Weekend Coffee Share; Northern California Weather & Co-Parenting  

How about another cup of coffee? I sure could use one. I drove my daughter to Sacramento yesterday afternoon, to leave her with her dad for the rest of the summer. That was kind of hard. I stayed the night at a nice hotel, but didn’t get much sleep. Just too loud in the city. I started driving back at 4.30am this morning, and had a big cup of the black magical brew on the go. I never eat at McDonalds, but if I’m on a road trip, it’s usually the only place open for a coffee when I start driving in the am. The coffee was extra delicious this morning, but I’d love to have another cup with you. How do you like it?


I stopped by the side of the road to watch the sunrise this morning, while enjoying my coffee. It was magical. 

It’s been a  busy week, with very hot weather. I’ve spent every second possible with my daughter, having many conversations, and trying to prepare her the best I can. She is always with me, and is very used to me being there for her. I’m sure she will be fine. Her dad is a good man, but a workaholic. She haven’t seen him in 6 months, and they haven’t spent all that much time together. It’s just the mom in me hoping that she will get the attention, and care she needs. Not that I have any reason to believe she wouldn’t, but still.. She’s my baby, even though her 6th birthday is coming up. I do her hair every morning, reminding her to brush her teeth good, not snack in between meals..you know, mommy stuff. She’s never ever been away this long. I know that she’s going to have so much fun, going on an airplane for the first time, and spending time with relatives on her dad’s side all over the US. That is what I’m going to focus on. I am happy, and excited for her, that she gets to have a relationship with her dad (I didn’t get that with mine.) Time with him is something she has been craving. She adores him, and I can understand why. I gave her my birthday gift yesterday, a camera, and a camera bag. I helped her put the battery and memory card in, and showed her the basic settings, before saying good bye yesterday. She’s been borrowing mine a lot lately, and she was thrilled to get her own.  

The garden is doing good. Fighting the heat. Two days ago we had a high of 117. There’s lots of fires all over northern California. It’s going to be around 108-110 this weekend. We harvested our first corn, and cucumber earlier this week. We still have plenty of squash, and tomatoes. The salad is doing OK, and so is the kitchen herbs. I’m kind of amazed that the salad is still doing OK. I thought for a while that I wasn’t going to  get more salad, but the beautiful green blessings just keeps coming. This time of the year I usually have problem keeping the salad alive. I planted it in my compost from last year, earlier this spring, and have been mulching a lot on top of that. Maybe that’s why. Last year I bought organic soil, and by July there was no nutrition left. A high percentage of what I eat now comes from my own backyard. I like that! It’s something that I am working hard to increase even more. My goal is to have my own homestead, and being as self sufficient as possible. At least knowing that I can be. That I don’t need the grocery store to survive. I do enjoy having grocery stores out of convenience, but…I don’t want to depend on them, and I don’t. Everything one would need for survival is available within a short distance from where I live. Hopefully I will never be forced to actually experience that kind of survival, but this is not a bad place to be. I wouldn’t consider myself a prepper, but I do plan for the future. Different possible scenarios.

How is your week? I have guests coming to visit later today, that is great timing. Giving me something else to think about. I should clean the house before they come. It’s not messy, but I like it when it smells good. Any fun plans for the weekend? 

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!



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

27 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Northern California Weather & Co-Parenting  

    1. It has been an intense week. So far we’ve been eating a lot of squash, and trading some for produce that we don’t grow, including eggs. I’ve been thinking about getting a dehydrator and make squash chips. I haven’t done it yet. I’ve tried freezing, it tastes OK for about three months, after that I think the taste isn’t the best. Do you have a great idea that you want to share? 🙂 The corn was OK. The majority isn’t ripe yet.


          1. We just had grilled zucchini for supper. 😉
            My gardens are loving the heat, of course, growing like crazy. My sunflowers are pushing 10′ tall and lots of annuals have started blooming along with the echinacea and daylilies. I LOVE summer!

