and everything will start to look better!

January 25, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Jeremy: The reservoir is frozen. The guys at the septic company said it would require either a steam-heated line that goes in and breaks it up and clears it out, or a salamander heater that would go under the crawlspace. I am trying to do the same thing with an extension chord and a hairdryer a few hours a night.

Ivan: I really appreciate that, thank you. Donations are always appreciated and help run this farm, but I do not want to make any sort of subscription for the blog. I don't want to give anyone a reason not to read, or hinder those who couldn't afford it.

January 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

"Up in the morning 's no for me, "Up in the morning early! When a' the hills are cover'd wi snaw, I'm sure it's winter fairly! Cauld blaws the wind frae east to west, The drift is driving sairly; Sae loud and shrill's I hear the blast - I'm sure it's winter fairly! The birds sit chittering in the thorn, A' day they fare but sparely; And lang's the night frae e'en to morn - I'm sure it's winter fairly!"

January 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

You might also get a second opinion on the blockage. Or get recommendations from coworkers as to a plumber who will still charge a fair price to a single gal...

Hopefully, the toilet still flushes? If not, setting up a simple composting system doesn't sound like a bad idea for the future.

And I've learned one more thing from your blog - I'll never own a truck! They sound like waaay more trouble than they're worth. Argh.

January 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger CLC said...

Jenna, I am sorry you are having a tough couple of days and I am sorry about Benjamin.

Things will come around and get better. Hang in there! I wish we lived next door so we could help you out a little.

January 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Jenna, OY!!! sooo sorry..........I will raise my teacup to you today and pass warm thoughts...........we had 3 degrees in Nov, and below 0 with windchill, but today is balmy and makes me feel guilty.......praying all will be well with your spirit.......your doing fine!!!! Sometimes tea and bedtime do make it all go away for awhile, and by the sound of it, last week your body said NAPTIME NOW, so sleep will help. Charles, love the poem, thank you!!!

January 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Hang in there young lady! and start keeping an eye on all the English blogs lol as your cold weather is heading over to us, oh yippeeeee(said in flat voice lol!)

Later on when its all calmed down you will laugh about all this I promise. Our toilet broke here back last year and we were all going in the smalls old potty lol!! geee I share so much..... hehehehahaa
There is the old housekeeper cottage we can walk to to use the loo there but in the middle of the night a walk outside and over the way just didnt appeal....!!

I am slowly learning that its not WHAT happens to us, its how we deal with it.
Keep strong and keep smiling,it will all come out ok!
GTM x x x

January 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

The good outweighs the bad. Let the number of times you've written about how amazing it feels to be doing what you're doing, buoy you during these thin times. You motivate us all! And your evening plan sounds right on target; be sure you're centering yourself in the midst of this current storm.

January 25, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Sorry about Benjamin & take care of yourself.
Odie

January 25, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

As soon as we get out of this frigid witch of a winter, lambing and kidding season will be upon us.

Yay.

I've heard a lot about sleepless nights... Sounds like fun for a first-timer, eh? I don't even know if/when my does were bred, so I have to keep my nails so short it's stupid in case one goes into labor and needs assistance. The latest my goats could go is around June, so it looks like I'll be clipping my nails for a while in preparation. It will be wonderful next year to know exactly when they were bred and when to expect kids!

Just think ahead past all of the trauma I'm sure will accompany our first sheep and goat babies (well, trauma to us anyway!), and imagine the little lambs bouncing around in your pastures. :)

January 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

It doesn't help you fix any of your problems, but I want you to know that (as another commenter said) your courage gives other people courage. I'm starting the transition into the barnheart life this year, and a big part of my gumption comes from reading your blog. If Jenna can do it, I can do it, too! All of your readers are pulling for you, you scrappy freeholder, you. :)

January 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger kayxyz said...

Take care. Think of people living in apartments who haven't found that small farm yet.

January 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining. I'm just blogging what is happening, as it happens. I'm just very tired. some sunlight, lambs, and more writing gigs and I'll be back to good.

