Weekend Coffee Share – Staycation Week 7

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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?

I can not believe we are already in August! This is my last week at home. On Monday I’m going back to work. I’ve had a wonderful relaxing summer, and I have a plan for the fall semester. My plan for the new semester have slowly developed in my head over the summer. I have tried my very best to not think of work during my vacation, but in the back of my head new ideas were born. I’m going to spend the first week getting them down on paper (or rather into the school’s software system,) something I stop myself from doing during my vacation. So enough about work. I’m ready! 

I have spent a little time the past two weeks going through my daughter’s and my own clothes. Not very time-consuming since we are minimalists. I did pack one bag of clothes that we have not used lately and gave it to someone who would have use for them. I also ordered some new items we would need going back to school and work. This wasn’t a very hard task but it feels good to be organised. After all the big changes in my daughter’s life (read:moving to a new country) I’ve noticed that she has a need to be prepared mentally for everything we do. It makes life a lot easier for her. Seeing her closet organised, knowing what she is going to wear on school days, and having her room arranged in an inviting way affects her mood tremendously. 

After her being ill earlier this summer I’ve put an extra effort into getting both of us in better shape by taking long walks in the forest, snatching some blueberries and raspberries from the bushes as we go, nature is overflowing with goodness right now.

We also walk to the lake every day. On top of that my daughter got a mountainbike from her bonus grandma for her birthday, but she does not show any interest in riding it, yet.. She’ve had several bikes in her life, but never showed much interest in riding them, I have used every trick up my sleeve to make her interested, without success. I’m not giving up! I hope it turns around eventually, since I know she would enjoy the freedom she would get, once she understands it. We live in a safe place where she could ride with her friends to many fun places without me, and of course we could go riding together as often as she wants as well. 

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Speaking of her birthday last weekend, she had a great time playing with her best friend, just like she imagined (she only wanted to invite one girl.) We made the house festive before her friend arrived, and we all had partyhats.

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My daughter decided that she wanted to make the cake herself, and I did not get to help, other than verbally answer some questions she had. I think it turned out great! 

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Garden wise I’ve harvested peas, zucchini, celery, basil, oregano, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, black currants and tons of Swiss chard this week. Tomatoes, bell pepper, and Lima beans are well on their way, but still have a little ways to go. I harvested the currants and chard on a neighbours property. They’ve always had a big garden, but now when they are older they cannot take care of it themselves. Their daughter helps them, and they are generous to let us join the harvest party. It’s the same place where we picked rhubarbs earlier this summer. I am so grateful. I spent a lot of time taking care of the chard I harvested this week. 

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Ripe white strawberries smells incredibly sweet, and the berries are so sweet and juicy.

I also read a very interesting book this week, about how to eat from your garden by the season, year round. It’s written by a Swedish gardener and is full of traditional, and new recipes, ideas, little anecdotes from her life, and fantastic images from her year round garden. Very inspiring! Can I get you a refill on that coffee?

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Kombucha fermenting in a dark corner of my kitchen.

Do you like kombucha? I love kombucha. The drink have been around for thousands of years, is rich in probiotics, contains antioxidants, it’s also said to kill harmful bacteria and help fight a number of diseases – like if the delicious taste alone wasn’t enough. I haven’t made kombucha in a very long time, and decided to start some this week. If you don’t know what kombucha is, it’s a fermented tea, a sparkling drink that you enjoy cold. It can be alcoholic, but doesn’t have to be. It is not sugary, the sugar you add is eaten up during the fermentation. You can flavour your drink with your favourite flavour, it can be fruity, savoury, salty, sweet, or have an herbal taste. Different types of fruit, berries, and honey are common flavours, so are ginger and cinnamon. You add the flavour a couple weeks into the process, and I have yet to decide what flavour I’m going to make this time. If there is an interest I can make a post about how to make kombucha, let me know 🙂

Your turn! How is your week? I’d love to hear all about it, please tell me in a comment!

