Weekend Coffee Share…… All good things

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Yesterday I went to Target to pick up a few things for my daughter, and saw this cup that screamed my name. I love it when my everyday items reminds me about my dreams, and priorities. This cup does so in two ways; One, the good things in life aren’t material things (even though I appreciate all the money that keeps coming to me. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.) Two, I definitely need more wild horses in my life.

The other night I was talking to one of my friends, who out of the blue claimed that surfing is better than sex. The statement took me by surprise, but I’m not a surfer. My mind started to go haywire, and the first thing I thought about was the adrenaline I experience the first time I go into the round pen with a wild horse. It’s an unearthly experience, every first time, with every new horse. First the horse is scared, and a scared horse is dangerous. Some horses are in a fight mood. Fight, and flight moods are equally dangerous, if you ask me. 1000lbs of uncontrolled, raw muscle power. The magic, the feeling of oneness, happens the instant the horse understands that you want to communicate with them. It often happens in the blink of an eye. That’s when the dance begins. The part I enjoy the most.

Naturally I’m talking about those unfortunate, former wild horses, that have lost their freedom. When they already lost their freedom it’s directly connected to their quality of life, that we can figure out a good system of communication with them. (Just like we humans learn new skills in different ways, so does horses.) I prefer seeing them running completely wild and free on the range, but when that isn’t an option anymore, the beauty of that new dance is enchanting. When they are wild and free, it’s one of my favorite things to watch them play, and photograph them, to be able to share their zest of life with anyone not fortunate enough to experience it first hand. The spirit of the wild horse can teach us so much about living in the present. For me, that is the most intense form of zen, of oneness, that I ever experienced.

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I’m sure you understand why I was thrilled to find this cup! What could be better than starting your day with a reminder of that thrill?

So how would you like your coffee today? How was your week? Is life coming back into normal now after the holidays?

I’d say that it’s been very busy since Christmas. I love having my daughter full time, and I’ve paused most of my regular activities, temporarily. I want to enjoy every second with her. Easing her into her new life, new routines, new friends, and on Monday a new school. My daughter is sweet, kind, and somewhat sensitive to changes. I’ve been focusing on making her feel that she’s at the right place, and surrounded by love. I’d say it’s going very well. 

What’s the weather like where you live? Do you have snow? We don’t have snow, but there was some flurries, softly singling down from the sky on New Years Eve. It is cold for Las Vegas. Early Thursday morning it was 29 degrees, coldest so far this season. As long as the strong sun is shining, it’s lovely, just perfect.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m actually having lunch with one of my blogging friends today, Terri from Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. Terri is from Sacramento (CA,) but currently on a road trip with her husband. I’m so excited about our lunch today! Funny that we’re having lunch in Las Vegas, we never did when we lived a couple hours from each other (in California.) LOL

I need to get out of town at some point this weekend, to recharge for next week. I also have a new pair of hiking boots to break in. Very important business. I have a hike, not super far away, that I’m very curious about. We’ll see.

I’ve ordered a new bed from IKEA for my daughter. It’s a loft bed, and It’s supposed to be delivered today. I’m guessing that I will spend a fair amount of time putting it together tomorrow. I imagine making a magical forte under the loft, with some beautiful textiles, a chair, a desk, and some of my daughter’s personal things. The theme will be unicorns…she’s totally into unicorns.

Did you make any New Years Resolutions? I wrote about mine in my last post prior to this one. My workout routine have changed slightly since I moved to the city, and have less space for my everyday exercise, and no horses to ride. You know I miss my horses terribly, but I do my best to embrace the change.

The difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn’t what they have-it’s what they choose to see and do with their resources and their experiences of life.
– Anthony Robbins

I’m lifting more weights now, since I moved to the city, and I do feel stronger. I know without stepping on a scale, something I haven’t done in years..that I have gained weight, muscle weight. I feel that my body is changing. I like feeling strong and I’m definitely keeping that part up. I do need to add more cardio. Something new. Walking in the closest city park is getting boring. I’m looking into different alternatives. Are you planning on trying some new type of exercise this year?

I hope that your weekend is getting off to an amazing start! Feel free to grab a refill on that coffee on your way out!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – The Calm Before The Storm

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Welcome to this weekend’s coffee share! How would you like your coffee? Or maybe a cup of tea sounds more tempting? I actually have almost any tea that you could imagine. I drink a lot of tea during the day, hot in the cold season, and cold in the hot season. I have a great variety of herbal teas, but also some traditional black ones. I do believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I’m not fanatic, but I do a pretty good job eating healthy. When you feel the benefits in your body, the decision gets easier. I prefer a good herbal tea, and a plant based diet as medicine, compared to taking prescription drugs. (If possible. I’m not a Doctor, I appreciate a good health care system well accessible to everyone…but if I don’t need to use it – I’m very happy.)

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Speaking of health, it’s been a long work week, with both of the kids I’m caring for being sick. There’s a lot of colds and flus going right now. I had a little bit of a cold a few days ago, but nothing like the people around me. The air is very dry in the area, and I have a humidifier with eucalyptus oil going a few hours every day. It helps keeps my airways feeling good.

