Monday, December 14, 2015

Warm Luck

It is pouring outside, not what you expect here in the North Country in Mid December, but there it is. I am indoors, listening to the sounds of dogs chewing rawhide and sighs of Gibson, sleeping beside me. I am sore all over from hours of volunteer time at Merck Forest. I was there with some friends helping to stack their firewood for their staff, paint cabin doors, and clear debris. It felt like the right thing to do after friends stopped by Saturday to help stack all the wood here at the farm. It is a good feeling, that. Knowing that months of heat was protected by friendship. If there is a warmer way to live in this world than kindling collected by the sweat of loved ones, let me know?

I have spent most of this week working and hawking. Spending time with kin and friends and animals. I am grateful for it. Tomorrow I head back to my old offices at Orvis for some part time seasonal work. What a gift that is! I am just a few logo sales or fiddle lessons away from making another mortgage payment and getting this farm on solid ground. This job is a real nod in my favor, and some true luck. It feels earned and needed. It is as warm as the firewood.

11 Comments:

Blogger sarah e blog said...

and although i know first hand farming is a full time job! something on the side is always welcomed..any spare time can be put to good use, happy solstice lady J ill burn the birch candle for you

December 14, 2015 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Part time at Orvis can't be that bad and will surely help. Glad to hear it.

December 14, 2015 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Good for you Jenna! So glad to hear the good news.....I am smiling for you as I write this quick note. Peace to you and your farm.

Linda

December 14, 2015 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

So happy to hear the good news! Luck? I believe it's karma. You turned it around. Good on ya.

December 15, 2015 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger psoupbetty said...

Congratulations, Jenna, on finding a short-term way to help yourself through a tough patch! This is NOT selling out, but finding a way to keep the dream going strong and to go on supporting your four-footed family that both sustains and depends on you. Sometimes we just do what we have to do -- and at least this is legal �� Kudos to you! Wishing you the ongoing blessings of friends, food, family, and home. You are truly wealthy in all the ways that matter.

Pauline

December 15, 2015 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger psoupbetty said...

Oh good grief... That "double question mark" in my comment above started out as a "winky" emoticon and apparently got re-interpreted along the way! No question mark intended -- only cheers!!

Pauline

December 15, 2015 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Nothing wrong at all with part-time seasonal.....and prolly its a bit above minimum wage too! Doesn't ever hurt to keep your nose in the loop, so to speak.

And just because, I see you have a Linkedin account.....don't forget to add your self-employed business to that as well. You never know.

December 15, 2015 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Warm weather here nr Buffalo, NY too, usually at least knee deep in snow by now, but we had temps in the 60's at the weekend! Worked out well for me though, it was the monthly 'public shoot' at my local archery club, where you get to borrow equipment and have a lesson for just $10 - and I was able to spend 2 hours outside in just a lightweight rainjacket, and hand in my form for official membership which will start at the January orientation meeting. Of course the husband and I are now hooked, this new hobby is all your fault! With your 'just go and do it' advise. Now we have our first recurve bow on order, and are working out where to set up our straw bale targets on our picnic tables way back behind the house, so even when the snow is deep we can put on our snowshoes and get outside to practice.

So glad to read you had a productive week, when the blog goes quiet for a few days i wonder what you are up to. Great that you had help at home and 'paid it forward' helping out elsewhere, and managed to combine with catching up with friends.

Orvis seasonal employment sounds good for part time work, I think it's a bit of a drive, and know you'd prefer on farm income, but at least you wont have 'new job jitters' as you're returning to a previous employer, will probably know most of your coworkers, and I think you can take dogs to work there too? Plus a whole office full of people to pitch season passes, books and workshops to!

December 16, 2015 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Sprite said...

Congrats on the seasonal work, Jenna! I'm so glad to hear some happy news for you.

December 16, 2015 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Good Shepherd Homestead said...

Great news about the job. Hope the good luck continues through the new year. You deserve it.

December 16, 2015 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Truly a timely blessing! Very happy for you. Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2015 at 4:37 PM  

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