Weekend Coffee Share – Cooler Weather


Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?

We are enjoying a cool week. The temperatures have been in the 70’s all week, a nice break from the heatwave. We’ve had some rain storms as well. The ground could use some more of that. The rain is softly dripping on my roof as we speak.


The fig sticklings I got last week are now enjoying individual pots. Due to the cooler temperatures I’ve moved them inside.

In between the rain I’ve been keeping the greenery in the yard from taking over, especially those determined lupins (not in the photo since I’ve taken them all out.) The law says they have to go, as they are an invase species here, and right now they disturb the balance of our ecosystem.


This area was completely covered in lupins,  I have to cut them down every 10 days or so, otherwise they come back. You can’t really see it in the photo, but the ground is too uneven to be mowed with a lawnmower. I either have to use a scythe, or an electric trimmer.


The house I live in is more than 100 years old, and at some point someone planted beautiful roses.


What have you been up to this week? Maybe you are celebrating 4th of July? I hope that you and your family is well. I haven’t said anything, because I didn’t want to worry you, but my daughter have this dry cough that started three weeks ago, two days after her summer break started. It just refuses to stop. I feel so bad for her having to deal with this. With Corona in town I don’t want to take her to a doctor. Maybe she has it? Hopefully she doesn’t, and if she doesn’t it feels lika an extra risk to take her to a doctor if I don’t need too. (If she gets really sick I take her of course.) We are social distancing. She is managing fine. I spoil her at home. When she feels up for it I take her on a short walk. Yesterday we spotted the first blueberries for the season. We saw them three minutes from home.


With the cooler weather no-one is at the beach, and we enjoyed sitting there breathing some fresh air for a while yesterday. Naturally I am worried about my daughter. She is resilient and takes it pretty good, but is a little frustrated. I pray this cough goes away sooner than later, and doesn’t develop in to something more serious. I don’t think there is much that I can do, except keeping her in a good mood, make sure she rests, and eat healthy food. I try my best to do that.


It’s less than a five minute walk to get to this beach. We’ve had it to ourselves all winter. Never saw anyone going there during the winter/spring. During the hot days in June it’s been crowded, and we’ve avoided the place. It was nice to visit for a while yesterday. No sun=no people.


This is the pretty view across the lake. Both my daughter and I enjoy just sitting next to the water, telling stories and sometimes bring a book. This spring we’ve had breakfast at the lake several times. It’s been a weekend fun for us. Do you have a special place near where you live that you enjoy visit again, and again, and again? I hope you do 🙂

This week I’m reading a series of historic novels about Julius Caesar, it’s very interesting. I finished the first one on Thursday; The Gates of Rome unfortunately my library didn’t have the second one, I’ll have to order it. I started the third one anyways, since I know the story well I figure I could read the second one later. I’m halfway into the third one, it is great. I’ve always been a history nerd. The same author Conn Iggulden have written another serious about Ghenghis Khan, and I borrowed the first two books in that series as well, for next week 🙂 There is a lot of time for reading now. I feel blessed to be able to stay at home with my girl without feeling guilty for not being at work. Reading, telling stories, gardening, cooking and baking makes time at home very pleasant. In between I watch some fun episodes of Homestead Rescue, I love that show and I have not watched all the seasons. A show that both teaches you new skills, and makes you laugh is hard to come by. Have you seen that show? Have a fabulous weekend! Happy 4th of July!



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. 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

29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Cooler Weather

  1. Thank you for the coffee this morning. I’m praying your daughter heals up fast. 🙏❤️ Glad you are able to be home with her, that’s WONDERFUL! It’s so beautiful there and love all your photos. Funny how you have to do yard work to get rid of such an invasive plant, but I can see how important it is so you can see the other beautiful plants. I’m so glad it’s cooling off so you can enjoy the outside without being in the heat. The lake would be my favorite place to visit! Take care my friend! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Sorry to hear about H… I pray she recovers quickly and completely. ❤ Glad the weather is fine as I think of sunshine and fresh air as the best cure, along with lots of water and rest.
    Your flowers look lovely and the roses seem like they are fragrant ones. You could make rose potpourri to enjoy indoors this winter. 🙂
    Today is the quietest 4th of my whole life – it seems strange, as it has always been a big holiday here. Thanks for your well wishes. Stay well. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Eliza. I believe you are right; fresh air, water and rest can do miracles. I believe, and hope that the worst is over. She has a birthday later this month and I would love for her to be able to enjoy it without the cough.
      I hope you did have a good, albeit quiet 4th of July. I understand it must be strange.


  3. Best wishes! All the reading sounds like fun. And the activities together. The books you are reading sound interesting. Recall reading a lot of history when I was much younger. Wandered off to other things more recently. Take care!

