Weekend Coffee Share – The Week Before Christmas

This morning we are enjoying coffee while my 8 year old daughter is baking gingerbread cookies in the kitchen. The scent is intoxicating. Don’t worry, naturally we’ll have to make sure they taste alright as soon as they are out of the oven, right? 

Speaking of coffee, I stocked up on good coffee this week. One of the stores I get my groceries at had a bulk deal on good coffee, and I took advantage of that. I love when things like that happen with items that I use all the time, that has great shelf-life. I know have a ton of vacuum sealed, quality coffee at home.

How is your week? Are you ready for Christmas? My daughter have been getting up so early lately that I have struggled to find time to wrap my gifts without her seeing them…well, yesterday I got up at 4am and wrapped them before she woke up. All done now. Santa usually put them under our tree some time after the 22nd, so at the moment they are waiting in my walk-in closet. 

Both my kids are on Christmas break now. I still have three days left of work until I get a break. My daughter is going to an after school program those three days. She loves it there, and she spends most of that time doing arts and crafts with her friends. My son started a new school two weeks ago, and have already made some good friends. That makes me very happy. My daughter is stubborn in her decision to continue at her old school next semester. (She had an offer to start a wonderful private school next semester.) I have agreed to let her stay at her old school, even though I would have liked for her to start the school closer to our house (across the street from our house….) She’s been taking the bus to school by herself all of December, and wants to continue doing that. I’m not a big fan of that idea, but since she is doing so great in school, and feel strongly about this, I’ll let her have her way. I’m going to think of the long walks to the bus stop every morning and afternoon as a way to get some exercise on a daily basis. 

It’s been a good week at work, and I am very proud of my class, their Lucia performance this Tuesday was the best I have ever seen with children this young (5 year olds.) They were very happy, and so were everyone that saw them. Their parents acknowledged all the hard work everyone put in to make the event happen. The children knew all the songs, and four children that was reading poetry out loud did a wonderful job. All these children have made wonderful progress since I first met them. It’s a great feeling, and a blessing to be a small part of that. The parents were not allowed to be present at school due to Covid, but we had the event filmed, and showcased it on our digital teacher-parent forum. I’ve finished all the reports, evaluations, and other things I need to do at work this semester. I feel content and very happy with my work, I’ve been on top of things, and I know that I have done my very best. 

Now I’m looking forward to relaxing at home this Christmas, and it feels OK to not travel anywhere. I really like our new home, and so does both my kids. Seeing them together it’s the greatest happiness I’ve ever felt. 

Perhaps you noticed the coasters in the first photo? They are new for this week. I think they match our new place perfectly.

Our new place is turning into our very own a little more by the day. I got some new air purifying plants for the living room, but my daughter decided that she needed them in her room, so I’ll get some other ones for the living room. That’s OK. I got curtains up yesterday, I’ve been waiting for the curtain-rods for some time, but now I have them 🙂 We’ll have plenty of time to taken care of the last details over the holidays. How are you doing? Feel free to indulge in a refill, and another gingerbread while telling me all about it ❤



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

37 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – The Week Before Christmas

  1. Good Morning Marie,

    I’m having my first cup of coffee of the day and reading about your week. It sounds as though you have had a productive week getting your little family settled in to your new home. Fresh Christmas cookies and hot coffee sound wonderful!

    I also enjoy finding things on sale and stocking up, my freezers are full! I’ve found that with coffee and other things with lots of oils, they can go rancid even vacuum packed. I also try to freeze them when possible and work at rotating them when I find more on sale.

    Enjoy the season and I hope you and your family stay well!

    Merry Christmas,

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    1. Thank you, it has been a great week! I am so ready for Christmas now 🙂 Can you feel the Christmas spirit? I hope you and Norah are well. Do you have any snow? Enjoy a wonderful weekend and the upcoming holidays.
      Merry Christmas!


  2. I love gingerbread… Great that your daughter seems to have taken so well to her new homeland. And nice that your son is already making new friends. Glad the new apartment is becoming home. Sounds like this is turning into a wonderful Christmas season for you, despite Covid restrictions and such. If I don’t talk to you in the next week, have a great Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy your break after those three days (I think I’m the same – I work three days next week and then have off until January.)

