Weekend Coffee Share – Enjoying The Holidays

How are you doing? I’ve already enjoyed one pot of coffee today, and started a new one just for you my friend. Despite the fact that I’ve already enjoyed a whole pot of coffee today, I feel so relaxed. Are you relaxed? It’s the 26th, Christmas was great, and I don’t have to be back at work until January 11th, 2021. 

How was Christmas? I know you just celebrated yesterday, if you are in the US. I believe most of my readers are, everyone is welcome here of course, no matter where you are. Here in Sweden we celebrated Christmas on the 24th. Santas elves had filled the stockings, and Santa himself put presents under the tree. It was a magical day. My daughter decided our meny for the day, I had already made the ham for my son (he is the only one that really enjoy roasted ham. I enjoy making it for him.) The meny for our Christmas celebration included homemade Swedish meatballs, gingerbread cookies, lots of chocolate, oranges, and homemade pizza in the evening. Maybe everything wasn’t classical traditional, but at least some was. Christmas was good, now I’m ready to take the tree out..LOL. 

I’ve put one more shelf together for our new apartment, it’s a low bookshelf, of the same model as the ones I have. I’ve also got a couple big Monstera Deliciosa plants and one Dracaena, to help divide the space in the living room that I am using as my bedroom. I am happy with the result.  Speaking of plants, I’m making an experiment. I’ve started cherry tomatoes and bell peppers, from seed, in my windowsill. They are still tiny, but I want to see if my new, huge windows let enough light in to grow during the darkest time of the year. It just might work. I want to see if it does. If it doesn’t, no harm done, I’ll invest in growing lights next winter. If it does work, well, that would be fabulous! Spring is after all only three months away, can you believe it? Of course I am hoping for a lot of fun in the snow before then, but realistically I could put veggie plants on my screened in balcony three months from now. The thought of that excites me.

Due to Covid we have more restrictions now. One of them is that the libraries are closed. I found out yesterday, otherwise I would have planned better. I was planning a quick visit to the library to pick up some new books, and do a lot of reading now when I have many days off. Instead I find myself without anything to read. I did read two great books this week, but now I don’t have anything more..sometimes it is a disadvantage to be a fast reader. I’ll have to solve this problem somehow. One good thing is that I’ll definitely have more time for photography and blogging now, something I haven’t had lately. Looking forward to that!

2020 is almost over and it has been a strange year of hard work, and some stressful times. There have been progress, and overall there have been some wonderful moments, with new insights, and new levels of gratitude. I know that my life won’t be the same. I am committed to think even more about our planet when I make choices;  when it comes to what kind of energy sources I choose, how I travel, what I eat, and my shopping habits. 2020 have been a life changer, and I know that isn’t exclusive for my family. Seeing both of my children laugh together have been the best part of 2020 for me. I’ve read 116 inspiring books, out of my goal of 70 books (I didn’t know about Covid and the extra time I would have on my hands during my staycation at the time I’d set my goal.) 2020 was also the year I didn’t wear any makeup for a whole year! That is a first during my adult life. 2020 was a year completely without animals, which has been very strange, and also a first. 2020 was an amazing year in my teaching career, I’ve felt that I’ve really made a big difference in some children’s life, and my colleagues have been outstanding to work with. I welcome 2021 with open arms. I am ready for a year of health, gratitude, happiness, prosperity, love, and kindness to all ❤ Have 2020 changed your perspective of life in any way? Tell me in a comment. 

Yours,

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. 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

44 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Enjoying The Holidays

  1. Sounds like you had a good Christmas, despite all that is going on 🙂 I’m sure you’ll find plenty to do during your time off even without the books. 2020 was an odd year, and I’m glad you made the most of it. It did change some things for me, but I plan on doing at least one very long blog post about it, perhaps two! I hope you have a great week, and if I don’t “talk” to you before the end of the week, I hope you have a fantastic New year!

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  2. Good Morning and a belated Merry Christmas to you and the kids! I’m also on my second pot if coffee but this one is 2/3’s and at about half strength! Breakfast consisted of leftovers from yesterday, even if early they are great.

    I’m glad to hear about your accomplishments in 2020! Disregarding Covid, it has been a wonderful year for you. I also won’t complain. Social distancing, especially this summer, has allowed me to spend some time in the yard and working on the house. I hope this new year bring you and yours more wonderful and fulfilling blessings. Greg

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    1. Good morning, and thank you Greg! I hope that you got to spend Christmas with Norah, and that the two of you had a magical day. I saw the blizzard video, I hope the weather calmed down a bit. Have a wonderful rest of the year, and a very Happy New Year to you!

