Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude, Parenting, And Minimalism


Good morning! It’s Friday morning 5am. I don’t really have to get up this early today, I’m not preparing lunch for my daughter, and walking her to school before work. That usually takes up a big chunk of my weekday mornings. We had a scare earlier this week. Let me grab you some coffee, or maybe tea? And I’ll tell you all about it.

Last Sunday we cut our hike a little short, because my daughter was tired. Very tired. I thought that was natural, considering that she’d just finished a long week of important tests at school. We went back to the house, and she voluntarily took a nap. That is unusual, but it happens occasionally. There’s a lot of pollen in the air, and it sometimes bother her, I thought maybe that plays in as well. I especially thought so when she woke up on Monday morning still being very tired. She was due for am immunization shot  later that day, and I decided to let her stay in bed.

I worked during the day (downstairs, in our house.) She did some arts and crafts in the middle of the day, and slept through the afternoon. I got off work a little late. (That is the one thing I HATE about my job, not having my time respected, I love everything else. This happens a lot. I grew up in a culture were respecting other peoples time was crucial. Not respecting other peoples time by being late, was the worst form of disrespect you could show another person. Since time was considered everyone’s most valuable asset.) I had to rush, and put my daughter straight in the car, and drive to her Doctor’s appointment. She was a little red in her face when we got into the Doctor’s office, and felt hot, but it was almost 90 degrees outside, and we had stressed to get to the appointment on time.

She didn’t look too good. We got called in immediately, and she had over 103 in fever. The Doctor heard a wheezing sound from her lungs. She told me that it must hurt for your daughter to breath, but my daughter who has an insanely high tolerance for pain, said that it didn’t. She looked worse and worse by the minute. She got medicine to take the fever down, and was diagnosed with a bad case of bronchitis. She’s had a little bit of a cough for a couple weeks, but everyone around us has it, and she never complained about it. It’s extremely dry here in the desert. Cough is common. For the first time in her life she’s on antibiotics (she never needed it before,) and steroids. We left the Doctor with 8 prescriptions. I felt so bad for her.

There was a couple sleepless nights, and challenging days. She started to feel slightly better yesterday, but I am making her take it very easy. On top of that I’ve worked 24/7, since the parents of the boys I’m taking care of had a planned trip Tuesday-Thursday. I’d say everything went very well, juggling the care of a sick daughter, and two energetic little boys. Everyone was in good spirits the majority of the time. Can’t ask for much more. It’s been extremely windy, and it was an OK week to play indoors. I could not have taken the kids to play outdoors, like I usually do every day,  even if I wanted too. I’m happy it’s Friday! And I am so grateful for my daughter’s normally very good health. I’m not easily worried for anything, but I was slightly worried this week.

Can I get you a refill on that Coffee? Or maybe some tea?

It’s going to be very comfortable temperatures this weekend, a high of 69 today, 74 tomorrow, and 83 Sunday. Well, 83 is stating to get a little too hot for my taste, but the other days sounds fabulous.

I reread The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Hardcover) by Joshua Becker. I’ve been living a minimalistic lifestyle for several years, and even before that I enjoyed sleek lines, without clutter in my home. All my homes have been inspired by a Scandinavian touch. However, I feel that an important part of being able to live a free life, where possessions doesn’t own my time and energy, is to go through my things on a regular basis. I usually do this 3-4 times/year, donating and selling things I no longer use. As I felt it was time to do that again, I reread Becker’s book, to get inspired. It is truly liberating to not drown in “stuff”. A minimalistic lifestyle is an important zen strategy in my life. Minimalism should be customized to each persons needs. It can not be the same thing for everyone.

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, theminimalists.com

For me this means that I choose to live in a smaller space, and own less physical things. Since I purchase less things, I can choose higher quality things that last longer. That goes for clothes, outdoor equipment, and even food. For me personally minimalism means that being debt free, is a priority. I barter when possible, and keep my monthly expenses low. Caring for my loved ones, educating my daughter, living a stress free life in close connection to nature and animals, while keeping track of my family’s ecological footprint, is important to me. It’s a lifestyle.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Are you still good on coffee? Can I get you anything else? How is your week? Any fun plans for the weekend?


Photo from last weekend’s hike in Red Rock (NV.)

The birds are singing outside my window right now, and it looks like it’s going to be a very beautiful day. Have an amazing day!


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

34 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude, Parenting, And Minimalism

  1. I hope your daughter recovers very soon, MJ! Poor girl, that’s tough. Your a wonderful mother. Minimalism is great! I’ve followed this for some years now. If you don’t need it, sell it or donate it! Clutter is not my friend. 85 is warm, the 100-115’s that are on the way will test your heat tolerance!

