Weekend Coffee Share – The Calm Before The Storm

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Welcome to this weekend’s coffee share! How would you like your coffee? Or maybe a cup of tea sounds more tempting? I actually have almost any tea that you could imagine. I drink a lot of tea during the day, hot in the cold season, and cold in the hot season. I have a great variety of herbal teas, but also some traditional black ones. I do believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I’m not fanatic, but I do a pretty good job eating healthy. When you feel the benefits in your body, the decision gets easier. I prefer a good herbal tea, and a plant based diet as medicine, compared to taking prescription drugs. (If possible. I’m not a Doctor, I appreciate a good health care system well accessible to everyone…but if I don’t need to use it – I’m very happy.)

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Speaking of health, it’s been a long work week, with both of the kids I’m caring for being sick. There’s a lot of colds and flus going right now. I had a little bit of a cold a few days ago, but nothing like the people around me. The air is very dry in the area, and I have a humidifier with eucalyptus oil going a few hours every day. It helps keeps my airways feeling good.

I had a conversation with another teacher earlier this week, about children and teenager’s of today not mastering the art of cursive writing. Is it a lost art? After talking to my friend, I realize that I haven’t practiced any cursive writing myself in a long time. I was never brilliant at it, like my little sister. A hand written note, or letter from her was pure art. I so wished that I had some of the hundreds of letter she wrote me. I saved them for many years in a box, but it got lost during a move out of state. I actually wrote a first draft to this post by hand (that I’m completely ignoring as I am writing this..lol,) and decided that I should practice cursive writing on a regular basis. Do you use pen and paper on a daily/weekly basis?

Would you like a refill on that coffee/tea? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m going to enjoy time doing all the little things that I’ve been way to tired to tackle this week, and enjoy some quiet, relaxing time. There’s definitely going to be some reading as well. I’m reading one exciting novel Winter Study, by Nevada Barr. All Nevada Barr books takes place in amazing places, this one is no exception, it takes place at Isle Royale National Park (an island in Lake Superior.) I just finished High Country, that took place in Yosemite. I love Yosemite! The book was fabulous, and very intersting. I love reading books about places I’ve been to, and plan on revisiting one day.

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I usually donate the novels I read to other book lovers, or goodwill, but then there’s books that define who I am that I like to showcase in my home. Books that I often pick up and read passages from. This garden-homesteading-nature section is frequently consulted. I’ve narrowed this section down to the books I actually read, it use to have about 100 more books. As the minimalist I am, I did not like it, even though those were all good books, they collected too much dust.

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This is a section of self empowering books that helped me through the years, also narrowed down to the ones I’ve actually read more than once, and will read again.

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I also have a horse section, that one is a work in progress, and I am currently missing several of my favorite pieces. They were too big to bring when I moved, so I donated them to a little horse girl (very much like the little girl I once was.)

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I had my favorite photo, from my birthday adventure earlier this month, printed on canvas. It arrived earlier this week, and I am very pleased with the result.

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Horses have always, and will always be, a very important part of my life.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston S. Churchill

I’ve read a few beautiful posts lately, where bloggers showed details from their home that meant something to them, explaining why it meant something. I liked that idea, and borrowed the concept. If you consciously create a space that you thrive in, it says a lot about who you are. For me, less is more, but it has to be the exact right things. I am not very materialistic, something I constantly get reminded about here in Las Vegas LOL, but I am very picky. I think everyone should be picky. If something isn’t the way you like it to be, do what it takes to change it.

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These are purposely laying well visible next to my bookshelf, as a reminder that I should pick them up every day. I do, most days.

I am not content with living in the city, but I am happy. I love my job, and I’ve met some fantastic people since I moved here. I am actively working towards my dream of a small homestead; minimalistic, a zen paradise, that is what I imagine. Filled with fruit trees, and a year around green house, providing an abundance of fresh food. There are still question marks about some practical details, but I am going to take things one step at a time. I have the property now. I live relatively close, which gives me an opportunity to learn more about the property before I’m ready to actually live there (likely years into the future.) My dream is very much alive, and it feels awesome to work towards the image in my head. I felt that I needed to add that last paragraph, to not contradict my own words; If something isn’t the way you like it to be, do what it takes to change it. I am very much enjoying the process! I might get a greenhouse somewhere in the area I live now, to do some gardening meanwhile. My green fingers are starting to itch. LOL. 

