Weekend Coffee Share – Zen


If we’re having coffee today I would try to get my thoughts straight. I’m a non-linear thinker, and at the moment there are lots of thoughts racing around in my head. Mostly ideas about future projects (homesteading, gardening, photography, web design, and road trips…all exciting things.) I’m actually in a pretty good place. I’m not stressed out about anything. Zen have settled into our lives. This might sound contradicting, but I feel it’s the closest to my truth there is right now, many things going on, and zen at the same time. Some might say balance. Maybe it’s spring time, and all the promises it brings?

What kind of coffee can I offer you today? Or maybe you fancy some green tea? I have a Kombucha tea that I absolutely love! I’ve been drinking it both hot and cold this week. The coffee is a strong, black, dark roast French press. What will it be my friend?

I hesitate to say How was you week? Like if it was already over. I think I’ll choose to ask you How is your week? For many people the best part of the week is still to come. I love weekends more than ever now, because that is (usually) the time when I can give my daughter undivided attention. The highlight of my week.


Last night, while I was checking on my plants in the backyard, my daughter and I had a really good conversation about what’s going on in her life. It’s like she is more relaxed when she knows that she has a couple days to just be a kid, not having to get up early, and focus all day.


This weekend I’m actually going to work some. I’m far from thrilled about working in the weekends, but I do it sometimes. The good thing is that I work from home, and I can have my daughter with me. Before I get on my 19 hour work shift this afternoon, I do have a wonderful morning to look forward too, and a lunch with a super cool lady. Lois and I, met for the first time when we took some online writing and photography classes together, a good six (+) years ago. Since then we’ve met several times in real life, when I lived in California. She’s in Vegas now, and I’m thrilled that she’s making time to see me.

How is your coffee? Any signs of spring in your part of the world? Some of the flowers are already over bloomed here, others are yet to come. Many of the trees are dressed in beautiful new green leaves. The tomato seeds I planted earlier are starting to pop up, still tiny tiny, but there to remind me of the miracle to come.


New leaves on a pomegranate tree in our backyard, no flowers yet. 

My daughter have been riding her new bike almost every day this week, and we’re definitely going to ride some more this weekend. What’s your favorite type of exercise in the spring? Is it different from other times of the year? This post is part of my friend Terri’s, Sunday Still; Spring theme.


Exploring in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area last weekend.

I’m super blessed with an overall really good health, but I do have a stigmatism problem with my eyes. On top of that I’m very light sensitive as well. When I’m out and about I wear contacts, (and sunglasses.) When I’m working, or just chilling at home, I usually wear regular, old fashioned glasses. My eyes gets very dry when I wear contacts for six hours, or more. I’ve tried different types of eye drops, but it’s just not very comfortable after 6 hours. I have a slight dilemma with that at the moment. Two days ago my glasses broke, badly. I can’t fix it. Since my demands for lenses is a little out of the ordinary it takes time to get new ones. I went to pick out new ones yesterday, but it is going to take two weeks to get my new glasses. Meanwhile I’ll have to do a combination of doing  without glasses, and wear contacts longer hours. I’m not wearing contacts now. It’s not even 6 am, and I know I will need my contacts to be able to drive later today. I’m extremely happy that this is only going to be for two weeks. The good thing about this is, that I really needed new glasses. The ones I had wasn’t on my newest prescription. As a single mom I sometimes don’t prioritize my own needs, when it comes to big expenses that possibly can wait. I saw my Optometrist several times this fall, to see if I could find good contacts that were comfortable for me. My prescription  was changed a couple times, but I never bought new glasses. Maybe this was the Universe forcing me to spend that extra money? LOL. I got two pairs, buy one get one for free. I liked both a lot, and I’m looking forward to getting them. I usually buy practical ones that matches a lot of different things. This time I picked two pairs that I really liked instead! I’m going to feel good about wearing them. In fact I’ve never felt as good about any glasses, that I did when I tried these ones on. I’ve never spent as much money either. (It’s out of the ordinary for me. I’m not a spender. In fact I strongly dislike going to shopping malls etc. I don’t like to surround myself with too much stuff.) I figure that since I wear glasses every day, and I certainly don’t buy glasses very often, I should get ones that I feel great about.


As you can see there’s so many different thoughts racing around in my head right now, but I’ve also been taking the time to read for at least one hour every day (usually a lot more.) I need that to stay grounded. I have been good about meditating every morning, and I’ve started to write a physical journal, about things I’m grateful for, and moments I want to remember. Eventually I will share some of the thoughts here. I feel that reading, photography, meditation, exercise, writing, and gardening, along with time in nature still keeps me sane…just like always, but I need it even more now, living in a city with 2 million people. BTW, talking about the city, did you catch my post about Cityscapes earlier this week? Would you like a refill on your coffee before we part ways?

Have a fabulous weekend my friend!


