Weekend Coffee Share – Home Town

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How about some strong, black coffee this Friday morning? Are you ready for the weekend? How is your week? It’s been a super awesome week here. (How could it possibly be anything else after last weekend?)

I went to a concert with my favorite country-western artist, Corb Lund, this Wednesday. I had high expectations, since I love his contemporary country music a lot, but it was even better live. It was just awesome. I posted some photos from the concert here. I don’t exactly spend a lot of time in downtown Las Vegas, even though I live only minutes away. On my free-time I usually drive in any other direction, but down town. Standing there at the concert I realized that there’s actually some things I should take more advantage of, while living here. Like going to more good concerts, and horse events (the concert was part of a pre-rodeo party.)

I read a post by a fellow blogger earlier this week, it was about her home town Sacramento (CA.) It made me think about my home town. What town is my home town? Is it the town where I was born, and where my family comes from? That I left when I was 4 years old..or is it the ski resort where I grew up? Is it where I went to college? University? Or is it any of the places I’ve lived at? Is it my current city?

I’m kind of thinking of the western states, NV mostly, but also AZ, and CA as my home. Not any of the towns in particular, but more the amazing nature I like to spend time in, the mountains, the oceans of sweet smelling sage brush etc. But my hometown? That’s a tricky one, having lived a nomadic lifestyle most of my adult life, (with a fair amount of traveling and moving as a child as well.) Where is your home town? Is it the city you currently live in? Or somewhere else?

My family’s origin is from Dalarna, Sweden. I haven’t written much about that, so I’ll go with that in this post. Both my parents where born there, and their parents, and their parents, and their parents..for hundreds of years. (Vikings, hence the blog title.) Dalarna is a region, a little below the middle of Sweden. The most common symbol for the region, the Dala Horse, is now a symbol for all of Sweden. The origin of this wooden horse is near Mora, the town where I was born.

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I think it’s a beautiful symbol. I was surrounded by dala horses as a kid, in all shapes and sizes. Some of the collective horses today is worth a lot of money. The province of Dalarna gets a lot of snow in the winter. The area has many beautiful lakes, and forests. The forest industry have been essential to the province throughout the centuries. The dala horse likely came to be when wood cutters had to spend long periods of time during the winter away from their families, passing time carving these horses for their children, to give them as gift upon their return.

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I have one with me all the time, on my left arm. A tourist that visit this region in Sweden is in for a treat, no matter the season. It’s extremely beautiful, clean, and lots of nature areas to explore. There are bears in the woods. Wolves on some places. Lots of berries to pick in the fall. The towns are spread out, and small, many of  them having main street as a walking street only, covered with cobblestones several hundred years old. My last visit was when I was pregnant with my daughter, 7 years ago. I’d love to hear about your home town!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I will read your coffee share on Sunday, I have some exploring of the western states to do before that. I have some ideas, (business in California,) but will very likely make a detour to Arizona as well. There might be some pretty horses involved. Who knows? I’ll tell you about it when I get back.

Does it start to look a lot like Christmas at your house? It does at my house. We have a beautiful tree, and the downstairs is beautifully decorated for the season. The outside of the house have a Christmas light show on display after dark. (I can’t take credit for any of it, but totally love it.)

Thank you Eclectic Alli for hosting the 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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Have an awesome weekend! Please feel free to grab a refill of that coffee.

Love,

Ms Zen

Corb Lund #DowntownHoedown #LasVegas #FremontStreetExperience

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My favorite country/western artist Corb Lund from Canada, is in Las Vegas right now. He had a concert in downtown, at Freemont Street Experience today.

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He played all my favorite songs, and it was just awesome!

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Lots of happy people, enjoying some good country music.

IMG_0814I had seen all the other artist participating in this pre-rodeo party before, but not Corb. I was definitely not disappointed.

IMG_0854So much great energy. I love how his songs  sometimes are slightly controversial, without being too much. It’s the real deal country for sure.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed the concert. If you get a chance, go and see him live. I definitely want to see Corb Lund live again.

Have an awesome night!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

Laura Bruno Lilly, nominated me for The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for the nomination, I feel honored. I think one of the few things that can make a photograph stand out, is if it’s paired with a lovely quote, or story, that makes me feel even more emotions than the photo alone.  This is the first day of the challenge for me. I’m imagining sharing different kind of photos each day, to be able to enjoy different types of quotes. Today I’m going to share some action filled photos from the rodeo I went to a couple weekends ago. The rules for the challenge are:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
– Share why this quote appeals to you so much
– Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

 

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Rodeo careers can end without warning, as quick as the next try at an eight-second ride.

