Weekend Coffee Share

It’s almost 11am Saturday and it’s high time for a second cup of coffee. How would you like yours?

We woke up to a white world this morning, knowing that it’s going to get warmer later in the day we decided to get out at first light, which is around 8am these days. We (my daughter and I) took a long walk, throw some snowballs, made snow angels and built a snowman. We just came back. It is already much warmer and it is raining. When we started out there was, if not tons of snow, plenty enough to enjoy, now it is considerably less. I’m so happy we decided to get out. I mean….I always want to get out early in the morning, but I can not always convince my sweet girl that it is a good idea. Today she was excited about the snow. 

Due to recent rises in Covid cases I cancelled out trip to the mountains over the holidays. In a way it’s sad, but we are going to be happy to just spend time together relaxing and decorating our new home. That said, we are going to enjoy all the snow that is available to us right here in our town. Hopefully we will get more snow than last winter. Last winter, my daughter’s first winter in Sweden, was a lot warmer than normal, with less snow. I’m hoping for a traditional winter this year. 

I am so proud of this girl!

How is you coffee? Do you need a refill? We have a Hero Theme at our school this year. We’ve been discussing What a hero is? Who is a hero? What does a hero do? So far the children have mentioned people/groups that help and/or save others; parents, grandparents, food producers, firefighters, the police, doctors, dentists, nurses, and environment activists. Yesterday I brought up people who help and save animals. Many of the children are interested in horses, and earlier this week a girl brought a book about horse facts, that we’ve been reading for hours this week. There is a huge interest. So I thought this is a good time to talk about my friends in the US that works with horse rescues and are involved with saving the wild horses. I told them about their work, and why there is a need for it. I started out by turning one of the rooms of our department into something like a movie theatre. I gathered the children, and told them about when I met this group of heroes for the first time, about ten years ago. I had handpicked a few stories, about rescue missions that I planned to tell them, along with showing them 100-200 photos that I projected on one of the walls. I tried to follow their lead and tell the story, but only about the parts that caught their interest the most. They where most interested in the wild horses. Which actually lead to leaving out some of the more interesting stories…but I’ll leave that for another time. There was a lot for them to take in. It felt like a great lesson to build on, and I really enjoyed sharing with them. Here are some of the photos I shared with the children; horses in the wild, and horses that was born wild but lost their freedom for one reason or another, now being gentled and trained, for a chance to avoid getting shipped to slaughter in Mexico or Canada.

How is your week so far? Mine been very busy at work. I’m going to spend the weekend packing our last things, we are getting closer to moving date (Dec 1st.) I’m also planning to get some time for blogging, relaxing, finish the last Conn Iggulden book from The Conquerer series (I’m about halfway through it,) bake an apple pie, and finish a report for work. I feel totally relaxed, what will be will be sort of. The world is crazy, and I’ve decided that it’s best for me to stay calm and focused. I have my daughter, and many other children (and at times their parents as well) depending on me to reassure them on a daily basis, I cannot do that if I let myself get upset in any way. All is good in our life, we have everything we need and more. I am grateful. That is something I’ve been meditating on this week. How are you holding up? What is going on in your life?

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

43 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Your daughter looked very snug, wrapped up to go out and experience the snow. I will let you know when, or these years it’s more like if, we get any snow. Loved the horse photos, you looked very much like a ‘cowgirl’, not sure if that’s a correct term or not!

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    1. Thank you, I think it’s important to make every outdoor experience feel good for children, and with the right type of clothing you certainly add to that good experience. I personally love being outdoors, but I hate being cold, so I always dress up in layers. Better to start out too warm and take one layer of later. Thanks for having coffee with me this crazy busy weekend 🙂 I enjoyed the break! Have a fabulous new week!

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    1. So, so happy you enjoyed the visit Nick 🙂 Your refill is coming right up! I just finished packing, and now I cannot wait to take everything out again, and start decorating our new place. It’s still a little more than a week left here at our old house, but I like being prepared, and not doing everything last minute. It’s going to be a stress free move. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Have a fabulous new week!

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  2. Lovely post and pictures! You’ve only been in Sweden a year? Where were you before that? I’ve always been so curious about how and why people make such big and wondrous moves!
    How is the big school decision coming?

    Wishing you a fabulous week ahead💜

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    1. Thank you so much Dinah! I was born in Sweden, but then I spent almost 9 years in the US, coming back to Sweden in November of last year. My daughter was born in California. I moved to the US for my daughter’s dad to get a chance to know his daughter, I moved back since she wasn’t a priority, and I can give her a better life here. Life is one big adventure, I’m grateful for them all, but very happy to be here now. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend, and an exciting week ahead.

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  3. Hi Maria! Just finishing my pot of coffee at 7:30, running late today! No snow here right now but we have had some but melted. It’s been a very warm autumn which is nice in a way. Lots of the waterfowl migrated to here and have decided to stay while it’s still mild. Lots of missed corn in the fields which they love!

