Weekend Coffee Share – Mindfulness V/S Loco Guy

I was frozen in terror.

Last Wednesday night. There was a violent, crazy man harassing us, banging on our door, screaming, refusing to leave. I had just got off work, and was in the shower when it all started. Since there was other people in the house I figured that someone would open the door, and deal with it. My country brain, figured it was a neighbor or friend..(I had temporarily forgotten that I’m in Las Vegas now.) It was not a neighbor, or a friend. It was a stranger. He refused to say who he was. There was no identification on the big white truck parked sideways outside, blocking our driveway. He was getting more violent, and loud by the minute.

Can I get you some coffee? Or tea?

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We had to call the cops on him. If this would have been a few years ago that first sentence would have been true. Not now. (It was just too tempting to add some drama.) You see, my ex husband is a Marine. During rare occasions when we spent time in the same house, (that did not happen so often,) we had drill exercises. The exercises was about what to do if A happens, and what to not do if B happens..(I used to hate them. I think we covered a few hundred different scenarios. They were more like lectures, the way a bad teacher would teach a child something.)  Anyways, the number one thing he actually taught me, besides handling weapons (which I am very grateful for,) was to keep my cool in any given situation (which was very ironic. If you knew him, you would know.) The other night when the loco guy was banging on the door, I did not freeze. When I understood what was happening, I knew what to do without thinking. That felt good. The auto pilot worked. In this case the right thing to do was to lock myself in with the kids, in the safest room, where no gunfire (if there should be any,) could reach us (there never was any guns involved,) and with proper means of defense, and wait for the police to come and handle it (since we’re in a big city they are always close by.) I should probably thank my ex the next time I see him. Yes, I’ll definitely do that. No one was harmed in this incident. The loco guy was arrested.

Besides that little incident, that took up quiet a bit of time Wednesday evening, it’s been a beautiful, peaceful week.

This week have been more of the mindful kind. I’ve done a lot of meditating, and some yoga. I’m re-reading Eckhart Tolle’s The power of now. I am enjoying the read even more this time, than the last time around (probably ten years ago.) It’s an empowering book, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. You don’t have to agree with everything, just read with an open mind.

I have experimented a little bit with my (newish) camera. I feel that I got off to a good start with that. I learned a couple new things.


Unedited version of a rose in our backyard.


Lightly edited version of the same photo. A little cropped, and the light slightly enhanced. I like my photos to look natural. I never add, or take things away. Enhancing the light, and cropping the photos to show the image the way I perceived it when I took it, is more my style. I want the viewer to see what captured my attention. To see what it was that made me feel good, stop a heart beat, or get the adrenaline rushing – depending on the picture.

I went to the gym three mornings, and walked 5 miles every day. I’ve been taking good care of myself, after the scare a few weeks ago. I sleep 7-8 hours every night, eat good, and feel strong.

It’s going to be 85 this weekend. A little crazy considering it’s the end of October. I have a couple wishes for the weekend; to spend time with my daughter, find a 4×4 truck, take some pictures, and do some hiking. There is going to be some baking on Sunday. I’m participating in a pumpkin carving contest on Monday, and I promised to bring cookies. I haven’t baked cookies in forever, that’ll be fun.

What do you wish for this weekend?



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

43 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Mindfulness V/S Loco Guy

      1. I got the house! Now all the fun stuff takes place. Ugh. It will be a few weeks until I get possession. Home inspection Tuesday. Will cost me a bunch of pretty pennies to get out of my apartment lease early. Ugh.

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  1. I admire your nerves of steel! I would have been quite freaked out. I’ve heard there are a lot of meth heads out in Nevada, doing crazy stuff. So what did Gretchen do during this scene, I wonder?
    Talk about the Power of Now, hehe! I love E.Tolle, my favorite book of his is The New Earth, which I’ve read multiple times. Good stuff!
    I hope all your weekend wishes come true. 🙂 Ours should be pretty quiet, rain forecast for Sat. and we’re going to an art exhibit on Sun. where a friend is showing some of her work. There is still a bit of nice foliage to view along the way, too.

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    1. Gretchen was quietly laying at my feet, very attentively, waiting to see if there was going to be a command to do something. If I’m around, she only barks on command. She instinctively places herself between me and perceived dangers, but she doesn’t do more if I acknowledge the threat. Then there is two different commands, one to be ready (including barking, teeth, threatening behavior,) and another for attack. Luckily we only used the attack command under organized bite work training. It sounds like you have a wonderful weekend ahead! Have fun at the art exhibition!

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  2. Yeah, Loco Guy does not sound like a good time! Glad no major indecent beyond dealing with his shouting. Also glad you are taking care of yourself. Always important 🙂 I’m pretty much of the same mind with photo editing. I do a lot of cropping a little bit with “levels”, perhaps color correction, but the idea is to show what I saw.

    I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  3. Wow-thank God you’re okay.
    Also, after reading about how well you’re doing I thought you’d written ‘I’m going to be 85 this weekend’ I was “no way!!!!!!!” 😂 Must be more careful when reading!

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  4. OH DEAR!! I’m SO glad all is okay and that you have had training (wanted or not) to help you remain calm in a stressfull situation. And you have trained Gretchen like a police dog, so respectful, mindful and you must feel very safe. My brother-in-law is a retired policeman and had a police dog. He was a bit scary to me and I love dogs. He was the other breed that looks like a german shephard but isn’t, I forget the name. These police stations pay something like $10,000 per dog. Anyways, not sure what my point is about that, just that you have an AMAZING german shephard companion!

    I hope you have FUN with your daughter this weekend! I am going to write a Weekend coffee share, my first one! I hope I tag it correctly. I’ll give it a shot! LOVE your camera and photos!! Keep the photos coming as I love all! ❤ -Diana 😀

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    1. Thank you Diana!
      Did your brother-in-law have a Belgian Malinois? I’ve never had one, but they seem to be awesome dogs.

      I got my daughter yesterday. It’s wonderful to spend time with her. I miss her tremendously when she’s not with me, you know worrying about her, what kind of people she associates with, the role model’s she has in her life, if she eats healthy …she will always be my baby. It feels so good to spend time with her.

      Looking forward to read your coffee share 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      1. Yes, that is what my brother-in-law had a Belgian Malinois! Beautiful dog and is no longer with him but was an excellent police dog.

        I totally relate to your worry with your daughter, bless your heart. I worry about mine and always will and they are grown adults!! So it never stops, but as mother’s that’s our jobs. ❤️ Enjoy this wonderful weekend! 😀

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  5. What a crazy thing to happen, Maria! After years of life-guarding and training them, I learned to be calm in a crisis. You did the right thing and glad PD responded quickly! Great image of your edited rose for Sunday Stills. It was warm here in NorCal yesterday–got to 84. We drove up to Placerville for a nice day in the Gold Country!

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