It bursts with every bite!

Jan 13th:

Jan 14th:

Jan 15th:
If there’s anything I’ve been wanting lately it’s FRUIT. Not just any fruit, but juicy and preferably citrus fruit. Grapefruit in particular. I think this may be my first craving throughout this entire thing. I hate it too because it’s so NOT local or sustainable for me to be having lots of citrus this time of year, or any time of year really. But yum. Oh yum. So odd, I haven’t wanted anything special really, and I attributed that to a very balanced and conscientious diet, but perhaps the winter has gotten to me and so I’m craving freshness.

Jan 16th:
My new books! On the bottom is the very exciting and long-awaited Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. It is everything I thought it would be and more. I think this book mostly excites me because it’s all of the research I tried to do in the past two years of gardening, but haven’t been able to comprehensively apply it. Basically it’s everything I need in one place. What each veggie needs, what to plant nearby, what pests/disease might affect it and how to naturally combat it, etc. I’m so excited to start planning for spring.
The next is a book I know very little about, but was a gift from my sister today. It’s apparently going to help save the world, so I’m looking forward to it. She’s so excited by this author that she is tempted to only give his books as presents from now on. She has excellent taste, and I’m certainly overdue for a little world-saving inspiration.
The last book is one that the lovely

 gave to me when she was briefly in town last week. It’s all about green ways to clean your home. I have always wanted to do more research in this area, but haven’t really gotten past the fact that baking soda really does everything. This is sure to enlighten me further. What’s really cool about it though, aside from being filled with love, is that it’s waterproof. I’m tempted to drop it in the sink just to test it. It seems just like a normal book.

I’m such a granola-head.

I’m seeing my midwife once a week now. I’m in the home stretch. Only four more weeks until due date, and only a week until I’m considered “full term”, which to my understanding just means that I can safely give birth now and my baby won’t be premature. This is so WILD. At work they keep talking about making bets about whether or not it’s a boy or girl, but what’s funny is that everyone there thinks it’s a boy. So basically everyone wins or no one at all. At this point I think it would be hilarious if baby is a girl. So far the only guess for girl goes to my brother. That’s IT. I still have no clue, and I’ve had dreams about both genders. I think it’ll be so fun to hear “It’s a ___!” when it does happen.
I’m measuring right on, and I’m not tired of being pregnant yet, although people all seem to be expecting me to get sick of it any second. I’m determined to take my time and enjoy these last few weeks. I will only have them once.

Random note- I think it’s unhealthy to constantly think about buying things. My coworkers tend to talk about this incessantly. It’s only recently become irritating to me, but man is it something else. Everyday it’s just clothes and shoes and stuff stuff stuff. Also diets and blahbetty blah. Perhaps I am secretly threatened by them. Maybe I’m jealous that I can only afford to go to the thriftiest of thrift stores twice a year to get new clothes, but from what I can tell I’m damn grateful to not feel the need to… well, need everything all the time. I’m not saying that wanting to look nice or have new things is a bad inclination. I guess I just think that it gets to the point where it’s like you can’t stop thinking of what you don’t have. I can’t be a participant. I got this great embroidered piece of art this year for Christmas (it’s hanging next to the butterfly clock) that says “Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have.” I think that this is the way to be.

Oh, I just found out I might have jury duty. How bizarre. I sort of don’t feel equipped to wield the hand of justice.

I think it might be grapefruit time.

Comments (16)

  1. csgraham

    Your probably right. It is unhealthy to think about buying things. I think it gives you anus aids or something.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      You are a strange person. Yep… I thought there was more, but that’s all.

  2. norwaygranny

    I think you just have the nesting instinct – collecting things because you have a baby coming. It’s quite common.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Oh I totally do- is this in reference to what I was saying about buying things? I meant other people- I am actually annoyed by the fact that it consumes so much of their brain space. I don’t really like shopping, and I especially don’t like talking about shopping.
      You have raised a good point though in the sense that I have been collecting things too lately, and it’s the same sort of thing. Maybe I should cut them a break and not be so annoyed!
      You should post! I want to learn more about you!

