Weekend Coffee Share – Celebrating A New Home And Halloween

Grab a cup of coffee, or tea and chat with me! It is still dark out this early Saturday morning. I’m enjoying my coffee black like any other beautiful morning. 

This week I have some very happy news to share with you! I got one of the apartments I was looking at a couple weeks ago. My daughter and I got the apartment in the passive house, that was the one that both of us liked the best. If you are unsure of what a passive house is, and how it works, here is a great article that explains it in a way even I understand 😉 

We are beyond thrilled! The apartment is beautiful with wooden floors, tiled bathrooms, the windows are big and deep, there is great natural light throughout the apartment, and it has a large balcony with removable glass panels all around (like a greenhouse that can be opened up.) It’s on the 4th floor overlooking a big green area, and the community greenhouse. It’s close enough to work that I can ride my bike to work every day. It’s a few minutes walk to downtown where most of the shopping and restaurants are situated, and the regions biggest hospital. There is one big grocery store (our version of Costco) very close. This is the perfect solution for us at the moment. I am planning on staying at my current work place for many years to come, and I need to live reasonably close by. My daughter benefits from being close to good schools as she gets older. The area have a lot to offer when it comes to both sports, art and culture. 

I am very happy that we are able to lessen our ecological footprint even more. The plan is to eventually, in a couple years or so, purchase a small off-grid cabin/homestead where I can have a larger garden, while still living in the city when I work. I know that I want to grow more of our food, that have always been my goal, but for now I am happy having a smaller garden, the knowledge, and a plan. I’m thinking that my future cabin is within 1-2 hours from our town, a distance I could easily travel by bike, or public transportation, and sometimes renting a car for the weekend. This is the region I was born in, where my family lived for a long time. I did not grow up here, but I love it here. I believe this is the perfect solution. 

Do you need a refill on your hot beverage? In a little bit my daughter and I are going to start baking a cake for a friend who’s birthday is coming up next week. We are going to celebrate her this afternoon with a Swedish fika (coffee and cake.) I’m sure there will be cake leftover if you drop by again later 😉

Tell me about your week! What’s the weather like? Our snow disappeared, it’s about 30F and raining at the moment. A perfect day for baking, and cozying up indoors. I am having a Halloween treasure hunt for my daughter today (I just finished up the last clues.) I was planning on inviting a couple off her friends, but the numbers of Covid-19 have increased this week, so I’m thinking it’s smarter to save inviting her friends for next year. It will still be fun. I’ve made a Halloween drawing/map with clues that is going to lead her to three different treasures inside the house. I mean The Witch Greta hid three treasures..

At some point today we are going to carve pumpkins, my daughter demanded that we save all the carving to today, making it into our new tradition to wait until Halloween before carving, not doing it a week before Halloween like we’ve always had. After carving pumpkins there will be some roasting of pumpkin seeds of course. I already look forward to the scent. I make mine with butter (or olive/coconut oil,) salt and pepper, 20 min at 350 degrees. Sometimes I add grated fresh garlic, I believe I will do that today. What is your plan for the weekend?



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

41 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Celebrating A New Home And Halloween

  1. I am so happy for you. It sounds like you have a solid plan in place, a beautiful place to live, and beauty surrounds you. All good. Happy Halloween.

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  2. Congratulations on the apartment, it is great that you were able to get the place you and your daughter liked best.

    We are doing a Halloween hunt this year to, in costume in our basement. The boys are pretty excited about it. We did pumpkin carving the other night. I tried adding a bit of dill to our pumpkin seeds this year and they were tasty.

    Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you so much! I believe I stole the Halloween hunt idea from you? Or someone in this group that was writing about it, and I thought it sounded like a fun idea. It was fun! How did your hunt go? I hope you are enjoying a great weekend!


  3. Oh, wow, I’ve never heard of adding spices to pumpkin seeds… I’ll have to give that a try. I have a large pumpkin that we plan to carve today, as well. It’s a rare thing for us, but I wanted to do one this year for some reason. I usually wait until after Hallow’s Eve and get a pumpkin on discount. That said, we’re still having beggars night… though the CDC (Center for Disease Control) discourages it. Go figure. We didn’t have any beggars last year, so don’t expect any this year. That said, we’ll be staying up to watch Sven Ghoulie host the showing of Frankenstein and the Wolf Man tonight. We’ll stop at the store and grab a pizza, then pop some corn, get out the bowl of candy (no beggars, but can’t resist buying a bag), and have our own little celebration.
    So happy to hear your got the apartment you want. We’re still looking, but not intensely, for something north of the Ohio River here. Hubby likes his job so we want to stay within commute distance, at least. It’s not a rush, just yet. Have a Happy Hallow’s Eve!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. We didn’t have any trick or treaters either (I did lock the door that you have to pass to walk up on the porch..and I turned all the outdoor lights off. Just in case.)
      The pumpkin seeds turned out great. My friend who’s birthday we celebrated stayed until we finished carving the pumpkin and roasted the seeds. She LOVED how the seeds turned out. I ended up using a lot of garlic. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous Halloween with your hubby.

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      1. I’m glad you shared the recipe. I didn’t get around to cutting the pumpkin last night. I got caught up in making a new skirt, pinning pleats and well, just lost the hours. I’ll get hubby to help me today. Neither of us made it through “Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man”. We were conked out by 9pm. Ugh.

