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

Weekend Coffee Share – First week of March

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? The weather here in my part of Sweden have been beautiful all week, with cold nights, and sunny days with temperatures of about 30-40F.

We’ve been following a sports curriculum all week at work, arranging soccer tournaments, hockey tournaments, yoga, dance, gymnastics, hiking in the forest, and cross country skiing for the children. It’s been a fantastic week so far. What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Today I want to share with you a video and a song of a Swedish musician that I like. I hope you enjoy the song and beautiful scenery. I am contemplating taking my children to one of his concerts this spring. 

This summer we are going to go hiking in the mountains of northern Sweden (close to those places you saw in the video.) I did that a lot growing up, and I am eager to get back into that tradition. Are you starting to plan your summer vacation? I am waiting to make specific plans (dates, and places,) but I know that there is going to be a lot of nature, and hiking in beautiful places. That is what my soul is craving at the moment. 

My tiny tomato plants are growing, and I can’t wait to put them outside. I have seven plants in my kitchen window.

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!

Love,

Maria

Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? Or maybe some hot chocolate? 

Yesterday my kids and I enjoyed some hot chocolate during a break while playing in the snow. It was about 2F and hot chocolate was absolutely amazing!

How are you doing? I hope your holiday season was everything you wished for. I have to say this was the best Christmas break ever! It’s been such a wonderful mix of family, nature, relaxation, good food, exercise, and just everything I wished for. 

From my walk earlier today.

On top of it all I handed in my final report for the class in Social emotional difficulties and special needs education today. It’s due on the 17th, but I was hoping to finish my report this weekend, so that I can focus on work next week, and have a little break from school until I start my new school on the 17th (Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work.) I’ve ordered all the books I will need for the first half of the semester, and they should arrive any day now. I have never studied anything on this advanced level, and I might be in over my head, time will tell, but for now I am super excited! I don’t know how well you know me, but I am very stubborn, and now I’ve decided to get this degree, and I will not give up easily. It’s just something that interests me, and that I really want to do.

Also from my walk earlier today. It snowed all morning.

Do you feel that you got the time off you needed during the holidays? Are you ready for 2022? Did you make any new year resolutions? I wrote a little about mine last week. What I didn’t tell you is that I also decided to join a local gym (I told you I was thinking about it a few weeks ago.) I not only joined the gym, I had a PT help me make up a training routine that fits me. This week I’ve been there three times, and I am planning on going tomorrow as well. I feel great! 

I decided to skip the gym completely today, and take a really long walk in the snow instead. I just love snow.

I also spent some time cleaning out my closet during my break. I have a routine of doing that at least twice a year, once in the winter, and once in the summer. I have a capsule closet, and I like having only what I actually use there, anything that I don’t use I donate to charity. This time I also donated some holiday items that I don’t feel a need to save. I’ve limited myself to only store one box of holiday decorations, and the tree in our storage unit. (I would never rent a storage unit, because I think it’s insanity to pay to store stuff that you don’t need, but there is a storage unit that comes with my apartment. We mainly use it for our bikes.) 

I know that it’s going to be a very busy spring, and I am so happy to start out feeling great, and on top of my game. Would you like a refill on your beverage? Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share, and thank you for sharing your initiative with the food bank in your community. You are an inspiration to all of us! 

Stay safe out there, and please tell me what’s going on in your neck of the woods. I’m going to try to visit everyone’s coffee share this weekend.

Love,

Maria