Weekend Coffee Share – Family

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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!ย 

This week started out fabulously! My favorite cousin from Sweden arrived in Las Vegas last Sunday, with her boyfriend (of 30 something years..I believe.) We met up on Sunday and had a great time, at one of the local restaurants. There was a lot of catching up to do. We hadn’t seen each other since last summer. I then lived at a ranch in northern California, and had no plan of moving anytime soon. In other words, another lifetime…. Anyways my cousin stayed at one of the hotels in town. I invited them over to our house on Monday after work. We had a lovely dinner together (I can say that even though I was the one making it, right?) It was a treat to speak Swedish (my native tongue,) two nights in a row. My cousin and her boyfriend are also horse people, and the had a new filly born three months ago, and tons of photos to show. I don’t have any family nearby, and spending time with family was great. And they are great people too ๐Ÿ™‚ We shared lots of laughter, and stories, while making plans to see each other soon again.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? I’d love to hear about your week!

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There was something else happening this week, but I almost don’t dare to tell you. I wouldn’t want to worry you, and things are almost back to normal again. To make a long story short, I did have to see the inside of an ambulance on Tuesday morning, and spend some hours at the ER. I had some kind of allergic reaction. It’s still not 100% sure what the allergen was. I felt great waking up on Tuesday morning (thinking about working out before work,) and a couple hours later it was not so great. Everything points to too much niacin. There’s still tests to be done. The Doctor thinks that I get enough of niacin with my food, and the extra niacin provided by my regular multivitamin was just too much. I had all my vitals checked at the ER, and the Doctor said that I was the healthiest person in the room. I’m still on heavy medication from the allergic reaction, for a couple more days. I can’t drive, and my brain doesn’t work as usual, but I do feel much better. I promise. It was very scary. I can’t remember feeling alone like that in a long time. A thousand thoughts ran through my brain, about not being able to care for my daughter …my worst nightmare.

As you can imagine, the weekend is going to be mostly about getting rest, and cherish our family. I did take care of my garden this morning, that unfortunately have been severely neglected this week. I did also feel a strong urge to bake some of our favorite bread. I don’t know if it was for my own sake, or for my daughter. We both enjoy the aromas of fresh bread so much. She’s been a trooper all week.

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โ€œThe smell of good bread baking is like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight… [Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.โ€ – M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating. I agree! Baking bread from scratch is full filling in every way. This is a batch of #ryeciabatta #baking #inmykitchen right now. #homemadewithlove #fromscratch #rye #ryebread

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Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Ms Zen

31 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Family

  1. I am certainly glad that you are okay. Yes, multivitamins often give us more of a vitamin or mineral than is absorbable. It sounds like, otherwise, your week was fabulous! I had a four day visit with family, in Massachusetts. Left there on Monday and stopped at various places in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, Am in the Chicago area until tomorrow afternoon, then head west again.

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    • Thank you my friend. It was wonderful to have my cousin over for a visit.
      It sounds like you’re out on a big summer adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ Nothing like family time. Enjoy, and safe travels!

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      • I am on the return leg of the cross-country visit. Will have three days at Home Base (Prescott), then up to Carson City for four days with friends there.

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        • What an adventure ๐Ÿ˜Š Enjoy the rest of it. Iโ€™ve always liked Carson City. I worked at a ranch in Yerington four years ago. Carson City has a great used tack shop that we liked to visit on our free time, looking at beautiful old saddles.

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          • I go each year, to visit my surrogate “extended family”, in CC and Reno. Little “grandniece” has her first play on 7/26. I wouldn’t miss it for all the tea in Asia.

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  2. I am so happy you got to spend family time with your cousin, Maria! How happy that made you! I’m sorry to read about your allergy scare (and niacin overload?). Crazy! I hope you are staying cool. We are hitting 101 today so I’m sure you are feeling it, too. Take care of yourself and thanks for the coffee (I had mine iced)!

