Weekend Coffee Share- Joshua Trees In Bloom


I apologize that I am so very late for our coffee date! I can’t believe it’s already Sunday evening. Where did the weekend go? How was your weekend?

My daughter’s dad was in town for the weekend. He travels a lot, and when he is in town I make sure that she gets to meet him. It’s not always easy to arrange. Her dad works a lot, usually seven days a week. This time it went pretty smooth.

We managed to watch the new Marvel movie in 3D, on Saturday. It was a lot better than I thought it would be! We went to one of the buffets in town afterwards (yummy, yummy,) and a stranger picked up our check. Unexpected kindness always warms my heart. There are good people out there! I try my best to pay it forward, when possible.

Today, Sunday, we went to Red Rock Canyon. It was great to leave the city behind for a little bit, even though it was terribly crowded on some places. It was still awesome. I’m grateful. The Joshua trees are starting to bloom, and it was a magnificent sight. I’ve never seen them in bloom before.


Gretchen next to a Joshua Tree.


Close-up on the blooming Joshua Tree.

The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began. โ€• Tom Hanks


Have you noticed any signs of spring in your area? It was 78 degrees here today, and on Tuesday we’re expecting 84. If it was up to me I’d say that’s enough. Pretty perfect, it doesn’t have to get hotter.

How is your coffee? Can I get you a refill? Or maybe some tea, since it’s starting to get a little late for coffee? I got a new Echinacea tea today, I’m going to try it now. Would you like to try?

When we lived in California my daughter used to ride our horses 5-6 days/week. I’ve been trying to get her interested in different types of exercising activities available around here, but she have not shown any interest in any of them. Today she said that if she had a bike that she liked she would agree to ride it every day. Said and done, we took care of that, while she still had her promise in fresh memory. We found one that she liked, and took it to a park for a test ride. She LOVED it, and we’re going to go bike riding every evening. I started to get a little worried about her lack of interest in exercising here (she loves to eat… a lot.) I’m going to do my very best to make this bike riding a new, good habit.

I feel like it’s been a good, but very intense weekend. I hope your weekend was amazing. I’m going to leave you with a sunrise photo from this morning.



Ms Zen


30 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share- Joshua Trees In Bloom

  1. Beautiful photos as always! Iโ€™m glad she likes to ride, itโ€™s great exercise. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒž

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      • Your welcome. I love the new Kona bike! Extremely light and incredibly easy to pedal and travel on. My doctor said I neeed to exercise more so I got the bike, so nice to have one again. I have another short ride planned for today. Tomorrow my kitchen gets torn out for a cabinet rebuild so one more free day! I have a heart condition so the bike is a a fab way to exercise.

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  2. Pretty flowers, and I love the cityscape! Spring is arriving in fits and starts, here in North Dakota. Tulips emerging from the ground on the east side of the house, and feet-tall snowdrifts melting in the back yard. Don’t imagine the tulips will survive the plunging temperatures of the coming week. Where you are looks so green!

    Bikes sound like a good idea. Hope she will be able to stick with it.

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    • Thank you Lizl! I’m so happy you enjoyed the photos ๐Ÿ™‚ I did take quiet a few cityscapes around Las Vegas this weekend, just need to go through them. I will share them shortly.

      My daughter rode her new bike two miles tonight, and was very happy with herself. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      I love tulips, I bet they are beautiful! I’m going to check out your coffee share. I hope your new week got off to a fabulous start ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Sounds like a busy weekend, I know how that goes and I love the blooms on the Joshua trees! I’m behind on movies and am looking forward to seeing that one soon. Bike riding is great exercise, such a great idea. I enjoyed my coffee with you as I’m drinking some this evening before I head to work on my night shift! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ

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    • It has been a couple very busy weekends. I enjoy it, but I am going to plan more time for my photography and blogging. Working full time and being a mom full time kind of eats away my whole week, in a fabulous way of course, but I want to dedicate more time to process the photos I take, and interact with other bloggers…combined with some adventures to spice it up of course ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your shift went well. Talk to you soon my friend.

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  4. Joshua tree are such so interesting and beautiful. When my daughter lived in CA she took us to a national park (the name escapes me) and introduced us to Joshua trees.

