Weekend Coffee Share – Time To Celebrate!



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 think it’s time to celebrate! The weather is finally below three digit temperatures here! It’s still very warm, but you don’t hit a wall of heat when you open the front door. I can assure you that it is a very welcome relief. I’d say that even if I count the summer of 2018 and living in close proximity to the fires in northern California, this summer have been worse, but it is over now. At least I think so. Hope so. What kind of drink can I get you to celebrate? How is your week so far?

My week have been good. On Monday and Tuesday we worked on our Nevada project, in relation to our camping trip last weekend. We visited charcoal kilns, that had been used in connection to gold mining, and read more about that process when we got back home. Mining is a big part of our State’s history.

Wednesday and Thursday was dedicated to art projects in ink. We learned about different techniques to paint with ink, via an art club we are members of.

On Thursday we also watched a Swedish children’s movie, without subtitles, and on Friday we started to work with some new Swedish words, related to the season. I’ve been waiting to introduce Swedish writing, until now. Previously it’s mainly been listening, watching movies, singing, and conversations. I recently introduced reading, and today I asked my daughter to write some words in Swedish.

The reason I’ve waited with the written word is that I wanted her to get a good feel for the language, and be proficient in reading and writing English first. We had math, reading, and journaling every day this week. There was many memorable conversations during our social studies as well. I’d say that I am very happy with this school week. 

I got a lot done on my book project. I’ve settled for the title The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert. I feel that that title says it all. 

I’ve narrowed everything done to the essentials, which was a huge undertaking itself. I’ve re-written, and re-designed this book so many times, but now I’m finally on the right track. I think my deadline, to have it out before the holiday shopping starts in the beginning of November, is very doable. This is an excerpt from the intro to the book:

The smell of sage brush in the air, million dollar vistas, wildlife, beautiful cacti, wild, free, and tempting, that is the Mojave Desert that has been luring humans to explore within its boundaries for centuries. The desert can be hot, brutal, and very dangerous with poisonous snakes, and spiders. Definitely a part of the real wild west. If you are planning a visit to Las Vegas, and know that there will be some time for adventures outside the city, maybe you are asking yourself some of these questions;


If I only have a few hours, where do I go? How do I stay safe, if I want to experience the Mojave Desert’s intense beauty? Can I bring my children? Is it dog friendly? Are there restrooms available? Where is the best place to park? What time of the day should I visit? I want to see wild horses, where can I go? 


For me, it was a more, or less forced move to Las Vegas, that made me explore the desert outside. You see, I am a country girl, living in the city was a huge change for me. I started to spend all my free time in the desert; hiking, reading a book, and playing with my camera. When the weekend arrived, my daughter, my German Shepherd, and I would head out to Red Rock Canyon, Spring Mountain National Recreational Area, Valley of Fire, Death Valley, or Mojave National Preserve. Spending the weekends exploring these places kept me sane during that first year living in Las Vegas. 


– Maria Jansson (Intro to The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert.)

I’ve realized in the process of putting the book together, that there’s a need for one more weekend trip to Death Valley, to add some final photos I want to include, so I’ve made plans for that. Which is exciting in itself to look forward to. Besides those photos, I have all the material I need, and there’s only hard work left. LOL. It’s a lot of fun, but definitely hard work as well.

Speaking about book projects, a dear friend from California recently had a book published. I got it in my hands yesterday, and I’ve started to read it, Archer’s Grace: Book One, Dahlquin Series. My friend Anne, and her husband are active in mounted archery. I met Anne and her husband at a stable, belonging to a big ranch we all were part owners of, years ago. They graciously let me ride one of their horses many times. I’m still thinking of that with gratitude. Now you may not think that was such a big deal, but it really was. If you’re a horse person you probably understand. Borrowing someone’s horse is not something you ask to do (I would never ask to ride someone else’s horse,) that would be almost in line with asking to borrow someones husband..almost. There’s so much emotions invested, it’s the relationship with the horse, all the hours of training, all the work around the horse, and it’s likely one of your biggest expenses/investments (at risk with an unknown rider.) We’re not talking about riding in an arena either, we’re talking about half day trail rides in extreme nature, up and down steep canyons in northern California. The reason I didn’t ride any of my own horses, that I had there, was that none of them were ready for that.




This was in the beginning of one of our rides, before the terrain got too steep for photos. I’m obviously not the photographer (it’s me on one of their horses.) I believe Anne’s husband took the photos. It was back in 2013, if I remember right. Northern California, and everything about its amazing nature was still very new to me.

I’ve read 1/3 of Anne’s book, and so far the book is very good! You should check it out 😉 I’m planning to do some more reading, and working on my book this weekend. 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?



