Due Date +4: Ramblings

Today, to distract myself, (’cause I don’t have a baby yet and it’s all I think about unless I keep really busy but I wore myself out by 3pm) I went over and visited the Pioneer Woman. Everyone knows who she is. She’s got a huge, wonderful blog and a ginormous following (she gets an average of 2000 comments per post. I. Cannot. Fathom. Does she read them all?). I like her blog. She can be a little, well, crass, at times. But she has beautiful photographs, and keeps it real. Those are my favorite things in a blog, and what I strive for around here. I don’t read her often simply ’cause I like to be different, and it seems everyone else reads her blog and links to her all the time.

I decided today that was a stupid reason.

My favorite thing is her writing voice. It’s so real – it’s like you’re talking to her on the phone. And she’s got a great sense of humor. That is one thing I want to copy about her – using my true voice when I blog.

Oh, I would also like to give away complete sets of Fiesta wear and $250 gift certificates, but I don’t have sponsors calling me begging me to expose their products to my ginormous readership. I’m not complaining, mind you. You guys are great, all 79 of you (oh, there’s more of you? Well, become an official follower in my sidebar and give my ego a boost, will you? I need all the distraction I can get while I wait – and wait…and wait...)

Yeah, so the ticker does appear to be going backward. Except when you click it until it says “40 weeks, 4 days so far”. Then you get an accurate picture of why I’m so desperate for diversion. Yeah, I know that a due date is aproximate, and I went 9 days late with my Boy, but I was sooo sure I’d go on my due date ’cause it was also the full moon. And I’ve had plenty of warm-up labor and I am sooo ready. But I can’t help being grateful for how good I feel and how much we get done each day we wait.

I asked myself today, “Why isn’t my house always this clean?” Cause, I’m telling you, it is spotless,  spit-shined,  perfectly polished from top to bottom (Well, I don’t go in the basement – that’s Jeremy’s territory). I mean, here’s proof that it can actually get this tidy (I had decided it was impossible before this week) – so why isn’t it?

The answer? ‘Cause normally I like to do other things besides clean my house. That is all I have done this month. I take nesting to an extreme – it is an excuse to depth clean every room in my house and finish all kinds of unfinished (or even un-begun) projects.

It’s really nice, actually, living in a house that feels like a condo. I could live like this all the time. But I wouldn’t get anything else done. And I dearly love that ‘anything else’ category – like sewing, scrapbooking, reading good books and connecting with friends – oh, and blogging. So, as in everything, you gotta find the balance.

So, to help me from being bored – why don’t you all share YOUR favorite blog or website that you like to kill time on? Or, the one place you visit when you only have 5 min. online and no new emails…

And, while your at it, tell me your favorite thing about this blog, so I can remember why I love hanging out here with you all so much. Thanks. It would make my day.

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  1. says

    I started stopping by when you were doing the wedding scrapbook, and then kept coming back to read about all the everyday adventures and crafting projects. It's very inspirational for when I have a family of my own one day!

    A place I like to visit is strawberrykoi.com – I love the fashion ideas (for mostly vintage or vintage-inspired from the 50's!) or I like to just browse on Etsy for fabulous handmade or vintage items!

    I hope that all is well – I look forward to “meeting” the new baby!

  2. says

    Love to see your projects and what you're doing with your house. Lately I've been on a research jaunt. Allen and I bought a new mattress and bed frame for our anniversary, and since we downgraded to a queen I just have to get some new sheets and a spread :D Might be the incentive in I finally needed to start quilting.

    Hmm, when I have five minutes I often go read http://www.feminagirls.com . Nancy Wilson has such a wealth of advice for women, and her daughters have a wicked sense of humor and some mad crafting skills.

  3. says

    Well… I visit you for various reasons, mostly because we are obviously in the same season of life and it makes me feel so much better to know that my adventures are so closely mirrored in your adventures. That and it saves me driving across the finger lakes to get a glimpse of what's going on in your world.

    And a favorite blog… hmmm… I read Chickens in the Road for recipes, I read This is Reverb for beautiful photographs and some nitty gritty Christianhood… and I read Edie at Life in Grace.. well I read her because she sometimes inspires me, but more or less she always stretches my stereotypes about what a Christian/homeschooler/etc. should “look like”…

    And I read PW too. for the reasons you gave. And I think she's just one of those people who are hard to dislike.

