Weekend Coffee Share – Writing Experiment

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It’s actually Monday morning as I start writing this post. I am going to try a different approach to the Weekend Coffee Share this week.

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?

Usually I write this post sometime during the weekend, as a summary of the past week, maybe adding some weekend plans before posting it. This week I’m going to write a few sentences (I don’t want to bore you..) every day, up until the weekend arrives. Like a diary. I’d like to improve my writing this fall, by trying different approaches to blogging. Feedback is always welcome! Feel free to grab a big cup of coffee, or tea, there’s many good ones to choose from, over at the kitchen counter.


I woke up at 5am, well rested after a full night of excellent sleep! I didn’t even use the fan I bought last weekend, to cover up the noise of the city. Maybe just knowing that I could did the trick? Or maybe the fact that I had the window open, and it actually was cooler in the room helped? I’m definitely keeping the fan, just in case..but it sure felt good to get a full night’s sleep. It’s October 1, and at 6.30am it’s only 75 degrees. We’re going to have a high of 87 today. Very comfortable, compared to 115. The humidity is 59% though, a lot higher than usual. Next week we’re going to have high’s of mid 70’s. We’re definitely going in the right direction! This week feels promising. This afternoon I’m having an early dinner with a cowboy friend of mine. He’s from Arizona, and are going to be in town for a few hours. I’m very excited about that.


How is the coffee? I think it’s extra delicious today. I got an opportunity to try the fan last night..the youngest baby that I am taking care of during the day (I’m a live-in nanny, but I normally don’t work nights,) cried a lot last night. He often wakes up briefly a couple times a night, then it’s usually easy for me to fall back asleep. Last night he cried a little more. I think he might be getting his molars. = The coffee is extra delicious!! I did go to bed early, around 9, so I did get some sleep anyways. I feel good.

I had dinner with my friend from Arizona yesterday. It was great talking about good horses, and horse training…the important things in life. LOL. If you’re not a horse person I bet it’s difficult to understand, but whenever I talk to another horse person, my feet feels lighter, and it feels like I’m dancing, like we’re in on a magic adventure together. I have never been into drugs, or anything like that, but horses is definitely an addiction of mine. I still daydream about them, like when I was a little girl. Without consciously planning on doing so, I find myself reading for sales ads, almost every day. When I go places I watch the terrain, and I think about the best way to ride a horse there. If there’s a big, flat open space, I almost always think about riding an Icelandic Horse at a fast tolt (they are 5 -gaited, and the tolt is an incredibly comfortable gait. It feels like you’re flying.) If it’s very rocky, I’m riding a mustang…you get the picture?


My first mustang Rebel, made a girlhood dream come true, when he became my friend.

Not having a horse of my own at the moment, I’m slightly jealous that there’s a couple hundred on the ranch my friend works at, and that he spends his days in the saddle, every day. No, thinking about it, I’m not jealous, I’m happy for him. It’s always great to talk to people who loves what they do, and wouldn’t change a thing. That is so rare!

We have a 30% chance of getting rain around noon today, and maybe even thunderstorms later. I have the window open as I am writing this, and it feels a little clammy. The high of 80 (!) today feels unbelievable. I love that the temperatures are dropping. On Sunday is going to be sunny and a high of 75, time to schedule some nice fall hikes!! Very exciting.


It’s almost fall in the air now! Yesterday we ended up having a high of 84 F, and I decided to go for a short hike after work. I wrote about it in my previous post. The hike up to Exploration Peak is short and sweet, with marvelous views. When I wrote the post about the hike yesterday, and posted my very first “city photos”, I realize that my new HP laptop (that I bought a couple weeks ago, when my MacBook Pro decided to die after many years of faithful service,) isn’t going to do the trick. It’s not good enough for serious photography. I recently upgraded to a full frame camera, but I can’t see the details on my new laptop. I’ll have to start saving up for another MacBook Pro, and use this as a backup. Annoying, but things happen, my daughter frequently borrows my computer in the weekends, she’ll probably end up taking this one. It will be used.

Today there’s a new Sprouts Farmers Market opening very close to where I live. I prefer growing my own produce, but when I can’t, it’s awesome to have access to fresh produce close by. I’m very happy about that. It’s close enough to walk there.


It’s 6am Thursday morning, and I’m having some delicious Major Dickason Coffee, from Peet’s Coffee. It’s a dark roast that I absolutely love. Perfect for the French press. Can I offer you a cup?

It’s been a wild night. Not Vegas wild (mind you..you know I’m not that kind if girl,) but wild like a crazy thunderstorm wild. I slept with the window open, and thoroughly enjoyed the sound of a heavy rain. The first I’ve experienced since March, I believe. My dog NEVER sleeps in my bed. She sleeps on the floor, below my feet, which also happens to be in front of the door. However, when the first crack of thunder and lightning filled the room, she took it for gunfire, she jumped up on my bed, placed herself between me and the window, and you could hear a growl from somewhere deep down her throat. It took her about 30 min to decide that the danger had passed. I asked her to get down, and she did, but she started to pace between the window and the bed (it’s a very short distance.) She’s not a pacer. I told her she could sleep on that side of the bed, but only for tonight. There was no way I could of slept at all with her pacing around. She was happy with that, and laid very still for the rest of the night. It is definitely not going to be a habit though. I am very grateful that she takes her job so seriously.

The rain made the air very fresh, and right now it’s only 67 degrees. I’m wearing jeans today, it’s the first time in a while. I love me a pair of jeans that fits just right. As you might remember, I cleaned out, and organized my closet a couple weeks ago, and this morning I realized that I only own one pair of jeans. That is not going to work. I’m going to have to make a visit to Boot Barn. I usually get my jeans, and boots there…and I usually end of buying the same models over and over again.

