Weekend Coffee Share – Week 4

Hi, how are you? Can I get you some coffee, or tea? Or maybe some hot blueberry soup? It has lots of energy with all that vitamin C, very popular in Sweden during our cold winters. Because cold it is, it was -1F with a chill factor of -12F when I woke up this morning. The cold inspired me to order a wool sweater and new gloves, while enjoying my breakfast. It is extremely beautiful outside, the sun is shining, and the snow is glimmering like a million diamonds. I’ve been out twice today. Yesterday it was almost painfully bright. As you can see in the two photos further down in this post, our apartment is very bright as well. Those big windows makes it really bright. The temperature is even despite sun, or temperature drops. I love living in a passive house. 

How is your week? Mine have been fabulous, long days, but a lot accomplished, and I feel really good about that. I’ve continued my routine of walking to work, and 6k doesn’t feel like a very long walk at all now. It just feels good. I know many of you are participating in online meetings using Zoom and similar platforms. Teams is a popular platform in Sweden, and I’ve participated in many online meetings previously, but this week I arranged a meeting myself for the first time. Well, two of my colleagues were there for moral support, but I did the work, and the talking. I do appreciate them being there. It was a teacher/parent conference, and I am happy to say that 86% of the parents to my students participated. All the technology were on our side, everything went really well. I had prepared all the things I needed/wanted to cover during the meeting, and it went down the way I had planned. I am super happy about that. The meeting lasted for one hour, with everyone in the audience staying until I thanked them and said goodbye. I was a little nervous, but mostly excited. I like new challenges. I could see myself leading an online class of some type, at some point in the future. 

The angle and stance of the bindings looks a little weird in the photo, since I had to sit down on the floor to get the whole length of the board. In reality the board and bindings felt great, and I am very happy with my purchase. I can see many fun days in the snow 🙂

I walked up a hill earlier today and tried my new snowboard. I wanted to make sure that the bindings didn’t need more adjusting, and that everything felt right, before taking my class to the ski slopes next week. Everything felt great. The snow was rock hard, and icy, but the board was quick and I couldn’t ask for a better grip. 

I received a book I ordered a few weeks ago, that got delayed in the mail. I might spend the rest of the weekend devouring my new book. Thank you Gary for recommending it to me. Have a great rest of your weekend, and please drop me a line about things in your corner of the world. 

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. 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

55 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Week 4

  1. First time here, popped over from Natalie’s.
    We have finally gotten our cold weather, -11 C or 12 F this morning. The wind chill has made it feel much colder.
    But the sun is shining and our apartment is also nice and bright. But we don’t have much snow on the ground.

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    1. Very nice to meet you Jackie! Do you enjoy the cold? I do, as long as it is not too cold, colder than -25C is too cold for me, or if it is very windy. You should never underestimate the wind chill. A cold, but sunny winter day on the other hand is such a blessing. I hope you get more snow soon, and that you are enjoying your weekend. Cheers to a fabulous new week!

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  2. Hello, Maria! Blueberry soup sounds divine! I don’t like really cold weather, though, but I am impressed that you’ve been walking to work. I am overdue for some nature exploration, but my job keeps me quite busy. For now, I usually settle for exercise sessions on the porch. I guess it’s something, and my dog hangs out there with me as well, spying on the neighbors. 🙂 Take care, and have a great week!

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    1. It is divine 🙂 It warms you from inside on a cold day, the perfect reason for a picnic in the cold. If I didn’t walk to work I would have trouble fitting exercise in to my busy schedule during the workweek, so it works for me. I am going to continue walking until the snow disappears this spring, then I am going to reward myself with a new bike and start riding it to work. A little bit of motivation never hurts 😉 Exercising on the porch sounds lovely to me, and you get to spend time with your dog 🙂 Have a fabulous new week!

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  3. I’m glad that things are going very well for you, Maria. That’s darn cold weather! There is a bit of frost on things this morning, currently 37F here but sunny. Let’s see some video of you breaking up some fresh powder on the board! Have a great weekend. ❤️😎🇸🇪

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    1. Thank you kindly John. I imagine a crispy Las Vegas morning with added sunshine being very beautiful. A perfect excuse to take your camera out? 🙂
      We’ll see about the snowboard video. The slope I am taking the kids too isn’t exactly a place to show off…LOL. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great new week.

