Weekend Coffee Share – Summer Time Strategies

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? 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!

I started this week on a high from last weekend’s visit to my future homestead, and the Grand Canyon adventure. I’m going to keep using the coffee photo from my future homestead for a while, since that is where I want to be..and I like the photo! The story behind that photo is here. The rest of the photos in this post are my last photos from the Grand Canyon.

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Work has mostly consisted of taking care of sick kids this week (=the work week felt long, even though I love those little rascals.) I spent a great deal of my free time digesting last weekend, editing photos, and making plans for the homestead (including researching different water saving gardening methods. There is many inspirational ideas out there.) 

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The weather is starting to get hot, around, or slightly over 100 every day. During the workdays I’ve been setting my mind on going for a swim in the swimming pool after work. Yesterday was the first day I actually could do it. Around 2pm every day, except yesterday, there’s been a warning on my weather app “Unhealthy air quality.” Doesn’t feel very healthy to go for a swim, if the air you breath is bad for you. I’ve been comparing the weather hear in Las Vegas to the weather at my homestead, it’s been a constant 15-25 degrease cooler at the homestead the whole time, and the air quality has been labeled as “good”. Just perfect. I am very happy about that.  

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My strategy for the next three months of 100-120+ degrees in Vegas is; to always have good books to read on my bedside table, swim in the pool when possible, eat healthy, blog, do crafts with my daughter, read with my daughter, do journaling with my daughter, teach my daughter some (more) basic baking skills, and learn new skills online (I’m thinking gardening, photo editing, and maybe improve my Spanish.)  In short, spending time at home, learning with my daughter, while putting money away for the homestead. Hopefully with some weekend trips to cooler weather. I have a couple book ideas I’m working on, I am sure I will dedicate a lot of time to that as well. For me it helps to have a plan of how to handle things. It makes it easier. I’ve been worried about having to deal with the heat, and been giving that some thought. You know what? I don’t have to spend more time in it than I feel that I’m capable of. I’ve let that thought sink in this week, and I’m just going to say NO to things that doesn’t excite me to do in the heat. I feel like I’m surrounded by people who doesn’t take care of themselves, and pay the price. I’m going to choose differently. One of the things I did in preparation for the summer is to invest in a three months supply of my favorite superfood system. Not cheap, but definitely worth it. If I can’t grow everything I need myself at the moment, I’m definitely rather pay the farmer than the doctor. 

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I had a little scare yesterday morning when someone accidentally let my German Shepherd out on the street. We live ten minutes from The Strip, in Las Vegas. People drive like crazy here. It was a horrible feeling when I realized that she was out. She took off to the park where we usually spend our mornings, looking for me. (She has never ran away from me.) The park is only a block away. Due to the heat, I couldn’t take the kids there this week. It took me about 15 min to realize what happened. (We live in a HUGE two story house, shared with another family.) I went outside the house and whistled really loud, and waited. It took three long minutes before I saw my dog Gretchen come running around the corner. I’m so grateful for that recall! It’s part of our daily routine to work on long recall. I can highly recommend investing that time if you’re a dog owner. 

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My little container garden in the backyard is doing great. I’ve sorted out some of the do’s and don’t’s for gardening in the Mojave. For vegetables, raised garden beds, or pots works best. I choose pots since we’re renting. At my homestead I’m going to build permanent raised beds, and a greenhouse. Thick clay pots works better than plastic pots. They retain moisture better, and keep the plants cooler. I did a lot of experimenting this spring, and planted more seeds than I could grow plants myself. I did it on purpose, to see what works here, and to have something to give away to others. I ended up saving four tomato plants, organic, heirloom cherry tomatoes. They are different varieties of cherry tomatoes, and all the plants have tomatoes now. It’s going to be a while before they are ripe. I also have two little fig trees that I planted from cuttings, still small, but growing fast, and very healthy. I have three tiny pomegranate, that grows so slow that I’m thinking about throwing them out. We have two huge pomegranate trees in the backyard (that were already here,) and they have tons of fruit on them. I’m going to have to do a separate garden post this coming week with photos. I can’t wait to have a big garden again! Do you have a garden? What’s growing in your garden?

I hope you’re having a fabulous week! 

Love,

Ms Zen

30 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Summer Time Strategies

  1. Hi Maria – I was afraid your news on Gretchen was going to be worse that it proved out. Whew! You photos take me back to our Grand Canyon trip – ahhhhhhh.
    but sick kids – ugh – sorry to hear that. Hope everyone is better by the time you read this.
    Sounds like life with your daughter is wonderful. I recall you announcing your move to Las Vegas to stay near to her. I lift my coffee mug to celebrate your wisdom (clink).
    Hope you have a great week coming your way.

