Wednesday, November 23, 2011

a farm writer's dog

Gibson is a farm writer's dog. He understands when to be the bullet in the pasture, and when to be calm. Here he is on the floor near the register at Battenkill Books. We spent an hour or so there yesterday, and he behaved well. Shoppers came and went and with exception of a few hugs (Gibson actually wraps his paws and forearms around waists) he didn't accost anyone.

However, if I took this placid pup to the gates of my sheep....watch out.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I'm getting ready to feed six people and myself here at the farm. Friends from the office, other farms, and out of state are coming to Cold Antler for some maple/bourbon glazed turkey, homemade pumpkin pie, farm potatoes, stuffing from homemade bread and more. It will be a feast to remember! Tonight the bulk of the baking will be completed, and the turkey rubbed all over with salt and garlic to brine in a bag till the oven calls her home in the early morning. This is my first ever Thanksgiving as a host, and I'm excited.

40 Comments:

Blogger Deb Naydan said...

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna.

November 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

Gibson is one well behaved pup and that is a beautiful photo of him. You're so lucky to be able to take your dog to work.

November 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Have a great Thanksgiving. Give Gibson a big hug from all of your readers.
Thanks for all the interesting posts.

November 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna! This year will be my first time hosting - at Christmas! I'm excited, too. What fun!
Enjoy the day!

November 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Is this going to be a Bun Baker baked Thanksgiving feast? How big of a bird can you put in it?

November 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

November 23, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Anke said...

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger kwalk said...

I LOVE hosting, especially big traditional dinners. Your menu sounds awesome. Enjoy your day and the fruits of your hard work!

November 23, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

Jenna, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please give Gibson a nice healthy size piece of turkey (and a hug).

November 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

sounds wonderful. would love to be your neighbor with an invitation!! :) good luck and enjoy!!

November 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Good luck with your preparations, Jenna! Sounds like the perfect feast (lucky guests)!
-Jaime

November 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger =mew= said...

Dogs -- all animals -- are awesome. Have a wonderful farm-errific holiday. It feels good to feel thankful.

November 23, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Pat Woginrich said...

We all miss Jenna very much and wish she would spend her Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at home with the family who has loved and supported her for years. This is our only time to be together as a family and worship together as a family and we are heartbroken.

November 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Mark Brennan said...

Sooooo jealous. Obviously we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Ireland. My mouth is watering at the thought of the turkey feast you will be serving. Hope you have a wonderful day as host and, of course, a very happy Thanksgiving to all.

November 23, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
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November 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I picked up my copy of Barnheart this morning. I showed CAF to my suburbia dwelling sister in law on Tuesday. We didn't see Jasper. She thinks you are pretty lucky. We already did Thanksgiving dinner this afternoon so now when I get home I can read Barnheart. Thanks for the autograph.Connie is a dear.

November 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I have a thirty year old son and this year we will be traveling to his home to celebrate as a family. We recognize he is an adult with his own life and home. Sometimes you have to go there and still have a good time.

November 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Amen Gayle, laying guilt on your family is no way to support them. Change is a part of life. We either roll with the punches or we become bitter old people. I prefer to pack up and go visit our daughter who moved 400 miles from us to live on a working farm. She is needed there for her animals.

November 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Sounds great Jenna, I'd be excited too!! Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your special holiday in your own special way!!

November 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Jenna, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your blog family sounds like you have group here. Still checking the mail box for our book.... I should have used FedEx :)

November 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I love you mom.

November 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
OpenID horsenut747 said...

Mrs. Woginrich:

It's a little passive aggressive to post a comment like yours on Jenna's blog. People here also care about her very much, and what you wrote seems simply designed to make her feel guilty. There's no reason for an adult to feel guilty about having a rich life as an adult--this is what happens when children grow up. Has your family considered making the trip to her farm for the holidays?

November 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Congrats on your first year to host - that like something of a milestone to me. While this year won't be my first, it will be my first year to serve our own homegrown turkey, and I couldn't be more proud!