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. Above everything else is my daughter. 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

27 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Time To Celebrate!

      1. Thanks Maria! I’m certainly not critiquing people for there horse love. Yeah, the cooler temps are perfect right now, it’s that magic time of year that you can leave your doors and windows open and the temp stays perfect inside and out. 😎🌴🌵🔥

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  1. I like the title of your book – it does say it all and will intrigue people enough to pick it up.
    Glad your temps are lowering. Freedom to roam is on the horizon!
    After weeks of cool weather, we will have summer temps (80s) for the next 3 days. Then back to autumn 60-70s. Each month we lose 10 degrees that won’t turn around until Feb. I’m trying not to think about that! 😉
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I love the title you settled on for your book. AND the intro you let us read. I may just have to buy me a new book! I’m so happy it’s finally cooling off and the temps are lowering here too.

    What wonderful photos of your ride, I love the horse you got to ride, so pretty!! You are so sweet, I would totally share my horses and have you ride with me as I’ve done for others. But I do appreciate your sensitivity to horse ownership as you know how special our relationship is with our horses! ♥️🐴
    I’m so happy the homeschooling is going so well. Such a pleasure to read all your endeavors. I’m having a really GOOD weekend!! ♥️♥️♥️

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    1. Awe, I’m SO happy you’re having a really good weekend 🙂 Looking forward to having coffee with you, and get to know all about it 🙂
      You are a generous soul. We will definitely go for a ride one day. The weather feels so good now. Enjoy your weekend ❤

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  3. Have to cut it short this week. Will come back later. My hubby had a very very bad morning with 7 consecutive Grand Mal seizures and even after an ER spin-through still is feeling rather unsettled.


  4. Hi Maria,
    Great to catch up. It’s great you’re teaching your daughter Swedish and she’s starting to want to learn it herself. It’s so hard as a parent when it comes to trying to influence your kids about things. I bought my son a book which has life lessons learned from sailing, one of my son’s main loves and yet I feel like I’m having to do the hard to get him to even open the cover. He spends days playing games. Such a waste.
    By the way, I was wondering if you’ve heard of haybox cooking? I thought it might be something which has crossed your path. I found out about it for the first time last night when I was researching cooking demonstrations in Sydney in the 1940s. My great grandmother used to go to the them with my great aunt and I was rather intrigued by them. I found a cookbook produced during WWII which looked at cooking with austerity measures and they had recipes for the haybox. I was intrigued and would like to try it out.
    Here’s a link to Wiki: A haybox, straw box, fireless cooker, insulation cooker, wonder oven or retained-heat cooker is a cooker that utilizes the heat of the food being cooked to complete the cooking process. Food items to be cooked are heated to boiling point, and then insulated. Over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captured in the insulated container. Generally, it takes three times the normal cooking time to cook food in a haybox
    Best wishes,

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    1. Motivating children can be challenging at times!
      I have not heard the word haybox before, but I am familiar with the concept. I even use it myself at times. At home I often heat pasta/rice/veggies to a boil, putting a lid on, and then turn the stove of. It does take longer, but saves lots of electricity/propane. I started doing it when spending time in my RV, in rural places, where acess to more propane for the stove was limited. During fishing trips in Sweden it’s common practice to dig a hole in the ground, and fill it with rocks that has been heated by the fire you made to cook your breakfast coffee on. When someone catches a fish, you wrap it in foil, and put it in the hole, on the hot rocks, and cover it up with more hot rocks. You can add potatoes and vegetables. When it’s dinner time, the food is ready. I love inventive methods! I bet you could do ta variation of he haybox here, and use sagebrush instead of hay. We are usually surrounded by sagebrush when we go camping. Thank you for the idea! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


  5. I seem to be bumping into Sweden, Swedes or Swedish a lot this weekend. It’s funny that most of these words on the list are cognates with English (Yule isn’t used as often as it used to be, but Jul is the same word). I like your paragraphs from your book. Looks good.

    I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead.

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  6. I agree with your words about “borrowing” someone’s horse. My Mom was a horse person, working her teen years at the local horse race track and doing some time as a jockey before I came along. She taught me much about horses. I love them. They’re beautiful. I am by no means a rider of them, though. I’m content to walk along beside.


  7. You have so much to celebrate, Maria! I’m glad the weather feels better! I love seeing the words for weather in Swedish, so phonetically similar to English! Congrats on your book, and thank you for sharing Anne’s book, looks great! Hope you have a wonderful week!


  8. I love the title of your book, and the excerpt! And how exciting to be teaching your daughter your native language. I’m Polish and Hungarian and I wish my folks had taught us. Learning two different languages at once I’m sure would have been tough though.


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