What’s up, Weekend? 24

What's up weekend?

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

Welcome to the Happy Friday link-up that Charlotte, from My Pixie Blog, Beth from The Beth Next Door and I host call, ‘What’s up, Weekend?’ Christina is no longer hosting our link up as she is busy with life and other personal things at the moment. She may come back, I don’t know but not to worry, we are all still close and everything is as good as ever.

For over the last two and a half 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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Holy crap it has been such a long and busy week, anyone else out there feel like they’re drowning??

Grateful and Happy things of the Week:

  • Stargazing up north and seeing over a handful of shooting stars.  It was magical. 
  • Supporting Jeff in the planning stages, as well as organizing and making last weekend’s target shooting tournament actually happen.  It takes months and months of planning but it’s worth all of the bumps along the way and plus, all of the shooters have nothing but wonderful things to say about it each year and that it just keeps getting better and better.  I’m so proud of him.
  • Beautiful weather and many days of gorgeous sunsets.

What's up Weekend?

  • Hanging out with some genuinely good people who are just very laid-back like Jeff and I are.
  • Seeing all of our (old) friends at doggy rehab.  Although the circumstances of what led us there are unfortunate, we are happy to see them.  We have such a great team of people rooting for and helping Charlie in his recovery.  We are so blessed.
  • Which leads me to this next point. We are very blessed that we are able to provide all of the rehabilitation (and surgery) for our boy.  It is not cheap but he is our fur-kid and we feel that he has many more years ahead of him, so we took a chance with him being 10 years old now and it has turned out to be the best decision, and the right one. It’s only up from here. 🙂

Charlie post-surgery


  • Helpful, reliable people at work that have my back.
  • Earlier this week I got a lovely phone call from the wife of one of our commissioners who recently retired at the age of 86 and she personally thanked me for helping her hubby over the last seven years that I’ve been with my employer.  It was so nice to be acknowledged and to know that he thought so highly of me.  I’m really gonna miss this guy.  🙁
  • My mom. I just can’t express how grateful I/we are to have my mom.  She watches Charlie during the week and does all of his walks and exercises and everything and she just does so much for us that thank yous just don’t express the depth of our gratitude.  We are so fortunate to have her.

Mom and I a couple of years ago

  • Giving to the less fortunate.  There is so much suffering and hardship out there that all my problems pale in comparison to their. I see homeless people or drug addicts begging for money on the sidewalks and I wonder what brought  them to where they are today.  Everyone has a story and I just have so much compassion and empathy for those that struggle, the lost ones….

What are YOU happy or grateful for this week?

I’m so tired and all I want to do is sleep, but nope, not this weekend.  I am working this weekend at my pet sitting job so stay tuned for a Pet Sitting Adventures August Edition post sometime early next week.  I think I’ve got about 32 visits on the schedule at the moment, so it’s going to be a busy one.  Plus, the dogs will be home and Charlie has rehab exercises we have to do with him three times a day AND sometime this weekend, I also have to take impressions of my teeth for a cool #sponsored teeth whitening product from #SmileBrilliant that I’m going to be sharing with you all in the near future.  Lots of things on the go and running out of summer, holy cow, where has it gone?!

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

Take care my friends! 🙂

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  • TheEmiTimes

    It looks like you had a great week. I love watching the night sky. Shooting stars are so beautiful. Moms are just the best. I hope you have a great weekend.

  • I’m glad it’s going well with Charlie’s therapy! That one picture of him in the water kills me, he looks like he is smiling! So cute! I hope all the pet sitting goes well this weekend and that you get at least a little rest! <3 xoxo

  • Pictures of Charlie always make me happy and it reassures me as we are also in the “Buster’s old… can he handle this” kind of talks. It’s hard when they age and we just want to help but I’m SO glad you found a great support system around you AND that the therapy is helping out the little fella so much 🙂 sending much <3 to him!!

    Awww, love that pic of you and your momma! You look a lot alike! And how sweet it is to have that kind of feedback at work… it's nice to know that our efforts are being recognized, and how wonderful that you contributed to this now retired man's happy moments from work.

    Couldn't agree more re: giving back. In times like these especially it's important to share the love, eh?

