Weekend Coffee Share – Getting Back Into My Daily Routine

The balcony is still a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee, or tea with a friend.

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share! How are you doing? How is your week so far? Can I offer you some coffee? Or tea? 

It’s been a great first week back to work after my long summer vacation. I am a little tired, not due to the heavy work load, but getting back into routines again (remembering all the little things; times, my daughter’s activities, door codes, extra clothing etc etc.) It feels good though. I’ve been riding my bike to work, a total of about 40 miles/week. I’ve also been walking a lot with my daughter. I like getting some exercise into my daily routine. 

I took these photos riding my bike to work, and on walks during my lunch break this week.

Going into the week we had to update our closets a little, fall can offer many different weathers in our region, including heavy rains. I realised last week that we needed new rain gear. I looked at local second hand stores first, but didn’t find what we need. I am a fan of recycling and reusing when possible. If that is not possible, quality is a priority, so that the clothes can be used for a long time. I love having four seasons, but you do need a slightly bigger wardrobe compared to Las Vegas (where we lived prior to moving to Sweden.) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I was wearing a base layer of wool while riding my bike to work, on Friday shorts and t-shirt was the right fit. The mornings are starting to get cooler already, something that I really like. Do you need a refill on your beverage? What is going in your corner of the world?

We’ve enjoyed cool mornings, sometimes foggy, and warm days this week.

It saddens me deeply to read about the ongoing wildfires, maybe especially the Dixie Fire in California, since I can relate, having spent a great deal of time in that area. I’m thinking about the friendly people we’ve met during our visits there. The cafe we made sure to have lunch at every time we passed by. I am also thinking about all the properties I looked at in the area, but for one reason or another the sales always fell through. I am grateful to be safe, but so sad for all the people affected by the fire. 

The first two books arrived for the class I’m taking this fall semester. I’m going to start reading them this weekend.

What’s you plans for the weekend? I am going to start reading the first books for the class I’m taking this fall. I am excited about that. I also promised my daughter that we visit an ice cream place today. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I really enjoy spending time at home after being busy at work all week. Thank you so much for the lovely company, and an extra thanks to Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share! Have a fabulous weekend! 

Love,

Maria 

30 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Getting Back Into My Daily Routine

  1. Schools going back already, we have a couple of weeks to go. Really marks the end of summer with a tinge of sadness more than say the calendar year changing over. Gets to a certain point though for me when it becomes my favourite part of the year as the colours change and we start to cosy in. Then there is the excitement…the new books sound great, a new year…..happy new school year!

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    1. The start of a school year is definitely a new start of things. I like it. I like fall, just like I enjoy the beginning of winter, spring, and summer 🙂 Seasons are wonderful, in different ways. Enjoy the last of your summer 🙂

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  2. I’m glad that you’re doing well, Maria! I awoke to a totally smoky sky this morning. The mountains are not visible, the sun barely poking through the smoke. It’s awful but the smoke will go away. Have a great weekend! ❤️

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  3. Well done with your regular cycling and walking! I’m glad to hear you had a great first week back to work and already planned to start reading for your studies. In my province, elementary and secondary school students and teachers have summer break from end of June to after Labour Day in September, about ten weeks, so they’re all enjoying summer atm. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! Most kids have summer break until August 17th here, ten weeks. I have to start a little earlier to prepare for the semester, and some kids need to start earlier as well, due to their parents work schedule. Regular school schedules start in two weeks. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend, and look forward to a great week ahead.

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    1. Spring is something to look forward too after a long winter. I really like all seasons, but spring is definitely the season with the most expectations, at least in my books, with all the light and life coming back. I hope you get to enjoy a beautiful spring very soon. Thank you for having coffee with me.

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    1. Yes, I am deeply saddened by this fires. It’s almost too big to understand, even though I lived in the area when Paradise and Redding was burning.

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  4. Back in the saddle again! 😉 Glad it is going well and you are excited about your upcoming class. Learning something new and having an ultimate goal creates a good life. 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

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  5. I love your philosophy about clothing. I live in Washington so it’s also necessary to have clothes for 4 seasons though I’m always on the warm side so I rarely have sweaters unless they are thinner or cardigans for easy removal..lol. Fires are so hard. We just drove up for a weekend on the puget sound and on the way the sky was so hazy in spots. Have a great weekend and week ahead.

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    1. I’m usually warm as well, but I hate being cold, so layers does the work. Lately I really been to appreciate merino wool, there is a Danish company that makes eco friendly merino wool clothing in a sustainable way, I discovered them last year, and I am thrilled. I spend a lot of time outdoors at work (Kindergarten teacher,) sometimes there is long periods of staying still talking to the children, to be followed of intense exercise, and then standing still again, I need to be warm and dry to stay well. Thank you for joining me for coffee. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and new week.

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  6. Write and rest up for the week ahead. Vacation was great, but the real world is now only a few hours away. BTW, our air was clear this morning but by 9am we were getting smoke in through the windows. By 3 pm, it was clear agian – for the moment?

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    1. Write and rest sounds wonderful for a weekend, I second that, and I’ll add read, and taking care of our home to my list. I am happy that you had a great vacation. I hope the fire and the smoke stays far away from you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and a great week ahead.

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  7. I’m a bit late but enjoyed coffee with you this weekend. What a wonderful post and how great to get all those miles in on your biking to work. I hope for happy studies for you and I hope the ice cream was wonderful!! Have an awesome week ahead! ❤️

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    1. Thank you! I know exactly how busy weekends can be,. You are always welcome for a visit, any day of the week. Maybe not a physical visit as of right now since my daughter has a stomach bug..nasty stuff.

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  8. I live in Southern California and the Dixie Fire is awful. They’re pointing fingers at PG&E as utility pole malfunction caused this fire. I feel it’s a repeat of the 2018 Camp Fire which wiped out Paradise. The cycle continues…

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  9. Maria, I love your share. We moved out of CA partly to get away from the fires. So sad, but no place is immune, it seems. They are cropping up around the world. We had friends from Paradise. So much loss there. It would be so hard to rebuild after such disasters. Glad you are enjoying your walking, biking and staying fit. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Marsha! I lived right outside Redding when the Campfire raged the area, it was horrible. One of the reasons I left as well. In 2018 I had a huge garden there, the harvest was bountiful, BUT my veggies was covered in ashes every morning when I went out to collect them. It was literally raining ashes from the sky.

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      1. I’m sure. I lived in Oregon – southern when Mt. St. Helens blew up, and we had the same thing for weeks on our strawberry plants (the only thing in my garden), It was the most glorious harvest ever. But ashes are better for strawberries than for lungs. We had lots of ash last year all summer. We lived near Sequoia National Park east of Visalia.

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          1. Yes, in lots of ways. I’m so sorry for those who live in fear in the trees. We have a lot of trees in Prescott, and it could happen here, but I think we get more rain in the hot seasons.

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