I named this weekends coffee share, The Calm Before The Storm for several reasons;

It’s ten days until I get my daughter living with me full time. I’m going to be busy. I am super happy, but I also realize that there’s going to take some effort on my side to find a good balance in our life. Allowing new good things to enter, without taking away what’s important to our little family. I’m working on saying NO more firmly, I don’t want to have every second of my life scheduled. I need some unscheduled time to get my creative juices flowing. It feels like city people are a different species, compared to the country people I’m used to. I’m not saying it as a bad thing, just different, different priorities, different cultures. I’ve felt completely at ease bringing my daughter up in the country. I know how things work. Here it feels like a bigger responsibility.

It’s also the calm before the storm of Christmas. I’ve finished my Christmas shopping. Still waiting on some items to arrive, so that I can wrap them, but that’s so easy, and not stressful at all.

It’s also the calm before the storm in nature. I’m thinking a lot about gardening, and what kind of gardening I will be doing come spring. The initial work of setting up a garden is intense, and there’s some cost involved. It’s draining to put that work into someone else’s place. I’ve said to myself more than once that this is the last time I’m doing this. On the other hand, there’s some work that I can do partly as a preparation for my own place, like propagating fruit trees, that I can plant on my homestead. Fruit trees takes years of growing before they start producing. Then there’s the pleasure of that act of gardening. How much of that pleasure is taken away by the noise of the city, and lack of privacy? Questions I spend time thinking about. It’s like a waiting period sort of.

I don’t have any problems filling my time with interesting things in the meanwhile. It’s not like that at all! I just have to practice patience on some aspects of my life, like we all do, in order to make the good result last. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the photos from my road trip to Mojave last weekend. It was wonderful! That’s exactly the sort of revitalizing things I want to fill my free time with.

How are things in your world? Grab another cup of coffee, or tea, and tell me all about it!

Love,

Ms Zen

33 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – The Calm Before The Storm

  1. I totally agree that writing Cursiv is slowly going away. I can’t write much of it today except signing my name. It’s the computers and mobile devices doing this. I’m glad your little lady will be coming to stay with you full time, best wishes for you guys. ❤️🌴🌵😎🙏🏻

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    1. I can’t say that I have been spending that much time writing with a pen and paper lately. I believe that if you are really good at it, you’re going to have good use of your skills. That’s what I’m telling my daughter. She’s left handed, and her style is “very artistic.” Thank you for your kind comment.

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  2. I agree with you on so many levels. I believe in healing myself, eating healthy. City life for me would be challenging. I am so happy that you are working towards a goal of eventually moving to your homestead. I imagine that having your daughter living with you is exciting. My week has been very good, especially the moodiness I had because of the fires finally lifted, thank goodness! Lastly, what a beautiful photo to have been printed on a canvas. ❤️ Until your next post, enjoy!!

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    1. I heard that all evacuation from the Carr fire was lifted this morning. It’s such great news! I totally understand your previous moodiness. It’s been a challenging fall in northern California. So happy you’re mood has improved! Thank you for your supporting comment. ❤

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  3. I have years of journals, all in cursive, that my kids won’t be able to read! Even when I write them a note, unless it is very short, they won’t bother to try to decipher it. We have computers to thank for that.
    I like your new horse photo – it looks great!
    I hope everyone there gets well in time for Christmas. My son from Truckee is flying in this week to spend a couple weeks with us, a fun surprise we weren’t expecting. Wishing you a great week ahead!

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    1. There are different purposes with journals. I am sure that yours are serving a great purpose. I love journaling, and I write very unfiltered, things that the polite person people meet would not recognize. Then I get scared that someone might read it, and burn it. We’re talking about hundreds of journals..lol. I don’t have one right now.

      How exciting with your son coming for a visit. I am so happy for you!! Have a wonderful week ❤

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  4. I Love handwriting and I have a journal that I try and write in when I can. I wish I wrote more but it is fun to hand write. It is sad it is something that not everyone does any more, too much technology! I am left handed like your daughter, I use my right hand for many things too. I enjoyed having coffee with you this weekend and I am glad you see the future and are working on things that are very important to you and I know how you miss your gardening! You will get where you want to be before you know it, we just need to keep the faith and keep moving in that direction. We both are on a path and it will be fun to keep each other posted on our progress and I know that will be through our writings and posts! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. That is a beautiful thing that you keep a journal. Writing helps me digest life. Even if no one would ever read your journals, they still have a great purpose. I recently read a book that was based on a journal, or several journals written over several years.

