Weekend Coffee Share

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Monday

After the positive feedback from last weekend’s coffee share, I’m going to write the coffee share as a diary this week as well. We’re finally coming into fall. It’s been a slightly windy, cloudy, and cool weekend. Just perfect. My daughter and I had the best of times. We built a Minecraft village with LEGO. That was a fun project that we revisited, time after time during the weekend. My daughter read several books out loud. She recently learned to read, and she knows that I’m very proud of her. She also wrote me a couple letters, decorated with beautiful pictures that she drew. Our visit to Lion Habitat Ranch yesterday was so much fun. The weekend was wonderful. I drove her back to her dad yesterday, and I feel ready for the new week. Yes, I miss having her 100%, but she is so happy, and that makes me happy. Getting to know her dad does her good. I can tell that she notices things I do for her, that she used to take for granted, more now. However hard it is to not spend every day with her, I’m thankful for everything. I’m grateful for all the quality time we have spent together. I’m grateful that her life is filled with loved from two parents now. I’m also very grateful for the beautiful person she is becoming, and for being able to be a part of the bright future she has.

It’s going to be a fabulous new week. I just know it! I finished my coffee for today. Can I get you another cup?

Tuesday

We have beautiful fall weather. The weather is near perfect I would say. Yesterday we had a high of 77, and today it’s going to be a high of 81. When I took my dog out a few minutes ago it was 57, and a little chilly, it felt great! Makes me want to go for a road trip to a National Park, or go for a trail ride. That may have to wait to the weekend, for now, I’ll have fun with the kids in one of the city parks. I’ll take the kids at work to the park at least once a day, but usually twice a day. Gretchen loves it as well. I’m doing my best to make sure Gretchen is well exercised, since she has considerably less freedom to roam now, compared to when we had a ranch. She spends her days outside in a big backyard, with a pool. She can run, and swim, if she wants to, and she does, but I still make sure that she walks at least 5 miles a day on top of that. I track our walks during the day on my phone, and after work we walk the remaining distance (or more,) along with our obedience sets. I am very pleased with how she handles the city.  (Me, I keep on looking at horses for sale online..lol.)

Wednesday

It 7am as I’m writing this, a lot later than I usually have my morning coffee! I slept so great last night. I don’t start work until 8am, so I’m not late at all, just late for me. The coffee is wonderful, black and strong. This fall weather, and sleeping with the window open is doing me good.

I forgot to tell you yesterday morning, but I completed the reading challenge I’ve set up for myself on Goodreads Monday night, 52 books for this year. I currently don’t have a book to read, so I’m going to shop for some new ones today. Are you reading an exciting page-turner right now, that you can recommend?

Thursday

Hello Thursday! While having my morning coffee today, I feel very excited about the day. It’s only one day until I get to see my daughter again. The weather is still perfect.

Last night after work I went shopping for new shoes, and found a pair that I really like. I walk a lot, and tend to wear my shoes out. I love shoes, but I prefer to only have a few that I really like, and use a lot. Looking forward to wear my new black Adidas today.

I did order five books from thriftbooks.com yesterday. Since it’s going to take a few days for them to arrive, I also got a new book from a local store, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The one that is in the theaters right now. It is very promising! I’ve read 85 pages so far, and it is so different, and crazy, that you can’t wait to turn the page.

Friday

The coffee is really good today, don’t you think? Can I get you a refill?

I went out on a date last night. It was date number 15 (or 16?) = I really like this guy. In fact I told one of my girl friends that he’s a keeper, after our first date. He’s very attractive, honest, smart, respectful, confident, funny, kind, intelligent, we have a lot of the same values, and I have a great time every time I see him. He genuinely cares about other people. He encourages me to go after my goals. I’ve never really had that kind of support in my life before, at any point. It makes me want to be a better person. Last night we had dinner at The Sparkling. The food was wonderful, and so was the wine. I’m not very experienced with the dating scene at all. I get asked out a lot, but I usually find a reason to say no. This however feels really good. I’m excited.

How is your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to spend time with my daughter. I’m taking her to a pumpkin patch at some point this weekend. I took pictures of the place, while they were setting it up, that she’s seen. She is very excited about the rides! Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!

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?

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Writing Experiment

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It’s actually Monday morning as I start writing this post. I am going to try a different approach to the Weekend Coffee Share this 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! 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?

Usually I write this post sometime during the weekend, as a summary of the past week, maybe adding some weekend plans before posting it. This week I’m going to write a few sentences (I don’t want to bore you..) every day, up until the weekend arrives. Like a diary. I’d like to improve my writing this fall, by trying different approaches to blogging. Feedback is always welcome! Feel free to grab a big cup of coffee, or tea, there’s many good ones to choose from, over at the kitchen counter.

Monday

I woke up at 5am, well rested after a full night of excellent sleep! I didn’t even use the fan I bought last weekend, to cover up the noise of the city. Maybe just knowing that I could did the trick? Or maybe the fact that I had the window open, and it actually was cooler in the room helped? I’m definitely keeping the fan, just in case..but it sure felt good to get a full night’s sleep. It’s October 1, and at 6.30am it’s only 75 degrees. We’re going to have a high of 87 today. Very comfortable, compared to 115. The humidity is 59% though, a lot higher than usual. Next week we’re going to have high’s of mid 70’s. We’re definitely going in the right direction! This week feels promising. This afternoon I’m having an early dinner with a cowboy friend of mine. He’s from Arizona, and are going to be in town for a few hours. I’m very excited about that.

