Weekend Coffee Share

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Cherry Tomatoes

Imagine. That morning you walk out to the garden at first light, and your 34 cherry tomato plants magically transformed their beautiful flowers, into tiny tomatoes overnight. That was one of my discoveries in the garden today. Another miracle was that my yellow squash was brimming with the first beautiful produce of the season. That first harvest of the year is equally special for every plant. When my daughter woke up a couple hours later, and I told her, she immediately jumped out of bed, and ran out to the garden. Her joy was immense. After admiring all the beauty, we did a little happy harvest dance together. I just LOVE mornings! How can it not be the best time of the day? 

Are you ready to grab a cup of coffee and join me in the garden? Remind me, how do you like your coffee? Tell me about your week as I walk you through the exciting news in the garden.

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Along the fence line between my two garden areas, I’ve planted cucumber. I’ve never had any luck with cucumber before, but these plants seem to be happy.

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Organic Cucumber

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Sweet corn, (cherry tomatoes in the background.)

Talking about my garden, did you by chance see my post about our fig tree experiment earlier this week? I’m so curious to see the results of all those roots getting established.

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Yellow Squash Plant 

I’ve tried to train my squash to grow vertically this year. I had some success with it, they are not directly on the ground. They have a tendency to spread out low on the ground. When they are close to the ground they are more prone to pests, and rot. The white powder on the ground is dried sea algae, a natural organic repellent to ants, centipedes, cockroaches, and most other bugs that hurt your plants. It might not look beautiful, but it works, and is totally safe for humans and other animals.

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There’s always something happening in the garden this time of the year. Guess who’s going to eat lots of squash for a few weeks? LOL. Last year we invented a recipe where we cut them lengthwise, and used the long slices as pizza crust. Yum yum.. If you have delicious recipes with squash and zucchini, please share them! We’re going to have lots and lots. Zucchini bread was a another favorite last year.

My horses Ghost, and Fancy, are both doing great. Ghost and I are on friendly terms. He is very sweet, and appreciate his time off. I have started to put a halter on him a couple times a day, and do some short leading exercises. Without a halter his like a puppy dog. With a halter he has good days, when he is like a puppy dog, and bad days, when he freaks out and is super claustrophobic. We’re having mostly good days now.

Something fun happened yesterday when I came home. I usually park my truck in the shade, under some trees, right next to the pasture. If I come, or go somewhere, Ghost is there to loudly wish me good bye, or welcome me home. Yesterday after I parked my truck I walked into the pasture, to say hello, and check on the water. I have a big bath tub with water for the horses. It was 3/4 full when I checked it. I decided to not fill it up more at the time. (I wanted to clean it out, when it was a little less water in it.) When I start to walk away, I hear the sound of water. I turn around, to see Ghost, who had walked with me from my truck, to the water, turn the water on with his teeth. He looked awfully proud of himself!

My daughter tried Fancy’s jog for the first time this week, and also had her first ride outside the round pen. I’ve never seen a bigger smile on her face. Maybe you remember that I bought a brand new dressage saddle for Ghost earlier this spring? I tried it on him right after buying it, and it fits him perfectly. It’s one of the nicest saddle I ever owned. However, after deciding that Ghost isn’t ready to be started under saddle (I’m very happy with that decision,) I have never actually ridden in it. I look at it every day.. I haven’t had a girth in the right size for Fancy. We’ve been using a western saddle on her. I grew up riding English, and feel more at home in a dressage saddle. I ordered a dressage girth in Fancy’s size, a few days ago. It’s suppose to come tonight! I am pretty sure that the saddle will fit her. She is ready to carry my weight for at least short rides. I am very excited about actually being able to ride again. And of course start using my new saddle. Hopefully I have some photos of that next weekend.

Any fun plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear about them! Would you like another cup of coffee?



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. There is something miraculous about growing your own food from a little seed. Nothing proves Nature’s abundance and generosity more than that. Pure Love! Your daughter’s reaction clearly picks up on that – so cute.
    That Ghost sounds like a clever one. Just hope he learns how to turn the water off! 😉

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    1. It is. I’ve always enjoyed gardening, but didn’t realize how big it really is until these past few years. I’m so happy that my daughter enjoys it as well.

