Weekend Coffee Share – Writing Experiment

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It’s actually Monday morning as I start writing this post. I am going to try a different approach to the Weekend Coffee Share this week.

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! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

Usually I write this post sometime during the weekend, as a summary of the past week, maybe adding some weekend plans before posting it. This week I’m going to write a few sentences (I don’t want to bore you..) every day, up until the weekend arrives. Like a diary. I’d like to improve my writing this fall, by trying different approaches to blogging. Feedback is always welcome! Feel free to grab a big cup of coffee, or tea, there’s many good ones to choose from, over at the kitchen counter.


I woke up at 5am, well rested after a full night of excellent sleep! I didn’t even use the fan I bought last weekend, to cover up the noise of the city. Maybe just knowing that I could did the trick? Or maybe the fact that I had the window open, and it actually was cooler in the room helped? I’m definitely keeping the fan, just in case..but it sure felt good to get a full night’s sleep. It’s October 1, and at 6.30am it’s only 75 degrees. We’re going to have a high of 87 today. Very comfortable, compared to 115. The humidity is 59% though, a lot higher than usual. Next week we’re going to have high’s of mid 70’s. We’re definitely going in the right direction! This week feels promising. This afternoon I’m having an early dinner with a cowboy friend of mine. He’s from Arizona, and are going to be in town for a few hours. I’m very excited about that.


How is the coffee? I think it’s extra delicious today. I got an opportunity to try the fan last night..the youngest baby that I am taking care of during the day (I’m a live-in nanny, but I normally don’t work nights,) cried a lot last night. He often wakes up briefly a couple times a night, then it’s usually easy for me to fall back asleep. Last night he cried a little more. I think he might be getting his molars. = The coffee is extra delicious!! I did go to bed early, around 9, so I did get some sleep anyways. I feel good.

I had dinner with my friend from Arizona yesterday. It was great talking about good horses, and horse training…the important things in life. LOL. If you’re not a horse person I bet it’s difficult to understand, but whenever I talk to another horse person, my feet feels lighter, and it feels like I’m dancing, like we’re in on a magic adventure together. I have never been into drugs, or anything like that, but horses is definitely an addiction of mine. I still daydream about them, like when I was a little girl. Without consciously planning on doing so, I find myself reading for sales ads, almost every day. When I go places I watch the terrain, and I think about the best way to ride a horse there. If there’s a big, flat open space, I almost always think about riding an Icelandic Horse at a fast tolt (they are 5 -gaited, and the tolt is an incredibly comfortable gait. It feels like you’re flying.) If it’s very rocky, I’m riding a mustang…you get the picture?


My first mustang Rebel, made a girlhood dream come true, when he became my friend.

Not having a horse of my own at the moment, I’m slightly jealous that there’s a couple hundred on the ranch my friend works at, and that he spends his days in the saddle, every day. No, thinking about it, I’m not jealous, I’m happy for him. It’s always great to talk to people who loves what they do, and wouldn’t change a thing. That is so rare!

We have a 30% chance of getting rain around noon today, and maybe even thunderstorms later. I have the window open as I am writing this, and it feels a little clammy. The high of 80 (!) today feels unbelievable. I love that the temperatures are dropping. On Sunday is going to be sunny and a high of 75, time to schedule some nice fall hikes!! Very exciting.


It’s almost fall in the air now! Yesterday we ended up having a high of 84 F, and I decided to go for a short hike after work. I wrote about it in my previous post. The hike up to Exploration Peak is short and sweet, with marvelous views. When I wrote the post about the hike yesterday, and posted my very first “city photos”, I realize that my new HP laptop (that I bought a couple weeks ago, when my MacBook Pro decided to die after many years of faithful service,) isn’t going to do the trick. It’s not good enough for serious photography. I recently upgraded to a full frame camera, but I can’t see the details on my new laptop. I’ll have to start saving up for another MacBook Pro, and use this as a backup. Annoying, but things happen, my daughter frequently borrows my computer in the weekends, she’ll probably end up taking this one. It will be used.

Today there’s a new Sprouts Farmers Market opening very close to where I live. I prefer growing my own produce, but when I can’t, it’s awesome to have access to fresh produce close by. I’m very happy about that. It’s close enough to walk there.


