Thursday, May 28, 2009

loft of these hills

I'm a homebody. I like the comfort of this place. Outside a blustery wind and cooler-than-normal temperatures have all the houses in the hollow pumping woodsmoke. It's almost as if Autumn stopped by uninvited and we all welcomed him inside for the evening. I am enjoying his company along with a cup of tea, a book, and a favorite sweater. He is always welcome. Always.

Here on the mountain in my little three-room cabin there's a fire roaring. Candles light up dark corners and my dogs are asleep in the other room. On the other side of that door my sheep, goat, birds and bunnies are all resting on fresh straw with full stomaches. Knowing they are all content, makes me even more comfortable. I too had a fine meal, and after a few songs on the fiddle in front of the fireplace—I am ready for bed. Because I'm a homebody, and I'm happy to be tucked away in the highest loft of these hills.


Blogger Turtle said...

i do know what you mean, but am so enjoying our summer days right now. I am a new england girl who lived in hawaii for just over a dozen years. I would go through withdrawals at times and my neighbors would laugh as i would close the blinds, crank up the air conditioner for a day, stick a pot of soup on the stove, and bundle up with a good book, a blanket and tea and pretend it was winter outside. As i grew up in a home with just wood heat, no modern conveniences like dryers, dishwashers etc....this was quite the stretch but helped! Enjoy your visit!

May 28, 2009 at 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

feels like autumn here too - last couple of days have been rainy, damp and cool. well, cooler - never really gets hot in Anchorage.

May 29, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Juliette said...

What a wonderful post. Spring has been a bit 'unusual' for us here in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Northern CA), and as a homesteader myself I had to smile when reading your post. While I know hot weather is just ahead, a cozy cool day and evening were very welcome here today. Looking forward to cozy sheets!

May 29, 2009 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

So evocative,I adore Autumn :o) my little hamlet is in a hollow too,its lovely to look out from my attic room wndow & see wood smoke plumes coiling up sky bound,the smell of it is heaven sent I swear :o)
Bets are on here in good old Blighty for a belter of a summer,we had a hard long Winter,very nice indeed it was :o) & already this year its been proper seasons again,a cool bright spring & now warming up every day.No rain thought :oS I reckon we are in for a drought which makes all the water in the butts so precious.
Even on these long summer evenings theres a little part of me peeping over her shoulder to see if Autumns coming up behind me :o)
GTM x x x

May 29, 2009 at 3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the cooler days and nights of autumn have a place in my heart, though I will enjoy harvest time in my garden.

My fiddle and book arrived via post yesterday. I was bouncing off the walls. My cat buried his head (and ears) under his paws: "Oh, no!!!"

May 29, 2009 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Little Ant said...

I am a homebody too, though my kids prefer to call me a hermit. LOL. Its all good. I find a level of contentment curled up in my cozy, familiar home that I will never find in bustling shopping malls or claustrophobic restaurants.

May 29, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Alicia! congrats!

May 29, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Sarah Sanders said...

Jenna, I just had to let you know - I borrowed your book, "Made from Scratch" from my local library and I inhaled - INHALED it in a day and a half! I read it cover to cover during my children's naptimes and while they were in bed at night. (already reading it through again!!) Your story inspires me to do what I can where I can. We live in a mid-sized city and this Spring has been my first to put in three raised-bed gardens, a rain barrel complete with a few goldfish and just yesterday (fueled with inspiration from your book!) I sewed up my very first skirt - a cute layered creation. It turned out pretty darn sweet, if I do say so myself! ;o) With five children running around the house and laundry on the line, and bread in the oven, I tip my hat to you - you are living a life I someday long to live with my family. But for now, you have ever-so gently reminded me that we can do our best to live as self-sufficiently as possible - no matter where we call home right now. Thanks for the great read - Made from Scratch is at the top of my "favorite books" list right now - and thanks for a fabulous blog to live vicariously through!
In southern Minnesota,

May 29, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Jeana. Great post. Autumn seems to be visiting the South Plains of Texas as well.

Enjoyed your book immensely. Hot coffee cheers to you and your brood.


May 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you on this. I too, am Hobbitlike in nature :)

May 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Local Nourishment said...

I love cocooning. I love autumn. I love fireplaces, candles, blankets and books. This post pretty much sums up what my corner of heaven would look like.

May 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Fiddle book arrived yesterday and UPS says my fiddle is "out for delivery" and should be there when I get home from work. Woo hoo! Maybe I should stop on the way home and buy earplugs for the fam. :)

May 29, 2009 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

No fall weather in Northern California for me. It's been really hot (in the 90's) here. I could use some cool weather about now. But the good news is that the hot weather has got the tomatoes growing like crazy and the pole beans are starting to climb!

May 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

No autumn here, I'm afraid. Just the promise of a long, hot summer. We won't see autumn until mid-October. Oh well.

Book and CD arrived yesterday, still awaiting the fiddle, which should be Monday. Too bad - I had hoped to have the weekend to noodle around on it.

May 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Whenever my husband and I take vacations we always go north to northern NY or east to New England. No going south for us. I look forward to the summer months but toward the end of August I just want to start wearing comfy sweaters, making soups and other comfort foods.

May 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna--you have just described my absolutely perfect evening. I was born in December, in a blizzard, and I've always loved cold weather and definitely fall. I like summer for the veggies and flowers, but can't wait for autumn and winter. I love the smell of wood smoke even more than perfume. I live in the country, but our closest little town just voted down allowing people in town to have chickens. That's just so sad. I hope they keep fighting til they get the right. Isn't it strange, we are a rural area, yet they won't allow chickens in town and some really big cities are fine with it. Just goes to show how quirky people can be. Mimi

May 29, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Arwen said...

I'm also a homebody who loves to pudder around the house. I just put in my first garden in the first of 2 4x4 raised beds. What a incredible feeling of self-sufficency to put in tomatoes and broccoli for starters! It's been cool and rainy here in my little corner of Wisconsin. I have a fake fireplace that doesn't have the ' workings' anymore, but I place a tealight in a secure holder and set that on top a 3 blocks of Irish peat I bought years ago a Irish Fest in Milwaukee. I can almost smell the peat fires I sat in front of in Ireland...Thank you for your posts and your wonderful book.. it's been a wonderful source to glean ides from from my little place I call Clare Cottage.

May 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I am a fairly new blog reader...does this post mean that you have no electricity? I know it gets cold there.

May 29, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Sounds perfect!

May 29, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Nancy - I have electricity.

May 30, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Beegirl said...

Sounds perfectly wonderful. I agree, there is nothing better than enjoying your time at home! Have a great weekend!

May 31, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Anonymous ANTHONY SHIMPS said...

Happiness is a Swedish sunset -- it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.Yours is a wonderful blog! Nice Post!

June 2, 2009 at 3:40 AM  

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