Weekend Coffee Share – End Of Summer?


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!  What’s been going on in your life?

The photo above is from my property in Arizona. I’m not there physically right now, but that’s where my heart is. (Click on the photo to read more about my Arizona plans.) I’m in Las Vegas (NV,) and I think you might opt for iced coffee, or tea today. We’re expecting another day around 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius.) I’m actually enjoying an ice cold Peach Pineapple Kombucha right now. Do you like Kombucha? If you never had it, it’s a sparkling fermented tea drink. It’s full of good probiotics. It comes in many different natural flavors, and you can find it in health food stores (or make it yourself.) Would you like to try one?

This week is probably the last week I’m harvesting tomatoes from my container garden. It’s been an OK experiment, and I’ve harvested a lot of cherry tomatoes, but now the Mojave sun have got the better of most of the plants. I’m still happy that I got to have a little garden this year. The fig and pomegranate transplants that I planted in pots this spring are loving the heat. They are thriving like never before! I can’t wait to plant them in the ground at my own place. One day 🙂 They serve as a reminder for me, to keep working towards my dream of a small homestead. I’ll try to post some photos of them shortly.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to spending time with my daughter, and I’m hoping that we are going to dig into some of the new art material I got her, for her birthday last week. She’s been spending time at her dads house, got back a couple days ago, and she still have many unexplored birthday gifts left to enjoy this weekend. I suggested that we’d do some pottery. Maybe make our own cups. She was very tired when she came back, and have spent the majority of the time sleeping, and relaxing. I haven’t got her sold on the idea of doing pottery yet. She loves all types of crafting, and if she’s not into it, I’m sure it means that she needs more rest. With only one week left until school starts, I’m going to let her rest as much as she wants. I always enjoy hanging out with her. She’s a sunshine.

Speaking of school, I got a list of back to school supplies that she needs to have, from her new teacher. It was a big list (including copy paper, personal head phones, and 24 glue sticks etc etc.) I can see a need for all the supplies. I’m sure they will use them. I’ve just never asked any parent for that long of a list, during my years as a teacher. I compared different places to purchase all the materials, and it still came to almost $250. I’ve talked to other parents, and I understand this is normal for our area, I’ve just never experienced it before. This does not include new school uniforms, that I also need to get. Well, well, I am thankful for the money that keeps coming in, that makes it possible to provide the things she needs. Very thankful.

Have you been reading a lot this summer? I always read a lot, but I’ve been reading even more than usual this summer, due to the high temperatures that kept me inside more than I would like. Are you reading something exciting right now? I’ve almost reached my yearly goal of 60 books on my Goodreads reading challenge. I’m currently at 58,5. At the moment I’m reading The Last Cowboy, by John Branch. It’s about several generations of a ranch family in Southern Utah. It’s a very interesting book, describing the well known landscape, and four generations of interesting cowboy characters in the family, in great detail, making the book come alive. The book takes place at Smith’s Mesa (UT,) a 3 hour drive from my house (Las Vegas, NV.) I really like it so far! I’m definitely going to spend some time this weekend enjoying the rest of the book.

Have a fabulous weekend!


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

44 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – End Of Summer?

  1. Time sure flies with the kids ready for school again. End of summer is a tough transition – the end of freedom, lol! I’m amazed that parents are expected to provide school supplies, isn’t that a district expense? What about families that have several kids and fewer resources, is there a fund for them, I wonder?
    I love reading, too. So grateful for these eyeballs! 🙂 I’m currently reading Jennifer Egan’s ‘Manhattan Beach’ which is pretty good so far.
    While it is not as hot here, it is humid, which makes doing anything outside a challenge. I can’t work much more than a couple hours before I’m spent. Though I dare not complain, soon enough it will be much colder!

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    1. I think both the end of the school year, and the start of a new one is bittersweet. I’ve always liked school a lot, both as a kid and as an adult. I was a little amazed about the school supplies we were expecting to bring too. I believe all the families in this area can afford it. It’s usually a line of BMW’s when school’s out for the day. I’d say that the majority of children at my daughter’s school comes from wealthy Asian families. There are grants, and church programs to help with school expenses for families in need.