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    • Yes, they are ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s two National Parks with Joshua Trees in CA (that I know off,) Joshua Tree National Park, and Mojave National Preserve. I’m happy you got to see them. They are special.


  5. Cool blooms, I missed them on my visit, they were just starting to bud up – I read that they are pollinated by a single species of moth, a very specialized relationship. Nature is amazing always.
    Glad you and your daughter have a new way of exercising together. It must be somewhat challenging in a city. Bet you wish you could just teleport to the countryside on a daily basis!

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    • Yes, Joshua Trees are amazing. This was the first time I’ve seen them in bloom. I read an article about their pollination process, very fascinating.

      I do wish I could teleport myself to the countryside after work every day. That would be fanstastic. However, I get a little closer to my homesteading goal every week, that is a good feeling, and it makes it easier to just make the best out of city life. Have a fabulous week my friend!

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  6. Hi Maria – you know we worry about you when you delay checking in. Friends are like that. But “worry” is too big of a word because you are perfectly able to take care of yourself – so perhaps I’ll stick with just missing you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Joshua Tree in bloom. Your photo is amazing. How long do the blooms last?

    Here in Sonoma County, Spring is pushing winter into the history bin and everything is blooming – even good old I5 between LA and Sacramento is surrounded by wild flowers (reported my son as he traveled up from college to home for spring break).

    My major markers are simple: Our Austree in the front yard is bursting with new green growth, Our plum tree in the backyard has bloomed and now the new leaves are sprouting, and finally, my pals the alligator lizards are awake from their long winter hibernation. It’s a great time to be here.

    Great idea on the bike for your daughter. Once again I applaud your mom instincts.


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    • I take that as a great compliment that I’m missed by my blogging friends. I do try to make our coffee dates a priority every week. I enjoy it so much.

      I don’t know how long the Joshua Trees are in bloom. It looked like they only just got started. It’s the first time I am in the Mojave during spring time, so it’s a treat to see them.

      California this time of the year is so amazing. I can see with my minds eyes how beautiful it is. Enjoy!! Thank you for your most kind, thoughtful comment.

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  7. Beautiful blooming desert. Here is still a bit too chilly for my taste but I did some reading in the sun and almost got a sunburn. ๐Ÿ™‚ Blooms everywhere. Great that you will bike together, I’d need somebody for that too. Amore is not interested.

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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Reading in the sun sounds wonderful. What are you reading right now? I hope your new week started out in the best possible way. I’m still catching up with last weekends coffee shares. I promised myself to not do too much next weekend, but to enjoy the coffee shares while it is still the weekend. On the other hand, by being this late, I get to experience some of my friends “weekend”, in the middle of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Oh, I say that life has priority, blogging should always come second. I’m reading Living and Dying with Dogs by Duke Miller. It’s not about dogs but about war and society and hard questions. I wish you happy days.

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        • Definitely, it’s just that since I moved to the city there is always people pulling me to do this, or that, sometimes I feel that I just need to do the things I feel like. Not always chase other peoples rainbows ๐Ÿ™‚

          Your book sounds very interesting!

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  8. Love the sunrise photo! It made me wonder was I was doing at the time it was taken, so, so far east of you. Looking forward to hearing about your bike riding adventures!

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    • Thank you Kathleen. Since I spent a considerate amount of my weekend in the middle of the city (doesn’t happen to often,) I tried to used the time to take some cityscapes. I don’t do a whole lot of that, so it’s fun to experiment from time to time. I wonder what you were doing that early in the morning? ๐Ÿ™‚

      So far it’s only my daughter that has a bike. I figure I’ll get one when she gets more confident. For now I’m walking/running. She has been very good about her commitment. The day she got the bike she rode one mile, yesterday she rode two. I’m going to encourage her to keep riding in any way I can. I hope your new week is fantastic!


    • So happy you enjoyed it!! I have some catching up to do as well. I have been spending as much time as I can outside. The weather have been nice, and itโ€™s going to be too hot too soon.. lol. Iโ€™m looking forward to catching up some this weekend. โ˜€๏ธ

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  9. Wow beautiful!! I think i might just have to plan a little trip out there to see the Joshua trees in bloom. Great post ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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