Weekend Coffee Share – Crazy Weather, Work, School, And Corona

Welcome to our virtual coffee date this weekend. The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Alli, and anyone can participate by writing a post about the week, and add it to the list. How would you like your coffee today? 

Last weekend I wrote about making rhubarb marmalade and a tiger cake for my daughter’s school picnic. Some of you asked for the recipes. The recipes were in Swedish, but now I translated them to English, both the text and the weight scale. Both recipes are fairly easy to make, and a success in my family.

Tiger Cake

Rhubarb Marmalade With Ginger

Lately my weekend coffee shares tends to be a little on the long side. I apologise for that. Since I have been working a lot, and I’m a single parent I do not have that much free time during the week (read: no free time. Luckily I get most of my exercise in at work, and on my way to/from work. And I LOVE MY WORK.) When Saturday morning comes and I wake up early as usual, I find it very comforting to write a little, before my daughter wakes up, it helps me digest the week. 

This week have offered us some crazy weather. On Monday it was very hot for the region, around 85F and sunny, no wind. It is very rare that it gets this hot ever. Tuesday started out warm, with a little breeze, but there was this weird pressure in the air. I started to feel strange in my head on Monday evening. Changes in the weather affects me a lot. (I could feel when we were going to have an earthquake in California, when I lived in Las Vegas.) On Tuesday I was hungry when I woke up, but I couldn’t eat more than a couple bites, same thing at lunch, and in the afternoon. It was graduation day for our kids, but I wasn’t nervous or anything, I knew it had something do with the weather because my head was just exploding. In the afternoon the explanation came with high winds and a thunderstorm. After that the week’s been great.

Double rainbows after the thunderstorm

Due to Covid -19 we couldn’t have a regular graduation ceremony for the children that are graduating our school, and leave us to start “real school” in the fall. It is tradition at our school to have a summer party with parents, grandparents, and siblings as guests. The children that graduates from our school jumps out of a window, that is decorated with flowers. We play music as they jump out, everyone claps their hand and cheer, they children get roses and a diploma from the teachers. Everyone looks forward to this and it is really important to the children and their parents. To make the best out of the situation we arranged it a little differently this year, to not gather too many people at school. We did the same ceremony, but with only one kid and their family at a time. We picked this Tuesday afternoon to do this at. Despite the interesting weather it went very well. Every single student in my class got to have their moment on Tuesday. I’m so happy, the children and their parents were very happy and thankful. It was beautiful and the children have a memory for life. Grandparents gets to see the ceremony through videos and photos. Maybe not as good as in real life, but still, it was the very best we could do. I don’t think we could have arranged it any better. 

School isn’t out for summer yet, it’s not one official date for these young children, school is open all summer, but most kids get a summer break at some point. The first child left for summer yesterday. It is hard to say goodbye, since most of them don’t return in the fall. I get to keep my five youngest students for another year, along with 24 new ones. I’ve already made a rough plan for how to start the new semester in the fall, and I will tie up the last loose ends next week before going on my own summer break. It’s going to be a staycation (vacation at home) of course. At the moment we have more than 4600 deaths due to the virus in Sweden (a rather small country.) We have cases in my town, and the town where I was born, one hour from where I live now, just had all the teachers at a preschool tested positive this week. It seems like the danger is far from over. You can tell that both children and adults are in need of vacation this year. These special times have been rough on many of us. I feel that this is very true for my own daughter and I can’t wait to give her the attention that she deserves.

Speaking of my daughter, I applied to a middle school for her this week. The school she attends now is Kindergarten – 6th grade. The school I signed her up for is from 4th grade – 9th grade. There is a long waiting list, and I figure that there is a chance that she gets in at some point before 7th grade. She attends a good school now, and I don’t feel a need for her to get in at this school at the earliest possible date, when she starts 4th grade. I would be happy if she gets in any time before 7th grade. The school I signed her up for have all the lessons in English (she goes to a Swedish school now,) and an advanced art and music program. They also get to learn more language from an early age (German, French and Spanish.) The school is known for teaching the children very good manners. I have looked at other schools as well, and will sign her up for a couple backup plans (maybe her interest have changed when she reaches that age,) but this is my first choice.