      I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. I spent yesterday catching up with things. Today I’ll probably go for a little drive. ❤

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  5. Thanks for coffee. I’ve enjoyed my time with you and you have left me thinking about my non minimalist house. I wrote a post a couple of years ago where I said I believed that writing was a dying art and in the future it will be only artists that do any writing. I also did a Times Past post on learning to write. I too, like you was never very good but we had no choice in those days. Now I cannot read my own written hand and any thoughts of returning to writing longhand are totally gone forever.Thanks for the Nevada Barr tip. I’ll keep an eye out for them. Enjoy having your daughter back full time and keep those dreams alive – they sound wonderful.

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    1. Thank you for having coffee with me Irene! I got my Nevada Barr books at thriftbooks.com, I love that site, they often get old library books, for sale there. I’ve used that site for several years, and the books are always in good condition.
      From the photos you’ve shared, everything about your home looks very tasteful.
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. ❤

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  6. Thanks for the coffee! I write a lot of story first drafts by hand and in cursive. They may not be neat, but I like it, finding that the ideas often flow better from the tip of the pen.

    Have a great week!

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    1. That is cool that you do, write first drafts by hand. I must admit that I did more of that when I mainly communicated in my native language. For some reason, the flow isn’t the same when I write in English, with a pen in my hand. Maybe because the majority of my writing with a pen in my hand was back in school, in Sweden, in Swedish? I probably need to practice more 🙂
      I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

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  7. WOW, you do have a lot going on. ANd yes, cursive writing is no longer in curriculums. Teachers have to make the time to teach and reinforce it. The rigor of the Common Core and state mandates rob the art of teaching in so many areas as well. (sigh)

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    1. I hope that at least some teachers find the time. Art is so important. Not sure if I like the Common Core concept. Thanks for having coffee with me. I hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend, and a great week to come!

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  8. Many years ago, when I first left corporate for freelance, I did calligraphy work for a variety of clients; never a large percentage of my jobs, but enjoyable. My mother’s business courses included learning the Palmer method of penmanship, and she encouraged me to try it. She also, while in high school, did typing exhibitions at the state fair; learning typing as a child was a good foundation for college and later, being self-employed.

    If you are within driving distance of your property, do you get out there to spend time on the land on a regular basis? I think that would be quite satisfying to look forward to, improving the land. The climate here in eastern North Dakota is changing, and I need to look for wildflowers that will thrive the higher temperatures and more variable rainfall.

    I can imagine that having your daughter with you full time (is that just during the school break?) will call for changes in the routine. Does sound lovely, though, to spend more time together. I hope that goes well for you both.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoy beautiful handwriting. A computer can never compete with that. I encourage my daughter to learn how to write well. She was living with me full time from her birth, up until August of this year. She tried living with her this semester, it has never been an option before, so I was happy that she could spend time with him. However he works a lot, and she ended up spending most of her time with his girlfriend. Her dad and I agreed that it’s better for her to be able to get more support on a daily basis, by living with me again. So she’s coming back full time, for good. She can see her dad whenever he makes time, like some weekends, and school breaks. I can’t wait to feed her nutritious food, spoil her with love, and time outdoors.

    My property is within driving distance. I have not been able to spend a lot of time there, but I am planning on changing that. I think it’s important to get a feel for a place, before starting on any major structures.

    I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, and a great new week!

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  10. I thought you mentioned that your daughter was coming to live with you full time – how excited you must be. We still have all 3 of ours beneath our roof and know we are enjoying time with our kids that not many parents get. We all “like” and love one another, so it’s really a blessing my wife and I try to not take for granted. What a grand Christmas present this should prove to be for you.

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  11. You covered a lot in this post, Maria! First, though I’m happy to read you will have your daughter full time! Living in LV, you are still close to the country and you make the effort to visit often! I’m also happy to read that you had a photo printed onto canvas. I have done that now with three of my images (why not, right?). I just ordered a small one for my neighbors who just had their wedding (I took a gorgeous photo), which I will be sharing next Sunday. Seriously, as we get closer to our Arizona trip, I will consider staying a day in LV at the end of our trip. Ingrid from Live, Laugh, RV and I have been e-mailing back and forth about the trip. She has provided a wealth of information and we plan to meet up with them in Phoenix at the beginning of our trip! Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, my coffee shares tends to be unfiltered. I like reading other people’s unfiltered posts, so why not write one once a week? 😊 you can email me privately if you want, about dates/times for your trip, and I’ll give you my number as well. I check my email several times a day SagittariusViking@gmail.com. It looks like I’m going to Arizona next week. I like Arizona a lot. Have a wonderful wonderful week!

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