Weekend Coffee Share 

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Good Morning, (or good day/afternoon/night?) it’s 5.30am here. I’m sitting with my first cup of coffee. I’ve actually been up for almost an hour, but just took my first sip of the black gold now.  Morning is my favorite time of the day. It’s true, it is Saturday today, but my body is so used to get up early, that it doesn’t really care about what weekday it is. A few times a year, if I’ve been up very late, or working extra hard, I sleep in until 6am. That is rare. Ghost (my horse) will expect me in about 30 min. If he doesn’t see the light come on in the feed room at 6am, he will wake up the neighbors. I wrote a post about Ghost earlier this week. 

How is your week? What’s the weather been like? We’ve enjoyed an unusual spring. We actually had a spring. Most years it goes very quickly from winter, straight to summer, with maybe a few days of spring. This year we had several pleasant weeks of actual spring weather in the 80’s (a few days in the 90’s,) and yesterday we had rain! My daughter and I enjoyed the rain very much. Rain is a treat when you live in a place that had a severe drought for many years. Hopefully the pasture can become at least a little bit green again. That would be nice. 

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My dog Gretchen loves that I spend so much time outdoors this time of the year. She is usually seen within a few feet from me.

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My daughter is helping to care for a rescue tortoise. Shelley has been living with us for a couple weeks now, so I thought I’d share a photo of her. She is a Russian Tortoise, and rather social. If she hear someone talking, she moves in that direction. I think she’s rather cute. What do you think?

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I love sitting under the twisted branches of my fig trees.

My garden is doing great, and I expect a growth spurt now after the rain. I’ve spent a lot of time mulching my garden the past two weeks. As a preparation for the heat to come. I’ve been using organic matter that I have around the property. You can see it clearly in the first photo 🙂



One funny thing happened. A few weeks ago I planted some lavender in a big container. I usually buy the plants, but this year I figure I was going to plant some seeds. I did. At least I thought I did. I bought a seed package with lavender seeds, planted them in a pot, I glued the package to the pot directly after planting it, so that I knew what I had planted in the pot. I’ve been watering the lavender, and they started to come up a few days ago. Since I never planted them from seeds before, I didn’t know what to expect. While walking in my garden the other night, I thought to myself that looks a lot like basil!  They also smelled like basil..and tasted like basil. For the first time in my life I didn’t reap what I sown…or thought that I had sown. I thought it was kind of funny. You can never have too much basil, so that’s OK. Have you ever discovered a different kind of seed in a package, than the seed you actually bought? It never happened to me before. 

I did have one other funny episode including seeds, several years ago. Not so funny when it happened. I found a seed package in the freezer, of a rental house that I just move in to. I had no clue what kind of seed it was, but decided to plant them come spring. I did. Several healthy plants came up. Not being a native Californian, I did not recognize them at first. When I understood that it was marijuana plants, I got scared, not that I’m against the use of marijuana, but I knew that back then you needed a prescription by a doctor to use, or grow, medical marijuana. I ripped the plants out and threw them away. I remember being so scared to get in trouble for it. I understand now that it’s very unlikely that anything would of happened, but I didn’t know then. I was just picturing all the trouble I would of got in where I originally come from. ..like jail time.

I’ve been contemplating wether to add citrus trees to my container garden, or not. I’ve been doing a lot of research in the matter this week. I’m still undecided. I really would like to have a variety of citrus trees, but they require a lot more extra care and water, compared to the pomegranates, and figs I have in my container garden now. I’m sure I could do it, but do I want to have trees that require that much care? I think I do, but I’m going to think a little more about it. I’ve already decided to build a greenhouse for my container trees this fall, so I do have a place to store them during winter. 

Talking about fruit trees, do you remember my experiment with different ways of cultivating fig tree cuttings? The cuttings that I started in mini greenhouses, are starting to sprout new leaves. That is a sure sign that they are growing roots.



I can’t see any growth on the cuttings I just placed in pots, without a mini greenhouse. The cuttings that I used the experimental method I found on youtube is growing an abundance of roots, so that one is really working. I tried to take a photo of what’s going on inside the plastic bottle, but it was difficult to show. I’m going to let it grow  little more, and then open it, and show you, before planting it in its own pot. 

I think I’m going to grab another cup of coffee. Do you want one? Now it’s your turn, tell me about your fun plans for the weekend. Are you having a three day weekend?



