Weekend Coffee Share

It’s finally weekend! Do you have time for a coffee? This grey weather make me crave another cup. It’s been a great week here. How was your week?

Are you reading something interesting at the moment? This week I managed to finish four books, and only one was fiction. I often read several books at a time, I like having at least one fact, and one fiction book at my reading table. The books I finished this week was; two gardening books, one book about different teaching styles, and one fiction (western adventure.) I actually gave both of the gardening books I read, five stars on Goodreads. Unusual for me.

The first book was; Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion, Revised: Growing Food Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace. It was very inspirational. I used to have two greenhouses. I sold them during a recent change of location. I love greenhouses, and one day I will have a more permanent greenhouse. When I do build that one, I have so many creative ideas that I want to explore in my greenhouse. Realistically it’s probably 1-2 years into the future at least. I want a good size greenhouse (preferably 15x30ft. Maybe connected to the house?) At my dream place, more of a homestead type of property, (but not necessarily more than a few acres,) there’s a small orchard with a variety of fruit/nut trees, ten raised garden beds, and my green house. I would like to produce the majority of the food my family eats, and a little extra, to barter with neighbors towards the produce I don’t have myself.

The other gardening book Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency, was about planning your homestead, building gardens, and planting trees. It was a great book to go back to as a guide (just as the title suggest.) I would say that it was similar to another book in my bookshelf; Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance. (I just realized that I gave that book five stars as well!) However the most recent read was an easier read, more modern. I would likely pick up that book before I picked up the Basic Country Skills (an older, but more in-depth book.

I am not going to talk about the book I read, about different approaches to teaching. The reason being that it was to biased towards religion, in a slightly fanatic way. Something I’m allergic to, after growing up in a super religious home. (In my world violence, hypocracy, and religion is married to each other.) It wasn’t a bad book, I finished it, but I would not recommend it.

If I counted the children books I’ve read with my daughter this week, then the list would be really long. I believe in reading. I’ve always enjoyed reading, and I make sure that my daughter see me enjoy books every day, and we do read together every day as well. We enjoy visiting thrift stores to pick up new books on a regular basis. We visited a nearby Goodwill store yesterday. My daughter picked out two easy-to-read books for herself. I picked out one chapter book that we’re going to read together (with horse stories,) and one novel for me Heart of the West. I’m almost halfway through it, it’s pretty good. Easy reading. I’m waiting for some new books, school material, that should come in the mail one of these next few days. One book connected to our current parrot theme (see last week’s Coffee Share,) and one school book about gardening with children. Gardening is going to be our next theme, a natural spring theme. I put a lot of focus on making reading fun right now, my daughter is five and just learning to read. We make different word games out of her favorite books, and make art together, based on the books. When the rain stops, my plan is to take the chapter book we’re reading and hike to some amazing place, and read it there, without distractions.

There has been a lot of reading this week, but there’s also been a lot of progress with my horse Ghost. We’ve been working hard on being comfortable having ropes everywhere, on and around us, for a couple weeks. I want him to be completely comfortable with that before I start riding him, and it’s going great! This week we tried having a surcingle on for the first time. A surcingle is a strap that fastens around the horse’s girth, used for ground training, and a great preparation to having a saddle for the first time. Ropes was a BIG deal in the beginning, this was not a big deal. My horse is getting braver by the week, and that makes me incredibly happy! A brave horse, able to relax, and be content with what we’re doing, is a safe horse.


Look at those soft eyes, the first time I tightened the surcingle around his belly. Some horses totally freak out with things tighten around their belly. Ghost was already OK with having my weight on his back, now he’s OK with a surcingle around his belly, the step to having a saddle isn’t going to be that big. It’s very exciting!

I can’t wait to hear more about your week! What’s going on in your universe? Tell me all about it!


Ms Zen

Categories: Book, Coffee at my house, equine photography, Ghost, Homeschooling, Horsemanship, Mindful Living, NorCal, Northern California, Organic Gardening, parenting, Weekend Coffee ShareTags: , , ,

23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. I love your quote “In my world violence, hypocracy, and religion is married to each other.” I completely agree!!

    Loved the photo of ghost – what beautiful soulful eyes he has.

    I loved loved loved reading to my kids!!! We would buy sale books at barnes and noble as I wanted to have a collection of childrens books to pass on to their kids one day. I so enjoyed reading to my kids every night. There is something therapeutic about reading to kids, it’s a form of meditation I feel – it calms us down. I really miss those days. In fact I asked my 16 year olds if I could read a bedtime story to them as I really missed it and they just smiled at me – one of them said “Sure Mom, if it makes you happy.”

    Thank you for this wonderful post! Brought back some nostalgic memories and made me emotional – in a good way. Have a wonderful weekend. ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.

      Ghost’s kind, soft eyes was one of the things that made me fall for him in the beginning.

      The quote “In my world violence, hypocracy, and religion is married to each other.” came to me as I was writing this post. When I read the book I couldn’t quiet put a finger on why I had a problem with it, until it dawned on me during the last chapters.

      I’m so happy that you have many wonderful memories about reading with children. It’s a great gift, and a wonderland to discover books together.

      Have a wonderful, and beautiful weekend ❤


  2. So I am going to latch right on to the greenhouse discussion. I love greenhouses! I can’t wait to get mine set up. I have a small one right now that has a narrow isle in the middle for me to work from. I joke with my husband that if we put a coffee maker in there I might never come out. It is so warm, peaceful, and has such an earthy smell. I dream of a permanent structure too, maybe one day.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. That sounds wonderful! That was exactly how I felt when I had a greenhouse. It was another universe. What do you grow in yours? I had one greenhouse with vegetables; tomatoes, bell pepper, egg plant, and kitchen herbs. In my second greenhouse I had a container garden of fruit trees; peach trees, fig trees, one plum tree, a couple cherry trees, six olive trees, and some (very small) lemon trees as well.

