Weekend Coffee Share – Settling In


Is it already Friday? I actually had to double check, before writing this post! How is your week? Can I offer you some coffee? Or tea? 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!

I want to start by apologizing for not having coffee with all of you last week. I promise to do better from now on. It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s been a lot of changes, and things going on lately. Now comes the fun part, settling in to a new home, and a new life (sort of.)

I have really enjoyed being a nanny to the two little boys that have been in my car for the past year. Luckily they only live 20 min away, and I will definitely see them often. I hope to be a part of their life for a long time. Before moving to Las Vegas I didn’t have a 9-5 job,  I enjoyed having projects of my own. I did some tutoring, gardening, trained horses from time to time, and I spend time doing photography of some kind every day. I am going back to that, minus the horse training part, since it’s too hot for that here. I am looking forward to photographing horses here this fall, at the many horse events that takes place in Las Vegas. (If you’re competing in an event here in the area, shoot me an email at sagittariusviking@gmail.com, if you’re interested in a personal photographer covering the event for you. I have a full frame camera, and a good telephoto zoom lens that allows for large, generous event prints. See sample of event prints here.)

As I’ve already mentioned I went back to homeschooling my daughter. I’ve been looking for one, or two more students in her age, to join our school projects. Either part, or full time. I do understand the need of socializing with other children in her age. I have been contacted by a few parents that are interested in having their children join us part time. I have faith that this will work out great for everyone. I know that we have a lot to offer to some lucky kids that will learn, and have fun with us. I am already enjoying spending more time with my daughter. This is what I wanted all the time. I think it would be perfect to have some projects that we work on alone, personalized after her interests and needs, and some that we share with other children.

I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.
– Michael Kors

Considering all the changes, and the health problems I’ve encountered this summer, I’m going to give myself time to enjoy the settling in process in our new home. (After all, we live in Las Vegas, there will always be kids that needs tutoring.) I had a hard time breathing the last few weeks at my old house. I am fairly sure that there was something there that I reacted too. My daughter was just fine, and the house was a really nice upscale house, so it was not anything too obvious. I do have some allergies, and they never been as bad as the last weeks there. It was really tough. It’s already easier to breathe only days after moving out. I have faith that things are going in the right direction. The past two months is as far from my usual self as I’ve ever been. I’m going to give my body a chance to recover.  I’m not on top of my world (health wise) yet, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel…and I am very happy!

Do you need a refill on that coffee? Or maybe some ice tea? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

There’s going to be some more settling in here. Unpacking boxes, cleaning out some cabinets, and organizing things. I’ve ordered a new mattress for my daughter’s loft bed, that will be here tomorrow. Making her room inviting is my highest priority. Getting the kitchen dialed in is a strong second on my list. There is going to be time to enjoy some good country music, books (just finished my Goodreads reading challenge of 60 books this year,) gardening, photography, and games this weekend as well.

I recently re-potted a fig tree in my container garden. I used soil from my compost, and a few days later these three seedlings popped up, next to my fig tree. Looks like some type of squash? I’m going to plant them in a garden bed this weekend. I’m curious to see what it is. It’s still insanely hot here, and we have a long gardening season left. .

What’s the weather like where you live? Is it sweater weather yet? I can’t wait for some cooler temps here. I so look forward to getting out in nature, and doing some camping this fall. Speaking of nature, I am putting my best photos from the past year of explorations in the Mojave Desert into a book. I am  still thinking about the title. My strongest idea so far, is simply; One Year In The Mojave Desert. I am organizing the best photos by month/season, and adding some interesting facts/stories to go with the photos. Any suggestions, or ideas are always appreciated 🙂 I am planning on getting my book on the market in good time before the holiday shopping starts. It’s a very fun project, something I’ve been working on during these hot summer months.

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

29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Settling In

  1. I’m glad your feeling better Maria! There really must have been something in that home that was bothering you. Best wishes for you two in your new home! Your horse photos are always beautiful! ❤️

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  2. I hadn’t realized your house was giving you allergies, Maria! Glad you figured it out and moved on. I’m also glad you can still be in the boys’ lives because I’m sure they have happy memories with you and your daughter! I won’t get near a sweater for a couple more months, but low 90s is tolerable. We still get the cooling evening delta breeze and windsurfing season will wrap up in a few weeks. I hope you get some interest in your home school venture and try to stay cool!

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    1. Me neither Terri, even though the thought crossed my mind a few times. It might not be the whole story, but I do breathe much easier now, when I’m not there.
      Low 90’s sounds very nice! So does windsurfing 🙂 Enjoy ❤

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  3. Hello! I have just poured myself a coffee with almond milk! I hope your allergies will contiue to improve. We just put in new carpet throughout the second floor of our house. It is a special non allergic type of material and has no under layer. My husband has allergies and he says it is the first time in his life that he has slept in a room with new carpet and not been kept awake with the smell. No smell at all he says. We are just on our way out to drive to pick up our 5 year old grandson who is staying with us for the weekend. This will give our daughter and son in law a break for the weekend. They live about two hours from here so I better finish up my coffee! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you Anne! I’m happy that your husband got a carpet that works for him. I’ve mostly dealt with food allergies previously, so this is new for me.
      A weekend with your grandson sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy!! 🙂


  4. Sounds like you’ve had a really great week in the overall scheme of things. I’m happy for you in that! 🙂 I hear what you’re saying about housing and breathing. Our last place was a really nice complex, built only 10-15 years ago… and on a good day, I wheezed unmercifully. In the winter, when I had to shut everything up, I was miserable. Me, I’m extremely sensitive to natural gas heating… even when CO levels are good, I have difficulty with migraines and breathing. The last place was electric heat, but the hot water heater was gas…it’s all it took. I would think out in Las Vegas, there’d be a lot more dust… dry, sandy dust, too. The kind of dust that get’s into every invisible crack kinda dust. maybe it was that. So glad to hear homeschool is still going well. ~Shalom, Bear

