Weekend Coffee Share – Happy Easter

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Happy Easter my friend! Every holiday my daughter gets to pick a cake, or pastry that we bake together. This Easter she picked carrot cake. Would you like to try some, to go with your coffee? Or tea? If I may say so, it is very delicious! I believe that carrot cake is one of my personal favourites. This one have a little tangy taste of orange as well, that makes it not too sweet. 

How are you doing? How are things in your part of the world? I am still working. The schools are open. We are practicing social distancing in our social life. We are urged to stay at home this Easter, not to travel anywhere, not even within the country. We are following every direction we get, and enjoy time at home. (Wishing our neighbours were further away since some of them choose to have overnight guests, who knows from where?)

The Easter bunny left eggs, and we had an egg hunt in the house. One of my colleagues helped the Easter bunny write a letter to my daughter, she was thrilled!

I changed all the curtains in the windows to light spring/summer curtains that invites a lot of light in. All our vegetable seedlings loves it! The tomato seedlings are tomato plants now. They are really thriving. I had to pick some of the leaves of the zucchini plants, because they had been against the cold window and had some frost damage (they are very sensitive to cold.) I’m sure they will come back, as the plant is very strong and healthy. I planted beans and celery last weekend. The celery I cannot see yet, but the beans are growing wildly! All the plants will remain indoors for a while longer, we still have freezing temperatures at night. I am longing to purchase a place of my own (further away from neighbours) to plant a really big garden, with berry bushes, fruit trees and a green house, but that is still a few years into the future. For now I am utilising what is available with a happy heart. This is a very beautiful spot, even though it is too crowded for my taste. We do like it a lot here. 

Do you have a garden this year? This weekend I will have more time for blogging, I look forward to that! It is a 4 day weekend here, starting yesterday (Friday,) until Monday. I work again Tuesday. Oooo, I almost forgot, one of my little sisters gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday. It was her first child. My other sister and I sent her a little gift for her boy a couple weeks ago. (We knew it was going to be a boy.) We all live in different parts of the country, and considering the virus it is likely going to be a while before we can meet in real life. All in all, life is good. We have everything we need, including lots of time to read books, which is something we’ve been doing a lot of!  Tell me what’s going on in your life ❤

Love,

Maria

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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. Above everything else is my daughter. 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

34 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Happy Easter

  1. Congratulations on the birth of your new nephew.
    Still (supposed to be) on lockdown here. I say ‘supposed’ as a minority are flouting the rules, which may mean a stricter lockdown coming soon. The good weather allows those of us with gardens to sit outside, I feel for those that live in flats. Yesterday we had more deaths than Italy or Spain have ever recorded in a day, and this figure includes only those that died in hospitals. There are many more dying in care homes and at home. We are reaching our peak, then hopefully, and there are signs, it will start to level off. I’m getting a train today to Leeds-if the police allow me to travel, which I think they will as I’m going to attend a screening appointment to do a clinical trial for a drug to be used against the Coronavirus. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    1. Wow Andy, this is heavy stuff. I hope it all goes well for you and your family. It is so horrible with people not following the regulations. We are in for stricter consequences here as wells tarting Thursday, but its hard ot know how they will fall out. My closest neighbour, a nurse student had a party last night. At the moment the loud part is definitely not the worst, m but just the thought of someone choosing to have a party? That’s insane to me, considering the situation. Stay well my friend, and yes we are blessed to have outdoor spaces to enjoy.

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      1. And being a student nurse you’d think she would know better?! That may change though, if the hospital of her placement gets inundated like ours have.
        Thank you, stay well too.

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  2. Happy Easter to you and your lovely daughter. And congratulations on your new little nephew! How exciting and you will all get to see him soon! This darn virus! We are still staying at home. But we have our beautiful gardens to sit in. And if we want a quick ride into the desert… we can do that. I feel bad for others in the country that have gloomy weather and can’t get out.
    Thanks so much for the coffee and the carrot cake was delicious!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Happy Easter! When I ordered new spring curtains and a table cloth last week, I actually thought about you and your lovely indoor designs. You are right that we are blessed to have outdoor spaces as well in theses times. I would go crazy if I didn’t have that. Thank you for your lovely company!

