Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? 

Would you like to step outside, and sit at the balcony? The outside temperature is 51F/11C at the moment, but at the balcony it’s around 70F/21C. Perfect weather if you ask me. I wouldn’t mind if it never got any warmer than this, (of course my plants would like it to be slightly warmer.) 

It’s a beautiful morning, and we’ve had plenty of those this week. I’ve enjoyed each and every one riding my bike to work. I usually ride through the park that you can see in the photos. After I pass the park the bike path takes me up through a pine forest before I reach the kindergarten school I work at. There are many different paths that I can ride to get there, but this time of the year this is my favourite morning ride. In the afternoon I take a different path home.

How are things in your corner of the world? I’d rather not talk about how the prices of food have escalated like crazy these past months, but to give you an idea, imagine that you are walking in to the most upscale Whole Food store (expensive grocery chain) in San Francisco (expensive city) and that everything in a (usually) budget friendly grocery store (similar to Walmart) nowadays have those price tags. Enough said..besides expensive groceries life is very good! 

We are getting closer to vacation time, something both me and the kids are looking forward too. I am hoping for many camping adventures in beautiful nature. 

After the vacation I am going to start a new job! Yes, that was the big news last week. I am going to work in another school district, the same distance from my home, but in a different direction. It’s situated in a somewhat socio-economically disadvantaged area, compared to where I work now. Many of the children are in great need of extra help, in a wide range of areas, language being one of them. I am going to refresh my sign language skills during the summer. I am excited about the challenge. Because it is going to be a great challenge, but I feel I have something to give, and I really want to be able to make a greater difference than my current job lets me. 

How is your coffee? Would you like a refill? Do you have any plans for the weekend? I mostly look forward to doing little things around the house. I enjoy that immensely, especially since my schedule is rather tight during the weekdays. I also hope to ride my bike to a lake I’ve never visited before. Tonight we’re going to have a small party watching the Eurovision song contest, and eating good food. Eurovision is a big thing here in Europe. Most countries in Europe have several music competitions/finals during the spring, it looks a bit different exactly how this is done depending on what country you are in. The goal is to choose one artist/song to represent the country. These finalists compete against each other during one week in May, this week, and the finalists from these competitions compete against each other tonight in a great final – The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s a tradition going back to May 24, 1956 when the very first Eurovision was held. This is the link to the live stream tonight, Saturday morning in the US. Sweden made it to the grand finale and that is very exciting of course. I really like our contribution this year, I think Cornelia Jacobs voice is very beautiful. The video is from the second semi finale. The Eurovision Song Contest is always held in the country last years winner represented. Sweden have arranged the competition six times. Ukraine is the favourite this year…and if you are wondering, this years competition is held in Italy, the winners of 2021. It would be interesting, and equally wonderful to see Ukraine arrange the competition next year.

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend!

Love,

Maria

A strong woman

It’s Mother’s Day in the US today, and I would like to wish all wonderful mom’s wherever you are a Happy Mother’s Day ❤

My mother was a strong woman, with a big heart. My sister and I always knew that we were her number one priority. She didn’t have to say it, she showed us every day. She dedicated most of her free time to us, and seemed to be very happy with her choice. She encouraged us to work hard, try new things, and step out of our comfort zone. I never questioned her authority, she was firm, but her eyes was always smiling. She believed that participating in gossip and negative talk about others (even when it was true,) would give you a negative prosperity debt. She also believed the opposite, that by thinking, speaking, and treating others in an uplifting, honorable way, you become a happier person. She was a doer, but always humble, and kind. She focused on what she could do, on solutions, no matter the situation. She was no angel, but willingly admitted when she was wrong, and made her best to make up for her mistakes. She didn’t make excuses. I never heard her curse, or saw her angry. I did see her cry, but mostly I saw her smile. Her smile is my strongest memory of her. To me, she will always represent the picture of a strong woman.

Being a mother is the most wonderful feeling in the world. I know that now. I know that my mom experienced that. Thinking of that makes me happy. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Love,

Maria

Weekend Coffee Share – The feeling of the week is gratitude

Welcome to the weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? 

How are you doing? It’s been a short and busy week here. Everyone had Monday off due to Easter, and the kids had an Easter break all week. We’ve had very beautiful weather all week (cold mornings 28F/-2C and warm, sunny days 64F/17C,) up until yesterday (Saturday) when it was windy and much cooler (50F/10C) than the other days. I’ve been riding my bike to work all week, and then some. It feels great! 

Lugnet Nature Reserve

Yesterday I decided to do a little hiking at Lugnet Nature Reserve. It was beautiful, even though I met more people than I usually do. Many times I do not meet anyone at all, sometime I meet one, or two people, but yesterday I met around ten people. It was still peaceful and I enjoyed my forest bathing. 

When I got home I’ll admit that I was a little cold, and I choose to have afternoon coffee inside. At one of my favourite spots, next to the big window bordering the balcony (see the photo at the top.) The plants are doing good, we are still waiting for warmer weather, but it is warm enough for my container garden to be outside 24/7. Enjoying my coffee next to this window, or outside at the balcony, are my favourite places to sit down for a cup of coffee in my home. 

I’ve always been fascinated by root systems, and I sometimes takes this trail just to see this particular tree with its roots bare on the trail.

On Thursday afternoon, right after work, I enjoyed a cup of coffee and an audio book at the balcony. The sun was shining, and it was absolutely wonderful. It was so nice that I somehow fell asleep and woke up 30 min later, just in time to start dinner..

This weekend I’ve mostly been catching up on things around the house, something I really like doing, (and there are always things to do.) I find it very relaxing doing little things around the house, while hanging out with my daughter. This weekend we’ve been talking about the new school she is going to start this fall, and our (undecided) plans for the summer. Tell me about your week! 

This week I’m very grateful that both of my children had a wonderful Easter break, the hopes and dreams of a lovely spring and summer to come, and all the time in nature I was blessed with this week. The week ends with a feeling of gratitude. Sunday is BTW the last day of the week in Sweden. Thank you Natalie for hosting the weekend coffee share.

Love,

Maria