      1. norwaygranny

        Me – I’m a 64 year old woman. I have 3 grown children, 2 grandchildren who are easily the most wonderful little people in the whole entire world. We lost our first child to cancer when he was 6. I found my faith at that time. I am a Christian, but I hate religious arguments. I did electrical assembly for years.
        I graduated from college with majors in Spanish and El Ed. when I was 50 years old. I enjoyed teaching for a while, mostly subbing. I love cooking, and
        painting watercolor portraits. My husband and I live out in the country with 2 very spoiled German Shepards. We used to have a huge vegetable garden, but all our garden weeders got big and went to college. So, now we buy our veg. from CUB.
        My husband and I have had various health issues that keep us a bit limited in what we can do – but we have a social life with our local church of very sweet people. I get on the LJ when my watercolor paper needs to dry out. So, that’s a start on just who I am. I enjoy young people very much! – a left over from teaching. Blessings to you, Sara Pederson

        1. Gracie (Post author)

          That was so fun to read! This is exactly why I like LJ, our paths wouldn’t have crossed otherwise. It sounds like you have had quite a journey- filled with stories and love and people and vegetables! I look forward to reading more about you. I would also love to see pictures of your doggies!
          I used to do lots of painting and drawing, but I haven’t been recently. I hope I can rekindle that fire. Perhaps you can inspire me!

          1. norwaygranny

            I think the easiest way to get back into art is with a pad of drawing paper and a pencil – whenever you have a moment when you are waiting for something – like in a doctor’s office – get out the art pad and start sketching – whatever interests you. It will make that waiting easier.

          2. Gracie (Post author)

            I’ll try that! I have some small sketch pads too that would be perfect to carry around with me. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. unicorntapestry

    1. Oh my goodness! You gave me a Chinese lantern just like 365 Jan 14! Unfortunately, it died while at college…
    2. I think it’s so cool your waiting ’til birth to find out the sex of the baby. You are the awesome.
    3. When I visit MI, we should go to Value Village together! Or Value World or whatever it is they call it. I used to hate that place because EVERY year we visited Michigan, my mother made us all go there, and we’d basically buy our entire wardrobe for the next year. And I was always like, “I could be spending time with Grace right now!” Ah youth, how little they appreciate thriftiness.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Hooray! Yes I think I would enjoy going thrift shopping with you. Besides, I’ll probably need clothes for the kiddo at that point. Yay we’ll get to drag our own kids through thrift stores! Mwahahaha!
      I forgot how I got that lantern- it must’ve been our FRIENDSHIP LANTERN!!!

    2. stupidfool

      i agree with #2. i hardly know anybody who waits to find out any more, but i think it’s really awesome and i bet it will make the birth so much more exciting for you… and plus, i DO know people whose doctors have told them wrong!

      1. Gracie (Post author)

        Haha, what a funny surprise that must’ve been for them! It really wasn’t hard at all to not find out- especially going the route that we’ve gone with the midwife and homebirth and stuff. Besides, I feel funny about gendering a baby that I haven’t even met yet. I like to think of it as a little new soul. I think I will keep it a surprise for future kids as well- it’ll be fun!

  4. lilpeace

    It’s true, I’m basically in love with him (Derrick Jensen, that is). I just have never read writing that blunt and honest that basically says “Ok let’s actually say what’s for real and what we’ve been thinking and stop fucking around.” And he backs it up with all sorts of information from other sources, which helps, although I’m sold on his language alone.

    He is a true revolutionary in our generation. One of the few.

    And GRAPEFRUIT. Oh man. I love grapefruit. And I’ve been craving it too. I’m almost thinking I need to move somewhere where I can eat more fruit because Michigan winter SUCKS in terms of fresh food. I mean, I like beets and potatoes and carrots and other such root veggies, but I want me some JUICY RED GRAPEFRUIT.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Oh man, it’s so frikkin delicious. Tisha just gave me 6 kiwis too. I wouldn’t have bought them myself, but these are ok right? Kiwi casualties are ok yes? Oh man, we’re gonna have to give some serious thought on how to fill the fruit void in the winter. I think we can go to the orchard a bunch (cherries, pears, apples, stone fruit, etc) and just go completely wild with canning them. I have that pressure cooker so I think we could do it! I am also seriously missing GREEN things so our chest freezer is gonna be so great for next year. Start making lists now.

  5. pithy_epigrams

    I’m glad you like the book. It’s funny you mentioned grapefruit, because it’s something I always crave too. It doesn’t mix well with my medication and I always want it! (And I sometimes do. So there.) I’m glad you are feeling well. Enjoy your last few weeks!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Oh I totally love it!

      Grapefruit actually reacts strangely with your meds? That’s so strange! We can have some when you come to visit again!


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