Friday, April 18, 2014

Last Chance to Help & Win a Fiddle
Picking Winner Saturday Night!

So I am happy to annouce that Merlin, my Fell Pony, is nearly paid off. I am just a few payments from legally owning Merlin and am trying to expedite that day with a contest here on the blog. This is a FREE CONTEST. It is an act of appreciation. I will give away a fiddle ,plus a day of fiddle intro lessons on the farm, and a signed copy of all four of my books to the winner of this drawing. It is FREE to enter, all you need to do is comment on this post with a word of encourgement or horse story of your own. But for those *who want* to help in a financial way, you will see a donate button that lets you make a finacial contribution as well. Every dollar donated towards bringing Merlin home for good is an entr, as is every comment. I stress again, every dollar is an entry towards the fiddle and day here at Cold Antler, but if you do not wish to spend a dime you can simply leave a comment to enter.
Why am I hosting a fiddle giveaway? Because the farm needs your support. It really does. It's on shaky ground and right now any comment or dollar is a big help. If you can't or don't want to donate that is fine as well. To ente to win just leave a comment. To enter ten times, you can leave ten comments or donate ten dollars. But for those who have followed Merlin and My story through years of blog posts, books, and pictures on Facebook I urge you to help make him offically mine. I ask because I am so close (three payments from official ownership) and want to remove this monthly bill from my life. And for just leaving a comment or sending a dollar You could end up with a lifelong gift of music. I'll spent a day with you learning what I know of fiddling, and you'll leave with a fine instruement of your own. Fiddle Camp is sold out until next spring so take advantage if this invitation. Maybe a day here in late June, we could be sharing a campfire, clinking mason jars of hard cider to a year seen thus far.

Donate and Comment. I thank you. And I thank you.





no donation or purchase needed to win the fiddle. It is a fundraiser with a prize, not a lottery. Winner does not pay shipping costs.

70 Comments:

Blogger Joy said...

Good lick on making that beautiful boy yours!

April 11, 2014 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Tesshiva said...

I made a small donation for a funny reason. I recently saw a picture of 87-year old a Queen Elizabeth riding her Fell Pony. And as I commented when I donated, "if Queen Elizabeth gets to have a Fell Pony, you should have one too. " I hope you will someday be an 87-year old lady on (another) Fell Pony. Here's to living your dream : )

April 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

I enjoy your blog and all your adventures, Merlin included ... I'll send something your way old school ..

April 11, 2014 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Chris Davis said...

I'd love to win, so I'm commenting here, but I donated because I love to think I can help Merlin become yours in some small way. Your blog and books have meant much to me. I'm getting my first chickens next month, and my first garden was planted outside this past week. Thank you.

April 11, 2014 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Busykitty said...

good luck and godspeed! every girl loves a horse! they are magical :)

April 12, 2014 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger gothicmuse said...

I have owned one horse in my life, a Shetland pony named Peanuts. I will always remember bringing him out of the barn after bad weather and putting him on a long lead. If he didn't have a passenger he would graze or move around some, but if someone was on his back he'd whiz around in a circle almost perpendicular to the ground. A wild ride indeed.

Here's to you and Merlin having many years of rides wild or not together.

Jo

April 12, 2014 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Cath Miller said...

I helped with the first payment and am thrilled to help with this. I love hearing how your partnership has developed, and the adventures you have. I was also relieved to hear that sometimes you too are afraid of your horse. So happy that some paid work has come back to you to take the stresses away.

April 12, 2014 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Hooves and Hounds Farm said...

From my scrappy farm to yours, a small donation Blessings from Hooves and Hounds Farm. PS planted pea's yesterday.

April 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Hooves and Hounds Farm said...

Blessings sent your way, from my small farm to yours.
Hooves and Hounds Farm Maine

April 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

Glad to help a little. He's such a gorgeous boy!

April 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I hope we can help him be yours even sooner! Happy Riding!

April 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Nastasha Nelle' said...

Its awesome that you are so close to owning something you have wanted for so long and because everyone needs help now and then and I know what those sleepless nights are like and the anxiety heres to making your hopes and dreams come to full fruition just a little bit quicker.

April 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

So close! With as many people as you have standing behind you, I know you'll be able to pay off that debt in no time. :)

April 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM  
OpenID roseandphoenix said...

You are an inspiration! I just read "Barnheart" and was delighted. Good luck with this, and with everything.

April 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Jenna, reading your blog the last several years has been a joy in my life, that I've been able to pass on to my husband as well. It's really inspired us in our plans for our own future, which includes some horses of our own- a lifelong dream of mine. Seeing you do it- having the courage and the drive to make it work, however hard and scary it gets, is a great inspiration.

April 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger kjc said...