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    • I feel so grateful that the scare with Gretchen ended up the way it did! She is microchipped, but that doesn’t help if someone decides to take her, or if she gets hit by a car. Throughout my life I’ve used a dog sitter less than a handful times, due to the type of dogs I like to have. However, one time, a dog sitter lost my dog, in a similar way that Gretchen disappeared. That dog was not an escape artist either, but was let out the front door to do his business, and he thought that his business was to find me….not knowing that I was out of state. I actually got that dog back, a little more than a year later. In the beginning I looked for him every day, later every week, I had ads up on multiple online sites, contacted shelters in 3 states to see if they had him, for over a year. Finally a girl contacted me and said that she’d seen him. Long story, this little incident made me think of my Whitey (that was the dogs name.)

      Reading your coffee share I sense that you’ve had some challenging weeks, or the people you love. I hope the weekend is rejuvenating.

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  2. So glad your pup found her way home! What scare you must have had. I’m trying to get my mind around having temperatures in the 100s and not being able to be outdoors because of the air quality. Here in NJ we struggle with humidity and lots of green pollen that is awful for allergy sufferers but summer temperatures usually stay in the 80s or 90s. Being outdoors is what I look forward to most during my summer break. I’m glad you have your homestead to look forward to. It sounds lovely.

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    • Thank you Nancy! Yes, it’s a little weird not being able to be outside. I’m an outdoor person, have been all my life, its what I look forward to with a new summer coming up. This is actually the first summer of my life that I haven’t been overly excited about. I usually look forward to gardening, hiking, and horseback riding, and taking my daughter outside and do some kind of project with her. It was a blessing to be able to visit the homestead last weekend, to give my mind something to focus on. I hope you’re having a great weekend, and summer. Thanks for having coffee with me.

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  3. I loved sharing coffee with you today and I’m glad your going to keep using the photo of coffee at your homestead sight! It’s so EXCITING to hear all about it and all your plans!! ❤️
    Sorry about the sick children, but it sounds like you made it thru the week. And so happy Gretchen heard your whistle! Scary, but overall a good outcome. I’m glad you are finding ways to deal with the heat. Before you know it you’ll be at your homestead full-time. I swear time flies by so fast!! I was planning on planting a little something in 2 containers I have and have been horrible and haven’t had the energy to plant and garden. I enjoy it so, and am thinking last year I had my granddaughter motivating me to go outside everyday. Now she’s not here so I spend my time at the stables instead. I’ll look into something that grows well thru the summer months…. I don’t want to give up!

    Oh you make me think of so many things, I do go on so. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a good coming week! 🥰❤️😘

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    • Thank you for having coffee with me my friend. I am very grateful that the incident with Gretchen turned out the way not did. On my list of things to be grateful for is definitely last weekend, and being able to see my property. I need something to work towards. A long term projects have always been a bigger challenge for me, than a quicker project, the more important to anchor it in something real. Since I posted the post about my homestead I’ve had several offers of coming to work at other peoples homesteads, being a part of their “family”. It’s very flattering, and I’m sure it would be a great time, but I wold be further away from my own goals.

      I enjoyed your positive post with your happy ponies. You are a blessed lady ❤ Believe me, I know you work hard for everything. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, right? 😉 Keep it up soul sister.

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  4. Amazing photos such a vast landscape. Hope all is well now. Must have been a week for wandering dogs our old Jack Russel Princess went walk about so my son thought. she is almost deaf & sights not too good either so after him driving around the neighbourhood calling for an hr, he came home to find her sitting in the kitchen looked like she hadn’t even left the property. Most loving Nerve wreckers I think. Be well.

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    • I’m so happy your Princess returned safe as well! I’ve worked with death horses, it’s not the easiest to communicate with them from a distance. What’s the weather like in your part of Australia now? What’s growing in your garden? I love it when you post garden posts, and posts with your brilliant inventions! I hope you’re having a great weekend may friend ❤

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    • Thank you Tammy. I am very grateful that she did. There was some very long minutes. She was let out by accidents. She’s usually right by my side. With few exceptions. Sometimes she takes a nap, and when she wakes up and can’t see me, if I’m busy somewhere else, she immediately starts searching for me. I hope you’re having a great weekend, thank you for having coffee with me.

