What’s up, Weekend? {12/15} 22

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?’

For well over three years now, 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 findmakes me more mindful, gracious and appreciative of all things, big and small.

You can be having the worst of weeks but I somehow always manage to find things to be happy or grateful for. SoI 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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Grateful and Happy things of the Week:

  • My osteopath.  I met her last week and have been since back to see her and oh my god, what a difference.  I should’ve been seeing her all along.
  • Seeing sweet Maggie last Friday night. Maggie is an old gal and I’ve been visiting her for over five years now and she’s really struggling.  The family is starting to think of making that difficult decision and so I I wanted to make sure that I saw her one last time.  And boy was she as happy as the day I met her.  I just love her.  I really feel so honoured to be a part of all of these animals’ lives.  It really is a blessing and even though it hurts losing them, I am a better human being having known these kind and gentle souls.  Dogs are just the best. 🙂

Maggie & Gus

  • Getting a nice note from a pet client.
  • Our Christmas tree is up and decorated! 🙂

Christmas tree

  • Getting our DIY homemade dog treats baked and sampled (thanks to Charlie and Baxter).  Stay tuned for some homemade dog treat recipes this weekend!
  • Moments of stillness and quiet, on a cold, wintery day.
  • Talking to my mom on Facetime down in Barbardos.
  • This quote, as seen on Lecy’s blog:

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” Dr. Who

  • Seeing others practise kindness and compassion.
  • Attending my pet sitting’s company’s client/staff appreciation party. 🙂

GREAT QUOTES from Steph’s blog of the women’s conference she went to earlier in October of this year:

“If you meet someone and they feel you are too much for them, they are right. You do not dim your light for someone else’s.” – Carla Harris

and

“The names you give people and things matter. Words are power.” – Shonda Rimes

What are YOU happy or grateful for this week?

We were supposed to have gone to our friend’s cookie exchange shin dig this Saturday evening but plans quickly changed Wednesday night and so instead we are going to their place for dinner. Sunday will be errands day and getting all of our ducks in a row for Christmas. I’m tying up all loose ends because I refuse to be out shopping next week in the hoards of people.

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

Have a great weekend my friends! 🙂

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  • Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    Love the quotes! Wish I could be in Barbardos with your mom. I’m already tired of these cold temperatures!!

  • That quote on Lecy’s blog was great!
    Glad you had a good week. The story of Maggie made me so sad – she looks so happy and I’m sure she has brought such joy to those around her. What you do for your clients is so special.
    Your Christmas tree is beautiful!

  • Hey sweets! Looks like you had a pretty good week! I’m glad you had a chance to Facetime your mom, wish I was someplace that warm right now! I love your Christmas tree! I’m glad you saw your osteopath and that it helped you too. Thanks for all those awesome quotes, such good words to live by! I hope you have a good weekend my dear! Love you! xoxo

  • I love that Dr Who quote…so very true!!

    I do wish I were in Barbados with your mom right now. It’s been soooo cold here and my body can’t handle. I did a nice yoga session yesterday, my muscles needed a good stretching and it felt delicious. And cheers to finding a good osteopath! Hope you are healing and feeling better, momma.

    Your tree looks so pretty!! Your pet clients must love you so so much and feel so relieved to have their animals in your loving hands…I know I would!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my sweet friend! Xo

  • I was seeing an osteopath in the US for a few years while I was working there. She was my favourite person ever. I really wish that I kept in contact with her after she had exhausted all efforts on me. She was truly caring and had a wealth of knowledge about the patient as a whole human being. I truly hope that this doctor can help you.
    PS Dr. Who is wonderful and chalk full of great quotes of compassion and kindness. My son and I watch it together 😉

  • Kim Munoz

    Sounds like a good week to me. Im glad you got to see Maggie. She is beautiful! We are nearing that decision process with Chico too. I don’t want to be selfish about it. But I don’t want to let go either. He has been our baby since we were still teens. You are as big of a blessing to all the pets as they are to you! Have a great weekend love!

  • So happy your osteopath is helping! My PT is helping too. Maggie looks so sweet, and I’m glad you got to see her. Love your tree too! Good luck wrapping up Christmas stuff…I need to get on that! Have a great weekend XO

  • shootingstarsmag

    Great Doctor Who quote – they have some really awesome ones. I’m glad you were able to see Maggie one last time. I can’t imagine losing any of the animals you work with, but you’re right, such an honor to get to know them! I’m ALMOST finished with Christmas gifts – but I still need to get some, and do some wrapping this weekend.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Your Christmas tree is beautiful! I shared a beautiful kindness video with my kids and they loved it. I am actually working on a kindness/compassion post. 🙂

  • I really need to find a good osteopath in my area. I used to work with one who was fantastic but I moved away and lost her. Maggie has such a sweet face. Seeing her would definitely brighten my day!

  • Your Christmas tree looks lovely. And Maggie seems gorgeous…hard not to fall in love with some animals. Have a great week ahead!

