Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tell me

What do you want to know about me?


Blogger Lizi Clawson said...

Hmm...Who are you reading right now? Or, if there's no time for reading, what new interest are you pondering?

September 13, 2015 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger HomesteaDurand said...

Absolutely no disrespect intended, but why not take a part time job (standard employment at will) to provided a bit of reliable/consistent income for the farm? Also, how many cords of wood do you go through each winter? I'd like to see some of the ways you use all this kale too!

September 13, 2015 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger ina said...

knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?

September 13, 2015 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Uphold said...

Oh no... you'd 'de-friend' me in a heartbeat...

September 13, 2015 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

Good question.

Problem is, I THINK I know you as well as I want to.

September 13, 2015 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger ewaters said...

When you're talking to yourself as you're working your Barnheart, what do you say?

September 14, 2015 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Lizi - right now I am reading Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box - a great paranormal thriller I read a few years back and am enjoying it again. As for new interests, none to speak of right now outside of new music - which is essential to me. I am currently listening (like as I type this) to Widowspeak

September 14, 2015 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Durand - Good question. I don't work off farm because I have yet to find a part-time gig that offers pay that competes with the income I get from doing lots of different things here. I blog sure, but I also write freelance, am a graphic designer for hire, sell shares of pigs, raise pastured poultry, teach classes and lessons and speak at events. Working from home gives me the freedom and flexibility to do all that and I'm happier.

Even if I found a reliable part-time gig that paid 15 bucks an hour, 8 hours a day, 4 days a week that is equal to selling 2 logos at sale prices *before* taxes are taken out. I find I'm the best employer around here for me!

I go through 4 cords a winter.

September 14, 2015 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

ina - pretty much everything, but I have no regrets! If I didn't make those mistakes I would have made others. I think I would have protected myself more by sharing less, maybe?

September 14, 2015 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Peter, Kyler and Sylvia: yikes.

September 14, 2015 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

ewaters: flo rida lyrics, mostly.

September 14, 2015 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

ewaters, I kid :) What do you mean exactly? like what do I tell myself while on the farm doing chores?

September 14, 2015 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

(I'm not kidding about living Flo Rida jams though)

September 14, 2015 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...

off topic: do you know how long it took me to figure out that Flo Rida was "florida?" i need to be more culturally relevant. :-) ha!

anyway, as always i just want to see pix of Annie and wish you a great day!

September 14, 2015 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Ha! (Took me a minute, too, since I heard it and didn't read it) But the Wild Ones song (with Sia) is currently my favorite of his. And speaking of Sia, I realize right now I only have her music if she's singing WITH someone else. hmm.

Just took a photo of Annie sleeping on an easy chair. She's 16 and all hell. :)

September 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

And thanks for the great day wish, darling!

September 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...


September 14, 2015 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Cam said...

When did you decide to start blogging and why?
I've been following CAF for years now from Australia and it seems in more recent times every post draws some sort of random criticism. Do you feel that makes you want to censor yourself somewhat? I really enjoy your writing : )

September 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger mama, ph.d. said...

You have kindly shared your struggles with anxiety in the past. How bad was it? What has helped you? What has not? Wishing you all wonderful things...

September 14, 2015 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you come about getting published? Were you "discovered" or did you have to track down a publisher?

September 14, 2015 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you come about getting published? Were you "discovered" or did you have to track down a publisher?

September 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

If you had to change lives with someone for two days, who would it be? And if you could invite someone new to dinner, who would it be?

September 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Cam: I started blogging in high school and have not stopped since. There are online journals of the last 20 years, literally, online. I think writing is just something I can't imagine not doing, and always have.

Per criticism: I'm a single woman living the life of her own choosing publicly. That pisses people off for a lot of reasons.

September 14, 2015 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

mama: yes, I have had pretty bad anxiety. I have never taken any medication for it - though I am certainly not against it - and honestly the way I dealt with it was constant immunizations life threw at me. I used to worry constantly about money, bills, my weight, etc. But after a while I looked back and realized that I always figured those things out regardless of how much I stressed out about it. I got used to anxiety the way people get used to living in haunted houses, I guess. It's still there and distressing at times but mostly I just shrug when I hear footsteps in the attic or pots and pans banging around in my head - it's real but it can't hurt me and I'm used to it. Does that make sense?