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  4. I might need to try the blueberry soup! We use Teams at work as we have the full Office 365 package and it fits in well. I never got into snowboarding, but I used to ski quite a bit and held seasons passes to several mountains – the last year I had the passes, I skied more than 60 times! I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. The blueberry soup is very good, please feel free to help yourself, there is enough for seconds and thirds as well 🙂
      Teams have been working great every time I’ve used it.
      I do remember you telling me that you used to enjoy skiing a lot. I started snowboarding when I was 13, after a ski accident. Hard ski-boots doesn’t feel good on my foot anymore, after breaking the leg right above the ankle badly in that accident. Snowboard boots are softer and suits me better now. It is nice to get up in the slopes. I don’t do it as often as I would like.
      The weekend is great, I hope yours is too. Cheer to a fabulous new week!

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  5. Blueberry soup sounds yummy. You’ll have to post the recipe and I echo John’s request for a video of you snowboarding. 🙂 Maybe your son can do the honors?
    It has been equally cold here the past few days. It is still only 15F at mid-day. It was only 10 yesterday, but tomorrow should be a more seasonable 20-30. I do love the crisp days, but can’t stay out for super long. I’m happy the sun is higher and the days are longer. Once we get past the 10-hour day mark, I feel better and my SAD goes away. I always feel triumph when I’ve made it through the gauntlet of short days!
    Have a great week ahead! ❤

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    1. It is yummy! Good choice. I posted my favourite recipe last winter, you’ll find it here https://sagittariusviking.com/2019/11/30/blueberry-soup-recipe/. It is really easy to make. The grocery stores in Sweden also sell pouches of a dry mix, where you just add water, perfect for a winter hike.

      We’ll see about the snowboard video 🙂 I started snowboarding when I was 13, 28 years ago…but the snowboarder I am today have nothing in common with the daredevil younger version of me.

      It does feel great that the days once again are starting to get longer. The difference is huge. I felt inspired to start planning my balcony garden yesterday. It’s a lot of fun.

      I hope you are enjoying a great weekend, and maybe we should make a toast to a great new week with another cup of hot blue berry soup? ❤

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  6. Blueberry soup you say? I don’t know about that I’ll have tea please hahaha
    Just finished a hosting a zoom meeting and I’m super proud about in as I set up and ran everything was even a tad worried no one would come at all
    ~B

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  7. Maria, The blueberry soup sounds good. I’m glad you had a fabulous week. Well done with your Teams meeting and getting your snow gear ready! Have a great weekend. Thank you for linking up #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  8. I like the sound of blueberry soup. It has been cold here this past week. -17C with wind chill feeling like -21C. Still cold this weekend but by Thursday it will be warmer. I like the look of your snow board! Our son used to snowboard when he lived here. At the moment he is in Montenegro for two months on a project and not snowboarding! Enjoy your weekend Maria!

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    1. Blueberry soup is coming right up! You sure could use a hot beverage in that cold weather. Do you enjoy the cold? I do for the most part. I feel more energetic in the cold, compared to in the heat of the desert. I hope you are enjoying great weekend!

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  9. I just had to double check I still had your Blueberry soup recipe, yep I do, all is well. lol. How encouraging for you as a teacher that so many parents took an interest in how their children were doing. The snow board looks awesome would love to see some photos of when your snowboarding, do your treasures snow board as well. All that walking would be a great help as far as keeping up with the students on sport days. Have a fun filled week ahead my friend.

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    1. How nice that you saved the recipe 🙂 That was over a year ago I shared it!
      It felt very good that so many parents attended the meeting. Part of it surely had to do with the fact that they were curious about how the days in the ski slope are going to look like, I had promised to explain it in detail at the meeting. I also invited the parents that wants to participate during the ski days to do so. They are not allowed to come inside the school due to the pandemic, but since this is outdoors, and we are going to be able to keep distances easily it will be OK for them to join, if they want too.
      My daughter and I both enjoy snowboarding, we’ll have to see about getting my son out there.
      I hope you are enjoying a great weekend ❤

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      1. Fantastic that the parents can go along to the skiing, oh such fun to be had. (: I try to save everyone recipes, variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, lol & all of my beautiful blogging friends such as yourself taking the time to share a little of your wonderful lives, are just little treasures to me. I’m a sappy softy, haha.

