Wednesday, November 30, 2011

wells, books, and 2-hour meetings

This morning I stayed home to meet the folks from Gould & Sons Well Drilling, who kindly arrived on time and repaired my cracked well cap in about half an hour. Watching the technician cut and separate wires, clamp, measure and fit the new blue cap made me feel glad I resisted the urge to buy my own and give it the ol' college try. When all was said and done the well was spray painted to match the pipe color and I was 95 dollars poorer, but if there is one thing worth treating right, it's your water. I can rest easy knowing that well wiring is safe and sound.

Since I had used half a day of vacation time, I spent the morning taking care of this place. I responded to emails, caught up on dishes and laundry, stacked wood and watched my sheep. Sal was getting really frisky with the ladies, and that meant they were back in heat. He is now in the pen (that was a muddy struggle) and Atlas has free range of the ladies, but I am worried he's not performing. I may have to bring in a ringer.

After chores and sheep voyeurism was behind me, I headed into Cambridge with Gibson. We signed those books with Connie you saw in the video and then ran across the street to Common Grounds to get some lunch to go.

By the time I got to the office, the day was half over and I was energized. I had spent the morning taking care of house, home, and signing a book I wrote to people I know all over the country. I recognized a lot of your names, and was surprised to see people like Patrick Shannahan, Gibson's breeder, among the list. He wanted it made out to Patrick and Riggs and I wrote him a note saying how amazing a dog Gibs turned out to be, and I would be getting a second pup (a girl) some day down the road when my older pups have passed on. I want to get a female and name her Friday. My girl Friday.

The office, of course, made 5 hours seem like an eternity. It's not always like that, usually not. My office is a lively place and between the dogs, company, coffee and conversation the day flies, but today I had that morning at home and the time between seemed to limp. A 2-hour meeting didn't exactly invigorate me either, but as I sat in that conference room with the big window's I looked over to the Taconics and thought about the weather report. Snow. Just a 20% chance but boy, would I take those odds. I want a little snow to coat this place in white, make it clean again, and make the wood stoves seem warmer and the home, a sanctuary.

I came home to the usual chores, but before I fed the pigs or checked on Sal in his pen, I put two chicken breasts in the over at 385, rubbed in olive oil and herbs on a bed of kale and carrots. This combination is not only veggie-correct for late fall, but the perfect combination. And to come inside from slopping, hay hauling, water filling, and horse scratching...to a warm house of firelight and roasting bird smells...is heavenly. On a weeknight, scandalous. Roasts are for weekends, usually, but this meal was so easy it seemed silly to wait. So I enjoyed my meat and veggies and poured myself some oatmeal stout. Before I turn in there will be a fiddle tune to see too. This is a good week day.

This weekend: I think I might cut down a christmas tree. Time to get this place ready for the season. I got a box of ornaments and lights from my mother in a box, and a few sent by readers and friends, to put on the tree. I have a reindeer I cherish, from Alaska. And a hand-painted border collie from my friends Chrissy and Tyler. This weekend I'll also get some cards in the mail, and maybe get some lights for the wreath around the door. I'll crank up the Celtic Christmas channel on Pandora and bake something with cinnamon. I love the holidays, and Yuletide is one of the best. Here's to coming light, however you celebrate it, be it The Son or The Sun!

Hey, If you want to send a Christmas Card, try this address:

Jenna Woginrich
Cold Antler Farm
Jackson, NY 12816

14 Comments:

Blogger Marci said...

Is that really all the address you have to put on to get to you? :)

Sounds like you had a full day.

November 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

We will find out!

November 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

I was wondering the same thing, Marci! :)

After a rather stressful day, I'm happy to have been able to share in this snippet of yours, Jenna. It blissed me right out! ;)

November 30, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

My folks had a McNab cowdog named Friday. Wonderful dog...even for a cowdog.

November 30, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Cait said...

Is there not a street address to go with?

November 30, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

The mail will get there. :) As long as the postal service has a name and a zip code, they can track you down pretty well.

November 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM  
OpenID outdoors1968 said...

I was thinkin' the same thing, Marci - you know you live in a small community when you can get by with an address that brief!

November 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

I hope you have one of those huge rural mailboxes! You might be surprised how many cards you get!!

December 1, 2011 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Not sure if you are interested, but we have a proven Cheviot ram who is jonesing to get with the girls.

December 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

We've gotten mail with just 'The Girls' or our first names and the road (no number). So there is a good chance. I would have expected it where I grew up(Northern NY in town of 250). But this is a pretty populated area, but I guess even that is a matter of prospective.

December 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

It's wonderful that someone else knows that Yule isn't the same as Christmas. I think that celebrating the longest night, and waiting for the light to return, is one of the most meaningful holidays- light sustains us, grows our food,gives hope, and provides life.

December 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

:) I am making my Christmas cards this week... so expect one from me!

-Autumn

December 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Cathleen said...

Okay... Big thumbs up for chicken, kale and carrots. It made for a wonderful Friday evening dinner. Thanks for the tip.

December 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

Expect a card from me too!

December 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

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