Weekend Coffee Share – snow, snow, snow, and more snow

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, can I get you a cup of coffee? As you can see we are not at my house this weekend. I was thinking that we could enjoy our coffee chat at one of the cafes in town today, what do you think? There are some healthy choices of sandwiches, smoothies, and kombucha if you’d like, or there is coffee and really yummy pastries, if that is more to your likings.

I don’t know where to start this week. It’s been a fantastic week! On Fridays I always send a weekly (digital)letter to the parents of the children in my class, this week I started out by stating that this was perhaps the best week of the year so far. We had our final day at the ski slope on Tuesday. On Monday night there was a big snowstorm, and there was tons of fresh snow on Tuesday morning, and the sun was shining! The only day with sunshine this week. It was a perfect end to a fabulous season. 

We’d invited the children’s families for the grand final, and there was plenty of parents, grandparents and siblings there. We arranged parallel slalom, where the children could compete against each other, and against their parents. (Parallel slalom is a discipline of alpine skiing, where two skiers compete head to head on parallel identical slalom courses.) Of course the children could play and ski freely just for fun as well. We also offered snowboarding lessons for those who wanted to try that. I’ve taught 25 children in my group the basics of snowboarding this year, and plenty of children from other schools as well. We ended our grand final on Tuesday with a barbecue at the ski slope, and a prize-giving ceremony. It was a perfect day. With permission we’ve been filming the kids progress with the skis and one of my colleagues turned it into a beautiful movie. Our principal, myself, and several of the parents teared up when they watched it. It really has been an amazing year, the children have made such an amazing progress, on so many levels. The group is fantastic, their individual development and self-esteem have risen to unexpected levels, effecting so much more than just their physical abilities in the ski slope. It’s been wonderful to be a part of this. 

I left my bike home yesterday and walked to work…

Weather-wise, I am ready for spring, but it is snowing like crazy outside my window. 

The tomato plants are thriving with more hours of daylight. I now have tomato plants in all my south facing windows.

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend! What is going on in your corner of the world? Have a refill on your coffee and tell me about it!



Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? It’s early Sunday morning, and very quiet in my house. My daughter is still asleep and my son is staying at a friends house. I don’t have any school work, or work work (write educational plans, evaluations, or prepare activities) I need to do. I feel rather relaxed. I had plans to write a coffee share yesterday, but felt that I needed the day to just be in the moment, and do things that I’ve been wanting to do around the house without stressing. You know these things that doesn’t need to be done, and therefor haven’t been top priority, but you want to get them done. Do you have things like that? This time it was rearranging some plants, organise my walk-in closet, organise the storage unit (change of the season things,) and clean the cabinet in the main bathroom. I felt so good getting those things done yesterday. Neither of them was a disaster, but still, it feels fabulous to do a spring cleaning. 

I’ve realised lately that it is really challenging to take photos of the plants in your windowsills, considering the light from outside and not showing what’s outside the window. (I live in the city, and a local could easily figure out exactly where I live if I show the outside.) The windows above, and below, are in my daughter’s room.

Yesterday when I was about to order groceries for home delivery, like I’ve done since Covid started, I realised that I am going to start a new tradition there. I’ve developed a routine of ordering groceries every 2-3 weeks, it’s been working great for us, but I found out yesterday that they increased the delivery costs. It now costs almost three times as much compared to the last time I ordered, three weeks ago. I understand why, since gas prices are crazy right now, due to the craziness going on. There are two ways to go about this, I could order once a month, and go to the grocery store in between, or stop getting deliveries all together. I think I am going to start doing a weekly shopping at the grocery store closest to me, it’s a good store (only 0.2US miles away). It might even be good for us health wise, it’s so easy to get extra snacks when you don’t have to carry them. LOL. We eat a lot more fruit and vegetables during the summer, and I like choosing them myself anyways, compared to having a personal shopper pick them out for me. It has been very easy to track my grocery expenses and compare prices online though, something I will miss. 

Speaking of fruit and vegetables, the salad greens I planted at the balcony are starting to emerge, still in early stages, but still, soon I’ll have my own nutritious greens. I also put in a big order of alfalfa seeds yesterday. I like to always have some sprouting micro greens available in the kitchen. This winter it’s been a lot of mung beans, and I’ve been craving alfalfa. For some reason all the stores have been out of alfalfa seeds this winter, but yesterday I found one online that had some organic seeds, and I ordered 1kg (2.2 lbs) of them. That will ensure healthy sprouts for my family for a very long time! I also ordered some hemp seeds in bulk for my morning smoothies. 

