Weekend Coffee Share – Last Weekend of 2019 tucked in under a white blanket

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Welcome to share a beverage of your choice with me. What would you like? There is hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and I believe there is a little bit of glögg left.

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I was thinking that we could enjoy our beverage sitting on this bench today. Is that OK? I have extra clothes, if you need something warm besides a hot drink. It is so peaceful here by the lake. The thick blanket of snow makes this white world so quiet. My daughter and I have been enjoying many walks, and relaxing moments this week. How is your week so far?

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Do you still have a few days left of your holiday vacation? You did get a few days off this year, right?

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Besides enjoying many cups of hot chocolate while admiring these beautiful birch trees (my favourite tree,) we’ve started to move some little things to our new house this week. Just a few things. As you know I’m a minimalist and don’t have a lot of things. Moving into this new house is going to be easy. I believe we will move a few more things tomorrow, and then there is not much left at all. The biggest items are the beds, and I’ve ordered new beds from IKEA that will be delivered and carried into the house. This move is going to be a piece of cake, especially since I still have a few days off left after the move. I’m excited to make this new house our home. Then I can finally land for real.

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I hope you’re not cold! Would you like a blanket? I brought a couple wool blankets in my backpack. Are you cozy now? Some more coffee?

It was a special day today. We had a sort of family reunion at a log cabin that one of my brothers own right outside of town. It was great to meet some of my family members that I haven’t seen in a long time. I believe it was 5,5 years ago since I last saw my sister, my father and his wife. It was even longer since I saw my oldest brother, and one of my uncles. We had a good time. We had a fire outside where we made some food, and then we went inside for coffee and desert. It was cold today -10 C/14 F and snowing when I woke up early this morning, and probably around -5C/23F or -6C/21F when we were outside in the afternoon. I love the cold and the snow. My daughter had a blast exploring the pine forest around my brothers cabin. It is an exquisite location. I did not take any photos there today, I just enjoyed the company. I will come back there another time and take photos for sure. The log cabin is an old one, that my brother carefully restored. It is absolutely beautiful. He kept the original details, while adding a modern kitchen and bathroom. Exactly the kind of project I would like to do myself in a couple years, or so. I see myself doing that. There are old homesteads (fäbodvallar) for sale deep in the woods of this region. I want to save up and purchase one, and turn it into its former glory. I’ve been watching a young couple on YouTube do just that. I really enjoy their channel. In this short episode they explain what a fäbodvall is.

They are located close to where I grew up, further north of where I am now. The nature where I am now are similar, but it is slightly warmer in the summer, and the growing season is a little longer. The type of logg house they have are typical for these regions. The quality of these houses, often built in the mid 1800’s are incredible. I would like to find one with a good foundation and some land within one hour from work. That would be perfect. I could spend my weekends, and holidays working on my piece of paradise. I could take the time it takes, and plant a garden in the spring, plant some trees and berry bushes. I really want to do that. Many of these places already have a root cellar as well. Just what I need. …well that is in the future, for now I am super excited to move into our new rental house.

Would you like a refill on your beverage before we part ways? What are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans for New Year?

Love,

Maria

37 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Last Weekend of 2019 tucked in under a white blanket

  1. Gosh, I would love to sit on that bench and breathe in all that peace and solitude! Your photos are lovely per usual and give a feeling of the place. Your dreams of a cottage sound wonderful, complete with garden. 🙂 It is so nice that you are getting reacquainted with relatives. Today we are going to a family party and will see two nephews and their families that I haven’t seen in several years. It’s the little kids I particularly look forward to seeing, they grow so fast! Happy New Year!

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  2. I’m so glad your moving into your new home! I too love Birch trees, remember them well as a kid in Michigan years ago snowmobiling. The lake looks so peaceful! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hi Maria,
    I too would join you on that bench, just to sit, enjoy the view and do some serious Q&A with a virtual friend who was suddenly there with me. I think many laughs would result.
    Have a great new year.

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  4. My ears were almost ringing with how peaceful it all looks. I love the history of your homeland & you still have buildings so old. So glad you had a great time with your family. Hope your New Year is full of dreams that come true. 😉

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  5. Birch are my favorite too and LOVE them against a blue sky! I have so many pics like that – I’ve pulled over driving just to get them. Such a beautiful scene. Hope you and your daughter had a happy holiday!

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    • Wonderful! I’ve only watched a handful of shows, but I am going to try to catch up, it is very interesting. Especially since I used to live there, albeit in a more modern way. I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and happiness. ❤

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  6. Thank you for the hot coffee and yes, I think I’ll need a blanket or two. My California blood says Brrr…. That be mighty chilly! But the company couldn’t be warmer as we snuggle together under that blanket all 3 of us, or maybe 4 as my daughter would be there with us too! That would be so FUN, my daughter and I coming to visit. Hmm… Need to plan that trip! 😄👍

    I am so happy you reunited with your relatives. I can’t wait to watch the video of the log cabin restoration! Sounds so cool! I’m hoping to write a coffee share tomorrow. For now I’m off to sleep as I work tonight. Thank you for the peaceful setting on the beach near the beautiful birch trees! ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. No sign of snow here yet in Northern England, not a single snowflake! Kids are very frustrated. Good to hear about your family reunion 👍

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  8. Nothing can beat a hot cup of coffee with a good session of conversation. In this digital cacophony that is drowning us we are missing a good swim of meaningful conversation. Lovely photos and the take is telling a tale and we need to lend our ear and be a good listener. Moving into a new house and at the time of the year where the new is what qualifies the year. Wishing you harmony and happiness with the move and the change.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2020 Happy New Year!!!
    Signing Off 2019 from wondering “Makeup & Breakup.”
    😀

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  9. Lots and Lots of snow. Yes I am a coffee lover too and white blankets. We do not have so much snow , none at all around where I live in Queensland Aussie. Beautiful photographs. Its good to see other places through beautiful pictures and widen my knowledge besides coffee, tea, hot chocolate and blankets. Wishing You A Very Happy New Year ❤ 🙂 ❤

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  10. I would not mind a refill, I feel cold just looking at the pictures, its like looking into the refridgerator hahaha

    Lovely pictures it looks so magical

    Compliments of the new year
    ~B

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  11. A lovely post, it brings us right in there with you! I’m not a fan of cold but the holidays are one time I’d appreciate it and it sure is wonderful for photography! And I too adore birch trees altho there are none where I live but I see them when I visit family in Colorado. For me, it’s a tough choice. We visited family 13 hours’ drive away in terrible traffic. I love spending time with them but also love the peace and quiet at home. How nice for you that you get to have both!

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