  • Me too! My mom came home and it was -17 Celsius!!! I’ve been so over the cold for so long, yet here I am, still in Canada. Lol

  • Even as sore as she is, Maggie still tries to get you to throw her ball. Lol. She’s just such a happy girl. <3 Thank you hun, it’s such a privilege and honor to spend my time with all these animals.
    Where is this week going?!?!?
    Thanks love. xoxo

  • Hey babes 🙂
    My poor mother came home to -17 Celsius weather! Eek, but she had a nice week down south so she’s not complaining. Mind you, she didn’t leave the house for two days after she got back. Lol!
    I hope you had a great weekend and you’re having a great week love. xoxo

  • Much of this wisdom of Dr. Who is perspective, you know? Kinda like our gratitude lists. We can have awful, exhausting weeks but there’s always good and grateful things we can pull from it, sometimes we have to dig deeper. but it’s there.
    Oh my gosh, my poor mother came home last Saturday night to -17 Celsius temperatures!! She didn’t leave the house for two days! She had a great time though and is going back in a month and a half or so for three weeks. I wish I could fit in her luggage, no wait, I wish luggage weight restrictions were 140 lbs not 50. LOL
    Do you always go to the same yoga studio? I need to find me some good restorative yoga, I know there’s some, I just have to find where and likely back up by where I live and not so much downtown. Most of the lunch yoga classes are power or hot yoga. Hot yoga is fine, but I shouldnt’ be doing anything too rigorous. I know not only will my body benefit from yoga but my mind. Oh I can’t tell you how much I look forward to spending time on the mat.
    Thank you my love. I think next year, I’d like to get a bigger tree again, but then again the smaller one is nice too and takes up less space in our 800 sq/ft condo. LOL
    <3 <3 <3 Love you my dear. Hope you're having a good week love.

  • Have you ever tried googling her or putting her name in the search in Facebook? Sounds like she was a lovely lady you had on your team. Isn’t it great when you find a health practitioner who just gets it? And wants to see you well? It makes all the difference and you don’t feel so much as just a number in the system.
    This woman I’m seeing (Andrew Lee, downtown Toronto), she’s MAGIC. I told her today I need a pint sized version of her to tuck into my back pocket for when I need her. I’ve seen her three times and went to physio for two months before seeing her and what a difference. I dropped my physio this week because they had it all wrong!!! They said it was L1-L3 area, the osteopath said it’s actually L3-L5 and I’ve got compensation happening up in my thoracic area. So I’ve got flexion in my lower back and hips and extension in my thoracic area of my back compensating for the shit down below. What I love is that it is all gentle, subtle movements. It’s just been amazing and I’m so grateful for her.
    P.S. I’ve never watched Dr. Who. Crazy, I know. LOL
    Hugs and love my dear. xoxoxxo

  • It’s such a hard and sad decision to make but I honestly feel like it’s the most loving and greatest gift you can give them. And I say this almost in tears. Saying goodbye is never, ever easy but sometimes you have to look at them and do what’s best for them and not us selfish human beings. Having my own dogs as an adult, as much as I love them and they’re my world, I could never live with myself knowing I let them suffer.
    I know sometimes people have blinders up or they just don’t want to face reality and that kills me. I see senior dogs being walked, nearly dragged down the sidewalks sometimes and it’s like really, do you not see your dog barely shuffling down the road, looking like their in pain? And dogs are so resilient, they don’t know any better and they just carry on because that’s all they know…… It’s a shitty thing we have to do but we have to look out for our 4-legged friends, you know? Christ, now I’m crying. Oh Chico. 🙁 It’s just so hard letting go and knowing when the right time is, IF there’s a right time at all. Like Quincey for instance, he was going downhill so fast, but the day that mom had the vet come to the house, he was the best and happiest we’d seen him in a while and it was like he was saying, “HAHA you guys, fooled you” and that plays on our minds and hearts, ya know, so you start to doubt yourself that you’re doing the right thing….
    Give Chico a squeeze and smooch for me, love. Always here if you need to talk. Love you. <3

  • My osteopath has been MAGIC, I actually told her today I need a pint sized version of her to put into my pocket for when I need her most. LOL I’m glad you’re starting to feel a bit better, too. Hang in there this week and I hope you’re more on the ball than I. 😉 I haven’t wrapped a damned thing, I’m so behind. Must get on that. Hope you’re doing well this week hun. 🙂 xoxo!

  • I was so glad to have seen Miss Maggie, too. I would have been upset had I turned down the visit and then later found out she passed away. I would have felt so guilty. I was so happy when I saw her and then cried when I got home. It’s just so unfair that our pets don’t live forever and yes I know that’s a selfish thing but man, they bring so much joy, you know? It’s just hard to put into words…But helping them in the end, I think, is the greatest gift and most loving thing that we can do for them.
    OMG I have so much on my to do list in the next couple of days, it’s insane. I just have to buy some Bajan money for my step-dad and I’m golden. I hope your week is going well my dear. 🙂 xoxo

  • Thanks darlin’. I hope your week has been good and you’re all set for the holidays! 🙂 xoxo
    P.S. looking forward to reading your kindness/compassion post. 🙂

  • I’m so grateful to have been recommended to the woman I’m seeing currently. Looking into osteopaths a bit deeper, I’m finding there aren’t too many of them out there and then couple that with finding one that’s good for you, they’re hard to come by. I’m just loving that in one visit, I saw more improvement than two months with the “topical-like” treatment I was receiving from physiotherapy. Osteopaths look to the source and where you think pain is originating from, isnt always the case. I hope you find someone in your area that can work their magic on you, too.

  • Thanks love. You’re right, it’s hard not to fall in love with some of these animals and some more than others touch you more profoundly…

    This week has been nuts! Hopefully you’re keeping your head afloat. 🙂 xo