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In the big city

A gift of leavesWhen the stars align, Mark and I like to try to make our day in the big city as busy as possible so that we don't have to go back for several weeks.  Today was that day --- I met with an elected representative and sold some grape vines while Mark recorded some voices for a video he's working on. 

Once our work was done, we met back up on the street where my mother, brother, and sister live for a bit of old fashioned entertainment.  Mom and Maggie had accumulated 31 bags of leaves before the trash folks could get them --- I'd begged and pleaded that they grab some for me to compost in lieu of a Christmas present this year.  We were only able to stuff about 25 bags in the minivan, so we'll have to come back to get another load on our next town trip.  I haven't anticipated a Christmas present with such prolonged excitement since I was in grade school!
Carcassonne: The Discovery
After Mark cleaned out Mom's gutters, Joey invited us up the street to try out a new European board game.  For those of you who were raised on American games like Monopoly and Shoots and Ladders, let me be the first to tell you that board games can make for a really entertaining adult gathering.  I like middle-of-the-road games like Settlers of Catan which have enough challenging strategy to keep you coming back for dozens of games but which don't take more than an hour or so to play.  The new game --- Carcassonne:  The Discovery --- met all of my criteria and I actually happily stayed in town after dark to play.  Looks like I've found a new favorite game!

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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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