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  3. Carrot Cake is one of my favorites!! All is well in my little house Marie, good to hear from you, stay safe. 🙏🏻❤️ Congrats on your sister’s new baby too!! 😊

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  4. Thank you for the coffee and carrot cake! Yummy to the tummy!! Love your little garden and I totally understand needing your own place, stepping stones, you’ll get there!! AND congratulations aunty! How exciting a baby boy! 💙 I’m so happy you have a long weekend, Happy Easter! ❤️🥰😍

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  5. Carrot cake is one of my favorites! Your daughter made an excellent choice. I am glad you are doing well. The schools here have been learning remotely for three weeks now. New Jersey has been hard hit with the Coronavirus but mostly in the northern part of the state. Here in the South there are much fewer cases but we are all practicing self isolation and being very careful. My family is very fortunate, like you and your daugheter, we are safe, can still earn our income and have everything we need. We are keeping busy reading, baking and creating. Wishing your sister happiness with her new son. Babies always bring joy! Take care and thanks for the coffee. 🙂

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    1. I am so happy you enjoyed the carrot cake Nancy! It also makes me happy to hear that your family is doing well. It would be very stressful to have economical challenges in the midst of being worried about a pandemi, which unfortunately is the way it is for many families. Keeps safe my blogging friend 🙂

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  6. Happy Easter to you both! It seems strange not to have church services or family gatherings this year. We never attended in the past, but lots of other folks did, so it is hard for them, I imagine.
    Glad the Easter Bunny found your new place alright. 😉
    Congrats on your new nephew. Some happy news, which we really need these days.
    Your plants look eager and ready to go. We don’t plant veggies, but the flowering perennials have begun growing. Chionodoxa, blue like the sky, and early daffodils are blooming now. It’s nice to bring in my own bouquets for vases once again. My friend gave me an armful of forsythia which is gorgeous – a huge bouquet 30″ tall!
    Enjoy your brief time away from work, Hoppy Easter!

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    1. Haha, Thank you Eliza! I am glad you are well. I am looking forward ot seeing all your beautiful, fresh vases. I saw some more spring flowers outside my house yesterday, I do not know the English names, but I am sure you could tell me. I will take pictures of them later today. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Happy Easter and congrats on your new nephew, Maria! Glad to hear you and your daughter are doing well. Your plants look healthy and thriving. We’re well. All non-essential businesses continue to be closed where I live. I can still go out for a walk to exercise and get new groceries. Thank you for the coffee share and carrot cake.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It sounds like it’s about the same as here? Freedom with responsibility. Itu is wonderful to be able to go out for a walk. We go for at least one, often more longer walks every day. Keep safe my friend.

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  8. Happy Easter and best wishes to the new arrival. We have very strict restrictions here. We are to Stay Home ! I am still not able to go to the barn to see Biasini. The Emergency has been extended till April 23 and I’m sure it will be extended again. Today I did lots of work in our garden. I cleared off all the dead foliage from the winter. I ended up with four garbage cans filled with dead leaves and branches. I also raked the gravel off the grass along our driveway. It gets pushed up off the driveway by the snow plow in the winter. I now have a heating pad on my back! Haha! It was sunny, although cold, and it was nice to be outside . Happy Easter to you Maria and to your daughter. And thanks for the virtual carrot cake!!

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    1. It is a blessing to be able to at least have a yard to work in, and spend some time in beautiful nature, even though I get that it mus be horrible to be away from Biasini. I am about to get out and clear out some old garden beds here at our rental house that I’ve been given permission to use. The plants I have inside I’ve decided to plant in big pots, and place then around my porch. For several reasons; the deer will likely stay away from my porch, it will be easy to care for them, I only invest in material I can reuse and bring to my own place later, it’s the sunniest spot, and I think it will be pretty. I’m thinking about planting carrots and beets in the garden beds, early crops that I can plant soon. Thank you for having coffee with me today!