I saw this album today, and thought of you immediately! I'm not sure what the falconry connection is, but I love the artist. He writes about place and connection and rural Canada: http://www.truenorthrecords.com/Albums.php?album_id=816

April 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger kjc said...

thought of you immediately when i saw this album. not sure what the falconry connection is, but i love the artist (he writes about place, connection and rural canada): http://www.truenorthrecords.com/Albums.php?album_id=816

April 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Shari Zupan said...

I grew up on the south side of Chicago watching every tv/movie western and wearing out my copy of Little Britches. but when I was 13 my dream came true, moving to rural Indiana and owning a quarter horse. Donating to help your dream come true.

April 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM  
OpenID http said...

You guys were destined to be together. Merlin will be yours! xoxo Cath

April 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Wow what a great giveaway!! I couldn't NOT donate! It's so exciting to hear you are almost there... by the way that picture of you with Italics is super badass. Good luck!

April 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

PS I donated $10 :)

April 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Doreen Guillette said...

What an awesome thoughtful way to give back! I'm loving getting to know you through your books and blogs. I'm really excited to meet you soon as well. I was thinking of you this morning as I was trudging through the rain and mud doing barn chores this morning and loving every bit of it. :) Donating now.

April 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger evy said...

Jenna -

I enjoy reading your ruminations and experiences and admire your willingness to share - the good, bad and the sacred every day that sustains us through even the darkest winters.
I had to sell my violin (And my cello.) to keep my daughter in college and while I was glad to have something to sell to keep here there, I miss it terribly. I've not told anyone about this - it's still a bit painful - but your admirable standard of honesty and willingness to do what must be done to sustain your goals is inspiring. You go girl!

Evalyn

April 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger evy said...

Jenna -

I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your willingness to share the good, the bad and the sacred of the everyday is inspiring and helped sustain me and many others you will never know through this long, cold winter. I used to have a violin (And a cello too.) but had to sell them to keep my daughter in college. I miss playing terribly, but am lucky to have the opportunity to do something that was important to me. You have also faced difficult decisions and your openness was energizing.

I haven't told anyone about this, it's still painful to admit, but your openness is admirable and sometimes a girl just needs to do what must be done. You go girl!

All the best - Evalyn

April 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Jerusaleme Purtell said...

From one scrappy homesteading start up in Northern Michigan. I wish you much luck.

April 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Karen from CT said...

What a great contest-count me in Jenna! I love reading about you and Merlin, so happy you listened to your heart and not those filled with fear. You are AWESOME and so is Merlin!

April 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger K. Jean said...

Sending you warm wishes and high hopes you can cut your payments down. I rejoice every time another bill is paid down, such a good feeling.

April 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger folk notions said...

My wife and I have read most of your books and read your blog all the time. You are an inspiration to us and our homesteading dreams. Thank you!

April 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger folk notions said...

My wife and I read your blog and have read most of your books and have been so inspired by your journey. We are rooting you on in this next step! Peace and blessings to you from the North Country!

Devan, Janelle, and baby Nora in Watertown, NY

April 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Check's in the mail - remembering a year ago calling in to see you during our VT NY ME roadtrip, when Merlin came thundering down the hill to investigate the visitors I was actually in awe of how big he was (and a little nervous he wouldn't stop when he got to the fence!)

To think that he wouldn't even be there if you hadn't approached the person selling him with a suggestion for a payment plan, and then put in all the work learning to be a team at the stables before bringing him home. Would also mean you wouldn't have been able to write todays post about your wonderful ride along Main St Cambridge.

Hope the CAF team can help you chip away at the last few payments

April 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Rick Topping said...

You can do it Jenna, just keep pushing!

April 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Wish I had a little more to give. You and Merlin have an awesome partnership! I wish you many happy healthy years together. Thank you for blogging about all your adventures. It is inspirational in so many ways.

April 14, 2014 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger suzieQ said...

Funny.... I played violin when I was a kid.. and have been checking Craigslist. Today I bought and read One-Woman Farm (it's already in an envelope to pass on to a friend!), so now I am stubbornly looking... to transform a grade-school violinist into a Medicare fiddle player!
My favorite childhood horse was Lucky, my grandmother's cow horse that had a dark brown "hand-print" on her left flank - the OK farmers called it the hand-print of God. All I know is that every time I rode her on the red gyp-rock plain, I was the lucky one.
I bet Merlin has a hand-print somewhere, too...

April 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I know what it's like to be really close to having a dream fulfilled. I'm happy to donate to the cause. Best wishes.

April 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I know what it's like to be so close to fulfilling a dream. I'm happy to donate to the cause. Best wishes.

April 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger back2thelandlibrarian said...

