Weekend Coffee Share – Home Town

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How about some strong, black coffee this Friday morning? Are you ready for the weekend? How is your week? It’s been a super awesome week here. (How could it possibly be anything else after last weekend?)

I went to a concert with my favorite country-western artist, Corb Lund, this Wednesday. I had high expectations, since I love his contemporary country music a lot, but it was even better live. It was just awesome. I posted some photos from the concert here. I don’t exactly spend a lot of time in downtown Las Vegas, even though I live only minutes away. On my free-time I usually drive in any other direction, but down town. Standing there at the concert I realized that there’s actually some things I should take more advantage of, while living here. Like going to more good concerts, and horse events (the concert was part of a pre-rodeo party.)

I read a post by a fellow blogger earlier this week, it was about her home town Sacramento (CA.) It made me think about my home town. What town is my home town? Is it the town where I was born, and where my family comes from? That I left when I was 4 years old..or is it the ski resort where I grew up? Is it where I went to college? University? Or is it any of the places I’ve lived at? Is it my current city?

I’m kind of thinking of the western states, NV mostly, but also AZ, and CA as my home. Not any of the towns in particular, but more the amazing nature I like to spend time in, the mountains, the oceans of sweet smelling sage brush etc. But my hometown? That’s a tricky one, having lived a nomadic lifestyle most of my adult life, (with a fair amount of traveling and moving as a child as well.) Where is your home town? Is it the city you currently live in? Or somewhere else?

My family’s origin is from Dalarna, Sweden. I haven’t written much about that, so I’ll go with that in this post. Both my parents where born there, and their parents, and their parents, and their parents..for hundreds of years. (Vikings, hence the blog title.) Dalarna is a region, a little below the middle of Sweden. The most common symbol for the region, the Dala Horse, is now a symbol for all of Sweden. The origin of this wooden horse is near Mora, the town where I was born.

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I think it’s a beautiful symbol. I was surrounded by dala horses as a kid, in all shapes and sizes. Some of the collective horses today is worth a lot of money. The province of Dalarna gets a lot of snow in the winter. The area has many beautiful lakes, and forests. The forest industry have been essential to the province throughout the centuries. The dala horse likely came to be when wood cutters had to spend long periods of time during the winter away from their families, passing time carving these horses for their children, to give them as gift upon their return.

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I have one with me all the time, on my left arm. A tourist that visit this region in Sweden is in for a treat, no matter the season. It’s extremely beautiful, clean, and lots of nature areas to explore. There are bears in the woods. Wolves on some places. Lots of berries to pick in the fall. The towns are spread out, and small, many of  them having main street as a walking street only, covered with cobblestones several hundred years old. My last visit was when I was pregnant with my daughter, 7 years ago. I’d love to hear about your home town!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I will read your coffee share on Sunday, I have some exploring of the western states to do before that. I have some ideas, (business in California,) but will very likely make a detour to Arizona as well. There might be some pretty horses involved. Who knows? I’ll tell you about it when I get back.

Does it start to look a lot like Christmas at your house? It does at my house. We have a beautiful tree, and the downstairs is beautifully decorated for the season. The outside of the house have a Christmas light show on display after dark. (I can’t take credit for any of it, but totally love it.)

Thank you Eclectic Alli for hosting the weekend coffee share!

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! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
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Have an awesome weekend! Please feel free to grab a refill of that coffee.

Love,

Ms Zen

Corb Lund #DowntownHoedown #LasVegas #FremontStreetExperience

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My favorite country/western artist Corb Lund from Canada, is in Las Vegas right now. He had a concert in downtown, at Freemont Street Experience today.

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He played all my favorite songs, and it was just awesome!

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Lots of happy people, enjoying some good country music.

IMG_0814I had seen all the other artist participating in this pre-rodeo party before, but not Corb. I was definitely not disappointed.

IMG_0854So much great energy. I love how his songs  sometimes are slightly controversial, without being too much. It’s the real deal country for sure.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed the concert. If you get a chance, go and see him live. I definitely want to see Corb Lund live again.

Have an awesome night!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

Toiyabe National Forest – Wild Horses and Burros

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It was my birthday yesterday. I was planning on getting out of the city, and was hoping to experience some high mountain air, see some snow and wild horses. I know.. high expectations. All my wishes came true, and then some.

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I was going to take my daughter on this adventure, but mentioned my plans, and we got company. Which was absolutely wonderful, and I didn’t have to drive myself, and could enjoy the experience even more.

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I wanted to go to Toiyabe National Forest, to the Spring Mountain area, because I knew that there’s several herds of wild horses roaming there. The chances of seeing some were pretty good. It also snowed there earlier this week 🙂 Being from the mountains in northern Sweden, I LOVE snow.

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I apologize for this photo not being crystal clear, I was shooting towards a very bright sun. I was so surprised to see this unusual friendship between a young moose and a mustang foal.

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This is right outside the small off-grid community of Cold Creek (NV.)

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I’ve always been fascinated by eyes, and how loud they speak, if we are quiet enough to listen. They really are the eye of the soul. (LOVE my new telephoto zoom lens!!)

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If I can have experiences like this, only an hour from home, I can handle living in the city a little longer. I don’t have words to describe what it does to my soul. I hope you can feel it by looking at the photos.

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My daughter enjoying lunch, with a scenic view.

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Without a doubt the best birthday so far in my life. I got so much more than all my wishes come true.

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I’ve seen plenty of wild burros these past few weeks, but haven’t had the chance to actually capture them with my camera, until last night.

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This is outside Indian Springs (NV.)

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It was a magical day, filled with joy, laughter, love, photo opportunities to die for, fresh mountain air, snow, adventure, presents, and even a homemade cake and song. When I went to bed I was filled with an feeling of immense gratitude, and love in my heart. . and thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes on social media as well. I am so thankful for each and every one of you being a part of my life.

Love,

Ms Zen