What’s up, Weekend? 22


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

Welcome to the revamped link-up that Charlotte, from My Pixie Blog, Christina from The Brave Wanderer and I host call, ‘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!

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**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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Grateful and Happy things of the Week:

1.  All five senses over the last week – sights, smells and sounds were on point while out in the wilderness.

2.  Every day, the sky was different yet incredible in its own way.

Camping

3.  The trillions of stars in the sky every night (when it wasn’t cloudy) were incredible.  I forgot just how beautiful and majestic the sky can be up in Algonquin with no light pollution.

4.  Being unplugged for seven days and reconnecting with each other sans cell phone.

5.  The beautiful and relaxing sound of rainfall.

6.  Campfires.  They’re so comforting yet mesmerising.  I love playing with fire.

7.  Seeing moose while in Algonquin Park.

Moose

8.  Laughing .sessions in the tent with Jeff at 4 a.m

9.  Canadian loons – calling out to their mates and watching them play and fish in the warm rainfall is so cool to watch.  They are literally like penguins swimming in the water.

10.  Spending our 9th wedding anniversary in Algonquin.  Sipping on a coffee while sitting on a piece of the Canadian Shield is priceless.  Every single moment was memorable.

11.  Jeff finally got to hanging up our tree hammock while camping and it was SO relaxing.  It was fun to watch him being a kid, just enjoying the moment.

Camping Hammock

12.  Country Meats beef jerky.  To die for and I’m not sure what we would have done without this tasty treat while away for the week.

13.  Warmth and getting dry after getting soaked to the bone on Thursday.  And a shower and our bed.  To die for!

14.  Hearing from my mom and getting all the Charlie updates – there was a miscommunication and he goes in for surgery July 4th with his orthopedic surgeon.  Another surgeon wanted to operate this week but because of the miscommunication, we decided to wait for his original surgeon so he could get seen by someone that has already cared for him and has done beautiful work.  Charlie is doing just fine everyone.  πŸ™‚  Thanks for all your comments and concern about our boy.  I’ll definitely keep everyone posted.

15.  Home sweet home.  It’s nice to be away but it’s also really nice coming home to familiarity and routine.

What are YOU happy or grateful for this week?

I’m back from our 7-day paddling trip and it was so relaxing.  A lot of work, a lot of fighting the elements (so much rain) but it was a nice time away and BEING UNPLUGGED, too! 

What about YOU? What do you have planned for this weekend?  Take care friends! πŸ™‚

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  • I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip! It looks like it was quite relaxing! And I am jealous you saw a moose! Amazing!!

  • So glad to have you back and I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures! I’m so sorry you had a lot of rain while you were away, but sounds like you guys made the most of your trip. And I love hammocks (just wrote about one today!). They’re the best in the summer, aren’t they? Hope you guys had a wonderful anniversary trip. And I know what you mean; as much as I love to get away, coming home — there’s no feeling quite like it πŸ™‚

    Also, I’m SO glad to hear about Charlie… have been sending a lot of good thinks πŸ™‚

  • San

    That sounds like an amazing getaway. I wish I could get J to go camping with me.

  • God’s Country!!! So peaceful!!! I can’t believe you made it an entire week!!! Wow!! I love loons and it would be so cool to see a moose in the wild. You know I have never been to Canada?? So close to us yet I haven’t made it there yet. Someday!!! Glad Charlie will be on his way to feeling better very soon!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Welcome back! I’m sure being mostly unplugged for a whole week was really nice. I’m glad you had such a lovely time. I love hammocks. πŸ™‚

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • Kim Munoz

    You’re home!!! YAY! The trip sounds refreshing. Hope the rain didn’t put to much of a damper on things! And Im glad Charlie is hanging in there. I would have waited out for his original dr too. So glad you are home. Love the pictures. Hello Moose!

  • That sky looks amazing!

  • Your pictures are amazing – glad you had a wonderful time!

