Monday, February 15, 2016

Hard as a Drum

This photo was taken from the top of my wood stove (which I call the Hob) looking down at the bench. The dragon is the cast iron steamer that sits on top of it, and smoke rises from its flared nostrils. It was a gift from a reader, and I adore it so much. There in the background is the cold -12 degree morning, a cup of coffee, a candle on a little altar with special jewelry, the little pignose amp for my electric fiddle, books, rifles, bows, spinning wheel, and a fake lion head. It's just a snapshot of a corner of a life. But it shows the odd mix of fire, music, fight, craft, myth and spirit in this life. I wanted to share it.

Another cold one this morning but the farm presses on. Last night the Hoffs came over for Game Night (which was postponed from Saturday night) and we ate stew and chili and enjoyed a game of Elder Sign (which we lost, but had fun losing together!) and drank a little wine and stayed warm in this house while the cold blasted outside. It is nights like this I love most. Warm and well fed and a little tipsy by firelight. Surrounded with friends and conversation and the joy of clever, nerdy, games that require us to work as a team. No one pulled out their cell phones. No one sat and stared at a TV. We sat around a table, eating, drinking, talking, and enjoying some Lovecraftian Roleplaying in a Victorian museum while we fought and old God and lost. You'll have this.

The art of asking, I am floored. Thanks to my post earlier this week I have been granted purchase of logos and pork, chickens, lamb, and workshops. In fact it is only Monday and I have earned enough to mail out the first mortgage payment of the two owed ASAP!  Even with those two sent the farm isn't caught up, but a lot closer. One more and this farm hits another milestone towards solvency. I am damn grateful, for your support and encouragement. Thank you. To receive an email about ideas for the farm, or a donation, or a kind comment, or a vlog message - these things are not empty gestures. They tell me that strangers are friends, just ones I have yet to meet.

The high will be 25 degrees today. What a change from the -18 yesterday morning! 50 degrees and rain tomorrow as I travel south in my pickup to get the meat from 2 pigs for the first share outs to the co-owners. I love that feeling. I love handing the box of a promise kept and knowing that meals will be shared because of a few months of sweat and stories on this farm.

Spring preparations start soon. I have seeds to order, chicks to order, and bee hive pieces to put together. (bees are already ordered). Soon there will be earth to till, a horse to saddle and ride up a muddy hillside, and maybe even some new financial ideas like boarding a pony for a friend. Merlin could use the company, why not get paid for it?

I feel so strong this week, after this cold storm. I feel brave and proud and powerful. It makes me want to eat less, run farther, read more, smile and sing. Winter's bottom has been hit now, hard as a drum. I am still here.


Blogger Nerissa said...

I'm glad this are upticking for you. I know financial instability to wreak havoc on ones confidences & choices. You balance this well. I cant imagine that type of cold. Its a misty/drizzly 50* here in my bit of the PNW.

February 15, 2016 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Tarver said...

March on, warrior woman. Victory is nigh.

February 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Jen B-K said...

Love it. It is the hardest, coldest, darkest nights that grant us the clarity to see how perfect and wonderful our farm lives are...

February 15, 2016 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger mlmnttlkr said...

I'm so glad you were able to send off those mortgage payments! Not being able to pay for the roof over your head is scary. Even here in suburban PA we had issues yesterday morning with a frozen pipe so I'm glad you made it through the cold well.

February 15, 2016 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the dragon and your picture. I'm really enjoying your posts.

February 15, 2016 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Rock on sister

February 15, 2016 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad things are on the upswing. We had a wonderful time and it was nice letting loose and having some damn fine wine. btw...I slept great last night. lol Love ya!

February 15, 2016 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Cheering from the sidelines! So happy for you!!!
We actually had a water pipe in the basement on the side of the house where our garden plot is burst. At least it was just one. Our animals were safe and sound in their barns.Round the clock vigil to make sure it stayed so. Glad your animals and you are all good.Be safe.

February 15, 2016 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Mona (back2thelandlibrarian) said...

Glad to read this week is going better and you already managed to get enough money together to make two payments - that's great! You truly are an inspirational, hard working woman. Though we have never met, your blog, books, and vlog help to keep me motivated and on track to achieving my homesteading dream. With deepest sincerity, thank you for sharing your life with us readers.

February 15, 2016 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Thanks for the encouragement! But I didn't gather the funds for 2, just one payment. Working hard to earn the same amount this week. When I catch up on these 2, this week, I will still not be caught up - but closer.

February 15, 2016 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Heather-Anne said...

WooHoo! One down! That is so very exciting. What a way to start the week. The weight that must have been lifted with that news.

February 15, 2016 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I watched the Elder Sign video and can't wait to play it with my family! I'm behind the times when it comes to table top games and appreciate any suggestions. You rock!

February 16, 2016 at 4:38 PM  

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