Weekend Coffee Share – Adventure In Mojave

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Hi, how was your week? Did your weekend get off to a great start?

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We made a daytrip to California today, to Mojave National Preserve. Maybe you remember my posts from December about this fabulous 1.6 million acres preserve? I suggest we have our coffee right here today. It’s one of those beautiful, sunny and 75 degrees California days. Perfect, just like a country song.

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Are you feeling adventurous? My two girls sure felt very adventurous today. There was no end on the exploring. There’s so much to see!

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Those are huge lava rocks. Our goal with today’s adventure was to explore some lava tubes.

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I’ve spent time in Mojave National Preserve before (it’s actually quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to-spots,) but it was the first time for my daughter. She was thrilled.

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There’s lots of Yucca’s growing in the middle of the rocks. It looks like something from another planet.

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Life in the desert fascinates me.

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Did you notice the beautiful wild flowers at our feet? I don’t know what kind it is? Do you know what kind it is? I need to read up on some desert flora and fauna!

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Are you up for an adventure?

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The stairs down to the lava tubes are kind of steep, but well worth the effort. Watch your step!

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A big adventure! I love doing this sort of things. ..and yes Gretchen came with us down to the cave, I knew you were wondering about that.

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Inside the lava tube.

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Do you need a refill on your coffee? Or maybe an extra flashlight? (There’s extra flashlights in the little pocket, on the outside of my backpack.)

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It always takes some time for my eyes to adjust to the darkness of a cave. I did not go as deep inside as my daughter did, but it was still spectacular.

I hope you enjoyed our coffee in the desert. I sure enjoyed your company. I can’t wait to hear about your week! Please tell me about the things that made you wake up with a smile this week 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Beautiful Spring

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How would you like your coffee today? Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly post, that anyone is free to join, and add a post of their own. I was thinking that we could have our coffee date in my backyard this week. It’s still a little chilly in the mornings, but so beautiful. It’s hard to believe that it can be chilly when the sky is so blue, and the sun so strong. I thoroughly enjoy these cool mornings, and warm days.

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The signs of spring had me smiling all week.

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Blossom on the trees, new leaves budding. I agree with Tolstoy’s philosophy about spring.

Spring is the time of plans and projects. 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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I’ve been planting a variety of organic heirloom cherry tomatoes this week. They live inside the two mini greenhouses that we recently put together.

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The nights would of been too cold for them without the greenhouses. The day temperatures are from mid 60’s to low 70′ now, and will get higher rapidly with every passing week. The perfect time to start seeds! I wrote a post about heirloom seeds, versus hybrids earlier this week.

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I also planted these young Black Mission Figs this week, and moved them to the greenhouse. Gardening makes me so happy! I haven’t looked at as many horses for sale as I usually do..LOL… (Only a few Arabian Horses, as I think they would be most suitable for this climate, and I happen to love the breed. I’ve only looked at ads on the internet, not in person.) Would you like a refill on your coffee?

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I was gifted this planting table a while back, and it’s now standing in the corner of the backyard, that I envision that my container garden is going to take over really soon!

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I envision that the area between the planting table, and the tiny greenhouses is going to be filled with vegetables, and the two greenhouses homes to fruit tree propagation projects. A slight difference compared to the 1.3 acres garden I had last summer (that would of covered 2-3 streets in our neighborhood here in Vegas… LOL.) It is still a garden, and I am grateful.

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What is the weather like in your corner of the world? Any signs of spring? Or are you still enjoying a deep blanket of snow?

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My dog Gretchen is enjoying these marvelous days very much. She’s five now, and I notice a maturity in her, that wasn’t there last summer. She is a very good dog. I can’t bear to think about her ever growing old. I hope she has many many good years to look forward to.

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One of the things I enjoy about Saturday mornings here in Las Vegas, is watching the hot air balloons. There’s many of them, and some of them are there for our enjoyment every weekend morning. It’s a beautiful sight, seeing them in front of the Red Rocks. I can’t see the Red Rocks from my backyard, but I can see the hot air balloons as they are making their way towards the designated landing area. If I step out on the street I can see the Red Rocks as well. Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? I haven’t, but I think I would like to go for a ride in one, one day.

Tell me, how is your week so far? Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m waiting for some furniture from IKEA that I’m having delivered today. It’s a couple organizers for my daughter’s crafting things. They have quickly grown in number. She is really into crafting (the hot glue gun is used on a daily basis,) drawing, painting, sewing, woodcarving…you name it. I need to create a system for her things. I’ll involve her in the process, and she is always the one cleaning up her own things, but I want to help create a neater system than the one she has now. I think it’s great that she enjoys crafting, and I highly encourage that.

Oh, I almost forgot, we went to a movie night at my daughter’s school yesterday. It was great. She was very happy. They are awesome at creating simple, but fun small events for the kids. Very low key, and friendly. I’m so happy with her new school. Her teacher is great, and the school has high standards. They have high expectations on their students, and rank high among the national standards.

Have an amazing weekend!! I’ll leave you with some beautiful flowers I was surprised with at work earlier this week. Enjoy, and feel free to grab more coffee on the way out!

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Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Gardening Dreams

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Can I offer you some hot coffee today? I’m definitely having another cup! It’s raining outside my window, and the air is fresh. It’s a welcome rain. We’ve had temperatures in the low 70’s this week. A sharp contrast from all the snow we had last week.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

I have to say this – I feel great! I had a full night’s sleep, and I just feel good. I have been focusing on visualizing my goal of a homestead, and at the same time living in the moment here in the city. I feel that I’ve come to a good place.

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There is no way that I could have the huge garden I had last year, but I can have a small container garden. I have been growing microgreens inside for a while, and within the next couple weeks I’m going to plant cherry tomatoes outside. Since the space is very limited (in our backyard, ten minutes from Las Vegas strip,) I have to choose carefully, and not overdo it. (I often tend to do that, because I enjoy gardening so much. I have no problem caring for a 1-2 acres garden by myself.)

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I am planning to add some kitchen herbs later this spring. For fun I’m going to have some organic dwarf fruit trees, in containers. I actually ordered some this morning; pineapple, fig, and pomegranate. Pineapple is a wild card, I’ve never grown that! I eat a lot of pineapple in my fruit salad for breakfast, and thought it would be fun to try. This way I keep my homesteading dream alive, and enjoy some gardening, while my daughter attends a good school in the city. ..and hey, I can plant the trees on my property later on. That makes it extra fun, and worthwhile to take care of them. It’s not only my dream, my daughter loves growing fruit and vegetables as well.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. – Audrey Hepburn

Both my daughter and I are very visual, and we’ve started to look at different housing alternatives for our future homestead. Mostly just for fun, but also to know a little bit about how much cash I should have saved up before going into the project full-time. Our property is a few hours away, and there’s nothing on it right now. The whole project is still years into the future, at least 2-3 years, maybe more. I actually don’t feel a rush to get there, I want it to succeed long-term, more than getting there fast. I love the job I have now, and I enjoy exploring Nevada and surrounding states on my free time. For the longest time the big change of moving from the countryside to the city, pushed me slightly of balance, but I can feel zen returning to my life. It’s a good feeling.

Would you like a refill on that coffee? Or maybe some tea? How is your week so far?

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

Love,

Ms Zen