      Ghost is clever. It is sometimes a challenge. I am up for the challenge though 😉

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  2. It seems amazing that you have squash that size already. I know it is an early summer veggie, but still – and I am sure you will be eating a lot of squash and zucchini… I’ve never heard of anyone having just a little zucchini from their gardens.

    Clever horse. I’m sure he was proud of himself. Look what I can do.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I’m a little amazed myself. I got a late start this year. Since we were in the middle of a move, when I usually start my garden. Last year we provided many of my friends with veggies, especially squash, eggplant, and zucchini. I hope, and believe that they will ripe little by little this year. At least I tried my best to make it that way.

      Ghost is smart. Sometimes very smart..

      Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Hi Maria. Your garden looks wonderful! I’m envious. I’m in recovery from surgery mode and that is almost all I’m allowed to do, but you asked about recipes for your squashes.

    My wife & I have a favorite, which (if you can find the cheese) will challenge your ability to discipline how much you eat.

    It is simple to make. Layer red potatoe slices with alternate layers of sliced squashes in a square baking dish. Lightly olive oil each layer and heavily dust each layer with shredded Mizithra cheese and fresh ground pepper.

    Mizithra is a hard salty cheese & the greek variety is best. If you can’t find it in the deli of your market you can substitue it with fresh ground parmesan and salt. After building 4-7 layers, bake just long enough to cook the potatoes. The result is a hearty dish that we often used as a main course.

    It is so simple and we love it. Everyone we’ve ever served it to have become instant fans.

    It’s always a pleasure meeting you in your georgous garden. All the best. Gary

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    1. I hope the surgery went well, and that your recovery is smooth. Your recipe sounds delicious. I’m allergic to potatoes, but I bet I could do it with sweet potatoes. I will try to find that cheese. Thank you for your kind comment. Enjoy your weekend the best you can.

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    1. Thank you so much Colline. I might very well do that 🙂 We had squash in our salad tonight.
      Ghost is sometimes a little too smart.. I enjoy the challenge though.
      Have a wonderful weekend !

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  4. I have garden envy this morning. Your garden seems to be doing wonderfully. Mine is struggling this year. I usually start a number of things in my green house but there was to much snow to set it up this year and it seems my whole garden (and myself) are unhappy about it. Anyway, lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! What gardening zone are you in? I haven’t always lived in a place this suitable for gardening, that makes me appreciate it more. It’s actually one of the main reasons why I live here. Otherwise I don’t think I would put up with these extreme temperature of 100+ for several months a year. Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. That Ghost, he is very smart indeed! Your patients will pay off as I’m sure it has and am glad he is accepting the halter and all that you do with him. Silly boy!
    AND your garden is heaven, doing so great and your photos are awesome. Thank you for sharing coffee as I sit and enjoy your blog. My garden is very small and growing slowly, not near the harvest time yet but you started at least a month earlier than I so hopefully I didn’t start too late this season. But we have a pretty long growing season here (south CA) so I’ll be harvesting later. I can’t wait! I’m thankful I have Friday nights off so I can catch up on my reading and writing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your beautiful daughter. How FUN for her to share the garden with you and to enjoy your horses. ❤


    1. Good morning my friend. Yes, Ghost is a smart one. I need to think outside the box with him. No technique I previously used is suitable for him. With him it’s only feel. He is a great teacher for organized little me.

      The garden is my sanctuary. Some years is big, and others smaller, depending on what I do at the moment. The size doesn’t really matter. I love spending time there. It’s the perfect classroom, seeing things interesting for my daughter. Best of luck with your garden. I think it’s wonderful that the season is so long here in California. One of the things I love the best about living here.

      Thank you for your most kind comment. enjoy your weekend ❤

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    1. Thank you Antoinette. I enjoyed walking through the garden with you. I forgot to show you the corn cobs, they showed themselves for the first time yesterday morning, after I wrote this post. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend 🙂


    1. Thank you so much Russell. I do spend a lot of time in the garden. That’s the thing, we live in an area that is great for gardening, but so hot that you need to be there every day, preferably twice a day. It’s always that consideration 🙂 I hope you had an awesome weekend 🙂

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  6. Love your garden updates! Everything looks great. We’ve been eating blueberries off our bush, something about growing them ourselves makes them taste so yummy. What a harvest you will have. So interesting to hear about your horses as well.


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