Wednesday, February 10, 2010

folks and orchards

My folks are coming up for the weekend, and I've never been more excited to see them. I'm proud to show them what may be in store for their daughter. I want them to see what all the livestock and writing and weird phone calls about poultry in the bathroom or sheep in the back seat were leading up too. I want to take them around Washington County and maybe grab lunch in Saratoga. They'll see the house, of course, and I'm sure they'll have endless questions parents are obligated to ask. I feel prepared to answer them all.

I am very interested in my mother's opinion of the farmhouse. Her gut feeling about the place won't have me throwing money on the barrel head or bolting from the contract, but it does matter. She's intuitive about places and has high standards. If she walks around the house and has a good feeling about it, it will mean a lot to me. It's not that I want her to be impressed, farms aren't exactly her style, but I want her to understand it and consider it good for me. And my Dad's thoughts on the place are just as important. He'll want to walk around and rap on wooded walls and ask me about the oil tank and wood stove. He'll ask about the farm layout and want to see the orchard. He's a huge fan of apples, him. He'll want to see what will be creating future pies and cakes. I miss them all the time.

My folks called from Palmerton to tell me that over 18 inches is weighing down the pines in the backyard. Here in Vermont, we never got the snow predicted. You can see grass and green moss everywhere, and it was above freezing today. Might as well have been late March, for the weather. The horses at the farm across the road from Wayside seemed to leap in pre-spring joy. I didn't have the heart to tell them we may still get nailed with snow yet.

Good news: back in the truck again tomorrow.


Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

I'm sure your parents will approve Jenna.

February 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Bob West said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;

February 10, 2010 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good luck this weekend..Im sending you the bagel recipe in your email in case you want to make them for the rents!!

February 10, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I have a daughter just about your age and I can tell you as a parent - all we want is for you to be happy. What ever that is and where ever that takes you - happy, that's it. Oh, and call home as often as you can.

February 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I still ask my parents' advice whenever I'm making a big decision. Somehow, it just makes me feel more settled to know that Dad has kicked the tires or Mom has said, "I think this is right for you." Smart girl!

February 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Maurizio Helmut said...

Oh yeah I know what you mean...the last place my parents bought was number 32 on the list of 35 all of which were seen in 2 weeks! crazy huh? well no matter what they say if it fits you they will be happy for you I'm sure!

February 10, 2010 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

Your writing always makes me feel like I'm along for the journey even though I live in So California suburbia. I love that your parents are coming and that it matters to you what they think. Enjoy your weekend!

February 11, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Chicky said...

Good luck with the parents! My parents are still very involved with my life...even at age 26. I welcome it, although at times I find myself quietly wishing for less "parental" involvement. But I much prefer to know they care & love so much for their daughter; they'll be parents to me even when I'm reaching middle-age. :) We've had a similar "winter" here in WY - not nearly as much snow as usual & frankly, I'm not happy about it. We've had very cold temps, but not the beautiful soft, fluffy, deep snow coverage I so love. We'll get a small dump & then it will warm up, leaving everything mushy & slushy. We're far behind our usual snow pack & need much much more to ensure enough moisture for summer. The past couple years we've seen our "winter" move to "spring," so it's likely our big dumps are yet to come. Kinda screws up everyone's time clock - my dog is already starting to shed her undercoat! I try to tell her to wait, as I'm sure winter is not over yet, but she doesn't want to listen & instead spreads the hair all over the house. :)

February 11, 2010 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

I think it really helps (both them and us) when our parents can see why we made a decision to not be nearer to them. I live about 1,200 miles from one parent and about 1,500 miles from the other. I lived out here for several years and stubbornly refused to go home because I wanted them to come here and see this beautiful place. My dad came up a few years ago but my mom didn't come up until last year. Now she wishes she could live here too.

February 11, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

When you're walking around showing you parents the farm, take some photos! We want to see what you see. We're like that Verizon commercial; you walking along, with a crowd of people behind you :-)

February 11, 2010 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

At 46 years old my Dad's opinion on things like land and constuction are extremely important. You want a second set of eyes that you trust. I hope you have an amazing visit with your parents. I know they must be incredibly proud of you.
Keep us posted, I liked the comment about us being like the Verizon crowd walking behind you.
It has to be a great feeling knowing you have so many good vibes being sent out into the universe on your behalf.
I have to thank you for sharing the ups and downs of this journey you are on.

February 11, 2010 at 5:23 AM  
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February 11, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I'm glad they're coming up. Neither my hubby or I really have the support of our parents and they don't really care what we do. I'm hoping to be a better parent that that. It's good to know it does actually exist in the world.

February 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
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February 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Parents are so funny sometimes. You just gotta love them. My husband and I recently put an offer on a house and the first question my dad had for me when I told him about it was, "Well, how much does it cost to heat it?" A completely valid question, that, but it made me chuckle. Good luck with weekend, Jenna! Have a great time with your folks.

February 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger melinamarie said...

Have a great time with your parents. Lunch in Saratoga sounds like a wonderful idea. This weekend we are showing a potential place to my in laws. So I know how you are feeling.

February 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger nancmcp said...

Lisa, what a great visual, the Verizon commercial - that is us!

February 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger E said...

Farm financing idea:
They dreamed of owning land and saved up to do so, but their cash flow was low, so they hit upon the idea of printing up 1,000 bonds at twenty dollars apiece, redeemable at twenty-five dollars. They would buy back the bonds as they were able, selected at random. This scheme found favor among friends and family, and so they began the search for that first homestead.

These folks did it

February 11, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger mommypie said...

I got your Mess of Hens picture today--they look even better in person! Thanks so much.

February 11, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

My parents are the same way too. Few years ago, when I started raising bees and earthworms my dad thought I was full of s---. They are slowly started to support me now. Sometimes they are pain in my ass. But I still love them.

Have fun with your parents this weekend. Down here in Harrisburg, I have at least another foot of snow.

February 11, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

Have fun in Saratoga, you'll be in my neighborhood! Max London's is my absolute most favorite restaurant. It never disappoints. The Local is also great, especially for brunch.

February 11, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have a great time with your folks! I'm sure they'll think the farm is your place.

February 11, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger A Brit in Tennessee said...

My heart is happy for you...
I'm sure your parents will be so proud of your farm, your determination, your hard work.
You have created a wonderful home, of your own standards, with your own dreams, and ambitions.
I hope to follow along...

February 11, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Have a fantastic weekend with your parents!

February 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

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