Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, 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?

Good morning! If we were having coffee today I would offer you some scones, still warm from the oven. We are having an English kind of breakfast today. I’m having tea, would you like to switch things up a little and have some tea today? If not there’s always coffee of course 🙂 

Yesterday we celebrated Nevada Day, and many people are celebrating today as well. It commemorates the state’s October 31, 1864 admission to the Union. The Nevada Legislature established it as a state holiday in 1933. Meaning that most people have a three day weekend. One year I went to Carson City, the state capital, and watched the big parade there. That was a fun experience. There are celebrations going on all over the state. We haven’t decided yet if we are going to participate in any of them. There’s some events this weekend that I am interested in, Willie Nelson is in town, and there’s an air balloon festival. My daughter wants to just relax at home this weekend, we’ll see. The scones was her idea as well btw. 

Mostly I just want to breath some fresh air. It’s weird how we take something like fresh air, and clean water for granted when we have them. It’s been a rather hard week health wise and I don’t like that. I don’t want to write about it, and I don’t want to think about it. LOL.

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Red Rock Canyon, the first chapter in my book; The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert .

Well I do have some exciting news! My editor and I have been corresponding frequently this week sending my book The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert back and forth. The final edits are done, and I am ordering the first book in print today. Then there’s some meticulous checking of any errors in that book before the big book release in the middle of next month. It is very exciting! I have worked hard for over a year, and I cannot wait to have the first book in my hand. 

How is your week? Are you enjoying a beautiful fall? Or maybe you even have snow now? Tell me about it!

Love,

Maria

31 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Congratulations on your book-to-be! I am taking the time today to send out a few query letters for an agent to pick up my book. I write children’s books. We shall see! How did you find a publisher?

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    • Thank you Stine! Best of luck with your book(s). I decided to self publish mine. It is a guide book with hundreds of high resolution photos, I enjoy the artistic process of designing the layout myself. There is obviously some text as well, and I am very grateful to have a good editor among my friends. With his help with the editing I feel very good about the result. I thought about traditional publishing, but decided that this time this was the right way for me. I wish you all the best of luck with those letters, and getting your book published.

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  2. Congratulations on the book Maria and wishing you great success with it. My brother has a place in Scottsdale and we’ve had some fabulous hikes there. I got some amazing photographs during the super bloom this summer. You live in a beautiful place!

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  3. Pretty exciting coming down to point of publishing – kudos!
    Your scones look delicious, smart kid you got there! 😉
    The leaves here are falling by the day and in a couple weeks there will be little left. November is such a dull month after the glory of October. From then to April it is a long slog. I miss my flowers! Winter can be pretty and there are no bugs, so I should be happy about that.
    Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy!

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  4. Congrats on the book and I can wait to order a copy! I love scones, I haven’t made them in so long. It’s a rainy fall day today. So much to do in not enough time, as usual. Thanks for the coffee!

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    • Thank you so much Kathleen ! I love scones too. For a while we made scones every Sunday, not anymore, but sometimes. I hope you are enjoying your day. Thank you for having coffee with me.

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    • There is plenty of scones 🙂
      I guess it is a combination of a loooong process, that now all of a sudden is going pretty fast. I enjoy the process. Every piece of the process is enjoyable in different ways, even though I have to say I enjoy taking the photos the most. Maybe because I have the most control over that? Hmm..I hope you are having a good weekend.

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  5. So exciting about your book. I’m glad you’ll have it in print soon and can’t wait for it’s release! I loved having tea with scones today, and I’m hoping you are having a good weekend. I’m busy working again a long stretch. Lots of vacations this time of year at work!! Take care my friend! ♥️🥰

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    • Thank you my friend! It is very exciting! So happy you dropped by for some scones and tea. I am sure you really needed a break after all those long days you are putting in. Don’t forget to love on those ponies every day 🙂

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      • I missed two days this last week because I was interviewing for an opening in my department. 😢 I’m thankful my girlfriend was able to take care of them for me! But I hired someone so no more long days at work. I ENJOYED a nice trail ride today! I’ll be able to visit ponies everyday until my next day off next week. 😀

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  6. Congratulations on your book, Maria. I am so very happy for you! Sorry to hear you had a bad health week, though. It happens, but it’s never fun. This last week, as we’ve moved from a really nasty place and into a really nice (bugless, so far) place, we are truly thankful for something as simple as turning the tap on having drinkable water, and especially for having HOT water. Hot enough you can actually wash dishes in, and get your body clean, in! YEAH! It’s something simple, that, like you said, most people take for granted. We got furniture moved yesterday, so we actually slept in our own bed last night…and oh, it was so very nice! Didn’t want to roll out this morning, but didn’t want to miss the concert and Chili cook-off at church, either. I sketched the singers during the concert, and I have to say it’s been quite a long time since I felt so relaxed that I could draw so easily. A good thing! Hope you have a better week this week, and again, Congratulations on your book!

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    • Thank you for your kindness. I am excited about the book and I try to focus on that. I am very happy that you are in a much better place now. (Just read your coffee share.) Does it feel like a new chapter begins?

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      • Yes, that’s a good way to put it… a new chapter. It’s so quiet in our new place, I might actually be able to do some art and some writing. I can’t wait to find/unpack my arting things.

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  7. If you are having an English type of Breakfast, then maybe I should have an American style, or even better a Swedish style. Any suggestions?
    When in Stockholm breakfast consisted of McDonalds!

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    • Yes you should 😉 Breakfast in Sweden is often a sandwich and coffee, or porridge in the winter, it could be “fil” as well. “Fil” is a type of cultured yoghurt. If you had a sandwich it could be simple cheese, or maybe egg& Kalle’s caviar. You need to experience breakfast at an old fashioned cafe next time you visit.

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  8. Hi Maria. You had me at scones. We are at the end of a partial week with no power, thus no heat, due to the fires. We were blessed to have 3 friends who were under a forced evacuation, staying with us. Our air was smoky. Our home was dark except for the good old battery powered lanterns and our food was mostly dry stuff because all we had working was the gas stove. But we laughed and enjoyed some rich time with our guests and they enjoyed having a safe place to sit out the danger from the fire. None of them lost their home and I got a little work done each day by going to a local center where the city provided tables with power and wifi. Weird week, but all good. Well, except that I’m really late in catching up with everyone’s coffee shares. And even here, Maria greets us with warm scones. Girl – you are the best.
    Congrats on the progress with you book.
    I’d offer some fresh air from the Sonoma County wine district, but it’s still very smoky and wouldn’t do you any good at all. Regardless, it’s always great to hear from you.

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    • I’ve been following the horrible fires in California. I am glad you are safe, and even were able to have some of your friends stay at your house. That was us last year, except that the evacuees staying at our house were stranger, when they came, not when they left. I hope the air gets better for you. It’s been pretty decent here Monday-Wednesday. It makes a huge difference. I’m glad you enjoyed the scones 😉

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