Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? It’s early Sunday morning, and very quiet in my house. My daughter is still asleep and my son is staying at a friends house. I don’t have any school work, or work work (write educational plans, evaluations, or prepare activities) I need to do. I feel rather relaxed. I had plans to write a coffee share yesterday, but felt that I needed the day to just be in the moment, and do things that I’ve been wanting to do around the house without stressing. You know these things that doesn’t need to be done, and therefor haven’t been top priority, but you want to get them done. Do you have things like that? This time it was rearranging some plants, organise my walk-in closet, organise the storage unit (change of the season things,) and clean the cabinet in the main bathroom. I felt so good getting those things done yesterday. Neither of them was a disaster, but still, it feels fabulous to do a spring cleaning.
I’ve realised lately that it is really challenging to take photos of the plants in your windowsills, considering the light from outside and not showing what’s outside the window. (I live in the city, and a local could easily figure out exactly where I live if I show the outside.) The windows above, and below, are in my daughter’s room.
Yesterday when I was about to order groceries for home delivery, like I’ve done since Covid started, I realised that I am going to start a new tradition there. I’ve developed a routine of ordering groceries every 2-3 weeks, it’s been working great for us, but I found out yesterday that they increased the delivery costs. It now costs almost three times as much compared to the last time I ordered, three weeks ago. I understand why, since gas prices are crazy right now, due to the craziness going on. There are two ways to go about this, I could order once a month, and go to the grocery store in between, or stop getting deliveries all together. I think I am going to start doing a weekly shopping at the grocery store closest to me, it’s a good store (only 0.2US miles away). It might even be good for us health wise, it’s so easy to get extra snacks when you don’t have to carry them. LOL. We eat a lot more fruit and vegetables during the summer, and I like choosing them myself anyways, compared to having a personal shopper pick them out for me. It has been very easy to track my grocery expenses and compare prices online though, something I will miss.
Speaking of fruit and vegetables, the salad greens I planted at the balcony are starting to emerge, still in early stages, but still, soon I’ll have my own nutritious greens. I also put in a big order of alfalfa seeds yesterday. I like to always have some sprouting micro greens available in the kitchen. This winter it’s been a lot of mung beans, and I’ve been craving alfalfa. For some reason all the stores have been out of alfalfa seeds this winter, but yesterday I found one online that had some organic seeds, and I ordered 1kg (2.2 lbs) of them. That will ensure healthy sprouts for my family for a very long time! I also ordered some hemp seeds in bulk for my morning smoothies.
The tomato plants in my window are healthy, and will be more than ready to go when it’s time to plant them outside. At the moment I am improving the soil quality in my pots at the balcony. I am reusing the soil from last year adding; compost, compost juice, egg shells, tea, and coffee grounds. When I transfer the tomatoes to the bigger pots at the balcony the soil will be packed with nutrients.
What else happened this week? On Monday we celebrated International Downs Syndrome Day both at my daughter’s school, and at my school. We rocked our socks (wearing mismatched socks) and talked about that we are all different in some way, why our differences add value, and that we should always respect each other.
I spent Tuesday at the ski slope teaching kids the art of snowboarding. I spent the (late) afternoon at my school. I had that oral examination that I was fretting about last week. I passed. That first class is now over and done 🙂 I am extremely proud of myself. LOL. I am about to start my next class this coming week.
On Wednesday I planted tomatoes with the kids at work. They were thrilled, just as I knew they would be.
On Thursday I arranged a democratic election for the children at work. It’s election year in Sweden, and we talk about that every now and then, what it means to live in a democracy and the responsibilities and benefits that comes with it.
On Friday my daughter participated in a peace march for Ukraine at her school. All the children waved Ukrainian flags that they’ve made themselves. Our city is in the process of getting living quarters ready for refuges. There’s refuges arriving to Sweden by boat, and bus every day now. Many families are opening their homes to refuges as well. I would if I could. At the moment my daughter needs her own space.
We also celebrated Waffle Day here in Sweden this Friday! It’s a big event at my house!
There’s been a lot of mountain biking this week. I rode my bike to work every day, except Tuesday that I spent in the ski slope, I even went on an extra bike ride on Wednesday night just for fun. There is still some icy patches left, but not like before.
Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend! What is going on in your corner of the world? Have a refill on your coffee and tell me about it! I believe there’s still some waffles left in the fridge, if you’d like to try 😉