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  1. I’m sure it’s going to be quite around there. I know you stay plenty busy, though. Cool that your garden is going so well. The weather doesn’t sound cool, though! That is too warm for me! Are you still going to take time to hike even without your daughter? Maybe even do more extreme hikes?

    Anyway, I hope you have a great week!

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    1. It is already very different around the house. One of my cousins from Sweden are visiting right now, with her boyfriend, and one of my aunts. They came last night. That was perfect timing to diverse my thoughts. And of course it was awesome to see all of them.

      There will definitely be hikes! I’ll go crazy without them.
      I will spend more time with my horses. I know they could benefit from my undivided attention. I love having my daughter with me, but it is a distraction. LOL.
      Also looked into trying frisbee golf. It’s rather popular here. I tried it 15 years ago, and liked it. I might pick it up. I have friends that are very into it. ..and we had a saltwater pool installed in our backyard yesterday. it’s going to be wonderful!..and then there’s all books that screams m name. I will keep busy 🙂

      I’ve enjoyed your photos on Instagram. It looks like you are having a great summer, and you definitely deserve some cred for your incredible discipline as a blogger. I’m very impressed. I thought about that the other day. Exciting with your new book! Thanks for having coffee with me.

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      1. It sounds like you are still going to have a great, busy summer. And I’m sure your horses will enjoy having a little more attention.

        Last year I post almost every day until September. At that point I was just burnt out… I write very fast, so I can easily post quite a bit, but writing is just the small part of blogging.

        Thanks for having me over for coffee! Have a great week and enjoy your visitors!

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        1. Every day is a good one. You do write good content, not only fast 😉

          It was great to speak my native language all day yesterday. It doesn’t happen that often. I don’t really think about it, but when I do get to speak Swedish my conversations gets more colorful.
          Please have coffee with me soon again 🙂

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  2. That sure looks like a magical view to enjoy with a morning coffee!

    I am wondering when you gave the camera as a birthday gift did you provide any picture taking rules? I am thinking of getting my older boy a camera (he is 8), but I am not sure.

    Lovely coffee post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank YOU 🙏 picture taking rules is a very valid question. I have been giving her photography lessons for a little more than a year, and rules have been an important part of it. She knows that she has to ask any person she wants to have in her photo. She is not allowed to take photos that show the outside of our home, or property belonging to someone else. She can take as many photos as she wants of animals and nature, which is her favorite subjects anyway. We hike a lot and I encourage her to document things she sees in the National Parks we like to hike in.


  3. Thanks for the coffee, Miss Zen and I hope you’re faring okay with your daughter away. I went away to the Blue Mountains last week, which are west of Sydney and had a break from everything. It was fantastic. Well, it wasn’t a complete break because I stayed with my cousin and we really connect well and there was so much to share and absorb. Barely had time to draw breath.
    Have you ever tried making soup from your squash? Here we call it Pumpkin Soup and I use what we call butternut pumpkin and what you call squash I believe. She live on it and it’s a very health go to for the kids. Here’s a link to my recipe: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/recipe-aussie-pumpkin-soup/
    Anyway, time to get to bed.
    Best wishes,

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    1. Thank you 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful little break, even though it wasn’t completely a break. I can relate. I had relatives visiting last weekend, and it was so much fun, and so much to talk about.

      I do make lots of soups in the winter time, almost every day for lunch. I do sometimes have squash in my soups, and sometimes pumpkins. I looked at your recipe, I believe it’s the pumpkins we grow closer to Halloween that I would use for your soup. I’ll save a link to the recipe. Thank you!


  4. Aw, I bet your daughter was thrilled with her camera!! I know you’ll love seeing all her photos upon her return.. A saltwater pool? Like the kind you swim in? Or a pond? How cool! Our weather has finally broken, it doesn’t get nearly as hot as you have it here in SE Michigan, but our humidity can be unbearable. Hope you have a great visit!