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  4. Maria, I hope your daughter will be better soon. Glad you’re enjoying summer time with her and your favourite activities. Your garden and the blueberries look lovely. I live near Lake Ontario and walk there almost every day. The lake views never get old. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  5. The roses in your garden are absolutely beautiful. They suit you perfectly I think 🙂
    I hope your daughter gets over her cough soon. Rest should help her – and the healthy way she is eating. I love that the two of you are able to spend time by the lake – seeing the water can be healing on the mind.
    Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you so much Colline! My daughter’s cough is actually already a lot better. I believe two days ago, when I wrote this post, was the worst so far, and after that it started to get better. You are right, time by the water is healing for the mind. I’ve never been a water person myself, but after spending time in the desert I appreciate water so much more! Have a great week and enjoy your time off. ❤


  6. Hi Maria
    The weather sounds lovely I miss the rain, I think we are in the season known as cold dry season AKA winter hahaha
    Its scary when someone gets a cough these, days I had a mild coughthe other day and I was looking at myself suspiciously in the mirror and constantly checking my temperature.
    Hope the daughter gets best soonest or at least that it doesn’t get worse.
    Take care and stay safe

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    1. Thank you so much Beaton. I’ll send some rain your way 🙂 I think we’re suppose to have rain for at least another week, or so. my garden is happy, but also desire some sun 🙂 Especially the figs and tomatoes wants a little bit of sun. I need to either build or get a greenhouse. Have a great week!


  7. Love all the beautiful photos, I wonder what stories those roses could tell. Its so nice you & your treasure can enjoy such a beautiful lake & beach the salt air would be good for her lungs, Do you go fishing at all? I pray she feels 100per cent better real soon.There are so many different viruses that get around it does make it hard. There is a little coastal town called south west rocks 20min drive from us, beautiful beaches to choose from & the best hot chips ever followed by an ice cream of course. I hope You & your treasure have a wonderful, wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 The air is fresh (not salty though) and spending time at the beach is refreshing. Your little coastal town sounds wonderful. I lived outside Gothenburg (on the west coast off southern Sweden) about ten years ago, and I used to take a boat out to an island every summer, I loved the salty air there, and just strolling along on the cliffs. I haven’t gone fishing in several years, but I did go fishing some as a child. I especially enjoyed ice fishing in the winter. Thank you for having coffee with me, Have a fabulous week!

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  8. Lovely photos of your yard and beyond, Maria. Hans had a sore throat for 4 days that ended up being an allergic reaction to cutting the dry grass at our campground. His boss made him go home once he found out and had to consult with the doctor to rule out Covid. Glad your weather is cooler!

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  9. Hi Maria, I’m sorry to hear that your gal is struggling. As you most certainly know, there are lots of non-covid possible causes. I also know you to be a wise and loving mom so she is in good hands. Just thinking out loud though, would it be a good idea to do a simple dated log of her symptoms, temperature and such, in case you do decide to have her examined by a doctor? That way you could have plenty of diagnostic data in hand and he/she could better determine a cause. And how I love blueberries. They are part of almost every breakfast here but I don’t think the plants would grow in our climate.

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    1. Thank you Gary! My little gal was at the worst when I wrote this post. I was worried. It had been going on for almost three weeks and peaked on Friday. Now she is barely coughing at all, thank God.
      I’ll send some blueberries your way 🙂 I love having blueberries on top of my yoghurt in the mornings. Have a great week!


  10. Do you know of this mixture? Bees Honey, with Fresh ginger juice (you have to crush and take the juice according to the strength she likes, and with Orange or Lemon Juice ~ it needs to be sweet so if it’s not sweet enough, you have to add sugar also) keep it in a glass bottle and with a plastic spoon ~ not in the fridge. And take it by sips when ever she coughs. Bees honey is soothing for the throat, Ginger is antibiotic. I make this myself at home if I get a sore throat. Try and see with a little little at first. Sending Healing Energies to both of you ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. thank you! I do make tea with these ingredients that I give her warm throughout the day. She is much better now. I do agree that honey, ginger and lemon is wonderful for cough and a sore throat. I mix everything in my French press, it’s made out of glass, and then I just pour it in cups when we drink it. Thank you so much for thinking about us. Mother Nature provides the best medicine that’s for sure.

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      1. You are very welcome. It’s later that I saw she is well. These are Herbs that has been used and still are used in medication. By My Maternal Grand father and Great Grand father. Both Ayurvedic Physicians which I have put in the link from Wikipedia, as I have received the Gift of Healing Hands which comes down the generations. I am so glad that you use natural herbs. And so wonderful to see all the vegetable and fruit trees and plants you grow 🙂 ❤ 🙂

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