    Tomorrow is Nora’s 4th birthday and we plan a Zoom Birthday party. Gifts have arrived and she is reallyexcited. I’ve planned a 6 pound chicken cooked outdoors in the Dutch oven with potatoes, onions, and winter squash. Even though we have birthday cake, I’ll think there will be pumpkin pie this weekend too lol

    Stay safe and good luck with your move!

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    1. I’m sure you needed an extra long morning, don’t we all some times 🙂 Happy birthday to Nora! I hope it was fantastic!! I bet the food was wonderful. Thank you for coming over for coffee. It’s been a busy weekend here. I did get everything done that I’d set out to do, except not as much blogging as I wished for, and I didn’t quiet finish my book…the night is young yet 🙂 Have a fabulous new week Greg ❤

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  4. Looks like a fabulous early morning walk! I’m sure stories of wild horses in the American West were very popular. Even here, in this country, it can seem like an exotic local… Yes, a lot of heroes working with animals out there 🙂 I hope the rest of your weekend is great and that you have a wonderful week ahead.

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  5. Hi Maria! Your photos are so beautiful, I see a Disc Golf hole in one photo. Your daughter looks so toasty warm all bundled up, she’s adorable! You’ve got the Fip-Flop weather, both snow then rain. Sounds like Michigan. Sadly, it’s a good idea to cancel your trip to the mountains because of the virus, everyone has had enough of this. I’m just finishing my first coffee, have a wonderful weekend, you two. 😎 🇸🇪

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    1. Thank you so much John! There is a disc golf track by the lake 🙂 I haven’t played disc golf in 20 years or so, but I used to enjoy it. Do you like it? Sweden is a lot like Michigan in many ways 🙂 I hope you re having a great weekend!

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      1. Your welcome, Maria. I see the similarities between Michigan and Sweden with it’s beautiful woodlands and vibrant colors. I did play dic golf competitively many years ago, a buddy and I traveled the state to attend the big tournaments.Fun memories, my weekend has been peaceful, may yours be the same! 🥰🇸🇪

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  6. The first snows are always exciting, luring us outside for walks and play. I’m glad things are well with you.
    I bet the kids loved hearing of your experiences with horses out West. I can’t think of a more iconic symbol of the American West.
    The weather here has been mixed this week, cool/rainy, slightly warmer the past few days around 50F, which is great for getting out to do the last yard chores and to take long woodland walks.
    Have a great week ahead. Stay safe and well!

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    1. Yes indeed! Thank you so much!
      Sounds like you are enjoying a great season too. 🙂 People are starting to put their Christmas decorations up now, even though its officially this coming Sunday here in Sweden. I noticed this morning on my way to work. It looks pretty and seasonal. Have a wonderful week. ❤

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  7. The boys had me go out to the snow hill with them last weekend. I hadn’t really wanted to but they couldn’t be convinced otherwise and in the end I relented. It was a real good idea and we all enjoyed it.

    Great coffee share. Hope you have a great rest of your weekend.

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  8. I love the horses and of course do not want to see them go to slaughter. We have some snow here this week but tomorrow we are getting a serious amount and a “weather advisory” has been issued. Bring it on .I’ve got my snow tires and mu car has 4WD. Your daughter is a beauty with such a nice smile. Have a good week Maria.

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    1. I know you do, I love them too. Enjoy your weather! It’s good to be prepared. WE had some flurries today, but no bad weather. I played in the forest with the kids at work when it started too snow, and we danced in the snow, it was fun. Have a wonderful week, and stay safe.

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  9. Maria, I’m glad your daughter agreed to go out at first light and had fun with the snow. Fresh snow is beautiful. It’s wonderful that you shared your horse experience and photos with your students. It’s bringing real life into the classroom and it would surely make great impressions on young minds. Take care not to hurt yourself during packing and moving. Thank you for the coffee share. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you for your most kind comment. I do believe the children enjoyed the photos and the stories, several parents gave me feedback today, positive feedback about things the kids have told them.
      I’m completely finished with the packing now, only have the food that we are going to finish before moving, and enough clothes to pull us through. It feels great! Have a wonderful new week, I’m a little late visiting everyone, but I will come eventually. Keep the coffee warm, OK 😉

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  10. If I recall correctly Maria, you to were a rescuer of at least one horse. What was it’s name, the one with the injured tongue that you were writing about, what 2+ years ago now, when we first met? Has it really been that long ago? Your move date is getting very close and I’ll bet your daughter is exited, but somewhat regretful about moving again. I’m looking forward to hearing how this all unfolds. Thanks for the visit.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Gary, yes, I’ve fostered about 20 rescue horses in CA/NV over a period of 7 years.
      Both my daughter and I are very excited about the move. It’s only 20 min away from where we live now, we can still hang out with the same friends, I mean in theory…after Covid. It’s probably the shortest move I’ve ever done, but I am very excited. It is going to be great for us. I am a little late having coffee with everyone, but I will come, keep the coffee warm, ok 😉

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