Weekend Coffee Share – Finding Normal In A Crazy World

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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!

Love,

Maria

31 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Finding Normal In A Crazy World

  1. Thank you for the yummy coffee! I’ll have to try that method as I like that type of frothy or foam that is created in the coffee shops! Such a great idea!!

    I have the opposite problem here waiting too long to plant, but that’s just because I procrastinate and/or am busy and don’t prioritize my garden. I’ve done it though this week bought some starters and yesterday planted my containers. You are ALWAYS an inspiration to me so I Love hearing and seeing your gardening!! ❤️ And when I make mistakes I know I’m not alone, only way to learn is to try I always say. I just don’t invest as much as I could in gardening, well, you know where most of my personal spending money goes, hehe, those cute PONIES! 🐴🤠
    Take care my sweet friend and sending a virtual hug to you and your daughter. 🤗 So love sharing coffee with you this weekend! 😍🥰

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    • I saw some of your gardening photos yesterday. I love container gardening. I think that is a great option, for many reasons. I invested in 15 good, sturdy planting pots, made out of 100% recycled material last month. They are big enough to grow vegetables and fruit trees in. I know that I will use them for many years to come. We have a challenge with several invase species here, lupins being “the worst”. I love lupins, I think they are very beautiful but they are taking over big parts of Sweden and kill other plants that are essential to bees and butterflies. I’m hoping to get around that problem by planting the majority of my produce in containers. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your lovely company! ❤

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      • That’s interesting about the lupins and love your encouragement, keeps me motivated which I’ll just keep saying over and over. Lol. I’m so happy to hear containers are such a great idea. I have one more container to fill with something, At least I’ve got something started! Yay! ❤️

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  2. I’d love to try some of your frothy coffee. School outside sounds intense. What will you do when it rains? Are the rules that no one can go inside and it is safer outside?

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    • Teachers and students have access to the school, parents are not allowed to enter (they can not, its locked.) We are encouraged to spend as much time outside as possible. It is easier to keep a distance outside, more space. The school is situated in a very beautiful area, with amazing nature. My little students are 5-6 years old and thrive outside. If it rains a lot, which it might do this coming week, we can go inside for shorter periods of time to change clothes and get warm. Everyone is required to have clothes suitable for the whole day, and they do. This is an outdoorsy region. The school have a ski profile, and we spend time outside all year round. We also have a favourite spot in the forest where we have old trees that you can sit, and play under. The rain barely reaches the forest floor there. It does feel safer to spread out (27 children + 4 adults,) and not be crowded in one room. Social distancing is easy outside, and very difficult inside when the children are so little. Inside it is unusual to not have at least one child in your lap.

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  3. Good morning! You always take lovely photos! I have been remiss about the Weekend Coffee Share in the last 2 weeks, but I wrote one today, please do visit. I am working 100% online until the rest of the school year. It is fine with me, but I am tired of not going anywhere to be social, tired of being in the house so much. I will try to sit outside for a while today and also get some exercise. Take care!

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    • Thank you Pamela! I will visit your coffee share, you have been missed 🙂 I can understand that many people find it hard to spend so much time at home. We are social beings 🙂 Spring is pleasant, and it is nice to go for a walk where we live. Is there anywhere where you can enjoy a walk and still practice social distancing? Are you allowed to do that? Stay safe my friend.

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  4. Hi Maria, I’ll try the creamy coffee please! Sounds good. I’m glad things are going so well for you two and wow, it’s been six months already! All is well in my home, feeling good. The summer heat is slowly returning, been in the 80’s. The 90’s are here next week. Be safe and well my friend! 🙏🏻😎

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    • Thank you John! Time flies! I feel grateful that things have unfolded the way they have these past 6 months. I really enjoyed your photos of Joshua Trees yesterday. They are very special. I have a photo of Joshua Trees in bloom, taken in Red Rock Canyon last year hanging in my kitchen. Enjoy the heat! I know you love it!

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  5. Hi Maria, Your creamy expresso sounds good. I hope you have more time to enjoy your lunch and a break during school time this week. I strive for simple living, too, e.g. not accumulate stuff that I don’t need. It’s wonderful that you teach your daughter to budget and live well at an early age. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • I hope you liked the coffee! I did, I will make it again 🙂 I usually take my coffee without sugar, so I guess that’s not good…but sometimes 🙂 Thank you for your lovely company and kind, encouraging comment. All the best ❤

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  6. Outdoor school sounds incredible but, yes, it takes a lot of work, coordination and flexibility to pull off.
    Be well.

