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!
If you’re here early this weekend I have a very special treat to go with your coffee (or tea,) Swedish licorice! It’s nothing like the licorice you buy here in the US. It’s salty, and has a very adult taste. Not sweet at all. It’s one of the few things I really miss from Sweden. In the beginning I ordered it online on a regular basis. Now it’s actually been 4 years since I had salty licorice! 4 years! I’m having it right now, and there will probably not be anything left on Sunday. I only bought 5.2 OZ. That’s the thing, the real quality stuff, you don’t need to eat big quantities of. That is another typical Swedish thing, quality over quantity. Serving sizes at restaurants are a lot smaller, compared to the US. In most cases you can count on very high quality when it comes to what’s in your food….and GMO, don’t you worry about that shit, it’s illegal. Are you brave enough to taste some salty licorice? Have you had it before? My daughter licked the outside of one, and gave it back (no worries its not back in the box.)
OOo, I almost forgot! Along with the licorice I ordered of Amazon, I ordered three new summer dresses for myself! Yes three! I realized that while my six year old daughter have 20 dresses, I have two. I’m a minimalist, and definitely don’t need 20 dresses, who does? I bought four of her dresses, the others are gifts. (I’m very grateful for all the loving, generous people in our lives.) I figured since it’s so hot now, a sleeveless cotton dress will be very comfortable. Two of the dresses are very simple every day basic dresses, and one is for going out. They came today. I’ll posts photos when I start wearing them.
Are you reading anything exciting at the moment? I always read a lot, and even more now with the hotter weather. I was challenged by one of my friends on Facebook (also a friend in real life) to post covers of 7 books I have enjoyed (1 book per day for 7 days) – no explanations, no reviews, just the covers. And nominate someone else for the challenge every day. I’m on day 5 now. It’s been great to look through some of my absolute favorite books. If you’ve been following me for a while you now that I repurpose most of the books I read, by gifting them to someone that wants to read them. I purchase most of my books used, often online, so I don’t spend a fortune on them. The books I save in my bookshelves are TREASURES I return to again and again. Often illustrated gardening, or horse books. Since I don’t have a horse at the moment, it had to be gardening books. I picked some of those books for this book challenge. Of course I had too at least partly reread them, as I picked them up. I’m going to post all the books from the challenge at Instagram on Sunday, that’s my last day of the challenge.
Another genre of books that I really enjoy is historical dramas. Since I spend most of my time in the western states, I’ve read a lot of historical western novels lately. I have no less than 8 unread Louis L’Amour books in my closet, just waiting for me to devour them. I’m sure I’ll read two, or three this weekend. They are not that long. The only bad thing about them, just when you’re getting into a story, it ends. I like getting a deeper knowledge about places where I live. Both historical, cultural, geology, and nature. I like feeling that I am being a part of something bigger. I like having knowledge of life before me. Yes, I am reading for fun, but I learn a lot. The western states is still a hard place to live, if you live of the land, or spend a lot of time in wilderness areas. The desert can be a dangerous playground, and there are animals that can kill you in the wilderness. There’s also precious beauty, delicious plants, naturals springs, and wild horses! Learning from previous generations is very valuable.
Do you need a refill on that coffee? Some more licorice perhaps? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I need to, or at least I should..get an oil change for my car, and maybe get the AC recharged. The temperatures are in the three digits now. I’ve kind of taken up swimming lately. I really like it, and I like swimming with my daughter. Unfortunately we had a little scare at the pool earlier this week, she got stung by a bee. She did not have a reaction, but I was scared since I am extremely allergic to them, and of course it hurts a little. Since then I have not been able to get her in the pool. I did get her to come out with me, as I was tending my garden next to the pool this morning. I’m really hoping to get her back in the pool before the end of the weekend. Any tips of how to convince her to enjoy the pool? There’s no crazy amounts of insects, or bees here, just normal around the flowering shrubs and bushes.
Have a fabulous weekend my friend!