Today it’s the official Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden. Happy Cinnamon Roll Day! I’m not planning on baking any today, (unless I’m asked too. You never know.) I actually love cinnamon rolls (I don’t really have sweet tooth. There’s not many pastries, or sweets, that I like.) Cinnamon rolls is a classic. I think it’s partly the intoxicating smell in the air when I bake them, combined with loving childhood memories of baking them with my mom, and my grandma. I’m trying to not eat so much white flour, and sugar, and I feel that I’ve had my share this past week.

Photo of a previous batch of cinnamon rolls.

Once when I worked as a baker in Sweden, this was almost 20 years ago, as I take out a sheet of fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven, I hear a voice that I recognize from behind me asking for one. I can’t really place the voice, but I so do recognize it. As I turn around, and move a curtain that we had between the bakery, and the cafeteria, I see the King of Sweden! That I was surprised was an understatement. This was at a famous ski resort, and he loves skiing. The King and Queen did have my cinnamon rolls that day.

Speaking of baking, I baked rye bread yesterday, to go with a vegetable soup I made. It was delicious.

I started to read an exciting book last night, The Big Outfit, but Peter Dawson. It’s a western, about a big cattle operation. I’ve only just started, but it is very promising. The narrator is great, the story is complex, and the characters interesting.


I won’t be writing about getting a full night’s sleep every week, but I have to mention one last time, that I did, get a full night’s sleep. It feels awesome to start the weekend like that. I feel strong as ever, and seem to have managed to get on top of things (read:sleep) again. I saw a photo of Mount Charleston, the mountain where we went camping a few weekends ago, with snow on! Apparently it snowed there yesterday. Me LOVE snow!

I’m going to spend the weekend with my daughter. I have an appointment with an eye doctor tomorrow. I should get an oil change for my car. Besides that, I’m hoping to get to enjoy some beautiful nature, and see some fall colors up close this weekend. I did see a photo of amazing fall colors, from southern Utah yesterday. It’s not that far away..

How is your week? Are you enjoying some nice fall weather? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Whatever your plans are, have an amazing weekend! Feel free to grab another cup of coffee before you leave.



Ms Zen


Weekend Coffee Share; Book – Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget

Start your weekend with a cup of coffee with me! How was your week? 

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My daughter is thrilled that her corn is growing so much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she is going to be able to taste it, before she goes to her dad by the end of next week. 

Besides my regular job projects, horses, gardening, and being a mom, I’ve been busy working on my book, Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget. I’ve been focusing on a chapter about mulching these past few days. 

A mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of soil. Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area. A mulch is usually, but not exclusively, organic in nature. – Wikipedia

I wish that someone had explained the importance of mulching to me, sometime there in the beginning. Ohh…how much smoother the gardening learning curve would of been. It feels like a very important chapter. The chapter that I wished I had read before I started gardening more seriously. It’s been fun. This chapter is far from finished, but I feel that the book is making some progress.

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Baby fig trees from cuttings, with plenty of mulch. I add organic matters to my garden every week as needed. 

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Above is some of my squash plants, growing along a fence. If you look under the leaves, in the photo below, you’ll see….drum whirl….lots of mulching. 

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The chapters for my book is pretty much lined out. I have published a couple books before, but they have been very different, more of luxurious coffee table books. Focusing on highlighting my photography, while raising money for charity. They have been expensive to print, made with glossy, thick paper. This book is going to be a high quality book, also with photos, but made with a more normal price point in mind, that fits the title. I want it to be easy accessible for anyone who could use it. My previous books, that I enjoyed making very much, was targeted to wealthy european horse people. This book has a completely different targeted audience. Here’s a little teaser from the introduction, that explains my motivation. 

The methods in this book is a result of 5 years of experimenting with organic gardening, on a very slim budget. You will be provided with different approaches to organic gardening on a budget. They are easily adapted to your amount of space, gardening zone, and access to material. I’m a homemaking, homeschooling mom, that for the most part been alone in my responsibility to raise a healthy, happy little girl. My motivation to write this book is very personal. Especially during the first years my creativity was often tested to the max, when it came to providing healthy food, due to limited finances, and a nomadic lifestyle. I’ve lived, and I’ve learned. 

Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget, covers everything you need to know to get started; planning an organic vegetable garden, materials, compost, mulching, seeds, how to grow your food scraps, plants, trees, propagating fruit trees, kitchen herbs, mushrooms, sprouts, harvest, how to barter your produce/work for a bigger variety of local produce, and container gardening. 

I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food.  My ultimate dream is to have a small homestead, and be as self sufficient as possible, producing the majority of my family’s food myself. I am working towards that goal, by growing as much organic produce as I can. I love that gardening is a lifelong learning process. I’d love to share a few of the things I’ve learned so far. Most of these activities are kid friendly. If you have kids, I highly recommend growing produce that your children enjoy eating, and involve them in the process. There’s many colorful photos throughout the book, showing how my daughter and I tried different approaches to gardening, and the pro’s and con’s with each one. Growing my own food makes me smile, in many ways. Literally because I enjoy working in my garden, and internally because it makes me feel good eating organic food. My conscious also smile back to me when I try to lessen my ecological footprint, by eating a more locally produced, plant based diet. I sincerely hope that Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget, is going to help you, and your family towards a happier, healthier life.

This is very much a work in progress. Is there a chapter that you would love to read, that I didn’t think of? An angle that would make the book more interesting for you?  I’d love input, and constructive criticism.

Any fun plans for the weekend? Please join the Weekend Coffee Share, I’d love to have coffee in your backyard this weekend, and hear all about your week.

Happy Friday! 



Ms Zen