Weekend Coffee Share

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Another weekend, time sure fly by faster than I can blink. I don’t know where it goes. How about some coffee? How was your week? 

I’m very happy to report that we have some kind of truce in the horse pasture. Ghost have not been biting Fancy since last weekend. He is still bossy, but she doesn’t have new bite marks. Which is a great relief. I’m continuing to spend time hanging out, grooming, and doing nothing, with him every day. He had a lot of changes this year, and I believe he needs some quiet time to digest things. He is after all a young, and very sensitive horse. It seem to go in the right direction. I just need to be patience. I’ve also added more good fat to his diet, (in the shape of stable mix. It has almond hulls in it.) He do not need to gain weight, he is just perfect, but I do think it’s beneficial for his overall well being. He just gets a little bit, Fancy gets a lot more, since she needs to gain weight. I separate them when I feed them. To make sure Fancy gets her share. She is gaining weight nicely. When I work in my garden, I let her eat the grass in that area as well. You have to look very closely to see her ribs now. I like the progress very much. Her coat is also coming out of its dullness. She had rashes, and big patches missing when I bought her a month ago. I’ve given her three medicated baths since I got her. Her skin problems are gone, and her coat shines now. She is a very sweet horse, meeting me every time I enter the pasture.  

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We’ve had a comfortable week weather wise, not to hot. We even had rain one day. The garden is doing good. I’ve been doing a lot of mulching there this week, using organic matter available around the property. I read an awesome book about weedless gardening a couple years ago, and that is how I work now. It’s a lot of mulching. The plants are happy, and I do a minimum amount of weeding. The mulching serve many purposes; feeding the plants, suffocating the weed, and absorbing moister (a big thing here where it gets really hot/dry for six months out of the year.) It’s also an outlet where I use my compost (garbage,) horse manure, and the endless supply of leaves we have laying around. I can highly recommend Weedless Gardening, by Lee Reich. (I’m not an amazon affiliate, I just really like the book. It has helped me a lot. His other books are a great read as well, especially Grow Fruit Naturally.)


Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m planning on spending a lot of time outside. I’m going for at least one hike, hopefully two. The horses always need their time, and the garden need more mulching. I have a rather big garden now, it takes time. The other day I thought about what I have in my garden this year. I’m always adding new things as the season goes by, by at the moment this is what you can find in my garden; 

  • A variety of salad greens (kale, baby spinach etc.) 
  • Three varieties of tomatoes. I was just guessing about the amount of plants last week, it is actually closer to 40. Still small. 
  • Two varieties of sweet corn.
  • Eggplant
  • Squash (I believe two different kinds? The labeling got a little mixed up, with some loving help of my daughter.)
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Kitchen Herbs; basil, oregano, cilantro, lavender, sage, dill, parsley. (Will be adding more this coming week.)
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Pomegranates
  • Figs

I like having both a regular garden, and a container garden. It’s like having the best of two worlds. LOL. On my wish list is to add some citrus trees to my container garden. I’ve been drooling over different greenhouse designs this week. I love geodesic dome green houses. I could live in one of those! I know we’re just in the beginning of the gardening season, and the season is long here. I’m having so much fun, so the planning part of me naturally start to think about how I can make it last longer. I’ve had a couple greenhouses on another property I’ve lived on, but right now I don’t have one. At some point in the future, when I own my own place, I want to have a permanent one. For now I’ll probably get one that can be moved easily, later this season. I’m investing in expanding my container garden, so I need to make sure my container fruit trees doesn’t die over winter. It would be nice to be able to grow vegetables longer as well.

My daughter and I visited the new butterfly house at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, in Redding (CA,) yesterday. It was nice. My daughter liked it a lot. (Honestly, we have more butterflies in our rose garden.) We did have a fantastic day though. Picnic under the bridge, and a fun time exploring the park. She even made a new friend. She is very good at making friends. 

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Spontaneous dancing at Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge, the world’s largest sundial, Redding (CA.) Located in Turtle bay Exploration Park, the same park as the butterfly house we visited.

