Weekend Coffee Share – a marathon kind of week…

Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? This morning I walked to a nearby lake and had my morning coffee sitting at a rock overlooking the lake. The fog was thick, but it had different layers, and in some places you could see the lake clearly. It was a peaceful morning, even though you could hear noises from a nearby road competing with the birds song. 

If last week was a rejuvenating bliss, this week was a marathon of tasks needing my attention. It wasn’t a bad week, just a very demanding one. There was some time for fun as well. On Monday one of my colleagues and I attended an event held by the Swedish Teacher’s Union. They are doing a major reorganisation and there was some information about that, and a lovely Italian Buffet afterwards. It was fun! 

The weather is still unusually warm for the season. There are some birch trees in our school yard and the kids and I noticed that they are beginning to bud. That’s a really bad thing since winter is supposed to arrive. Some years we have snow in November. 

Speaking of work, I am in charge of a sustainability group at work, and starting this week we are experimenting with food that can be produced locally. Since the days are short and we don’t have much light I am introducing the kids to sprouting. Throughout the winter I am going to teach them to grow many different types of sprouts. We started out with mung beans. I choose mung beans since the seeds are big and easy for the children to handle, and mung beans happened to be one of the best sources of plant based protein. Naturally it helps that they are so easy to grow and versatile as well. It’s basically impossible to not succeed growing mung beans.

Besides my walk this morning, and some errands yesterday I’ve spent most of my time this weekend preparing for next week. My daughter is attending a birthday party tomorrow after school, and there was some preparation for that to see too. I have an oral exam at school on Tuesday, and I’ve been preparing for that. Due to some kind of mix-up from the professors at the University I now attend two different classes at the same time, they usually don’t overlap (since it is a program that most people attend while working full-time at the same time.)  So it is rather busy now for a couple weeks, but things will slow down, and Christmas will be here soon, right? Overall, things are good, just very busy. 

Some of the books I’m reading for school right now.

How are things in your neck of the woods? Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share.



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

21 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – a marathon kind of week…

  1. What a gorgeous tranquil photo! You need to frame this one.
    I love that you are teaching the kids about growing their own food, a wonderful empowering thing. Good luck with your test on Tues. and have a great week… don’t forget to breathe! 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Eliza! It is a blessing to have tranquil places like this Lake Varpan nearby. I do spent some time in nature everyday, but the time in the weekend always feel better and more valuable than the rest of the ‘stolen moments’ in my busy schedule. I will slow down a little after getting my degree, I do not picturing my life being this busy all the time, but right now it is meaningful. I believe everything went well yesterday, at least it felt like it did. I hope your new week got off to the best possible start ❤

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  2. Hi Maria!
    What a busy week indeed. I love foggy weather, something mystical about it and it’s even better when you can have a cup of coffee and be in peace in your beautiful surroundings. I just Love it. It sounds like you had a productive week and I hope your studies aren’t too overwhelming with work too. Bummer there was a mess up there! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 💞

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    1. Yes it was crazy busy! I find a deep meaning in the classes I’m taking, related to my work, making work more meaningful as well. In combination with the knowledge that the workload is temporary I feel OK with it. At the moment I have a lot of energy and relish the work. I try my best to listen to my body, get enough sleep, exercise, nature, and time with my children every day. Life is good. We are all very much looking forward to moving into our new place in March.
      I love seeing you sweet horse photos, videos, and little anecdotes 🙂 It always makes me smile 🙂 Have a wonderful week ❤

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    1. Thank you John! The beginning of this week was busy as well, but it’s noon Friday now and I am starting to relax 🙂 I took a vacation day today to help my son with something in the morning, and now I am relaxing with some coffee in the comfort of my home. I have some school related things to do this weekend, but there’s no stress. It’s Friday! Have a wonderful weekend ❤


  3. I love the view of the lake. What a great place to have coffee. I don’t mind the fog, just looking at the lake is good enough for me. 🙂
    I’m intrigued by your sustainability group. I wish there was such group here. When I was in college, sustainability was the thing to focus on. I didn’t know what sustainability was until I started gardening and now, it’s a fascinating topic to me.

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  4. What a beautiful place for coffee! The week does sound busy but productive. Cool to be teaching the children about growing, using the season to the best advantage that you can.
    Hope you have a wonderful week@!

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    1. Thank you Trent! And my apologies for getting back to you so late. The beginning of this week was very busy as well, but I took a vacation day today (Friday), and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend, and a normal week next week 🙂 I hope you are enjoying a great week!

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  5. Thank you for your weekend coffee share and beautiful lake photos. Your students would benefit a lot from your sustainability teaching and passion. Good luck with your exam on Tuesday. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you! I do, sit there a lot. The lake is close to my house and big enough to not get crowded, it is always possible to find your own spot. I hope your week is fabulous one! Sorry about the late response.


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