January 25, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Hang in there Jenna, and don't apologize for anything you post. It helps to air things out.

A strong cup of tea, fuzzy jammies, and lots of blankets sound like just the thing.

And you'll always be able to tell your grandchildren about "The Winter of '11".

January 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Jenna,
Put some whiskey in the tea. :)

January 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Boyles Family Farms said...

Farming has certainly taught me this. . .bad things tend to stack up and all happen at once. And then so do good things. So you just have to keep after it until that happy time arrives! All best from our little farm to yours.

January 25, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Glenn said...

If you know where the sewer pipe exits your basement, wrap an electric blanket around it as close to the foundation as possible and leave it on high for a few hours. If that opens it up, pour some Liquid Plumber down the toilet and that will help open it up further.

Best wishes to you

January 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

Aww Jenna, sounds like you need a hug.

I second the whiskey in tea suggestion- after all it is Robbie Burn's Day!

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

January 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

know you aren't alone. we all experience winter woes which vary in degree and impact.

if you don't have any, i'd stock a stash of frozen marrow bones for the dogs on nights like this. get home, quicky do rounds, give the dogs a frozen marrow bone each, make yourself a hot tottie and snuggle down with a magazine or light read.

or pull the mind over matter routine and tackle a small project to make yourself feel accomplished and in control during a time when it seems so much is out of your control.

sorry about your rabbit. have you brought the female in?

January 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Jason Alexander Collins said...

Enjoy your tea and take care. Always remember that you are an inspiration to a lot of us who are hoping to follow in your footsteps someday soon.

Keep your spirits up.

January 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Tana Mc said...

I second what Glenn said about the electric blanket or you could use a heating pad.
Under our house, in the crawl space, we have some of that plug in heat tape to keep things going and coming near the foundation.

I think that the septic guy is pulling a fast one. Wonder if a stock tank de-icer would help out in this situation.

January 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

First, I wish I could just reach out and give you a hug (is there anyone close there that can:)) Second, think of what a breeze next winter will be, now you have all this knowledge of what to do!

January 25, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Jenna,

By reservoir do you mean the large line that goes out into the outdoor septic tank (I assume as you talk of a crawl space), or is your septic tank located beneath the house in a crawl space?

In either case you can prevent a future freezeup by using blueboard insulation. My waste line exits at a bury depth of 4", so 3 years ago I dug it up and covered it in blueboard and mounded earth.

I can PDF you some construction details if you would like, just ask.

It has warmed up a bit to snow, hopefully that will speed the thawing process.

Best

- Jer

January 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Oh, Jenna! So sorry to hear about Benjamin! I'm glad you're OK and it was only a ditch...
All of us are here because we love what you write. Period. Keep writing and don't apologize for anything! WE know you're not complaining - you're living. And some of us love to live vicariously through you.
Keep it up!

January 25, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Yep - whiskey in the tea, and no apologies! Last fall/winter we got a record amount of rainfall - it rained almost nonstop from October to March, which never happens here (we're usually in a state of drought). It rained so much that the ground couldn't hold any more water, and it backfilled into our septic tank. Being septic novices, we had it pumped out but it filled with water again within a couple of days. No flushing whatsoever. We literally had no choice but to wait for the rain to stop, the ground to dry out, and the tank to drain. That finally happened about six months later. We had a rented portable toilet in our yard for SIX MONTHS. I bring this up because, while I don't know *exactly* what you're going through, I get where you're coming from. Sometimes life is just a beat down. It's how we cope with it that counts. You're doing great. :)

January 25, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

I promise you, Jenna:

this will pass and the sun WILL shine again...

when Spring comes and you've lived through all of this with tales to tell, you'll be one strong cookie...

Winter won't beat you so next year...you'll be a littler smarter and wiser and ahead of the game.

You're doing just fine, Jenna...so hang in there!

