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.

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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!

Love,

Ms Zen

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This week, show us the effect of time and the elements.

As a child I loved Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. About a year ago I found a collection with his most famous fairytales from the beginning of the 1900’s. It was $5 in a local thrift store. I felt like if I had won the lottery. There’s something beautiful with a book like this. It speaks to me. On the inside I found this note, dating back to Easter 1928. Someone got this book as a gift 90 years ago! That person is almost certainly dead by now, but the weathered book is still treasured.

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Love,

Ms Zen