Weekend Coffee Share

Can I get you a cup of the black gold?  Or maybe some tea?

I haven’t written any post since last weekend’s coffee share. Which is a little unusual for me. My goal is 2-3 posts a week, and I usually nail that. What I have done in the blogging world, since my last post is; catching up with some of my favorite blogs, reading, and commenting. I have also looked into refreshing my design a little. I am kind of happy with the blog design I currently have. I like having one, big column in the middle, and no sidebars. I like the clean, uncluttered feeling that gives me. Suits my minimalistic mindset perfectly. I get distracted easily, maybe that is why I crave simplicity? Because I do like to fully get absorbed by the thing I’m doing. The major thing I would like to change with the design I have now is to showcase my camera photos bigger, while keeping any Instagram photos I may share on the same scale they are today (since their resolution usually is smaller.) I’m in the process of trying different themes, and customizing them, to see if I can find the perfect one. So far, I have not found one that I like better than the one I already have. Any suggestion of WordPress themes in line with what I am looking for?

How is your week? Are you fully recovered from the delicious Thanksgiving food? Is your home starting to look like Christmas? I’m going to get the best possible Christmas gift this year, we’ve set the date to when my daughter is moving in with me full time to Christmas Day. I am thrilled, and very grateful. I am also looking forward to spending this weekend with her. I’m going to make sure that we’ll get out of the city, at least on Sunday. I’ve been in the city every single day since last weekend. That is hard for my country soul. I daydream about quiet, open spaces, wild horses, and breathing fresh air. I do kind of like Las Vegas, better than I imagined, but too constantly be in a loud city, surrounded with city mentality all the time is challenging. I believe I can handle it a little longer, but I need to make sure to get out of the city in the weekends, otherwise it’s not going to work. Those weeks when I fit in 1-2 shorter hikes in the middle of the week, makes it much more manageable. I haven’t done that this week, but I know I should do that every week. The weather is still wonderful here. There’s even snow on some of the surrounding mountain tops. What’s the weather like where you live? 

I was overdue for a haircut, and took care of that this week. It feels good.

My favorite series Vikings (the only one that I am following actually,) started up again this week after a very long break. That was exciting. I think Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and a big portion of it is filmed there. 

Do you need a refill on that coffee? Any fun plans for the weekend? The coming week? We have The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in town next week. I’m not sure if I’m going to go, or not. It is kind of a big happening. We’ll see. 

It’s the last day of November today, and that feels kind of weird. It’s crazy that 2018 is almost over! It’s been such an intense year. Have an amazing weekend, feel free to grab some coffee to go if you like 🙂

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Thanksgiving Week

It’s almost 6 pm Sunday. This marvelous Thanksgiving week is over. I thought that I was slightly late with my weekend coffee share, just to find out that there is no official coffee share this week. Naturally I can’t let YOU down. Can I offer you some coffee? Or pherhaps tea, since it is so late? There is some leftover pumpkin pie (homemade from scratch of course,) in the fridge. Or if you’d eaten your share of pumpkin pie for this time, I have some warm rye bread straight from the oven, would you like to taste some? Maybe with some cheese?

How was your week? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones? Or maybe you live in a country where every day is the perfect day for giving thanks?

My daughter attended a family reunion on her dad’s side of the family, and I celebrated Thanksgiving with the family I work for, that kindly adopted me into their family. The whole week has been wonderful, so much good food, laughter, and love in the air.

As you probably know, I’m a minimalist. I don’t do a whole lot of shopping, only if I really need something. I had by no means planned to do any Black Friday shopping. Then I got a message that a telephoto zoom lens that I’ve had on my wish list for a long time, was on Best Buy’s Black Friday sale…well that changed the no shopping idea in my head. 

The photos in this post is from when I tried my new lens, in Red Rock National Conservation Area, this weekend.  

I think I’m going to have lots of fun with my new lens! Well, I already am.

There’s a few upcoming events that I’m looking forward to capture with my new lens this coming month, that would not of been the same with my old lens (which was a very cheap lens, and the only one I could afford at the time I upgraded my camera a few months ago.) I feel very motivated photography wise.

I’m getting to know my Canon EOS 6D Mark ii better by the day. Now with my new lens it’s going to be even more fun. The season offers a very comfortable climate, and there’s so many amazing places to explore around Las Vegas, that I haven’t seen yet. I’m due for another trip to Grand Canyon as well. My dog, Gretchen, have made a couple new friends, that she’s been playing with several times these past couple weeks. It’s two other German Shepherd girls. They have so much fun together, and I am happy for her. They speak the same language so to speak, and hit it off immediately. I’m envisioning a photo session with the three of them at a beautiful location in a near future. That would be so much fun!

Can I get you a refill on your coffee? 

As I’m writing this I feel so thankful, happy and completely satisfied with a magical week. I hope you feel it too! If you did write a coffee share post, or another post about your weekend, please feel free to post a link in the comments.  Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

Love,

Ms Zen

Thankful And Grateful

When I was a young adult in my early 20’s, having recently started out on my own path, my minimalistic values were a lot like they are now. I knew that I found peace in owning less, and experiencing more. Every purchase I made had hours of work behind them, and hours of care for the item ahead of them. I’m only telling you this to highlight the significance of me buying two items (in the story I’m about to tell,) when I only really needed one. 

I was at a sporting goods store in southern Sweden, looking for a cooler bag for some hiking adventures, I had planned for that summer. My eyes was drawn to some medium sized, cooler bags, made out of a soft material, that would fit easily into my hiking backpack. There was two designs, I so wish that I had some photos, but I’m afraid they are long gone by now. One of the designs said I am GRATEFUL. The other design said I am THANKFUL. I decided to splurge, and purchased both. For many years to come they were conversation starters, and enjoyed by several of my friends.

Each time I took one out to use, it reminded me about how blessed I am. No matter where I was on the roller coaster ride that life often takes us on, especially as young adults. I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for, to be grateful for. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, since I did not grow up in the US, but I did grow up feeling thankful. Having the importance of this message imprinted from birth by my mother. She was a wonderful role model, and example when it comes to showing gratitude in every aspect of life. That is one of the things I am thankful for today. I know that if it hadn’t been for her consistent expressed gratitude, my thought patterns had been very different from the way they are now. If you have children, how do you instill an attitude of gratitude in them? This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, when it comes to  my own daughter. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving 2018?

I read a statement written by one of my friends on Facebook this morning. She said that she had never been this thankful ever, like she is now. And I know she means it. She just lost everything she had, her business, job, and her ranch in one of the fires in northern California, but she still has all her loved ones. On top of that her friends came together and raised nearly 20k to help them out these first months. My friend says that she can feel the love that surrounds her.

I’m especially thankful for all the love that surrounds me this Thanksgiving. That includes you! …and after the holidays it will include my daughter living with me full time again. I am eternally grateful for that blessing! So much have happened since Thanksgiving last year, it feels like at least ten lifetimes. I spent last Thanksgiving on the top of a mountain. This Thanksgiving will be spent in the middle of the city. The only thing constant in life is change. It took me a while to fully understand that.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

Ms Zen