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What's up weekend?

Happy Friday and Welcome to the *NEW* ‘What’s up, Weekend’ Friday Link Up!

Welcome to the newly revamped link-up that Charlotte, from My Pixie Blog, Christina from The Brave Wanderer. and I are hosting, called ‘What’s up, Weekend?’

For the last two years, Fridays have always been (and always will be) a place where I reflect on the happy and grateful things in our lives, but more specifically from the last week. To expand upon that, this link-up is now open to any post that relates to happy things, happy lists, gratitude lists, faves of the week or it could also be your practice to greet the weekend with a bang/open arms. Whatever your choice is, have fun with it. But please remember that any links that are just simply “dumped” or if your blog post does not mesh with our theme, it will be deleted.

For me personally, sometimes all it takes are gentle reminders of things that have made me grateful or appreciative during the week. We live in a world full of conflict, disaster, chaos, poverty, famine, and tragedy – you name it. Reflecting on the positive, I personally find, makes me more mindful, gracious and appreciative of all things, big and small.

You can be having the worst of weeks but I always, always manage to find things to be happy or grateful for. So, I hope writing out your lists makes you happy, too!

What's up, Wednesday?

**When adding your blog post link, please remember that this is not a link dump; if it is not an appropriate link, it will be deleted.**

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Things That Made Me Happy This Week:

1. Getting back on my bike and getting some good mileage in, in preparation of the 75 km charity ride we are doing at the beginning of June.

2. Seeing a beaver in a marshy area on a bike ride.  It was so cool! 🙂

3. Kiehl’s, Grapefruit bath and body wash.  It’s so darn expensive but I decided I don’t often treat myself so why the hell not?  It just smells soooo good.

4. Watching a bunch of new tv shows and a couple of movies with Jeff last weekend.

5.  Having some final words with and saying goodbye to a commissioner whose term has ended and he’s finally retiring.  He’ll be deeply missed by the organization.

6.  Couch day with the dogs. (I got the stomach flu this past week.)

7. Kind and appreciative co-workers.

8. Getting donations for the 75 km charity ride!

9.  Being there for my mom when she needed it.  It was nice to spend a couple of hours with Quincy on Wednesday before the vet came to put him to sleep.  He passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by love and we already miss him so much.  Gosh was that ever hard watching him slip away. 🙁

10.  Feeling better after a few nasty days with the stomach flu.

What are YOU happy or grateful for this week?

I am pet sitting this weekend so stay tuned for a pet sitting adventures recap next week.

What about YOU? What do you have planned for this weekend?

Have a fabulous weekend my friends, make it a good one!

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If you haven’t already joined and would like to join an amazing group of supportive bloggers, look no further.

My friend’s Charlotte, Christina and I have formed a new blogging group on Facebook called The Peaceful Posse about a month or so ago, and its intended purpose is to be a safe and supportive place for bloggers to come hang out, share their posts, interact with others and much more. Come on over and join us! We’d love to have you. 🙂

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  • It’s always so hard to lose a furry family member! At least he went knowing only love & his people!
    Aw man, I haven’t been on a bike in years!

  • Sorry to hear about your loss this week – sending so much love and hugs your way! While watching a loved one suffer is never great, saying goodbye is always hard. But on a happy note, glad you were able to enjoy a bike ride! I keep wanting to take mine out but Chicago has decided to be in an endless cloud. It’s been raining for days and the forecast shows 5 more days of rain. Send some sun my way!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your dear Quincy 🙁 I know how much you loved him and saying goodbye to a furry friend… it’s just an indescribable hurt. *HUGS*

    It sounds as though you had some wonderful things going on this week, however (stomach flu notwithstanding. Okay, you really have had a crappy week, but I’m grateful it’s over, and that you’re focusing on the good instead. Atta girl!). Couch snuggs with the pups=best. I have a friend who works for Barney’s so she always tells me when Kiehls products are on sale and I stock up. Totally expensive but worth it! They smell delicious, aren’t pumped with chemicals, and they leave the skin nice and soft.

    That’s awesome re: bike ride! Something fun to prepare for!! Excited to hear more about it 🙂 XOXO and hope you have a great, relaxing weekend, my sweet friend <3

  • You had a big bummer of a week, I hope you get to enjoy a few grapefruit bubble baths this weekend!!

  • No fun being sick this week! And so sad about the pup. HUGS your way. And I would love to try that grapefruit body wash, that sounds delightful! I hope you have a good weekend now that you’re over the crud!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    I am so sorry to hear about your pup. That is heartbreaking. Glad you are over your stomach bug!! Those things are the worst, but it sounds like you made the best of it with some QT on the couch, much needed rest, and catching up on shows.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m so sorry to hear about Quincy – I’m glad you were there for your mom though. And oh no, I hope you are feeling much better! Couch time with the dogs sounds nice though.


