Weekly Smile


My friend Trent have a Weekly Smile post where he share smiles from the past week, and encourage others to do the same. Get the good energy flowing! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things. I’m going to try to post a Weekly Smile in the beginning of every week….well, it’s Thursday today (I said try..) and not in the beginning of the week anymore. I’m slightly behind schedule with my blogging. I figure better late than never, right? 

Blogging is a fun thing for me, and it helps me get my thoughts organized. This week have been good to me. It’s been busy, in a wonderful, productive way at work. I’m a tutor/nanny to two little boys. They are so smart, and they make me smile every day. They are both a couple years from Kindergarten yet, but I bet a weeks salary that they will both read before they start Kindergarten. They soak up the alphabet, new words, and new concepts like little sponges. They are so interested in learning new things. I love discovering their world with them, being there when the light get lit for the first times in their beautiful eyes. That’s my favorite part of my job. Their parents and I, have a similar view when it comes to encouraging little children to be well mannered, kind, and polite, both towards each other, and others. That makes my job even more enjoyable. I’m often exhausted after a day with them. Two active boys can be a handful, but I really enjoy it the majority of the time. 

My photo gallery have been profitable this week. Another big reason to smile, since I am striving towards building an increasing, (semi-)passive stream of income from my gallery.

My garden is growing. I’ve had time to finish several books, including the water saving books that I wrote about in my coffee share last weekend. 

Tomato, tomatoes, tomatoes. The first photo was taken today, exactly a year ago, next to my cherry tomato plants, in my huge Northern California garden. 


My daughter took the second photo (below) today, of my cherry tomato plants that I have now. I planted them in one of my compost bins. Food scraps decomposes really fast in this climate. I ordered some red worms to get a jump start on my compost, and a couple months later I had beautiful compost. I planted these tomatoes right on top of everything. I’ve been adding coffee grounds, on top, on a weekly basis.

Since I now live in the Mojave Desert, container gardening seemed like a good idea. Tomatoes in containers are totally doable, even if the plants are slightly smaller, there’s hundreds of tiny, green tomatoes on the plants. Hopefully there will be a nice harvest within the next month. (I have more plants than the ones pictured.)


What are you growing in your garden? What zone are you in?

I mentioned that I’ve been reading a lot this week. I’m still going through my pile of Lois L’amour books. They are still good, even though I would love the stories to be a little longer. The books always ends to quickly! I’ve been forced to take it much slower than I would like this summer, due to the heat. I’m making the best I can out of the time, and read a lot. Both for fun, and to learn new skills (gardening, homesteading, photography, and work related psychology.) I am enjoying this stillness of summer in its own way.

My daughter is luckily VERY happy to just relax, and be the boss of her own time. I’ve ordered a monthly subscription of crafting material for her. I’m expecting the first box to be here any day. I’m very excited about that. I can’t wait to see her face when she gets it. We’re living a pretty minimalistic lifestyle, and she is not spoiled with material things. She loves crafting, and spends hours every day inventing new things. She needs, and deserves good supplies. This box let you try new mediums every month, and they come with some directions of how the material can be used. I’m convinced that she’s going to love it!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week!


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

7 thoughts on “Weekly Smile

  1. It does sound like you had a lot to smile about this week. It’s great that you enjoy working with the boys so much. I hope you continue to have a good week with plenty of smiles 🙂


  2. Your summer sounds like our winter here in the Northeast, having to stay inside because of temperature extremes. Thank goodness for books, eh?
    Today was a perfect day in the upper 70s, sunny and dry with a nice breeze. I spent a couple hours weeding and thinning annuals. My garden is mostly flowers with only one cherry tomato in a pot, basil, and a mess of potatoes that pop up on their own. I am really loving my garden this year and will be excited to see it all blooming in a month or so. 🙂

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    1. Yes, books have been my emergency getaway since I was 5 years old. That never gets old 🙂
      So happy to hear about your garden! It is exciting. I’m thinking of doing some experimenting in my garden, and replanting some plants this weekend. I know its not the ultimate time, because if the heat, but some plants that I planted in plastic containers aren’t doing too well, I think they would be better of if planted in clay pots. I happen to have some extra clay pots, so I’m going to try that. Can’t wait to see updates from your garden 🙂

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  3. Well, Maria, your version of stillness is different than mine…you are still one busy lady! Interesting to see the difference in your tomatoes from both your gardens. Tutoring suits you, and how wonderful your teaching and parenting styles are so similar to your children’s. You have great gardening tips for dealing with desert heat. My sunflowers are inches from showing their yellowness. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you my friend 🙂 Work wise I’m very busy, but on my free time now, there’s a lot more down time, reading, and crafting with my daughter. Thank you for your kind comment. I really enjoyed reading about the different interpretations of stillness 🙂 Can’t wait too see your sunflowers in full bloom!! Happy Friday!

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