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  3. Your Christmas food menu sounds like it was delicious. As part of our Christmas eats I made pecan pie and cranberry orange bread for the first time, both turned out very tasty.

    I am ready for 2021 and wish everyone a year of health, gratitude, happiness, prosperity, love, and kindness.

    Thanks for the virtual coffee. Hope you have a great New Years.

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    1. Ooo, pecan pie is one of my favourite holiday eats. Cranberry orange bread sounds exciting, like it could be a part of a fancy tea party. Thank you for having coffee with me, and a very Happy New Year to you!

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  4. Hi Maria, it’s good to see you back. I hope your Christmas was very good, can I try your homemade pizza? That sounds so good! You can drink an entire pot of coffee? I would be buzzing like a chainsaw! Have a great weekend. 😎❤️

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    1. Thank you, Christmas was good! I’ll see if I can find you some leftover pizza 🙂 My coffee pot is not the standard American size 😉 Food items tend to be just a tad smaller here. Have a greta rest of your weekend, and a very Happy New Years!

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  5. Happy Holidays and enjoy your time off. Our libraries here in California have been closed for many months. They have established an excellent online system for borrowing ebooks. If you read on a Kindle that might be a solution for you.

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  6. Hi Maria,

    There is so much in your essay that we could talk at length about, but I think you summed it up well when you wrote, “I welcome 2021 with open arms. I am ready for a year of health, gratitude, happiness . . .” I have plenty of things I’m tempted to not be grateful for and, try as I might, let something remind me and I easily slide back down into resenting what someone or something has done to the life I wanted to be living right now. No, your attitude is a much better way to live and I’ll ask that you never back away from reminding us.

    There were such great blessings coming from your home this past year. Blessed are the peacemakers. . . could be that verse which was written with you as the model.

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    1. Gary, thank you for your warm kindness, I often smile reading your comment. I’m very happy if my words could leave some good vibes for you. I believe we all need positivity in our lives, especially right now. Have a blessed, Happy New Year, and enjoy the rest of this one too of course.

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  7. It’s Dec 26 here. I made a barbeque beef brisket yesterday for lunch. Hubby came down, ate, returned to his “office”. I spent most of the day sewing by hand, patching my old quilt. The recliner died on my yesterday, too. I went to pull the foot up and the whole chair went sideways, like it was being twisted and dumped me. So, we’re down to just two wicker porch chairs in the living room. Then, as I was kneading some bread dough on the kitchen table, it, too collapsed. So much for fresh bread. It was just one of those days that pretends to be a Monday. No calls from hubby’s family. A few emails, but they weren’t good news. So, as far as I’m concerned, there was no Christmas this year. In fact, by 2 yesterday, I had the tree dismantled and back in the box. Ornaments and decorations either packed or sorted out for charity donation. Today, I’ve loaded the trunk for charity. Second load I’ve made this week. Trying to downsize so if we have to move to a one bedroom, it won’t be so cramped.

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  8. lol, I have just poured my first cup of coffee for the day. Isn’t Christmas just so much fun, we had a great day, I’m so glad you had a great one. Hopefully your seeds on the window sill will work for you, the lights are a great idea. You should write your own book you are an amazing talented woman, although that might take you away from blogging & we would miss you. lol. 2021, I am excited for 2021 it sounds so futuristic it’s quite funny Mum & I have been talking about the garden for next year & how excited we are to see how it transforms again as we have improved so much of it already & this year was a real time of planting. I think & hope 2021 will be a real time of growing hopefully in relationships, new friendships(for everyone) as well as in the garden. I am looking forward to reading your blogs in 2021 so full of Health, wealth(in many ways) & happiness.

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    1. Amen to this sister! 2021 is going to be a great year! Lots pf growth on every level. I’ve really enjoyed seeing photos from your garden, and reading about all the ingenious ideas for improvement that you have invented this year. Good for you! Have a fantastic rest of this year, and a very Happy New Year!

