Weekend Coffee Share – Thanksgiving Week

It’s almost 6 pm Sunday. This marvelous Thanksgiving week is over. I thought that I was slightly late with my weekend coffee share, just to find out that there is no official coffee share this week. Naturally I can’t let YOU down. Can I offer you some coffee? Or pherhaps tea, since it is so late? There is some leftover pumpkin pie (homemade from scratch of course,) in the fridge. Or if you’d eaten your share of pumpkin pie for this time, I have some warm rye bread straight from the oven, would you like to taste some? Maybe with some cheese?

How was your week? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones? Or maybe you live in a country where every day is the perfect day for giving thanks?

My daughter attended a family reunion on her dad’s side of the family, and I celebrated Thanksgiving with the family I work for, that kindly adopted me into their family. The whole week has been wonderful, so much good food, laughter, and love in the air.

As you probably know, I’m a minimalist. I don’t do a whole lot of shopping, only if I really need something. I had by no means planned to do any Black Friday shopping. Then I got a message that a telephoto zoom lens that I’ve had on my wish list for a long time, was on Best Buy’s Black Friday sale…well that changed the no shopping idea in my head. 

The photos in this post is from when I tried my new lens, in Red Rock National Conservation Area, this weekend.  

I think I’m going to have lots of fun with my new lens! Well, I already am.

There’s a few upcoming events that I’m looking forward to capture with my new lens this coming month, that would not of been the same with my old lens (which was a very cheap lens, and the only one I could afford at the time I upgraded my camera a few months ago.) I feel very motivated photography wise.

I’m getting to know my Canon EOS 6D Mark ii better by the day. Now with my new lens it’s going to be even more fun. The season offers a very comfortable climate, and there’s so many amazing places to explore around Las Vegas, that I haven’t seen yet. I’m due for another trip to Grand Canyon as well. My dog, Gretchen, have made a couple new friends, that she’s been playing with several times these past couple weeks. It’s two other German Shepherd girls. They have so much fun together, and I am happy for her. They speak the same language so to speak, and hit it off immediately. I’m envisioning a photo session with the three of them at a beautiful location in a near future. That would be so much fun!

Can I get you a refill on your coffee? 

As I’m writing this I feel so thankful, happy and completely satisfied with a magical week. I hope you feel it too! If you did write a coffee share post, or another post about your weekend, please feel free to post a link in the comments.  Happy (late) Thanksgiving!


Ms Zen

Thankful And Grateful

When I was a young adult in my early 20’s, having recently started out on my own path, my minimalistic values were a lot like they are now. I knew that I found peace in owning less, and experiencing more. Every purchase I made had hours of work behind them, and hours of care for the item ahead of them. I’m only telling you this to highlight the significance of me buying two items (in the story I’m about to tell,) when I only really needed one. 

I was at a sporting goods store in southern Sweden, looking for a cooler bag for some hiking adventures, I had planned for that summer. My eyes was drawn to some medium sized, cooler bags, made out of a soft material, that would fit easily into my hiking backpack. There was two designs, I so wish that I had some photos, but I’m afraid they are long gone by now. One of the designs said I am GRATEFUL. The other design said I am THANKFUL. I decided to splurge, and purchased both. For many years to come they were conversation starters, and enjoyed by several of my friends.

Each time I took one out to use, it reminded me about how blessed I am. No matter where I was on the roller coaster ride that life often takes us on, especially as young adults. I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for, to be grateful for. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, since I did not grow up in the US, but I did grow up feeling thankful. Having the importance of this message imprinted from birth by my mother. She was a wonderful role model, and example when it comes to showing gratitude in every aspect of life. That is one of the things I am thankful for today. I know that if it hadn’t been for her consistent expressed gratitude, my thought patterns had been very different from the way they are now. If you have children, how do you instill an attitude of gratitude in them? This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, when it comes to  my own daughter. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving 2018?

I read a statement written by one of my friends on Facebook this morning. She said that she had never been this thankful ever, like she is now. And I know she means it. She just lost everything she had, her business, job, and her ranch in one of the fires in northern California, but she still has all her loved ones. On top of that her friends came together and raised nearly 20k to help them out these first months. My friend says that she can feel the love that surrounds her.

I’m especially thankful for all the love that surrounds me this Thanksgiving. That includes you! …and after the holidays it will include my daughter living with me full time again. I am eternally grateful for that blessing! So much have happened since Thanksgiving last year, it feels like at least ten lifetimes. I spent last Thanksgiving on the top of a mountain. This Thanksgiving will be spent in the middle of the city. The only thing constant in life is change. It took me a while to fully understand that.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Ms Zen

Birthday Cake Pictures

As promised, here are some photos of the birthday cake I made for my little friend’s second birthday.


We are ready for the party!

It was a lot of fun to make this cake, for a very sweet boy, that totally have me wrapped around his little finger ❤

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend.


Ms Zen