Weekend Coffee Share – 2021!

It’s January 1st, the first day of 2021. How are you doing? Can I offer you some coffee? Or perhaps tea? I’ll be happy to make some hot chocolate if you prefer. I’m having tea this very first morning of the year. I am a coffee lover big time, but the first month of the year I always skip coffee, and drink green tea and herbal teas instead. It helps me to not overdo my coffee drinking the rest of the year, and I appreciate it more. I’ve done this for a few years now, and it’s a routine I like. Most of the year I just enjoy one cup of coffee in the morning, and sometimes one cup in the afternoon, but in November and December I tend to increase the amount of coffee I drink, due to the darkness and that I am more tired then, compared to the rest of the year. To make it all the way to the holidays there is simply more coffee than usual. January is when I press the reset button, sort of. I started this morning with a cleansing matcha tea, it was refreshing. 

Did you enjoy any celebrations last night? My children and I walked down to a nearby lake at midnight, and enjoyed watching the fireworks there. It was not a clear night, I’m sure some folks were disappointed, but we had a great time. Earlier in the evening my daughter and I cooked Mexican food for our family, and we baked a mud-cake, that we enjoyed with ice-cream. Ooo, there is plenty off mud-cake left if you’d like some to go with your beverage? 

Did you make any new years resolution? I pledged to read 120 books 2021. Besides the reading challenge I am committed to think about the environment in the choices I make every day; traveling, reuse/repurpose, energy, shopping and what I eat. To some degree I already do this, so it is not a completely new concept to me, but I want to learn more and implement this kind of thinking to more areas of my life. Some of my friends decided to do a complete shopping ban for a year, to only by food during 2021, nothing else! It wouldn’t be realistic for me to do that at this time of my life, but there are things that I can do. In fact, while we were enjoying our Mexican dinner last night, I talked this over with my children, what we as individuals, and as a family, can do to stop climate changes, and how we can consider the environment in our choices. It was a good conversation. Both my son and daughter are mindful individuals. Subjects that came up was; saving water, not wasting energy (only use LED lighting and switch the light off when we leave the room. We live in a passive house, and have chosen to only get solar energy.) We can choose to only purchase what we need and choose quality, and buy second hand items when appropriate. We are not vegan, but we eat a lot of vegan food and are committed to continue doing that. When we eat meat, we are committed to only eat good meat, and not with every meal. I want to continue growing food, and maximise the space we have available at our balcony. I’ve been looking into growing vertically. Speaking of food, I am planning on continue doing monthly grocery shopping, only adding fresh fruit and vegetables when needed (choosing local, and in season produce.) I buy in bulk when possible, and try to think about packaging when choosing products. We talked about vacations when Covid is behind us, and decided that if we do need to travel far distances travelling by train should be our first choice. I am certain that every little thing that each one of us do makes a difference.

My children playing around last night, as we watched the fireworks at a nearby lake.

Today I am planning on having a relaxing day. The only thing on my agenda is to hug my kids, clean out after Christmas and take the holiday items down to a storage unit that is included in our rent here. In general I am against storage units, since I think they encourage clutter and saving things you don’t really need, but I have to confess that being able to keep the beautiful artificial Christmas tree that was gifted to us there is rather handy. Besides the Christmas tree there is only going to be empty boxes, and suitcases. We simply don’t travel enough to have the suitcases in the apartment. 2021 is going to be a great year! Happiest of Happy New Year to you! Tell me your thoughts about 2021 in a comment.

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

58 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 2021!

  1. Happy New Year to you and you children, Maria. Enjoying my coffee also as I read yout post this morning. My coffee day will be like most, a full pot followed by as much tea as I want, hot herbal tea in the winter/ ice herbal tea in the summer.

    2021, for me, will be a year of continued purge of things, consolidation from two residences to one and becoming more self sufficient. The full on attack on junk will continue!

    For 2021 I resolve to eat better, walk more, be more active and productive and recreate more. With this I am hoping to be more healthy and loose some weight.

    Well, I best cut this short and throw another log on the fire and get this place warned up for the day. Nora is coming today for the weekend.

