Weekend Coffee Share – Proud (Human) Parent Moment ….. and being a German Shepherd Mom

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If we were having coffee together, I would first of all tell you that the coffee is extra delicious today! Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. I’ll let you decide ๐Ÿ˜‰

For a week, since last Saturday, I’ve only had herbal ginger tea in the morning, in an attempt to cut my caffeine a little, and get rid of the dizziness I felt for a few days last week. It was so scary, and I think it mostly was caused by lack of sleep. It was a bad circle, the noises of the city constantly waking me up at night. (I never wake up if a coyote sings, or a dog barks, my brain doesn’t register those familiar sounds.) I’ve always been a great sleeper up until now. So this new challenge was unexpected. As a result of not sleeping enough, of course I got tired during my long workdays, and drank more coffee than usual, which affected next night’s sleep. After a week completely without coffee, and going to bed ultra early every night, I feel on top of my world again. Starting today I’m having one cup of coffee in the morning, the rest of the day I’m going to stick to tea.



I also added some more salt to my diet, after the advice I got last week, (after writing about this in my coffee share.) I’m thinking that the salt also helped me get rid of the dizziness. I’m pretty sure I did not get enough. I still wake up several times a night from noises, but I do feel much better. I’m getting earplugs today. I’m not sure how comfortable it will be to sleep with them, but I’m going to give it a try.

Do you like the coffee? It’s so good! How was your week? Any fall colors yet? I have not seen fall colors here in Las Vegas, but I posted a post with fall photos from previous years, yesterday. To get in the right mood. I love fall, and the promise of cold weather to come! I love all seasons, but fall in particular.

My daughter did not have school yesterday (teacher education day,) so I got to have her one extra day this week. I couldn’t be happier about that. Since my current job is taking care of two little boys, it was easy to let her come to work with me. She was the best little helper I could ask for, she always is, and we had lots of fun. I worked an 11 hour day, and she was a real trooper. By the end of the day she read good night stories to the oldest boy. She read books out aloud by herself! It was a very proud parent moment for me! Yes, they were children’s books, and I did help her with some more challenging words, but still. I am so happy! Reading have added so much to my life. The ability to read, and learn bout anything under the sky, and above! It certainly inspired me to a much richer life, with travel, and opportunities I would not of been able to think out myself, without a little inspiration from books. My daughter is on that doorstep now! That excites me! Definitely the highlight of my week (and it’s been a great week.)

I’ve made it a point from the moment I found out that I was pregnant with her, and every day she’s been with me (which is 99.9 % of her days,) to read to her, both in English and Swedish every day. She also sees that I choose reading a good book, before watching TV every day as well. If she is interested in a subject I try my best to find a book about it. Sure there is easier ways to find inspiration nowadays, when you can google anything and get an answer within seconds, but she will get that anyways. Of course reading is useful when she’s playing Minecraft, and other games on her Ipad as well. I’m trying to be balanced about screen time, and she does have access to my computer, supervised of course.

I’m going to keep a steady stream of books that I believe would interest her available. I remember being 6 years old, reading fascinating stories (about horses of course..my favorite series was about a girl living on a secluded ranch in Mongolia, watching wild horses struggle to find feed, fighting the elements, and evil humans..) by the light of a flashlight, under my blanket, way after bedtime. I know now that my mom knew, and happily approved, even though she pretended to not like that I wasn’t respecting lights out.

I’ve read two excellent western novels this week, Stand proud, and Eye of the hawk, by Elmer Kelton. I’m well ahead (92%) of my reading challenge at Goodreads, thanks for asking ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking forward to a lot of reading this weekend. Next it will be a WWII novel. Have you read any good books lately?

It’s supposed to be windy. Except one trip to the grocery store, there’s not a whole lot of plans. My daughter and her wishes, will have my full attention. She has been saving her allowance (that she gets for doing chores..yes I am a little old fashioned,) for a while, and she wanted to look at some toys today. We’ll probably do that after breaksfast, play in the pool, take Gretchen to some park. ย If my daughter feels up to it, there’s a park only ten minutes away, that has a playground for bigger kids, that I think she would enjoy a lot (she haven’t been there yet,) they also have some hiking trails (that’s how I found it,) It’s not supposed to be super hot today.

Any fun plans for the weekend?



I almost forgot (selective thinking..,) I actually have an issue that I need to give attention this weekend. In the house where I live, there’s one more dog. She was here before Gretchen, so naturally this isย her house.ย She’s an indoor dog, and super sweet. She spends her days hanging out with me and the kids, when we’re inside. Gretchen prefer to be outside, having access to the backyard, and the big pool. She loves the pool! Most of the day this keeps them separate, but when the other dog needs to go outside, everything have been fine with them getting along. I’d say mostly due to Gretchen’s laid back, patient personality. The other dog have been growling at her a lot (a sign of aggression/threat,) pawing at her face, and even jumping up on her back. Mostly during play. Most dogs would not of put up with all this, but Gretchen did, until last weekend. My daughter and I was playing in the pool. Gretchen walked up to my daughter, whom she is trained to protect (I brought my daughter to some of our personal protection lessons,) the other dog came up and growled. That was it. Gretchen drew the line and said no more.ย  She bit the other dog in her face. I opened the door, and let the other dog in the house. Not thinking so much about it. I didn’t see it coming. Gretchen have been treating the other dog almost like a baby, just putting up with things. And that is her usual way. I could totally understand why it happened though. The other dog, a little cute thing, have been allowed to growl even to people (and been getting attention by doing it. Now it’s a patterned behavior in her.) Later when we got inside, my daughter saw that the other dog was bleeding from her face. She had a puncture made by Gretchen’s teeth between her eyes. She’s fine now. But naturally it doesn’t work that Gretchen bites her. That’s not acceptable. The other dog’s owner (the family I work for,) and I have been talking about how to deal with it. This week I’ve kept them separate. Taking Gretchen inside every time the other dog needs to go out. This weekend we’re going to walk them, both on a leash, in a park, and let them greet on an neutral place, in a safe way. I’m thinking that we are going to have to do this many times. It’s tricky. I can’t have Gretchen bite another dog, but on the other hand she is doing everything she is supposed to do. I have never seen her initiate an aggressive behavior. She will take a lot of provokingย  before she gets aggressive. Yes, she is my best friend, but the reason I choose a German Shepherd is because I’ve been a single mom for several years, and I like to spend time in places where I can’t count on anyone else for protection. I want Gretchen to take care of business when there is a threat. She has a great mind, and I’ve never seen her pick a fight with anyone, human, or animal. She is even friendly with cats. That in mind she can make a grown man wet his pants, she has. It’s definitely not an easy situation. She is a really good dog.

