Weekend Coffee Share – Humble And Grateful

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! 

If we were having coffee today, I would have some sunny ginger orange tea, my favorite at the moment. There’s a dozen or so, different types of teas available. Or I’d be happy to make you a strong cup of dark roast, organic coffee, in my French press. What do you fancy today? 

I feel decently good, the best I’ve felt since my allergic reaction 11 days ago. I slept a full night for the first time. It was so fabulous. I’ve almost forgotten what that was like. I’m not going to complain, complaining is so boring. Let’s just say that I’m so grateful that I have an appointment for some allergy testing this coming Monday. I can’t wait to find out what this is all about, so I can move on, and get back to being myself again. Slightly more humble, and thankful. 

Having had a little extra time to think due to this latest challenge, I’ve decided to start a new type of journal. With my beautiful, intelligent daughter as intended audience. I’m going to write about every day happenings, and thoughts, but also include stories from my childhood, about relatives that no longer are with us, and anecdotes from her own childhood. I hope that maybe one day she’ll find comfort in those stories. I’ve ordered a beautiful journal that I’m going to use specifically for this. 

It’s tomato time here. I’m amazed that the plants are still alive, and thriving. There are signs of stress, yellowing, on the plants, but they are producing. We’ve had several weeks of three digit temperatures now. I’ve given my daughter a little job after breakfast every day, to harvest the cherry tomatoes from our container garden in the backyard. I think she secretly enjoys it very much, and feel proud over herself, even though she sometimes says “do I have too?”  She sure is eating a lot more vegetables when she is a part of the whole process;  planting, caring for, and harvesting. 

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Yellow Pear, and Roma Cherry Tomatoes. 

I’ve been making preparations for my daughter’s upcoming birthday next week. I can’t believe she’ll be 7 years old in a few days. I might work a little more with that this weekend (double check the cake recipe etc etc,) but mostly it will just be rest, and recovery on the schedule.

Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! How are you doing? I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂 Tell me about your weekend plans!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Family

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! 

This week started out fabulously! My favorite cousin from Sweden arrived in Las Vegas last Sunday, with her boyfriend (of 30 something years..I believe.) We met up on Sunday and had a great time, at one of the local restaurants. There was a lot of catching up to do. We hadn’t seen each other since last summer. I then lived at a ranch in northern California, and had no plan of moving anytime soon. In other words, another lifetime…. Anyways my cousin stayed at one of the hotels in town. I invited them over to our house on Monday after work. We had a lovely dinner together (I can say that even though I was the one making it, right?) It was a treat to speak Swedish (my native tongue,) two nights in a row. My cousin and her boyfriend are also horse people, and the had a new filly born three months ago, and tons of photos to show. I don’t have any family nearby, and spending time with family was great. And they are great people too 🙂 We shared lots of laughter, and stories, while making plans to see each other soon again.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? I’d love to hear about your week!

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There was something else happening this week, but I almost don’t dare to tell you. I wouldn’t want to worry you, and things are almost back to normal again. To make a long story short, I did have to see the inside of an ambulance on Tuesday morning, and spend some hours at the ER. I had some kind of allergic reaction. It’s still not 100% sure what the allergen was. I felt great waking up on Tuesday morning (thinking about working out before work,) and a couple hours later it was not so great. Everything points to too much niacin. There’s still tests to be done. The Doctor thinks that I get enough of niacin with my food, and the extra niacin provided by my regular multivitamin was just too much. I had all my vitals checked at the ER, and the Doctor said that I was the healthiest person in the room. I’m still on heavy medication from the allergic reaction, for a couple more days. I can’t drive, and my brain doesn’t work as usual, but I do feel much better. I promise. It was very scary. I can’t remember feeling alone like that in a long time. A thousand thoughts ran through my brain, about not being able to care for my daughter …my worst nightmare.

As you can imagine, the weekend is going to be mostly about getting rest, and cherish our family. I did take care of my garden this morning, that unfortunately have been severely neglected this week. I did also feel a strong urge to bake some of our favorite bread. I don’t know if it was for my own sake, or for my daughter. We both enjoy the aromas of fresh bread so much. She’s been a trooper all week.

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“The smell of good bread baking is like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight… [Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” – M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating. I agree! Baking bread from scratch is full filling in every way. This is a batch of #ryeciabatta #baking #inmykitchen right now. #homemadewithlove #fromscratch #rye #ryebread

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Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Earthquakes & Gratitude

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! 

It’s been an unusual week here, (in many ways.) In the late morning of 4th of July, I was sitting on the floor, playing a word game with the youngest boy I take care of. I start to feel a heavy pressure in my head, around 10AM (30 min before it happened.) It didn’t exactly hurt, it was more like a very intense pressure. Almost like a headache, but not. I never get headaches. The boy I’m playing with starts to fuzz for no reason, that is very unlike him. All of a sudden I get very dizzy, and the ground shakes a little. The logical side of my brain, that always try to come up with explanations, tells me that it’s probably my blood pressure that is low, making me dizzy. Except that it wasn’t. It was a 6.4 earthquake in California. Very close to where we went camping in Death Valley 6 weeks ago. The pressure in my head stayed until about 3PM that day. 

The blue dot on the map is where I am now, in Las Vegas (NV.) Not super close, but we could feel the earthquakes. The map is over the first earthquake on 4th of July, the second big one, last night, was close to the first one.

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Camping in Death Valley, close to the center of the earthquakes, a few weeks ago.

Last night when I was helping my daughter brush her teeth, the bathroom floor moves, and shakes, like in a wave. Another earthquake in southern California. This time it was a 7.1 earthquake, 5 times bigger (some sources say it was 8 times bigger,) causing injuries, fires, power outages, and cracked buildings in SoCal. My thoughts are with the people directly affected by the earthquake. I know that many people in the immediate area choose to sleep outside, feeling unsafe in their own homes (with cracked foundations.) I feel humble, and grateful. And just like last summer when I lived close to the fires in northern California, I somehow also feel guilty, for being alright, again. The possibility of more earthquakes in the area is big right now.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? 

It was a great week here, in fact, a fabulous week. I worked Mon-Fri, and that is always fun. My daughter and I went swimming in the pool several evenings. There has been a light breeze in the evenings, making it doable to be outside for a short while, even though the temperatures are in the three digits. I burned the skin under my feet a little bit, walking next to the pool without sandals. I just felt a little uncomfortable when it happened. LOL. Now it’s slightly more than uncomfortable, but not too bad. I’m planning on a relaxing day today. I have a bunch of good books that needs attention. Tomorrow I’m going to see one of my cousins, that are coming to town with her boyfriend, for a few days. I’m very excited about that. She’s a few years older than me, and I’ve always looked up to her. She is both very kind, intelligent, and funny! She visited me last year, when I lived in California as well, and we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park together. I don’t know exactly what we will do this time, but I’m sure it will include lots of good food. It usually does.  

Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen