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Morning chores video

My sister has been doing a lot of thinking and writing about the impact of routine in her life, and that got me thinking about my own routines.  The first half hour of my "work day" is always the same --- walking Lucy and then taking care of the chickens.

Although I rarely write about it here, the morning chores are a very important part of the Walden Effect.  They clear my head and give me time to think through any thorny issues that need my attention.

Saturday, I brought the new camcorder along to document my journey.  I hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of my daily life rather than finding it boring --- if the latter, take heart that the video is less than two minutes long.

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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've read your blog for a long time. I know you only from pictures and posts. But I never expected you to have that same comforting southern lilt like my Auntie.
Comment by Fostermamas Mon Jan 18 10:01:16 2010
Thank you for reading and commenting! If you'll believe it, my accent is actually very light for this region --- folks who meet me for the first time constantly say "You're not from around here, are you?" I'm glad you find the accent comforting --- I was a bit afraid it'd be too hard for folks to understand. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Jan 18 11:21:59 2010
It was great to see your routine and I loved the accent too!!
Comment by Heather Mon Jan 18 14:51:30 2010
Thank you! I'm new to video editing, so it's always good to hear kind feedback. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Jan 18 18:16:02 2010
It's nice to hear some spoken word along with the oodles of text I've read on your blog. I've only tried to narrate one video in my life and I never really liked the way I sounded. I tried to talk normally, slowly, whatever and couldn't really come up with a sound that sounded "normal". Did you go through multiple edits trying to change the way you sounded? I guess it is the same as when one hears a recording of one's self in normal conversation... I am always surprised at what I sound like. :P
Comment by Shannon Tue Jan 19 09:16:55 2010

I know exactly what you mean. The first narration I did, I read over about ten times. Eventually, I gave up on making it sound like me (impossible, since my voice sounds very different inside my head) and settled on making it sound relatively normal. :-)

What was your narrated video about? Is it up on the web?

Comment by anna Tue Jan 19 09:48:42 2010

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