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  5. Great coffee share! Since we haul our own water, we want to do a combination of Back to Eden and a Permaculture for our garden. The wood chips help retain water so you don’t have to water as much. That might help you in AZ. Our growing season is really short and we’re trying to figure out the best way to heat a greenhouse to extend the season without electricity. We’ll figure out though.

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    • Thank you! Thank you fro having coffee with me! I’d say that in California, I did a combination of Back to Eden, and Permaculture as well. I like that concept, and it worked very well for me. I’d go back to a variation of that on my property. I love using wood chips for much. I’ve done that for several years. I even do it here in my pots. I worked for a logging company in California for a while (I cooked for them,) and had access to an abundance of wood chips for free. I soon discovered how marvelous that was! I’ve had green houses in cold climates before. There’s two things that I find helps. Number one is to make the floor well below ground level, and the second is to insulate (use imagination and use material available, especially around the plants on the ground.) To plant in the ground, and not in pots is preferable. It is doable to use pots, choose big ones if you do, and insulate around the plants with leaves etc. I’m excited for you! That you are actually doing it! A little jealous too 🙂 How is it to haul water? I’ve done it when I’ve lived in my RV, but I didn’t have a big garden then. I’d likely have to haul water at my property in the beginning. As always, I enjoyed having coffee with you!

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      • Thank you for the tips. We have thought about doing a walipini greenhouse. This actually might be the best solution. Maybe, install a few black water tanks to soak up the heat from the sun. Hauling water isn’t too bad. You definitely learn how to conserve a LOT. I only do dishes when it warrants wasting water, the kitchen can look pretty bad at times. You do what you gotta do though. For the garden, we bought a couple tanks from a neighbor that was moving. One is 325gal and the other 275gal. We filled these from the spring run off. Hubby put a system in that leads right to the tanks. Fortunately, the ground up here stays moist for a long time after the run off. We do need to score some wood chips for this year before the summer heat. Eventually, we’ll have tanks set up for household use that will be filled with the run off. We would like 4-5 tanks either 1500-2500gals. This would keep us supplied throughout the summer. We were hauling water in 6gals tanks, we now have a 250gal tank that goes in truck, that gets gravity fed into the cabin. Don’t be jealous little lady. You’re going to be on your property before you know it, then it’s the fun part of setting up your homestead. Very exciting!!!! Woohoo!

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  6. Aa always, lovely photographs. Sorry to hear that the kids were sick. I agree that is scary about your shepherd getting out; it is funny how they know the routine though and she went looking for you at the park. Glad she is safe.

    This year my garden has a raspberry plant, beets, cucumbers, peas and beans growing in it.

    Have a great week.

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    • Thank you! It means a lot to me that you appreciate my photos 🙂 I love taking them, but it wouldn’t be half as fun to keep them for myself.

      Your garden sounds lovely!! I was unsure of what I could grow here in the desert, without investing too much money in someone else property. My garden this year is much smaller than I would of liked. Raspberry, beet, cucumbers, peas, and beans sounds fabulous! What growing zone are you in? Just curious 🙂

      I hope you’re having a great weekend! Thanks for having coffee with me this morning!

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  7. Glad Gretchen came right back – that must have been a heart-thumping few minutes.
    Is school out of session now? I well remember those summer days with my kids. At least mine could play outside, and we spent nearly every afternoon at the town pond. It’d be so different if the climate like yours didn’t permit it. Sounds like you have lots of ‘life’ school planned for the summer intersession. Have fun!

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    • Me too, so relieved and grateful that she came right back. It’s been summer break for 3 weeks here. I was surprised of how early it started. I too spent all my summer’s outside. Usually riding my bike to a nearby lake, or river. I hope you’re having a great weekend 🌸

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  8. Pretty scary that Gretchen was out like that. Glad her recall worked well. I’ve said this before, but I could not take a summer in those temperatures. I love this sunny and 73 F. I wouldn’t care if it never got warmer 😉 I hope you have a great week ahead!

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  9. The weekend is the busiest time of the week for me, and use the week to catch up on everyone in blogland (so I won’t be much on your coffee share, sorry. ) Used to live in southern Calif. which is only a few hours from Las Vegas. I actually made a part of the Grand Canyon called “the bright angel” (I think it’s the North) the background of my 10 x 17 feet (no typo) oil painting. Have been there a looong time ago. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Do you have an “about” section?

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    • I imagine that oil painting to be very beautiful 😊 I decided to name my about page “Purpose”, since it really is about why I choose to blog. You can find it in the top menu. I hope you’re having a great week so far!

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