    Sending all my love to you, sweet girl, and so glad to hear that all went well last weekend AND look at those gorgeous photos you get in your neck of the woods!!! perfect <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    Aw, I’m so glad that Charlie is doing well and it’s great that you’re able to afford care for him. I do think it’s worth it! He’s got a lot of life left in him I’m sure! 🙂

    I’m glad your mom is around to help so much too. I love my mom – she’s one of my best friends.


  • So happy to hear Charlie is doing so well in rehab! He’s such a cutie and he’s so lucky to have the two of you.

    I love that picture of you and your mom too! It’s always so cool to read about how close the two of you are. My parents do so much for me and my siblings. It always amazes me how much time and effort they continue to put in for us–and want to put in for us. I’m so blessed to have them!

  • Kim Munoz

    Isn’t it nice to find other grown ups who are as chill as you! Just yesterday I was cracking jokes with my BFF and her husband and thought Thank God they still love my crazy ass! HAHAH. And your mom. I love her too just from hearing about here here! We have nothing planned this weekend so who knows what kind of trouble we will find ourselves in! Sounds like you will be busy enough for both of us! XOXO

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Your list is beautiful. I love the giving back, your mom, hoping with the fur baby. What a blessed week. There is something so magical about stargazing. It’s really fun when I get to see them, but shooting stars are even more magical.

  • What a great list, Lindsay. I loved all those things, but I think my favorite was what you expressed about your mom, and that picture of the two of you with the (is it an) alpaca!

    Today, we volunteered for a bit, then went to an oyster festival (music, food, crafts, rides and other fun stuff), and tomorrow we’ll be volunteering again, and then getting together with some pals afterwards. Fun weekend. Hope yours is going well, too!

  • Sounds like you had a wonderful week.
    Stargazing is beautiful and seeing a shooting star is always so special (hope you made a wish!)
    So glad that Charlie is doing well – what a cute picture of him – he looks so happy in the water.
    Always lovely when you’ve done a great job and it is appreciated.
    The picture of you and your Mom is so cool 🙂
    Hope you had a stunning weekend.

  • We saw some shooting stars on our last evening camping. I haven’t seen any in eons. I actually had to do a double take because I thought I was over tired and seeing bugs LOL.
    Oh Charlie is such a cutie pie.
    Your mom is the bees knees.
    And I like your thinking too – that when you see them knowing that everyone has a story. Keeps everything in check you know.

  • San

    Love your list… Mom’s are the best and I am so happy to hear that Charlie is doing well.
    I also feel you on the empathy/compassion part… I always think about the stories oft he people I encounter.

  • I did have a great week, thanks Emily. 🙂 Shooting stars and the night sky in the north, away from all the noise and city lights, it’s just breathtaking.
    I hope your week has been good to you my friend. 🙂

  • Me too, Beth. It’s such a walk in the park this time around because we know what to expect and the steps we need to take for his recovery. Last time, there was worry and anxiety because we just didn’t know what to expect or how recovery would go.
    He’s legit smiles in the hydro tank, eh? I love it. It is truly his happy place. 🙂

    Pet sitting last weekend was insanely busy and I’m just now feeling like myself again instead of being dead tired. I hope you had a great weekend and that your week has been going well, hun.

  • Hey babes,
    Trust me when I say I know what it’s like to constantly worry, we both have seniors and that a bit hard to accept. I’m glad we decided to go with surgery because I can’t imagine how he would have been living with a bum leg (and it would have damaged his other, already surgically altered leg) but we both also didn’t want to put him through all that to have him suffer. We figured he’s only 10 and we’ve had Bichons live until they were 16, so we know we have so many more years with him. I’m unsure when Buster’s surgery was/is but I’ve been thinking about him, about you ever since and sending love and well wishes. <3
    Funny you mention about me looking like my mom. When I was 16 years old, I had jaw surgery. It wasn't until AFTER surgery that people would tell me I looked a lot like my mom, but previous to surgery, people would always say I looked like my dad. I've definitely got my dad's organizational skills, his eyes and his stupid sensitive skin but you're right, I'm mostly my mom. 🙂
    Anyways, I don't want to ramble and we're right about to have a fire drill at work and I'm a warden so I gotta get going. Love you babes! xoxo

  • Me too Lauren. Most people can’t afford it or don’t/wont see it as an option. Some people that would have received the same diagnosis would have put Charlie to sleep and we seriously struggled with doing the right thing and wondering ‘could he actually handle another surgery’ and what would recovery be like two years later after his first one. We are so glad we decided what we did, that, and being able to afford the $3600 surgery plus all the rehab visits afterwards. We don’t have kids and our kids ARE our dogs so we’ll do whatever we can and is needed for them, you know?
    My mom is such a saint and the best I could ever ask for, and then some. 🙂 I’m so blessed and without her, I’d be a freaking mess. 🙂 Moms just truly are the best!

