Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

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I think I would choose to have our virtual coffee date on the top of a mountain today (photo above taken at Hilltop Campground, Mount Charleston, Nevada.) Why? Because I can! Would you like some coffee and conversation, with a beautiful view? Great! Nothing can compete with coffee made over the campfire!

This has been a somewhat thought provoking week. I worked overtime a few days last week, and I worked Saturday, so my new week started with slightly less energy levels than normal. It was all because of unexpected circumstances, and not voluntary overtime. It happens. We just do the best we can. In the beginning of the week one of my friends passed away. She had cancer and it wasn’t a surprise. Still devastating in its own way. She was an inspiring woman, and an amazing person. Later during the week I had reasons to be grateful for the peaceful home we have, where yelling, name calling, and disrespectful behavior doesn’t exist.

All this have been heavy on my mind. I’ve been doing a lot of meditating this week. It helped. I used to write a gratitude journal. For some reason I stopped, I still think of the five things I’m most grateful for before going to bed, and the first thing I do before getting out of bed in the morning, but I haven’t written it down lately. I decided to start again. I’m going to write down something I am grateful for every day, in a physical book. Maybe do a short summary in my coffee shares? Probably not every week, but once in a while.

Today I am extremely grateful for my good health. I will do almost anything to stay healthy; including making sure we (my daughter and I) live in a thriving environment, that we eat healthy, get adequate rest and exercise. This is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought this week. I always do, but more than usual. I NEED to stay healthy, to be able to take care of my daughter, and myself. The thought of challenges in this area scares me more than anything else. I don’t feel that I have anyone reliable that would be there for us. I prefer not to dwell on that, but at the same time I’m working very hard to make sure that we will do well.

I am grateful that I have income that allows me to provide a good life for my daughter.

I am grateful that I have a vehicle that runs and drives.

I am grateful for the bliss of another weekend.

I am grateful for the love and kindness in my life, my family and friends.

I am grateful for the amazing nature that surrounds us. All the adventures ahead.

I am grateful for life…I feel an immense sense of gratitude in my heart.

I am grateful that my daughter is doing better in school, all the hard work is starting to pay off.

..and of course I am very grateful for my faithful German Shepherd who is just the most awesome, faithful, loving dog I could ever wish for.

When we had coffee last week I mentioned that I was going to put together a new loft bed for my daughter. I did. This is how it turned out.

She absolutely LOVES it! Which makes me very happy of course. She has now turned the space underneath into her own little art corner.

How about another cup of coffee? Isn’t the view just breathtaking here on this mountain top? We need to get back here often!

How is your week so far? What’s going on in your universe? I hope everything is well with you and your loved ones. Do you have anything fun plans for the weekend?

I have some ideas for the weekend, but nothing set in stone. There’s a hot air balloon festival 1.5 hour away, there’s some trails that I want to explore, and some trail riding businesses that I’ve looked into. Perhaps we need a spontaneous camping trip somewhere? We’ll see, my daughter have several art projects she’s working on, I might just let her indulge in them, and get some kind of hike in when we need to get out of the house. I’ve been working on my online photo gallery this week, and I’m going to spend some more time doing that this weekend. I’ve been pretty good at writing a couple posts here on the blog every week, but I’m behind when it comes to uploading the best photos to my gallery. I’m almost where I need to be, I only have to put in a couple more hours of work to get there, An easy fix. I’ll take care of that this morning, to get it out of the way.

I wish you a fabulous weekend!


Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Gratitude

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As I am sipping the black magic brew this morning, my daughter is snoozing from the other side of the room. It’s a long weekend, and I’m looking forward to spend three days with her. A feeling of deep gratitude fills my chest this Saturday morning. I am safe, my daughter is safe, the coffee is delicious, bills are paid, I have a roof over my head, I have a working vehicle, I know I’m going to have food to eat today, I have wonderful people in my life, and this gift of a new day is amazing.

Truly every day is surely worth a prayer of gratitude from all of us, but today the feeling is extra intense in my chest. Mixed with compassion, and a deep sadness. Yesterday several of the most amazing people, that welcomed me into their life when I first moved to California, lost everything they have in the Camp fire. The last thing I saw before going to bed last night was video footage of the fire blazing on both sides of the main highway going through the city of Chico (a bigger college town near Paradise, where the fire started.) Someone posted a video on Facebook of horses running down the highway as well, trying to get away from the fire. One of my friends who has ten horses, was forced to leave two behind, because the fire was moving so fast.

I spent this summer, with my bags packed, and living in fear of fires most of the time. I still feel affected by the smoke I inhaled, despite wearing a mask. The more I think about it, the more grateful I feel for the unexpected changes that more or less forced me to move away from the area. A decision that would of been hard to make otherwise.

How are you this Saturday morning? Can I get you some more coffee? How was your week?


I have not used my Canon a lot this week, but I am going to use it this weekend. I did take the photo above when picking up my daughter last night. Night photography is not my strong suit. Something I would like to change, but of course…I would have to be able to keep my eyes open at night. LOL. I’m usually up very early in the morning, and by dark all I’m dreaming of is my bed, and maybe a good book.

Speaking of books, I have been reading a lot lately. I have far exceeded my goal on Goodreads, of 52 books this year. I really like reading adventurous books about the western states, of place I’ve been to, and colorful people that once lived there (real or fiction.) I also like reading self improvement books, that challenge me to become a better person. I’d say that the books I read is a nice mix of those two, with some completely different books every once in a while, to spice things up a little.

Last night I started a new book A High Sierra Christmas. Naturally the title got my attention, as I love the high Sierras. The Sierra Nevada’s are magical, scary, intimidating, and absolutely fantastic. I love hiking, riding horses, and snowboarding there. In fact one of the photos I posted on Instagram earlier this week, was taken at a ranch I leased there, a few years back.

The book is exciting so far. I’ve read many of William W. Johnstone’s books, since he write about places I love. I know his characters well, and that adds to the value of the book. Are you reading something exciting at the moment? I’m sure there will be a lot of reading, arts and crafts, and probably some baking this weekend.

My daughter and I also saw a cave, from a distance, during a hike in Red Rock last weekend, that we are going to try to climb to, at some point. That will be the adventure this weekend.

Any exciting plans for the weekend? I hope your weekend is everything you wish for. My heart and prayers goes to northern California, and all the good people affected by the fires. ❤

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!



Ms Zen


Our Most Valuable Asset

If I put a question mark after the statement in the title of this blog post. What would your answer be? What is our most valuable asset? What do we really need? If we have shelter, clean water, air to breath, food to eat – what else do we really need after that?

My mom taught me that time is our most valuable asset. I believe that to be true, along with good health. Good health, so that we are able to enjoy that time. To be able to learn, thrive, give, live, and love. What do you think? The memories we make with our loved ones, the time we spend with them, there’s no price tag on that.

This morning as I was meditating over all the good things I’m grateful for, time with my daughter came up. It always does. I’m so eternally grateful for that little voice that told me work part time when your daughter is little, and spend as much time as you possibly can with her. I’m grateful for my moms example, that showed me what’s possible, and truly important.

My daughter is 6 years old, and in school now. She has her own connections, friends, interests, hobbies, and opinions. I know she won’t remember the 48 states we visited, all the adventures, the books we read, the conversations we had, the horses we rode, and experiences we shared during her first years. Deep down in her subconscious, I know it is making a difference in her life. It sure had a huge impact in my life, still does. I’m so much more humble, grateful, and thankful now. But being a single mom in a new country, also taught me to stand up for myself, on a completely different level.

I’ve started to put together a book for my daughter. It’s not a book I’m planning on publishing, for the public to read. It’s just my thoughts, and photos from our adventures. It starts right after her birth, and ends when she starts school. I’m hoping to have it in print for her this Christmas. Her first years was as far from traditional that one could have, and I don’t think she realizes that. I think she is big enough now to appreciate a collection of stories, and photos of her first years. I’m thinking that it might help her, maybe now,  but also later in life, to understand who she is, and where she comes from. I’ve just started this project, but working with it fills me with gratitude.

I took the photo in the beginning at a 7000 acres ranch I worked at for almost a year, when she was 2-3 years old. It was in the middle of nowhere, in Nevada’s desert. We lived in a very comfortable RV, just my daughter and I. It was very peaceful. Once a week, or every ten days we drove in to town for supplies, and that was a big happening! Looking back at that time, I’m so happy we had it, challenges and all. I learned a lot about myself, what I’m capable of, and what I need, to be able to be my best. I felt that I had all the time in the world, to breath, to feel, to just listen to my daughter, and follow her explorations around the sage brush.

Just some thoughts for your Saturday 🙂 I hope you’re having an awesome weekend so far!


Ms Zen