– John Branch

I figure this might be a good quote to get you introduced to the rodeo with, if going to the rodeo isn’t your regular choice of entertainment in the weekends. In bronc riding, like the photos in this post, (and bull riding,) the goal is to stay on the horse (or bull, in bull riding,) for 8 seconds. After 8 seconds an alarm goes of, and if you managed to stay on for 8 seconds, the ride get scored by a team of judges. 8 seconds is a very long time when on a violently bucking horse, or bull.  If you fall off before the alarm rings, you don’t get any points at all.

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If you’re lucky enough to draw a good horse, you still have to ride him, then the next ones. So It’s probably 80 percent luck and 20 percent skill.

– Chris LeDoux
The score the riders get, is based on how they ride the bucks. Some horses bucks more violently, twists, turns, and make it really difficult for the rider. A good rider wants a horse like that, it means that he has a chance to take first place (more price money.) A horse that doesn’t buck furiously, don’t give you much points. In fact, if the horse is to lame in its bucking, you get to do a re-ride, on another horse. Many of these cowboys are living of their winnings, so it’s more than just a game for them.
Sometimes a hard day’s work is easier than a lot of things you can meet in life.

– Chris LeDoux

Chris LeDoux, in the quotes above, is one of my favorite artists. Along with Johnny Cash, he is probably the one artist I listen the most to. If I’m making dinner in the kitchen, editing photos, or drive somewhere, you can bet either Johnny, or Chris keeps me company. Chris LeDoux was first famous for being a hard to beat cowboy, an excellent bronc, and bull rider, before becoming an artist. At the time of his death in 2005, he’d produced 36 music albums.
Some guys work 125 to 130 rodeos a year. They’re just goin’ all the time.
– Chris LeDoux
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Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.
– Lane Frost (Lane died in an accident, back in 1989. Being charged by a bull, just after completing his 8 second ride..)
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It’s a good thing you got bucked off. If you’d stayed on any longer, you might have been hurt. – Unknown
Imagine the life of an old time cowboy. Getting up before first light. It’s freezing cold outside. There’s animals to feed, young horses to train, fences to mend, stray cows to locate in the wilderness. When the cold give away for the first rays of light, it gets scorching hot. There’s no shade in sight, but you hear plenty of rattle snakes, that you need to watch out for. You’re not even halfway through your work day, but it feels like your back is going to break in two. Daylight starts to fade, and you haven’t even had one conversation with another human being.
The concept of rodeos, where cowboys (in the beginning it was only men/boys,) come together to show their skill in different ranch related events, makes sense when you think of what kind of lives these men most likely lived. This was long before the time of internet, and probably even before we drove cars/trucks to visit our friends, and travel the world. Most of these hard working cowboys likely lived, and worked their whole life on a secluded ranch, in the middle of nowhere. I personally know what that’s like, after working a couple years in Nevada’s desert, but I could drive in to town at least once a week, and I did communicate via the internet with my friends every day. The kind of solitude that this kind of life offers, becomes so much more manageable when you’re able to get together with other people from time to time. After all it’s not all that glamorous to get up before first light every day, feeding and caring for animals until it feels that you back is going to break in two, I can understand that it would feel awesome to get some credit for your hard earned skills, a couple times a year. Something that perhaps made the young cowboys work a little harder.
I admit that before understanding the history, and tradition behind rodeos, I didn’t understand why anyone would put themselves in this kind of danger. I still would never do it, but I definitely feel the thrill every time I go to a rodeo. There’s a lot of pride and tradition behind each event.
There’s a big difference between me and a real, legitimate working hand, or a world-champion rodeo cowboy. I play ’em, and I aspire to be like that, but those guys are tough.
– Luke Perry
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No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

– Winston Churchill

I have this famous Winston Churchill quote on a wooden sign, currently placed in my kitchen. I saw the wooden sign in a little country store, while walking around aimlessly, feeling sorry for myself for all the time I’ve wasted in a marriage that wasn’t meant to be. It sort of reminds me how horses makes me feel, no matter what the world around me is doing. Seeing that quote at the right time, when I really needed it, was a sign for me to take responsibility for my own life, and happiness. I’ve taken that quote with me on my travels, and I try to always put it where I can see it. No one have ever commented on the wooden sign, but for me, it means something.

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My rodeo photos are available as prints in my online gallery, just click on a photo that inspire you, and it will take you to my gallery.

My three nominees for the first day of this quote challenge is;

Jane, from Jane Lurie Photography . Simply because no-one master matching amazing images, with inspiring quotes, like Jane.

Eliza, from Eliza Waters. I never grow tired of watching her beautiful nature imagery.

My third nominee is Diana Prastka Stuckey, who’s positive, encouraging stories I want more of!

I hope you will accept the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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