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

37 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share 

  1. Gretchen is such a beautiful dog, and from what you tell us, very loyal. Her eyes upon you is very telling!
    Cute tortoise… it came from a shelter?
    Your rooted cuttings look great. Success!
    We’re having a warm (for us) spell in the upper 80s, but rain and a cooling off is forecast. We’re not used to it yet! We need some rain. I’ve much to do in my garden, but find it hard to work in the heat. We did a bit of trail maintenance this morning, but I’ve now retreated inside to read and relax. Tomorrow is another day. 😉

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    1. Thank you! Gretchen is a wonderful dog. We went to a Police K9 demonstration today (to watch,) the dogs there did great, but nothing that Gretchen couldn’t do at least as well. I’m very proud of her. She’s a rescue as well. I got her as a 2 year old from a lady that was fostering her, she got her from animal control, but Gretchen was a little bit too much. Hard to believe today, she’s the sweetest thing. So eager to please, and the best company one could imagine. When I got her she was jumping on everyone, and pulling you behind her, if you walked her on a leash. Now I have a hard time even imagine her ever doing that.

      The tortoise is from a reptile center, that only handle rescue turtles, and tortoises. I don’t own her, but my daughter helps taking care of her.

      80 sounds wonderful 🙂 I believe that’s what we’re having right now. If it stayed in the 80’s all summer I would be thrilled! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear and see more from your garden. Enjoy your book. I ordered three Lisa See books yesterday. I finished the book I was reading “The Tiger’s Wife” last night. I’m contemplating wether I should pick up a new book today, or not. I feel like reading, but not like driving in to town. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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      1. You’re clearly a great and patient trainer, one who brings out the best in animals.
        I liked the Tiger’s Wife, an interesting blend of fantasy and reality. Does your town have a good library?

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        1. The Tiger's Wife was interesting. I grew up with many refuges from the Balkan war. It gave the book another dimension. I'm afraid the library is overtaken by drug addicts, and homeless people. It's scary to visit. We have many great second hand bookstores, and I order lots of books from https://www.thriftbooks.com.

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  2. Hi Maria,
    I’m always the first up in this house too-legacy of my postman days I guess when 4.00am was my regular wake up time 🙈
    I’d like to have seen your face when you realised you was growing marijuana! 😀

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    1. I like those first couple hours when no-one else is up. Without those, day doesn’t turn out as good as I know it can.

      I know..I was so scared. I know now that it would not of been a big deal, but I didn’t know then.

      I hope you’re having an awesome weekend Andy 🙂

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      1. I am. Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday so it’s a bonus day! The kids also have the week off and the sun is out too. Throw in a lottery win and I’m dreaming 😀
        Have a great weekend too Maria.


  3. Your story about the unknown seeds caused me to chuckle. I am happy to say I have never had that experience 🙂
    I love that picture of your dog Gretchen. She looks adorable.

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    1. I’m glad to put a smile on your face 🙂 I’d almost forgot about the story completely, when the “lavender” seeds reminded me.
      Thank you, Gretchen is very important to me. ❤ I hope your weekend was/is (3 day weekend right?) amazing ❤


        1. I see. For some reason I thought you lived in Michigan. I hope your day at work was a good one 🙂 Thank you! We had almost 100 degrees today. I took my daughter to a waterpark.


  4. The weekend is winding down and my first born turns 4 tomorrow on the holiday. I have been crying all evening. Where did the time go??? They grow so fast! Why am I such a sap? We also visited our favorite nature preserve and attended a turtle 🐢 talk. I love turtles and think it’s so sweet your daughter is fostering one. Apparently, turtles are pre-historic reptiles. Who knew?…Hope you had a good weekend.

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    1. 4 that is wonderful 🙂 Happy Birthday! They do indeed grow up so fast. My daughter is five, almost six. Sometimes I forget that she still is a kid, sometimes I feel that she’s still my little baby. So many things to consider. I woke up this morning thinking about a couple of my daughter’s friends. They are recent acquaintances, and I don’t really think they show a behavior that I would like to see in my daughter. We’ve talked about it several times this week. It’s tricky, in the end I know it’s my responsibility to draw the line when it comes to her friends, but I don’t want to overreact either…so much to think about. I hope the celebrations today are wonderful. Enjoy every day!

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  5. Wow, you are an early bird, Maria! You are so right about our long spring, but apparently it is over as of today, as Sacramento finally hit upper 80s! Your garden and all the photos look amazing! Love your tortoise! Is she still laying eggs? My esthetician has an exotic female tortoise and says a lot of care goes into keeping the egg-laying females healthy. Thanks for the lovely coffee!