      I sure am grateful for eyes as well. Being able to enjoy a book is such a great pleasure. I’ll check out your book when its time to get new reading material.

      You can complain about the humidity all you want, it’s allowed 😉 I would too. I’m looking forward to a loooooong beautiful fall.

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      1. Summer break isn’t longer, then, just at a very different time. The schools around here often stay open almost to the end of June, but the “nice” summer weather sometimes does start until the end of June….

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  2. Ah…the back to school list.I am many years past that and now our daughter is dealing with it for her son and two step daughters. I think it is amazing your pomegranate and figs are thriving. What a treat. As for me I am clinging on to summer. Our nights are getting cooler but the days are beautiful. Today I went to the Canadian National Draft Horse show about an hour from us. My husband and I decided to avoid the main roads as it is a holiday weekend and we knew the freeways would be clogged. So this took us on a lovely road trip through farming country. The horse show was marvelous. I watched the huge horses getting prepared for the six horse hitch and then we watched the competition. I took lots of photos and will be putting some posts using them. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing your news.

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    1. I love draft horses! What a treat to go to a draft horse show, and a road trip to go with that! Big drafts are so magnificent. So much power. I once had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with the Budweiser Clydesdales. One of their teams, they have several that takes turn touring to different events. That was an experience. thank you so much for your positive comment, and for having coffee with me. I’m looking forward to your post about the event.

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  3. Hi Maria,
    It’s always refreshing to share a quick visit with you and get a glimpse of your view of the warmer side of the world. I don’t think I’ve mentioned in this group yet, but we started a mulch pile in the back yard to produce some replacement soil for other plants and a couple of months ago, I was adding some kitchen veggie scraps and noticed something small and green growing out of the pile. thought it was kinda funny but really should not be surprised. Within a week, that little sprout was big and it stared growing so fast that it was fun to almost watch it reach further and further each day. But what was it? the leaves are huge, some almost 12 ” wide. Finally, something recognizable began to appear. Now, this thing is over 20 feet wide and we are anxious for the 15+ spaghetti squashes that are taking their sweet time about ripening. Not bad for an accidental garden – don’t you think?

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    1. I love that Gary! Spaghetti squash ! What a blessing. I’ve had the same thing happened with water melons. That’s great that you’ve started a compost. If you ever want to speed up the process, order some red worms from Amazon, they’ll turn your compost into black gold in no time. So happy for your accidental; garden success! 🙂 That’s a great story ! I’m going to head over to your blog, hoping that I will find some photos of it! Have a great rest of your weekend!


  4. We were in Arizona last week and it was soooooo hot!

    Our tomatoes here in Pennsylvania are just starting to turn red. And so delicious!

    That’s a long list! And pricey! But as we both know… I was a teacher too. Not all those lists will come in complete. Your teacher will be so thankful for yours being complete.

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    1. I bet parts of Arizona is really hot at the moment! You’re so blessed to be able to have the best of two worlds, your oasis in Pennsylvania and your beautiful Arizona. Your gardening season could basically be year round 😉
      Have a wonderful new week!

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  5. I ENJOYED sharing ice coffee this morning since I’m in Arizona where it’s hot too. I’ve enjoyed this weekend’s festivities with my granddaughter turning 4 yesterday. ❤️ She melts my heart! My daughter came too and is already off to fly home. I fly out later today!

    When my children were in school we did not get the laundry list of supplies. I’m thinking maybe there was a small list. Sounds like the list has grown over the years. I have another friend in CA who’s young children in school have the same long list. She’s really frustrated at how much they need. My how times have changed. I’m glad your daughter has enjoyed her summer.

