Thursday, December 31, 2009

one down

One down, folks. This year has come to an end. If you've been following along with this story you've watched a lot happen in just 12 months. 2009 has been the most intense year of projects, gardens, writing, and homesteading here at Cold Antler. When I think about this past May, I still get tired.

I just wanted to thank you for making my life a part of yours. Since last winter when Made From Scratch hit bookstores, this blog has grown from 100 hits a day to 2,000. It's grown from 2 blogger followers to over 400. I've hosted guests, workshops, fence building and music lessons. I've been part of people's honeymoons and weekend vacations. I've had the chance to write for websites and magazines and slowly, ever so slowly, am working towards my goal with the amazing witness of an audience to support and comfort me. You guys have gone from readers to friends, and become a part of my life. I've made relationships here and received gifts and feel like I grew a small network for when I get that farm. (Which I wil. It will just require some serious luck, saving, and more luck.) Point is, you've been amazing and have become the reason I write here. Knowing that people are checking in and keeping track, know my dogs names, and may say hello at a sheep shearing demo is why this blog exists. So I raise my mug of morning coffee to you, and with all I've got, thank you. Over and over.

I hope you stick around for 2010.


Blogger Spring Lake Farm said...

Believe me, it has been our pleasure! Here's hoping that 2010 makes all your dreams come true (or at least one great big one.)


December 31, 2009 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Best Wishes for the new year!

Thanks for sharing your courageous adventure with us.

December 31, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Running through my mind as I read your post was the theme to Cheers: "Where everybody knows your name..." You've enabled the creation a terrific network, brought folks to a meeting place of like minds. A network of support. Many thanks and best wishes for 2010!

December 31, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Thanks for sharing with us! Along the way you've inspired many folks and have many of them "cheering" you on. It never hurts to have a huge cheerleading section! Best in 2010.

December 31, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

We will be here for you in 2010. Thank you for letting us share your 2009. It's been fun!

December 31, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...

Happy New Year Jenna to you and all of the critters on Cold Antler Farm. God bless.

December 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You couldn't pry me away with a computer crash of (predicted) Y2K proportions, loss of all my bookmarks, and a new work schedule. Can't imagine what would keep me from checking in with you every day for the forseeable future.

You're kinda like the little sister I always wanted doing my dream job. I'm not jealous so much as I am invested. I really want to see you succeed big time!

December 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You couldn't pry me away with a computer crash of (predicted) Y2K proportions, loss of all my bookmarks, and a new work schedule. Can't imagine what would keep me from checking in with you every day for the forseeable future.

You're kinda like the little sister I always wanted doing my dream job. I'm not jealous so much as I am invested. I really want to see you succeed big time!

December 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Wouldn't miss it for the world. Bring on the adventures!

December 31, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Happy New Year! And we owe you a big debt of gratitude as well, for bringing us all together and keeping us inspired. Thank you!

December 31, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

You betcha!

December 31, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Oh, I will definitely be around for 2010 Jenna!! I feel much luck coming your way this coming year and I pray every day for you and your animal family. As I have said before I live through you because you are living my dream. I hope to one day have my little piece of paradise but until then I will follow you and your adventures. Keep up the good work girl...God will smile upon you!!

December 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger taylorgirl6 said...

For all the hard work that 2009 brought, I'm sure we all agree that it was worthwhile. I've truly enjoyed catching up on your adventures, and I look forward to a new year of unpredictability.

Best wishes for the new year to come.

December 31, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Tony Colella said...

And a happy, properous new year to you Jenna.

Tony in Asheville

December 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be here reading through all of 2010. You can bet on it. Wishing you and your farm family the very best in the New Year. You go, Jenna!

December 31, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The 4 harps, 3 cats, 2 gardens and I will be here cheering you on through 2010. Thanks for being such an inspiration! Happiest to you.

December 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it's time to de-lurk...
Yes, I'll stick around for the next year...
Happy New Years, from Sweden.

December 31, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Happy New Year! Can't wait to read more about ColdAntler Farm in 2010!

December 31, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Cheryl at The Cottage Times said...

Happy New Year! I look forward to reading your blogs in 2010. Peace!

December 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

I marvel at the grandness and smallness of this world and how it all comes together on the internet. It boggles my mind that we can pop into your blog, Jenna, and discover the lovely and challenging details of your life... and equally important, get a glimmer of hope for our own. My place is very far away from yours, both geographically and weather-wise, but a night or two ago, we were looking at the same beautiful full moon. This strikes me on this new year's eve as something amazing and marvelous. It warms my heart and gives me hope.

Thank you for sharing your life with us. When I squint my eyes a little bit, I can see the outline of your farm in front of that big full moon. Keep the faith, girl.

