Weekend Coffee Share

Can I get you a cup of the black gold?  Or maybe some tea?

I haven’t written any post since last weekend’s coffee share. Which is a little unusual for me. My goal is 2-3 posts a week, and I usually nail that. What I have done in the blogging world, since my last post is; catching up with some of my favorite blogs, reading, and commenting. I have also looked into refreshing my design a little. I am kind of happy with the blog design I currently have. I like having one, big column in the middle, and no sidebars. I like the clean, uncluttered feeling that gives me. Suits my minimalistic mindset perfectly. I get distracted easily, maybe that is why I crave simplicity? Because I do like to fully get absorbed by the thing I’m doing. The major thing I would like to change with the design I have now is to showcase my camera photos bigger, while keeping any Instagram photos I may share on the same scale they are today (since their resolution usually is smaller.) I’m in the process of trying different themes, and customizing them, to see if I can find the perfect one. So far, I have not found one that I like better than the one I already have. Any suggestion of WordPress themes in line with what I am looking for?

How is your week? Are you fully recovered from the delicious Thanksgiving food? Is your home starting to look like Christmas? I’m going to get the best possible Christmas gift this year, we’ve set the date to when my daughter is moving in with me full time to Christmas Day. I am thrilled, and very grateful. I am also looking forward to spending this weekend with her. I’m going to make sure that we’ll get out of the city, at least on Sunday. I’ve been in the city every single day since last weekend. That is hard for my country soul. I daydream about quiet, open spaces, wild horses, and breathing fresh air. I do kind of like Las Vegas, better than I imagined, but too constantly be in a loud city, surrounded with city mentality all the time is challenging. I believe I can handle it a little longer, but I need to make sure to get out of the city in the weekends, otherwise it’s not going to work. Those weeks when I fit in 1-2 shorter hikes in the middle of the week, makes it much more manageable. I haven’t done that this week, but I know I should do that every week. The weather is still wonderful here. There’s even snow on some of the surrounding mountain tops. What’s the weather like where you live? 

I was overdue for a haircut, and took care of that this week. It feels good.

My favorite series Vikings (the only one that I am following actually,) started up again this week after a very long break. That was exciting. I think Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and a big portion of it is filmed there. 

Do you need a refill on that coffee? Any fun plans for the weekend? The coming week? We have The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in town next week. I’m not sure if I’m going to go, or not. It is kind of a big happening. We’ll see. 

It’s the last day of November today, and that feels kind of weird. It’s crazy that 2018 is almost over! It’s been such an intense year. Have an amazing weekend, feel free to grab some coffee to go if you like 🙂

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

 

Fall – A Time To Play

There is a time for everything. Even the good book says so. I think fall is a time to play. I so love this beautiful fall weather we have! It’s been 78-80 degrees almost every day. After a hot hot summer it’s a wonderful relief. My body appreciate this weather. Even the cold, chilly evenings (don’t laugh my northern friends. I mean chilly for here.. lol.)

Last Sunday I was sitting outside, relaxing by the pool for several hours. Something that would of given me a heat stroke a few weeks ago. I’m so enjoying this amazing fall weather.

I can tell that my dog enjoys it as well. She is more comfortable, eating better, and her coat looks better as well. Her coat didn’t really like swimming in the pool 20-30 times/day….(her coat was the only one having an objection.)

I am filled with gratitude for the life that I feel returning. The cooler weather sooths my soul. I can’t tell you enough, how wonderful it is. My viking blood can never really get used to the desert heat. That said, now, this time of the year, everything is perfect. It’s beautiful, the air is crisp. I’m inspired to get out, and stay out all day long. I’m itching to explore some more hiking trail. I have several that I’m hoping to explore within the next few weeks. (The only thing keeping me from doing so is the fact that I’m in between vehicles. I’m looking at trucks every day. So I will find one soon. The right one.)

I’m both eager to explore the trails for the sake of exploring new territory, and enjoy nature, but also because I want to experiment with my new camera. (If 3 months old is still new? It’s still new to me, since I don’t know it inside out yet.) I got a new bookshelf yesterday. It’s a short one, shaped like a cube, with four shelves within. Just perfect for the corner between my bedroom window, and the closet. I put my most precious, inspiring books there,  and placed my camera on top (safely away from little curious hands..) but still in the open, where I will see it all the time. I’m thinking that it’s going to both remind me, and inspire me to take more photos. Something I usually do every day, but because of the heavy work load lately, I have almost forgotten my love. I already used it several times. Picked it up, experimented with the settings, captured some moments here and there. I’m starting to get more and more excited about the camera, just like I knew I would be. I’ve also decided to order a big print of one of my favorite photos from Grand Canyon (I’m thinking of this one. Or, I might have to go back and capture a sunrise?) To remind me of more adventures, and how I refuel my batteries. Do you have a strategy to refuel your batteries this time of the year?

I hope your week is everything good you can imagine.

Love,

Ms Zen

(Ps. The photos in this post are simple photos taken with my old iPhone 4… I know, it is time for a new phone..that will be sometime after a 4×4 vehicle, and a telephoto zoom lens, unless it breaks before that. I’m not a material girl, I just want things to work, for their given purpose. The right tools, that will do the job, allowing me to focus on the important stuff. LOL.)

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? 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