Weekend Coffee Share – it’s a good thing that I am both a Sagittarius and a minimalist


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?

I have a HUGE pot of coffee for us today, because we’re going to need it. Did you have a good week so far? Mine has been pretty intense.

Let’s start lightly. LOL. I posted on my blog every day this week (so far.) I don’t feel that I have to post every day, I have a minimum of two posts a week as my goal, but I do like it when I manage to post more. 


I finally got my book The Desert Around Las Vegas  – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert in my hands today! Everything looks fabulous and it’s going to be available on Amazon in a few days. I am super excited! The result of a long year’s hard, fun work!

I like to keep my posts on a positive note, because I am a very positive person. I also believe that you get more of what you focus your energy on, hence I am trying to focus on good things. I know that I have mentioned that my breathing isn’t so good when I am in Las Vegas. That is an understatement. The pollution in combination with the dry air have given me severe allergies. I struggle every day in the city, and have to be on strong medicines to function here. (I feel great when I get out of the city, and don’t need anything then.) A while ago I had to find my beloved Gretchen a new home, because I could simply not exercise her here in the city, and just exercising when you occasionally get out of the city in the weekends isn’t enough when you have a German Shepherd. I tried to postpone this as long as I possibly could, trying to find another solution, ANY other solution. In the end I didn’t have a choice. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. That’s why I haven’t been able to write about it until now. I needed to process it first. Gretchen is in a great place, with a wonderful experienced GSD family. They’ve sent me photos several times. They love her a lot. 

Can I give you a refill on that coffee?

My Doctor told me straight out this week that I had to get out of Las Vegas permanently, as soon as possible. I don’t have a choice to stay anymore. I had hoped to be able to somehow work things out here for a while. This week I’ve been trying to get my mind straight, and focus on the positive changes this will bring. My daughter’s father have recently agreed to me bringing our daughter to Sweden. I’ve tried before, but it was not in the cards then. Now it is. I am looking forward to spending time in Sweden with my daughter. She is a Swedish citizen, but have never been there. Since my Doctor urged me to go as soon as possible I am doing everything I can to do so. There’s been a lot of organizing this week. Good thing I am a minimalist! I am going to look forward and focus on how fun it is going to be to go to Sweden. 

Yesterday I wrote a CV in Swedish. First I had to download a Swedish keyboard to my computer since Swedish has three letters that doesn’t exist in the English language. It was actually easier than I thought to write my CV and a personal letter. I haven’t done that in forever. I scrolled through teaching job that sounded interesting in the area I’d like to be, and applied for two jobs. One of them had sent me an email when I woke up this morning (Sweden is ten hours ahead in time,) and called me in for an interview. That feels great! If I have a job lined up it is going to be a lot easier to find a good place to live. To begin with I am planning to visit family that I haven’t seen since I was pregnant with my daughter. As you can imagine there’s a lot going on in my head right now. I’ll keep you posted.

How are you doing? Any fun plans for the weekend? 



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

50 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – it’s a good thing that I am both a Sagittarius and a minimalist

  1. Oh, my gosh, so many changes! BIG changes! I had an inkling about Gretchen because you hadn’t mentioned her and I saw no photos of her from your recent camping, so I wondered, but didn’t dare ask in case it was dire. That must have been SO hard, not sure I could have done it. But now that you are leaving the country, I understand why she needed to be re-homed. Are leaving us forever? What about your land? How soon are you going? I have to wrap my head around this!

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    1. I’m trying to wrap my own head around it..it was very hard with Gretchen. I’m definitely keeping my place here. I see us spending time at our property in the future. My daughter’s dad lives in the US and I am hoping to take her to see him at least a couple times a year. I’ve started to look for tickets, I’ll leave within the next couple weeks. I wouldn’t of had to go all the way to Sweden, but it felt like it was time. I really wanted to go four years ago, but I couldn’t. Now I can. I want my daughter to have that experience and the Swedish culture as well. I think it will be good for her. I loved growing up in the mountains, with tons of snow, and comfortable summer temperatures.


  2. Wow Maria, these are major changes! I hope you sort it all out soon. Like Eliza,I too am wondering if your leaving the States for your homeland? I feel bad that the city is driving you out because of the air I assume. It’s just not good some days. Happy weekend to you two! 👍🏻😎


  3. Oh My! You have really had a plateful! I admire your commitment to remaining positive and I believe that is something that can help in times of change and challenge. I wish you all the best on the road ahead. I do hope you will continue to post to your blog as and when you can.

