Weekend Coffee Share – Earthquakes & Gratitude

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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! 

It’s been an unusual week here, (in many ways.) In the late morning of 4th of July, I was sitting on the floor, playing a word game with the youngest boy I take care of. I start to feel a heavy pressure in my head, around 10AM (30 min before it happened.) It didn’t exactly hurt, it was more like a very intense pressure. Almost like a headache, but not. I never get headaches. The boy I’m playing with starts to fuzz for no reason, that is very unlike him. All of a sudden I get very dizzy, and the ground shakes a little. The logical side of my brain, that always try to come up with explanations, tells me that it’s probably my blood pressure that is low, making me dizzy. Except that it wasn’t. It was a 6.4 earthquake in California. Very close to where we went camping in Death Valley 6 weeks ago. The pressure in my head stayed until about 3PM that day. 

The blue dot on the map is where I am now, in Las Vegas (NV.) Not super close, but we could feel the earthquakes. The map is over the first earthquake on 4th of July, the second big one, last night, was close to the first one.

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Camping in Death Valley, close to the center of the earthquakes, a few weeks ago.

Last night when I was helping my daughter brush her teeth, the bathroom floor moves, and shakes, like in a wave. Another earthquake in southern California. This time it was a 7.1 earthquake, 5 times bigger (some sources say it was 8 times bigger,) causing injuries, fires, power outages, and cracked buildings in SoCal. My thoughts are with the people directly affected by the earthquake. I know that many people in the immediate area choose to sleep outside, feeling unsafe in their own homes (with cracked foundations.) I feel humble, and grateful. And just like last summer when I lived close to the fires in northern California, I somehow also feel guilty, for being alright, again. The possibility of more earthquakes in the area is big right now.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? 

It was a great week here, in fact, a fabulous week. I worked Mon-Fri, and that is always fun. My daughter and I went swimming in the pool several evenings. There has been a light breeze in the evenings, making it doable to be outside for a short while, even though the temperatures are in the three digits. I burned the skin under my feet a little bit, walking next to the pool without sandals. I just felt a little uncomfortable when it happened. LOL. Now it’s slightly more than uncomfortable, but not too bad. I’m planning on a relaxing day today. I have a bunch of good books that needs attention. Tomorrow I’m going to see one of my cousins, that are coming to town with her boyfriend, for a few days. I’m very excited about that. She’s a few years older than me, and I’ve always looked up to her. She is both very kind, intelligent, and funny! She visited me last year, when I lived in California as well, and we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park together. I don’t know exactly what we will do this time, but I’m sure it will include lots of good food. It usually does.  

Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

40 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Earthquakes & Gratitude

  1. Ouch! I hope your feet heal up. How is it that I haven’t noticed the quakes? I hope Las Vegas doesn’t take a quake ground zero. It must be sooo nice to have that pool MJ! ❤️

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    • I hope so too. It’s not super bad, but uncomfortable.
      California feels like a dangerous place to live in, fires, and earthquakes …I’m not moving back..You’re lucky to not feel it.
      The pool is super awesome. I feel very lucky about that. I hope you’re having a good weekend John.

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      • Good idea to avoid California, even though I know you love certain aspects of the state. I’m sure I’ll feel a quake soon er or later, been here 6 years, never felt one. My daughter was asking me about the quakes this morning via text. She’s back in Michigan.

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  2. Wow, I love that, like the animals you love, you sense a quake before it happens, a rare sensitivity. Did Gretchen notice? Horses sure would! I’m glad the epicenter wasn’t close to a more populated area, where the damage would be more extensive.
    Take care of those burned feet – ouch! Lots of aloe. 🙂

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    • Gretchen did notice. She stayed super close to me, and nudged my leg a few times, right before both of them. She is not a needy dog, so I knew something was up. Thank you Eliza ❤

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  3. Oh my goodness! I didn’t feel the first earthquake but I definitely felt the second 7.1 quake last night. My bed started shaking as I was trying to sleep since I worked last night. That is a great sensitive intuitive body you have and am glad neither of us are close to the epicenter. Praying 🙏 for all affected.

    I’m glad you are able to use the pool, nothing better to cool off than in the pool. I absolutely love to swim 😍 I rather miss it as I grew up with a swimming pool! 🏊 I’m really busy this weekend with work and taking care of animals. ENJOYED having coffee with you today!! ☕ ❤️😀😘

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  4. Beautiful photos, I get the same pressure in my head is hard to explain, very surreal. So glad everyone is ok.
    lol, burnt feet takes me back to my surfing days. Its great to have somewhere to cool off we have our dam which leaves our skin with a healthy clay glow. Hope you have a great time with ya Cuz.

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  5. I thought about you and my brother over there in LV whether you felt the quakes or not, Maria. I have been through a couple of mild ones in my life, but I am not sensitive to earthquakes in that way. The air pressure? A whole other story…just ask my sinuses when it changes from low to high and back again! I know some folks who live near the earthquake and heard that they are OK but rattled. With all that earth-shaking, you may need to use a covered coffee mug in the meantime. Keeping fingers crossed the aftershocks are done!

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  6. I’ve never experienced an earthquake but imagine that it must be very scary. No warning, no perfect weather conditions to co sider an occurance… scary. Glad all are safe.

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  7. Wow! Hope those earthquakes are done. Crazy that you were camping so close to where it happened, but it looks like such a great camping spot. Have fun with your cousin!

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  8. I heard about the earthquakes and I am glad you are okay.
    Sounds like the rest of your week was great

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  9. Hi Maria,

    You well described a feeling I have just before an earthquake. It has to be a sharp increase in air pressure (I believe) and most people I’ve asked about it experience something similar, but yours seemed to hang on longer than mine ever do. I wonder if that has something to do with the magnitude of these two. We’re too far north to have felt it, and I’m glad you all are okay.

    You were also at one of my long time favorite places, Death Valley. I have too many great memories of being there to relate here, but I trust you made some of your own in that magical place.

    I always enjoy coffee with you lady.

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    • Thank you for stopping by for coffee today Gary 🙂 I’ve never experienced an earthquake before, so I had no clue what was going on. Thank you for your kind words. I’ve had some great memories in Death Valley. It’s a beautiful place, in its very own way.

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  10. I have to say that you and your daughter crossed my mind when I heard about the earthquake, even though I thought you may have been away from the epicentre. Nature rem8bds us just how vulnerable and insignificant we are in comparison.

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