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    • Thank you Terri! It was great to see my cousin. I had my coffee iced too! I was out picking tomatoes after dinner yesterday, and it was 109. I believe we had a low of 84 last night. Stay safe and cool my friend โค

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  3. Ooh, scary news, but I’m glad you have recovered. I NEVER want to see the inside of an ambulance, but I guess I’d be glad for one if it was needed.
    Visits from family (that you get along with ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) are the best, aren’t they? Hope you have a good and restful weekend.

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    • Yes Eliza…it was my first time…It was great having my cousin here. She’s pretty awesome. I’ve always looked up to her. The weekend is very relaxing. I hope yours is too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to get inspired by my favorite blogs today. That’s the only thing on my schedule ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Oh dear!! I’m so glad you are okay and that is indeed very scary, especially an ambulance ride. Your daughter is a trooper! And isn’t it WONDERFUL to spend time with family, something to cherish especially when family does not live close by. โค๏ธ

    I spent time with my daughter this last week and helped her unpack and straighten out her new apartment. We also built her IKEA bed and a shelf set for the bathroom. It was so wonderful to spend those 3 days with her as I miss her so much. She is 31 years old and moved out when she was 18 to attend the Air Force Academy. As she joined this elite academy and military I never dreamed she would eventually become a Major in the air Force! We are so proud of her…. Now I’m rambling. I’m so thankful you are okay, take rest and I hope you don’t have that happen again! Take care my friend!! ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thank you Diana ! Your kind words means a lot.
      How wonderful to spend some quality time with your daughter! You have all the right in the world to be super proud of her! I enjoy putting new furniture together, even though its pretty nice when you’re done too ๐Ÿ™‚ Putting Ikea furniture together is something I did with almost all my friends, as they got their fist apartments. Sweet memories โค I hope you're having a greta weekend!

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  5. A little touch of your homeland.how great that you saw your family & spoke in your native tongue. It is so important to connect with family like that.
    its funny to think we can take the healthy too far… getting sick is just horrible but there is that extra element of stress as a parent. Glad your on the mend. Rest up have a great week.

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    • Thank you! I find that every time I do get to speak Swedish I realize just how much I’ve missed it. It was good to get some news from home as well. Reality usually differ some from what I get from the news..
      How is your week? How is the garden? Thank you for having coffee with me.

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      • The many emotions of connecting with family is so important. Going great guns here, am finding the garden location is too shaded. I will put up more wind protection & at least I have enough land that I can use that as my warm weather garden & have another area for a winter garden. We are truly blessed. I love our coffee catch ups.

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  6. Wow Maria, I’m so glad you are OK!! So scary. Glad your family came to visit you too, wish mine would! Take good care of you OK? ๐Ÿ˜

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    • Thank you John! I was very scared. Hopefully this is the end of it. Counting my blessing as little extra this weekend. It was wonderful to have my cousin here. I’ve been enjoying your photos, even though I haven’t been so active in commenting. Keep it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. I’m glad you were able to visit with your cousin. Sounds like a great time. I’m sorry about your reaction, though. Strangely enough, my sister was sent to the hospital on Tuesday for a suspected allergic relation. She is deathly allergic to several things, but so far they have no idea what caused it. She is still in the hospital…. Glad you are on the mend.

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  8. Glad everything is okay now.
    Something Iโ€™ve wondered about bilinguals-when you dream do you speak in your own language or English?
    Ps love the cup

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    • Thank you Andy! The first three years, or so, all my thoughts, and dreams were in Swedish. My daughter was the one person I spent the most time with then, and I always spoke Swedish to her. Now I’m surrounded by English, and that’s it; dreams, thoughts, and most conversations. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  9. Cousin-time is one the best ways to spend time.
    Take good care of you.
    Have a healthy week.

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  10. So glad you were able to get treatment quickly! I can imagine how scary something like that can be, especially when you don’t know what caused it. Glad you had your cousin’s visit to add some positives to your week.

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    • It was super scary. It’s still a little scary. I’m counting my blessing of good health now. It was great having my cousin here for a visit. I hope your week is fabulous. I’m going to drop in for some coffee later today ๐Ÿ™‚

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