Weekend Coffee Share – Spring &Working Vacations

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Hi, how are you? Are you up for a game of cards? My daughter and I played cards for two hours this morning, while I was sipping on my morning coffee. Of course you can have coffee without playing, if that’s not your thing. How would you like your coffee today?

How is your week? We still have snow, and cold weather. I’m loving it! I went skiing with the kids at work twice this week, mini skis only, but it was so much fun!

In the midst of all the snow I saw the first sign of spring yesterday. It’s a yellow flower called Tussilago in Swedish. I was out walking with my daughter on our way home from a playdate, when I spotted the yellow flower on a southern hillside. What are some of the first signs of spring where you live? Have you seen them yet?

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Some of the seeds we planted last weekend have started to sprout. Another sign of spring, even if it’s only in our windowsill. 

I have started to think about how I would like to spend my vacation this summer. For the first time in years (maybe in my whole adult life?) I do not have any animals to consider. I already know where I will be working this fall (I’m counting on my current job to be satisfied with my work and ask me to stay. That would be my preference. If they don’t, I have other offers, so I’m not worried.) All this opens up a lot of opportunities. It’s on my bucket list to experience Iceland, and that is what I am planning to do. I don’t know yet if my daughter will be able to spend time with her dad this summer, or not, I’m thinking that I’m either taking her with me, or going by myself. That’s my big plan. I’m going to have four weeks vacation, and would love to spend them all in Iceland. I joined a paid site that I’ve used previously where you can volunteer  your time, usually around 4hours/day, towards housing and meals. I love this type of working vacation where you get to experience a new place with locals. I’m hoping to be invited to a rural farm where I get to ride horses, help with gardening, and children a few hours a day. Somewhere I could bring my daughter, and it would be fun for her, or I could go by myself and do things I love. 

Previous times I’ve used this site I’ve taken care of horses at ranches in California and Nevada. I’ve only had fabulous experiences. Working, often with someone else, doing something I love, for only 4 hours a day doesn’t make me tired. There’s still plenty of time for relaxation. One year when my daughter was supposed to spend the summer with her dad and his (ex) girlfriend, I was talking to a host in Mongolia, that I was planning on spending the summer with. The family was nomads and needed help herding horses to pastures around the Mongolian steppe. I was so excited. Then her dad broke up with the girl, and didn’t have her that summer, so I couldn’t go. (That’s why I would love to find a place that would accept us both, or only me if she gets to see her dad.) Maybe some time in the future I’d go to Mongolia 🙂 Both Mongolia and Iceland is on my bucket list. Iceland is closer, and if I would bring my daughter it feels safer. Have you ever had a working vacation of some kind? Would you?

I hope you are having a great weekend. Thank you for having coffee with me today.

Love,

Maria 

18 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Spring &Working Vacations

  1. I’m so enjoying coffee with you this morning and playing cards! My family loves card games and playing other board games as well. They have taught me many new board games that are really fun. 😃

    How EXCITING! I’ve never done a working vacation but have heard of people doing that at like our National parks here in the states, and now that you mention it at dude ranches too. Never thought to do this though, but sounds very intriguing and fun!! Especially if one could work on a ranch with horses and other animals! That would be the best experience EVER!! ❤️ I hope you have a wonderful weekend. ~Diana 😃🥰

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    • Awesome, maybe I’ll teach you a new game, and you teach me one 🙂 It’s fun to switch it up every now and then. My daughter loves board games, and card games. I spend many hours playing games every week, both at work and at home. I do enjoy it, even though I sometimes think it gets maybe a little too much. LOL.

      I’ve heard about volunteering at National Parks. I would love to do that. I don’t know if they do it at dude ranches. The ones I’ve worked at have been private ranches. It’s more like you are part of another family for a few weeks. I’ve enjoyed it very much.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

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      • Hahaha! In my mind I don’t think you could ever play too many games. When family visits we often play sometimes all day. And that’s such a good idea swapping games to learn! 😉 I actually am not sure about volunteering at a dude ranch, but I believe one could get a job at one in the busier summer months. 😃

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  2. I’m glad spring is showing itself, Maria. About your daughter, I wondered if her dad was still a factor in her life. I remembered you moved to Vegas because she wanted to be closer to him. However it all works out, your pending vacation sounds exciting and right up your alley! We are about to close on a 1/2 acre property in Washington state…I’ll be posting about that soon. Have a great week!

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    • Spring is a beautiful season.
      My daughter’s dad rarely makes time for her, but when he does I support it. I want them to have a relationship. They did not spend many hours together the last 10 months we lived in Las Vegas, unfortunately. They do talk on the phone every once in a while.

      I’m so excited about your new property! Washington is so beautiful ❤ Can't wait to hear more about that!

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  3. I’m grinning Maria.
    A dude ranch in Mongolia is so classic YOU. The whole image is priceless.

    If the game was simple enough, I’d accept the card game so we could sit with coffee and your daughter to swap and laugh at stories like this anytime.

    I hope this summer surpasses your hopes.

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    • Haha, well..it wasn’t a dude ranch, but more of a family business with horses, that needed an extra pair of hands. I’ll do it one day 😉 Riding the Mongolian Derby is also on my bucket list!

      I’m sure we’ll find a card game that you’ll enjoy. We never play very complicated games. Just fun ones 🙂 I hope you are having a great weekend!

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  4. I’m enjoying coffee and card games with you, Maria. I saw spring flowers at the local florists (potted camellias, daffodils, crocus…). We just started daily saving today and have spring weather this week (high temp 12C) so I’m hoping spring is here to stay until June. Your plan for a working vacation in Iceland sounds wonderful. You’ll love it there. I’ve been to Iceland before as a tourist and plan to return in May. Mongolia is on my list to visit, too. Have a great day! #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Thank you Natalie! How awesome! I’ve actually been to Iceland once, but was snowed in at the airport the whole time. I had added three extra days as a layer on a flight from the US to Sweden, but it happened to be the centuries worst snowstorm, and no-one was allowed to leave the airport. They ran out of coffee, and there was a slight panic, until they boarded people on a plane to Denmark..Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  5. A working vacation sounds ideal. One gets so much more of out travel when you immerse yourself in the local scene. Hope it works out for you. I hear Iceland is gorgeous.
    I haven’t checked for coltsfoot here, but I expect it any day. My snowdrops are up – so thrilling. We’re having a warm spell, tomorrow might be 70– wow! Unfortunately, that messes with the maple sugaring, so the crop might be effected. Sugaring is dependent on day temps of 40s/nights 20s to run well. The sap gets bitter at higher temps. We do love our maple syrup, but climate change might make it a thing of the past, sadly. There are many farming families that depend on its revenue.

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    • I do like the idea of a working vacation, and seeing a part of the local scene that you’d probably miss otherwise.
      Snowdrops! Wow!
      Interesting with the maples, I did not know that. Climate change is really messing things up. It has been som much warmer here than I ever experienced Sweden.
      Thank you for taking the time to have coffee with me today ❤

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  6. Iceland sounds like a very interesting “holiday”. I hope it will work out for you or for both of you. The signs of spring are a reminder that hope springs eternal!

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  7. This working vacation idea sounds really cool. I’ve never done it myself but I have a friend here in the US whose son worked on a farm in Ireland last summer in that regard. He was on break from his University and ended up loving it so much, he is going back again this summer. What a great way to experience another country rather than just visit. I hope your plans work out either with or without your daughter. Have a great week.

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