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  4. Heartbreaking, having to find a new home for Gretchen. I imagine that it would not be a simple thing to have taken her with you. Happy to learn that your daughter and you can travel together to Sweden and introduce your family and friends to her. That will be exciting! Best wishes for your job hunt! (Before I retired, part of my freelance work involved helping people write their resumes/CVs and advise on job-search letters.) Job search has changed so much since I got out of the business. What you are going through with the breathing, now, is what pushed me to retire when I did. I did my best work face to face, which I could no longer do. Got to take care Conyourself. Take time to heal. Congratulations on finishing your book and getting it out into the marketplace!

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  5. What a shame that you had to find a new home for your pup. Must be a bit heartbreaking but if it is good for her then it must be. And so many changes are coming your way. Your outlook on all of this seems so strong, I am sure things will go well for you. And your health will improve once you get to a better environment.

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    1. Thank you Steve. It was very hard to find a new home for my dog. Heartbreaking, but I had too. I am strong, and I know tings are going to turn out great, I just don’t know exactly how yet. LOL. Life is always interesting. My daughter is actually very excited about the move, even though her Swedish isn’t the best. She think it’s going to be a great adventure, so of course it his 🙂 She loves snow as much as I do, so that his going to help. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  6. Wow! Big changes for you but what great opportunities lie ahead. So sorry you had to let your dog go but it seems you did the right thing. Good luck. And hip hip hooray for your book publication!

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  7. Lots of news on this post!
    I’m sad about Gretchen, but on the plus side it sounds like he has a loving home.
    And I think it’s good to return to your roots, no matter where I travel I remain connected to where I’ve come from, where about in Sweden are you going to?
    Oh, and your book looks cool! Well done 👍

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    1. Thank you Andy!
      I do think it is wise to be connected to your roots, and I think this is a good time for a dose of that 🙂 Now I actually feel that it is right. Where going to start out visiting relatives in Dalarna, where I was born. After that we’re heading up to Jämtland, where I lived most of my life, and I have two sisters that still live there. At least that is how I think right now. I’m a little flexible to where we live, depending on the work and school situation.

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  8. Oh Maria!! You are an amazing human being. I know you made the right decision for Gretchen and I also know how hard that was for you, HUGS. Your health is clearly most IMPORTANT for you and your daughter, I’m saying thanks to her dad that she can go with you to Sweden! You are a strong swedish woman, and I pray for health and happiness in this next chapter of your life. ❤️ I can’t wait to visit you there as my daughter LOVES to travel and we talk often of visiting Europe and I’d love to make that a destination. ❤️❤️❤️

    I Love your book and you have left a stamp of your beautiful work with your BEAUTIFUL book of the desert! I can’t wait to buy a copy to see it in person. 💕

    Lastly, I thank the good Lord for WordPress, for the wonderful people here and for finding you, a dear friend. And what’s even better is this isn’t good-bye because we will follow along with you on your new adventures back in your Homeland!! How COOL is that? I say AMAZING!! I’m kinda old, so being able to do what we can with all this technology is a true blessing. Thank you for sharing as you have a gift of words, PHOTOS and your heart is huge and compassionate. Safe travels dear friend! ❤️💚💙🧡❤️

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    1. Thank you Dear Diana! I do think technology is a blessing, as we can keep in touch we loved ones near and far. Deep down inside I think changes are a little scary, but I also thrive immensely of them. If that makes sense. I’m going to do my best to create something good out of this. Thank you so much for your love and kindness. We will see each other every week for coffee, right? 😉

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  9. Wow, that’s a lot to deal with. I do appreciate your positive attitude and hope it rubs off on me. I am so sorry you are living in a place that makes you sick, but you already have job interviews? That’s impressive. And you’re bilingual- my dream! So sorry to hear about your dog. That was a hard but very kind thing to do. One of my favorite pets was a German Shepherd. They are such a terrific breed. Thanks for opening the door into your life!

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  10. Well – another amazing move for you Maria. That Las Vegas was so bad for your breathing is shocking, but what an exciting change is in store for you and your daughter. I’ve had only one dog and it would have been heartbreaking to have had to get her a new home. There is no way to explain things to them.