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  4. This is wonderful news for you guys, congratulations, Maria! I hope you move there soon. Thanks for the link too, I didn’t know what a Passive home is. Just finished my coffee, Vegas will see 83 today, nice! ❤️

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    1. Thank you John, we are moving in December. Just in time to get reasonably settled there before Christmas 🙂 We are very excited, it’s perfect for us. I’ve been interested in the passive house technic since we made a field trip to a school that was built with this technic, this was back in my university days. That was a marvellous school. I can’t wait to live in a passive house. My expectations are high.

      83 WOW! I hope you are enjoying the weather and a fabulous weekend.


  5. Yea! Congrats. I was worried when you described how competitive it is there for apartments, but you are home, again.Excellent that you got the place you both liked so much.
    Let’s just sit back, enjoy the rest of the day chatting and saving our strength for the week coming.
    I’m thinking it will be a good one.

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  6. I’m so glad you got the apt! Congrats. Sounds like it is perfect for you, and your future plans will mesh well.
    This week flew by, as did this day, which was my birthday! Covid kind of put a damper on activity. I usually go watch the costume parade in town, but none of that is happening, of course.
    My hubby took me to a candy kitchen that is the best in our area and I got my own horde of chocolate! Salted caramels, cherry cordials & nonpareils. The highlight was a caramel/chocolate candied Honeycrisp apple, sooooo delicious! I take little wedges at a time and it lasts for days. My idea of the perfect birthday gift! 😉
    This afternoon we took a long walk through the snowy woods, came back, had tea and took a few calls from well-wishers. Homemade lentil soup for dinner, now I’m viewing the full moon rising. A really good day, I’d say! ❤
    Enjoy your week ahead!

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    1. Ooo Happy, Happy Birthday my friend. I wished that I could have given you a piece of the lovely chocolate/vanilla cake miss H made yesterday. It does sound like you had a perfect birthday though. A walk through snowy woods, and time with your love! You had me there. How fun! I made homemade lentil soup for lunch yesterday! I actually watched a documentary about lentils on Friday night. I do eat a lot of them already, but that inspired yesterdays lunch. I always have several big 5kg (about 11lbs) bags of lentils and beans in cold storage. Today I’m making pumpkin soup 🙂 Enjoy the rest off your birthday weekend ❤


    1. Well, for a child they were real treasures. I drew a picture of a witch that I named Greta. Great had three clues in her hands that told about where the treasures were hidden. Like for example; “I (Greta) hid treasure number two close to something we play with to keep our minds sharp.” That “treasure” Halloween chocolate money, was hidden next to the chess board.

      I hope you are having a fabulous weekend 🙂

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  7. Thank you so much for the wonderful coffee!! Congratulations, I’m so very happy that you were able to get into the passive home like you wanted. So EXCITING!! ❤️ I enjoyed the article as I’ve never heard of passive housing before. So many great ideas and how they all work. Amazing how it heats and cools without any extra help just the warmth of the sun and good building and all! So interesting!! I’m super duper busy this weekend, working my last weekend! YAY!! One more week to go before I start my new job! Have a wonderful weekend! 😀

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    1. Thank you Diana! We made a field trip to a passive house school back in my university days. It was a wonderful school, the whole concept made it such a treat for the children. I often think about that school. My expectation for the new home are high. I’ve been playing around with interior design ideas today. I’m planning on keeping it minimalistic, and natural with lots of wood (birch and fur) and plants. I was selfish enough to pick the couch I want for the living room, my princess wanted a different one, but this time I picked the one I wanted. She wanted a really light one, almost white, that would not of been very practical.

      I’m so excited that you are about to start your new job. That must be a wonderful feeling. I can imagine working night slowly eats you up. I know that I could never do it. ❤

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  8. Glad you got the apartment you wanted! Sounds like an ideal location. It’s been years since I have done pumpkin seeds (I buy them, but not the same). I will have to carve a pumpkin next year just for the seeds! Hope your weekend went well and that you have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you are having a fabulous birthday!! My weekend is great, almost over here. It’s getting dark around 4pm now, the evenings are perfect for blogging, reading and movies. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a great new week.

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      1. The birthday weekend was good, thanks. i haven’t been running yet, but have been outside a lot. With the time change today, it will be dark so early, between 5 and 6, but it makes it hard to run after work! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  9. Congratulations on your new place, it sounds AMAZING!!! So excited for you two. I made my pumpkin seeds this year, with some garlic salt, they turned out perfect! I wanted to try them in my air fryer but I was afraid it would turn into a pumpkin seed snow globe. 🙂 Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen! I am thrilled, and super excited. I can’t wait for December to come around, that is when we are moving. Good things are always manifesting around my birthday 😉 I hope your Halloween was fabulous, I know it’s a very important holiday for you. Our Halloween hunt and pumpkin carving was a blast. We invited one of my Swedish friends that never experienced Halloween to join us. She really enjoyed it! It might be a new tradition 🙂 Have a fabulous new week!


  10. Congratulations on your new apartment, Maria! That’s a quick turnaround from the time you applied to when you got the response. The move is exciting news and it fits well with your long term plans. I hope you and your daughter had a fun Halloween. Thank you for the coffee share.

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  11. Hi Maria,
    I’ve moved back in time (if this doesn’t make sense read my comment on your next post!)
    This year we had no pumpkin, though I left it late, searching high and low on the 30th. Apparently, not as many had been ordered due to Covid (!) and so 2020 claimed another tradition, along with Easter, tomorrow’s Remembrance Sunday and hopefully not Christmas. Tradition, normality, bring on 2021 🤞

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