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  2. I hope your daughter is recovering well. Kind of scary. I need to live a bit more minimalistically. I have always gone for the less but better quality thing, it’s just that I can be a bit of a hoarder. Or I’ll get on a kick and don’t stop collecting when I should.

    Anyway, I hope your daughter is feeling better for the weekend.

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  3. I am so glad we are having coffee today!
    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. What a strong person she is! I hope she is feeling better now.
    I do love Josh Becker. Have you read Essentialism? I do not reread books often but that is one for me.
    How wonderful that you work from home! It is something I am striving for myself.
    I love my black coffee. It is so delicious! Thanks for sharing this time with me today.
    Come by my site and we will have coffee again on Sunday!

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    1. Hi Tammy! I really enjoyed our coffee. I will definitely be back Sunday. I have not read Essentialism, but thanks for the reminder. It’s a book I’ve been wanting to read. After seeing your comment I ordered it, and I’m looking forward to start reading it this weekend. I’m really excited about it actually 😊 see you Sunday ☀️


  4. Oh dear, that is so scary and am glad your daughter is on the mend! She’s a trooper and so stoic, I bet this weekend will makeup for the busy week you had! ❤️

    You are so inspiring! I grew up not knowing anything about being a minimalist and actually have been married for 35 years this year and both my husband and I collect things. He has several collections, one being items from WWII that are worth a lot of money these days. And I fell in Love with Star Wars movies years ago and have a collection of items from the movies. I don’t think I have anything that’s worth a whole lot, never really checked. It’s such a whole different way to think, and our collections aren’t driven by money really, just a love we have for history or movies – why do we own these possessions? I always thought I could display them one day, but haven’t done so yet! Haha, I can see how having less could be more, and I love reading and learning about minimalism!! 😀

    I so ENJOYED coffee today! I’ll be sharing a weekend coffee share hopefully later today! Have a great weekend! ❤️🥰😍

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    1. Thank you my friend ❤️ your comments always makes me smile. I am sure that I would of had more items saved for sentimental reasons, if I hadn’t made the big move across the Atlantic. Thank you for having coffee with me, I will check in on your blog later this evening. What kind of coffee will we have ?😉

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  5. Glad your daughter is improving. It is scary when our kids get really sick. She is lucky not to have been on antibiotics prior to this. Are you following up with probiotics to get her gut back on track?

    I admire your minimalist living. After nearly 30 years in one home, we’ve accumulated way too much, although the past couple years we’ve been working on clearing stuff out. Still much to do!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you 🙏 She has sauerkraut and kombucha is in her weekly diet (great probiotic.) I’ll add some extra for a while. It is so easy to accumulate things. I do it too. That’s why I need to clean out my closet a few times a year. Lol just finished that project yesterday, and it feels so awesome ☀️ Have an amazing weekend ❤️😊

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  6. So glad your daughter is ok! You have a tough little girl! Minimalism is one reason we moved off grid. We had so much stuff, most we really didn’t use. Now we have only what we need to live instead of just “stuff”. It’s amazing how much you don’t need. You have a great weekend and I hope your little one gets well soon.

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  7. How scary! I hope your daughter feels better soon! She sounds like quite a trooper. I haven’t read any of Joshua Becker’s books but I enjoy his articles on Facebook. I’m in the process of filling up some boxes for my next Purple Heart donation. Thank you for the coffee!

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  8. Hi Maria,
    I actually read your coffee share yesterday, but the site was not loading the “Like” button for me. I wanted to circle back because I don’t want you to ever think I don’t like reading your material. Thanks also for your reply to my coffee share. If you try Scribophile, don’t think you have to pay me any points for reviewing your work. I would welcome the chance to help you just for the pleasure of doing so. Just sayin’.

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  9. By now, I’m sure your daughter is feeling better. The onset of Bronchitis is insidious even with adults, my 34-year-old daughter got it out of the blue several weeks ago but she didn’t feel that sick and still went to work but couldn’t figure out why she felt so tired and out of breath! I guess we moms don’t really stop worrying! Playing catch up with blog reading today…spent a busy week grading papers, spent Saturday morning with a friend, then headed to the delta for a one night stay.

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    1. Thank you, she is starting to feel better, but is not fully recovered yet. Luckily she has spring break this coming week, and we can take it a little slower than usual. It sounds like you’re having a great weekend 🙂 Have a fabulous new week!

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  10. Ahh, sorry to hear about this. I’m sure it’s only in the memory now. I was surprised to hear about steroids (I’m not a medic, just have never heard of taking that for bronchitis and there were many times I had bronchitis in my life. Not in the USA though).

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