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?