10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week 21

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Welcome to the 10 Things Link Up!!  We are six months months deep into this awesome weekly link up that Krysten, from Why Girls Are Weird and I both introduced in late Summer 2015.  Last week and the week of Christmas was quiet, but things picked back up again last week!  Let’s spread some happiness and gratitude, and encourage others to share their happy/grateful things and link up, too.!  The purpose of this weekly Friday space is where we can all share our posts of 10 things made us happy or 10 things we were/are grateful for this week.

It continues to grow each week, which is awesome and I’m glad that I’ve had so much positive feedback about it. Sometimes all it takes is gentle reminders of things that make us grateful or appreciative. I mean, we live in a world full of senseless violence, poverty, famine, and tragedy – reflecting on the positive, I find, makes me open my eyes a bit more to appreciate the little things… Don’t you agree?

We switched things up a few weeks ago with a new #10things button that we’ll be using for the next while, so feel free to swap out the old (if you haven’t already) and bring in the new!

The rules are below (keep reading). Please remember that this is not a link dump; if it’s not an appropriate link, it will be deleted. I suspect next Friday things will be more active and we’ll be back more into the swing of things.

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

1. Freshly groomed little boys.  They’re so soft and fluffy.

Energy saving mode

2. Weekends when I work, I love coming back home because the boys get SO excited to see me and they react like I’ve been gone hundreds of years and I’ve abandoned them.  It’s nice to be loved.

3. Jeff was sweet as pie on Sunday evening.  I had two pet visits left and there was a ton of black ice on the roads after it rained all day (which then turned to a white out) so offered to drive me to my visits and wait in the car.  How sweet is he!

4. Playing in the snow with the dogs.  The sheer joy they have when they’re frolicking is just beyond precious. #smilesfordays #lifeisbetterwithadog

Baxter in the snow

6. Hydrotherapy.  All of the professionals and other pet parents there that we’ve made friends with in the last six months.  It’s be a really great journey and not what I expected.  Charlie went to his 55th hydro session on Monday.  Woo!

Hydrotherapy for Dogs

7. I got huge compliments from an elderly yogi and it was so humbling.  I have to make it my mission to do more yoga this year.  I definitely fell out of it in 2015.

8. A new sweater from my mom.

9. Heat and warmth.  It’s been really cold in the last week, so any chance to cuddle up under a blanket, or to snuggle the dogs, I was all over it!

10. Finally coming to terms and accepting that certain friendships are over.  And you know what?  Letting shit go is such a great feeling.  I guess that right there is growth…

Bonus:  It’s my sweet Baxter’s 8th birthday today!! 🙂


Just relaxin’, Mom…

And those were the 10 things that made me happy this week. 🙂

I’ll be back on Monday or Tuesday with my Weekend Recap – I’m already up north with Jeff for a long weekend visiting his parents and also competing in an action shooting match.  What are you doing this weekend?

I swear, this is the last time I say it: Happy New Years to you all and my very best wishes for 2016! I hope it is a great one!!


Have a fabulous weekend my friends!! xox

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  • Aw, how sweet of Jeff to drive and wait – definitely a keeper! And your pups – so cute! Happy Birthday to Baxter!! Wishing you a warm and cuddly weekend! hugs xxx

  • He can be a pain in the arse but he’s so good to me.
    Thanks Hun 🙂 Going to call my mom right now (I’m up north) and tell her to give my boy a big kiss!
    Have a great weekend lovey! xo

  • Letting shit go is a great feeling – and letting go of some friends is hard, but I’m guessing there is a good reason you’re letting go. 🙂

  • It totally is. Sometimes it’s necessary to let go. I can’t be friends with catty, toxic people. Life is too short to settle… 🙂

    Have a great weekend hun. xoxo

  • Letting shit go is a GREAT feeling!

  • Right?! I need to practice more of this art, because it’s therapeutic and I feel lighter and less burdened by bullshit!

