Weekend Coffee Share

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After the positive feedback from last weekend’s coffee share, I’m going to write the coffee share as a diary this week as well. We’re finally coming into fall. It’s been a slightly windy, cloudy, and cool weekend. Just perfect. My daughter and I had the best of times. We built a Minecraft village with LEGO. That was a fun project that we revisited, time after time during the weekend. My daughter read several books out loud. She recently learned to read, and she knows that I’m very proud of her. She also wrote me a couple letters, decorated with beautiful pictures that she drew. Our visit to Lion Habitat Ranch yesterday was so much fun. The weekend was wonderful. I drove her back to her dad yesterday, and I feel ready for the new week. Yes, I miss having her 100%, but she is so happy, and that makes me happy. Getting to know her dad does her good. I can tell that she notices things I do for her, that she used to take for granted, more now. However hard it is to not spend every day with her, I’m thankful for everything. I’m grateful for all the quality time we have spent together. I’m grateful that her life is filled with loved from two parents now. I’m also very grateful for the beautiful person she is becoming, and for being able to be a part of the bright future she has.

It’s going to be a fabulous new week. I just know it! I finished my coffee for today. Can I get you another cup?


We have beautiful fall weather. The weather is near perfect I would say. Yesterday we had a high of 77, and today it’s going to be a high of 81. When I took my dog out a few minutes ago it was 57, and a little chilly, it felt great! Makes me want to go for a road trip to a National Park, or go for a trail ride. That may have to wait to the weekend, for now, I’ll have fun with the kids in one of the city parks. I’ll take the kids at work to the park at least once a day, but usually twice a day. Gretchen loves it as well. I’m doing my best to make sure Gretchen is well exercised, since she has considerably less freedom to roam now, compared to when we had a ranch. She spends her days outside in a big backyard, with a pool. She can run, and swim, if she wants to, and she does, but I still make sure that she walks at least 5 miles a day on top of that. I track our walks during the day on my phone, and after work we walk the remaining distance (or more,) along with our obedience sets. I am very pleased with how she handles the city.  (Me, I keep on looking at horses for sale online..lol.)


It 7am as I’m writing this, a lot later than I usually have my morning coffee! I slept so great last night. I don’t start work until 8am, so I’m not late at all, just late for me. The coffee is wonderful, black and strong. This fall weather, and sleeping with the window open is doing me good.

I forgot to tell you yesterday morning, but I completed the reading challenge I’ve set up for myself on Goodreads Monday night, 52 books for this year. I currently don’t have a book to read, so I’m going to shop for some new ones today. Are you reading an exciting page-turner right now, that you can recommend?


Hello Thursday! While having my morning coffee today, I feel very excited about the day. It’s only one day until I get to see my daughter again. The weather is still perfect.

Last night after work I went shopping for new shoes, and found a pair that I really like. I walk a lot, and tend to wear my shoes out. I love shoes, but I prefer to only have a few that I really like, and use a lot. Looking forward to wear my new black Adidas today.

I did order five books from thriftbooks.com yesterday. Since it’s going to take a few days for them to arrive, I also got a new book from a local store, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The one that is in the theaters right now. It is very promising! I’ve read 85 pages so far, and it is so different, and crazy, that you can’t wait to turn the page.


The coffee is really good today, don’t you think? Can I get you a refill? How is your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to spend time with my daughter. I’m taking her to a pumpkin patch at some point this weekend. I took pictures of the place, while they were setting it up, that she’s seen. She is very excited about the rides! Have a wonderful, wonderful 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! 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?



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. Above everything else is my daughter. 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

  1. Sounds like a good week and very busy! I’m impressed that you walk at least 5 miles a day (I am quite lazy by comparison– no excuses 😉 ). Glad you met a nice fellow – you deserve it! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Impressive goal you’ve reached, reading 52 books! I don’t have a recommendation on new books, but a few older ones you may not have read which I enjoyed include “Life’s Golden Ticket” “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” and “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”

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  3. I remember childhood, the folks gathering us kids on the double bed in their bedroom and reading their favorite books to us, a chapter or two at a time. On the nights when Dad worked, Mom would take over the reading. Later on, the older children read to the younger ones, also. And we would read parts for plays and dialogs. So many good times! Those are among the memories that help to form the foundations of one’s life.

    RIght now, I am rereading escapist favorites. Every series by L. E. Modesitt Jr. and Sharon Shinn; Darkover novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the authors selected to continue with novels written to her outlines after MZB’s death; and Anne Bishop’s The Others series, an alternate reality fantasy, the first of which is Written in Red. (I gave permission for her to use my name for one of her characters, who is in the first story arc of the series. Off stage only, so to speak.

    Happy to hear that you’ve someone nice to go around with. Best wishes!


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    1. Some of my best childhood memories are reading with my mom and little sister. We had a huge IKEA sofa in the living room, that we all curled up in the corner of, reading stories. Usually in our PJ’s. I believe there’s something in this quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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  4. What a great week! Glad it’s getting cooler for you there. I’m so happy you have found someone you enjoy to be around, hoping it will be a lasting relationship.

    I do so enjoy reading and the memories of reading to my children in bed with jammies warms my heart. I’m in between books but you are very impressive with reading 52 books this year!! That’s GREAT! Enjoyed the coffee and your week! ❤️

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    1. Thank you! Thank you so much! It is a great week! The pieces are falling into place. I have even started to look at possible universities to get my PhD. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but hesitated due to my English. I’ve really enjoyed the photos, and short videos you posted this week. When I have a minute over I usually head over to Instagram. Catching up with my blogging friends today ❤

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  5. Maria, you have wall to wall wonderful going on. Remember to pause, breathe and remember. These are great days for you and I’m so pleased that everything turned out so grand. It’s long, but I like to recommend reading the full story of “Gone With The Wind” It was an amazing read that kept me busy for many wonderful weeks.

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    1. Thank you! That is a great advice. I have tried to get some extra rest this weekend. My body tells me to make sure to get that extra rest and breath. I actually negotiated with the family I work for to work less hours from now on. I think that will be a win/win for everyone. I LOVE my job, but I have been working too many hours. Which is OK, for a while, but not permanently. I want to take more pictures, be able to have energy for my loved ones, and eventually work on my PhD.

      I loved “Gone With The Wind!” I’ve read the whole series twice actually, but I might do it again now 🙂
      I hope your week is fabulous! Thank you for having coffee with me 🙂

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