Weekend Coffee Share; The Heat & Pomegranate Flowers


Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life?

How would you like your coffee? Or does a cup of green tea sound more appealing? I think I’ll have my coffee hot. 

The air is (reasonably cool,) 73 degrees, and I suggest that we have our coffee in the backyard. The roses smells lovely, and the pomegranates are just starting to bloom. The air is thick, and aromatic. I don’t recognize all the scents, but I’m pretty sure I sense jasmine from one of the neighbors. Some rhododendron as well. The later takes me back to childhood summers in Spain. To get to our house there, you had to walk by a huge wall covered by rhododendron. That scent always brings back pleasant memories of holding mom’s hand. I must of been around five, or so.



How is your coffee? The temperature is bearable at the moment, since it’s not even 6 am yet. (It’s still April.) Later today it will be 97. I’d say that Wednesday was the first really hot day here in Las Vegas. I usually take the kids at work with me, and walk to my daughter’s school, when it’s time to pick her up. On the way back that day the kids were miserable (we sang the ice-cream song the whole way home, that helped. Naturally we had ice-cream when we got home.) I decided that from now on I’ll take my car instead. I’ll be honest. The heat scares me. I know that I’ll have to find a way to deal with it, and that this is just the beginning, but it scares me. I hate being stuck inside. Yesterday I dealt with my frustration by lifting weights, which is the most constructive way I can think about. Along with checking the weather on all my favorite places, thinking about where I would like to be, and how to make that happen. There’s some very appealing, cooler, places at higher elevation not too far away…

When the sun went down I took my daughter and dog to the park, so that they could play. It was still 95 degrees out, but no burning sun. The scents in the park are even more intoxicating than in the backyard. The flowers and plants are amazing right now. I promise that I’m not going to whine about the heat every week, how boring would that be? I’m going to put my big girl pants on and deal with it. (Hello pool, and weekend road trips!)



Tonight we’re going to a make-your-own-stuffed-animal party. My daughter have been looking forward to it for a long time. There’s different animals for the kids to choose from, they stuff them, pick an outfit, and name them (they even get a birth certificate for their animal.) It should be lots of fun! And hey, it’s Friday 🙂

How was your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? What’s the weather like in your area? Have a fabulous weekend!!


Ms Zen

PS. I took the four photos of the pomegranate tree this morning, just before making our coffee. Click on the photos to see available prints.

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

39 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; The Heat & Pomegranate Flowers

  1. Beautiful photos MJ! I have 93 at my house just now. The heat is just getting warmed up, the real heat will soon come! I hope your little lady has a great time at the party. 🙏🏻☺️

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    1. Thank you John. She had a fabulous time. It looked like all the kids there did. I think it’s a splendid idea for a kids party. My daughter have already started to ask if I think that she might be invited to a party like that again sometimes.

      I hope you’re enjoying the heat! I’m going to get out of it today.

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      1. That’s great MJ. It’s a bit cooler than yesterday, supposed to cool a bit for a few days before heading back to the 90’s and beyond. You are new to the heat aren’t you?

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  2. The pom flowers have the same star shape as the fruit will have – cool!
    My sympathies about the heat and not being able to spend much time outside. Grounding is so important to us nature lovers! At least here in winter, one can bundle up, but I suppose sooner or later you have to seek shelter. You’ll have to plan cool elevation retreats often.
    Today is cool in the 40s and very blustery, at least 10-15 degrees below normal. But I got two loads of laundry dried on the line in no time! The daffodils and tulips are looking pretty with more coming. The leaves on the trees are starting to show. Spring is lovely in New England!

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    1. I think pomegranate flowers are my favorite flowers, or at least among them.

      Yes, I grew up in a similar climate as you have. My mom always said; “There is no bad weather, only the wrong choice of clothes.” Which was very accurate where we lived. We often played in 20 below with no problems, well bundled up of course. In the heat mom’s saying isn’t quiet accurate anymore. There is only so much you can do. We’re going up to the mountains today, and expect a high of a cool 70. More to my liking. I hope that we will see some wild horses too. Chances are that we will at this place.