You can tell this have been a very busy week, next week will be as busy, and this weekend will be spent relaxing with my daughter, listening to the rain falling on the roof, crocheting and reading. Perhaps pick some more rhubarbs 🙂  

How are you? How is your week so far? Tell me about it in a comment, this weekend I will have time to get back to everyone within a timely manner. Last weekend I somehow got very busy. I am going to give myself time to relax this weekend. Have a fabulous weekend!

Love,

Maria

Published by Sagittarius Viking

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

44 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Crazy Weather, Work, School, And Corona

  1. Its really commendable that you pulled off a graduation ceremony in your school following the necessary safety regulations and didn’t let the virus kill the event. It’s quite heartwarming and gives us hope that the end of the virus is very very near..
    Thank you Madam for sharing.. 😊😊

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      1. Thank you so much Madam.. 😊😊
        Yes, this virus will end, as did its relatives like smallpox and polio..
        Have a happy weekend yourself, Madam..!! 😊😊
        Stay safe and take care..!!

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          1. You are welcome Madam.. 😊😊
            Since your blog’s name contains “Viking” in it, I invite you to have a look at my latest post written about your neighbouring country Denmark.. 😊 Hope you find it good.. 😊😊 Reviews or suggestions are the most welcome.. 😊😊

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  2. Weather wise we are still following you. Finally got rain, rainbow yesterday. Everything feels thankfully fresher, even though the world at the moment is a lot hotter, metaphorically speaking. Have a great weekend, Maria.

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  3. To me Maria, are you busy? Oh yes. Obviously.
    And are you happy? I think I have enough evidence to repeat, obviously yes.
    And that is good enough for me. It sounds like a wonderful life you are leading.

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    1. Thank you Gary! You know me, I like busy, but I like a good mix of busy and down time. Looking forward to the later 🙂 I cannot remember when I had 7 (!) weeks off! One more week to go, and after that we will have plenty of time to charge our batteries. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful season. That leaf in your post was exquisite. It’s all in the little things.

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  4. Happy to learn that the children’s expectations for their graduation could be met. So important, these milestones along the way. The varied grade groupings for the schools sound interesting. I had not heard of that before. i hope to learn more about them.

    We are looking for thunderstorms here in Fargo overnight and off and on for several days. I miss the rain; I will enjoy getting out into the gazebo for a while during the thunderstorm(s). It looks like I will not be getting any more flowers planted, this year, and so I will enjoy discovering new photo opportunities around the yard.

    Best wishes to you for an enjoyable summer break.

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    1. Thank you Lizl. I’m actually the teacher to two groups, that are in the same wing of the school building. One group have have always been 4 year olds, and the other 5 year olds. The groups work together a lot, so it’s almost like it is one group. This year we had more 5 year olds, and only a handful 4 year olds, so we worked together as one big group even more.

      Enjoy your beautiful gazebo. Your photos are always so inviting. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  5. You have been quite busy! I hope you have a relaxing weekend (or what’s left of it). Any plans for your staycation? Have you started a garden or just pots? Is there a km restriction on your travel – can you go to parks?
    I’ve been slowly tackling my own spring gardening list, which got pushed aside by client projects. My crew and I finished two big projects this week (such a relief to get them done!) and today I was able to get my big garden sorted out. Self-sowers had to be thinned and moved around, new seed sown (flowers, beans, potatoes) and by tomorrow that should be complete. There is always something that needs doing in my gardens (SO many, maybe too many!), but I’m ready to be in cruise mode with just weeding and deadheading after the massive push of this spring.
    Have a good week ahead!

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    1. My plans for the staycation is to read a lot, go to the beach and swim (4min walk,) walk in the forest, pick blueberries, do some hiking, blog, take photos (I have a new camera,) work in the garden and maybe see friends outside. We are allowed to travel in our region, no more than two hours away. I can visit parks. There is several expansive trail systems with hiking for many miles just minutes from my door. There is several lakes within walking distance. I’m planning on just enjoying time with little miss H. Do the things we usually do on our free time, just more of it. We only planted big pots, 15 of them, but there is plenty to do in the garden that was already here. We walk to the closest beach almost every evening.