Tuesday

How is the coffee? I think it’s extra delicious today. I got an opportunity to try the fan last night..the youngest baby that I am taking care of during the day (I’m a live-in nanny, but I normally don’t work nights,) cried a lot last night. He often wakes up briefly a couple times a night, then it’s usually easy for me to fall back asleep. Last night he cried a little more. I think he might be getting his molars. = The coffee is extra delicious!! I did go to bed early, around 9, so I did get some sleep anyways. I feel good.

I had dinner with my friend from Arizona yesterday. It was great talking about good horses, and horse training…the important things in life. LOL. If you’re not a horse person I bet it’s difficult to understand, but whenever I talk to another horse person, my feet feels lighter, and it feels like I’m dancing, like we’re in on a magic adventure together. I have never been into drugs, or anything like that, but horses is definitely an addiction of mine. I still daydream about them, like when I was a little girl. Without consciously planning on doing so, I find myself reading for sales ads, almost every day. When I go places I watch the terrain, and I think about the best way to ride a horse there. If there’s a big, flat open space, I almost always think about riding an Icelandic Horse at a fast tolt (they are 5 -gaited, and the tolt is an incredibly comfortable gait. It feels like you’re flying.) If it’s very rocky, I’m riding a mustang…you get the picture?

Rebel

My first mustang Rebel, made a girlhood dream come true, when he became my friend.

Not having a horse of my own at the moment, I’m slightly jealous that there’s a couple hundred on the ranch my friend works at, and that he spends his days in the saddle, every day. No, thinking about it, I’m not jealous, I’m happy for him. It’s always great to talk to people who loves what they do, and wouldn’t change a thing. That is so rare!

We have a 30% chance of getting rain around noon today, and maybe even thunderstorms later. I have the window open as I am writing this, and it feels a little clammy. The high of 80 (!) today feels unbelievable. I love that the temperatures are dropping. On Sunday is going to be sunny and a high of 75, time to schedule some nice fall hikes!! Very exciting.

Wednesday

It’s almost fall in the air now! Yesterday we ended up having a high of 84 F, and I decided to go for a short hike after work. I wrote about it in my previous post. The hike up to Exploration Peak is short and sweet, with marvelous views. When I wrote the post about the hike yesterday, and posted my very first “city photos”, I realize that my new HP laptop (that I bought a couple weeks ago, when my MacBook Pro decided to die after many years of faithful service,) isn’t going to do the trick. It’s not good enough for serious photography. I recently upgraded to a full frame camera, but I can’t see the details on my new laptop. I’ll have to start saving up for another MacBook Pro, and use this as a backup. Annoying, but things happen, my daughter frequently borrows my computer in the weekends, she’ll probably end up taking this one. It will be used.

Today there’s a new Sprouts Farmers Market opening very close to where I live. I prefer growing my own produce, but when I can’t, it’s awesome to have access to fresh produce close by. I’m very happy about that. It’s close enough to walk there.

Thursday

It’s 6am Thursday morning, and I’m having some delicious Major Dickason Coffee, from Peet’s Coffee. It’s a dark roast that I absolutely love. Perfect for the French press. Can I offer you a cup?

It’s been a wild night. Not Vegas wild (mind you..you know I’m not that kind if girl,) but wild like a crazy thunderstorm wild. I slept with the window open, and thoroughly enjoyed the sound of a heavy rain. The first I’ve experienced since March, I believe. My dog NEVER sleeps in my bed. She sleeps on the floor, below my feet, which also happens to be in front of the door. However, when the first crack of thunder and lightning filled the room, she took it for gunfire, she jumped up on my bed, placed herself between me and the window, and you could hear a growl from somewhere deep down her throat. It took her about 30 min to decide that the danger had passed. I asked her to get down, and she did, but she started to pace between the window and the bed (it’s a very short distance.) She’s not a pacer. I told her she could sleep on that side of the bed, but only for tonight. There was no way I could of slept at all with her pacing around. She was happy with that, and laid very still for the rest of the night. It is definitely not going to be a habit though. I am very grateful that she takes her job so seriously.

The rain made the air very fresh, and right now it’s only 67 degrees. I’m wearing jeans today, it’s the first time in a while. I love me a pair of jeans that fits just right. As you might remember, I cleaned out, and organized my closet a couple weeks ago, and this morning I realized that I only own one pair of jeans. That is not going to work. I’m going to have to make a visit to Boot Barn. I usually get my jeans, and boots there…and I usually end of buying the same models over and over again.

Today it’s the official Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden. Happy Cinnamon Roll Day! I’m not planning on baking any today, (unless I’m asked too. You never know.) I actually love cinnamon rolls (I don’t really have sweet tooth. There’s not many pastries, or sweets, that I like.) Cinnamon rolls is a classic. I think it’s partly the intoxicating smell in the air when I bake them, combined with loving childhood memories of baking them with my mom, and my grandma. I’m trying to not eat so much white flour, and sugar, and I feel that I’ve had my share this past week.

