Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

morning 2

I think I would choose to have our virtual coffee date on the top of a mountain today (photo above taken at Hilltop Campground, Mount Charleston, Nevada.) Why? Because I can! Would you like some coffee and conversation, with a beautiful view? Great! Nothing can compete with coffee made over the campfire!

This has been a somewhat thought provoking week. I worked overtime a few days last week, and I worked Saturday, so my new week started with slightly less energy levels than normal. It was all because of unexpected circumstances, and not voluntary overtime. It happens. We just do the best we can. In the beginning of the week one of my friends passed away. She had cancer and it wasn’t a surprise. Still devastating in its own way. She was an inspiring woman, and an amazing person. Later during the week I had reasons to be grateful for the peaceful home we have, where yelling, name calling, and disrespectful behavior doesn’t exist.

All this have been heavy on my mind. I’ve been doing a lot of meditating this week. It helped. I used to write a gratitude journal. For some reason I stopped, I still think of the five things I’m most grateful for before going to bed, and the first thing I do before getting out of bed in the morning, but I haven’t written it down lately. I decided to start again. I’m going to write down something I am grateful for every day, in a physical book. Maybe do a short summary in my coffee shares? Probably not every week, but once in a while.

Today I am extremely grateful for my good health. I will do almost anything to stay healthy; including making sure we (my daughter and I) live in a thriving environment, that we eat healthy, get adequate rest and exercise. This is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought this week. I always do, but more than usual. I NEED to stay healthy, to be able to take care of my daughter, and myself. The thought of challenges in this area scares me more than anything else. I don’t feel that I have anyone reliable that would be there for us. I prefer not to dwell on that, but at the same time I’m working very hard to make sure that we will do well.

I am grateful that I have income that allows me to provide a good life for my daughter.

I am grateful that I have a vehicle that runs and drives.

I am grateful for the bliss of another weekend.

I am grateful for the love and kindness in my life, my family and friends.

I am grateful for the amazing nature that surrounds us. All the adventures ahead.

I am grateful for life…I feel an immense sense of gratitude in my heart.

I am grateful that my daughter is doing better in school, all the hard work is starting to pay off.

..and of course I am very grateful for my faithful German Shepherd who is just the most awesome, faithful, loving dog I could ever wish for.

When we had coffee last week I mentioned that I was going to put together a new loft bed for my daughter. I did. This is how it turned out.

She absolutely LOVES it! Which makes me very happy of course. She has now turned the space underneath into her own little art corner.

How about another cup of coffee? Isn’t the view just breathtaking here on this mountain top? We need to get back here often!

How is your week so far? What’s going on in your universe? I hope everything is well with you and your loved ones. Do you have anything fun plans for the weekend?

I have some ideas for the weekend, but nothing set in stone. There’s a hot air balloon festival 1.5 hour away, there’s some trails that I want to explore, and some trail riding businesses that I’ve looked into. Perhaps we need a spontaneous camping trip somewhere? We’ll see, my daughter have several art projects she’s working on, I might just let her indulge in them, and get some kind of hike in when we need to get out of the house. I’ve been working on my online photo gallery this week, and I’m going to spend some more time doing that this weekend. I’ve been pretty good at writing a couple posts here on the blog every week, but I’m behind when it comes to uploading the best photos to my gallery. I’m almost where I need to be, I only have to put in a couple more hours of work to get there, An easy fix. I’ll take care of that this morning, to get it out of the way.

I wish you a fabulous 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

25 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

  1. I’ll have coffee with you on any mountain, absolutely beautiful! I’m so sorry about your friend, may they rest in peace. This is a beautiful post, you are inspiring as I think writing down grateful things is such a great idea. I’ve never done this, I just think about them but maybe a good idea to write on paper.

    I love your daughter’s room, those beds are awesome with a nice nook for her art work or whatever she likes! You always stay so positive, thank you for that as it always gives me the strength to stay positive too!! Positivity is a gift and I appreciate that. I totally understand your need to stay healthy and strong, I feel this burden caring for my family being the bread winner, the one keeping a roof over heads and live a life we enjoy. I need to take more time to take care of me, something I tend to ignore. Thank you for this inspiration!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. I would be on that mountain top with you Maria. I’ve enjoyed many a morning in the mountains with fishing, hiking or just kicking back enjoying the world that God has crafted and the beauty that so many miss for staying in their cities or towns.
    I also love what you did for your daughters bed and room – excellent!
    Finally – your move to document what you are thankful for – has to be one of the best ideas I’ve heard lately. A lifestyle of being grateful quickly washes away so much of the negativity that life pours over us.
    Once again – well done Maria. I applaud your life wisdom.

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    1. It’s a grand feeling being on the top of a mountain. I grew up next to a mountain, and hiking to the very top was a pleasure I enjoyed every season.

      Thank you for your most kind comment. the coffee shares are so much fun, getting glimpses of other blogging friends lives. It’s a great, encouraging community. Thank you for being a positive part of it. I hope you’re having a great weekend!


  3. Lovely photo – the layers of color are so soft. Sorry about the loss of your friend. Cancer is a horrible disease, a hard thing to go through, let alone watch a loved one suffer. I like your gratitude list – I wrote mine for a while and got away from it as I seemed to write the same things over and over. 😉 But I guess it is the exercise of writing that is most helpful. Your daughter’s bed looks fun – I always loved bunkbeds as a kid. Happy weekend to you – rest and renew!

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  4. It sounds like a tough week. I’m sorry about your friend. And I assume that you have reason to be thankful for peace in your home means that you experienced a home that didn’t have peace… Your daughters loft and art area looks great. I hope you find the time for hiking and uploading photos and other stuff you want to get done 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

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  5. I am sorry to hear about your friend!

    This coffee on a mountain top is a great choice; the view is relaxing, therapeutic and it draws my mind to thoughts of the universe and its mysteries in a beautiful way.

    Love the loft bed.

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    1. Thank you so much Pamela! I’m so happy you enjoyed the coffee 🙂 Yes, I live in Las Vegas (NV.) I’ve worked at ranches all over Nevada, further north. This is the first time I live this far south, and in a city. I do love the diversity of Nevada. I’m happy your experience was a good one.


  6. We should have had that coffee on the mountain the time we were there, Maria! A stunning shot! You have much for which to be grateful, as we all do! I like your idea of being purposeful about gratitude and writing it down in a book! Have a wonderful week!

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  7. It’s great to have things to be grateful for, right? And you have a great list! Hope your weekend turned out great and you managed all of your photos.

    Oh, and thanks for the coffee and the views!

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    1. So true Russell! Thank you 🙂 It was a very relaxing weekend. In the end I’d let my daughter decide how we were going to spend it. We did a lot of crafting, visited a couple parks, and researched after school activities in our area. I hope you had a fabulous weekend!.

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  8. Coffee with a view sounds lovely, even better if one to have a view like that from a loft bad hahahaha,it would be a view for a gratitude journal waking up to that
    have an awesome week

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