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  10. I’ll start with Brrr… That’s cold but it is amazing how you can acclimate to all kinds of weather temps and I know you prefer the cold. ❤️ And congrats on the walking to and from work! I’m a little jealous as I wish I could walk to work too!! That is such great exercise!! I hope you can get some photos of snowboarding. It’s chilly here, down in the 30’s at night and was 44F on my walk this morning but that’s like hot compared, haha, the coolness felt good on my walk this morning.

    Oh and congrats on your team’s meeting. I’ve done none of those online meetings and I would be nervous hosting and am happy all went well for you!! 😍 You are very inspiring, and I’m going to get into some gardening books soon. I know there’s so much I could grow here, I just need to learn some gardening for my area!! Have a wonderful weekend! 🤠

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    1. Our bodies are amazing being able to adapt like they are to different types of weather. My mom used to say that there is no such thing as bad weather, you just have to dress right and you’ll be fine. That is true here, but I discovered quickly that when the temperature is above 110F there is no such a thing as the right clothes..LOL I am happy you get to enjoys some kind of winter as well. It is refreshing.

      I used to have a book about gardening in the South Western States https://www.amazon.com/Southwest-Fruit-Vegetable-Gardening-Harvest/dp/1591866146. I should have sent it to you before leaving Las Vegas, sorry I didn’t think about that. I believe that book have some useful information about gardening in your climate. The past days have been very sunny here, and that inspired me to start organising the pots on my balcony. It is exciting to create a balcony garden, since it is something I have never done before.

      Cheers to a fabulous weekend, and a great new week! ❤

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      1. Thank you so much for the link! And no worries about sending me the book. I need to be better about learning things and so I’ll purchase a few books and this one looks like a good book. Your the sweetest!! 🥰😀

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  11. Excellent share Maria. I’m so glad to hear your copy of Earth Abides arrived safe and sound. I think I told you that you reminded me that I had not given George R. Stewart’s book, The California Trail a good read when he gave me a signed copy back in 1969. Well, I’m almost done with it. You were right! What an inspiration account. I did not pick up so much when I skimmed it in 1970 and fully missed that the immigrant trail to California and Oregon passed right through Black Rock Nevada which Stewart used to base his fictional Goat Rock story. I’ve been online looking at current photos and studying all the things I read right past almost 50 years ago now.
    Thank you for calling it to mind. I think you’re going to love the voice and story-telling style he uses in Earth Abides.
    Seriously, that book changed me and I am so tempted to dump spoilers on you, e.g. watch for when [someone] does [something] kind of call outs. Take your time and enjoy. Did I tell you that since 1949, when it was first published, Earth Abides has never been out of print? Regardless, you’re about to find out why, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!

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    1. So happy you are enjoying The California Trail, I remember finding it extremely interesting, and it definitely inspired me to explore those areas. I remember driving up to Black Rock shortly after reading it. I am going to take my time enjoying Earth Abides. I always feel like a kid at Christmas with an unread exciting book in my hands 🙂 I really appreciate you telling me about it. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, cheers to a new week. Are you brave enough to try the blueberry soup?

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      1. Let me make sure I have this correct: I have the chance to sit with you, chat and enjoy [something / anything] made with blueberries . . . ?
        Maria, i can’t imagine how this formula could be anything but wonderful.

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  12. Hot blueberry soup sounds interesting! It’s warm here so your snow shots and news cooled me down. Have a great week ahead. Visiting from Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share and saying hello from Australia 🙂

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  13. Zoom seems to have become part of all our lives! I guess it’s helping us keep in touch with others but certainly not the same as gatherings with friends and family. Nora’s preschool has zoom meeting so parents can see the children do crafts, have book parties, etc.

    Your snow board reminds me of my older boy Nathan. He went through his childhood wearing a “No Fear” T-shirt. One of his episodes involved a broken arm doing a flip on his snowboard! No flipping for Maria please!

