Weekend Coffee Share

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Please come in and have some coffee, or tea! It’s been so windy today, did you get here OK?

So many things have happened since last weekends coffee share. My zen trip to Mojave National Preserve last weekend was fabulous. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the photos (part 1, part 2.) My German Shepherd Gretchen had so much fun! I took some photos of her exploring in the desert, that I kind of like.

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How was your week? Christmas? Was it everything you wished for?

My daughter arrived safely on Christmas morning, and my world is complete. I am very happy.

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We took a trip to Mount Charleston, with the family I work for earlier this week. It was beautiful, and everything was covered with snow.

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The two little angels I take care of, with their mom and dad. It was easy to see that the boys were thrilled to get some extra time with mom and dad. Such a beautiful family.

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We even saw some wild horses. They were behind some trees, and not eager to be in the photo, as it should be. It makes me happy when wild horses actually are wild, and not approach people.

It’s been a fun and intense week. I hope your week has been magical. Any fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe it’s almost New Year! I have three days off this weekend, and I’m looking forward to give my daughter some attention. I’m sure the weekend will be filled with lots of spontaneous fun. I like to have unplanned time, just free.

Feel free to grab another cup of coffee on your way out!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

A Mindful Weekend In The Mojave Desert, part 2

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Last weekend I escaped the craziness in Las Vegas, and along with my dog I went for a zen weekend in the desert. To me it seemed like the perfect thing to do, before Christmas. I shared some photos in my last post. Here is some more of my favorite photos from that weekend.

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The Mojave Desert is a harsh, but very spiritual, place. It’s as much a matrix as anything else in my life has been. Growing up in the desert has a different gestalt than growing up in a temperate zone, with its humidity and rainfall. As children growing up in the Mojave, we chased lizards and snakes, instead of frogs and squirrels. There is an arid openness about it, and a true feeling of being alone, that you don’t get in any other type of environment.
James Stanford, Shimmering Zen

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I did several hikes last weekend, but this was one of the most memorable ones.

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The gestalt of living in the desert, surrounded by the desert, was a big influence in my life and in the lives of other artists in this community. There are many artists and musicians who grew up as lonely kids in the desert with nothing to do, and who chose to channel their focus inward. In the Mojave Desert, numinous, mystical experiences are not as rare as one might think. The numinous is a part of the whole artistic experience for the desert artist.  James Stanford

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James Stanford is a local contemporary artist that I admire. I think it was fitting to match some things he have said about living in Mojave, to my photos from last weekend.

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I’m going to let this beautiful Buckhorn Cholla be the last photo for this time. I hope your Christmas was fabulous! My daughter arrived safely, and it was a Christmas filled with love, laughter, good food, and a trip to Mount Charleston. Yes, we did see some wild horses too.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Almost Christmas

 

Today we’re having a 5 min quick coffee chat, I’m about to head out the door. How would you like your coffee today? OK, coming right up!

How was your week? Busy with Christmas preparations? I wrapped  my last gifts this morning.

I’ve been working all week, and on my free-time I’ve put a lot of time into working with my dog (getting some good exercise myself at the same time.) Mostly outdoors, we’ve worked a lot on long recall lately. One night I even took her to MGM (one of the biggest hotel and casino in Vegas,) for some new exposures. She did awesome!!! I was 100% focused on her, so I do not have any pictures to show her excellence, I wish I did though. We spent several hours there, we did not have any issues whatsoever, and no one ever questioned her being there. I’m very proud of her.

I’m about to get in the rental car that is parked in my driveway, and head over to one of our neighbor states for a weekend adventure. I know I mentioned photographing wild horses in Arizona this weekend, but my plans changed. I’ll share more with you when I get back. I can tell you as much that I splurged on a new weekend suitcase, and a hotel room, no sleeping under the stars this time.

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

Ms Zen

Ps. Those weekends that I spent away from home I always look forward to catch up with my coffee friends when I get back. The Weekend Coffee Share has kind of become a thing 🙂