Weekend Coffee Share – I’m back!

I am so happy to be able to offer you some coffee, or tea again! My blogging break is over, and I am back with a new fresh blog; Green Dreams. In my first post on the blog earlier this week I explained how I picked the name. 

Me in one of the comfortable chairs at the balcony this morning, right after getting my first haircut since the pandemic started.

Back to the coffee! What kind of beverage can I tempt you with? There’s hot coffee from the French press (I’m having some right now,) and there’s hot, or cold tea in any flavour you can imagine. If you’d rather have ice coffee I could probably manage that as well. If you where here, visiting me in my home in Sweden, I would offer you to step out on the balcony. It’s 75F and you can have your pick of a comfortable chair in the shade, or in the sun. Half of the balcony is shaded until mid afternoon. Are you comfortable now?

Cherry tomatoes on the way, at my balcony garden.

How have you been? Are you on vacation? I’m enjoying my third week of vacation, four more to come. It’s fantastic, not having to set an alarm, just spend the days any way I please. I have to say that time off was well needed, the past semester was very intense. So far on my vacation I’ve been sleeping, reading several books, riding my bike almost every day (I got a new mountainbike in May,) I’ve had several picnics in beautiful nature with my children, and of course I’ve spent some time tending to my balcony garden.

Large squash leaf. I’m trying to grow the squash vertically, in containers, to maximise my space.
We’ve already harvested some beans, and there’s more on the way.

Do you have any fun plans for the summer? We are having a staycation, but not as strict as last summer. Last summer we literally stayed within one hour of hour house, usually much closer, the whole summer. This summer we are exploring the region of Dalarna, our part of Sweden. Here’s a post I did about a little adventure we had on Wednesday. Dalarna is a rather big region with mountains, big forests, lakes, and farm land. There’s plenty of wildlife in the surrounding forests, such as; elk, deer, brown bear, wolf, wolverine, lynx, and eagle owls. There are some eagle owls that have their nest in the old copper mine here in Falun. They had three owlets (baby eagle owls) this spring, I’ve been looking at them with binoculars on a regular basis, it’s fascinating. When they were first hatched the owlets were super tiny little fluff balls, now they are starting to look like the predators they are (still a little fluffy.) There is a Facebook group where people post daily updates, photos and videos of the owlets, if you are intereted.

Thank you for having coffee with me today, and thank you Natalie for hosting the coffee share! Happy 4th of July weekend! Feel free to share my new blog on your social media, or with anyone that you feel would enjoy some Green Dreams 🙂

Love,

Maria 

Exploring Dalarna, Sweden

The clean water of Lake Siljan

We’ve decided to explore the beautiful region of Dalarna (where we live,) this summer. Today we went to the picturesque town of Rättvik, right by lake Siljan. The water in Siljan was rather cold, but it was a wonderful day. We enjoyed a picnic on the beach.

We visited the local art and craft store, where I found a gorgeous book with water colour paintings of edible and medicinal plants.

Everything in Rättvik was so beautiful, that we didn’t even go on the hike I had planned for the day… I guess we have to come back. It’s less than one hour from where we live, I think we can manage that rather easily.

This post is part of my friend Terri’s series Sunday Stills, this week’s theme being The Great Outdoors. It’s been a fantastic day today! How is your day?

Love,

Maria

Why Green Dreams?

All my life I’ve valued intentional living, with a close connection to nature. I’m in my early 40’s, and naturally this have looked different throughout different stages of my life, I am sure this is true for many people. I am a minimalist at heart. I like the way Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist nails what minimalism is:

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”

That pretty much describes what minimalism is to me. Minimalism can be pursued in so many different ways. Maybe you ask, what does this so called minimalism look like in my life? I’m so happy you asked!

I choose to make a lot of time for my children.

I choose experiences before possessions.

I choose to not have a car. (Starting with the choice of living where I don’t need one.)

I choose to ride my bike and walk when I need to get somewhere close by (less than 10km/6miles,) and public transportation for longer distances (sustainable public transportation using renewable fuels preferred.)

I choose to not have a TV, but instead watch things I intentionally choose on my laptop. 

I value education, and learning new things. 

I value skills that makes me feel good about my self. (Knowing how to fix things at home, cook from scratch, bake bread, grow my own food etc.)

I make good use of our local library.

I choose to spend time in nature on my free time.

My home is not cluttered with unnecessary stuff, but I have everything I need.

I have a capsule closet, (adjusted to fit the four seasons I have where I live.) 

I choose the name Green Dreams for my blog mainly for two reasons; because I like to consider the environment in my daily choices, and I absolutely love to grow my own food. I am working towards my dream of living a more self-sufficient life, growing the majority of my food myself. Life happens and the dream is still a couple years away, but it is very much alive, especially in the shape of my balcony garden (and the amount of time I spent looking at suitable land on the internet..) I’m not new to the concept of blogging, but decided that I needed a new, fresh start. I hope to reconnect with old blogging friends, and make many new friends. It’s great to see you here! What was your first thought seeing my new blog? What thoughts came to mind when you saw the name Green Dreams? What are your thoughts about minimalism? 

Love,

Maria