I'm not able to make a donation at this time, but I am very glad that you are so close to officially owning Merlin! I have enjoyed reading your books and your blog. I rode for five years when I was growing up, and hope to one day be able to own my own horse. You are a very inspiring woman, and I am encouraged by reading about your adventures to never give up on my dreams of living on a small homestead with sheep, goats and chickens. Best of luck to you!

April 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger back2thelandlibrarian said...

Congrats on being so close to officially owning Merlin! That is just wonderful. I rode horses for five years when I was growing up, and I hope to be able to own one eventually. I also wanted to say that you are a very inspiring woman. I very much enjoy reading your books and your blog. Through your writing, you have encouraged me to never give up on my dreams of living on a small farm and raising chickens, goats and sheep. Thank you for that!

April 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Trina said...

I just want to encourage you, as you have me, to "keep on, keeping on." Little by little, step by step, calling back to those who come after, listening to those who've gone before - life is beautiful. And I love what you said - living a life purposely.

April 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I so enjoy reading your blog! You're brave and plucky and do things I've only dreamed about. Here's to you and Merlin together for many years to come - cheers!

April 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger MaryE said...

I so enjoy reading your blog! You're brave and plucky and do things I've only dreamed of. Here's to you and Merlin together for many years - cheers!

April 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Hi Jenna,

I'm one of your longtime readers from San Diego who visits your website on a daily basis and happy to make a donation towards Merlin ownership!
I admire you for living your dream!

April 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Donation made! I'm a longtime reader from San Diego and really admire you for living your dream!
I was online this morning looking at fiddles as well. Wish I was close enough to attend one of your workshops!

April 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I just stumbled across your blog a couple of days ago, while googling/pinning urban homesteading and beginner homesteading. I made a small donation because I believe in what you are doing and think I will learn a lot from you! I am a creative entrepreneur (jonesfordesign.com) that also has a great deal of interest in starting a homesteading life, no matter how small I have to start for now. I grew up relatively poor and, thus, spent the days of my early 20's thinking about how to have more money. Fortunately, I have come to realize we struggled because we lacked self sufficiency, money management, and the feelings of abundance and thriving that come with just knowing what makes you happy. My perfect day: jamming to some live bluegrass with my husband. Maybe if I win the fiddle, I'll be the next Allie Krall :D Thanks for the opportunity to support you!

April 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I just stumbled across your blog a couple of days ago, while googling/pinning urban homesteading and beginner homesteading. I made a small donation because I believe in what you are doing and think I will learn a lot from you! I am a creative entrepreneur (jonesfordesign.com) that also has a great deal of interest in starting a homesteading life, no matter how small I have to start for now. I grew up relatively poor and, thus, spent the days of my early 20's thinking about how to have more money. Fortunately, I have come to realize we struggled because we lacked self sufficiency, money management, and the feelings of abundance and thriving that come with just knowing what makes you happy. My perfect day: jamming to some live bluegrass with my husband. Maybe if I win the fiddle, I'll be the next Allie Krall :D Thanks for the opportunity to support you!

April 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Good luck, Jenna!

April 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Matt and Callie said...

"It doesn't matter how this looks to other people. If this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight."
-Rocky Balboa


April 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger our little acorns said...

Your books have made you feel like a friend as we journey to sustainability, too. We're a ways behind you (no fiddles or fells here yet) but we're baby-stepping our way to peace and freedom right alongside you.

April 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger our little acorns said...

Your books have made you feel like a friend as we journey towards sustainability, too. We're a ways behind you (no fiddles or fells here yet) but we're baby-stepping our way to peace and freedom.

April 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Erica Shaw said...

Receiving a new fiddle would mean so much to me. I am Irish, and an adult learner. I love playing traditional Irish music and I'd play your fiddle every day with pride and enjoyment to share this music of mirth and great sadness with anyone who wants to hear it. I wish you the best of luck with your projects!

April 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Erica Shaw said...

Receiving a new fiddle would mean so much to me. I am Irish and an adult learner. If I won, I would play your fiddle every day with pride and enjoyment to share this music of mirth and great sadness with anyone who wants to hear it. I wish you the best of luck in your projects and hope you raise enough money to pay for Merlin soon. :)

April 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Susan Conway said...

Donation coming so Merlin can stay at CAF permanently. Also secretly hoping Jasper can stay, too, for Merlin.

April 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Forever Wild said...

I miss my horses and I miss my farm. Here's to your dreams. :)

April 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Everley St. Peter said...

i wish i had money to help you sista! i also wish i could win the fiddle and a lesson and all your books. i read one and LOVED it! you rock sister, you inspire me and everyone else who reads your posts. and you tell it like it is which is rare. you are a rare jewel jen, and i'm happy to have met you in person even if it was in the corporate world. i hope we meet again soon and share some things we know with each other. namaste~ Everley, aka ESP

April 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Castle2012 said...

Good luck, Jenna! I've never ridden a horse, but I like hearing about Merlin.