  • Oh, I can totally relate to your #10, letting stuff go. I let go of a 30 year friendship last year. Well, we once were really good friends, we were best friends in elementary school, but after we graduated high school and went our separate ways, we were more like acquaintances with a shared history as friends. I’ll be honest, the “friendship” had been on life support for a while. Once I let it go and accepted that not all friendships are meant to last forever, I was OK with that. It takes a lot of bravery to let things like that go. Kudos to you!

  • Happy birthday Baxter! And #4… YES! I love watching Mina play in the snow. It brings me so much joy to watch her play and I find that I want to spend time outside so that she can have a blast. 🙂

  • Julie Smith

    That is so nice that Jeff drove you. That makes you feel so loved, right!! And it has been cold for sure. We went on a run this morning and it was 19. And sometimes you have to let some friends go to make room for the new ones that are better for you, you know. Have a wonderful weekend Lindsay!!

  • I have recently come to terms with certain friendships being over myself. It was really painful at first but I am overcoming it. Happy Birthday to your son!

  • Wow, 30 years is a long time but sometimes, sadly, it’s necessary. Someone once told me it’s okay that certain friendships have expiration dates. Maybe they’re meant to teach us something, you know? It takes maturity and wisdom to know when to step away. For lack of a better word, it sucks but sometimes that’s life.

  • Thanks girl! It’s amazing what our dogs can teach us and open our eyes to. I don’t like winter but seeing them happy, it’s priceless.
    Have a good weekend Hun xo

  • I was extremely grateful. That is definitely love. 🙂
    Lots of snow up north at my Inlaws!! It’s so pretty!
    Yep, unfortunately sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you, even if it hurts. C’est la vie.

    Enjoy your weekend Julie xoxo

  • I agree that life is better with a dog. I love my dog, but he’s not quite a little puppy anymore. But, that doesn’t stop the puppy snuggles! I’d never heard of hydrotherapy for dogs, it looks interesting. I’ve been coming to terms with ending friendships this past year. It’s something that’s hard to face, but a weight lifted off your shoulder when it’s done. And happy birthday Baxter!!

  • Hi Lindsay, first of all, anything to do with pups is a good and wonderful thing. They do have a way to make us happy just through their presence. And as it relates to #10, there are really cycles to friendships, aren’t there? The ones that survive all the cycles are the ones worth keeping. And it is a burden lifted, although sometimes a sad one, when you come to that realization.
    Happy Sunday, Lynn

  • Sometimes it’s just necessary, eh? I’m finally at peace with it. I’m better off … 🙂
    Have a great evening Hun! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Baxter!!

  • You’re welcome:)

  • I can see your hubby can lift him – how heavy is the big lug?? He looks like a mix of some kind, Rotti?
    Hydrotherapy is a great tool for rehabilitation but also their fitness, which for us, living in Ontario, it’s ideal having our dog (that WAS in hydro for post-surgery initially) get his exercise in the water without impact on his joints BUT also I don’t have to worry about him slipping on the ice and snow. It’s really amazing all the technology and tools they have for animals. 🙂
    As you can tell, I adore animals! 🙂
    Thanks girl, have a great evening Gina xoxo

  • Personally, if anything involves dogs, I’m a happy gal. 🙂
    I never really thought of friendships as cyclical until someone told me that some aren’t meant to be lifetime friendships but they’re meant to teach us something, or at least I think this example was. I trust too easily, and that’s part of the problem. I settle when I shouldn’t and I guess it just bogs down to wanted to be accepted and liked, you know? But each friendship that comes to an end is a lesson learned of some sort. 🙂
    Hope you have a great week Lynn!

  • He’s about 80 pounds. He is half Rotti, other half German Shepherd. That is a really good idea. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’ll have to see if there’s any where we live. It’s been so cold lately that he doesn’t seem to want to go for walks. Thanks for all the information! 😀

  • He is 80 lbs of pure love no doubt. 🙂
    Yeah hydrotherapy is great for rehabilitation post surgery and other injuries but it’s even good for their regular fitness and if you live somewhere cold or you worry about ice and salt, it’s nice to be able to have the option to take them somewhere indoors to get some exercise. We go twice a week and pay for an unlimited membership and it works out to be about 18 dollars per visit. And it’s great bonding time.

    Youre wecome Gina xo