Weekend Coffee Share – Pieces Of The Puzzle

Thank you for having coffee with me today, even though I’ve been so absent for the past ten days or so. How would you like your coffee? I have this really smooth Christmas blend if you’d like to try? Or maybe some herbal tea? Matcha tea? 

Work is crazy busy, I mean it is always busy with 29 kids in your class, but now in the days of Covid the number of co-workers present at school for the day vary a lot, and we try to help all the departments the best way we can think of. Some days are very busy. Many people are worried about the situation around Covid, which adds on to the days, you have to take the extra time to reassure children, parents, and co-workers. Things are good, but the threat of the virus is not disappearing, some days it feels like it is the other way around. 

I have been commuting to work, taking two buses every morning, and then two buses home every afternoon (most of you know that already.) My “free time” (usually after spending about 12 hours away from home every Mon-Fri) have been mostly dedicated to helping my eight year old daughter to feel on top of her world, making sure she is doing great in school, and that we eat healthy food, get enough sleep etc. .  Considering everything, we have been doing wonderfully this fall. It’s been tough at times, but life is good, even though it is busy. I sleep very good at night!

Do you need a refill on your coffee? I do believe there are some gingerbread cookies, would you like to try them?

I like working towards a goal, and this fall it’s been towards upgrading our living space. This week we reached that milestone. On Tuesday we moved in to our new apartment, in a beautiful passive house (closer to work.) As we speak I am sitting in an almost empty, but wonderful space. There is a Christmas tree in the living room, and our photos on the walls, mattresses in the bedrooms, and cupboards filled with food. There is also a unique, handmade kitchen table, upside down next to me, I need to fasten the legs a little before using it. Before noon today I’m expecting a truckload of furniture from Ikea; beds, desks, chairs, shelves, a couch, and other useful items for getting your clothes organised. I’m going to spend the afternoon with a screwdriver in my hand, putting as much furniture together as I can before going to bed tonight. 

Yet, there is one, not so little thing, that turned my world upside down last week, all to the better that I haven’t told you about yet. The whole story is long, and very personal, and I won’t go in to any details, but I’ll give you the overall picture. I have a teenage son, that choose to live with his father a few years ago, he has been missing for a while, and turned up in my town last week. He now lives with us in our new apartment, and is going to start school here. I can not describe the immense joy and gratitude I feel in my heart to have both my children here with me. Not having him in my life have been one of those things that are too painful to talk about. Growing up I was always the girl that others pitied, at first when my mom had cancer, and later even more when she died. As an adult I choose to not talk widely about the grief I’ve experienced about not being with my son (I did talk to a few close friends,) as I did not want to be that martyr that other people pitied ever again. Now when he is back my joy is almost overwhelming, and I want to shout it out from the top of a mountain. Of course I am not going to since it would probably embarrass a 15 year old, but I can share that feeling with you. My son and I have had many long conversations and shared tears of happiness this past week. Seeing my two children laugh together is priceless. Ooo, I almost forgot, it was my birthday on Wednesday. It was a joyful day, as you can imagine. 

I hope you will accept my apology for not being present for a while. I’m going to have some time before the furniture arrive today for coffee visits, and I promise to share photos of our new place next weekend. How are you doing?



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

38 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Pieces Of The Puzzle

    1. I am going to take some this week, as I am putting the furniture together. I’ve redecorated the place many times in my head, and have a picture in my mind of what I want it to look like. We’ll have to wait and see what it will be like in reality 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you are well, and are enjoying a beautiful, stress free week. ❤

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  1. Maria, no apologies needed, our Real lives always come first.

    I’m really happy that your son and daughter are both with you now, God bless! Moving house is just never a pleasant task, I’ve done this too often and it’s never fun.

    It’s so wonderful how you always put your children first, a woman of good character.

    Ummm, gingerbread cookies? Yes, please! I remember them as a little boy, so delicious. Be safe, you three can get through this situation. ❤️🇸🇪

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    1. Thank you John. Your kindness is always appreciated.
      I cleaned out the old house yesterday, now the new chapter can start for real. I am enjoying things, even though I am a little tired, I’m high on life.
      Feel free to help yourself to as many gingerbread cookies as you’d like (and can eat without risk for your health.)
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


  2. What a wonderful Christmas gift and I can hear the laughter from those children from hear. And high on life is a great way to describe those WONDERFUL feelings!! You are truly blessed my friend. I hope your son can help you put together some of your IKEA furniture with you, as I’ve helped my daughter so many times! My heart sings with happiness for you and your wonderful family! Can’t wait to see photos next week! ❤️💙

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    1. Thank you Diana! It is truly wonderful. I feel so blessed right now. My son did put the furniture for his room together himself. I am sure he will help more as well. Just having him around is wonderful. He is amazing with his little sister.