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

36 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Staycation Week 7

  1. You sound so organized! And healthy! I have spent some time in the woods this summer, but not as much as I would like given we are still struggling with Covid here. Mostly I am staying home and away from everyone. Though I just got back from a 3 day camping trip during which I spoke to no one. Sad. But necessary right now. Happy belated birthday to your daughter! I hope you and she have a good week next week!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Dawn. A 3-day camping trip sounds amazing! I’d love to go! I left all my camping gear in Las Vegas, and with everything going on I have not taken the time to replace everything. I miss camping and look forward to doing it soon. Thank you for having coffee with me. Have a fabulous new week!

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  2. How odd. My daughter too never really took to bike riding. She tolerated it in college because that’s all she had for transportation other than a bus or walk, but she never enjoyed biking for itself. She complained that there was something about the position the bike put her in that was uncomfortable and the bike always seemed to fight her about getting up to speed. I checked it out and the bike was fine. She just plain did not enjoy it. Oh well. even biking can’t be loved by everyone. She is an exercise and martial arts enthusiast so it’s not that she’s lazy.
    Your gal may have a similar temperament about the whole hobby.

    Another great post today. I love seeing your neighborhood through your lens.
    I hope there’s a great week in store for you two as school resumes.
    Thanks for stopping by and giving my story a read.
    Your opinion matters to me.

    All the best.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that! It seems like most kids LOVE their bikes..She did sit on her bike a few minutes today, but that’s about it. It’s a really nice bike too, I’ve never had a bike that nice.
      Enjoy your weekend, I hope the weather is just right in your part of California. How is the spaghetti squash doing?

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  3. You are truly inspiring! I wish to pick up on that organized bug and try and minimise a little bit and get more organized at home. It’s not bad mind you, just amazing how we can accumulate stuff! Lol 😉 and I can totally understand how organizing for your daughter would help make her feel happier, that makes so much sense! And I think your right about the bike to not give up, the freedom she will feel with it will come soon enough!!

    I do enjoy your coffee and can’t believe Summer break is over, sounds exciting to get back into teaching again. Your photos are so much fun and my daughter bought kombucha but I’ve never tried it before so I’m intrigued! If you have time to share the recipe I’d love to try a small batch! It sure sounds YUMMY!! I guess I can buy some to try first too… Have a WONDERFUL week ahead! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Awe, thank you! So happy to have coffee with you and share in all the happenings 🙂 my mouth watered when I read about the cinnamon rolls you guys had at the beach. It actually inspired me to bake, not cinnamon rolls, but pizza rolls. I made some right after reading your post, and my daughter and I took them down to our beach and had a picnic there. I’ll see what I can do about the kombucha recipe 😉

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    1. I’ll letter know that you said that about the cake 🙂 Thank you! Blueberries are so good. I would be out in the forest more if I could get someone a little more motivated. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thank you for your kind comment.

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  4. Your kombucha sounds wonderful! I wish we had an actual visit instead of a virtual one so that I could taste some! 🙂 Your garden sounds like it is doing well too. What is Swiss Chard? I know I have heard of it but I’m not sure how you use it. BRAVO for your daughter baking her own cake. I hope she had a lovely birthday. We will not return to school till the beginning of September. It is very up in the air because of the virus. Many people her will just not take precautions and therefore, it is still running rampant! It is very frustrating but I hope we will be able to get back into the classroom at least part time. Enjoy your last week and thanks for the coffee!!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Swiss chard is similar to spinach, you parboil/saute it before using or freezing it. It’s very useful, you can have it as it is, or in salads, stews, soups, or make lasagna with it. I had it in a bean soup the other day, along with some celery from the garden, that was delicious. I like having it in omelettes as well. It’s actually a super food https://www.ecowatch.com/7-reasons-to-eat-swiss-chard-the-ultimate-superfood-1882043470.html.

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      1. I thought it was in that family! I’m sure I would like it then because I love spinach and broccoli rabe and such. I will have to see if I can find it. Thanks for the info and the link. I could certainly use more super foods in my life!! 🙂

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        1. Don’t we all need more superfood 😉 It is actually really easy to grow yourself as well. It won’t thrive in the desert, but in almost all other climates. Many people in cold climates plant it in the fall, to have a harvest throughout the cold season.