      New England spring sounds fabulous!! Enjoy it to the fullest. ❤

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  3. 97. No thank you 😉 It reach 55 F here today. Jacket weather, though it felt great when out of the wind (30 mph with gusts to 40…) and in the sun. Yes, I’d rather have that than 97, and don’t say that it is a dry heat. I hope you are doing well and staying cool. Did the make your own stuffed animal party go well? A good weekend? Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. I’m with you in that one. I’d pick your temperature in a heart beat, even with the wind. We’re going up to the mountains today. I’m very excited about that. The stuffed animal party was fabulous! All the kids had lots of fun. my daughter made a wolf. I hope your weekend is amazing. I’m going to catch up with some more coffee when I get back from the mountains later today. Thank you for your comment!

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          1. Wow, does sound like a great time! From 90s to playing in the snow. And a baby mustang!

            Last week, my female dog, Idina, who is the big hunter of our “pack” – she goes wild over the rabbits – was nosing around in some leaves behind the cottage. I came to get her, because she didn’t come when called – she had uncovered a rabbit’s nest with her nose. She was very gentle and didn’t hurt any. I covered them and didn’t let her go back there again! They didn’t even have their eyes open yet…. when you said “baby”, I thought of the baby bunnies.

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            1. It was a GREAT time! Those baby bunnies must of been quiet the sight. I used to have pet rabbits growing up. They are very smart animals. I had several. I had one Flemish Giant, that was one cool rabbit. She was almost as big as my Gretchen. Not joking. She used a cat litter for toilet, and behaved like a dog in every way. She’d only let me touch her (I bought her when she was 6 weeks old,) and was extremely protective of me. She sank her sharp teeth into the legs of a guy that was a little too close to me, in her opinion. LOL. Made me laugh to think about it.

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              1. I know a few people with rabbits, but none that big! My sister is super allergic to cats and dogs, but discovered she can be around rabbits. And one of her daughters has a couple of rabbits. Interesting pets.

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  4. Love the pomegranate flower photographs! They are lovely flowers, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them, before. I hope that the stuffed animal party was a success. (That fascinates me.) Best wishes for your (warm) week! Think of us, with lows in the 30s for most of this week.

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    1. I’m so happy you love the pomegranate photos. I think that is my favorite flower. One day I would like to have an orchard full of them. That would be so amazing. Pomegranates are actually considered a cash crop. It’s among one of the more profitable crops you can have.

      The stuffed animal party was amazing. All the kids had a great time. My daughter made a wolf. I will think of you and your cold weather, but I’d switch with you in a heart beat. LOL, I’m getting out of the heat today.

      Stay warm my friend ❤ I'll drop in for coffee when I get back fromt he mountains.


    1. Oo, are the evenings cool? I loved that about living in northern Nevada, because there the evenings, nights, and mornings were cool. It kind of gave your body a break. Here it’s not like that. There’s a few degrees cooler in the mornings (4-6am,) but not very much. The evenings are as hot as the days. We’re getting out of the heat today 🙂 Thanks for having coffee with me.


  5. We are no where near having hot weather yet, but I agree the heat can be scary. Now, a stuffed animal party? That sounds like a lot of fun. I am a boy mom so anything that involves a stuffed animal is usually super hero related and very wild.

    Your photographs are beautiful!

    Thanks for coffee! Hope you get a chance to pop over for “Our last coffee in April…” https://writingiscommunication.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/our-last-coffee-this-april/

    Have a great week.

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    1. The stuffed animal party was a blast. There was many (20+) choices of different animals to make. My daughter made a wolf. There was everything from unicorns, to sharks to choose from. It was a little wild party, but so well organized that it did not go overboard. Just very happy!

      Thank you for your kind comment. I’m on my way up to the mountains shortly. I’ll be back in a few hours to drop in for that coffee. Have an amazing day!


  6. Thanks for the coffee, Maria, hot is fine in the mornings! We’ve been having very warm temps here, 10 degrees warmer than usual, but last Wednesday we hit 96 degrees…in April!! I don’t believe I’ve seen pomegranate flowers before, so very delicate and beautiful! I finally planted my dozen sunflower seedlings into their dedicated plot with a fence around to keep Brodie out. They look happy with the warm weather. I bought some plumeria cuttings online from Hawaii and am working on planting them in pots today. Luckily the weather is cool this morning and the rest of the week! You guys will love the Build-A-Bear workshops as they are known as here. I have a little collection myself (you’re never too old), one bear is dressed like a hiker!