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    1. She was beyond thrilled. It made me very happy. I am looking forward to see her photos.

      Yes, the kind of pool you swim in. I’m allergic to chlorine, it makes my skin itch. The salt in this pool goes through a cleaning process. It’s a more natural way of keeping the pool fresh, without chemicals.

      It was wonderful seeing my relatives that came for a visit. I hadn’t seen my cousin in probably ten years, and we had a lot to catch up on. We already made plans to see each other next summer again. It takes a little more planning when you live on different continents. LOL.

      I hope you enjoyed your weekend to the fullest, and that your new week got off to an awesome start 🙂


  5. What a wonderful post and what great timing to have family visit while your daughter is away! And you are so smart to focus on other things like your Horses and gardening, my heart tugs like yours with your daughter away. My daughter is in the Air Force and so I am always missing her even though we visit and talk as often as we can. What a great gift for her and I’m sure she will take wonderful photos to share with you!! Sorry I missed the weekend, I hope your week is going well. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. It was absolutely wonderful to have my family visiting. I hadn’t seen my cousin in like ten years. We live on different continents. There was a lot of catching up to do!

      I miss my daughter like crazy, but I’m trying not to think about it every second. I bet it is the same way for you with your daughter, even though she is older. A mom is always a mom. I can’t imagine my daughter being anything else but my beautiful baby girl, even though she isn’t an infant anymore.

      The new week got off to a great start. I took my cousins, her boyfriend, and my aunt, to see three waterfalls yesterday. They left later in the evening. Today after work I had the barefoot trimmer here working on Fancy’s hooves. I also planned my fall garden today. Fall seems pretty far away, we have 107, BUT I usually forget starting it on time. This year that is not going to happen! I ordered heirloom seeds, and started to plan, in my head, where to grow everything. It is exciting! I’m going to try some new (to me) varieties. How is your garden?

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      1. My garden seems a bit stressed. I may need to give more nutrients which I’ll do this week. The heat is terrible, so I see the pumpkins and cucumber’s suffering a bit. My tomatoes are doing GREAT! I’ll be getting tomatoes soon.
        I too bought some seeds for fall planting but I’m going to plant in containers. I bought 2 nice containers ones that I’ll plant soon. If I lose some crops or don’t grow that many pumpkins or cucumber’s that’s okay, it’s good I got my feet wet and got back into gardening.

        My daughter left home right out of high school and has a wonderful career in the Air Force. I never dreamed she would be living in all these different states and so her and I both miss each other lots, she’s talking about living close to us soon, maybe in a few years soon. Right now she is stationed (working in the Air Force at Vandenberg AF base in Santa Maria, CA) about 3.5 hours from me so we are seeing each other about once a month. We almost miss each other more now that we see each other more often, haha, so strange. She just turned 30 this year, being a mother is so rewarding but it sure tugs at your heart! ❤️
        My granddaughter helps fill my soul, she’s a blessing! ❤️

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        1. I’m so happy you’ve found happiness in gardening 🙂 It is so much fun! What kind of tomatoes are you growing?

          I bet 3.5 hours can feel like a huge distance when you’re missing someone. Wonderful that you get to see your daughter once a month at least, and with hope of more often soon. ❤

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          1. My tomatoes on the package say 4th of July Hybrid, they looked good so I bought these seeds. They are really doing well, flowering but no tomatoes yet. I think I planted them a little late so we will see how they do. Funny, our neighbor across the street gave us a small bag of tomatoes as they are growing them too! I just love the taste of home grown tomatoes, we enjoyed them in tacos tonight for dinner! I know you have been enjoying your bounty that you have grown!! Someday I’ll have a bigger garden!

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            1. 4th of July tomatoes even sounds happy! I’m sure they will do good. As long as they have access to enough water, they usually just rest/pause their growing, if the days are too hot, and start growing again if we have a couple cooler days. I wouldn’t worry if I were you. I’m going to plant more tomatoes next week, for a late fall harvest. Happy Gardening!

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