I had a conversation with another teacher earlier this week, about children and teenager’s of today not mastering the art of cursive writing. Is it a lost art? After talking to my friend, I realize that I haven’t practiced any cursive writing myself in a long time. I was never brilliant at it, like my little sister. A hand written note, or letter from her was pure art. I so wished that I had some of the hundreds of letter she wrote me. I saved them for many years in a box, but it got lost during a move out of state. I actually wrote a first draft to this post by hand (that I’m completely ignoring as I am writing this..lol,) and decided that I should practice cursive writing on a regular basis. Do you use pen and paper on a daily/weekly basis?

Would you like a refill on that coffee/tea? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m going to enjoy time doing all the little things that I’ve been way to tired to tackle this week, and enjoy some quiet, relaxing time. There’s definitely going to be some reading as well. I’m reading one exciting novel Winter Study, by Nevada Barr. All Nevada Barr books takes place in amazing places, this one is no exception, it takes place at Isle Royale National Park (an island in Lake Superior.) I just finished High Country, that took place in Yosemite. I love Yosemite! The book was fabulous, and very intersting. I love reading books about places I’ve been to, and plan on revisiting one day.

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I usually donate the novels I read to other book lovers, or goodwill, but then there’s books that define who I am that I like to showcase in my home. Books that I often pick up and read passages from. This garden-homesteading-nature section is frequently consulted. I’ve narrowed this section down to the books I actually read, it use to have about 100 more books. As the minimalist I am, I did not like it, even though those were all good books, they collected too much dust.

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This is a section of self empowering books that helped me through the years, also narrowed down to the ones I’ve actually read more than once, and will read again.

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I also have a horse section, that one is a work in progress, and I am currently missing several of my favorite pieces. They were too big to bring when I moved, so I donated them to a little horse girl (very much like the little girl I once was.)

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I had my favorite photo, from my birthday adventure earlier this month, printed on canvas. It arrived earlier this week, and I am very pleased with the result.

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Horses have always, and will always be, a very important part of my life.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston S. Churchill

I’ve read a few beautiful posts lately, where bloggers showed details from their home that meant something to them, explaining why it meant something. I liked that idea, and borrowed the concept. If you consciously create a space that you thrive in, it says a lot about who you are. For me, less is more, but it has to be the exact right things. I am not very materialistic, something I constantly get reminded about here in Las Vegas LOL, but I am very picky. I think everyone should be picky. If something isn’t the way you like it to be, do what it takes to change it.

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These are purposely laying well visible next to my bookshelf, as a reminder that I should pick them up every day. I do, most days.

I am not content with living in the city, but I am happy. I love my job, and I’ve met some fantastic people since I moved here. I am actively working towards my dream of a small homestead; minimalistic, a zen paradise, that is what I imagine. Filled with fruit trees, and a year around green house, providing an abundance of fresh food. There are still question marks about some practical details, but I am going to take things one step at a time. I have the property now. I live relatively close, which gives me an opportunity to learn more about the property before I’m ready to actually live there (likely years into the future.) My dream is very much alive, and it feels awesome to work towards the image in my head. I felt that I needed to add that last paragraph, to not contradict my own words; If something isn’t the way you like it to be, do what it takes to change it. I am very much enjoying the process! I might get a greenhouse somewhere in the area I live now, to do some gardening meanwhile. My green fingers are starting to itch. LOL. 

I named this weekends coffee share, The Calm Before The Storm for several reasons;

It’s ten days until I get my daughter living with me full time. I’m going to be busy. I am super happy, but I also realize that there’s going to take some effort on my side to find a good balance in our life. Allowing new good things to enter, without taking away what’s important to our little family. I’m working on saying NO more firmly, I don’t want to have every second of my life scheduled. I need some unscheduled time to get my creative juices flowing. It feels like city people are a different species, compared to the country people I’m used to. I’m not saying it as a bad thing, just different, different priorities, different cultures. I’ve felt completely at ease bringing my daughter up in the country. I know how things work. Here it feels like a bigger responsibility.

It’s also the calm before the storm of Christmas. I’ve finished my Christmas shopping. Still waiting on some items to arrive, so that I can wrap them, but that’s so easy, and not stressful at all.

It’s also the calm before the storm in nature. I’m thinking a lot about gardening, and what kind of gardening I will be doing come spring. The initial work of setting up a garden is intense, and there’s some cost involved. It’s draining to put that work into someone else’s place. I’ve said to myself more than once that this is the last time I’m doing this. On the other hand, there’s some work that I can do partly as a preparation for my own place, like propagating fruit trees, that I can plant on my homestead. Fruit trees takes years of growing before they start producing. Then there’s the pleasure of that act of gardening. How much of that pleasure is taken away by the noise of the city, and lack of privacy? Questions I spend time thinking about. It’s like a waiting period sort of.

I don’t have any problems filling my time with interesting things in the meanwhile. It’s not like that at all! I just have to practice patience on some aspects of my life, like we all do, in order to make the good result last. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the photos from my road trip to Mojave last weekend. It was wonderful! That’s exactly the sort of revitalizing things I want to fill my free time with.

How are things in your world? Grab another cup of coffee, or tea, and tell me all about it!

Love,

Ms Zen

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