Photo of a previous batch of cinnamon rolls.

Once when I worked as a baker in Sweden, this was almost 20 years ago, as I take out a sheet of fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven, I hear a voice that I recognize from behind me asking for one. I can’t really place the voice, but I so do recognize it. As I turn around, and move a curtain that we had between the bakery, and the cafeteria, I see the King of Sweden! That I was surprised was an understatement. This was at a famous ski resort, and he loves skiing. The King and Queen did have my cinnamon rolls that day.

Speaking of baking, I baked rye bread yesterday, to go with a vegetable soup I made. It was delicious.

I started to read an exciting book last night, The Big Outfit, but Peter Dawson. It’s a western, about a big cattle operation. I’ve only just started, but it is very promising. The narrator is great, the story is complex, and the characters interesting.

Friday

I won’t be writing about getting a full night’s sleep every week, but I have to mention one last time, that I did, get a full night’s sleep. It feels awesome to start the weekend like that. I feel strong as ever, and seem to have managed to get on top of things (read:sleep) again. I saw a photo of Mount Charleston, the mountain where we went camping a few weekends ago, with snow on! Apparently it snowed there yesterday. Me LOVE snow!

I’m going to spend the weekend with my daughter. I have an appointment with an eye doctor tomorrow. I should get an oil change for my car. Besides that, I’m hoping to get to enjoy some beautiful nature, and see some fall colors up close this weekend. I did see a photo of amazing fall colors, from southern Utah yesterday. It’s not that far away..

How is your week? Are you enjoying some nice fall weather? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Whatever your plans are, have an amazing weekend! Feel free to grab another cup of coffee before you leave.

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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?
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Good morning! It’s Sunday morning, and you might of wondered why I am so late to invite your for coffee this weekend? Well, I had some challenges with my MacBook Pro. It was 7 years old, and had been through a lot (photo shoots in the desert, resulting in having to had sand vacuumed out from the inside..etc..) My old computer served me well, and when the motor finally burned yesterday morning, I totally understood why. I tried to see if it could be recovered. It could not.

Ready for some coffee? There is plenty of delicious, black, strong, hot dark French Roast. It cold easily be iced, if you’d prefer a cold drink this morning.

Since my faithful old MacBook died, I had to start thinking about a replacement. I looked around for a while yesterday, and with help of some knowledgeable staff at a local Best Buy, I settled for a HP 2-1 Laptop with touchscreen. I just set it up this morning. It is definitely different compared to my old computer, but I am familiar with the system, since I used it back when I studied for my BA. It is going to take some time adjusting to the changes. Some changes that I like a lot, and others that might not really meet my expectations. I liked that I had the option to add a second keyboard as I was customizing the computer. It makes it easier to chat faster with friends and family in Sweden, since the Swedish alphabet has three more letters. The new computer is as fast as my old one, a big plus. I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was going to be, since I’m not that tech savvy when it comes to different processors. The colors are great, but not as vivid as my old MacBook Pro. I do like having a touchscreen. I believe as I get proficient in using it, it is going to be very helpful. Maybe especially for editing photos? Being able to zoom in and out quickly.

How was your week? Is your weekend everything you wished for so far? Despite the challenges with my old computer, I’d say it’s been a great, busy week. I have been working a lot, having fun, done a lot of off-leash dog training with my German Shepherd, and yesterday I tried a new Mexican restaurant. I’m very proud of my dog. Before my computer died, I spent a couple hours writing a post about obedience training for dogs. I had some nice photos of Gretchen doing different sets (sequences of obedience exercises,) to go with the post. I’ll start working on a new one next week, since I lost all that.

I’d love to hear more about your week! I’ve read some of the weekend coffee shares from my phone, and I’m planning on catching up on the rest today. What’s the weather like where you are? Is it fall yet? I can’t wait for it to be a little chillier. I spent a great deal of time yesterday organizing my closet. I’ve been forced to make some radical changes in my closet since I moved. Most of my clothes were meant for working with horses, or gardening. Activities I used to spend most of my day doing, up until less than a month ago. I still like the same type of clothes/style/colors, but I’ve been adding some new clothes, and dresses, to fit my new life. It was fun getting everything organized yesterday. I consider myself a minimalist. I like to be organized, and only have things that I actually use.

Talking about my old lifestyle, I really miss having horses in my life. I’ve been starting to look in to a way to be able to ride at least 1-2 times/week. I’d like that very much. I can’t really justify buying a horse right now. I work too much for it to not be an element of stress in my life. Riding someone else’s horse, a couple times a week would be very doable. I’m hoping to find someone that have a horse they would appreciate help with, and do some kind of work exchange, where I get to ride a couple times/week, and their horse gets exercise/training. That would be awesome if I found that. I’m going to look into local rescues that might appreciate a hand as well. I hope you’re having an awesome week. Feel free to grab another cup of coffee to go! 

 

Love,

Ms Zen