It’s 6am Thursday morning, and I’m having some delicious Major Dickason Coffee, from Peet’s Coffee. It’s a dark roast that I absolutely love. Perfect for the French press. Can I offer you a cup?

It’s been a wild night. Not Vegas wild (mind you..you know I’m not that kind if girl,) but wild like a crazy thunderstorm wild. I slept with the window open, and thoroughly enjoyed the sound of a heavy rain. The first I’ve experienced since March, I believe. My dog NEVER sleeps in my bed. She sleeps on the floor, below my feet, which also happens to be in front of the door. However, when the first crack of thunder and lightning filled the room, she took it for gunfire, she jumped up on my bed, placed herself between me and the window, and you could hear a growl from somewhere deep down her throat. It took her about 30 min to decide that the danger had passed. I asked her to get down, and she did, but she started to pace between the window and the bed (it’s a very short distance.) She’s not a pacer. I told her she could sleep on that side of the bed, but only for tonight. There was no way I could of slept at all with her pacing around. She was happy with that, and laid very still for the rest of the night. It is definitely not going to be a habit though. I am very grateful that she takes her job so seriously.

The rain made the air very fresh, and right now it’s only 67 degrees. I’m wearing jeans today, it’s the first time in a while. I love me a pair of jeans that fits just right. As you might remember, I cleaned out, and organized my closet a couple weeks ago, and this morning I realized that I only own one pair of jeans. That is not going to work. I’m going to have to make a visit to Boot Barn. I usually get my jeans, and boots there…and I usually end of buying the same models over and over again.

Today it’s the official Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden. Happy Cinnamon Roll Day! I’m not planning on baking any today, (unless I’m asked too. You never know.) I actually love cinnamon rolls (I don’t really have sweet tooth. There’s not many pastries, or sweets, that I like.) Cinnamon rolls is a classic. I think it’s partly the intoxicating smell in the air when I bake them, combined with loving childhood memories of baking them with my mom, and my grandma. I’m trying to not eat so much white flour, and sugar, and I feel that I’ve had my share this past week.

Photo of a previous batch of cinnamon rolls.

Once when I worked as a baker in Sweden, this was almost 20 years ago, as I take out a sheet of fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven, I hear a voice that I recognize from behind me asking for one. I can’t really place the voice, but I so do recognize it. As I turn around, and move a curtain that we had between the bakery, and the cafeteria, I see the King of Sweden! That I was surprised was an understatement. This was at a famous ski resort, and he loves skiing. The King and Queen did have my cinnamon rolls that day.

Speaking of baking, I baked rye bread yesterday, to go with a vegetable soup I made. It was delicious.

I started to read an exciting book last night, The Big Outfit, but Peter Dawson. It’s a western, about a big cattle operation. I’ve only just started, but it is very promising. The narrator is great, the story is complex, and the characters interesting.


I won’t be writing about getting a full night’s sleep every week, but I have to mention one last time, that I did, get a full night’s sleep. It feels awesome to start the weekend like that. I feel strong as ever, and seem to have managed to get on top of things (read:sleep) again. I saw a photo of Mount Charleston, the mountain where we went camping a few weekends ago, with snow on! Apparently it snowed there yesterday. Me LOVE snow!

I’m going to spend the weekend with my daughter. I have an appointment with an eye doctor tomorrow. I should get an oil change for my car. Besides that, I’m hoping to get to enjoy some beautiful nature, and see some fall colors up close this weekend. I did see a photo of amazing fall colors, from southern Utah yesterday. It’s not that far away..

How is your week? Are you enjoying some nice fall weather? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Whatever your plans are, have an amazing weekend! Feel free to grab another cup of coffee before you leave.



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

20 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Writing Experiment

  1. It’s so wonderful that you baked for your your king and queen! I’m glad the fan you purchased helps you sleep, gotta drown out that city sound. I’m along a big Boulevard so it’s a big help. It’s too cold in the mornings, is very windy this morning, gave me a chill! Have a great weekend. 🌴🌵

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    1. Thank you John. I love the cold mornings, I’m not sure if it can possibly get too cold for me. The dry wind can be tough though. Looks like its going to be a very comfortable weekend, weather wise. Enjoy!