      I bet that all your garden must keep you very busy! I enjoy when you talk about your projects 🙂

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        1. Thank you. I am very satisfied enjoying time off at home. I’m pretty used to that, since I usually have animals and a garden to take care of. Gretchen should of been here, but other than that it is almost perfect. I feel that I have travelled my fill and feel content staying closer to home. Enjoy your season my friend.

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  6. We are well here. We had a Facetime session with our daughter and her son and husband. We watched our grandson jump in and out of their above ground pool. He is five and very brave. Then we all sate down to dinner. They were in their house two hours from us and we were here at home. It was fun to share a “virtual” meal with them. Our daughter thinks that it will be hard for school to start in September. Our Grandson would be going into Grade 1 the start of real school. But youngsters cannot understand social distancing so not sure how they will work the classrooms for the younger kids.

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    1. FaceTime with family is wonderful. My daughter does that with her dad, that lives in California.
      It is tricky for the children with social distancing. We are supposed to practice social distancing, and we do, but at work it is impossible for me to do that with my 4 and 5 year old little students. My daughter is in 1st grade now and the children at her school are not practicing social distancing, but parents are kept out of all school buildings to limit contact. I hope you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

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  7. Love your coffee share no matter how long it is as it’s faster for us to read than for you to type I’m sure!! Love catching up!! Glad you all found a way to graduate those young folks… Such cuties I’m sure. It will be nice for you to have a summer break and spend time with your cutie 🥰 I’m super busy with work, all I’ll be able to do is comment this weekend!! Take care my dear friend! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. I won’t get time off until the end of the week. My Lead Tech went on vacation and unfortunately if she’s gone I can’t take a day off. I can go into work late though, I’ll do that tomorrow night. My garden is growing! I have a bunch of tomato’s, and not very many bell peppers, something is eating my bell peppers. It’s definitely warming this week into the 90’s, but as long as it doesn’t reach 100, I’m good. We shouldn’t see that heat for another month at least. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 🤠❤️

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  8. Thank you, Maria, for your coffee share and recipes. Very nice what you could do for the students’ graduation. I hope you get your 1st choice for your daughter’s school application. I had a good week even though we’re still under extended emergency orders due to covid-19 virus. We’re not out of the woods yet. Hope you have a nice weekend with your daughter and a good week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! I enjoyed having coffee with you 🙂
      It’s good to take the social distancing seriously. In that way vacation is a very welcome break, as I can not do social distancing at work. It will be a relaxing, mindful summer with a lot of nature on the schedule. Our area have large unpopulated forests, mountains, and lakes that doesn’t see many people. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  9. I’m sorry to hear about the deaths in Sweden, Maria. California is on the flattened curve of Covid19 since it closed earlier than most states and countries. Getting outdoors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a factor in beating it! I’m sad about the 2020 graduations not happening. For kids leaving high school, it’s a right of passage to go through the ceremony. Glad to read you are keeping busy. We are back to enjoying our weekends at the delta.

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  10. Staycations are the best and I enjoy them as they give you the chance to recharge without the stress of going away. Sounds like you have a lovely time planned with your daughter.

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    1. Yes! I actually enjoy them more and more. I feel that I have traveled my fill and I am content staying closer to home. Especially now since I feel that I actually am at home 🙂 Enjoy your week and this beautiful season my friend.

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  11. I like the way your school celebrates graduation ceremony. It’s interesting.:)
    P.S – Bookmarked the tiger cake recipe. Thank you for putting in so much effort to publish the recipe.Will get back to you once I can get close to the one you made 🙂

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  12. Wow, I can’t imagine being physically able to detect weather changes! Sounds like a great end of year celebration, glad it all went well.. Hope you get some good news on your daughter’s enrollment.. Have a great week!

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