  4. anneke says

    When I have only 5 minutes online where do you think I go? Of course your blog!!! Although I don't often comment I still read your blog every day! A few of the reasons: because your my sister and I absolutely love you: because I get to see awesome pics of my niece and nephew( do you need more?): because I love your stories and the amazing and delicious foods your always cooking….love you

  5. says

    Hey! Remember me from long ago? :) I don't comment much anymore, but I'm still a faithful reader and love coming over here to see what you've been up to!

  6. says

    Your posts are SO REAL! :) That's what I love about them. No matter what it is you blog about I love reading it.
    Every blog post inspires me…

  7. says

    I am truly hoping that it's a day or two till you get to read these comments because you're busy having that baby.

    I love seeing the creative things you do in your home and life.

    When I've got 5 minutes (or when I don't, but I'm procrastinating on the computer) I enjoy http://olivespearls.typepad.com/knittersknitters/
    reading Jen at Knitters-Knitters and Jane Brocket
    http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/jane_brocket/
    Oh yes, and Knitted Bliss!
    http://www.knittedbliss.com/

    There are more blogs I love, but these three illustrate something wonderful about blogs and the internet. All three are knitters — that's how I found them. But they are three very different women (if I added you, there's be four) — different lifestyles, personalities, circumstances. But I'm blessed with our common interests and with a glimpse into a life and way of thinking that's different than mine.

  8. says

    When I'm waking up with coffee I goto my blog and visit my friends on my sidebar. The preferred order is Your blog first- I may be new to finding you but I so enjoy your blog, it takes me back to my younger days in so many ways. I think your voice in your blog is just right and you love your kids and husband, honor God, love to do all those things I so enjoyed when my kids were young.
    My second visit and through the day is Patchworktimes.com, Judy quilts, cans,cooks alot, has a grown son and chickens…she's just funny and a good teacher of quilting, canning and posts great recipies and shares meals that are great for freezing ahead of time.
    Then I visit Chickensintheroad.com ..I think you'd love her too. She lives in the deep country and makes so much by hand, and she's a writer. She is full of info. on country living and making her own cheese, candles and just about anything you can think of in the kitchen. Reminds me of the helpful baby wipes you show how to make.
    Hope you enjoy my blog suggestions, you can always come visit mine and visit anyone using the links on my sidebar.
    I pray your baby comes soon..I know how waiting can be I was due July 4 and had her the 28th..that was my 2nd. UGH.
    I look forward to your blog each day and pray for you and your family Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Martina says

    I love to read and see your delicious recipes, and I adore your sewing! I also love it here because it's so different from where I live (Germany), and still sometimes the same – it's funny when I am berry picking during the same days like you, or when you post pictures of flowers which are appearing just this moment in our garden.
    I was thinking of you when the moon was full! I hope you won't have to wait too long. Best to you and your baby!

  10. glenda says

    Honestly, when I have only 5 min online and no emails to answer, I very often come to YOUR blog because I love the inspiration! Because it uplifts, teaches and motivates me and reminds me there are still a lot of good people in the world, like YOU! I wish I had a good friend closeby. We have no family within 700 miles. I've had a hard time connecting with people in my neighborhood, because I feel like there are so many negative influences I do not want my kids around them. I know there is some good in these people too. It is just so hard when everyone around smokes, swears, drinks, parties… My kids have even picked up some bad behaviors from other kids in the area. So I am praying to find good friends closeby, and soon! I guess I'm too shy to comment very often, but please know that you are truly appreciated!

    I pray that everything goes smoothly with your delivery, I'm so happy for you!

    Haha, a thought just came to my mind about one of my own deliveries, that I should tell you it is not good to be pushing while lying back! You probably already know that, but just in case, I thought I'd mention it because it makes such a huge difference to push from a more upright position. My best wishes go out to all of you!!

  11. rahraht says

    Soo…one reason we stick around is because you ARE real. And you have cute kids. And you obviously adore and respect your husband. And you have great, practical advice. And every post is “soaked in the goodness of God”, even if you don't mention Him by name :) And….I could keep going, but I think you get the idea :)
    We're staying tuned for the baby new.

  12. rahraht says

    Soo…one reason we stick around is because you ARE real. And you have cute kids. And you obviously adore and respect your husband. And you have great, practical advice. And every post is “soaked in the goodness of God”, even if you don't mention Him by name :) And….I could keep going, but I think you get the idea :)
    We're staying tuned for the baby new.