    I enjoy you sharing your reading endeavors. You are such a GREAT reader. I need to get back into reading. I love it but with my crazy work and sleeping schedule I find it so difficult to find time to read. 🥴 I’ll have to try and notch out some time each week. The book you are reading now sounds good. My daughter gives me books after she reads them as she’s an avid reader too!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! I know I will! ❤️🥰😘❤️


    1. I’ve read your comment this weekend, but for some reason I couldn’t post a reply. We’ve already talked since then, and know that we both have fabulous things coming 🙂 It’s always a good time having coffee with you my friend. Soon we’ll be almost neighbors 🙂 ❤

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  6. Definitely going to try and grow tomatoes next year. Never seem to get enough early heat here in Scotland to get them going…..but this summer, I’m sure I would have had success. I’ll be glad to get back to the school routine. Just helps with everybody’s mindset in the house. Have a great week.

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      1. I try to read wide, taking in various genres and writing styles, but tend to lean toward sci-fi/fantasy which often leads to really long books. That is what I blame my low numbers on anyway, hahaha.

        Right now, I’m listening to It ( Stephen King), reading an epic fantasy, Beyond the Gate (David Farland) and what I think is a murder mystery I picked up at Dollar Tree, The Fifth of July (Kelly Simmons) How bout u?

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        1. I would be so on my toes reading anything Stephen King! Lately I’ve mostly read western biographies and novels, from places I’m familiar with in real life. I do enjoy reading books about things I want to improve in my own life, wether it is gardening skills, managing money, horsemanship, or psychology. I like reading 🙂

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  7. I don’t have kids, Thank God for that answer to prayer (long story), but I have looked a supply lists and nearly fainted. It’s like they want every child to buy supplies for the entire classroom. Ach, it’s scary. I really feel for families just struggling to get by. Every year, I fill a backpack for a needy child and get in contact with a teacher who knows a specific child that needs it. It’s something that was done for me when I was a wee one. No big charity do’s, just a simple, private exchange. This year, Hubby’s work did an afternoon of filling packs for kids.. no clue where they’ll go, or if the kids getting them are truly “needy” for them. Ahh, it is what it is. Preschool ended last week for the summer and I’m hoping to get a call back for the fall as a teaching assistant (paid v/s volunteer). I so loved volunteering over the summer, but, well, every penny I can earn helps. Glad to hear your angel enjoyed her visit with Daddy. I’m currently reading “A.D. Chronicles Series” by Brock & Bodie Theone. I like their writing style and the attention they pay to historical accuracy. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! I apologize for my late reply. I hope you get the job as a Teaching Assistant. Teaching is rewarding. I was a kindergarten Teacher before having my daughter. I love teaching. I hope you get the job!
      Your book sounds interesting, historic novels are my favorites. I hope your week is fabulous!

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    1. I guess that depends on where you live 😊 it’s been so hot here that we’ve had to spend most of the time inside since the beginning of May. Late fall here in the desert is amazing, like midsummer in other places. Thanks for having coffee with me. Enjoy your week!

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  8. The only thing I harvested from my garden this weekend were weeds. It got a bit away from me with all the rain. As for school supplies I just started my boy’s lists and it is a lot of supplies and dollars.

    Have a great week.

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  9. It does seem like summer is over when the school supply list needs to be filled, Maria! Most schools in our area start at the end of August, including Sac State, where I teach. I’m in prep mode this month but enjoying time again at the delta. The cold river felt good yesterday while kayaking! We had a 111-degree day last weekend and now back to mid-90s which seems OK once the delta breeze kicks in to cool off Sacramento in the evenings and mornings. Congrats on your summer reading goals, I’m getting close to my Goodreads goal, too! Glad you got some nice veggies before the heat drained them!

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    1. I’m happy you get to enjoy some cool 90’s days, and some kayaking. That sounds amazing…lol, I guess it’s only us that consider those mid 90’s cool 🙂
      Enjoy your last freedom, before school starts. Is your foot completely healed now?
      I actually look forward to some big changes very soon 🙂 I hope your week is fabulous!! And stay so 🙂

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