  • It sounds like you and Jeff had the best trip ever, Lindsay! Your photos are amazing (that moose!), and to just commune with nature … wow. I’m so glad Charlie is doing okay. We will be thinking of him and you all tomorrow; I’m sure the surgery will go smoothly, but we’ll send good thoughts just in case.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    I’m so impressed! Happy to hear you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

  • It was a lot of working, moving each day to different portages and lakes, but well worth it once we made it to our campsites for the night. We stayed on one lake for three days, two nights and it was glorious. My husband laid in the tree hammock for hours on that day and said it was the only time he didn’t have to think or do something on the trip. Although the pictures make it look nice, man did it ever rain. But a fab trip nonetheless. πŸ™‚
    The moose were so cool!! Especially the reddish/caramel colored baby that was with his momma. πŸ™‚

  • That’s the only thing you can’t control is the weather, so we just made the most of it and dressed for the weather. πŸ™‚ I’ve got two camping posts yet to publish, one of them will be all the photos and day by day, but with work and catching up this week, I probably won’t get to it until next week.

    I washed my hair FIVE times on Thursday just to get most of the campfire smell out of my hair, it’s awful. But I tell you, showering and coming home to our bed = priceless. Our hips got so sore and bruised after the week even with a mat down. I swear the one Lake we were at for three days, we put the tent on a nice loamy area and we woke up the next morning and HOLY cripes man, it felt like we were laying on concrete!! Lol

    Charlie had surgery and it was successful. I’ll write you outside of this message, too. πŸ™‚

    Xoxo

  • Aww, what about something fun like car camping? So as to not frighten the man with anything too ambitious. Is it that he’s just not that into it?

  • We had NO cell signal all week, it was so nice. The only reason we’d hoped our phones would work is Charlie was supposed to have surgery last Wednesday and we wanted to be kept up to date with his health but we didn’t have any signal. Our phones would not stop binging when we go out to civilization, though. Lol
    Hammocks are just so relaxing and a perfect spot to nap in if you can. πŸ˜‰

  • Hey girl! It was such a nice and grounding trip that rejuvenated my senses, despite all the rain. By today seven, after having dried out for two days, we awoke to a monsoon Thursday and just decided to make a run for it and paddled three lakes ourselves instead of just the one.

    Charlie’s surgery went well hun. πŸ™‚ Wait til you see the baby moose video I took while coming up upon a momma eating some grass. He was so tiny and a beautifully color of caramel and a deep red. πŸ™‚

  • You should’ve seen all the stars in the sky(, they were incredible!!

  • Thanks sweetie! It was so nice to get away in nature and unwind from the daily life. πŸ™‚

  • It wasn’t incredible despite the amount of rain. We dried out last Tuesday and Wednesday and then made a run for it a day early on Thursday, paddling out three lakes instead of one. It was just pouring back and we figured we’d not dry out in time to go to sleep, then pack up and head out the following day, so we just gave ‘er and ran Thursday. We were back by the car by 1 and looked like drowned rats. The picture also make me look like I’m lying but we had pockets of nice weather, thankfully.
    Charlie’s surgery went well. πŸ™‚ He’s out and I’m calling shortly for another update. It’s such a relief. Thanks for all your good thoughts and well wishes, Kevin, I really truly appreciate them.

  • Thanks Cathy. I’ll be sharing more in the next week when I come up for air. Catching up while you’ve been gone is no joke!

  • It was so beautiful, Kristi! Loons are super elusive and they dive all the time so if you look out and see a pair, they constantly disappear under the water hunting for fish. They’re legit like penguin swimming, it’s really neat. πŸ™‚

    You definitely gotta come up here sometime. There are sooo many beautiful places here in Canada.

    Charlie had surgery and is doing well. πŸ™‚ Such a relief!!

  • I forgot that part of camping… how achey you can feel after a night of sleeping on the floor. But I’m sure it was a fun adventure and so glad that you guys made the most of the trip, despite the weather which can definitely complicate things!!

    XOXO

  • I suspect we won’t be camping for decades and decades from now because eventually we’ll need automatic beds like old farts, which are not conducive to camping or portaging. lol We’re getting old man.
    Despite all the weather, it was still a great time. I’m writing about it next week, my week is dunzo and I’m trying to stay afloat. Eek!
    xoxo