Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend coffee share. Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? I have a lovely Christmas coffee to offer. It’s a dark roast with a hint of almond and gingerbread. It’s delicious. It is early Saturday morning here in Sweden and I am about to have my first cup of coffee, please join me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the the world is white and it looks like a million diamonds is spread out evenly on the ground, the cold makes everything sparkle. It’s been between 5-15F all week. I believe the cold weather is here to stay. (There’s a distant sound of a tractor clearing the snow outside my house.)

It has been a rather calm week, my daughter are well now, but it took her a lot of time to recover from her fever. We both took Covid tests earlier this week, both came back negative. I am planning on a relaxing weekend, giving her time to fully recover her spirits. There is a wonderful, traditional Christmas market with local crafts and Christmas food, up at the old Copper mine tomorrow. My plan was to go there early tomorrow morning, before the big crowds. Everything is outdoors. However, all things considered, I believe we will save it for another year and make sure we are ready to be back to school and work full force on Monday. 

I’ve been taking shorter walks every day, to get some fresh air and keep my sanity. I had a birthday on Thursday, and I took the photos in this post that day. (It snowed yesterday, and we have a little more snow now.) My birthday was a very beautiful day. I reflected upon how grateful I am to be at this point in my life, in this place, with my children, experiencing another season together, having a job that I love, colleagues that I miss when I am not at work, and the opportunity to further educate myself to make my work more meaningful (to me and others.) I am very grateful.

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share! Enjoy your weekend!



Published by Maria

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. I now reside in the region where I was born: Dalarna, Sweden. I am a mom, a kindergarten teacher, a minimalist and a gardener. Love, Maria

30 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. It certainly looks like a cold start of the winter in Sweden, my friends near Göteborg had a lot of snow and -15 the other day and I just heard they had -37 in Norrland! 😵 Anyway, I’m happy for you because I know you like snow and real winter. I’m glad your Covid tests were negative and that your daughter is better. Your photos are stunning!! I especially like that of the lake. Spegelblank as we say in Swedish!

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    1. Thank you Susanne! I do like a real winter, but -37C is too cold even for me. I experienced -35C once or twice, and that felt dangerously cold. I lived outside Göteborg for a couple years in my early 20’s and we often got a lot of snow.
      I walked into town yesterday to get a lucia gown for my daughter and I could see with the eyes of my mind how beautiful lucia is going to be this year, when everything is white all around us.
      Thank you for your kind comment, I hope you are enjoying a beautiful weekend my friend.


    1. Thank you so much! I think it is very important to go outside and do some kind of exercise every day. I am struggling with my attempts to share my love for the outdoors with my daughter at the moment, and that is a challenge.


  2. Well belated happy birthday! I love your photos. We have had some snow but it did not stay. I wish it would at this time or year. They are calling for snow tomorrow. I know what you mean when you describe the snow as sparkling diamonds. I know it is cold out when I see that. We had one morning this past week when it sparkled. Have a good week ahead and I hope your daughter is 100% recovered!

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  3. Happy belated birthday, Maria! ❤ From your photos, it looks like it was a gorgeous, wintry day. The low sun illuminates so beautifully.
    Glad to read that H has recovered and can now enjoy the Christmas season and all its delights and blessings.
    Today we are getting our tree, I want to infuse a bit of cheer into the house. Why wait another week? 🙂
    We'll put on the Christmas carols while we decorate and there'll be a pot of chili simmering for our supper. 'Tis the season to be jolly! 😉
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Eliza! Decorating the tree is fun! I bet your tree is glorious 🙂 We’ve also decorated the tree, but our family rule is that one can add decorations to the tree up until Christmas Eve. We decorated on December 1st, and added some candy canes and a homemade snowman to the tree this weekend. Have a fabulous new week!


  4. Hi Maria, I’m terrible about birthdays, likely because I’m keen on forgetting my own. I hope yours was wonderful with friends and family aplenty. Today is going to be a day of writing for me as I’m also keen on getting my first attempt at historical fiction done. It’s so close now.
    It is funny though. When I conceived of the story, I thought I’d be able to get away with something just shy of 1000 words. Ha! When the dust finally settles, it will be more like 6-7,000.
    Sometimes I wonder if I really have a writing hobby or perhaps it has me. . . ?

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    1. I like the thought of “writing having you”! I feel like that sometimes. I have done a lot of writing lately, mostly about children with socio-emotional challenges. Best of luck with your writing! Enjoy a fabulous new week 🙂


  5. Happy belated birthday, Maria! I’m glad to hear your daughter is feeling better. It’s wise to stay home and rest while she’s recovering. I hope you and your children have a great weekend and next week. Thank you for sharing your beautiful winter landscape photos and update with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  6. Hi Maria, I know I’ve wished you a happy birthday, happy birthday again! 🤩🎂💞 Beautiful photos and I bet the sparkling diamond landscape is BEAUTIFUL! I’m so happy you both tested negative and hope your daughter can attend school this coming week. Stay warm! And thank you for the delicious coffee! ☕💖

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  7. happy belated birthday and glad your daughter’s fever is down.
    The way you described the snow ” like a million diamonds is spread out evenly on the ground” was so wonderful
    and like how you caught the steam of your coffee

    tea for me 🙂

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