Weekend Coffee Share – Coffee By The River

The American River Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

The American River

Last week we had our virtual coffee date on the top of a mountain, this week I felt like having coffee by the river. Are you up for a coffee by the river? The photo above is from the north Fork of The American River, in northern California. Even though I’m not there physically right now (I’m in Las Vegas,) I’m fairly sure you don’t have to worry about it being too cold. Would you like some coffee? Or maybe tea?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had a ranch only minutes away from where I took this photo. I’d say that there’s a special kind of people that thrive in mountain areas. Just like there’s a certain type of people that are drawn to the ocean, and a completely different type of people that are drawn to the desert, not to mention the people that want nothing but being surrounded by peaceful, tall forest. Do you think the landscape kind of shapes people into who they are? At least partly? I think it does, if you stay long enough in a place.

When we lived close to the river in the photo, our 80 acres was right by Eldorado National Forest, and it was possible to ride your horse all the way up to Lake Tahoe. I saw black bears most every day. There was mountain lions in the forest. The abundance of edible plants, berries, fruits, and mushrooms in the Sierra Nevada’s was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was extremely appealing at the time, and I did a lot of exploring with my favorite horse Trigger. Actually all the way up until I was 7 months pregnant. The photo is of Trigger, and a very pregnant me, in Eldorado National Forest.

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I’m not exactly sure what kind of horse Trigger was ( I found him emaciated tied up behind a trailer, with his tongue almost completely cut off in the middle.) My best guess is that he was a Quarter/Mustang Cross. Or maybe just mustang? Anyways, he was pure awesomeness. Trigger was sure footed, and had an exceptionally smooth gait.

Most people that I met in Gold Country, was laid back, and hard working at the same time. They had some kind of day job, but their life was at home. Home was usually by the end of a backroad, maybe several back roads. Their was no trespassing sign on every fence, and don’t thread on me flags everywhere. It might sound hostile, but it didn’t feel like that. It was more like people had integrity, they wanted respect, and they respected your space as well. I kind of liked it. It had similarities with the little mountain town I grew up next to, in northern Sweden. If you had to run into Sacramento, the nearest big city (usually a once a month thing,) and got delayed, you could call the local feed store and ask them to drop off a bale of hay in your horse pasture, and you knew that they would. Shaped by the beautiful, and somewhat harsh landscape, and a shared sense of survival?

How is your coffee? Do you need a refill? How is your week so far? What’s the weather like? The extreme cold chills that part of the country is experiencing are scary. I hope that you’re staying warm. Speaking of weather, I’m sure spring feels very far away for some of my friends, but I’ve started to go through my collection of heirloom seeds this week. In 2-3 weeks time we could realistically have perfect temperatures for starting some seeds here in southern Nevada. I will most likely do a smaller garden this year. I’ve ordered two very small green houses earlier this week, basically like two bookshelves, to start seedlings in. When they are bigger, I’m going to plant them in pots, that I’ll spread out along the fence line of the backyard. It’s kind of sad to not have a big garden and my own space, but I’m happy to be able to do some gardening. Even if it’s on a much smaller scale. I see it as a temporary setback, benefitting the bigger picture. I’m going to make the most out of it. Do you have any plans for a garden this year?

What’s going on in your universe? Any fun plans for the weekend? Thanks for enjoying some coffee by the river with me. Feel free to grab a refill 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

How Do I Get People To Notice My Work?

My goal with my photography have always been to spread beauty and joy. Especially sharing those moments, and views, that are rare and not available to everyone. The moments that gets me high on life. You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?

For that to happen, for people to actually see my photos, there’s actually a whole process. Who knew, right? Maybe that is something you have been thinking about. You’re good at taking your camera with you, and you actually take a lot of photos. You want people to see them, but how does that happen? How Do I Get People To Notice My Work?

Lake Mead Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Lake Mead, by Sagittarius Viking.

I use Fine Art America to display my photos, there’s many other options out there as well, but for any of them to work well, the photographer/artist has to put effort into attaching keywords to each photo, and describe them, in order for people to find them.