    I too am thankful for the Blog world – as it almost does not matter where we are as long as we have internet. I too am looking forward to hearing how this new adventure turns out for you. I predict that the two of you will love getting reacquainted with family and, for her, a whole new country to explore.

    Fair winds, but stay in touch.

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    1. Yes, there is a lot going on at the moment. I am starting to get excited about the move. In the blogging community everyone is close by 😉 It’s crazy but there’s several people in the blogging world I’ve lived relatively close to, but never met, others have lived in other states, but made a point of meeting up during travels etc. It’s wonderful to make friends with similar interests, no matter age, or location. I hope you’re having a good weekend so far.


  11. Wow, a lot of changes! I’m sorry about Gretchen, but I’m sure it was for the best. I am not surprised that your doctor recommended getting out of Vegas. Sweden is quite the move! I know it is returning home for you.And, of course, you are going when it is no longer ultra-hot in Vegas and cold in Sweden 😉 Are you still planning on returning to “homestead” your property Arizona? And then there is your book. Anyway, a lot going on!

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    1. Well, I wouldn’t have had to move all the way back to Sweden of course, but you know, I really LOVED growing up in the mountains, and they are kind of calling me back. I will keep my property in Arizona and do a little work there every year. I am excited about that project, and when I live in Sweden that is going to be a fun thing to do, very different from my every day life there. Life is never boring. Thanks for coming over for coffee today 🙂

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  12. (getting another cup of coffee in order to process all this) What a rollercoaster ride!! I’m so happy about your book, sad about Gretchen and super excited about your move to Sweden! Lots going on in your life. As always, I wish you the best and eagerly await to hear about your adventures. ❤

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! Yes, I feel that I need some more coffee too 🙂 Middle/northern Sweden and Michigan have some similarities. I think my daughter is most excited about living where there’s snow many months out of the year. LOL I am happy that she’s going to get to know my home country, language, traditions, culture, family, friends. etc. I hope you’re having a great weekend!


  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your pup! Is she doing okay?

    Sounds like you may already be in Sweden. I need more coffee… there is so much going on for you. My Motherly instinct kicks in and I want to just give you a hug.

    The fresh air is going to make you feel better. Sending lots of love your way…


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    1. Thank you Nancy. I am still in Las Vegas, but getting ready to leave. I’ll be here a few more days. Let me get you another cup of coffee!
      Gretchen seem to be happy in her new family. I miss her terribly, but I didn’t have a choice here. Her new family have a big property, lots of love, one more dog, and kids to play with, they are planning on keeping her for the rest of her life. Knowing that makes it a little easier. Thank you for your kind comment!

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      1. Oh sweetheart… my hugs are bear like for you. She is going to be just fine there with room, and another dog to get along with. It’s YOU I was worried for.

        But Sweden is going to be good medicine for you and your daughter is going to love it.

        I’m happy for you as you are going to feel better.


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  14. Bless you, it does sound like a handful. I hope you can move soon. I know that it will be difficult to do but I do so wish for you and your angel to be in a good place… breathing is a good thing. The doc has been telling me for years that I need to move west where it’s warmer so I’m not in so much pain, but it just isn’t the time. If it was, we’d have found work and housing… God works like that as we’ve experienced before. He will put you where you need to be when you need to be there. Ach, you’ll have to send me a postcard from Sweden! 🙂 ❤

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  15. I’m so sorry you had to rehome Gretchen. I’m glad to hear that she’s doing well with her new family though.

    I’m also sorry about the allergies. That must be hard.

    Good luck on your journey to Sweden!

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    1. Thank you 🙏 yes, it is a big change. Up until my daughter was 3 I spoke almost exclusively Swedish with her, after that she have not been interested in the language at all, until a couple months ago. So I wouldn’t say that she speaks much, but I hope she picks it up quickly. She is motivated, and she is a good reader. She is going to be surrounded by Swedish speaking kids so I feel confident she is going to learn. Everyone in Sweden speaks English to some degree, so people will understand her. It’s definitely going to be her biggest challenge in the beginning. I’ve tried to talk to her about it, but she couldn’t be less concerned.

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      1. What a fantastic childhood step for her. I can’t wait to read your next posts.
        Good luck to both of you. Sending you the most positive vibes possible for the months to come.
        Love from France.

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