Warm wishes to all of you - if you can't be with your loved ones on this day (or even if you can), share a meal with someone near you who is alone. There are plenty of folks adrift on holidays and wanting for companionship. Share it with some of them - you'll be glad you did.

November 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

Mrs. W.,

I can "hear" how much you miss your Jenna. The decision to be a farmer means you stay home. It is your duty and responsibility. Maybe next year y'all can go to Jenna's house. But I know you miss her. My son is far, far away this Thanksgiving and I miss him, too. But adult kids have demands on them and we elders just have to go along for the ride. So breathe, enjoy your Turkey Day, and give thanks your girl stands by her duties. Her animals depend on her as they do with all farmers. Her decision to stand by her responsibilities reflects on your good mothering. You did a great job. Blessings.

November 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Sweet Gibson. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of Cold Antler Farm. I'm sure your dinner will be a success!

Blessings,
Debi

November 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger jim said...

jenna- thanksgiving wishes from our house to yours-you have a beautiful little farm and buckets overflowing with good friends. I think most of us that follow your daily routines are glad that you have found your utopia and are living the good life and share it with your friends-wish we were you neighbor and maybe could wiggle an invite to your farmfest.

November 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Brenda Hage said...

Pat,
As the mother of two adult children I can appreciate your feelings. We raise our kids to be responsible adults able to make their own choices but it can be hard when those choices take them away from us to pursue their own dreams. Based on Jenna's accomplishments, you and your husband have done a great job. I wish you a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving.
Brenda

November 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Tomorrow as I look out on our beautiful farm, I will be giving thanks that I stumbled across Jenna's book a couple years ago. I was living a good life in the city but something was missing. I didn't know why I wasn't completely happy. Inspired by Made from Scratch, I started baking bread, making butter and, much to the amusement of my co-workers, trying my hand at homemade cheese. I picked up an instrument. I bought a sewing machine and made aprons for my friends. Then I started taking riding lessons and began learning to care for a horse. This summer, my husband & I moved to an avocado farm in the country. We former city folk absolutely love being country bumpkins. We kept our day jobs, and I have one heck of a long commute, so yes, nothing is ever totally perfect. But wow are we happy! Thank you Jenna! Without your book, blog, and encouraging stories, we never would have ended up here.

November 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna-hugs to you and all of your family. Karen from CT

November 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

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November 24, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Love and thanks!

November 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

You've much to be thankful for, Jenna. And I am thankful for all you've brought into my life. Have a wonderful day, farmer!

November 24, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I am not staying here over the holidays because I want to upset my family. I am staying here because I have too.

It takes a lot of gall to assume otherwise.

November 24, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger crashdown said...

Wow, Kelpie--talk about a frenemy! That might be the harshest comment I've ever read on this blog. Taking care of one's animals is THE number-one priority of a farmer. And frankly, if I had a family that played guilt-trip games on a public forum, sacrificing the well-being of my animals to satisfy them wouldn't be my choice, either. Enjoy your sanctimonious turkey.

November 24, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Jenna with your friends and your farm - stay warm and safe. Here we've had our first snowfall of the season - a whopper - and I'm waiting for a neighbour to come with his snowblower!
Blessings!

November 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger jim said...

even though jenna can't be with her family this year did she mention she is also taking care of another farm so they can go home. Hugs to our Jenna on this Thanksgiving day and enjoy your dinner and company.

November 24, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

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November 24, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna,thank you for your wonderful writing and sharing your life with us.

November 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Tom Trent said...

I just got turned on to your blog by my sister. We have both been training working border collies for more than 15 years. I was a homesteader, off the grid in Northern CA, for over 10 years. We had sheep, guardian dogs, rabbits, mules, and herding dogs. I enjoyed reading about your adventure--it brought back some fond memories of an unforgettable time in my life. Carry on, sister!

November 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

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