The tomato plants in my window are healthy, and will be more than ready to go when it’s time to plant them outside. At the moment I am improving the soil quality in my pots at the balcony. I am reusing the soil from last year adding; compost, compost juice, egg shells, tea, and coffee grounds. When I transfer the tomatoes to the bigger pots at the balcony the soil will be packed with nutrients. 

What else happened this week? On Monday we celebrated International Downs Syndrome Day both at my daughter’s school, and at my school. We rocked our socks (wearing mismatched socks) and talked about that we are all different in some way, why our differences add value, and that we should always respect each other.

I spent Tuesday at the ski slope teaching kids the art of snowboarding. I spent the (late) afternoon  at my school. I had that oral examination that I was fretting about last week. I passed. That first class is now over and done 🙂 I am extremely proud of myself. LOL. I am about to start my next class this coming week. 

On Wednesday I planted tomatoes with the kids at work. They were thrilled, just as I knew they would be.

On Thursday I arranged a democratic election for the children at work. It’s election year in Sweden, and we talk about that every now and then, what it means to live in a democracy and the responsibilities and benefits that comes with it.

On Friday my daughter participated in a peace march for Ukraine at her school. All the children waved Ukrainian flags that they’ve made themselves. Our city is in the process of getting living quarters ready for refuges. There’s refuges arriving to Sweden by boat, and bus every day now. Many families are opening their homes to refuges as well. I would if I could. At the moment my daughter needs her own space.

We also celebrated Waffle Day here in Sweden this Friday! It’s a big event at my house!

There’s been a lot of mountain biking this week. I rode my bike to work every day, except Tuesday that I spent in the ski slope, I even went on an extra bike ride on Wednesday night just for fun. There is still some icy patches left, but not like before. 

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend! What is going on in your corner of the world? Have a refill on your coffee and tell me about it! I believe there’s still some waffles left in the fridge, if you’d like to try 😉



Weekend Coffee Share – A great week!

Coffee in my kitchen

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? It’s still very early Saturday morning, let’s sit down and enjoy our beverages in my kitchen. I love watching the tomato plants grow a little every day. Next week I’m going to plant tomatoes with the kids at work. I can’t wait to watch them eagerly follow the growth of their own plants. We’ve saved milk cartons and printed each child’s name on them. When the weather is nice enough for them to plant them in the ground, hopefully at the same time as the plants are ready to be planted in the ground, they get to take their own plant home with them. We will plant some extra for our school’s garden (it’s very tiny.) 

I make sure to always have plenty of time when I ride my bike to work in the morning (about 4us miles,) so that I can stop and enjoy the wonders of nature on the way .

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’ve been riding my bike to work every day except Tuesday. I spent Tuesday in the ski slope and figured that my legs could benefit from taking the bus that day. It’s been truly wonderful getting back to riding my bike, even though I’ve had to watch the ground carefully at all times, the ice is still pretty thick in some places. The day I spent in the ski slope this week was a little different, I usually have skis on, but this week I had a snowboarding school with the children that expressed a wish to learn how to snowboard. About 20 children that had never tried snowboarding before tried snowboarding for the first time that day. It was so much fun! By the end of the day I had a long list of children that also wanted to try, that I didn’t have time to help that day, they will get to try within the next 2-3 weeks. For safety reasons I only helped two children at a time. 

Riding my bike to work this week I witnessed several amazing sunrises. I’d say that it has been a very good week so far, I am very grateful. I turned in the final exam paper for the class I’m taking on time. There is an oral exam seminar next week, where one student present their exam paper, and another student ask questions, and make suggestions about it. Next week I am going to do both of those things, presenting my report (it’s an analyse of a study within the field of subject-didactics; conversational genres in the teaching of literature,) and react to someone else presenting their report. It’s only the first class of the Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. I am enjoying school immensely, perhaps mostly because it is really challenging..really challenging, like the most challenging thing I’ve done academically so far in my life. I have all the books for my next class that is starting the last week of March. I’ve started to read some, but my mind is on the ventilation of the final exam next week. I’m going to give my mind a break this weekend, and focus on my daughter and my home, maybe I’ll plant some early salad greens in containers at the balcony. I might read some tomorrow evening. 

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. Please visit her blog, and have a look at all the lovely coffee shares. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend!