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

Autumnal Equinox

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Last Saturday was the official start of fall. I love fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the colors, the promise of winter, bonfires, and just about everything about it. Here in Las Vegas fall has not arrived yet. Yesterday we had temperatures in the upper 90’s, and I spent time in the pool, like I’ve done most days lately. It does looks like we have cooler temperatures ahead of us, that makes me very excited!!

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Since I haven’t seen any fall colors yet, I’m choosing to share some fall photos from previous years. The first photo is taken at the 80 acres ranch I leased when my daughter was  baby. That’s my favorite horse Trigger, with a rescue alpaca. That alpaca was the youngest of the four I adopted, and he was constantly picked on by the others. Trigger adopted that alpaca, and defended him viciously.

The second photo is from last fall, and a road trip I took with my daughter, and my dog. We stayed at Harrah’s in Reno for a couple days. (A great hotel to stay at if you’re traveling with a dog. I’ve stayed there probably 20 times…or more.)The photo is taken close to the hotel. It was a wonderful road trip, we did some shorter hikes in Tahoe National Forest, around Bocca Reservoir (Truckee,) and at the Virginia Range outside Reno.

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The last photo is from one of the hikes at the Virginia Range. The reason I like to go there a few times a year, is to see some beautiful mustangs. The mustangs there have amazing colors, and markings. I’ve enjoyed watching them play on that range for the past 6 years. Lots of fun!

How is your fall? Are you surrounded by amazing fall colors? I hope it is everything you wish for!

Love,

Ms Zen

SUNDAY STILLS: CAN YOU CAPTURE THE #WIND?

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I love watching wild horses play in Nevada. I took these photos at the Virginia Range, on a very windy day.

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I actually watched these two young ones for a couple hours. They moved around some, but they stayed close to each other the whole time. It was like they were in their own universe, safe from the harsh elements of the outside world.

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, ‘I want to make a creature of you.  Condense.’ And the Wind condensed.

Emir Abd-el-Kader

 

 What are you up to this beautiful Sunday? Maybe you should make your own entry to the Sunday Still Challenge? 😉 Enjoy your day!

 

Love,

Ms Zen