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    1. 96 is indeed hot for April! I just saw that we’re having a cooler strat on the new week. I LIKE that! Best of luck with your sunflowers, and plumeria’s. Coming home from today’s hike it looked like an animal had destroyed my four biggest tomato plants 😦 They were fine this morning.

      The stuffed animal party was very similar to build a bear, but it was a different company, with different animals, and a more party-like approach (loud music and dancing.) All the kids there seem to have a blast. My daughter was not an exception. She made a wolf that she named Bertha!

      It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend my friend. I’m so happy! Cheers to a great new week!

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  7. That kind of heat is very scary-melting weather. I find it frustrating looking out of a window on a beautiful day but unbearable to enjoy. Glad to know you are making the best of it.

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  8. ah yes – I know that heat well. Thankfully it is dry, which can easily knock almost 10 degrees of of the real temperature in terms of how hot it feels.

    Lots of good clear and chilled water, perhaps with some fresh lemon juice squeezed into it.

    Hope this week proves to be a bit cooler for you guys.

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    1. Thank you, yes, lots of water, and ice tea is what I drink every day now. It sure helps. I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful spring still. We drove up to the mountains and enjoyed some cooler weather today. That was marvelous! Thank you for having coffee with me!


  9. We had 55 here too. I so love hot weather, so I’d prefer your 97! I know what you mean though, when it’s too hot to be outside, that is a bummer for someone with green thumbs like you! What a great memory of the rhododendron!! That is awesome.. Hope you have a great week!

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  10. Thanks for the coffee. It’s been awhile but hopefully I’ll get back into the rhythm again now that the A-Z Challenge is almost over and school goes back tomorrow which will hopefully give my day more structure. I’ve been rather focused on my book writing and have been off the grid which is okay short term, I’ll combust if I keep it up.
    Your description of the flowers and the scents sounds amazing. There are very few nice garden around here but we have the beach and I think that natural beauty distracts us from needing to make the home front a garden of Eden.
    I’m afraid I’m not a good one for empathizing over the heat. It gets pretty hot here and I struggle more with the cold.
    Anyway, I’d better head off. We’re having pancakes for lunch today and for me, that’s always from scratch.
    Best wishes,

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      1. I first toyed around with the concept of this book a few years ago to a few years ago to a friend in an off-hand, joking sort of way. You never know what’s going to work out and be the thing that breaks the ice. Not that I’ve got there yet!
        Best wishes,


  11. I’m so HAPPY you can drive and get out of the heat. It’s okay if you complain about the heat, honestly I don’t know how people live there year round. When my family and I go there we go off season in the summer (when my kids were younger they were also out of school then too). Oh boy, was it HOT! Always over 110 during the day and at night around 100! Or in the 90’s YIKES!! But we were either in the pool or in the hotels…. I totally feel for you, and I know it’s not a place where you will be forever. It’s also AWESOME you saw some wild horses. I so ENJOYED having coffee with you this weekend.
    PS – I was reading some of your comments and that is so COOL you had a giant rabbit!! Every time I see a photo of one I can’t believe how huge they are and it’s neat to hear from someone who owned one!! -I’m glad this week for you will be a little cooler. ❤️❤️ ❤️

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    1. Thank you for your always thoughtful comment 🙂 I am guessing that I will have to spend more time indoors than I would like. I’m not going to risk my health in any way. Just do the most necessary things. I am very grateful for our pool! It’s a rather big one, and right in the backyard. I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and that your new week is starting out in a great way. I’m going to head over and see if you have any coffee for me 🙂 ❤

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  12. Awe, thanks friend. I had to work all weekend and didn’t have time to share coffee. 😴 Trying to fit in sleep when working night shift and everything else I do… I hope you have a wonderful week and I’m hoping to make a brew and share this next weekend. 🥰😀


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