    The Best in 2021,
    Greg

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Sane and inspired thoughts going forward into the new year. If everyone did the same, the world would be transformed. May it be so! HNY! (Enjoyed seeing your son and daughter… the young are our inspiration and hope. <3)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Eliza! Ms H and I watched the new documentary about “Greta” the other day, the 15 year old girl that is very passionate about doing something about the climate crisis. That movie resulted in a lot of questions, and great conversations.
      I enjoyed your end of the year post very much. That was some lovely photos you picked.
      Have a great weekend and a very Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. What a beautiful photo of your 2 treasures, looks like a lot of fun was had. We don’t/cant(lol) stay up like that anymore not with farm life but I love going to sleep thinking of all the fun people have on New Years Eve. I had made a new years resolution but I cant remember what it was. lol. Oh wait I remember the 8klm sea side trail, that’s it, haha.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I can never stay awake to midnight either, I went to bed around 8.30 and had an alarm for 11.30 😉 Still I was super tired all day yesterday (January 1st.) It doesn’t matter if I’m on vacation, or work, I wake up 4.30am and that’s just it. LOL. I hope you are having a great weekend!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Happy New Year! A walk to the lake at midnight sounds perfect. I didn’t make it to midnight sadly.
    I am so grateful for our coffee chats every week!
    I love that your agenda today was to hug your kids. Perfect!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I never make it to midnight if I don’t take a nap before, and set an alarm..if it was only me I wouldn’t bother, but it was definitely worth it to see my children have so much fun!
      I’m very grateful for our coffee chats as well. In these times blogging friends are extra important, and we have the benefit to already have made a big network of friends before all this Covid craziness started. Have a fabulous weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! Good for you that you have a plan and are making reading a priority. Many of my real life friends, and facebook friends are on Goodreads, so I’ve joined that challenge for several years now. Its a great crowd that cheer each other on, and give each other tips about books. Best of luck with your reading!

      Like

  5. You two children look so happy! We did not do anything spectacular as we are in lockdown here. But we got dressed up and had a What’s App video dinner meeting with our daughter and her three kids ( two step daughters and her son) They were having so much fun. Our daughter and her husband hand planned a scavenger hunt in their house and then they were going to all put on glow bands and walk around the neighbourhood. They were all so excited and having such a great time. I wish you all the best for a healthy and peaceful New Year Maria!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you! We didn’t do anything spectacular either, but spending time with loved ones, is always a treat. I’d prefer in person but we were also recommended to not see other people for the holidays than the ones we live with, just like you we had video calls with family and friends. The scavenger hunt sounds like fun!
      Have a very Happy New Year Anne!

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Like the photograph of the kids in particular, but the night view at the beginning of the post is gorgeous! No celebrations or get-togethers here, nor were there last year, either, since Al’s relatives had other plans in place. I am cherishing the down time. Life has been too cluttered, for all that I’ve hardly been off the home plot for twelve months. Needing to step back from everything again and then put back in what’s to be feeding my being. Before I retired, and especially before I married, I would take vacation over Christmas and New Year weeks for isolation and contemplation. Even good changes need seasoning and reexamining.

    Hugs & best wishes for the New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment Lizl ! I too enjoy spending time at home, very much. I like the solitude of going out for a walk, and then relax at home with some hot tea and a good book. Yesterday my daughter and I played cards for hours, sometimes we play chess, things doesn’t have to be so fancy. We have definitely reevaluated how we’ve been spending our time lately.
      All the best to you. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Hi Maria and HNY to you and the kids.
    I meant to tell you, I too have a copy of George R. Stewart’s California Trail that you mentioned having read. I was embarrassed as I could not recall reading it so dug through my collection and found it. I really am getting old because it was one of two books he sent me after our meeting where he and his wife were so kind to this 19 year old fan. I have since finished his biography (loved it) and am re-reading his California Trail because eons ago when I was 19, I did not understand what this was in the context of his fictional works. You were right, yet again, that this too is going to be a great read. His style of both writing and thinking really comes through.
    I have some GRS recommendations for some of your 120 books this year. You would love, Earth Abides, Fire, Storm and Sheep Rock. Each are fictional eco-drama’s that were extremely well researched and will only feed you desire to understand our ecology better.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you enjoy reading it this time around. I think many books are better understood when read the second, or third time, and preferably with a few years in between. It can become a completely different book. I am going to search for the books you recommended. I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that your 2021 got off to a fabulous start.

      Like

  8. Happy New Year Maria! Great coffee post, thanks for sharing. I love your goal to read 120 books this year.

    I don’t do New Years resolutions but back in 2018 I started labelling the year for myself. So, 2018 was transformations, 2019 was hope, 2020 was goals and this year I have called Health and Happiness. As for the first day of 2021 I did much the same as you: Christmas tidying and spending time with my kids. Great start to the year.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I do have a vague memory of you writing a post about one word to focus on for the year, maybe it was last year, or the year before? I like that idea. If I would choose a word for 2021 it would be gratitude, or maybe health? I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and a very Happy New Year to you!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. What a wonderful start to a new year with a walk to the lake to see the fireworks. The smiles on your children’s faces are priceless! They grow up so fast, enjoy every minute!! ❤️ I don’t really make resolutions, but I’d like to read more and am hoping to visit my grand kids often this new year if possible. I haven’t been to Arizona in one year now and am thankful my son and family came home to CA twice this last year. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend! ❤️🎉😄

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, it was a quiet and fun New Year. I believe the kids will remember it.
      I do hope you get to travel and see your children and grandchildren more this year. I’m hoping to be able to see more family myself. Enjoy your weekend my friend ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Wanted to say more but at end of my time. We try to only stay for an hour just to be respectful of the privilege. Love pics of your children. It’s goid to have faces to go with prayers.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Happy New Year! Mexican is my favorite and I could easily make that a Christmas dinner tradition! Wow, 120 books! My goal has been 30 which I can barely make. Sounds like you had a great NYE! Here’s to 2021, may it bring you and your family lots of joy!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Kathleen! Great Mexican restaurants is actually one of the things we miss the most here. We try to make up for it by cooking our own Mexican food, almost every weekend. (Hint, if any good Mexican chefs are reading this…start a business here in our town.) Its been a tradition to go to Mexican restaurants in the weekend whenever possible since my daughter was a baby.
      Cheers to a fabulous 2021!

