Weekend Coffee Share – February

Can I offer you some coffee? Or tea?  My son and I went to pick up some more moving boxes today. It’s only three weeks until the move. It is starting to feel very real. I’ve packed some of our things, and I’ve sold some furniture that won’t be moving with me (my red couch and the outdoor furniture that I had at my balcony.) I’ve shared the app that I use to sell my old clothes with before, and I use a similar (but different) app to sell, and sometimes purchase furniture. I purchased the used moving boxes with that app, (sold by someone living 900ft away.) I think bartering and trading is a great way to promote, and support a circular economy, when possible. How do you feel about purchasing pre-loved things?

Some of the moving boxes we bought today, and hopefully will finish packing this weekend.

A very empty living room!

I did some crocheting this week, working on that baby blanket I talked about last week. Besides that, and some school work, it’s mostly been work. Nothing special, but nothing too bad either (there’s always tons of things happening at work.) 

Outside my window right now, 5pm Saturday. It’s about 14F/-10C. A few hours from now it’s the first of a series of an annual song competition that my daughter loves. It’s about the only Swedish thing that she absolutely loves. We usually watch each competition together, with some extra delicious snacks, while debating who’s going to win. 

Melodifestivalen (Swedish pronunciation: [mɛlʊˈdîːfɛstɪˌvɑːlɛn]; literally “the Melody Festival”) is an annual song competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It determines our representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has been staged almost every year since 1959. In the early 2000s, the competition was the most popular television program in Sweden; it is also broadcast on radio and the Internet. In 2012, the heats averaged 3.3 million viewers, and over an estimated four million people in Sweden watched the final, almost half of the Swedish population. The festival has produced six Eurovision winners and 25 top-five placings for Sweden at the contest. The winner of Melodifestivalen has been chosen by panels of jurors since its inception. Since 1999, the juries have been joined by a public telephone vote which has an equal influence over the outcome. The competition makes a considerable impact on the music charts in Sweden.


How is your week? What have you been up to this week? I hope your week is fabulous! 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

33 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – February

  1. Maria, wow, time flies and your move is coming up soon. I reduce, reuse and recycle as much and as often as possible. Beautiful lights outside your window. Enjoy watching the Melody festival with your daughter. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

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    1. Yes! That is wonderful that the R:s is a part of your lifestyle. I love that!
      It was a wonderful evening watching the music festival. Many good contributions. Thank you for hosting the weekend coffee share.


    1. Sunny and 62 sounds perfect. My bike is still resting in storage, but I can see from your beautiful photos that yours isn’t.
      There are some stress factors about moving. I am trying to eliminate them by preparing everything in advance. I don’t have much stuff, so it is also very exciting to move. The new location is beautiful, spring is coming and that is all very exciting.
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

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  2. Being a minimalist, I think your move would be a less complicated thing than for most folks! Hope you find some time to get out and enjoy the crisp air. It was very cold here last night, -16F with a nasty wind. It must have been a challenging night for anyone or critter out in it. I could even hear the trees cracking. The coldest I remember here was -14F and that was without the wind. The windchill was like living in the Dakotas!
    Tomorrow it warms after dawn with a high of 45F, go figure! Have a great week!


    1. Yes, you are right. The most challenging parts about the move is packing my daughter’s various art projects (she doesn’t trust herself to do it, so I have the honours.) Lately I’ve mostly spent time outside with the kids at work, and walking home from work. I do take walks in the weekends as well, but I’d say that I would love to have a little more free time outdoors.

      It is so cold for you! Does the fireplace give enough warm to keep your house warm enough? It sure sounds VERY cold. I bet the wind makes being outdoors a shock to ones body. -35F is the coldest weather I’ve experienced, and it only lasted for a couple days, mostly spent inside. It was back when I was in highschool. Be safe and stay warm. ❤


      1. Thanks, yes, we got through it. The stove was filled constantly, full output. I even got up in the wee hours to refill it. We LOVE that stove, it is almost 50 years old, and they don’t make them that big anymore, so we take good care of it. The smaller ones don’t have the BTUs that this one does.

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  3. How exciting that your move is coming up! Will you have a balcony in the new place, like the one you had, for growing vegetables? I’ve almost forgotten about the existence of Melodifestivalen to be honest!
    It’s been a good week here with nice weather around 9-10C, good walks, work, and more. I’ve started my 150k walking challenge and since everyone has been talking about a cold snap, I’ve been walking a LOT in case we’ll get more snow and ice so that I still have a chance to meet my goal of 150 km. I hope to be able to plan my blog posts better in the coming weeks so that I can join Natalie’s coffee share soon again.

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    1. Yes, it is exciting! The new place has a balcony. It is a good sized balcony, but not as huge as the one we currently have. I am planning on growing some leafy greens at the new balcony, but most of the crops will be grown at the allotment garden.

      It was fun watching melodifestivalen with my daughter yesterday. We sometimes watched it while living abroad as well.

      Best of luck with your walking. I am, sure you will reach your goal. It is totally doable. When is the deadline?

      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


      1. Thanks Maria, my deadline is the 28th of February, but I’ve done quite a lot already. And if all goes well I can do some running at the second half of the month which makes me squeeze in more distance in less time. We’ll see!

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  4. I hope the preparation for the move continues to go smoothly. I do a little buying/selling used and trading, but not enough. i think it is a great idea, though sometimes difficult. I have a lot of thick wool sweaters that were all bought used, and all of my summer shirts are used. One thing – I try to use things until they are completely worn out and unusable. Or close (OK, my 10 year old car I just traded in could have gone another few years, but…)
    I hope you are having a good weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. I think that is wonderful Trent. I remember you telling us in a post a long time ago about a cedar chest that you store off season clothes in to keep them nice for a long time. Great quality clothing often look better with time.
      I can see how you craved that new car! It looks great. Even though I don’t have a car, I can appreciate driving a really nice car. I sometimes lease a nice car to ease the craving 🙂
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and a fabulous new week!

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      1. Think of the cedar chest reminds me, excluding things like mattresses, all of our furniture is second hand, either “antique” stores or from people advertising it on things like Craig’s list. I guess I do the reuse more than I thought… (I just like some good new things, like computers, keyboards and cars 😉 ).

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  5. Hi Maria,
    I can’t believe how close your move is getting now. So smart to plan ahead as much as possible to help with the stress. Even with less stuff, moving is stressful! Praying it all goes smoothly for you and your sweet family!! 💞

    I had time to post a coffee share this evening, this one is all about my horses. It’s so cathartic to write and it felt good to share. It seems I’m sharing about once a month. I’m thinking of doing some shorter posts in between. Our weather here is finally better as the rain has mostly moved out. I’m looking forward to riding Murphy more as the weather warms up! Have a wonderful week ahead! ❤️🐴❤️

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