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Time vs. money

Egyptian onionsMonday was so warm that if I lay down in front of the Egytian onion bed and looked through the green toward the sky, I could almost believe it was summer.  The chickens --- who have been craving every iota of sun for the last few months --- begged me to turn their tractors around so that they'd have shade.  Lucy and her doggie buddy (who's visiting for the week) slipped up into the cool at the edge of the hillside.

Meanwhile, I chained myself to the computer for four hours, then could bear it no more.  Many people are greedy for more money, but I'm greedy for more time in the outdoors --- once I've paid the bills, I'm far more likely to be found in the garden than hammering down someone's door in search of more clients.  After all, don't I get more enjoyment out of an hour in the sun than I would out of working an hour and then taking us out to dinner or some other frivolity?  I prepared more garden beds to be planted today and pondered the careful balance we walk between enough time and enough money.

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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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