Blessings,
Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com

January 25, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Not sure how you got into the ditch but hopefully you've figured it out and you won't let it happen again. In slush gear down and drive the vehicle so you don't get sucked over the edge. Don't feel bad about not having 4WD as it probably wouldn't have saved you from the ditch.
As far as the septic goes, did the guy try to run a snake through the line? If so did he indicate how far along the plug is? If you can access the sewer line and you have a long enough hose, you can put a nozzle on your hose that puts out a thin but high pressured stream. It will eat a hole through the ice plug and once water starts flowing it will melt the plug. I've had to do this with the drains from the kennel after a spate of really cold weather but the friend who taught me this has used it on septic problems. You might want to consider another plumber's opinion also.

January 25, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

Damn! I wish I knew a good joke to tell so I could brighten your spirits. Just remember, you are an inspiration to so many. Better times are coming soon!

January 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Ivanhoe said...

Hey Jenna, in response to this --

"Ivan: I really appreciate that, thank you. Donations are always appreciated and help run this farm, but I do not want to make any sort of subscription for the blog. I don't want to give anyone a reason not to read, or hinder those who couldn't afford it."

I didn't actually mean that you should start a subscription yourself, it's certainly awesome to keep this blog up and free for everyone to read -- small regular donations are just something *I'm* suggesting to some of the thousands of readers :) Nothing you need to encourage in any way, and absolutely no pressure to anyone.

January 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, did the inspectors not see all this before you bought this house? I don't know but you sure have had alot of problems with plumbing and lines and all since you have lived there. Did the sellers not have a one year warranty? We didn't get one for this house that we had to totally renovate. But the house before had a one year warranty and the heating system and plumbing both tore up within that year and it was all paid for. It sure helps to have something like that. Anyway, just a thought. I know it's an old house and old houses have tons of problems. Ours still does.

And I am so sorry and Benjamin rabbit. Any new babies yet from the doe?

January 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Prayers rising for Benjamin Bunny. May he rest in peace.

Hang in there, Jenna. Easier said than done I know, but the dream still lives beyond the passing dark cloud.

Rest, reflect and rejuvenate. Your animals love you and you are warm & fed.

All will be well in all manner of things. All will be well.

January 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Ametrine said...

Hi Jenna- You don't know me and this is the first time I have ever posted but I wanted to let you know that I donated $300 towards getting your water fixed, or whatever you need to get done NOW! You don't know how much reading your posts have helped me- I'm too old to start what you have done but I live vicariously through you and enjoy your postings tremendously! Please think seriously about writing another book.

January 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Ms. Brenda said...

Jenna,
Best wishes for a more peaceful night. Sorry about Benjamin Bunny; it sounds like he had a good long life. Less then 2 months to Spring! Next winter should be much, much, better.

January 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Jenna,

A heat lamp in the crawl space will warm the pipe without heating all the air around it like a salamander would have to do to melt the ice. Safer too, no carbon monoxide danger. Just a thought.

My condolences on your loss of Benjamin and the chickens>

January 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Last winter you were being evicted.....didnt know where Finn would end up.....trying to appease neighbors who suggested the yard had seen better days, and were calling the animal guys because they thought your animals were being mistreated.
In the long run - I think this winter is points better than last years. Granted I am not there and can only attest to my being a lurker on the blog....however there are blessings to be counted. You have your own ground (farm). You have direction (sheep). Like-minded neighbors, AND you have co-workers with great traction who arent afraid to use it! (Have you thought about a set of chains for the tires?)

January 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger hellofriend said...

I've been reading your blog and silently root for you.Even though I don't know you ...I feel like I do. You have the strength of many women and do the job many. Take second by second....I look forward to learning more from you.I'll check on you Wednesday.

January 25, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am sorry about your bun. I raised angoras for several years, started when I rescued 21 of them so know how precious they are.

It is times like these when you find out that you can't always do it alone and learn to lean on others. I have been doing a mail route for 5 years and this year within four days was in the ditch TWICE! Talk about humility! Light on the car flashing, sitting sideways in the car with snow coming in the window I was so deep. Lots of people stopping, even a cop directing the gawkers. This in a town of 400. I am sure the Mennonites drove by thinking "at least our horses don't get stuck!" :D

Feel better!

