Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, I’m savouring a cup of dark, black coffee from my French press, curled up in my living room couch. The house is quiet, except for the old clock on the wall. It is dark outside my window, and currently around 40F, we are expecting a high in the lower 60’s today. Please join me for a cup of coffee, or tea, and a conversation.
Early morning is my time. In fact usually the only me-time I get. When I opened my computer to write a little this morning it was barely 4.30am, the time I have been getting up the past two days (I have different schedule at work different days.) I would never have to get up this early, but I want to. I want to have time for yoga, reading, and to enjoy coffee in peace when I start my day. A mindful start of the day makes all the difference. I do not think that an ordinary day in my life is stressful, but it is definitely filled with activities and in person encounters that requires 100% of me, both at work and at home with my girl. I take good care of myself to be able to live this active life; sleep, healthy food, exercise, time in nature, fuel for my brain, and most importantly – quality time with my daughter every day. Health-wise I am doing great right now. I feel good. The clean air have done wonders for me. I am almost back to pre-California fires and dirty Las Vegas air. I am still very sensitive to strong scents, and chemicals, but I’ve learned to handle it, I’ve excluded it completely from my day-to-day life, and I have a strategy to deal with it in encounters with others. What is going on in your life? Tell me about the kindness you’ve met this week. Is there anything in particular that you are extra grateful for at the moment?
On Thursday at lunch time, a 5 year old girl asked me how old I am. I answered her, and told her that I am 40 years old. She then said that I had to tell her about the 40 things in my life the I love the most. ..and she waited, by now I had the attention of all five children sitting at my lunch table. It actually was not very hard to think of 40 things that I love within the attention span of the children, probably 2-3 minutes. (That made me feel really good afterwards, and I meditated about that later at night.) Naturally I let the girl who asked the question, and the other children at my lunch table take turns in telling me, about what they love the most in their life. It was one of those amazing spontaneous conversations that you’ll always remember. It is a wonderful group of children I work with this year. I am excited about going to work every day. It feels like we got off to a great start this semester.
Earlier this week I brought my camera with me one morning, and while I was waiting for a bus I took some photos of the canal that runs through my town.
Do you need a refill on that coffee? Or tea? My daughter asked me last night if we could stay at home at least all Saturday, or preferably the whole weekend. She usually prefers staying at home, and maybe have a playdate sometime during the weekend. I got off early yesterday, and when I picked her up from school, I also picked one of her friends up. So she might feel content in the playdate area right now…that might change over the weekend of course. I asked my daughter earlier this week if she would like to take a trip to the mountains this weekend, and do a short hike to a majestic waterfall, it’s about 2 hours from here. I was thinking about maybe renting a cabin for a night. She didn’t want to this time, but I am hoping to do it within the next month. It should be amazingly beautiful right now, maybe even more so in a couple weeks when the leaves starting to change colors. It’s on my bucket list to visit Njupeskär.
I scored a great new winter jacket for my daughter yesterday. A sport store in town that carry good quality clothing had last years jackets on sale for less than half the price. I’m a minimalist, and I do not do a lot of shopping, but I prefer good quality on the things I do buy. My daughter really needed a new winter jacket, and it was on my list to find a good one for her. It made me very happy when I did. We’ve already looked online and decided together what model she needs. I found one just like that, a model that looks good on her, and is water and wind proof. She will be able to wear it to school, and it will keep her warm and dry during all the winter activities I am hoping we will enjoy this winter. In this weather good outdoor clothing is essential, and it is rather expensive. I still need to find her new snow pants, but there is time for that. She has rain/wind pants for the fall, and won’t be needing snow pants yet.
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m going to enjoy doing things around the house. I usually clean the house roof-floor on Friday afternoons, but since my daughter had a playdate yesterday I didn’t. I will do that this morning. I live in a small house and it is not a daunting task. I rather like it, making small talk with my daughter, or listening to music (if she’s busy) while I’m at it. My daughter and I are going to re-pot some outdoor plants, pick cucumbers and make pickles, and I am sure we’ll walk to the lake a few times. I don’t have any work I need to do this weekend, everything is set for next week 🙂 I like that feeling. I hope this weekends turns out to be everything you want it to be, and more.