  2. Lovely post and what a fun way to share. Gives me ideas too for blogging! I can’t believe you made cinnamon rolls for the King and Queen of Sweden!! That’s so awesome! 😀

    I know that’s why we connect so well, that deep LOVE for horses, I don’t need to even explain as I get you girlfriend!! 🐎

    It was fun reading about your week! Love sharing coffee. I’m up North this weekend with my daughter and her husband helping them move from one town to another to a better house! It’s much newer and closer to their jobs. Oh boy, there’s a lot to unpack!! Probably won’t be able to unpack it all, but am SO ENJOYING being with my daughter! ❤️❤️❤️ I’ll take photos and blog hopefully at the end of my weekend! -Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana, maybe I’ll give this way of organizing a post a shot every now and then 🙂 I like trying new things.
      Enjoy your weekend with your daughter. I’m looking forward to read your blog later this weekend. My daughter came yesterday, and I’m looking forward to spending time with her. ❤

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  3. Glad to hear your sleep is improving. One’s health depends upon it.
    Gretchen is such a great protector. My Wren heads to the closet when it thunders. 😉
    Amazing story about the King of Sweden = cool encounter and knowing you made rolls fit for a king (and queen)!
    Hope your weekend is wonderful. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Eliza. Yes, not being able to sleep after the move was something completely new to me. I can’t imagine always having this problem. I feel even more blessed, and grateful for my good health now. More motivated than ever to take good care of myself. Have a wonderful weekend, and keep sharing those lovely photos of your garden!

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  4. I love this approach! I sit here with my coffee every Saturday morning trying to remember interesting details to share about my week. LOL Very cool cinnamon roll memory! And your bread looked delicious! Have a great week and enjoy the weekend with your baby girl!

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    1. Thank you! I think I like this approach too. My only concern is that the post is kind of getting a little long 🙂 I might have to polish it a little more next time.
      We just got some new Minecraft LEGO that we’re building with. So much fun! Enjoy your weekend!


  5. Hello Maria. Loved your post and especially your notes about Cinnamon Roll Day. I never knew this and, when in college in Washington State, I was employed by a local gourmet fast-food joint as their Cinnamon Roll baker because I had experience with bread making. They also let me get into other things they needed done, but those Cinnamon Rolls were the best ever. There was a whole secret recipe and they tasted amazing and often the morning batch was sold out by 9am with 2-3 more batches put down as needed. Sometimes my favorite college instructors would stop by and we’d do a roll together and just talk about my studies. These were great days. thanks for the memory. BTW – I’m so pleased that you found comfort so quickly with this move. From Redding to Las Vegas, so quickly was quite a transition, but you made it look easy.

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    1. Hi Gary, that must of been so much fun, being a cinnamon roll baker 🙂 Those cinnamon rolls are an extraordinary delicacy. With a long history. My grandma once told me that they started out both as a treat, and for the medicinal benefits of cinnamon. They used to have A LOT of cinnamon in them back then. (I still like lots of cinnamon.) Just like gingerbread started out as medicine for people with upset stomachs. Having much more actual ginger than our gingerbreads have. I’m happy to have brought back good memories for you. Thank you for sharing them!


  6. Glad to read all that coffee does not keep you up at night, Maria! I LOVE coffee too and am reading this Sunday afternoon with my favorite Costco Kirkland Colombian roast 🙂 I like your weekly format for the post, kind of like the Sentence a Day structure I use once in a while. You must have gotten that rain we sent your way from Wednesday afternoon (Of course just as I was driving to the university for work). It was refreshing and hope it got rid of the desert dust! Those cinnamon rolls look amazing…I can smell them here in Sacramento 😉

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    1. The Kirkland colombian roast is pretty good 🙂 I hope the rest of your weekend was as pleasant as the coffee moment 🙂

      Your pink photos are gorgeous. I haven’t had a chance to make a Sunday still post yet, but I will look in to it in the beginning of the week. I have an idea for it 🙂 It’s a subject close to my heart, since I lost my mom to breast cancer, when I was 12. She was only a year older than I am now. I was just talking to one of my friends about that today.

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  7. I like the daily approach to the coffee share post. I have so much trouble getting one written during the weekend! I may try it out, myself, this week. I am happy to learn that the temperatures have been lower where you are. And the rain! I love the rain and am looking forward to, tonight through Wednesday, and then some snow. It is so much easier to sleep when it’s cool. I trust that you had a good weekend with your daughter. Spotted the Lion Habitat Ranch post, and am looking forward to reading that also.

    You take care of yourself!

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