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First snow and return home

Persimmon in the snow
It's awfully nice to visit friends and family, but when you live in the middle of nowhere without a tv or neighbors, being in the outside world is a lot like going to Disneyland --- overwhelming.  Once we cross our moat and come home, it takes two warm cats, a heavy snow, and a pot of soup boiling on the stove to return to farm mentality.

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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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I think I have the opposite problem. I have gone to visit my friends in Arkansas about a dozen times in the last couple of years, and when I return home it is like the scene in Kubrick's 2001 when Dave is in the EVA pod traveling through the star gate. My return to reality and my current life is usually a bit shocking. I came home this last time after being away for a week to immediate meetings, >1,800 emails that had been delivered in my absence, and way too much to do at home.

I've got to get to my own nook in the woods eventually.

Comment by Shannon Sun Dec 6 13:35:31 2009
Well, I'd be lying if I said that the farm didn't always have a lot of backlogged work too, but it's much more peaceful work. :-)
Comment by anna Sun Dec 6 17:28:02 2009

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