Weekend Coffee Share – Seedlings & Gratitude

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Welcome in for a virtual coffee in front of the fire place. It is  7am, about 10F/-12C outside, and the sun is shining. I just poured a second cup coffee for myself, what can I get you? 

I’ve been lingering in bed this morning, highly unusual for me. The reason was an owl. I was trying to figure out what kind of owl I’ve been hearing. I am still not sure, maybe a Pärluggla (Boreal Owl) or Kattuggla (Tawny Owl)? These are the two most common owls in the area. I haven’t been able to see it, but I hear it every day, more and longer periods this past week.

I’ve been staying at home this week with a cough. The schools, and most businesses are still open here, but anyone with even light symptoms of a cold is advised to stay at home due to Covid-19. I feel better now. If I don’t hear anything new today, like that the schools are being closed, I’m going to work tomorrow. 

I’ve kept my daughter at home with me this week, and we’ve been having a mindful, peaceful week at home. One of our biggest joys at the moment is to watch the seedlings in our window sill grow. You can visibly see them get bigger over night. 

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I took these photos yesterday, and they are already much bigger!

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I have plenty of seeds for a vegetable garden at home, but I was running low on my favourite kitchen herbs. I ordered some online and they arrived the other day. I’m going to plant them next week. 

How are you holding up? Are you working from home now? Do you have everything you need? What’s the recommendations where you are? We are advised to limit social contacts, stay at home when we are sick, wash our hands frequently, big crowds of more than 500 people are not allowed, the older children get their lessons online, the grocery stores have somewhat limited supplies, and older people are advised to stay at home. 

My daughter and I have been talking a lot about the situation, gratitude, and what the consequences of the virus may be. She is so wise for her age. I still cannot believe that she is this incredibly intelligent, thoughtful being that she is, and not a helpless little baby or toddler anymore. We’ve been discussing gardening, and where our food comes from, and we’ve been experimenting with baking bread without yeast. She loves baking and fresh bread as much as I do. We’ve also been talking about our homesteading/off grid dream that is still very much alive, even though I see us doing it in Sweden and not in the US now. I got a message from my daughter’s dad, which is unusual, saying that he was grateful for her being here with me in Sweden. That was touching. 

We’ve spent most of this week inside, literally, the only exception going to the woodshed to get more firewood. Last night my daughter asked if we could go on a short walk. We did. We are surrounded by several lakes, and we walked to the closest one, its only minutes from our house. It was very beautiful. 

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I hope that you are safe, healthy, and in good spirits.

Love,

Maria

33 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Seedlings & Gratitude

  1. I hope you are feeling better. Today, with a cough, yeah, I can understand not being at work. Owls are so cool. I hope you see yours. I so rarely see them, but hear them a lot more often. I think that’s the reason I think they are so cool – they are almost invisible most of the time. I hope you have a great week 🙂

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    • Thank you, I do feel good now 🙂
      Owls are cool! I’m hoping to see this one, but the sound sort of comes from different places and it’s hard to locate where it might be. Maybe one day 🙂 Have a fabulous week!

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  2. We are all doing good at my home. I’m still working, but samples sent to the lab have decreased dramatically which is to be expected. We are to shelter in place, and all schools are closed. Essential businesses are open which there is a lot of them. I’m worried about our economy, and am hoping all of this slows the spread which I’ve heard it has. Thankful for that!
    Love all your photos, love hearing about your dreams and hope you can get that homestead sooner than later! ❤️🥰

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  3. Ah, the ciabiatti looks great, and the veggies do too! This coming week will be my third week off of school. We are out until at least 4/15 and starting online learning tomorrow. Yikes! I do like being at home right now, at times the middle school energy has been a bit much for me. (Sometimes it is a little tumultuous, and at home, I can do a meditation whenever I need to). I have time to keep my home cleaner than before, and I am making myself do some sort of exercise daily. I wish you the best Maria! Stop by my coffee share if you get a moment.

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  4. I hope you feel better soon, Maria! Lovely photo, it’s sooo cold there! it’s 52 here just now, 68 degrees today. Stay safe guys! 😎

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  5. Sweden doesn’t seem to have the restrictions the rest of us are seeing. ‘Social distancing’ is being taken very seriously, 6′ apart and no more than 10 people in a group. It feels awful, but what else can we do?
    Glad you have hopeful seeds to plant and grow. Spring and the prospect of gardening is wonderful to look forward to.
    I looked up boreal owl for you to hear its sound, but couldn’t find the tawny owl, maybe under another name? Perhaps one is all you need to make the ID: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boreal_Owl
    Hope you continue to improve and stay well! ❤

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  6. Hope you feel better soon, Maria. Very nice home gardening that you’re doing with your daughter and walking around the lake is wonderful. I’m walking outdoors every day and enjoying the nice spring weather. Here schools, libraries, community centres, and a lot of businesses have been closed since March 13 with tentative date to reopen on April 6. #weekendcoffeshare

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    • Thank you. I apologise for my very late reply. It’s been a crazy week here. Walks outside every day is so wonderful. I hope you enjoy beautiful spring weather.

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  7. Ah Maria, my friend.

    It is no surprise to me that your daughter is so mature and thoughtful. She pretty much has that in her genes. You have no choice but to be ready for a very clever and loving teenager because she is growing up fast to the that person you are going to be so proud of.

    Blessings.

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  8. Here the schools have closed and, incredibly, there’s talk that they may not reopen until September-a full half a year away! These are unprecedented times, and in the UK we stand on the brink of a lockdown. Every country is reeling under the affect of this pandemic, we’re all in this together.

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  9. More pictures of nature to calm everyone! Back to green and Nature!
    Just curious to see how it affects nature by having 1 billion people in their homes without polluting directly (by throwing different things) the seas…
    Thanks for the post.
    Sebastien Elbied

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  10. Hi Maria
    well for some of us staying home is something we do almost all the time hahaha so adapting was fairly easy wooty woo hahahaha
    The world is less noisy even cleaner without people moving about.
    A lil gratitude will go a long way
    ~B

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  11. Hello beautiful little fam. It would be such a great comfort having such a treasure to keep you company. Its such fun watching seedlings grow. We are on pretty tight restrictions, went to the butcher a couple of days ago a sign on the door said no more than 5 inside at a time if so you just had to wait outside. No cases in our town but a few in neighbouring towns, we are being sensible & not fearful. I love the lake photo, its so nice you have somewhere so pretty near by. Keep well.

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