      I enjoyed seeing your beautiful Christmas photos 🙂 It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. ❤ Lots of love to you ❤

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  3. Very eventful! Happy birthday! Glad the move went well – have fun putting together the furniture. And great news about your son returning to your life! If you have mentioned him on your blog before,I missed it. So it is a completely new start in that new apartment – new place to live, new furniture and new family arrangement. I hope the commute is much shorter!

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    1. Thank you Trent! It’s been an eventful week indeed!
      I did put sone chairs and tables together today, saving some of the fun for another day 🙂 The feeling in the new apartment is great so far. I’ve tried baking in the oven, and I love the kitchen. It is big and open, with great light…and yes, the commute is much shorter 🙂 I can ride my bike in 20 min (if there’s no ice.) I hope your weekend is fabulous I will be over for some coffee.

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  4. Happy birthday, Maria! A busy and emotional start of December for you although all positive news and several new beginnings. I’m glad to hear your son is with you. Take it easy with your furniture assembly and arrangement. Thank you for the coffee and gingerbread cookies. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie! It has been very intense, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I did get some of the furniture together yesterday, I didn’t rush it, I saved some for this week. How was your weekend? I will be around for coffee at some point, sorry I am late. Enjoy a great new week!


  5. Hi Maria,
    I always thought you only had child, and of course it is up to us how much we reveal of ourselves on here. But don’t ever worry about being a ‘martyr’, if you need to share, or want to share, then do it. Sometimes it helps, and there a lot of understanding people on here. I’m glad that you’re pleased to have your children together again, an early Christmas treat to you.

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  6. Wow, now that is some big news! A joyful, happy-holidays kind of story. 🙂 ❤ I'm so happy that are reunited as a family again. I'm sure there will be lots of conversations as you rediscover each other. Really, an awesome gift!
    Exciting about the new apartment and furniture, your life is renewed!

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      1. Thanksgiving was very quiet due to Covid. I expect Christmas will be the same. The spike in the numbers here indicates we made the right choice by not socializing. We’re all in the same boat and will get through this, hopefully, sooner than later. ❤

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  7. How fabulous Maria! Your heart is filled with JOY! And so is mine for you! Christmas Tidings came to you!
    I send prayers for you and for all of you. I hope your son can help out with things and yet be the teenager he is.
    Great news! Enjoy your new place!

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  8. Oh Maria, as a dad to a mom, I am so – so very happy for you.

    I did not know you had a son and understand why you preferred it that way, but now – what an amazing blessing you now have in your new home! I can’t imagine the pain you went through to get here – but you are here. You’re still very sane and able to contribute to the quality of life for so many of us. You have come such a long way and I applaud you and your family.

    Christmas has arrived very early in Sweden apparently.

    What a wonderful way to end 2020? Here, my wife and I have our children and a new daughter in law. In Sweden, you have your children all back under the same roof. This year has not been all bad by any measure.

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  9. Gingerbread cookie yes please. wow I can’t even think of what to say as I shed a tear of pure joy & gut wrenching relief for you. Thank you for sharing such a precious aspect of your life. Have the most excellent fun putting your home together, together. A big brother what fun, I hope your little Treasure has a mischievous fun loving time with her big Treasure of a Brother & I look forward to seeing your wonderful new home & upcoming adventures in this wonderful new chapter of your life. Have a magical wonderful lovely fun week ahead.

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  10. Maria, how wonderful you’ve been reunited with your son!! I’m sure you and your daughter are thrilled and just in time for the holidays. Congrats on your new apartment and that you are enjoying your job. All the best to you my friend. Thank you for the coffee and sharing more about yourself.

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  11. I use to take public transit to get to my job even during the early days of COVID, and then I found out I was pregnant and decided to drive to work for the time being. I do enjoy taking public transit bc it was my time to read a book and grab a cup of coffee at my favorite place before work. It was easy to find those simple pleasures.

    Congrats on your new place and getting your Christmas stuff together. I’m hoping we can do the same and it will be the first time in years we do this.

    Also, congrats on having your son moving in with you. My brother-in-law who lives with us is currently in the process of getting his son to move in and stay with us full time.

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    1. I’m glad you could make the choice to stop taking public transit when pregnant, that would have been hard on you. I hope you are well. Thank you for joining us for coffee this week. Or maybe you prefer tea? Have a great new week!

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