      Like

  11. Great post! Your kids are lovely! And your environmental mindfulness is impressive and motivating. Thanks for that!

    My hope for 2021 is improved health and more writing! 🙏🙏

    Looking forward to getting to know you more this year!

    Happy New Year 💜💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Dinah! Improved health and more writing are great goals! I have been taking more photos over the holidays, and I hope to continue doing that. Looking forward to some inspiring reading about how you work towards your goals this year. Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Well, I do not make resolutions. As I keep on forgetting them. What works for me is taking lessons from my (and others) mistakes from the last year and try not repeating them. Happy to know that you had a great holiday with your kids. Enjoy your time and give them my love 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I enjoyed having coffee with you, and I wish I could have had a slice of mud cake 😀. I am growing my own vegetables as well and this month I am planting more that are in keeping with the season. I agree with you that we can all do our part to help the environment.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. I’m growing chard, tomatoes, blueberries, chilies and peppers and fava beans. I had lettuce growing but we ate it and I haven’t replaced it yet. I will be planting more veggies. Oh yes, and we started a lemon tree from seeds and it’s doing well. We have an evergreen garden and much if it is indigenous. I’m growing jasmine and amaryllis in pots. Our camelia needs some love.

        Liked by 1 person

  14. Happy New Year Maria. Good to ‘meet’ your son for the first time.
    I have no immediate plans for 2021, just focused on getting through the first difficult months until hopefully the world will open up for us again. Then, at the end of the year, I turn 50 🙈

    Liked by 1 person

      1. My daughter (high school) had her return put back to Jan 18th, whereas my son (primary) returned yesterday. Then last night we learned that we were to be put into another national lockdown for at least six weeks. Surely the government knew this when all of the children were allowed to return and mix for just one day? It seems a bit reckless and pointless. But still, it’s where we are at now. We have shut down the country again, but have to keep our eyes on the prize at the end of it all.

        Like

  15. Happy New Year…
    Nope no resolutions we pretty much just wing it haha! And if I had made resolutions they would have involved travel and we have just gone back to a hard lockdown so its all hectic.

    I am not vegan though eat a lot of vegetarian dished on account of meat being super expensive and I grow my own vegetables in the garden ^_^
    ~B

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I can understand the need of winging it! What kind of veggies are you growing? It is so smart to grow your own and know that you always have food. I bet you have the weather with you to grow all year round?
      All the best to you,
      Maria

      Liked by 1 person

      1. There’s always some sort of leafy vegetable like kale or spinach growing… cabbage is somewhat seasonal, and pumpkin. Now I am trying out an oyster mushroom project, converting an old shed into incubation room.
        ~B

        Liked by 1 person

  16. Sounds like a wonderful start to your new year, Maria. And with both children too! We are looking forward to a lot of positive changes in 2021, with the new home, new opportunities and more time with our families. Enjoy your new years tea, I’m sticking with coffee! 😁☕

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Hello my friend and happy new year!
    I am getting caught up on blogs and started at your other post and came here
    Anyhow – quick note – I see you mentioned using coffee for a pick me up and energy
    And my good friend and mentor Dr Martelli does suggest a good organic coffee for pick me ups — as opposed to chemical energy drinks etc
    Anyhow
    Wanted to mention a few things that work really well for me
    – b12 sublingual
    Trader Joe’s and spring valley brand (6$ US) have my favs and the under the tongue is key because it gives a boost and helps in so many ways – maybe see what your area sells and I use them for road trips – but on a daily basis early in day – never after 2 or impacts faking sleep
    The other tip to consider is Jarrow’s B-right b complex! Mmmmmm
    On normal days I take one a day
    But on a road trip – near the end – I take one every hour with some fish oil capsules or cod liver oil – B complex should be your go to for helping with energy and to me – the Jarrow brand is superior and a bottle of 100 lasts me a while
    Another mental clarity and energy helped us
    NAC
    I take a formula with Aloha Lipoic acid (ala) and sometimes need it and then sometimes do not

    Okay / last thing to consider if you do not already is a good mineral blend
    A calcium magnesium with d3 and maybe zinc
    My spouse is a health coach and his clients thrive when taking d3
    But I have to watch my d3 (too much makes me feel off and it is a hormone – plus I am likely not low in it)
    Anyhow the cal mag blends can do a lot for health
    I also take a daily enzyme and flora with a side of coq-10

    So explore and see what will help you

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: