Weekend Coffee Share; Homeschool Math Projects, Organic Gardening & Camping


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?

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week have been a whirlwind of productivity. Our homeschooling projects this week have been focused on math, strategy, and problem solving, interlinked with reading (for our Nevada project.) We’ve worked in our Star Trekk math book, played chess, used an online Adventure Math program, and baked sourdough bread. We made the sourdough start last weekend, and we’ve been feeding it twice a day, every day, until yesterday when we made our two first loaves of bread. They came out great! We talked about all the math and science involved in our every day life, and it generated many great conversation this week. 

The sourdough start last weekend.

Homegrown alfalfa sprouts, on a slice of sourdough bread this morning.

My daughter is very involved with our indoor, and outdoor gardening projects, also a lot of math here. For example; How long does a 2.5 lbs bag of alfalfa seeds (for sprouting) last us? How many lbs of sprouts does that bag give us? 2.5 lbs of organic alfalfa sprouting seeds is about $25 (if you buy them in bulk, online.) That is the price of 16oz sprouted organic alfalfa seeds, if you would purchase it in a popular health food store. If we eat 16oz of sprouts every week, which is about how much we eat, our 2.5 lbs bags of seeds last us ONE YEAR. Then same price that we would pay for one week, if we would buy that amount grown by someone else.

We grow, and eat, a couple jars of alfalfa sprouts, and a couple jars off mungbean sprouts every week. Sometimes I switch it up and try other sprouts, but these are our old time favorites.

I’d say that this is useful math to know. One of the things I love with homeschooling. What type of knowledge does my daughter have actual use for in life? That’s what I want to teach her.

Last year one of our projects involved planting a seed package of yellow squash, and keep track of how many squash we got out of that one package. We then tried to calculate how many cents each organic squash cost to grow, compared to purchasing squash at the grocery store. ..that project worked out too well, we lost count after 300 squash (less than one cent per squash)..I’d say it’s OK if some projects turns out like that. I think she gets the point.

We spent a considerable amount of time planning a camping trip for this weekend. The first since our Mother’s Day trip top Death Valley. It’s just been too hot. It’s going to be three digit temperatures here in Las Vegas this weekend, but we’re going to head to higher elevations. We have a few different options, and will make our final decision based on the air quality and temperatures in the different areas before we go. We’re getting everything ready today. We are very excited, and we both have our camera batteries charged 🙂 Last weekends trip to the mountains lifted my spirits to the sky, and I’m definitely going to ride on that wave!

Gretchen on a camping trip to Mount Charleston a year ago. I love camping in the fall!

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time this week getting the photos for my book project organized. The Mojave Desert is HUGE, it covers 47,877 square miles, and I’ve spent all my free time exploring it this past year (with some exception of extremely hot days.) I’ve narrowed the photos down from about 3500, to 400. I will probably use around 10% of that. I’ve narrowed down the destinations/areas I’m going to write about, down to the top 5 places I return to again, and again. If you follow my blog you might be able to figure out what places I’m going to share with future Las Vegas tourists 😉  I’ve been thinking, and re-thinking this book so many times. I finally feel that I’ve found the angle I want to pursue. My photos are organized after destination, and I am working on the text, and layout (I’m self publishing this guide book.) I really enjoy the process! I’m not set on the title yet. I don’t feel any rush with that, there’s still plenty to do with the book itself. At the moment these are my top three title ideas;

  1. Exploring The Wild Side of Las Vegas – My Top 5 Destinations In The Mojave Desert
  2. Mojave Desert Top 5 Experiences – Exploring The Wild Side of Las Vegas
  3. The Amazing Mojave Desert – Exploring Las Vegas’ Backyard.

I hope your week is amazing so far, and that your weekend becomes everything you want it to be, and more 🙂 What are your weekend plans?



PS. I’ve decided to stop using the pseudonym Ms. Zen on my blog. I figured that it’s been a year since I blogged at NorCalZen. Ms. Zen feels old now. My friends call me Maria.

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

22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Homeschool Math Projects, Organic Gardening & Camping

  1. Hello, Maria…such a beautiful name! Oh, it’s been years since I had some alfalfa sprouts… since my last foster home situation before I married. Where we live now, they aren’t easy to find. I did some soy sprouts, but they didn’t taste the same. Love how you’ve tied math to that project. Sourdough, so you say, mmmm, that sounds delish! Reminded me that I need to get a starter for friendship bread started here soon (after we move would be easiest.) We DID get accepted and will be moving sometime between Oct 12 and Oct 31. We have to turn keys in the 31st whether or not we are in the new place, so my biggest fear is having to put it all in storage and sleep in the car (again!, Ugh!). But, even if that happens, we’re good to know we’ll have a place. They’re remodeling it at the moment. 🙂 Envying you the camping trip. Have a great time, and be safe! Can’t wait to see pics!

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  2. Seeing your photos makes me miss camping, I haven’t been in years (getting too creaky and doubt I’d be able to make it to the bathroom in time, esp. at night, lol). I loved sleeping outside in the fresh air and waking up to those dewy, cool mornings. sigh.
    Your homeschooling sounds like lots of fun – shouldn’t all learning be like that?
    Have a great time this weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eliza! Cool mornings are my favorites 🙂 It will probably be a low of around 50 where we’re going, so not too cold, just cool. I’ll send you an extra thought tomorrow morning 🙂 I hope your weekend is everything you need it to be my friend.

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  3. I loved having coffee with you this morning. What great fun with the homeschooling. I wish I could have learned math in this way as it’s not my favorite subject! I hope you have a great time this weekend, getting out of the heat and city sounds WONDERFUL! 😃🥰😘

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    1. I love having coffee with you! Math was never my favorite subject either. When I went to university we had a g great teacher who taught us how to make math fun for little kid. I’ll never come to her level of teaching, but she did inspire me a lot.
      I am excited to get out of the city! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I hope you are enjoying your camping trip! Great post. Your education program seems to be going well. I grew up on homegrown vegetables, so it is some great life skills you are teaching your daughter. Have a qonderful week!

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  5. Hi Maria. You remind me of the sprouts my wife and I grew right after we were married. We were dirt poor students, both trying to finish our undergraduate studies without starving. Those sprouts got us through many a meal – along with potatoes, lots of potatoes.

    I love hearing how life is unfolding for you and your daughter. You know we homeschooled also. I predict you will never regret and actually be thankful for whatever made you consider doing this for your girl.

    It’s always great visiting with you. Hope you had a wonderful camping trip.

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    1. Sprouts are so good for you, in many ways 🙂 my mom introduced me to sprouting in the 80’s. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. It was wonderful to get out of the city. Thank you for having coffee with me.


  6. All that food you’re growing is just awesome! I’ve meant for the past couple years to plant a garden, but… Glad to hear the homeschooling and book projects are going well! Have a great week!

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