Yucca Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Yucca, by Sagittarius Viking.

I never upload all the photos I share here on my blog, or other social media, I use a very selective process to decide what photos I want to put the extra effort into uploading to my gallery. That’s pretty much it, keywords, is the key. Of course it helps a ton if you network, and share your work on social media etc. Since I just finished catching up sharing my favorite photos on my gallery, writing about this important aspect popped up in my mind. Hopefully it helps someone. I wished I would of known the importance of keywords a long time ago.

I See You Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

I See You, by Sagittarius Viking.

The photos in this post is some of my recent favorites (from the past two months.) If you click on one of them you’ll see what they look like in my gallery, and what keywords I used.

Cold Creek Mustang Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share – or maybe an organic super protein smoothie sounds tempting?

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Happy Friday! How is your week so far? For the first time ever I’m writing the Weekend Coffee Share on a Friday evening (actually it’s almost midnight.) I went to bed early, (it’s been a long, intense week,) but I had so many thoughts running trough my head, that it was impossible to sleep. I’ll share some of my thoughts with you, instead of pushing them away, trying to reach la la land.

How have you been? What kind of beverage can I offer you this Friday night? Of course you can always have coffee if you like, but there’s other beverages as well. Make yourself at home.

I tried a new super-protein-smoothie today. One of my friends talked about Ka’chava. It sounded very interesting, with 70  organic plant based superfood. In my head I thought about some recent hikes that took longer than I thought, where I ended up being starving along the way. What If I had a quick filling meal with me for all those emergencies?  Or when you’re spending time in places where the food is less appealing to your healthy lifestyle? It would be so awesome to bring something you could eat with a clear conscience, and stay on top of your world. So I decided to try it. It’s a powder that you can mix with any liquid (water, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk etc.) It was as delicious as my friend told me, and very filling. I’m not associated with the brand in any way, just happily discovered something that I like, and will add to my daily diet. (And YES, my New Year Resolution workout routine is working, thanks for asking.) Maybe you want to switch your coffee, for a delicious smoothie this weekend, and try it yourself? Did I say that Ka’chava is seductively delicious?

So tell me about your week! Is it one of those super busy weeks in your corner of the universe? It has been a busy, rainy week here.

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We don’t have very many days of rain in the desert. I enjoyed our rainy days!

Today the sun cleared up the clouds, and we were back to the low 60’s again.

There’s been a big focus on my daughter’s school work this week. We’ve spent an average of 2,5 hours after school every day working on things that she needs to improve. Learning wise last semester (when she tried living with her dad) was a joke. I’m not that concerned, because I know how intelligent she is, and she has all the support she needs now. This week’s hard work paid off, and there is already noticeable improvement. I also took her to see my optometrist today, just to make sure the challenges I’ve notices recently isn’t caused by anything physical. It would be such a bummer to have her work harder, when all she needs is glasses, but that wasn’t the case. Her eyes are perfect. I’m relieved, since I have some challenges with my eyes. We’re just going to keep making education a priority, like we always have. It’s so much easier to help her now, when I have her full time again. I’ve ordered a bunch of new, exciting books for her, to make it fun.

How do you like your smoothie? I’m totally hooked. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I have some things I need to catch up with; update my online art gallery, clean up the dog area in the backyard (if it’s not too wet,) finish putting my daughter’s new loft bed together (it has hundreds of pieces..literally,) and I definitely need to get out of the city at some point. I’d like to try a new hike this weekend, I have a few on my wish list. My soul is screaming for a horseback ride this weekend. We’ll see. I still look at horse ads almost every day. While I’m sketching on garden plans for my future homestead, gotta keep the dream alive 😉

Oooo, I almost forgot! I’ve ordered a DNA testing kit. I don’t have it in my hands yet, but I’m super excited about it. I don’t know why I haven’t done it before, it’s been on my mind for a long time. I talked to a relative of mine earlier this week, and decided that I wanted to take a test myself. Have you done it? Or is it something that you would like to do?  Why, or why not?

Have an awesome, amazing weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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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?

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