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    1. Best time of the day 😉 I worked as a baker for several years, maybe that has something to do with it.
      It was fabulous to have a spring this year. We had 97 yesterday, so it might be over now.
      I don’t know about if the tortoise is laying eggs, and what outside factors that might be affecting that. I’ll have to do some research. They believe her to be between 2-4 years old, and they can live to 100. Funny thing is that the tortoise require at least as much care as my German Shepherd. It’s a good project for my daughter.
      I do spend 3-4 hours a day, at least taking care of my garden this time of the year. I really enjoy it, both the work, the process, and the fact that I know exactly where our food comes from. I’ve been harvesting salad greens, garlic sprouts, celery, and some herbs for cooking for weeks now. I love it!
      Thank you for your kind comment about my photography. I enjoy yours very much. It’s so enjoyable to share vistas. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. You are more adventurous in gardening than I am. Now that my wildflower garden seems to be doing well in its new location, I am happy to wander into the back yard with my camera, each morning, to discover what’s sprouted or bloomed since yesterday. Hope the weather continues to encourage new growth!

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    1. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the morning, see what’s new in the garden. I usually go out at first light. It’s like opening a gift every single morning. Thank you for your kind comment.


  7. Greetings for another week. I’m a bit late this week as we went away on the weekend and I’ve needed a rest as well as writing up about the weekend. This meant that I missed the deadline but here’s a link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/belated-weekend-coffee-share-29th-may-2018/
    You’re a great storyteller and I loved the story about planting the marijuana seeds. My brother’s friend was growing marijuana at home and told his mother that it was a school science project and she was watering it for him. They lived in a great big mansion of a house and it still makes me laugh thinking about his bridge-playing mother watering that plant.
    Funny about those lavender seeds having an identity crisis. Clearly, they had other plans in mind.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Weekends are meant to be live 😉 Wonderful that you got to have a little get-away. I’m going to check it out!
      Being a great story teller is like the best compliment I could get. Thank you! I’ve always liked telling stories. I have so many bubbling up inside of me, that just want to burst to the surface. But have been struggling with the language. English is my second language. I’d like to think that blogging helps me. I’m reading a lot as well, to see words in a content. I loved writing stories in school, and wrote thousands of stories, even in my free time. Just for fun. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Have a wonderful week!



  8. Oh it sounds like you have been busy as well. I try to check into all my blogging friends once a week but the trek across the nation and getting settled in at our summer home had been crazy busy! I’m still unpacking!!

    Are those figs growing? And you never can have enough basil! Lol!

    Happy Spring my friend!


    1. Oooh, I thought that some of your most recent interior photos on Instagram had a different style to them. Are they from your summer house? You certainly have a knack for interior design. Your style is so beautiful, and yet simple. Clean, and stylish. I really like it.

      The figs are growing, both the ones on the mature trees, and the new fig tree cuttings. The garden is exploding right now. The temperatures just reached 100 for the fist time yesterday.

      Looking forward to see, and read more about your adventures across the country. Have a wonderful spring/summer 🙂


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      1. You are so sweet! Thanks for the compliment!

        Our LakeHouse, in Pennsylvania, is my childhood home. I purchased it from my siblings. We have spent the last 3 summers remodeling and tearing up the landscaping to redo it as well. This summer we hope to enjoy the area more… and do less work.
        I’ll be posting soon about some spring flowers in the yard!


  9. How fun to be harvesting out of your garden already. There is something so satisfying about being able to pick food that you grew in your garden. My herb garden hasn’t been touched by the deer (yay!), so I’ve been cooking whatever I can with them (I think my family is sick of chimichurri sauce by now though 🙂). I wanted to put in my two cents about citrus trees. I have a few types planted in containers and I have to say that the Dwarf Meyer lemon has been very easy to take care of. The yield on the tiny trees are incredible! The limes are doing pretty well as well, less yield with a bigger tree. My mandarin oranges seem to need a lot more water and haven’t had any fruit production yet. Good luck with your garden, it’s coming along great!

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  10. I was busy visiting my daughter last weekend, she lives 3 hours away in Santa Maria, CA. I am glad I could catch up! What great photos, I love your dog, those eyes…. you are a natural with animals, I can tell! Looking forward to this weekend, glad we all had a great last weekend. I was very busy with work this last week, it will be nice to get some relaxation! ❤


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