Weekend Coffee Share – Adventure At Lake Mead

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Good Morning, I can’t believe it’s already Sunday. How is your weekend so far? Would you like some coffee, or tea this beautiful morning?

My body has been craving tea in the mornings for a while. I love coffee (as you know. The stronger the better,) but lately I’ve been craving tea to start my day. Herbal tea that is. Today I had Echinacea tea (with lemongrass, and licorice root,) to go with my avocado toast, and fresh dates. I have some of that hot black gold as well, if that’s what you prefer today.

What’s the weather like where you are? Are you enjoying cold, snowy days? We’ve had a comfortable week in the lower 60’s. Our weekend adventure this week went to Lake Mead. (All the photos in the post are from that trip.) It was a few degrees cooler there, but still very comfortable. I have been to Lake Mead before, but not spent that much time there. I really enjoyed exploring a little more, and I will definitely go back, when it gets hot in the city.

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Majestic Lake Mead looking out towards Arizona, near Hoover Dam. 

Lake Mead is a beautiful oasis in the desert. It’s located on the Colorado River, just minutes from The Las Vegas Strip! It is the largest man made reservoir in the United States. When full it has the capacity to cover the state of Pennsylvania with over one foot of water. Formed by the creation of Hoover Dam during the 1930s, the massive reservoir serves water to over 40 million people. Supplying water to several southwestern states as well as Mexico.

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Rapidly rising water on the backside of Sand Island, located in Lake Mead’s Lower Basin area.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is a National Park with an abundance of wildlife including, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Grey and Blue Herons, coyotes, and the endangered Desert Tortoises, as well as several other species of wildlife.

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Wild Coyotes on the prowl on the shoreline in Government Wash!

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Government Wash located in Lake Mead’s Lower Basin.

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Gypsum Wash, Lake Mead. 

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Looking towards the west at Mount Charleston’s beautiful snow capped mountains.

BTW did you see the post about our weekend adventure last weekend ? We went to Mount Charleston (in the photos above) and played in the snow. It was a fantastic weekend!

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Did you make any New Years resolutions? I’ve been keeping my exercise regime so far, it’s not new, I just like to have my goals on paper (so to speak.) I remember them better over time that way.

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I feel like I’m on top of the world!

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My German Shepherd Gretchen loves water, and she was thrilled when she saw the lake.

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My little explorers. This is a sight I LOVE.

Are we starting to get back in the groove after the holidays? This was the first week at my daughter’s new school. She was nervous the first day, but it went well. The other days she happily went to school. She scored unusually low on a test on Friday, but I don’t make to much out of that, it’s probably due to all the excitement. Her new school is stricter than her last school. Both when it comes to uniforms, and rules. I like it. I think it’s very good for her. I give my daughter a lot of freedom, but my basic parenting is stricter than most of my friends. I think that a child very well can understand the relation between freedom, and responsibility. Their actions, and the result their actions create. I give a lot, but also expect a lot from her.

Are you good on coffee? Maybe a refill? It was morning when I started to write, then I got distracted for a few hours. I’m going to have some coffee, while I’m enjoying the other coffee shares.

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about? All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations!

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Lake Mead. 

Love,

Ms Zen

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

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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