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  9. Love carrot cake, very sophisticated for your daughter. The minute we mention any vegetable near a cake and my son is turned off……we have a butternut squash chocolate cake…..shhhhh! he doesn’t know!

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  10. Your plants look lovely. My husband has retired and wants to do some planting. I am waiting until they start selling soil in the supermarkets (all the nurseries are closed) so that we can begin planting seeds. Our plan is to make a little balcony garden.

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    1. Thank you! That sounds like a lovely idea! I ordered 15 new 10 gallon pots yesterday, to create a container garden with most of the vegetables. I’m going to plant them around my porch. Its very sunny there and less windy. I love container gardening. There is so many things you could do with your balcony! How exciting!

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  11. Happy Easter, Maria! We just listened to our pastor’s Easter podcast in our PJs! Congrats on being a new auntie, what a blessing. Your garden is looking good! I started a bunch of sunflower 🌻 seedlings and brought my plumerias out of dormancy.

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    1. Thank you Terri! Happy Easter! It is definitely an interesting one this year. I can’t wait to see your sunflowers again 🙂 I have prepared a garden bed at school, and 1/3 is going to be dedicated to sunflowers. It is too early to plant then here yet, we had snow flurries this morning ! I’ll let the kids plant them around May 1st. Best of luck with your garden!

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  12. It has been warm enough, here, to get back into the gazebo with the exercise bike. Although I should not be walking barefoot at below-zero temperatures. I went there to turn on the space heater when I first took the Scampers outside, this morning.

    Congratulations on the addition to the family. Always so exciting, especially a first child. Love carrot cake, myself, and think of it with fond memories. Such fun, cooking together!

    I look forward to warmer weather and hope that the plants that have come up will survive the continuing cold snaps. In the meanwhile, there are my photo archives to keep me going. 😀

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    1. Your gazebo looks so inviting from the photos you share. I’ve always dreamed of having one, but never had one. I would love to have a gazebo shaped greenhouse, a big one, where I could be surrounded by fruit trees and vegetable plants all year round. Enjoy your time there. We see more and more spring flowers, but they are accompanied by the occasional whirlwind of snow flurries..Happy Easter!

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  13. Oh, I love carrot cake! Never had it until a few years ago, but it’s truly delicious. Then again, it always reminds me of the joke we tell aroudn here about the bunny asking the baker for carrot cake each day for a week until finally the baker bakes it, at which point the bunny says: “Isn’t that yucky?”

    I’m so happy the Easter bunny wrote a letter to your daughter. Also glad you were able to have an egg hunt inside the home.

    Schools still open? Where in the world are you again? I thought you were in Sweden and since I thought I’d read Norway and Denmark are on lockdown, I thought so is Sweden.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that joke! I’ve never heard it! It is funny! I’ll remember that one 🙂

      Yes, I am in Sweden. Denmark and Norway is closed down, we are not. Older children have online lessons, not the youngest. We are practicing social distancing. We are encouraged to work from home, and limit all social contacts to a minimum. Essential businesses are open, and schools for younger children re considered essential. Several of the parents at the school I work at, work in the medical field.

      I hope you are well my friend, I’ll head over to your blog now. Happy Easter!

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  14. Congrats on your nephew! Praying this all winds down soon and we can see our friends and family. Carrot cake sounds heavenly right now, with cream cheese frosting? I too, can’t wait to put my plants in.. I sure hope the tomatoes make it, or I can buy seedlings soon.. Thanks for the coffee!

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  15. Hey Maria, its great to be on your blog the first time. Its nice to hear the seedlings are now plants. I also have tomota, pepper and squarsh on my pots. Unfortunately, I cannot convert my terrace into a garden yet. LOL

    By the way, I am new in blogging and I just recently, I made a challenge to myself. I will be visiting at least 10 blogs a day for the next 21 days— (I am not on Day 10). I hope you can support me on this by visiting my blog. I have put your blog link on mine as well.

    I followed your blog too.

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