September 14, 2015 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Unknown/Gina: This is shockingly simple to answer and I apologize to struggling writers out there, but I was too ignorant of the publishing world to not have giant balls and just send out a book proposal without an agent. I literally googled "How to publish a book" and then realized I needed to create a proposal. Then I went to bookstores and looked on the spines of all the books that seemed to be like the one I wanted to write. I wrote down the publisher's names and did some online research. Storey books literally had a "what we want in your book proposal" section and so I followed that and mailed that same proposal to several publishers on a Monday. Storey contacted me about a book deal a few days later. I feel like the hayseed who stumbled into her first movie audition in hollywood and ended up getting a role first time around.

All that said, publishing a first book is easier than publishing a sixth or seventh if the sales aren't fabulous. MY books are niche and I'm no celebrity so I am really hoping for luck and better writing to land me a deal on the Merlin book.

September 14, 2015 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Patsy: I'd want to change lives with Kumail Nanjiani for two days, for sure! Stand up comedy is something I will always regret not pursuing. It's a way to make a living off being yourself, doubt, and anxiety with smart and funny people.

For dinner? Patrick Rothfuss so he can tell me all about Day 3

September 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Ella said...

Jenna, what's the five year plan? How many animals, how diversified, etc.? I ask because I'm trying to figure this one out myself.

September 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Jenna, how do you resist sugar and sweets in your diet? You look fabulous by the way! I would think that you would need the energy boost with all that you do.

September 14, 2015 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Ella - I have no five-year plan. I prefer to keep it that way since life can change so much in half a decade. I suppose I would like to be more financially secure and save more money, pay off old debts, and still keep the farm and life I love. I am optimistic that the next five years will be better than the last five years.

Unrelated, The Last Five Years is an amazing musical and recently done as a movie staring Anna Kendrick (human, not hawk) and you should all watch it.

September 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Meredith - I don't eat sugar, carbs, or sweets much anymore you are correct. I was tired of feeling overweight and unhealthy. Food was a true addiction for me as a way to deal with anxiety and feel content. One day enough was enough, it's that simple. And what changed was choosing to be healthy and loving that feeling more than the 30 seconds of mindless eating a muffin would grant me. Now you couldn't pay me to eat a cream cheese muffin, I'm not doing it. It feels too damn good to be transitioning from a size 10 to an 8 and the fact that 5 miles is an easy run for me makes me feel amazing. Compare that to a bowl of ice cream and no thanks.

My diet is pretty much carnivore these days. I don't eat sugar or carbs at all. I eat mostly just animal fats and meat. I eat veggies too, but not much. Fruits are out since they are so full of carbs and sugar (a banana is 30 carbs!!! I don't consume 20 carbs a day if I can help it). The Keto diet kinda removes food cravings after a while because you are running on a higher octane of fuel - animal fat - instead of carbs. This means I eat a lot less and am never hungry. I can easily have a mug of coffee or two in the morning with heavy cream and not want a meal or even think about food until 4pm. Then it's mostly meat and some veggies. I have more energy, too. But if I need a kick I'll have a sugar free redbull instead of another cup of coffee.

Also, I wasn't listening to enough music these past three years, that is a long story, but I find when I stop caring about new music and how it makes me feel I eat more. I think I get the same highs from a new song as i would get in a sugar high from a cookie.

September 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

Does it really take only four cords of wood to heat your house? I'm very surprised--I live in New Jersey and just use my wood stove to supplement my oil furnace (the furnace brings the house up to 60 and the wood does the rest). I start using the stove later than you do and finish earlier, and I go through four cords myself.

September 14, 2015 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

Are you going to start blogging on Clan Cold Antler again soon? There hasn't been a new post since July, and I miss it!

September 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Yup 4 cords, and the reason is I only heat a small portion of my home for winter (about 600 square feet) and do not use the upstairs or heat it at all. I sleep about 15 feet away from the stove in winter and close off the upstairs to the house with a wool blanket (this year I hope to install a proper door). I rarely heat the house above 55/60 degrees too. So it's a small space and not as warm as most people keep their houses.

