Weekend Coffee Share – Arizona Dreams

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It’s still early, and the backyard is very comfortable. Would you like to enjoy your coffee there?

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)!

Cold Creek

How was your week? Mine’s been pretty good. The kids at work graciously gave me a cold. I thought that I might make it trough this time as well. I usually don’t get sick when they get sick, but my nose is runny, and I sneeze all the time. The youngest one had it for two weeks now (but I noticed yesterday that he seems a little better.) It’s not fun, but not horrible either. A great excuse to slow down for a bit. Which is exactly what I’m going to do this weekend. It’s really important that I feel on top of my world next weekend…because next weekend my girls and I, are going to Arizona. We’re going to explore the area close to my property. You know about my dream of a small homestead, where we grow the majority of our food ourselves. Yepp, that property. I haven’t spent a great deal of time in the area. Just as much as I know that I really really like it. It is close enough to spend a weekend there. Which I plan to start doing on a regular basis.

At the moment it’s raw land, and nothing else. It was a long time ago since I last visited, and I don’t know exactly what to expect. Therefor I opted to book two nights at a hotel, in the nearest town this time. I have never been out this early in the season either. It is around 25 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas. Yes, the weather was one of the most important things I looked at before buying. I ultimately wanted some snow in the winter, and a long warm gardening season, without any extremes, hot, or cold. This property fits that description.

I’ve spent quiet some time this week making my time-line for the property, both financial, and development wise more specific. I’ve made great progress, and nailed down a couple important questions that I couldn’t find answers to online, that I’ll have to talk to someone at the county building department about. I feel very positive and excited.

It is very realistic to believe that I should have some basic infrastructure (septic, and water, but not housing,) in place next summer. Doing it the right way, with all the permits needed. I’m not planning on moving there next summer, but I could increase the time I spend there, maybe put an RV there, and spend 1-2 weekends/month there. It would definitely be easier to further improve the property, and get to know the area better after that. I want to know the area well before making a big move. If I would find out that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life there, it would still be easier to sell a property that has the basics (and some extra goodies.)

I so like having a more specific time frame, and (soon) a fresh visual of my property. It makes it easier to see my goal, which helps me tremendously when it comes to keeping my budget. After all, I am a single, hardworking mom, and a tight budget to make dreams come true takes some dedication.

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My daughter flying a kite last weekend.

I finished reading Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, a couple days ago. I’ve been a minimalist for several years, and I do see myself as an essentialist as well. I still feel that I got a lot of great reminders, both about how to prioritize, and to live in the moment. I can highly recommend that book. (Not an affiliate, just really liked the book.)

Ooops, I did it gain, talked a lot about all the thoughts having a marathon in my head right now. If we had coffee in real life you would realize that I am not a person that would ever talk your ear off. I actually prefer to listen. I’ve been told more than once that I am a good listener, and people often confide in me. So, how was your week? Please tell me! I do want to learn about your ups, and downs. What’s the weather like? What kind of plans do you have for the weekend?

Love,

Ms Zen

28 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Arizona Dreams

  1. The “homestead” sounds great. I would think making it semi-livable, doing the ground work now, would be a good idea. Enjoy it now, since it is your place, even if you don’t build yet. I hope you enjoy the trip to Arizona. Looks like you had a great weekend last week (yes, we’ve already discussed it a little ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Hope you have a great weekend!

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    • Thank you Trent! Having a small Homestead have been a dream of mine since I was a little girl watching “Little House On The Prairie.” I’ve been so close a few times. I’ve even had it before, on land that I leased, but never on my own property. I am extremely excited about doing it on a property I own. Being able to plant trees, and see them grow. Create something lasting. It’s been a learning process, and I honestly don’t think that I was ready to do it until now.

      Last weekend was fabulous. Seeing the little foal was an extraordinary experience. It seems like other people thought so too. 5.9K people liked that photo on my Facebook page so far. I’ve never had a photo with that many likes before, not even when I had a photography business. I love when I’m able too touch something inside of people, and make them feel with my photos. That itself is a huge reward. Makes me insanely happy!

