Weekend Coffee Share – green dreams during a cold spell

Hi, can I offer you some coffee? Or tea? Yesterday the sun was shining outside my window, it looked inviting so I decided to have coffee at the balcony. However, when I got out there I quickly got reminded of the cold spell we’ve had this week..let’s say that coffee at the balcony was more enjoyable last week. 

Perhaps we should take a seat in my living room?

We’ve had some cold weather with temperatures around 1F/-17C, and even colder some nights. During the afternoon it’s been warming up slightly. It is going to be a little warmer this coming week. 

How is your week? 

Work and school has been as usual. (I did find out about my new salary for 2023. There’s a process involved with a discussion about my role and overall contribution to our school. Everyone negotiates their own salary. I am pleased with the outcome.) Despite the cold weather I’ve taken some wonderful walks in our new neighbourhood. It is peaceful and tranquil. I’ve also organised my vegetable seeds, and I am prepared to start them as soon as it gets a little warmer, but I am holding my horses for a while. I do not want to plant too early, not being able to transfer them outside when they are ready. My plan is to start tomatoes, squash, and celery indoors around Easter. I might start some salad greens, parsnips, peas, carrots, turnips and radishes outdoors in a protected place at the balcony in a couple weeks. That might be risky, but it might also give me a head start. I am going to wait a little longer before starting beans and pumpkins. I am going to be organised this year and write down what date I start different crops, and my thoughts about adjustments for next year. Like a gardening journal. I haven’t decided if it is going to be online, or a physical journal. I’m looking into options. I am also doing a garden project with the children at work, I’ll tell you more about that in a separate post.

The only thing that I am growing all year round are the seeds on the top shelf in my pantry, sprouts. They are a most welcome addition to almost every meal, especially this year with the crazy food prices. 

Last but not least, some photos from my almost finished writing nook. I shared photos on Instagram earlier this week, but in case you missed them 🙂 

In case you are new to the blog 🙂 I’m a kindergarten teacher, and I want to be engaged in educational research about improving practices of teaching sustainability in kindergarten. At the moment I am working on my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. I study part time, mostly in the very early mornings (4am-6am,) and the weekends. I work full-time as a kindergarten teacher during the week.

What have you been up to? 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

12 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – green dreams during a cold spell

  1. Hi Maria! Your new place seems to be coming along nicely, including the writing nook, which,yes, I did see some photos earlier. Brrr, that is cold for this late in the winter! We did have a short cold snap at the end of February, but it has been closer to normal temps the last week and a half or so. We have also been getting more snow in late Feb/early March than the rest of the winter. For mid-March snow, we are expecting a huge storm on Tuesday! It will be above freezing, so we’ll see if we really do get that foot of wet, heavy snow…
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much Trent! I do really like our new home. I feel so grateful for this time with my children.
      It is slightly cold for this time of the year. My brother lives in a small town about one hour from here and it was -13F there this week, that is really cold for March! Like you we are expecting more snow in the beginning of the week. Stay safe out there 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I do intend to have a nature theme throughout the home, with lots of local wood and plants. Local wood is pine and birch trees. I’ll be over to see if you have a coffee share this weekend. 🙂

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  2. I love the clean, efficient lines of your furniture, Maria! Thans for sharing your pics, I don’t have Instagram any longer. 1 degree F is waayyyy cold! I’ll bet you’re glad you don’t Iive in Northern California any longer with all their crazy winter weather. Spokane is a lot like Sweden, I think, cold but winters more stable instead of 12 feet of snow! We still have a bit of snow on the ground but this week’s rain will start melting. We bought 4 apple trees to plant and we’re excited to see spring arrive any day. Have a great week my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Terri! I talked to a friend in NorCal yesterday and it really seem crazy how much snow they’ve got! I’m happy the weather is more stable where you’re at. We are looking forward to a pleasant week weather-wise. The day temperatures are supposed to be around 30F. I can take that in March, but I too really look forward to spring. I am thinking about planting a couple of apple trees at my gardening plot. We’ll see. Apples grow well here. Have a wonderful week my friend.

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  3. Oh, it’s so cold where you are. And I thought it was cold here yesterday, but today the temperature even climbed into the double digits Celsius. I’m so pleased you are happy with the outcome of your salary negotiations.


  4. Hi Maria, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Your new home and writing nook look very nice and well organized. I appreciate that you share photos on your blog as I’m not on IG. Well done with your salary negotiations, too. Have a wonderful week ahead!


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