      Thank you for taking the time to have some coffee with me 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful day!


  3. I look forward to hearing about Ghost every week and seeing photos of him! I’m reading The Devil Crept In and I can’t put it down! I’ve had lots of time to read since I’ve been off and I’m savoring every minute! Thank you for the coffee!

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    1. I’m so happy to share our journey with you!!
      I had to see about your book, and I read an excerpt from it, it seem to be very exciting! I sometimes have a hard to falling asleep when I read too exciting books.. Let me know how it goes! I enjoyed the coffee and conversation 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


  4. I often read multiple books (so many books, so little time!) and am reading still about microbes, which is interesting, but not gripping, like fiction can be. We finally finished watching the 3rd season of Poldark on DVD. Characters you love to love, and hate! 😉 Rather addicting, I’m glad to be free of its grip until next fall.
    The progress with Ghost is good to see. I’m envisioning you in the saddle!

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    1. Maybe you’re a non-linear thinker/writer/reader like me? It feels so fulfilling to have a few projects going on 🙂
      Series can be really addicting. I just watched the season final of Goldrush, I’ve been enjoying their struggles. I really like Alaska, and have some fond childhood memories from the places they show in the series.

      Thank you for your support when it comes to Ghost. I envision us there soon as well 🙂

      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I just came back from a hike in the mountains, the Trinity Alps. There was a lot of snow, for the most part it was over my knees. Some good exercise there. I think I might not get up of my lazyboy tonight 🙂

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  5. I’m reading a Nora Roberts novel right now as she never disappoints!

    We have a weeeee bit of rain today. The desert loves rain! Whatever we can get. But I think this may evaporate and not soak in.

    We (my honey and I) have been up to our eyeballs getting ready for our Rock Club’s Rock and Gem Show. It will be in two weeks. My sweet man and I are heavily involved in set up, marketing, website posts (I am the webmaster) and I also am in charge of our food trucks. It’s a pretty big shindig! 38 vendors!

    So instead of having coffee with you… I’m drinking wine! Have a great rest to your weekend!

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    1. I’ll happily join you for a glass of wine, as long as it is red 🙂 It would be my second, since I just had one with my dinner. I went on a long hike in the mountains today, LOTS of snow. It was so much fun, and exhausting. In a nice way. When I came back home I was too tired to cook dinner, something I normally love, so we ordered food from our favorite Mexican restaurant. I’m planning on spending the rest of the evening in my lazyboy.

      How exciting with the gem show! I’ve been on my way to Quartzite several winters, but always ending up somewhere else..lol. Both my daughter and I love rock hounding. We usually go to Nevada, which is a little closer. I’d love to hear more about your gem show.

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  6. Reading with your child is so important. I did with my girls and I love seeing them now curled up on the couch reading a book. Reading is not a chore for them – instead it is something that they take pleasure in. Even reading for school is not a chore for them.

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    1. I’m so happy to share our journey with you. I’m not a horse trainer, but I’ve been around horses all my life. For me it’s a passion. If you asked “a professional” it would likely be a more efficient process. Lol. Since I don’t plan on making money of my horse, but instead make a lifelong friend (he will probably live 30-40 more years, with the right care,) I have a slightly different approach, compared to someone who would train him for a client that pays them by the month. I really enjoyed having coffee with you. Have a wonderful day!



  7. I love hearing about Ghost and hearing about how he’s coming along and gaining confidence and trusting you more and more. That slowly but surely, he is healing.
    reading with my kids was always so important and I wouldn’t go a day without it but then I had chemo to treat my autoimmune disease and was really crook for awhile and it stopped. It stopped too soon. The other trouble we had was that the kids were moving onto chapter books and reading a chapter out loud is a lot. It was a strain on my voice. I guess that’s where flash fiction or short stories would be good to read out loud together, because it’s so important for their reading and it always made me feel so close to my kids. My 14 year old son is currently studying “To Kill A Mockingbird” at school and I read a chapter of that with him to get him going the other day. I am also re-reading that, reading The Book Thief and read the book my 12 year old daughter is studying for school Phillip Pullman’s “Clockwork”. That was a quick read and I loved it. It’s for older kids but written in a fairy story like format. I’m now looking forward to reading his other books.
    I don’t know if you have the Hairy McLairy series available where you are. They’re written by NZ author Lindley Dodd and they’re fantastic. Very popular over here.
    Meanwhile, while you are training Ghost, we are supposed to be training our pups and one seems to be going okay but the other is chewing up loads of stuff and munched on my watch today. That was a $30.00 new watch band. I wrote a post about it which you can reach through my coffee share which you and your daughter might like.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

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  8. Hi Rowena, I’m sorry for the delay in my answer. My computer decided to give up on me yesterday. I woke up this morning ready to rob the bank, to get a new one, I decided to try to start my old one before going to the store. Voila, it started! It was a great relief! I wasn’t completely surprised that my computer stopped working yesterday, it’s seven years old, and it has survived many adventures (including RV:ing two years in the desert. I opened it up on a regular basis, vacuuming out the sand!)

    To kill a mockingbird is a great classic. I remember reading it in my English class. I have not read Clockwork, but The Book Thief is one of my favorite books! I’ve read The Book Thief many times, and I still cry every time I read it.

    Best of luck with your pups. Puppies are lots of work, but such a great joy! I will be posting some photos of my dog, from an adventure we had this weekend, later today 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!


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