      I hope you’re weekend got off to a great start! I’m going to spend this weekend having coffee with all my blogging friends, and reading “Lonesome Dove” (same as the famous movie,) this weekend.

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  2. It’s exciting to make plans toward fulfilling your dreams. It makes us happy! I hope we get to see that lovely landscape in a post. Sounds dreamy!
    I’ve been thinking of you (channeling!) as we’ve decided to begin downsizing our house and that means half of everything must go. Not easy for me – I have such attachments! ;D
    Love the kite pix – so pretty against the blue sky. (I love the clear, desert sky.) We’ve had days and days of rain, but I dare not complain!

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    • It does make us so happy to work towards our dreams. I named my first blog ever “Working on my dream”, 10 years ago (!) I really regret that I didn’t keep that blog. My English was so bad back then, one of my goals with the blog was to improve my English. I deleted that blog because I know that a lot of people look at the first blog post, when they first visit a blog. If you looked at my first post there, you would probably not read another post..LOL. Still, it would of been fun to see the progress.

      I will definitely share photos from Arizona. At the moment it doesn’t look like it will be next weekend anymore. They promise so much rain there all week, that I’m scared to get caught in some flooding. I will go there as soon as the weather allows. I’m thrilled that there is enough rain during monsoon season to make it feasible to build a system to catch rainwater. Rain in the desert is always a great thing!!

      What an exciting project you have going on at your house!! I will send some positive energy your way. It feels liberating to downsize. Even though there’s definitely some hard work and efforts included in the process. I hope you enjoy the process. โค

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  3. Enjoying my coffee with you and I can’t wait to see some photos of Arizona once you visit there soon. I’m sorry you caught a cold, and hope it doesn’t last long. I love your photos, kite flying is so fun! Have a great weekend as we head into a lovely weekend. The weather here is starting to warm up, but not unbearable and it still cools off in the evenings. โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    • I always love having coffee with you my friend โค my cold is better. I have been napping and reading most of the day today. Planning on getting some good rest tomorrow as well. Should be good to go for next week ๐Ÿ™‚ It does look like I might have to postpone the Arizona trip a little, since the area where my property is is expecting a lot of rain. I don't want to accidentally get caught in a flood. But I will go there soon, if not next weekend. I hope your weekend got off to the best possible start โค

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  4. Your homestead plans sound wonderful! Looking forward to hearing about your progress.

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  5. I hate it when that happens – getting sick because of the germs passed by other sick people. I’m the same way whenever I get sick. I only catch it from other people. Your dream sounds lovely and Arizona does sound wonderful – nice and warm (at least warmer than up here in Utah). I hope you feel better soon and thanks for the coffee-share. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I know…not fun being sick. Makes you very grateful for your normally good health, don’t it? That you for having coffee with me. I’m hoping to do some exploring in Utah this year. I love colder weather ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally understand if you want some sun too ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fabulous weekend!

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      • Oh, absolutely, I’m always grateful for good health. Wow! I hope you make it to Utah. There are some beautiful places especially around southern Utah. Northern Utah is not as well-known but the ski resorts are nice. I’ll be doing some exploring down south in Page, AZ next month. I’m looking forward to it.

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  6. Hope you feel better! Amazing photos, I love the starburst around the sun especially!

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  7. Keep your plans moving in the direction you want them… and it will happen!

    Kite flying with your daughter… priceless!

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  8. Wow — Maria. This is so cool. I hope this trip only inspires ways to make it happen sooner. This whole idea has you written all over it.
    Travel safe.

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  9. Glad to read of your relaxing weekend, Maria, with plans to visit your property in Arizona! Hope you get over that cold soon. Got some pics from Lake Tahoe at our Ladies Retreat. There was snow on the ground on our hike off the 207. Luckily I brought my hiking boots!

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