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  5. Sounds like a great week,even if you have to return to “reality” (school and work). I hope your daughter does eventually get into cycling, but whatever she likes, I guess. Have you been watching the weather in the US southwest lately? Yikes! I bet you are glad you aren’t there this year! I hope your return to work goes well and hat you have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Trent, it is a great week. I have enjoyed my staycation, but are ready to get back to work. The challenge of a new group of children excites me.
      I have watched the weather, and talked to several friends in Las Vegas, I am stoked that I’m not there. I have not regretted leaving when I got the chance for a split second. I hope your weekend is fabulous 🙂

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  6. Your daughter made a fabulous cake!! We are still in a hot drought here. but rain is forecast for tomorrow! They are opening the schools again in September .Older kids will have a staggered schedule and middle school kids will have fewer in each class but the little ones grades 1-3 will be just as normal. Hmmm….I guess they know that the younger ones will not respect social distancing anyway.Our grandson goes into Grade 1 this year.

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    1. Thank you!
      It seems like many parts of the world either have no water, or way too much. I hope you get a good amount of rain. The virus isn’t as widespread in Canada as in the US, right? I haven’t followed very closely during my staycation, as its been so easy for me to stay away from it all. how exciting for your grandson to start first grade. I still remember my first day, my moms best friend gave me a plant, some kind of flower to celebrate that I started school. I nursed that plant for years, and somehow that act of celebration made me think of school as something very important. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

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  7. Summer is advancing, that’s for sure. Sweden goes back to school 3 wks. earlier than here (although down South they start early, too). Hope all goes smoothly as you transition back to work/school.
    My spouse makes kombucha, the latest was raspberry (ours) and ginger. I put some in our morning shake every day. Good stuff! 🙂

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    1. Yes, august is usually a summer month here and we have lovely weather in the forecast. The next ten days looks like they are going to be in the high 70’s- low 80’s. The ‘real’ school is starting on the 18th, I start a little earlier, and my daughter is going to what usually is her ‘after school program’ that now are open for children that needs care in the summer time.
      your kombucha sounds lovely! it certainly is good stuff! What else do you have in your morning shake? Lately I’ve put 2tbs of chia seeds and 1,5 cups of red currants in 2cups of water every evening, in the mornings I pour the mix over some oats and cinnamon that I cook for a couple minutes and enjoy warm. I feel that it gives me tons of energy for the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! The flower you shared this morning was exquisite.

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      1. Thank you, Maria. My morning shake usually has kale, carrot, beet, lemon, ginger, dulse, coconut oil, banana, raw almonds, a seasonal fruit and a splash of kombucha and fruit juice. We love the energy we feel and I’m often not hungry until well past noon.

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          1. It is very good! 🙂 I do prepare everything in the morning, (it takes about 20 min.) but when I have to get out of the house early, I chop and store it all in the blender (except coconut oil and banana) and put it in the fridge overnight, ready to whip in the morning.
            About once a week or so, I soak raw almonds in warm water with a bit of raw apple vinegar for 8 hours, slip the skins (there is something not good for us in it), rinse them, then store them in the freezer, using only what I need each day.
            In the winter, when there is no fresh veggies, I use frozen kale and blueberries, or other org. fruit I can find in the freezer section. I try to put up as much as I can from the farm during the summer, but when it runs out about Feb. I have to get store bought.
            How is your school prep going?

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            1. That sounds fabulous! I might have to look into a nutritious morning drink. I have my “real” breakfast at work around 8am, but usually take something around 5am when I start my day. The school prep is going fabulous! We’ve been writing educational plans all week, and getting the rooms ready and inspiring for when the children arrive. We’ve had a few children this week as well, but not many.

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                1. That is awesome! I tried an idea a few years ago where you only had fruits to eat until noon. It kind of worked. At the time I got up at 4am and did most of my heaviest work before noon, so I adjusted it a little, making my noon around 10am. I did feel energised, and it worked while I lived in CA, I had to eat a lot of fruit to do all the physical work I did with horses, children, and gardening.

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  8. Hi Maria, Looks like you and your daughter had a beautiful birthday weekend and party. Your garden harvest sounds delicious. Over here, schools start on September 8th this year. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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