Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Do Not Live in New Jersey

That is true, and only matters because this weekend the fine people of The Garden State are preparing for a hell of a snow storm. Here it will just be very, very, cold.

One of the things that makes it warmer is the kind emails I am getting from folks online. A truck driver wanted to remind me about stacking up on spare wood and to bring the dogs inside. I do need the stacking up reminder, but my dogs literally share my bed (they have never spent a night outdoors). It's getting down to 5 degrees tonight and since Anna Kendrick is down to flying weight for hunting, she is here in the living room with two cats, three dogs, and this typing primate. She's asleep on a high perch, one leg tucked up under her chest so it looks like she is balancing on one clawed foot. I'm watching a binge of Mental Floss List videos while I finally wrap up the day's work. I am bushed.

But I just learned where the phrase Paper Towns comes from. Agloe, NY for the win!

I have never worked as hard as I have these past few weeks. It's a mix of the winter farm slog, part time work, freelance, and music lessons. I am making time for my off-farm/on-farm job with Orvis, working on their website promotions and such. But that means I get up, get a fire going, tend to the indoor animals and then the outdoor ones - and then make a lot of coffee and head upstairs to my little office/tack room. There I work 3-5 hours a morning with my remote desktop set up. This was the time I used to work on the blog, videos, logos, writing books, etc. Now it is a flurry of phone calls, emails, meeting set ups, and coding work. After a hectic morning up there I shut down the company laptop to get lunch or run errands. Yesterday I picked up bales of hay and feed. Today I had meetings at the corporate office in Vermont and didn't get home until 6:30PM. Till I geo evening chores in, worked on freelance graphic design projects, and wolfed down a meal of PB&J - I was exhausted. I am grateful for the work, and eager to take on more (since this off-farm gig will be depleting half the hours soon), but this week has an emotional bottleneck I am having trouble getting through.

So big ups to those of you who take a few minutes to send encouragement. It matters. And none of my animals can talk so your tweets, comments, and emails mean a whole lot of good.

So that is my life. It's to-do lists, weather reports, and a frozen farm. But then there is of course this blog, and the vlog channel, and other responsibilities such as teaching TKD again (which I have been on sabbatical from for months due to things being too tight for martial arts travel and classes), other organizations and groups, and the social entropy that is missing out on dinner invitations or dates due to nights too cold to let the house go without a strong fire. It should be no surprise to hear I am fighting a cold right now, either. Running amok doesn't lend itself to the best self care.

I am kind of grateful for a home that needs such tending. As much as I am running around chasing my tail, I am forced to just sit down at night. Which is why I was able to catch up on all the internet talk about New Jersey and this storm, check my local weather, and let out a sigh of relief. There is so much going on a huge storm would be, well, exactly that.

I'll take the reprieve.

10 Comments:

Blogger Sharon said...

Hi Jenna, I am happy to see that you are doing OK....but of course, very overworked! Whenever it happens to me, I get into survival mode, and remember that I am very blessed. Take care of yourself, get enough sleep and nourishing food. Hug those pets, and talk to a friend for a short time daily. You are strong and will get thru this rough time. I hope that the storm will not be horrible for you. I am on the west coast, and see the news and forecasts for the east coast. Stay Warm!

January 21, 2016 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Harmony Hill said...

Your life and lifestyle is rich and full and jammed with free choice. Then again, there are all those unexpected results and responsibilities that living with a lot of live as well as mechanical things brings. You've got a lot of plates spinning at once. Only you know which to keep going and which may be better put aside for a time to give some relief. Always wishing the best for you and the farm proper.

January 22, 2016 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Tina Marie said...

NEW TO YOUR BLOG AND TRYING TO CATCH UP. I WANTED TO SAY. . GREETINGS FROM RURAL WISCONSIN, HOME OF SKY HIGH CORNFIELDS, COWS, FARMHOUSE'S ..AND VERY COLD WEATHER. UGH~ IN THE -DEGREES . WE JUST GOT OUT OF, AND YES. NOW IT FEELS A LOT WARMER. BUT I'M USUALLY COLD ALL THE TIME. WITH TWO DOGS, AN OLD FARMHOUSE. ( DREAMING OF MY FARMETTE)
HAVING A RURAL PAPER ROUTE AND LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE. Busy Busy &.. LOVE READING YOUR BLOG AND HOPE ALL IS WELL. HUGS.
TINA
lavintagefarmhouse.blogspot.com

January 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger hnc78 said...

Girl, you are my multi-tasking heroine! And you've got lotsa love coming to you from me and my girls in southern AR. You are an amazing farmer and a generous woman to share all the experiences you're having. Take all the time you need for YOU too!

January 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM  
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January 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Go, Jenna, go! You can do it! Do keep a little bit of Jenna-time in your schedule. It would do no good to burn out when you have come so far.The climb has seemed all uphill around here as well, but the days are getting longer and we will be planting spring seeds before we know it.

January 22, 2016 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Molson said...

Jenna, never give up, it is all worth it!!!!!!!

January 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you're well. Telecommuting is such a blessing! Stay warm.

January 22, 2016 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Stay warm Jenna! All of this is part of what makes life worth while and the end of day evenings so wonderful.

January 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

So true of any homesteader that we balance work and farm/homestead life. Hard to live w/o that paycheck:) Heading in to work myself this Sunday reminding myself to be grateful for the the blessing of a job and the ability to do it. Stay warm

January 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM  

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