April 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

My best wishes for good luck as well, Jenna. Love the blog and books, and of course Merlin. Do you have a PO box for a donation?

Jackie

April 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

My best wishes for good luck as well, Jenna. Love the blog and books, and of course Merlin. Do you have a PO box for a donation?

Jackie

April 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Horses save sanity and lives. Some of the best moments of my teenage years were spent in a barn, and a friend of mine who held tenaciously to horses promises that if they are in my blood, I will find my way to them again. I'm glad you've found Merlin, and that he's soon to be all yours legally as well in spirit!

April 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

I would love to win a fiddle. We had ponies growing up. They are a lot of hard work, but bring so much pleasure. I had the mean pony, but my sister's was the best, most patient pony I have ever met.

April 19, 2014 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

I would love to win a fiddle. We had ponies growing up. They are a lot of hard work, but bring so much pleasure. I had the mean pony, but my sister's was the best, most patient pony I have ever met.

April 19, 2014 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I made a small donation. I've been reading your blog forever and you deserve to have everything you need! Let's get this pony bought!!

April 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Carlos Rodriguez said...

if i won this fiddle it would mean the world..although idk if i could make it to a learning session..but a fiddle none the less would be much appreciated!

April 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

It has been so inspiring to read your blog and watch you bring Merlin home. Best wishes, Jenna, for keeping him there.

April 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger raclark87@gmail.com said...

My spouse reads to me daily from your blog. We have a small "farm" in E TN. We are pretty self sufficient raising food and are working on getting independent from the grid. (This years project). We love bluegrass music and are privy to some of the best musicians anywhere within a few miles of us. I play a guitar but would love to learn how to play the fiddle. We go Saturday nights to the Rheatown market for a touch of Americana that is fantastic. Google search "Rheatown Market" to listen to some of our local musicians. Thanks!

April 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Suzy I. said...

Here is my comment, and a donation is forthcoming as well.
I cannot imagine being without a horse, and I applaud your dedication to your Fell.
Here is our story. I've always wanted a horse since I was little, but there were seven kids living on a truck driver's salary. A horse was never in the cards. Years later, when I was a single mom with a teenage son, we started volunteering at a horse rescue. After three years my son's interest never wavered, so we adopted an elderly, abandoned Thoroughbred. She was the best thing that ever happened to us. Her story is at the True Innocents Equine Rescue website. And yes, the magnificent beast in the 1-8-14 photo is that run-down old mare we adopted three years ago.
http://www.tierrescue.org/Petra.htm

Jenna, may you never be without a horse in your life.

April 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Sara Law said...

I'm a newcomer to your blog, but I really wish you all the luck and encouragement I can muster. I bought 3 of your books, and despite the hardships, you are living my dream life. If I had more money to spare I would give it all to you.

P.S. Merlin is lovely! So happy he is almost paid off and yours!

April 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Sara Law said...

I'm a newcomer to your blog, but I really wish you all the luck and encouragement I can muster. I bought 3 of your books, and despite the hardships, you are living my dream life. If I had more money to spare I would give it all to you.

P.S. Merlin is lovely! So happy he is almost paid off and yours!

April 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Yael said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway!! Thank you!! :)

April 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

I've been thinking of happy stories of the horses I shared my life with in former years, but this is the story that touches me most, perhaps because it showcases the best and the worst of humanity.

In 2008, 100 Arabian horses were found starving and in a state of extreme illness and neglect in Alberta. It's hard to understand how anyone could abandon horses to that fate.

An amazing woman named Susan Fyfe took in the horses, and with a raft of caring volunteers, rehabilitated and re-homed them all.

The story that touched me the most was of a young gelding that was in the worst shape I'd ever seen. He was so far past despair, he stood like a sad statue, even when food and water were placed in front of him. The volunteers hand fed him, treated the parasites and mange, gave him love and brought him back to the land of the living. The "before" and "after" pictures of this horse reminded me of the power of redemption.

If you're interested, you can see the story of this rescue operation (which is still helping horses today) at the following link. There are three "before and after" horses shown towards the end of the segment, and the horse I'm speaking of is the third shown.

http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=5162

Best of luck with paying off Merlin, Jenna. Here's a lovely quote from the www.rescue100.ca website:
"The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." (Arabian proverb)

April 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

How wonderful to be so close to such a grand goal! Keep it up!

April 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Lil said...

Have been reading your blog for years following your journey from Vermont to New York and hope that Cold Antler is able to keep going for decades to come. I subscribed a little over a month ago and your entries are more than worth every penny. If I do somehow happen to win, I would love the copies of your books but please give the fiddle to someone who actually has some musical talent but can't afford a fiddle of their own. :-) Such a beautiful instrument would honestly be wasted on me. Much luck and hope to you from Southern California.

May 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM  

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