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    1. Yes, In person meetings will always be my favourite, but it is good that there is alternatives in these times.
      I got cured from all my dreams of being able to do a backflip when one of my friends broke his back while trying. I am a very responsible snowboarder these days. My daughter, she’s reckless, I believe that might be the reason why I haven’t taken her in w while. She only likes to go fast..really fast, and she only want to take the red slopes. That are too difficult for her. If she get her way she goes straight down as fast as she can, no matter any given promises of at least making a few turns. At least this is how it used to be when we lived closer to Tahoe. The slopes are so hard here that it would be very dangerous to ride like that. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend. Did the kites fly high?

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  14. That blueberry soup sounds delightful, Maria! I enjoy fresh blueberries on my oatmeal for breakfast. I’m appreciative of the longer days too, now that since Dec 14 when we moved here to Spokane, it was dark at 4pm. We gain a minute a day of light since the winter solstice.
    I’m impressed with your snowboard, your daily walks to work and your teaching job! Lots of positive things going on in your life! I had a job interview on zoom, very different but fun. We’re living in our RV now in a nice RV park in North Spokane. Surrounded by melting snow, so the snowshoes will have to wait. Have a great week!

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    1. Feel free to enjoy some more blueberry soup, there is plenty 🙂 The longer days are enjoyable, it makes all the difference in the world. An RV park is always an adventure. I hope you like the one that you are staying at ❤ How long is it until you can move in to your new house? Do you get to enjoy spring at your new place? Thank you for your kind words. I hope all is well with you. ❤

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  15. I haven’t been on a snowboard in years and to be honest it didn’t go so well. There was an incident with a me, my board and a tree (heavy sigh), I won’t go into details other then to say nothing was broken.

    Great coffee post. Thanks for the virtual cup.

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  16. I’m glad you enjoy technology! I’ve used Teams before but I think Zoom is so much more convenient. I held a whisky tasting on Zoom before Christmas, with a group of friends. It was good, if you don’t count the fact that my friends were so impatient that they didn’t really want to listen to any info about the distillery, they just wanted to start tasting! 😂 But the platform was good and we had a good evening.
    I really dislike snow and ice but that photo of your cup in the snow is very nice!

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    1. I do find technology to be useful, but I would not have a problem being without it living by myself in the woods (if I didn’t have bills to pay of course..my dream is to live a simple life off grid one day.)
      I can see that whiskey tasting with the eyes of my mind. Sounds like fun! Whiskey is interesting. Many years ago I belonged to a single malt whiskey club.
      Thank you for your kind comment, and apologies for the late reply. I hope your week is fantastic!

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  17. I saw over on Goodreads that you’d started Earth Abides-was going to comment there but now don’t have to 😀
    I read two books one after the other some years ago-Earth Abides and Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, and enjoyed both of them. I kept both and intended to re-read some time in the future (maybe that future is now!) which is always a good sign.

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    1. Keeping a book for a future re-read is definitely a good sign! I read California Trail a few years back, and enjoyed it immensely. I’m only 1/3 into Earth Abides but really enjoy it so far. I am familiar with many of the roads he is taking and places he is visiting I the beginning of the book, since I have driven them myself many times, and that makes it even more interesting. How are things in your corner of the world? Is homeschooling in session?

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      1. Yes the children have been off school for a while, but we’ve just learnt that the government want them to start returning from 8th March. In the meanwhile the schools have been good-the teachers have been teaching them via zoom. Without technology it really would be a lockdown.

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  18. Hello
Happy to know that all is well. Congratulations on your successful virtual meeting!
I’d love your blueberry soup recipe if you’re open to sharing it. Sounds wonderful! We eat a lot of blueberries!!!
Have a great week 😊

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  19. Thank you Dinah. This is there recipe:

    Sagittarius Viking’s Blueberry Soup

    2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

    2 cups of water

    2 tbs honey (or sugar)

    1tbs of flour mixed with water

    Boil water and honey/sugar until everything is solved. Add blueberries, let it boil for about 3 min. If you want the soup to be smooth you can mix it now, otherwise you can skip that. Whisk the flour and water in a separate dish until smooth. Whisk it into the soup. Simmer 4-5 min while whisking every now and then.

    I hope you are enjoying a fabulous week!

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