Weekend Coffee Share

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Please come in and have some coffee, or tea! It’s been so windy today, did you get here OK?

So many things have happened since last weekends coffee share. My zen trip to Mojave National Preserve last weekend was fabulous. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the photos (part 1, part 2.) My German Shepherd Gretchen had so much fun! I took some photos of her exploring in the desert, that I kind of like.

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How was your week? Christmas? Was it everything you wished for?

My daughter arrived safely on Christmas morning, and my world is complete. I am very happy.

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We took a trip to Mount Charleston, with the family I work for earlier this week. It was beautiful, and everything was covered with snow.

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The two little angels I take care of, with their mom and dad. It was easy to see that the boys were thrilled to get some extra time with mom and dad. Such a beautiful family.

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We even saw some wild horses. They were behind some trees, and not eager to be in the photo, as it should be. It makes me happy when wild horses actually are wild, and not approach people.

It’s been a fun and intense week. I hope your week has been magical. Any fun plans for the weekend? I can’t believe it’s almost New Year! I have three days off this weekend, and I’m looking forward to give my daughter some attention. I’m sure the weekend will be filled with lots of spontaneous fun. I like to have unplanned time, just free.

Feel free to grab another cup of coffee on your way out!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

If We Were Having Coffee Together

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If we were having coffee together right now, at 6 am, my hair would be wet. I just came back from a long walk with my German Shepherd Gretchen. Every morning I take her for a long walk, (and after she’s done her business) I walk her through the obedience/personal protection exercises my trainer patiently teaches us. I take great pride in my dog. She is family, life insurance, and my best friend. I expect a lot of her, and put a lot into her. My hair is wet because it’s raining today. At least this morning, it’s suppose to clear up later.

If were having the coffee at my house, I would with a half laughter say I hope you like your coffee strong. It’s very likely that you think it’s too strong. I’d be happy to make some new coffee the way you like it. Please remind me, how do you like it?

I would offer you one of my spelt/flaxseed ciabattas, with cheese, that I made last night. I’m usually starving after my morning walk. Since you are a close friend of mine, someone I trust, (otherwise you wouldn’t be in my house,) we would be comfortable sharing a moment of silence in between taking bites of our sandwiches.

I would ask you questions (without being nosy) about your week, and listen carefully to your answers. Would you tell me about your latest project? I love listening to almost anything that someone is really passionate about.

If you’d rather listen I would tell you about my week. I would tell you about the books I’ve read. I would tell you about the conversations I’ve had with my daughter about the importance of keeping an open mind, and learning new things. I would tell you about getting my truck back from the mechanic a couple days ago. Almost certainly I would passionately tell you about my time with my new horse Ghost. He is a very sweet horse, inexperienced, and cautious around some things, but definitely tuned in to try almost everything. I’m doing my very best to gain his complete confidence. I think breaking a horse is an ugly term. When people ask me about how many horses I’ve broke, I always tell them that I pray that I haven’t broken a single one.

Ghost is doing great, (compared to no-one but himself.) He didn’t have much handling when I got him three weeks ago (tomorrow.) He leads on a loose rope, follows me through obstacles, over obstacles, I can touch him all over his body (and inside his mouth,) he lifts all his hooves for a few seconds (we’re adding a second or two every day. It’s a process. Without his hooves a horse can’t escape a predator. Horses are prey animals, so this is a big thing for an un-handled horse.) We’re working on getting comfortable around ropes, something he is very uncomfortable around. You see, my horse, is a topic I could talk to you about all day. If you seem to be interested I would tell you more about my approach to training, and how I’m trying to help Ghost become brave around anything he might encounter in his daily life. I would tell you about how happy it makes me that he is able to relax in my company. How well he responds, and the level of focus he is able to have.

I just found out two days ago, that he is a year older than I thought. He will be four next month. That is a very good thing. I would take it much slower with a three year old, than a four year old. Ghost is already showing me that he wants to work, he wants to do things. Being four, his body and brain, is more mature, and ready. I want to do everything I can to set him up for success. I really believe in him. I see him as a part of my family, for the rest of his life. I truly hope that I am going to be able to give him that. I did get an offer on him yesterday. Not that I would ever consider selling him. The person who inquired about him bought a horse that I trained several years ago, and he is coming up in age, and he is starting to look for an addition to his horse family. He loves that horse so much. It makes me very happy to see. I visited them yesterday. It warms my heart to see such a good match, knowing that I was a small part of it. If you asked, I would give you all the details. Otherwise I would ..

.. ask you a question. If you have a horse, a dog, or any other animal, it would likely be about them. How is….he doing? And how is the kids? Depending on your kids age, I would probably inquire about their school. As a teacher, education always interests me. I would probably ask several questions about that. My own daughter left yesterday, to spend a few days with her dad. It’s always difficult to see her go, but I am so happy for her that she can spend time with her dad. This past few months she’s been blessed with more time with her dad than in her whole life prior to now. It makes me incredibly happy. It’s difficult to explain. Her dad is a Marine. Retired now, but he is not exactly living a regular life. That he makes time for her makes me happy. She adores him, and despite that her dad and I don’t share the same values (the reason why we’re not together,) she will never hear me say anything negative about him. I’d love for them to have a good relationship. I didn’t see my dad much, it makes me happy that she gets to see hers. I’m doing everything in my power to make their relationship smooth. I do miss her tremendously when she’s there..like today.

I really enjoyed having coffee with you. If you’re not in a hurry I would offer you some fresh fruit before we say goodbye. This post is part of  #WeekendCoffeeShare. I hope you’ll join me for coffee again, sooner than later 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. If you would like to see snapshots from my everyday life, I suggest following me on Instagram. There’s plenty of pictures of the things Ghost and I do together, and short funny episodes from our life. Naturally my German Shepherd often hogs the pictures as well.

Ascend; Redwoods

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Have you ever walked in a Redwood forest? Have you ever experienced the stillness? The quiet? The soft crunch under your feet? Felt the spirit of the tree as you gently place your hand on the bark? Have you stopped and listened to the wind whispering in the tree top, high above your head?

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The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.

– John Steinbeck

I agree with John Steinbeck, it is impossible to do a Redwood tree justice with a camera lens, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. The photos in today’s post is from my last visit to the coast earlier this month. I have paid Redwood National Park a few visits with my daughter. The first time she was a year old, the look on her face as she first experienced the giant trees was priceless, one of those memories that I will always carry with me, deep down in my heart. In this materialistic world I find it to be the most challenging, yet outmost rewarding thing, to instill the importance of nature and experiences in my daughters heart. That the experiences you feel and devour with with your heart, are more valuable than any toy or electronic device that can be bought, (and soon replaced with something new.) These experiences stays with us, and actually gain value as we grow older, and share them with other loved ones.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

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I hope you enjoyed the walk in my favorite forest. Have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekly Photo Challenge; Ascend