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I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this week! What’s the weather like? Is spring in full bloom? Or like here, almost over? Thanks for having coffee with me. As always, I enjoy the conversation, and your company very much!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

19 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

    1. I read your post, and enjoyed it, but was unable to leave a comment. Maybe you turned comments off? Or WordPress is having one of their bugs? I wish you best of luck with your surgery. I hope it goes well, and that you’ll have a speedy recovery. Hopefully your tree is still standing when you get back..just kidding! Have a great weekend!


      1. Hello again Maria, I had one other friend point out the same thing and I was not able to resolve it, because most can see the comment option and I have their comments to prove it. So, here’s what I suspect is happening. Can you tell me if you have a WordPress account? I’m thinking that while you can click on and see my posts, WordPress does not have an email contact for you so does not accept comments because it would not be able to provide a path back for a reply. My wife and I were able to demonstrate this with my daughter’s help. My wife does not do blogging so does not have a WP account, but my daughter does. Accordingly, my wife was not able to see an option to add a comment while my daughter had no issue. Am I correct? Do you have a WordPress account? If yes, I’m wrong and need to keep digging.
        Thanks again for your kind words.

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        1. I do have a WordPress account. My blog is on WordPress. I could leave comments last week, but not today. It might be just a temporary thing. People had the same issue with my blog a few weeks ago. It resolved itself without me doing anything. I’ll try leaving a comment again tomorrow.


          1. Ah-ha…
            I found the problem. The comments I thought I had were Reader conversations and this led me to verify that check box to allow comments on the page. Would have sworn I had already done that. It should work now. Thanks for letting me know.

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            1. So happy you solved the problem 🙂 I’ve been in the blogging world for 8 years, and I still learn new things almost every day. It’s a good thing, hobbies where you can’t learn new things, I usually get bored of. Have a wonderful day!


  1. Sounds like the garden is filling up – 40 tomato plants sounds like a lot! Do you can or freeze them?
    Glad to hear that Ghost is settling down and Fancy is gaining health. I hope they’ll soon be best friends. 🙂
    Your bridge photos are great perspectives, I esp. love the first one with the angles. Enjoy your weekend!
    (It’s our 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow – where did the time go? 😉 )

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    1. Happy anniversary!! 34 years, that is truly something to celebrate!

      During summer my family eats a lot of fresh tomatoes. I also make salsa (can,) and soup bases (freeze) for the winter. During winter we eat soup for lunch almost every day. If I still have tomatoes left, I trade with local farmers towards produce that I don’t have. You can find almost any fruit, vegetable, and nut within a couple hours from me. I like bartering for fresh produce. I often barter my labor for a couple hours here and there, towards part in the harvest as well. Being a single mom I had to learn how to think outside the box, to provide healthy food for my girl, especially in the beginning.

      Thank you for your most kind comment. Have a wonderful, wonderful day!


      1. Thank you very much! Went to a local plant sale this morning and came back with lots (no surprise). Out for lunch and it is raining now, so maybe I’ll get them planted tomorrow.


  2. Such good news about Ghost and Fancy… 🙂 I hope Ghost continues to adapt and they become best buds.. LOVE the bridge photo!!! I haven’t been out to CA since I was a kid. Do you have trails nearby where you can take your horses for a ride?

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    1. Thank you, it is a great relief 🙂 I would have to trailer the horses to go out on the trail. There’s hundreds of miles of trail within 20 min though. Have an awesome weekend. Thanks for sharing some coffee with me.


  3. Stunning Black and Whites. Absolutely love the textures and the lines. The contrast is spot on. Really have enjoyed reading what I have read so far. Right back at you with a follow-back. 😃

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  4. Your coffee posts always relax me. I love reading about your world, and I admit I am more than a little jealous of your gardens and horses. One day I hope to have the same, plus cows, and pigs, and dogs, and kids running about the place too. Thank you for the coffee a the beautiful escape, for just a moment, from my own life. You’re an inspiration.


    1. Thank you Lisa, I really enjoyed having coffee with you. Keep your dream alive. I’m renting my place now, and I dream about creating it on my own land. I will. One day.


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