Welcome to another virtual coffee date. Yesterday I tried a new type of coffee, I already forgot the fancy name. . you whisk together equal parts of sugar, hot water, and instant coffee. You whisk it for a long time until it becomes very fluffy. I tasted it at work in our break room, and it was really good. Tasted sort of like a creamy espresso. My colleagues enjoyed it with milk, I thought it tasted better without milk. A very small amount of this very potent coffee gave me tons of energy that lasted all afternoon yesterday. I’m sure I could whisk some together if you’d like to try! How hard could it be? Would you like to try?
Speaking of work, this was the first week of only outdoor activities. It was fun, intense, and the kids really enjoyed themselves. The days consisted of a lot of exercise; soccer, playing tag, nature walks, different playgrounds, science experiments, maths, building shelters in the wood, music, gymnastics, and fun games. We are working on a way to make meal time smooth outdoors. This week mealtime worked out good for the kids, but was a lot of work for us teachers. The kids aren’t allowed to take food themselves because of Corona, and they were naturally very hungry with all the outdoor exercise. There was no chance to sit down and enjoy the good food (that wasn’t exactly outdoor friendly,) there was only running around serving the kids. Of course we are there for the kids, but I am hoping to be able to have time to eat a little more next week, with all the extra exercise everyone really needs that. We talked to the kitchen about more outdoor friendly food for the coming weeks. Food that we can bring along on adventures, not having to come back to school to eat every day. The kids love to pack their backpacks with food, and go somewhere. We have plenty of amazing nature within walking distance and we are taking advantage of that.
The weather was lovely in the beginning of the week, and got a little cooler by the end. Next week we’re suppose to get snow two days! I am waiting to take my seedlings outside. Lesson learned, next year I’ll have to start them later. I’ve actually never had a garden in this particular area, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I just read everything I could online. I could set things up better inside, get some growing lights and make the season longer that way. I think I’m going to invest in that. In mid May I’ve been back in Sweden 6 months. I’ve been acquiring new gear, furniture, and household items as needed these past months, now I feel that I’m caught up with most things. I don’t like buying things just to get everything society demands that I need, I’d rather evaluate my real needs first, and avoid debts.
The minimalist in me don’t want to hoard stuff, but definitely get good quality things that my daughter and I really use. I talk a lot to my daughter about wants, needs and goals. I’ve included her while planning my finances since she was very little. She knows how to make a budget and keep it. We’ve had many great conversations this week. I really want her to think longterm, and see more than what’s right in front of her. Our goal is to either build, or buy a small house with plenty of room for a garden within the next 3-5 years. It is within reach. With my new position at work I can choose to get all summer off every year, starting next year, this summer I get one month vacation (July.) This will be wonderful both for my relationship with my daughter, and for our garden. I am so grateful for this.
How are you? I sure hope that you are staying happy and healthy in these crazy times. How are things in your corner of the world? Take a refill on that coffee and tell me about it in a comment!