  • Thanks so much for saying that. I guess that’s something we tend to forget, that not only we lucky to have the boys but they also lucked out on us two as well.
    I just adore my mom, you know? When my dad died when I was two, my mom had to learn how to do so much on her own, even driving. She inherited my dads car that she couldn’t even drive, so she took lessons. And it was me and her against the world. We moved away when I was 6 and she later met her now-husband when I was 9, but she’s always been the best mom AND dad both to me and she’s always, always been there for me no matter one. When the day comes and she leaves me, god I haven’t a clue what I’ll do. I’ll fall completely apart, I just know it. Thankfully she’s good and healthy but you just never know, either, right? I think we are both incredibly blessed and both have such amazingly supportive families. <3

  • It’s actually rare we make friends with people that are chill and laid back like us. And seriously though, how hard is it to MAKE friends when you’re an adult? It’s so much easier when you are a kid but then again, I’m a hell of a lot more selective on who I let in these days, too.

    I hope you’re enjoying the last two weeks of summer with Chase! It must be bittersweet. <3

  • Thank you so much, Jessica. It was a fantastic week, but then again, no matter how crappy or sideways they go, every week is essentially great and much to be thankful for. 🙂
    I hope your week has been good to you hun. Take care of yourself. xo

  • We don’t have too many pictures together because she hates her picture being taken (which, my grandmother was exactly the same way, too, come to think of it), but it is a nice one, I agree.
    That is indeed an alpaca. Every year, if were available, we help out some friends that have a some alpaca herd when it comes to shearing day. Wrangling those animals is somewhat comical, they make strange noises, and they can spit. It’s definitely a fun day out on her far but man do we get so dirty and its’ the kind of dirt that refuses to come out of clothing.
    You guys are seriously so inspirational when it comes to how much time you put into volunteering. It’s incredible what you guys do, really. 🙂 Sounds like you had a great weekend lined up and I hope that this weekend is a fun one for you both, too. 🙂

  • Anthea,

    Guess who? The slacker over here is finally responding to you. LOL. I hope your week has been good, mine has been seriously dragging like you wouldn’t believe and I’m ready for Friday already.

    The stars up north, 3 hours north of Toronto, were incredible and you betcha, I did make wishes. 🙂

    Charlie is always so happy to be at rehab. Loves the people, loves all the TREATS he gets and he actually really loves the hydro tank, something I was a bit weary of two years ago when we were going into this with his first leg.

    Take care my dear. xox

  • You’re so funny! I never see shooting stars in Newmarket, only when I’m about 2.5 to 3 hours north and you don’t have all that light pollution and lovely orange glow in the sky. You must’ve enjoyed camping eh? Did you have fun and relax? Do you take the dog with you guys or do you leave him at home with friends or family?
    Your comment made me laugh at Bees knees. She totally is. 🙂 Ironically, Bees Knees is the program Charlie is in at his rehab for the knee patients. Cool eh? 🙂
    Keeps me humble, really. Volnteering for a downtown soup kitchen maybe 8 years ago, I met some pretty incredible, articulate, well educated, come-from-good-backgrounds people and it’s just so sad. One man I’ll always remember was an older gentleman and he used to a pianist for the New York Symphony. Another older woman, freaking GORGEOUS, I can’t recall what she used to do, but she was then a prostitute. Just makes you really think about life and yourself….

  • My mom really is the best and the most thoughtful, selfless person. I can’t thank her enough for all that she does for me and for us. Me too. 🙂
    Sounds like you and I are very introspective, empathetic people. <3
    I hope your week has been good my friend. xo

  • i owe you the biggest email ever. I’m so sorry–this week was a bag of nuts. NUTS, LINDS! THANK GOD it’s almost Friday, eh? I’m sending you and your little furballs all my <3 and I'm so glad you decided on surgery too and that all went well 🙂 they do know how to make us worry, eh?


  • OH sweetie, don’t worry. I’m not. No pressure, get to it when you CAN, love. <3
    Almost Friday! Give Buster my love and I'm glad he's doing better. Thanks for the furball love. xoxox