Weekend Coffee Share – Family

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? 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! 

This week started out fabulously! My favorite cousin from Sweden arrived in Las Vegas last Sunday, with her boyfriend (of 30 something years..I believe.) We met up on Sunday and had a great time, at one of the local restaurants. There was a lot of catching up to do. We hadn’t seen each other since last summer. I then lived at a ranch in northern California, and had no plan of moving anytime soon. In other words, another lifetime…. Anyways my cousin stayed at one of the hotels in town. I invited them over to our house on Monday after work. We had a lovely dinner together (I can say that even though I was the one making it, right?) It was a treat to speak Swedish (my native tongue,) two nights in a row. My cousin and her boyfriend are also horse people, and the had a new filly born three months ago, and tons of photos to show. I don’t have any family nearby, and spending time with family was great. And they are great people too 🙂 We shared lots of laughter, and stories, while making plans to see each other soon again.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? I’d love to hear about your week!

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There was something else happening this week, but I almost don’t dare to tell you. I wouldn’t want to worry you, and things are almost back to normal again. To make a long story short, I did have to see the inside of an ambulance on Tuesday morning, and spend some hours at the ER. I had some kind of allergic reaction. It’s still not 100% sure what the allergen was. I felt great waking up on Tuesday morning (thinking about working out before work,) and a couple hours later it was not so great. Everything points to too much niacin. There’s still tests to be done. The Doctor thinks that I get enough of niacin with my food, and the extra niacin provided by my regular multivitamin was just too much. I had all my vitals checked at the ER, and the Doctor said that I was the healthiest person in the room. I’m still on heavy medication from the allergic reaction, for a couple more days. I can’t drive, and my brain doesn’t work as usual, but I do feel much better. I promise. It was very scary. I can’t remember feeling alone like that in a long time. A thousand thoughts ran through my brain, about not being able to care for my daughter …my worst nightmare.

As you can imagine, the weekend is going to be mostly about getting rest, and cherish our family. I did take care of my garden this morning, that unfortunately have been severely neglected this week. I did also feel a strong urge to bake some of our favorite bread. I don’t know if it was for my own sake, or for my daughter. We both enjoy the aromas of fresh bread so much. She’s been a trooper all week.

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“The smell of good bread baking is like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight… [Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” – M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating. I agree! Baking bread from scratch is full filling in every way. This is a batch of #ryeciabatta #baking #inmykitchen right now. #homemadewithlove #fromscratch #rye #ryebread

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Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Earthquakes & Gratitude

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Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How is your week? 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! 

It’s been an unusual week here, (in many ways.) In the late morning of 4th of July, I was sitting on the floor, playing a word game with the youngest boy I take care of. I start to feel a heavy pressure in my head, around 10AM (30 min before it happened.) It didn’t exactly hurt, it was more like a very intense pressure. Almost like a headache, but not. I never get headaches. The boy I’m playing with starts to fuzz for no reason, that is very unlike him. All of a sudden I get very dizzy, and the ground shakes a little. The logical side of my brain, that always try to come up with explanations, tells me that it’s probably my blood pressure that is low, making me dizzy. Except that it wasn’t. It was a 6.4 earthquake in California. Very close to where we went camping in Death Valley 6 weeks ago. The pressure in my head stayed until about 3PM that day. 

The blue dot on the map is where I am now, in Las Vegas (NV.) Not super close, but we could feel the earthquakes. The map is over the first earthquake on 4th of July, the second big one, last night, was close to the first one.

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Camping in Death Valley, close to the center of the earthquakes, a few weeks ago.

Last night when I was helping my daughter brush her teeth, the bathroom floor moves, and shakes, like in a wave. Another earthquake in southern California. This time it was a 7.1 earthquake, 5 times bigger (some sources say it was 8 times bigger,) causing injuries, fires, power outages, and cracked buildings in SoCal. My thoughts are with the people directly affected by the earthquake. I know that many people in the immediate area choose to sleep outside, feeling unsafe in their own homes (with cracked foundations.) I feel humble, and grateful. And just like last summer when I lived close to the fires in northern California, I somehow also feel guilty, for being alright, again. The possibility of more earthquakes in the area is big right now.

Do you need a refill on your coffee? 

It was a great week here, in fact, a fabulous week. I worked Mon-Fri, and that is always fun. My daughter and I went swimming in the pool several evenings. There has been a light breeze in the evenings, making it doable to be outside for a short while, even though the temperatures are in the three digits. I burned the skin under my feet a little bit, walking next to the pool without sandals. I just felt a little uncomfortable when it happened. LOL. Now it’s slightly more than uncomfortable, but not too bad. I’m planning on a relaxing day today. I have a bunch of good books that needs attention. Tomorrow I’m going to see one of my cousins, that are coming to town with her boyfriend, for a few days. I’m very excited about that. She’s a few years older than me, and I’ve always looked up to her. She is both very kind, intelligent, and funny! She visited me last year, when I lived in California as well, and we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park together. I don’t know exactly what we will do this time, but I’m sure it will include lots of good food. It usually does.  

Thank you for dropping in for coffee today! I hope your week is fabulous so far, and that your weekend exceeds your expectations 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

The Weekly Smile

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There’s so many reasons to be grateful, and keep a smile on your face. This week I’ve been  meditating about all the extraordinary places that I’ve seen since I moved to Las Vegas, almost a year ago. Places I probably never would of spent so much time exploring, if I didn’t live here.

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Places like Valley of Fire. That had been on my bucket list of places to see for a long time. At some point I probably would of made a point out of visiting, but not likely that I would of visited many times, if I didn’t live nearby. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited this past year.

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Every visit there is a totally different experience form the previous times. The landscape completely changes, with how the light plays on the red sandstone formations.

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…and then there’s the little details, like this flower growing straight out of a cliff. It’s impossible to not smile, seeing life in such an unexpected place.

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I feel very humble when I encounter vistas like these. Humble, and grateful. There’s something unearthly, about the sleek, smooth lines, of the sometimes rugged sandstones. As many contradictions as life itself.

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Did someone, at some point call this cave his home? Maybe a family lived here? What did they think when they stepped out on “the porch” in the morning? Those are the type of questions my daughter and I discuss, when we explore places like this. What did the people who once lived here live off? Where did they find water?

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I hope you enjoyed these photos from my last visit to Valley of Fire (NV.) How is your week so far? My friend Trent have a Weekly Smile post every week, where he share smiles from the past week, and encourage others to do the same. Get the good energy flowing, and share some of the things that make you smile this week 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen