One of the things I look forward to when I get in bed is reading blogs that I’ve subscribed to because I liked them. I intentionally go to bed early because I know I’m going to spend thirty minutes to an hour reading other peoples’ writing.

Now I’m not a person who likes to read fiction. It usually takes me months to finish one, if it gets finished at all. On spring break, I finished one whole book on my phone in one day. It surprised the heck out of me, so much that I bragged about it to a few of my close friends. I do like to read, usually professional journals about math or teaching.

However, I absolutley LOVE reading personal blogs. I follow quite a few and even though I don’t personally know these people…their blogs make me smile or give a mental “hhhmm.” I thought I’d share of few of my favorite. You might even get hooked and enjoy reading them with me.

My outright favorite is called The Kitchen’s Garden. She has over 12,000 followers, so I’m not alone. ( She writes daily about her life which includes her love of her cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and what is happening on her Illinois farm. She’s actually from New Zealand. Don’t skip reading about her “Cast” on her homepage and their philosophy. I wish I lived with this lady and she doesn’t even know it. Cecilia has an Airbnb mini apartment on her farm and if I’m ever near Kempton, Illiniois, I’m going to stay on that farm.

From The Kitchen’s Garden blog

Another blog I love following (along with a thousand other people) is National Parks With T. ( I honestly don’t know how this person travels to all of these parks. I’m so in awe of her. Her pictures are beautiful and the information is very helpful. It’ll make you want to go traveling! The National Parks and State Land is listed by states, so if you’re traveling through a state and want to see what’s available, her site is a wonderful resource for parks, places to eat, and things to do. I’m hooked!

Grinelle Lake in Glacier National Park from the blog

A blog I read regulary is The Clampetts. ( Their name isn’t really the Clampetts, but the retired wife and husband live in rural New Hampshire and she writes about the smallest details of their daily life. She doesn’t post pictures. Honetly, she just makes me laugh. It’s alot like listening to an aunt tell a story. I do enjoy it.

I do follow some grief blogs where people who have suffered loss, write about it. I feel connected to them. I have two favorites. One is Grief to Life ( about a Joni, a young widow who is very honest about how life feels after the loss of her husband and raising her kids without him. I like her message of living life with a purpose.

Another widow I follow is A Widow’s Walk. ( She’s an older widow, so I think I identify myself with her more. Both women have wisdom to share about grief and living life after loss.

One blog that’s mainly pictures is Ephemeral New York. ( Since I visit Cam often, love architecture and old buildings, this one fascinates me and I don’t have to give it much thought when checking it out. It’s about old business and homes in NYC and the signs that they left behind and some history about them.

Another fascinating blog I follow is called Architectural Afterlife. ( This man is interesting. He goes in mostly abandoned places and takes pictures. He’s keeping history alive through imagery and updates about the places. This one has ads, so it’s a bit annoying, but the places are so sadly beautiful.

An airplane Graveyard from the blog

I’ll end with this last one that I haven’t been following very long, but he’s interesting. I’m having a hard time understanding what he’s talking about quite a bit, but it is getting better.

Walking Talking ( is written from a man named Kev living in Glasgow, Scotland, which is why he’s hard to decipher for me…an American. His posts are full of where he visits and his likes. He has different catagories and I’m enjoying them all. My favorite is his “Streets of Glasgow,” which is full of pictures and information as if I’m walking along with him. I like his musing and I’m going to keep reading him!

There are so many people with beautiful voices that share their stories and love of writing. I just wanted to share some of my favorites. Happy reading.