September 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

And yes, need to finish up this Birchthorn first though. Almost done!

September 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger HomesteaDurand said...

Fair enough. Then your friendly neighborhood paralegal wants to know if you've considered turning the farm into a nonprofit or 501(c)(3) organization. You're already honest and open about finances and, beyond the obvious incentives, obtaining tax exempt status would negate any criticism when asking for financial help to support the farm.

Last one and then I'm done pestering you. Are Gibson and Friday going to have pups? I'm sure you'd catch flack for being a "backyard breeder" but they're both purebred and it might be some serious income. Otherwise offering Gibson as a stud?...Granted this is only relevant if he's still intact.

Just some ideas for you to mull over.

September 14, 2015 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Durand: I don't plan on turning it into a 501(c)3 but can bring it up with my accountant. I would also like to say that I can only think of 3ish occasions in 8 years that I clearly asked for help money wise. Once when I was trying to buy the house, once when I was at a really scary point and my truck was almost repossessed, and probably a third time I can't remember. The rest of the time i am just trying to sell things I offer, which people who are critical of me, consider asking for help. But I see selling logos, workshops, etc and promoting them on the blog no different than a farmer at a farmer's market waving a squash in the air and yelling "squash for sale!" They are also asking for financial help to support their farm. Every farmer selling anything is.

NO PUPS! Friday is scheduled for being spayed early October. I would sooner breed fell ponies than border collies. But yes, Gibson is a stud for hire. He hasn't been hired though, poor guy.

September 14, 2015 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Tarver said...

In regards to publishing, I know Storey has been very good to you for your practical books--but for your fiction and your fears of publisher procurement, have you looked into self-publishing through Amazon?

Also, in regards to carbs and other simple sugars: Have you consulted with a physician about the culling of carbs and simple sugars more or less altogether?

September 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I might self publish this Birchthorn thing when the first edition copies are all out there in the backers hands? Maybe?

I have not consulted a doctor, no.

September 15, 2015 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

Where are your bunny updates? (chanting) more bunnies, more bunnies.

I have 2 mamas and 13 babies between them aged 3.5 weeks. HOPPING ALL OVER THE PLACE!! Need more bunny stories.

Have you considered ordering the COLORBLENDS catalog? This would allow you to sell Amarlys bulbs for the holidays......yesterday I was reading mine, considering the same option at the farm store.....trying to be creative.

Keep up the good work.

September 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger A.N King said...

Having experienced the agony of an impacted wisdom tooth myself, what convinced you to buy a purebred puppy over a much needed root canal? Was this a situation where the needs of the farm outweighed the needs of your personal health?

September 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Goose Goose, no rabbit updates since my 2 rabbits have yet to create any bunnies... about 5 failed breeding tries. Bummer, huh?

September 15, 2015 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

AN King: The puppy was already planned and being paid for before the tooth thing happened. It is no longer abscessed and just needs to be repaired, but I can't justify the dental work when the mortgage comes first and needs to be caught up with - so yeah, it is about putting the needs of the farm above my (dental) health right now. A roof over my head is more serious than having that tooth pulled if I wait too long. I can figure out an implant after I get another book deal and the bank isn't hounding me. One thing at a time.

September 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

The mortgage thing is very real. My friends had their farm bought and paid for, then they extended their ownership by buying the land around them, pre economy-fail, then fail, then their mortgage was sold on the secondary market, then other collisions in the universe happened, and the bank took the entire place, including their original home and land.

Teeth, they can be replaced. (lol) Dogs, they cannot. (lol) :)

September 15, 2015 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Chuckie Choo said...

Have you thought about raising larger numbers of pigs. They have paid off a few mortgages on farms in my neck of the woods.

September 15, 2015 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?

September 15, 2015 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Tarver said...

The Amazon self-publish options are actually really attractive and let you keep a significantly higher percentage of the total profit than traditional publishing means, and provides you a direct line from generation to production--particularly attractive for harder-to-sell projects, like projects outside of an author's established genre (such as your fiction), or really any sort of fiction or poetry (poetry especially). Their ebook and Publish On Demand systems are pretty great for anyone with a project that is either elsewise unpublished or no longer under contract for distribution rights.