January 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

Hang in there Farmer Jenna. I hope that things improve from here on out and Spring comes quickly.

The water froze up on our old farmhouse last winter and my husband put something called heat tape on the pipes under the house in the crawl space. It wasn't terribly expensive at the hardware store and doesn't seem to be a fire hazard. I hope you get functional indoor plumbing up and running again soon!

January 25, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Jenna, I'm sorry about Benjamin and the chickens. and the truck, too.

When my main house drain froze, the shower was the first to drain slow. Apparently, the plug was still allowing some water to pass through. But eventually it froze solid and then I flushed the toilet and it backed up into the tub - ugh! It had taken a while for the wastewater to fill the pipe before backing up.

In case this is what might be happening to you, I would be real cautious on how often you flush and use your sink drains.

Apparently, thawing out frozen drains is sort of a specialty among plumbers -- in the ph bk, look for "high velocity water jetting". There's got to be a plumber in your area who does this. Keep calling around.

You'll get through this. take a deep breath and enjoy that tea.

January 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...

Sheesh. Don't you wish you could. I guess you can live like my friends in the bush here in Alaska - haul water, kerosene lamps and wood stoves. It can be done, and it is much cheaper... I hope spring comes early for you.

January 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...

Yeah, winter sucks where you are, no two ways about it.

Hope you warm up soon. Keep slogging along...everything's gonna be okay in the end.

January 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I just think the Universe is testing you and you just have to give it hell back.

Dig in your heels and shove back!

January 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

....and I'm really sorry about Benjamin....

January 25, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

Frozen pipes eh? That's crappy. Which reminds me of a story, I hope it makes you smile:

The last time I visited my family in Northern Ontario for Christmas, the pipes froze. On Christmas eve, the septic system froze. It was my parents' first winter in that house, and they didn't know what to expect.

The septic tank was supposed to have been emptied when they bought the house in the fall. Turns out it wasn't. When the septic froze the contents expanded, and backed up.

We noticed the smell first. It was coming from the basement. Something dark, ominous and wretched was bubbling up from the shower drain. Then from the bathroom sink drain. Then the downstairs toilet.

Then from the upstairs shower drain. The upstairs sink and tub, the kitchen sink. It just kept coming and coming and coming!

It was horrible. The vile contents of the septic tank flooded the whole house. It poured out of the toilets and sinks, flooding the floor, soaking the carpets, dripping through the floors back into the basement. We couldn't stop it, no plumbers were on call, we didn't know what to do.

My sister, mother and I evacuated to a relative's house, and we spent the better part of the holiday (and my hard-earned vacation) cleaning up crap.

Shit happens. It truly does. All you can do is clean it up, and file the experience under "future stories".

Of course, sometimes, you just have to stare at the mess and cry for a while.

You'll get through this winter Jenna.

January 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

Frozen pipes eh? That's crappy. Which reminds me of a story, I hope it makes you smile:

The last time I visited my family in Northern Ontario for Christmas, the pipes froze. On Christmas eve, the septic system froze. It was my parents' first winter in that house, and they didn't know what to expect.

The septic tank was supposed to have been emptied when they bought the house in the fall. Turns out it wasn't. When the septic froze the contents expanded, and backed up.

We noticed the smell first. It was coming from the basement. Something dark, ominous and wretched was bubbling up from the shower drain. Then from the bathroom sink drain. Then the downstairs toilet.

Then from the upstairs shower drain. The upstairs sink and tub, the kitchen sink. It just kept coming and coming and coming!

It was horrible. The vile contents of the septic tank flooded the whole house. It poured out of the toilets and sinks, flooding the floor, soaking the carpets, dripping through the floors back into the basement. We couldn't stop it, no plumbers were on call, we didn't know what to do.

My sister, mother and I evacuated to a relative's house, and we spent the better part of the holiday (and my hard-earned vacation) cleaning up crap.

