Friday, September 28, 2012

Bringing Home the Bacon!

If there was ever a testament to the magic in this green world, it is this small farm tucked into a mountain in foothills of the Adirondacks. I just set up the payment for my mortgage online, it will be deducted early next week. Just writing that makes me swell with calming joy. It's a bit late, but I made it.

That fine payment happened after a day of tackling my fear with constant action, but it also happened because of a little tealight beeswax candle. See, I was trying to focus on the steps to take towards meeting my goals—lost in meditation staring at the candle—when I realized perhaps the candle itself was the key?! So I emailed the people on the box, folks I met at the Mother Earth News Fair. Within a few hours I was able to sell an ad to the fine people at Scent from Nature. They sell beautiful, heavy, all natural beeswax candles I adore and meditate with here. The same candle I lit this morning lit the whole day in service to the light. If you get a chance send them a message on their site (link is over there on their ad on the right and in this post) and let them know their support keeps this place going. They signed on for six months and it was what pushed a tittering home bill over the precipice into the world of PAID!

And if that wasn't good enough news, I got kind emails from readers who need design work and logos, a few small donations, and someone who owed me for a workshop paid up as well. This makes for a night of celebration! It is raining outside but the fire is burning bright in this farmhouse! I opened the windows to let out the heat out and let in the cool winds and sounds of rain. I love this combination of indoor comfort and outside bustle. It makes the living room feel like a campsite. I cracked a hard cider and will enjoy my beef soup dinner. Life is good.

And if all that wasn't enough to celebrate, I worked out a fine barter with a local heritage pig farmer just south of Albany. Betsy will be bringing to Antlerstock a Tamworth/Glouchestshire Old Spot cross piglet from her first ever farrowing! The little barrow was a trade for her ticket to the festival and I am thrilled to have her, and the little boy, here at the farm. I best get the pig pen ready!

The day started with fear and I set it aside. I cleaned up the house, had a good shower that scrubbed away all the doubt and worries and set into a day of action. The fruits were plentiful, returned in kindness and sales and pork. I can only say that if it wasn't for this community's encouragement I am not sure I would have had the strength to push through the collar like I was. You are all my Tein Eigan, and I thank you for the flames.

Of course there are October's bills to worry about, but it isn't October tonight! So instead I am going to enjoy my dinner and my apple drink and sit deep into my chair by the fireside. Sometimes you need to rest on the journey and tonight is just that, a comfortable campsite along the road of life.

A comfortable campsite with the promise of bacon by candlelight...


Blogger Nate said...

wahoo i am happy for you. Keep it up and keep on going. A woman wide beyond her years once told me. That if you're stubborn enough you can accomplish anything!

September 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

HURRAY!!! :D :D :D I am SO happy for you, Jenna!! What wonderful news, the new sponsors sound lovely (checked their website out already!), and I am sooooo jealous of your weaner that's coming. A Tamworth/Gloucestershire? Sounds like an awesome mix! That should be a really nice carcass that's lean, but still with a decent amount of lard on it, and should definitely have a good bit of bacon on there. :)

September 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Way to go! You are a constant source of inspiration. Those candles looked great, I sent them a quick note. Enjoy your evening! Mine will be spent looking for a house with land-woohoo :)

September 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

You are faith manifest. What an inspiration.

September 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Kalee said...

Isn't it incredible how we have such tremendous power to Manifest (our own) destiny...? :) way to go sister!

September 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Lorie Hyten said...

Sheesh Jenna I so love reading your posts...I can smell the woodsmoke and rain, feel the breeze and the fire. You are such a gift to the world. Congrats and wishing you more days like this.

September 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

I love this blog. I love the way you just attack your problems and believe that things will work out - even when sometimes you worry a bit. Yay! You!

September 28, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Rusty in Miami said...

The power of positive thinking. I checked out their website and purchased a couple candles for my wife.
Keep on writing, you are amazing and will succeed

September 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

11th hour demonstrations are inevitable to those who trust in a higher power (insert your deity of choice here-God, Goddess, the Universe, etc.). So glad you had positive results today!

September 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger ThiftedBliss said...

Great post Jenna. the power of positive thinking cannot be discounted. Prayer also works! You continue to inspire with your determination to follow your calling. Enjoy the taste of fall, wish I was going to your house next week. Soon-I will make it there. Karen from CT

September 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Congrats! and keep up the positive thoughts. What a powerful day! Remember it and repeat it over and over.

September 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger SHJeffers said...

I love it, and WELL DONE! "Stay where your hands are."

September 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should get a room mate to help cover the mortgage. Having two hay burners (which do not contribute to the farm other than something else to write about and occasional heavy lifting), plus all the other animals adding to the cost, you need to get a room mate and stop buying animals, and focus on the ones you have.

September 29, 2012 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Thank you all!

And to that cranky last one: Merlin and Jasper aren't hayburners, they are part of the reason I am out here.

September 29, 2012 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I'm so happy for you, Jenna. I knew that it would work out somehow. You'll be okay now that you have the wood, food, prospects for next year & bills paid. Now you know that you can hunker down and make it through the winter. I have been clicking on the ads on your blog and will continue to do so now that I know that it generates some income for you when your readers access those ads. Enjoy your weekend ~ we're all praying for you & we'll be there to help you through the tough times.

September 29, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

To Anonymous ~ Are you sure that you have the right blog? You don't sound like an animal lover to me ~ more like you just tolerate animals. Jenna truly loves her animals and moved to this wonderful little farm so that she could be self-sufficient & would have a safe, healthy place for her animals and herself. If you love animals, you know that, if they're not raised for food, they're raised as a part of your family and you treat them as such.

September 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

God is good.

September 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Just remember what we learned from Dune:

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.[2]

September 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger SHJeffers said...

I like how in one paragraph the cranky-dude tries to knock the horses but ends up justifying their place on the farm. Jenna is a writer so if she writes about the horses, aren't they earning their keep? DUH! And what good is a roommate to a self-reliant woman unless that roommate can lift the heavy things she can't lift. Wait...What??? Sounds like cranky-dude has horse issues.

* as Tiff skips off to feed her own hay-burner *

September 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
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September 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

nothing like being self employed to teach you a new meaning for trust. Every month I have to just breathe and trust that work will come and it will be enough. After a number of years Ive also learned that the stress of worrying about it just depleats your energy to do anything about it! Better to just relax, trust it will happen and use that energy to make it happen! Good job Jenna!

September 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

Congrats, Jenna! That must have felt great.

September 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

Have you considered adding more hives to your farm as a way to make some extra cash? I know the payback time is about 1 1/2 yrs for a sginificant harvest, but the honey could be a big boost to the balance sheet.

September 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you meet Linda from Scents from Nature. She has a been a friend of mine for about ten years, we met thru sled dogs. I told her I read your blog everyday, and she needs to meet you and go to your workshop! I'm glad it worked out!

September 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

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