  • I’m so sorry to hear about Quincy! That must have been so hard. I’m glad you got to spend some time with him before the vet came. Lots of love to you and your mom!

  • I’m glad you’re feeling better, but I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s dog. I’m glad you got to spend time with him and your mom. Best of luck with the bike ride! That sounds awesome!

  • Kim Munoz

    Oh girl, I’m glad you are feeling better. But my heart hurts for you too. Glad you were able to love on him before he went. Sending more hugs. Hopefully this weekend will include a trip to the beach or some hiking for us. I need to get out of this house and out of this city.

  • Yikes, hope you are feeling better soon! I haven’t been on a bike in years and you’ve reminded me how much I used to enjoy it. Might have to go shopping for some new wheels soon. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • So glad you are beginning to feel better. Our furry friends are often the best caregivers when we need them. So sorry to hear about your Mom’s dog. I’m thinking I need to try that grapefruit bodywash. Hope it’s a good weekend for you.

  • Recovering from an illness is always something to be happy about. Glad to hear you are on the upswing.

  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    So sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to let go of a pet. Glad you are feeling better.

  • I’m so glad you’re feeling better and of course, Charlie and Baxter were there for you when you felt sick.
    I’m so impressed with your commitment to that 75k ride!

  • Sorry about your mom’s dog, it is always to difficult to say goodbye.
    I’m glad you are feeling better and could take it easy while you recovered.
    Good luck with that bike ride – sounds amazing!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Quincy, Lindsay. Good that he was surrounded by his beloved people, and that goodness your mom was able to make that loving but heartbreaking decision to help him go. I am glad you could be there with your mom.

    Sorry also to hear you had the stomach flu. Ugh. But good to hear you’re feeling better, and riding your bike in preparation for that 75km (wow!) ride.

  • Thank you for your lovely and kind words, Lisa. Even though it was such a difficult day, he left this earth surrounded by so much love and just the fact that he’s not suffering and letting that awful cancer kill his poor body. It’s such a loss around Mom’s house without him, though.
    Get back on a bike, trust me, you haven’t forgotten. 😉 lol I just biked 16 kms last night with my hubby.

  • Thanks so much for your kind words, hun. It was so hard to say goodbye to him but it was the right thing to do. He could barely walk that morning (until I came over to the house, that is and after that, he was all tag wags and such a happy boy) and he had lost interest in eating. My mom didn’t want him to suffer so she made the call and it was really nice that the vet came out to the house and did it outside with us.
    This week has been crap (rain), same with last week, so we haven’t been able to get out on the bikes much at all, like yourself. It was sunny yesterday afternoon, so after work we got our bikes and did 16 kms before dinner. We’re supposed to have rain until Monday now.. *rolls eyes*. It’s better than snow but still, I want sunshine please and thanks! 🙂

  • I’ve been enjoying the grapefruit but certainly not in the bath tub. I can barely fit my whole body in the tub without most of it being out and cold. Its’ just no fun. If I had a Jacuzzi tub, then it’d be different for sure. 🙂

  • Thanks sweetie. It’s been a week yesterday and his ashes are ready and mom decided to get a paw print of his made. She received a beautiful card from the vet that came out to put him to sleep and flowers and a card from his holistic vet. Everyone is just so sad that he’s gone but we’re all comforted knowing that he’s not suffering or possibly in pain.
    Last week was indeed crappy, in fact I didn’t get my appetite back until Sunday night and I ended up losing about 6 lbs last week and my pants are all falling off my hips! It’s insane! I just can’t wait for this weekend. We’ve got no plans so I’m sure it’ll be good. How’s your week been love?
    Have you smelled/tried Kiehl’s amino acids shampoo and conditioner? That stuff is divine. It smells so good! I’m actually surprised their products aren’t pumped full of chemicals and I’m impressed. You’re lucky to have a friend in ‘high places’. Gotta love good hookups!
    I biked 16 kms last night! My legs feel like lead today .. Womp womp. LOL
    PS Trying to catch up on everything (35 comments, two links and an email to you. Forgive me darling.

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Beth.
    This week has been insanely busy; I hope you’re doing well hun! 😉

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, hun. I really appreciate them.
    My dogs are the best companions on sick days; they stick to me like Velcro and I love it! 🙂
    I finally got back my appetite Sunday, man was that a nasty stomach flu.

  • Thank you my sweet, for your kind words. I truly appreciated them when I saw your comment come in last Friday. I’m just grateful to have been there for my mom but also to spend a few hours with him before he left us.
    I hope you’re having a good week hun. This week is much better over here, although the weather could be a bit nicer.