Shit happens. It truly does. All you can do is clean it up, and file the experience under "future stories".

Of course, sometimes, you just have to stare at the mess and cry for a while.

You'll get through this winter Jenna.

January 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM  
OpenID sencemeadow said...

God winter's crap eh? Really sorry about Benjamin bunny :-( Hope that the season doesn't bring any more unexpected nasties. It can only get so bad right?

January 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Marlies said...

Jenna, I am really sorry to hear about Benjamin and you being in a ditch.. I am glad to know that you weren't seriously hurt because of it. Hang in there because this is ONLY a test. You will make it through the tough times and come out better because of them! The joys and sorrows of living the simple life!

January 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Jeez, have you broken any mirrors lately? Throw some salt over your shoulder for good measure. @thatsthelife; wow! Quite a Christmas!

Just a thought, is there any way the plumber would barter? I know it would take a lot to pay it off, but in my mind, bartering is so much easier to take than shelling out cash. Maybe some (?all?) of Pig, once she's packaged up, maybe a lamb, ?eggs, ?butchered chickens, ?computer graphic work...I dunno, I'm just typing what comes off the top of my head. And maybe if this guy isn't into bartering, you can ask around your farm friends to see if they know of a plumber (or someone who has dealt with this type of problem before) that may be into bartering.

On another note, I think it's absolutely wonderful that people are VOLUNTARILY sending you donations. Ivanhoe and Ametrine, you are amazing.

January 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Like Dory said in "Finding Nemo", "just keep swimmin'." I agree with the others, tomorrow is another day & it could be worse. When I have a crappy day, I tell myself it could be worse, I could be Bin Laden's Avon Lady. Imagine trying to deliver the Skin So Soft when he's on the run! (hopefully that got a small smile)

January 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Cappy said...

Jenna, I had a similar problem but it was where the water came in to the house. Instead of a hair dryer, if you have one of those halogen work lights, you might try that under your house. They do put out a fair amount of heat, so don't put it too close to anything combustible.

Best of luck! And sorry to hear about Benjamin and the chickens...


"I am trying to do the same thing with an extension chord and a hairdryer a few hours a night."

January 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...

Hope things are better today. Your posts have been sounding like a country blues song. Maybe you should write one. Get it all out and cheer yourself up. :)

January 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

You poor thing! I remember the pipes freezing all the time when we lived in an old farm house back east. No fun at all. Tomorrow is payday and I will be sure to deposit a little something in your paypal account to help out. Sadly I am living paycheck to paycheck myself with car repairs that must be taken care of. Life is grand ain't it? But when I see my dog & rabbits content, nestboxes full of kits and chick brooder set up and at the ready I know it is all worthwhile. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

January 26, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

reading this blog and following comments i'd like to applaud jenna on cultivating such a feeling of community amoung her readers.

people make donations everyday, but i've never seen donations made in support of an individual who is gainfully employeed and has various sources of supplemental income.

while i personally don't donate money to individuals so they can purchase things they want i find it heartfelt that so many are willing to send their money to CAF in support of jenna.

January 26, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger greendria said...

Funny how some of the most annoying and hurtful criticisms come dripping with honey, isn't it? My mother-in-law is particularly good at it, but she could take lessons from someone here...

January 26, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger barbara said...

Someone made a good point- donations made to blogs are taxable income, which must be reported to the IRS. Keep in mind that the IRS will want it's share.

January 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

Hang in there Jenna because you "are" a warrior. You may not feel it all the time but it lives inside you and we all see it. Many of these readers comments have uplifted me too. Having a bit of a rough go at the moment and have taken some of the encouragement for myself. Thank you.

January 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
OpenID ysmeine said...

You should keep sandbags in the bed of the truck for extra weight. These can then be used as extra traction when needed as well. Some days I want to move somewhere warmer when things get this way. unfortunately my life is here.

Spring will be here soon and you will be busy, but it should be an energizing busy. New lanbs, new green growth, planning, and planting.

January 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

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