December 31, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Chestnut Farm said...

Happy New Year Jenna! And all the best to you and the wonderful adventure ahead of's been so fun reading about you, homesteading and your beautiful animals! Happy 2010!

December 31, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Rexford Moose said...

Here's to a new year, may there be more ups then downs for us all!


December 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

A big Thank You! ColdAntlerFarm became the springboard to reading other great blogs - all of which improved my life this year. (Not that it is a bad life, it's just so much better.) I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, and have often referred to it when talking with friends.

Best of luck in 2010, Jenna. There'll be more adventure on the way, I'm sure.

December 31, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger finsandfeathers said...

A BIG THANK YOU to you Jenna! All the best to you and CAF in 2010.

December 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger melinamarie said...

Your blog is still a recent find for me. I'm enjoying it so much. I'm looking forward to reading your posts in 2010. I hope the year brings you the luck and land you need.

December 31, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Mare said...

Happy New Year to You and Yours!

December 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Happy New Year everyone! It's been great getting to know you. Be safe and warm tonight.

December 31, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Happy New Year Jenna! I can't wait to see what 2010 brings for CAF.

I'll be starting mine reading Made from Scratch for the first time. I can't even begin to express how excited I am! I've been holding out for the new paperback(love that cover!)and my library didn't have it, so it's taken a long time to get my hands on it. I finally got it through an inter library loan, and the librarian thought it was so cool that she ordered 3 for the library inventory!

Thanks again for being such an inspiration. Blessings. :)

December 31, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jenna, for sharing your hopes and dreams and your world with us! You've inspired me to truly believe it can be done! :)

Happy New Year to you and all the CAF Critters- I can't wait to start into 2010 and discover day by day all the great things that await us!

December 31, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Sharon Delman said...

Best wishes for 2010! I look forward to your continued homesteading adventures. Thanks for the inspiration.

December 31, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger ThiftedBliss said...

Happy New Year Jenna! Like everyone who has commented before me I thank you for sharing your life with all of us. We are all rooting for you to fulfill your big dream, looking forward to reading all about it. Karen from CT

December 31, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

2010 is your year Jenna!! Hope you have a Happy New Year :)

Miss Ya!!

December 31, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Katou said...

You bet I'll stick aroun in 2010.

I have been reading your blog for a few months now. You are so inspiring and courageous.

I wish you and your critters the very best for 2010 and that your dream farm will come true. You deserve it so much.

Best wishes everyone from North Western Qu├ębec.

December 31, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to the new book. You inspire me and I love to hear about your adventures. Makes my day! BTW: Our farm is called:

Pursuit of Happiness Farms.....

Take Care,

December 31, 2009 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

Happy New Year, Jenna! This is more than a blog for me as well. It's a community.

In the morning, I check my e-mail, then your blog to see what you're up to. Never disappointed!

Thanks for the tutorials, the sharing, the great writing and the inspiration...

California Nancee

December 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Elsie said...

Happy New Year, Jenna! Your story has been an inspiring part of my 2009! Looking forward to whatever comes next.

December 31, 2009 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...


December 31, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Miss M.J. Ma'am said...

Happy New Year to you and all your critters!! Your dreams will be realized!

December 31, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks for bringing us along for the ride.

December 31, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Patti~~~ said...

Thank you, Jenna, for sharing your life with me. It is such a privilege and a pleasure to read about your adventures!

It is my sincere prayer that this new year, 2010, will see your beautiful dream come to fruition. You deserve it! I'll be right here cheering you on.

Blessings to you!


January 1, 2010 at 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!!!

January 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna,you are just a part of my life now--part of my family and I'm sure it will remain so. Thank you for letting us be a part of the phenomenal things you're doing. Mimi

January 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger grace-full said...

This is my very first post to anyone ever. I am 70 yrs. old and read you every day. I love your spirit and spunk and absolutely know that you will have the life you desire. thank you for sharing and let me live the end of my life through you and your dreams.

January 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Jenna...Happy New Year to You also. I so enjoy my weekly catching up with Cold Antler. You give me a chuckle like none other, and I have two little children who usually keep me in stitches.

January 2, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'll stick around, all right! It's like having a letter from a friend, every time I read one of your posts. Best wishes.

January 2, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger panthercreekcottage said...

Blessings for a great New Year. Keep warm and keep sharing.

January 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger panthercreekcottage said...

Blessings for a great New Year. Stay warm and keep sharing.

January 2, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Gray Skies said...

Jenna, you rock! I started following your blog for the last few months of 2009, and you can bet that I'll be following it for all of 2010!

January 3, 2010 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It has been a pleasure to share your life at Cold Antler Farm this past year. Looking forward to 2010!

January 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

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