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  3. Your daughter’s cookies came out well and I love the embellishments. 🙂 I bet she is excited about the coming holiday, Christmas is THE holiday for kids! Does Santa fill stockings at your house?
    We had a BIG storm this week (14″) followed by frigid temps so the snow is still sticking to the trees. So pretty and Christmasy. A warm spell with rain is on its way this week, so it won’t last, but we’re enjoying the winter wonderland and snowshoeing every day.
    Enjoy the festivities in the days ahead – Happy Solstice!

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    1. Awe, snowshoeing, how fun!!! I have not been snowshoeing since our adventure at Mt Lassen.
      We don’t have any snow at the moment, only rain, but it is going to get cold around Christmas, and colder at New Years, we’ll see. As of now our chances for snow around New Year are good. Santa does indeed fill stockings at our house, usually one of the elves take care of that a few days before Christmas, and then she (it’s a girl elf) sits on top of the stocking keeping an eye on the happenings around the house, to see if Santa should pay a visit 😉 The elf is at her spot as we speak.

      Happy Solstice!

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  4. I love baking gingerbread and it so much fun decorating with the kids. Unfortuatly qe have to do virtually this year. We may have Christmas in July gingerbread beachbums cookies.

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  5. Hi Maria. It seems things are going very well for you and the kids. I hope some day you can tell us some of how your son came to join you there. I can’t know the details from here, but the result of having him there with you has to be a heart warmer of a story and in time for Christmas. Can there be a better way to do family than being together under the same roof, with cookies in the oven. . . ? If there is, I can’t think of it.

    I recall when my sisters and I were very young, my parents had a chance to move us out of our suburb neighborhood to a small ranch where we’d be in new schools with new friends nearby and a whole town between us and our old friends. The 3 of us put up such a fuss, my parents cancelled the whole idea and we later regretted it because that ranch would have been great next step for each of us, but we were kids and could not see past what our first few days would be like in the new place.

    Kids . . good thing we have parents about to keep us making all kinds of bad decisions.

    Hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season.

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    1. Thank you Gary! Maybe one day I’ll write the story, there are so many variables, and parts that needs to fit in to make it good. I’ve started to write a biography two times, and burned both of them. One had several hundred pages. Maybe when I’m older and wiser it will turn out just the way it’s supposed to be? Have a very Merry Christmas my friend !


  6. Love your Christmas spirit and I’m loving the coffee and gingerbread cookies! I can’t wait to bake, the smells and tastes, so YUMMY!! I’m so HAPPY your job is going so well. Oh those little 5 years old sounds like so much fun. Isn’t it wonderful to be in a happy place, we are truly blessed!! Enjoy every minute as I will too, of this holiday and Christmas! ❤️🌲☃️❤️

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  7. Thanks for the coffee! I’m new to the coffee group. Forgive me; I didn’t know you had 2 kids. How old is your son? I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. And may your new year be happy and healthy 💜

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  8. What an inspiration your little treasure is so clever & creative. I can almost smell the sweet ginger of the cookies from here, oh how i wish,lol. As a parent I can relate to your concerns it is so wonderful that your girl is so confidently independent. Would have been tricky trying to quietly wrap presents without waking anyone, I think that should be a talent that is bragged about by all parents, I dont think its mentioned enough on our resumes.
    How wonderful that your son is settling in so well, I am so happy for you all. Mum & I have been watching a few programs about Lucia & the Christmas traditions of different countries it all so beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas day no matter what time your treasure thinks it should begin.( ;

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  9. Merry Christmas, Maria! Sounds like you have Christmas all ready to go. We’re staying with Hans’ brother’s house for a few weeks as we wait for our house to be ready. Tomorrow I’m going to a cookie party hosted by my sis-in-law and spend the afternoon sharing cookies with her daughters and some nieces. This is one reason we wanted to move here, to be closer to family. I wish you the best of the season and enjoy every minute, my friend!

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