  • Thank you so much Crystal. It was awful to see him go but I think it would have been worse watching him decline day after day…. Mom didn’t want him suffering and I get it completely. It’s just so messed up that after I arrived last Wednesday, he was all happy, tail wagging and walking fine. When he woke up that day, he could barely walk and he’d stopped eating days before. But what was messed up is that before he died, he was walking around the yard just being himself, happy Quincy and wagging his tail like nothing was up. And then he was gone. It sucks so hard when they leave us; I’m just selfish and wish they’ve live forever. 🙁

  • I’m so glad that I was home sick when mom called in tears, knowing that she had to make the call; that it was the right thing to do. But what played on all of us was that before he died, he was moseying around the yard, wagging his tail like happy Quincy and then hours later, GONE. I just find it hard to come to terms with death that one minute someone is there and the next, gone, forever. Death really sucks for people, for animals.
    I saw you got out of town last weekend. Looked beautiful where you were headed.. I hope it was nice for you, hun. 🙂

  • Thanks Lecy. I felt decent by last Friday but didn’t get my appetite back until Sunday night! I lost 6 lbs last week and all of my pants are falling off me. I know it’s not the end of the world but man, you’d think I’d lost 20! Thankfully I’m feeling much better.
    Oooh car shopping can be exciting and stressful, depending on how you go about it. Any cars you’re leaning towards at this point?
    I hope you’re having a great week hun. xox

  • Thanks so much Sheryl. I felt decent enough by last Friday but I never got my appetite back until Sunday night and as a result, I lost about 6 lbs last week but man, it feels like I’ve lost 20! I know it’s not the end of the world but all my pants look sloppy right now. lol
    Thank you for your kind words. I tell you, after Quincy died, I went home and hugged the crap out of my dogs and just cried into their fur. Dogs are so, so soothing for me personally.
    Try that Kiehl’s Grapefruit bodywash. It’s sooooo yummy! You won’t regret it. Also, their amino acids shampoo and conditioner is really quite nice too and has a lovely fragrance to it. I literally close my eyes in the shower and think I’m at the spa. It’s wonderful. 🙂

    I hope you’re having a great week hun.

  • It is, especially when you’re not one to get sick too often. I hope you’re having a good week, Ericka. 🙂

  • Thank you Penny, thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot. xox

  • Charlie and Baxter are like my Velcro shadows. Where I go, they go. Baxter especially, too. And in bed, Baxter is always touching my legs and often under the blankets. 🙂
    Thank you! I thought 25 kms 3 or 4 years ago was a lot, then we amped it up to 50 and that wasn’t so bad. We’ll see how we feel on the day of but they game plan is just to get it done. 🙂 Thanks sister. xox

  • Thank you so much for your kind words my dear, I really appreciate them. xo
    Stay tuned after June 4th to see how I did on the bike ride. 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week hun. xo

  • Thank you so much for your kind words hun, I truly appreciate them. I’m glad that I was home sick and able to head over to my mom’s house for the day to spend time with him. It’s just so sad that they don’t live forever, or at least until we die, you know? But I know that’s selfish. I’m just happy we had 13 glorious years with the sweet and gentle boy.
    Thanks, I’ll update after June 4th with how the bike ride went. 🙂

  • Thanks Kevin… It was so hard to say goodbye, especially with him literally walking around the yard, wagging his tail and proving us all wrong, that no, he’s not sick, not this happy, gentle boy. I’m glad I was home sick and able to spend the day with him and my mom but it was so tough. I’m also glad Jeff left work early to come be with us, too. It was the hardest thing to do but the kindest thing we could have done for him. He blessed our lives for 13 beautiful years and we are grateful.
    Last week, all around, was just crappy. I finally got my appetite back by Sunday night and lost about 6 lbs last week but I feel like it was more like 20. My pants are horribly sloppy on me this week, but there are worse things, right?
    Stay tuned after June 4th to see how the ride went. 🙂 We just biked 16 kms before dinner last night and hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend so we can get outside again, too.
    I hope you’re doing well, Kevin. 🙂

  • Take your time, sweet friend. I’m always here whenever you get out from underneath the comments and emails (believe me, I understand!). I have been thinking so much about you and am still so upset about Quincey and hope that you/your momma are doing okay. That’s lovely that so many people reached out to express their condolences. I remember my poppa telling me Linus’s insurance company (he was our first beagle, growing up) mailed him a card, and he was so touched by the gesture. It’s amazing what those expressions of sympathy can mean to us, eh?

    PS: i have not yet tried that Kiehl’s product, but now I want to 🙂 I’ll have to ask my friend when they have their next sale!


  • Thank you for always being so patient and understanding. xoxo

    ITs so nice the little gestures after you’ve lost a beloved pet. Simple gesture so take no time but they mean the world, ya know?

    You MUST try those Kiehl’s products!! 😉