I have some things to think about this weekend, but definitely mostly the pleasure of spending extra time with my daughter.


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Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

Itโ€™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, doesnโ€™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

34 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Proud (Human) Parent Moment ….. and being a German Shepherd Mom

  1. Your loved ones are very handy helpers, even if they require close supervision. In each case, they are doing what they know to do. Your weekend sounds fabulous. Today, I have a long day and night of service, at Prescott’s annual Hope Fest, which is a faith-based outreach to the poor and disadvantaged. Tomorrow, marks what would have been my late wife’s 64th birthday, and aside from one necessary online errand and doing the laundry, I am decompressing.

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    1. Thank you! I am proud of both my girls.

      Thank you for everything you’re doing for the less fortunate in our society. Bless your good work, and spirit. I wish there were more people like you. I can imagine that you have a lot to think about this weekend as well. I hope you find the energy, inspiration, and rest that you need.

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  2. Sweet photo of Gretchen and your daughter. Too bad you’ve had to deal with boundary issues. Hope you can find a resolution.
    Re: sleeping…I was going to suggest a ‘white noise’ machine like they have at the therapists, but a fan would work the same and probably be cheaper. Personally, I can’t sleep with white noise, though. When I travel, I use earplugs and double pillows to sandwich my ears. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m spoiled in that I live in the country where only our waterfall makes natural white noise.
    Enjoy the week ahead!

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    1. I actually bought a fan today, going to try it tonight. Iโ€™m used to that peaceful country too. Iโ€™m planning on ending up back there one day. For now I hope the fan works ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ I am slightly jealous about your waterfall, but very happy for you. Last year my daughter and I, stayed in a house with a creek outside, for a while. I loved sleeping with the windows open. So peaceful. Have a wonderful weekend Eliza!

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  3. Hiya Ms. Z. Great to hear that you’re getting around that sleep thing and feeling better. Because I’m a guy and almost can’t help but offer advice, don’t be afraid to try different styles of ear plugs. I love those cheap foam ones that you roll up and drill into your ear canal a bit. They work well and I easily learned to take the internal pressure of them un-squishing and sealing out most of the noise around me as very comfortable. But there are lots of options worth exploring.

    Loved your photos. That may be the first I’ve actually seen of you.

    Wow – on the dog boundary issue. But, I can think of no one better to solve such a problem with respect and comfort for both dogs. You got this.

    All the best.

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  4. Reading is such an important part of life, and there is something about books that a computer just will never have. Great that your daughter is growing up to be a reader.

    I love the Swedish horse tat – very appropriate.

    I guess everyone has a line, and it sounds like that other dog crossed Gretchen’s line. I understand that it has to be diffused and they need to get along. Not a great situation.

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend and have a great week ahead!

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    1. I believe reading well always will be an essential skill, no matter where life brings us. It makes me very happy that my daughter is starting to find joy in it, and understand its usefulness.

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess the Dala Horse nowadays is a symbol for Sweden as a country, but originally its from the region Dalarna, the region where my family originates from, and where I was born.

      The weekend is great so far, I hope yours is as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. The first time I saw one of what I call the Swedish horse was when we had the exchange student from Hรคrnรถsand. My parents still have one in their house.

        Glad your weekend is going well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. You look great on your caffeine reduction Maria! Love the Dala horse tattoo.
    At home I always have decaf tea and coffee-just have caffeine if drinking out. Feel better for it. Hope the dog situation is resolved and that your move and new job is going well.

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  6. I love the photo of your girls!! I know you will figure out how to get those pups to get along, it will just take some time and you are so good with animals I believe it will work out. I’m so happy you are able to spend so much time with your daughter!! Awesome sauce!! โค๏ธ Reading is great too!

    I’m a shift worker and work graveyard shift or night shift which means I have to sleep during the day. So I need white noise to help lull me to sleep and the fan works great, I hope it helps. I also have this clock radio thing that plays sounds, I like the surf ocean sounds. It has babbling brook, a stream, a lot to choose from. I think the fan should help a lot even though you’ll have to get used to it since you are use to silence, it’s better than the traffic and city noises. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I hope you have a good weekend. I’m still recovering from a chest cold. Getting better every day but tired of being sick. ๐Ÿ˜ท

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  7. Loved the photos! Picture perfect!โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค

    Hope you get the much needed sleep – There are some “binaural beats” videos/audios on Youtube – You might wanna check them out!โค

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