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Mind games

Dig a planting furrow
Mark and I like to play the "what's the best thing about today" game, mostly as a way of keeping positive thought at the forefront of our minds.  (Okay, I'm the only one who ever needs this mental exercise, but my long-suffering husband goes along with it because he's much happier when I'm happy.)  The game has very simple rules --- we each just have to think back on the day and figure out which part made us the happiest.

Planting beansYou would have thought that the best thing about Monday would have been signing a book contract, but my favorite part was actually sneaking in some bean, corn, basil, and squash seeds between thunderstorms.  There's nothing like rushing to plant while the first raindrops fall to get your heart racing.  Plus, I always love the first summer planting, even if it is a gamble.

Runnersup included signing the book contract, watching by flashlight with Mark as twenty male toads hollered for females in the sky pond, and watching the ducklings dabbling.  The big influx of neotropical migrants that came over the weekend and the first lightning bugs were highlights of previous days.

What kind of mind games do you play with yourself to keep your moods mellow and your days a delight?


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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When Mamas not happy nobodies happy!

There is no magic pill and happy positive thoughts are a bunch of BS. Attitude is a choice and it seems Woman love to have mood problems mostly and excuse to manipulate. I've outgrown that "game".....so I'm content with whatever comes my way rolling with the flow of life. Life is full of disappointments, and sorrow but it's how you handle them. Nothing is more important than a Man and a Woman who live without quarrel.

I do feel sorry for many Husbands out there.

Comment by Edith Wed Apr 30 15:13:33 2014
I had never thought of playing such a game. Might have to start doing that around here. Best thing about today? The awesome yard sale I just went to. And yes, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Comment by Brandy Fri May 2 09:58:54 2014





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