Culling any major food group without medical need can cause the body to go into starvation mode and make it more difficult to lose weight, even with cardio. I know you eat tons of veggies and veggies are carbs too and have plenty of sugars and fiber, so you're probably fine--but whole grains and other complex carbs as well as fruits are actually good for you in moderation, not unlike red wine. I definitely recommend seeing if you can at least email with a clinic doctor as you continue with your practice, just in case. Can't hurt, and could save you unintended or poorly-timed doctor visits.

September 15, 2015 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Joanie said...

I'd just like keywords, ways to search for lambs, chickens, etc.

September 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Joanie said...

I'd just like some keywords and/or ways to search categories like 'lambs,' 'chickens,' etc.

September 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Joanie said...

I'd just like keywords, ways to search for lambs, chickens, etc.

I like reading your website!

September 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Paulette said...

You know what's really sad? The comment I remembered most in a sincere effort on Jenna's part to have a personal dialog, was Kyler and Sylvia's statement (put down). Jenna, you handled it beautifully. The carelessness of some folks can have such a negative effect on all of us.

September 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Paulette, it's okay. I've got a thick skin after nearly a decade of this blog going out into the world. I actually took it as less of a mean comment and more of a "well-i'm-pretty-sure-i-think-you're-an-ass-but-not-100%-sure" which made me smile. But yikes was the correct response when someone is being snarky.

Follow Wheaton's Law, folks.

September 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Joan - there's a search bar in the top left!

September 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

CT: all good points and thanks for bringing them up! I have cut back on carbs and sugar but by all means still get some in my diet, sometimes by accident, sometimes because i'm friends with people who run a brewery! I do eat some honey (which liquid carbs) but rarely do I eat fruit or grains on purpose. The grains actually hurt to digest now...

I got most of my information on this diet from the subreddit,

September 16, 2015 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Cait: I think exploring? I was allowed to have free run of my town on my bike and would just ride it until the sidewalk ended and go tresspass into woods or hike on the ridgeline or take books into the woods to read with a juicebox of ssips Iced tea. I love that grew up in a town small enough and safe enough to do that.

September 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Chuckie! I have considered it, but so far I'm just not set up for it but there are plans for more pigs in the future

September 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger 4735 CW said...

What else to do, you ask?
More on your gardening.
More on the festivals you attend.
More on using your woodstove that also cooks your meal.

September 16, 2015 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

You asked for suggestions for future vlog posts. I really enjoyed the one where you reviewed some of your favorite books and would like to see more of that. Are you still knitting and spinning because that is very interesting for me. I even find it inspiring when you have played your instruments for us. I live too far away and am too busy to come all the way to New York state to come to your workshops, but I find your blog and vlogs inspiring. Thank you.

September 16, 2015 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

I had to google weaton's law AND have now become aware. lol.

Jenna, I don't follow your eating habits, but above I noticed someone has. I found a registered dietician on facbook some time ago, but didn't go with her (too expensive for me)and I'm not on FB anymore.

I might suggest, finding your own RD via westin a price website.

Search the site and see if you can contact one of them. I'll bet, you might find a new advertisement for your site while you're at it. "Hi. I'm Jenna, and I can vouch for this RD via my experience, come along and witness my transformation." of sorts.

I believe in you. I treasure the days I find new stuff that you write. So much fun to know I'm not the only one who loves animals, writing, and more.

September 16, 2015 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger 2 Punk Dogs said...

Do you have John Hiatt's "Live at Budokan" on cassette? It's a great album to listen to while driving around in a truck, I can send it to you with some Stevie Ray Vaugn, Ellis Paul & others. Let me know!

September 17, 2015 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I don't recall reading much about your family...what do they think about your amazing, brave life?

September 18, 2015 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

Hi Jenna,

I admire your openness and your grace with rude people. I just want to say that you look fantastic. The new way of eating has really benefited you. I wouldn't worry about giving up on carbs and sweets. You just don't need them for good health. I read the book Wheat Belly and lost 20 pounds easily and quickly and have kept it off for 3 years. When I backslide I put on weight immediately.

I love seeing videos and pics of Friday. What an adorable puppy!!

September 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM  

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