Weekend Coffee Share – appreciating community

Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? How are you doing? 

It finally starts to get a little colder here. It’s around 27F and a tiny little bit of snow outside. I went out for a longer bike ride today and it was windy and cold, very refreshing! What’s the weather like where you live?

Since we are moving in three months I’ve been showing our current apartment to two different families this week. Everyone liked it a lot. It is a very nice apartment, just not for us. (We need one more bedroom, and prefer the countryside. We currently live in the city.) Showing other people our home made me think about how I would love to be able to see our new home in person before moving there, but I don’t know if that will be possible, it is still under construction. Can I get you a refill on your beverage?

This week I’ve been thinking about different communities that I am a part of, and what they mean to me. I really like this blogging community, I am right at home at my workplace community, then there’s my family, my close friends, my neighbours, the gardening community at the allotment garden, and my classmates at the university (communities mentioned in no particular order.) The older I get I realise the importance of being a part of a community. I don’t think I’ve realised that earlier. Today one of my colleagues/fellow gardener/friend sent me a message asking me if I wanted some more Jerusalem artichokes, she already gifted me a huge bag of them. I feel so blessed having kind, thoughtful people like her in my life. I will definitely remember her when we receive the next delivery from one of our trees in the Crowd Farming Project (should be next week.) The thought of someone I’ve only known for a few months thinking about me when harvesting in their garden makes me emotional and so grateful. It contributes to the feeling that I am at the right place in life, and that is a good feeling.

How are things in your neck of the woods? Any fun plans this weekend? I have some school work to do, but there will be time to visit my allotment garden as well. I need to put some mulch on my garlic bed. The warm weather we had earlier made the garlic grow a lot, and now they need protection from the cold. 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 believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. 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 minimalist and a gardener. I'm also a kindergarten teacher with a dream of improving practices of teaching sustainability in kindergarten. To be able to engage in educational research I am working on my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. Love, Maria

35 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – appreciating community

  1. I hope that you can have a look at your new residence before it is complete, Maria. Moving house is never fun! I’m glad that things are going very well for you. ❤️ Sunshine and 58 cool degrees are on tap for the valley today, a little too cool for me. Happy weekend! 🇸🇪

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  2. I love community it’s like a really cool extension of family. It’s so great that your garden plotters are so kind. Funny how we can get emotional over generosity, the thought that someone cares that much & you didn’t even know & being able to reciprocate, that would have to be the bestest thing about community. I hope you’re moving all goes super cruisey. Have a wonderfully snug week ahead.

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  3. It is very cool that your gardening friend thinks of you like that. It is great to feel a real part of a community.
    I can see how showing your apartment to people looking is an odd juxtaposition from not being able to see the one you will be moving to. It is always nice to see your new home well in advance of moving to it!
    I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Indeed! It makes all the difference 🙂
      Yes, yesterday there was a very nice couple here looking at the apartment, talking about where their couch would be, the TV etc. I have a plan in my head for a “maybe” set-up for our new apartment, still I do not know. I’ve seen what it can look like through a designer tool online, even a sun study, but still. I am eagerly anticipating seeing it IRL.
      The weekend is going wonderfully well. How is your weekend so far? Have a great new week?

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  4. Glad you are feeling the warm blessings of community, Maria. Definitely something not to be taken for granted.
    It has been getting colder here, too. Nights have been in the 20s, and days 40s. We even got a couple dustings of snow this week. The ground in the shadows is beginning to harden and the snow lingers there. We really have to bundle up when we go out for walks. Brrr!
    Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment 🙂 It sounds like your weather is similar to ours. They have been predicting a warm winter, with a little bit if cold now in the beginning of the winter. We’ll see. January is usually our coldest month. Have a great week ahead ❤

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  5. Maria, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. It’s great to be a part of a caring community and to feel the support. I hope your new home construction goes well without delays and you get to see it before your move. Have a great weekend and wonderful week ahead!


    1. Thank you so much Natalie! I enjoy the excitement of getting a new home, the anticipation, and preparations, but there is also many pieces of the puzzle that has to come together within a short amount of time 🙂 Have a wonderful new week!


  6. You’re so right about community. I moved to a new city during the pandemic, and I haven’t found a local community yet. I miss it!

    Good luck with your move. I hope the new construction and all the logistics go well.

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    1. Then you most definitely know what I am talking about. I’ve moved so many times in my life (I lost count.) Becoming a part of a new community, (or several,) takes time, and yet sometimes it doesn’t seem to happen at all. My next move is not very far, I’m moving to the countryside right outside of the town I currently live in. It barely counts 😉 Thank you for your kinds comment, and best of luck with getting settled in your new home.


  7. Maria, you are so right about the importance of communities. I believe our mutual blogging community was a balm during our covid lockdowns which strengthened those bonds. How nice your neighbors gift you with garden delights. Our 9 MIle neighborhood is truly amazing and I love how we can all help each other. I’m sure once you move, you will build more community in your new place. I agree that as we age, we tend to value community much more. Thank goodness!

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  8. Hi Maria – you must be getting excited about the move – I hope you get a sneak peek of your new place before moving in day. Regardless, I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful next chapter for you and your family.

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    1. Ah – it did today. Last week it did not allow me. I work around technology and this should not be such a mystery – but it is. Your site and Shari’s (western Canada) sometimes give me grief, not when reading but only when commenting.
      Anyway, I was struck by your observation about communities. Very good stuff this, and I think I need to consider and nurture some growth in this area. Over the past few years, I’ve become more isolated, slipping back to a pattern I started in high school of preferring books to people. You’ve got me thinking so there may yet be hope for me.
      I’ve joked with a high school friend who I remain in touch with, how I’m a much better virtual friend than one in real life. Perhaps it’s not much of a joke any more.
      Question: about seeing your new place, would they allow you to visit the construction site? I love visiting almost any kind of construction site and homes, without all their ‘skin’ are fascination. You could see where your plumbing and electricity and warm or cold air are routed, which of your walls are load bearing or just simple walls. Ideas might occur where you could ask for, and likely pay for, interesting variations like extra storage areas made usable like beneath stairs – an area which is frequently just walled off and left unusable, or a pass-through from kitchen to the dining room and such.
      I would think that you would enjoy just seeing your place under construction because you’re pretty good at seeing the possible when the work is still progressing.
      Hope you have a great week ahead.

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      1. I’m so happy to see you here Gary, well maybe it is all of the security around internet these days. I also have challenges commenting on some sites. I often don’t know if my comment have been left, or not. Especially if the blogger is using Blogger as a domain, but sometimes even with WordPress sites.
        We have some things in common as I often choose a good book as company. Lately I’ve been happily surprised by the blessings of being a part of a community though, and it is something I appreciate more and more. Perhaps I am just now realising that since I’ve lived a nomadic life for a great chunk of my adult life?
        I hope your new week is a wonderful one. Are you enjoying a more pleasant weather? Have a wonderful rest of your week!


  9. Hi Maria, I hope you get to see your apartment! If not, can you see a model or see it under construction?
    Communities are so important for our well. being. They give us a sense of family. How fun that someone gifted you some garden yumminess!
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for your kind comment. I have seen a gorgeous 3D model, and I’ve taken a virtual 3D tour, that is what made me want to move in the first place 🙂 I can visit the construction site if I want, but the company shares photos of the progress online, so I do not know if I am going to see anything new by going there. I will visit at some point in the beginning of next year. It is exciting! I hope you are enjoying a cosy week and that you Thanksgiving celebration was filled with love.

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