Weekend Coffee Share; The Heat & Pomegranate Flowers

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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?

How would you like your coffee? Or does a cup of green tea sound more appealing? I think I’ll have my coffee hot. 

The air is (reasonably cool,) 73 degrees, and I suggest that we have our coffee in the backyard. The roses smells lovely, and the pomegranates are just starting to bloom. The air is thick, and aromatic. I don’t recognize all the scents, but I’m pretty sure I sense jasmine from one of the neighbors. Some rhododendron as well. The later takes me back to childhood summers in Spain. To get to our house there, you had to walk by a huge wall covered by rhododendron. That scent always brings back pleasant memories of holding mom’s hand. I must of been around five, or so.

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How is your coffee? The temperature is bearable at the moment, since it’s not even 6 am yet. (It’s still April.) Later today it will be 97. I’d say that Wednesday was the first really hot day here in Las Vegas. I usually take the kids at work with me, and walk to my daughter’s school, when it’s time to pick her up. On the way back that day the kids were miserable (we sang the ice-cream song the whole way home, that helped. Naturally we had ice-cream when we got home.) I decided that from now on I’ll take my car instead. I’ll be honest. The heat scares me. I know that I’ll have to find a way to deal with it, and that this is just the beginning, but it scares me. I hate being stuck inside. Yesterday I dealt with my frustration by lifting weights, which is the most constructive way I can think about. Along with checking the weather on all my favorite places, thinking about where I would like to be, and how to make that happen. There’s some very appealing, cooler, places at higher elevation not too far away…

When the sun went down I took my daughter and dog to the park, so that they could play. It was still 95 degrees out, but no burning sun. The scents in the park are even more intoxicating than in the backyard. The flowers and plants are amazing right now. I promise that I’m not going to whine about the heat every week, how boring would that be? I’m going to put my big girl pants on and deal with it. (Hello pool, and weekend road trips!)

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Tonight we’re going to a make-your-own-stuffed-animal party. My daughter have been looking forward to it for a long time. There’s different animals for the kids to choose from, they stuff them, pick an outfit, and name them (they even get a birth certificate for their animal.) It should be lots of fun! And hey, it’s Friday 🙂

How was your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? What’s the weather like in your area? Have a fabulous weekend!!

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. I took the four photos of the pomegranate tree this morning, just before making our coffee. Click on the photos to see available prints.

The Rock House

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Would you live here?

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This was desert artist Carl Faber’s home in Mojave. We checked it out last Saturday.

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I could easily see myself living in a similar house.

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The solitude, the views, the spirit of the desert, and the absence of noise.

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The simple sheer beauty of nature.

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All these photos are taken within minutes from the rock house. Could you live there? Would you enjoy the simplicity? Or would the harsh conditions feel uncomfortable? Either way, I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour to the rock house. Did you notice the extremes I experienced last weekend? LOL. This in the morning, and then Fremont Street in Las Vegas Saturday evening..

Love,

Ms Zen

Fremont Street, Las Vegas

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I sometimes like to be a tourist in my own city. I’ve only lived in Las Vegas since August last year. I like to know the place where I live. I definitely don’t know Las Vegas. After taking a fabulous road trip to California yesterday (more photos of amazing wild flowers, and hiking to come,) I went back to my own city. I got a room at one of the hotels on Fremont Street. Not very expensive at all, but definitely an experience. It’s not called the Fremont Street Experience for nothing. It’s probably one of the craziest streets in the world.

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You just never know what you’re going to see. This is the number one place tourists go to. There’s constantly concerts going on, in every imaginable genre. Available to everyone, for free, on big scenes along the street. The photos are taken early yesterday evening, around 7pm. No matter the time of the day you will see crazy things, (almost) nude people of both sexes, people in crazy costumes, dancers, and animals you didn’t know existed.

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Like this little rodent that a man was walking around with. There was still families out at this time, and I felt safe taking my camera with me. I went out later in the evening, but did not feel like flashing my camera around then, so I left it at the hotel room. The later the hour, the more I like to keep a low profile.

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I haven’t even mentioned the tempting aromas from the many restaurants along the street. I get hungry just thinking about it. I ended up eating at one of the Thai restaurants last night. I think I need to call room service for some breakfast! One of my favorite things to do when I stay at a hotel. I’ve tried four hotels in Vegas, being a tourist in my own city so far. I still have a few to go. I’ll write a review about them, and their breakfast menus at some point. So far I believe that MGM is at the top of my list, (with Palms  as a close second,) both when it comes to the hotel room, surroundings, and breakfast available at their room service. This hotel is less expensive than the two at the top of my list, but their menu is very promising!

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Ok, breakfast is on it’s way! It was only going to take 15 min, that’s pretty fast service on a Sunday morning. While I’m waiting on my breakfast I’ll tell you that people are very friendly in Vegas. Last night when I took my dog out for the last time yesterday, I had several conversations with complete strangers, that often happens when I walk my dog. She gets compliments, and people want to talk. Last night there was a lot of extra friendly people out, celebrating 4/20. Even though I did see some slightly drunk people, and some people using recreational drugs, I did not see any violence last night. If you’re planning a visit to Vegas don’t miss the craziest street, Fremont Street.

So, they just called from the restaurant I ordered breakfast from, (that is located in the hotel I’m staying at, that specifically asked if I wanted it delivered to the room,) saying that I had to pick it up. I sure hope the food is good, but this hotel definitely won’t make it to my top ten list.. LOL. Crazy as the rest of this city. It is an older hotel, with a lot of character, with employees that don’t speak very good English. I’m in an excellent mood today, and I’m just smiling at the irony of the situation. My hopes are still high for a delicious breakfast.

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So..the breakfast was delicious, except my side of  rye toast, that magically been exchanged for hash browns (I’m allergic to potatoes.) No big deal, there was still plenty of food, and I’m ready for a new beautiful day. LOL. Without naming this hotel, I’ll say that it has lots of character. Time to get going!

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! Happy Easter!

Love,

Ms Zen