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    • It is a lot of fun! The weather have been with us this week, we are expecting some challenges weather wise next week. I’m grateful that we live in an area where there are a lot of outdoor options. I am hoping to hike with the children to the top of a big hill this week, bringing their lunches with us, making it an all day activity. I’m excited about that! I feel that I have succeeded if the children remember this time as an exciting adventure outdoors, where they get to try things they don’t usually do. They all go to different schools next semester, and most of those schools are regular public schools, so this last months are the end of an era for them. I take it seriously to make the most of it. Thank you so much for your pleasant company this week. I hope you and your family are safe. ❤

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  7. That coffee sounds delicious. I reckon the parents would appreciate how well their treasures would be sleeping at the moment, with all their activities, sounds like so much fun. I hope you & the other teachers are getting good sleep to help keep up with them. The photo is beautiful so many colours in a small area so pretty. Its awesome that your teaching your treasure so much about life & living it well. Your so awesome. Have a fantastic week ahead. ( ;

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    • Thank you for your kindness! The parents have been very positive in their response to this new adventure, very few have objections. I believe more time outdoors keeps everyone safer. I believe we all have been sleeping very well this week, children and teachers alike. I always plan for 8 hours of sleep for me, and 10-11 for my daughter. I feel that we really need that. This week I fell asleep on the bus on the way home, twice! Luckily I have no social life to keep up with these days 😉 Stay safe my friend ❤

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  8. Hi Maria, I’d love to try some of that coffee you describe. You know I prefer tea, but your description sounds both good and fun. We could sit back, sip and tell stories. I’d love to hear more about your adventures there.
    Blessings.

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    • I’d like that Gary. It’s fun to switch it up sometimes. Speaking of teas, I have a new favourite, it’s a green Lyche tea https://www.teapeople.com/green/lychee-green-tea. I have been drinking it hot this winter, and its great, but now I’ve started to make an iced version that is fabulous, if I may say so. Have you tried Lyche tea? Do you have a favourite tea at the moment? I bet it is time for ice tea in California now? I read about heat advisories for Southern California this week. Stay safe my friend.

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  9. Things do feel pretty crazy in the world these days. I try not to think about it too much, it can really bring me down as there isn’t much I can do about it. We’re still staying home every day and only go out for groceries every 2 weeks or so, usually to replenish fresh produce. My workers and I’ve been getting my clients gardens spruced up ready for summer. Today we got to work on my own, which is so satisfying. With the help this year, I’m way ahead of schedule because the snow melted so early. Everyone is happy~ the gardens look good, we’re out in the fresh air and sunshine and not thinking about the state of the world. Now if I could keep that Zen in the wee hours of the morning, when the anxieties creep in! 😉
    Is H. aware of the virus? How are you reassuring her and your students? I wonder how this is affecting our youngsters. I imagine not all adults are able to reassure kids to make them feel safe. Luckily, most kids are oblivious to current events!

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    • I think your approach, to stay at home, and do a lot of gardening is a wise one. I teach H and my students everything they can do to stay safe, and that it is important to do our part, everything we can do to stop this. When that is taken cared of I’m there to answer questions, and support in every way I can. Some children need more hugs these days. Staying busy physically is great for everyone, I believe. At work we exercise even more than usual with all the outdoor time, it just comes naturally. If you have any other tips I am all ears 🙂 I always enjoy your company and wisdom which is much greater than my own.

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  10. After all your travelling, how does it feel to be back in your country of birth? And do you ever hear how that beautiful German Shepherd you had is doing?

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    • It feels great to be in Sweden. I’ve landed, so to speak. I miss Gretchen terribly. I’ve heard from her new family a few times, but it was a while ago now, she was doing wonderful the last time I heard. I see German Shepherds every day and it hurts every time. It was impossible for me to stay in Las Vegas, and impossible for me to bring Gretchen, If I had a choice in the matter I would of never let go of her. It’s hard. I’m sure you understand, you have a dog.

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  11. Whenever someone talks about spending time outside these days, I feel very happy. For in this challenging time, everyone of us want to got out and get back to a normal life. But lockdown, circuit breakers, quarantine, isolation are the words that I come across mostly.Hope your dreams with home and garden come true 😊

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  12. I’ve been hearing about that coffee – whipped espresso, I think? Something like that. Yes, very potent! Your plan sounds great, how awesome that you’re daughter has been learning along the way from an early age. Wish I’d had that. I too cannot wait to put my seedlings in. It should be soon. And now we can finally buy plants!!! Woohoo! Have a great week.

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    • Dalgona! That is the name of the coffee! I just read about it on another blog. 🙂 the beginning of the gardening season is exciting. The whole season is exciting, but when everything starts to grow it’s very special. Best of luck with your garden. Have a fabulous week!

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  13. Sounds like you’ve got a great plan for the future! I like the minimalist outlook you have on things and try to embrace it as well but sometimes it is a struggle, haha. Anyway, glad to hear you’re doing well, and thanks for the yummy coffee concoction!

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  14. Hi Maria,
    Your coffee share this week and all the comments and discussion back and forth was fascinating for me. Sweden has seemingly taken its own path in handling the coronavirus, working to establish herd immunity, which is very different to our approach here in Australia, which is moving more and more towards eradication as the cases are relatively low and with social isolation measures and border shut downs we could well avoid the horrific death tolls being experienced overseas.
    Our family’s situation re the virus is different to many because I’m in a high risk category of both catching the virus and not surviving. So, until there’s a vaccine, I’m needing to social isolate to a fairly high level along with the rest of the family. Atm this is quite achievable because everyone’s in lock down aside from essential workers. Indeed, the current regulations are ideal for people like me. However, even I’m getting cabin fever at times and I’m finding some of the regulations are over the top and too strict. I can’t understand what’s wrong with going for a local drive by yourself to clear your head. A young girl in Victoria copped a hefty fine for going a driving test with her Mum, but this received a lot of coverage on TV and the fine was dropped. To me, it really made the Police look over-zealous and oppressive. My husband is an essential worker for Macquarie University and he was given a letter to justify driving to work if need be. Fortunately, he’s mainly been able to work from home. Probably the area which has been the biggest difference for us, has been having our daughter’s dance classes running in our kitchen. She does about 8 hours of dance through the studio, which adds up when she’s at home and we’re unable to eat dinner. However, I’m trying to be encourging as it’s not easy for her. My violin lessons have stopped. I couldn’t see the point of learning online when I’m not practicing as much as I should. Indeed, it’s forced me once again to have a deep rethink about my violin, but it’s won out in the end. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/v-places-ive-played-my-violin/?wref=tp
    Returning to school is a very hot topic here and opinions are quite divided. If it weren’t for my own health concerns, I’d be more in favour of the kids going back to school sooner rather than later so they can get back into a routine and take their learning more seriously. Our son is in his second last year of school and some of his subjects are quite hands on and really does need to get back. Our daughter misses her friends a lot and being shut away isn’t good for anyone either. One of her friends walked 33 kms around the neighbourhood the other day. They’ve been dyeing their hair strange colours as well. Our son and his mates were getting interested in travelling around in shopping trolleys before lockdown. So, being away from that’s a good thing. His scout leader has got them growing a grass creature and they’re having a competition to see whose creature has the longest hair. Our son used dirt from the worm farm and his is growing really well. He also has a scout project to build a billy cart. So, that will hopefully get his mind off the computer games for more than five minutes.
    We hear a lot from our politicians about how going to school is safe and that the kids aren’t going to pass the virus on. Today, a parallel situation came to mind. How about nits? They’re rife in our schools, especially with the younger kids. If they spread nits and the common cold, what makes our politicians think they won’t spread coronavirus? It’s great that you’ve been able to go outdoors with the kids in your class and the set up you have there sounds amazing. It’s been fascinating to chat with you Maria and I wish you and your daughter and all your students well.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  15. Reblogged this on Beyond the Flow and commented:
    As a parent of school aged teenagers, the issue of when they should return to school is a serious consideration and I know many of my friends are also wondering what is best.
    My friend Maria works as a teacher in Sweden and shares her experiences in this very interesting Coffee Share post, and the comments which follow and the banter back and forth are also very interesting. It reminds me just how much I love being part of an international blogging community where I can get own out my own head, beyond my own backyard and gain more of a global perspective.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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