Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

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As I am sipping the black magic brew this morning, my daughter is snoozing from the other side of the room. It’s a long weekend, and I’m looking forward to spend three days with her. A feeling of deep gratitude fills my chest this Saturday morning. I am safe, my daughter is safe, the coffee is delicious, bills are paid, I have a roof over my head, I have a working vehicle, I know I’m going to have food to eat today, I have wonderful people in my life, and this gift of a new day is amazing.

Truly every day is surely worth a prayer of gratitude from all of us, but today the feeling is extra intense in my chest. Mixed with compassion, and a deep sadness. Yesterday several of the most amazing people, that welcomed me into their life when I first moved to California, lost everything they have in the Camp fire. The last thing I saw before going to bed last night was video footage of the fire blazing on both sides of the main highway going through the city of Chico (a bigger college town near Paradise, where the fire started.) Someone posted a video on Facebook of horses running down the highway as well, trying to get away from the fire. One of my friends who has ten horses, was forced to leave two behind, because the fire was moving so fast.

I spent this summer, with my bags packed, and living in fear of fires most of the time. I still feel affected by the smoke I inhaled, despite wearing a mask. The more I think about it, the more grateful I feel for the unexpected changes that more or less forced me to move away from the area. A decision that would of been hard to make otherwise.

How are you this Saturday morning? Can I get you some more coffee? How was your week?


I have not used my Canon a lot this week, but I am going to use it this weekend. I did take the photo above when picking up my daughter last night. Night photography is not my strong suit. Something I would like to change, but of course…I would have to be able to keep my eyes open at night. LOL. I’m usually up very early in the morning, and by dark all I’m dreaming of is my bed, and maybe a good book.

Speaking of books, I have been reading a lot lately. I have far exceeded my goal on Goodreads, of 52 books this year. I really like reading adventurous books about the western states, of place I’ve been to, and colorful people that once lived there (real or fiction.) I also like reading self improvement books, that challenge me to become a better person. I’d say that the books I read is a nice mix of those two, with some completely different books every once in a while, to spice things up a little.

Last night I started a new book A High Sierra Christmas. Naturally the title got my attention, as I love the high Sierras. The Sierra Nevada’s are magical, scary, intimidating, and absolutely fantastic. I love hiking, riding horses, and snowboarding there. In fact one of the photos I posted on Instagram earlier this week, was taken at a ranch I leased there, a few years back.

The book is exciting so far. I’ve read many of William W. Johnstone’s books, since he write about places I love. I know his characters well, and that adds to the value of the book. Are you reading something exciting at the moment? I’m sure there will be a lot of reading, arts and crafts, and probably some baking this weekend.

My daughter and I also saw a cave, from a distance, during a hike in Red Rock last weekend, that we are going to try to climb to, at some point. That will be the adventure this weekend.

Any exciting plans for the weekend? I hope your weekend is everything you wish for. My heart and prayers goes to northern California, and all the good people affected by the fires. ❤

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!



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

16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

  1. The video I’ve seen from the fires is so sad. I feel so bad for the people. Why is California always burning? I’m glad you have the long weekend with your daughter. 👍🏻❤️

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  2. It’s so sad these fires. 😥 My prayers to all affected, the devastation is horrible. Praying for no loss of life for animals and humans. It’s bad enough they’ve lost possessions and housing.

    I love your photos as always! And it sounds like a fun weekend for you and your daughter! I’m glad you get an extra day! My son, wife and granddaughter are coming today mostly to sign out of their apartment they were leasing here but I can’t wait to see them and hug my granddaughter! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I did see the lovely photo of your granddaughter and one of your horses ❤ So sweet for you to spend some time with them. I am enjoying time with my daughter. There's been a lot of reading, arts & crafts, painting, and she decorated a gingerbread house yesterday.

      I am watching the fires in California. It looks like this last one is the most devastating so far, when it comes to loss of lives.

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  3. Yes, the news this week has been nightmarish. No relief for CA. I wish I could some of our continual downpours out there, alas. We have too much water, and they, not enough.
    Love your moonshot, it is terrific. Have a great week ahead!

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  4. Oh those fires do sound scary. Hope they die down soon and no-one gets hurt.
    Have you read “Shipwrecked in the Pacific Northwest” by Jason Taylor? You might like that one. It was among my favorites this year.
    Happy Sunday night, Tobia


    1. I have not read that book. I looked it up, it sounds really good! Like a book I would enjoy. Adding it to my wish list. The fire is scary, another of my friends lost her home today. Everyone I know is still alive though. 27 people have lost their life so far. It’s more than I can understand. I’m safe and far away from the fire now, I moved away from the area four months ago. I hope you’re having a great weekend. Thanks for joining the coffee share 🙏😊

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  5. I’m unnerved by the accounts of the fires in California, although I’m pretty sure that my brother and his wife, who live near san rafael, are not in the path of anything at this time. I do not like fires; I would much preferring rain or snow storms. Re: books set in the west, you might take a look at Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman. First book in her “Devil’s West” series. Sort of an alternate history/fantasy. I quite like your nighttime picture with the moon hanging over the twilight skyline.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Much love!


  6. I am more interested in the baking enterprise going on in h kitchen always up for learning new baking recipes especially easy ones I love on country where finding bread is actually a mission so one ends up being their own baker or else say goodbye to bread and cake and muffins if you wait to buy in the shop


    1. I love baking. I baked with my grand mother, and my mother a lot as a child. Later I attended a specialized college, where you went to school part time, and had an apprentice at a bakery part time. I worked 9 years as a baker, before becoming a teacher. Now I do it for fun, and to know what it is in the food I eat. Lot of the stuff you buy in the stores here are full of preservatives. I think that’s scary. I hope you had a great weekend!

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  7. Greetings for another week. So sorry to hear about the devastating fires in CA. We get this heartbreak over and over again in Australia, although some fires are obviously worse than others and wield such destruction and heartbreak. I wish them well trying to get back on their feet.
    I particularly love your alpaca photo will have to show my daughter. She loves alpacas.
    To be honest, I’m grateful that last week’s over but came out of it feeling an immense sense of gratitude. All’s well that ends well.
    I need to go and get to the shops so had better head off.
    Best wishes,


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