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 – Zen

  1. Glad your daughter is liking her new bike!! I lost my glasses and sadly, I think it’s time I get new ones and start wearing them more than my contacts. 😦 I’m happy to hear everything is going well and all is peaceful! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  2. I definitely have the impression that your zen is back in full force, not that it ever left. I needed that coffee this morning as I got another cold. How cool to meet with a fellow blogger, Maria! Even though you have work today, your daughter can be with you. My eyes used to have perfect vision for most of my life, until my mid 40s when I began needing readers. Now I wear glasses full time and the lenses darken outside, very convenient! You’ll have to post a pic of yourself wearing your new glasses. Hope you have a fab weekend and thanks for sharing for Sunday Stills 😎

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  3. I hope you are having a great weekend, even if it is glasses free. As I was reading, I was thinking that having a spare pair of glasses is always a plus, so I think it is great you are getting two. I only wear reading glasses and my insurance picks up a pair every year, so that is good – I have several pair.

    Biking is great exercise, and great freedom. Cool your daughter is getting into it. I run pretty much all year. This should be the start of kayak season, but I’ve been too busy.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Trent! it has been a great weekend so far. My lunch with my friend Lois was fabulous, both the food and the company. The weather have been very pleasant, sunny and 75. My daughter and I spent a lot of time in our backyard yesterday, checking in on our plants, and did a lot of reading by the pool. Very relaxing.

      It does feel like a good idea to have two pair of glasses. I’m excited about getting them.
      I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend my friend! Thanks for having coffee with me!

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  4. Your daughter is growing fast (don’t they always?). Good pic of her relaxing by the pool. 🙂
    I would love having a pomegranate in my yard! They must love the heat of LV.
    I used to agonize over choosing new frames for myself. Nowadays, probably because I’m older ;), I pick out glasses in about 5 minutes. I lucked out last time as I still like them, a miracle!

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    1. Thank you Eliza! Yes, she is growing fast. Every day I get amazed by the little person she is becoming.

      There’s actually two decent sized pomegranates in the backyard. They had a few fruits last year, but the trees are terribly mistreated, and need a lot of things. There’s also a peach tree, and a couple lemon trees, same thing with them. I’ve talked to the owner of the place on several occasion,offering to take care of them, and the rest of the backyard, if he can get me the things I need. I can put in the time, but I don’t feel like purchasing all the tools, soil, and nutrients needed. The needs are quiet substantial. So far nothing happened. We’ll see…Since nothing happens on that front I’m focusing on my little container garden.

      The glasses that you wear in your photo looks great, and really suits you. I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.


  5. Hello Maria – how could I miss this. You asked about our catching your post above and I made a face because I had missed it, Wait! Have I …? Ugh – nope! I had never “followed” your blog…! I feel like I’ve known you for years now and after chatting each weekend I managed to never circle back and press that little “Follow” button.

    Okay – at least that is fixed now. Sometimes, I think my view of reality is so scattered. Anyway, it sounds like life is treating your great and you are continuing to leave a positive wake as you cruse through life.

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    1. Thank you my friend! Life is good. I read your post this morning, and I understand you had a very intense week this week. Good job standing up for your relative in need. I wish you all the best on that journey. I know from personal experience that it isn’t easy. I hope you get to enjoy some good times this weekend as well.


  6. Oh I am thrilled your daughter loves her bike! I loved my bike when I was a kid as it was my way to get to EVERYWHERE!

    I wear one contact in my right eye for distance. My left eye has no correction and I use that eye for reading. I thought I would hate mono-vision but it has been fabulous! No readers to lose everywhere. I do wear prescription glasses at night to help boost my left eye for distance when driving.

    I know your Zen is back… you are with your daughter… that is what is wonderful. Enjoy each day …as new beginnings will come to be.
    Hugs to you!

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  7. I am having trouble with my eyeglasses also, and so I sympathize. It’s a good think I am a touch typist, or I would never get through all the writing that I want to do. Plastic and base metals irritate my skin, and I couldn’t use the solutions needed to wear contact lenses. As time goes by, I have to put aside my glasses more often. Even so, the eye strain gets to me, and so I must take time for frequent naps and change out activities to give my eyes some rest.

    The gazebo is warming up nicely, these mostly sunshiny days, and so I am getting out to the exercise bike for at least a mile’s pedaling. I am getting into the routine I followed when I was able to go to (and could afford) the exercise room at the YMCA. I am back to using the 6.6 lb free weights to regain muscle mass in my arms and back. Also for stretching the back muscles. I have smaller hand weights for working wrists and fingers (3.3 lb). Feels good to get back into moving freely after some years of illness. I envy you the travel and climbing and exploring … pocket ecosystems? Thank you for the wonderful post and photographs.

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    1. I am so happy that you can get back into exercising again. I know what exercising does to not only our body’s, but our minds as well. I don’t feel good If I’m forced to take it easy for a spell. I’m not fun to be around at all then!

      I wish you a wonderful new week, thank you so much for enjoying my photos, and having coffee with me.

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