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    1. You know, in the summer the house have been more closed in, compared to last winter, since the outdoor temperatures are unmerciful, even during the night. For that very same reason I’ve spent more time indoors as well, its just too dangerous to be outside. I guess all those factors combined just did it. I’m an outdoor person, I love to be outside, but here the outside season is in the winter. It is very dry.
      I hope hope you’re able to find the right housing for your family sooner than later. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  5. Howdy its such a relief to feel like your getting your life back on track doesn’t it.
    Sometimes at the shows here there will be a photographer & he takes photos throughout the day then sets up his laptop at a table & people line up looking to see if hes taken their photo or they will book him for an event while hes there, he made a fortune from doing this. Hope all continues to go well for you.

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  6. Glad you are settling into the new apt. Sounds like it will be a good place for you and your daughter. I admire the way you don’t dither when making a change – you throw your whole self into it!
    Have a great weekend and hope the temps improve soon. We’ve been having a nice spell of cool, sunny weather…fall is definitely on its way.

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  7. Awe, so good to hear from you and I didn’t realize how bad things were getting. Not being able to breath very well is DEFINITELY a huge problem. I remember when I broke my arm, so badly I had to have surgery and it was VERY difficult to not be me, super woman!! I know how you feel, but am glad you now have more time back on your side to do all that you enjoy. Including being with that cutie patutie daughter!! My coffee was WONDERFUL with you today! ☕❤️🥰

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  8. Glad you are doing better my Friend! You adapt well and are Resilient. Traveling light has make your Journey much easier ( I could learn from you on that one!) The Mountains are calling……

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    1. Thank you so much. Being as stubborn as I am have kept me alive so far 😉 Thank you for your kind words. I thought about your he other day. How are you? How is that shoulder? I’ve been following some of the fire incidents in NorCal, are the fires as bad as last year? I hope you’re enjoying your mountains.


  9. Yes, I believe challenges thrown our way make us stronger – they aren’t fun really (my broken arm sure was painful) Lol 😀 it definitely makes us grateful for our blessings. ♥️🙏 I’ll be thinking of you and pray for healing. I want you to be back to 💯% and thank you for thinking about me!!

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  10. It sounds like you are able to execute your plans very well. I had a fig tree in a pot and it bore three to four figs a year, so I planted it in the yard and only get tremendous leaves. You would have climate fig trees like so I believe you will an amazing harvest.

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  11. ugh – Maria. there is no way for 103 degrees to be dry enough for me. I’m looking forward to hearing how this adventure unfolds for you. I also hope that you enjoy a quick and full recovery from whatever has been bugging you. Life is going to be too much fun to be losing time being sick.

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  12. Thank you! I totally agree with everything you said, 103 is too, and being sick is not something I have time to be..LOL. While trying to figure this out, I’m focusing on all the things I have to be grateful for. I’ve always counted on my “viking strength” to get me through any situation I’ve encountered, now when I don’t have it, I’ve been shown so much kindness. It makes me humble, and extra grateful.


  13. Exciting stuff! Good luck with the new place!

    As for our weather, it’s hot and humid. Oh, and there’s hurricane Dorian, now with 185 mph winds, on the way. Hopefully it will scoot a little east and not do too much damage to the east coast.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! I sure hope Dorian misses you completely. The weather is hot here as well, around 109 most days, but it is extremely dry (your eyes feels like they are on fire when you walk outside.) I’m enjoying being inside for now. LOL. Have a great new week!

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  14. I am happy to hear that you’ve moved into a safer place with regard to the breathing problems. I cope with respiratory (and other) allergies, myself, and I know that it’s tough to track down and cope with. I can tell that you have high hopes for the less structured work. (I worked freelance for 30 years. Yay!)

    Looking forward to following your adventures!

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      1. I’m in North Dakota, so not too worried about the hurricane itself. Sometimes we do get spin-off weather patterns, but usually not. With regard to the allergies. I have food allergies, contact dermatitis, and respiratory allergies. I simplified my life as far as personal products; the fragrance sensitivities are the worst for me, and so I have eliminated everything I can that is scented or has alcohol in it (alcohol is a common allergy trigger that is often found in perfumes and scented products). I try to use my (hypoallergenic) unscented soap no more than three or four times a week and my shampoo less frequently (but my hair is less than an inch long).

        A charcoal mask can help, cutting down on synthetics, avoiding places that have air “fresheners”, aerosol products. “New” smells on recent purchases and freshly printed advertising materials, as well as glues that give off fumes. Nail polish, polish remover, etc.

        One odd thing. When I was released from the hospital after my first really serious low blood oxygen level, I was given a prescription for an inhaler. Took me half a year or more to figure out that the propellant was irritating my lungs; I now only use a nebulizer and now only use 8 or fewer doses a year, mostly during allergy season or when I’ve gotten bronchitis.

        Environmental irritants are my first suspects. Elimination is a good approach to weeding things out. Remember that it takes time for your system to recover after eliminating an allergy trigger.

        Best wishes!

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        1. Thank you so much. My thoughts are in line with yours, about environmental triggers. I think that the fires last summer, that I was exposed to for several months was the trigger, and now I’m just super sensitive. Strong smells, cleaning detergent, perfumes etc are horrible. Thank you for reminding me about time..I needed that. I hope you’re having a good week.

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          1. Yeah, the smoke is tough. This year, I got hit with the wildfire smoke from Alberta, Canada. Wet week here, so the air is cleaner, and I spotted and pulled out most of the ragweed before it went to seed. 🙂 The effects of extensive exposures take a long, long time to heal. You take care of yourself!


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