Weekend Coffee Share

Fall is in full swing here. The colours are amazing. Let’s go for a walk and enjoy our coffee by the lake. How is your week? 

It’s been busy here, pretty much like last week, with work and walks in wonderful nature. We took the kids at work to a nearby ski area one day. There isn’t any snow there yet. Our school have a ski profile and we’ve rented the ski slope several days this coming season. I figure the kids will get more out of the experience if they are already familiar with the location. Seeing it with their own eyes will make it more real for them, and something to look forward to as well. 

How are you doing? Here is the lake, are you ready for some coffee?

Tomorrow is National Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden, you bet we are going to bake cinnamon rolls tomorrow 🙂 If you come back you can have one! 

I invested in some good hiking boots for my daughter this week. They are waterproof and have extra support for her ankles. I also ordered a couple items for my daughter that Santa is going to deliver for me at Christmas, new snow pants and ice skates. I’m making plans for an active winter with lots of fresh air and outdoor activities. 

Thanks for joining me for a little walk and some coffee! Tell me about your week. Any fun plans for the weekend?

Love,

Maria 

Weekend Coffee Share

Thanks for having coffee with me this weekend, even though I am a tad bit late. I usually post in the beginning of the weekend, and now my weekend is almost over. I know it’s still early in the US, so maybe you have whole long day ahead of you 🙂 How would you like your coffee today? Or maybe some tea?

This have been a relaxing weekend, mostly spent at home with my daughter. It’s been raining a lot, and it’s been a bit windy. We have taken some walks admiring the fall colours. We can now see the road below the property, it was hidden with greenery all summer. There is still a lot of leaves left on the trees, but a lot of leaves on the ground as well. I think it is very beautiful. How is your week?

We have lots of birch trees, maple, and aspen trees near where we live.

It’s been a good week here, mostly work and long walks it feels like. I’ve walked many miles in amazing nature this week. Whenever I can I try to fit in some long walks in my schedule. It makes me feel so good. I also want to be an example for my daughter, I’m still trying in every way I can to help her find some kind of exercise that she enjoys. Now when her ankles are good she enjoys walking more. I can tell there is a difference. She is definitely happier now. At the moment she is at a friend’s house, celebrating her friend’s birthday. We walked there, and we will walk home. Walking together makes for a great opportunity to talk about things on our mind.

On the way to my daughter’s friend we saw some Fly Agaric. I love the colour!
Beautiful, but poisonous.

I am extra proud of my daughter today, for the first time she did her Swedish reading homework without complaining, that includes a written part answering questions about the homework, she usually dislikes that part (the questions are too easy, so they get boring.) We talked about that on the way to her friend’s house. I’m looking forward to hearing what she is going to tell me on the way home. She is a talker, she LOVES to tell me things, and I do spoil her with attention. It’s been a great weekend, even though we didn’t do anything special. I feel ready for the new week. How are you doing?

Love,

Maria 

Lens-Artists Challenge #115 – Inspiration

From the day I found out about her existence, she’s been my greatest source of inspiration. I did not have to think at all when I saw the theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #115 – Inspiration. My daughter’s beautiful mind, her warm heart, resilience, and kindness inspires me every day. It makes me want to be a better person, and give her the right tools to live a full-filled life. A life of her choice.

Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve (CA.)

Going on adventures with her, showing her the wonders of nature is one of the things I enjoy most in life. Sharing experiences that will open her mind and heart.

Oatman, AZ

When we planned our trip to Oatman (AZ,) my daughter was very excited about the chance of seeing burros. When we got there she offered one of the burros to smell her hand. He choose not too, but they stood there looking at each other for what seem to be a long time. The burro was standing still and she could of easily touched him, but (in my daughter’s words) “since he choose not to smell my hand, I need to respect his space.” I could not of been more proud of her. She’s always had a very good hand with horses, but we have not spent a lot of time around burros. Little glimpses from her beautiful mind, hearing her reason like this at a young age makes my heart explode with pride and love for her. That inspires me.

Mesquite (NV,) Golden Butte National Monument.

Experiencing amazing nature, learning about the outdoors, and sleeping under the stars together is something that strengthens our relationship.

Hiking together in rugged terrain, in Death Valley National Park (CA.)
Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park (CA.)
Grand Canyon (AZ)

Last year we got absorbed by the beauty of the Grand Canyon together. It was the second time I took her there, but the first time we visited she was less than a year old. I have wonderful memories from that first visit, but her conscious mind will likely remember her second visit more. I don’t know if you’ve been to Grand Canyon? If you have, you know what an emotional experience it is. Experiencing this with my daughter meant a lot to me. Experiencing with all our senses together brings us closer, and open up for heartfelt conversations about life.

Flying a kite in Humboldt Toiyabee National Forest (NV.)

Do you remember the first time you flew a kite? How did it make you feel?

Hiking in Red Rock Canyon (NV.)

When my daughter told me she wanted to spend more time with her father, that lived in southern Nevada at the time, it inspired us to explore southern Nevada, and the majestic Red Rock Canyon. We spent a lot of our free time, in between work and school, here in the Red Rocks. To me it was inspiring to see what captured her imagination, and attention. I was drawn to the majestic vistas, and open spaces, she looked at the details; the formation of small rocks on the ground, caterpillars, and seed pods – very inspirational.

It definitely inspired me to try a little harder being a considerate human being, when I watched her volunteer reading to elderly people, at a picnic near Mt Charleston (NV.)

Valley of Fire (NV)

My daughter is mostly a calm person, that loves to think, and dream. Every once in a while she explodes in a burst of life, and that reminds me to always keep the inner child close at hand.

Mora, Sweden

Last, but not least, her resilience and ability to adapt to new situations, like moving to a new country, is extremely inspiring. My daughter inspire me every day. If you are a parent, I am sure you can relate. Our children inspire us to become better, stronger, and more successful in what we do. ❤

Love,

Maria