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  9. Caffeine makes me jittery, so I best stick with herbal tea. If I drank a whole pot of coffee, you’d have to peel me off the ceiling, lol!
    I feel the same way about our tree, I’m ready to move it out as it is shedding constantly, esp. when the dog walks by or wagging her tail. What a mess. But my hubby still wants to enjoy it a few more days, so it stays.
    Yesterday was so rainy– 2.85 inches, and all the previous snow melted overnight as it was 57F degrees! I’m glad it wasn’t snow or we’d be buried!
    Our libraries have gone from closed, to ordering for pickup, to opening for ‘browsing’ appointments. With the numbers rising, that may change, but let’s hope not. Perhaps you can reach out to your friends and coworkers to share your personal libraries? Life without books is a challenge!
    2020 was a year of changes to be sure. I can’t complain as my life was pretty good out here in the country and isolation was easy. We’ll see what is in store for us in 2021. Let’s hope we can get past the pandemic by summer. Fingers crossed.

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    1. I do have a selection of herbal teas to choose from 🙂 I always drink tea in the evenings.
      Yes, fingers crossed this too will pass. Of course it will. I won’t lie, it is at times scary to go to work, knowing that I will meet a lot of people with no chance of social distancing to the young children. I believe I would have felt safer in the countryside. I try to do my part, and not stress about things I can not change. Surely hope this will be over soon.
      I am truly happy that you can continue living in your paradise. Hopefully we can hug all our loved ones soon. Cheers to a very Happy New Year!

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  10. I took one decision in 2020 that makes me smile whenever I think of it. And that is to have a kindle subscription.

    I love reading. But letting books pile up in the bookshelf can be a problem when you don’t know if you are going to stay in the same house next year. Libraries too are not a feasible option for me. Moreover, in Singapore I don’t get to read Indian authors that much especially in my native language.

    Kindle subscription solved these problems for me. But, traditional way of reading is still my first preference. And I had to convince myself a lot to embrace this new style of reading. But I feel I made a good decision to explore this e-reading zone.

    You can try subscribing to kindle if you want to read,but grabbing a physical copy is not possible at the moment.

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  11. I’m sorry your library is closed. If you have a kindle or kindle app for your phone, you can download books VERY cheaply by signing up for BOOK BUB. and/or EARLY BIRD BOOKS. They send 1 email each day that offers books in your favorite genres for usually $2-$3.
    So glad you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your kids😍
    Bright Blessings to you 💜

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  12. What a wonderful Christmas and thank you for the coffee! I’m a bit late this weekend to join, but will have my coffee share out soon. It’s been a fun filled weekend here and it sounds like it has been that way for you as well. 😀

    I hope your experiments work in your sunny windows!! You bring so much joy and positivity to your shares, I just Love them! When I read you haven’t had any animals since moving back home it reminded me how I found your blog and that was through the horses you had at the time some years ago! Loved your beautiful German Shepherd. I can remember your huge giant garden in northern California!! Now you have your beautiful children together, and the precious children you teach 💖
    Thank you for the wonderful coffee and I hope you have a great week! ❤️

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Diana. It makes me so happy that you had a good Christmas this very special year. Do you get to enjoy a few more days off? I’m hoping to check in and see if you have a coffee share 🙂
      I don’t know about my experiment, we’ll see 🙂
      Cheers to a very Happy 2021 ❤

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      1. My only days off will be this coming Friday. I’m only working 1/2 day Thursday as my new manager is amazing and so nice! We will drive to my daughters 3 hrs North to spend the New Year with her. 😀 And I am going to say the same back, cheers to a very HAPPY 2021! ❤️

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  13. Wow, 116 books is very impressive 🙂
    I also did not wear too much make-up this year, maybe a few times when I was training leaders; but otherwise it was wonderful to be in my comfortable Birkenstocks the whole time 🙂
    I hope that your tomatoes and peppers grow well.

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  14. Happy holidays Maria
    looks like your Christmas was good, ours too even though not as engaging as past Christmases when there would be large family gatherings
    its unfortunate about not picking up new books you would think after the year we have had libraries would have picked up some sort of dial a book service hmmm there’s an idea lol
    ~B

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    1. Happy Holidays Beaton! We actually have something similar fort he kids at school, with a book bus coming on a schedule, so that they can borrow books. You can list particular books that you want in an email, or choose from the selection they bring, but that is only for kids in school, not for the public. The book bus comes to school, and not to your home. Our schools are luckily open. I imagine that many, if not most, adults reads on their tablet nowadays, but I just prefer reading a real book that I can hold in my hands. You know a beautiful book that you can pick up when you pass by and read a few pages, see it there laying on the shelf, or the table and feel happy about the experience to be 🙂 Happy New Year to you 🙂

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