The Return of Five Things Friday!

When I first started this blog two years ago, I was inspired by a few other bloggers  to do a weekly recap post. And like many things in life, I did it for a while then stopped and I can’t quite remember why…

I’ve been inspired to do it again by a weekly email I get from one of my personal gurus, Gretchen Rubin. Each Friday I get a blurb from Gretchen titled “Five Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week.” I’m big on happiness and gratitude (thanks to her, partly) and I love seeing what is making people happy.

So I decided to return to my Five Things Friday posts with a little Gretchen-y twist.

Each Friday, I’ll write a short post giving you:

1. Something making me happy this week.
2. Something I’m reading this week.
3. Something I did offline this week.
4. A photo of the week.
5. Something I’m looking forward to next week.

So here we go, for this week ending today November 8, 2019!

1. Something making me happy this week:

My kitten Marigold. I’ve had her for less than two weeks now. I adopted her from my local shelter after losing our 17 year old cat, Pumpkin last month. We’d lost his sister of the same age, Callie, back in February. I was heartbroken at the loss of Pumpkin and ready to be done with sick old cats and have a new young kitty in the house (my husband didn’t necessarily agree but he relented quickly.)

Marigold is bringing me a lot of joy, especially this week as she’s been getting bolder around the house and interacting with my dogs.

book blogger new kitten shelter adoption


2. Something I’m reading this week:

I finished five books this week, and this one was the most enjoyable. I started it Tuesday night because I was in desperate need of something light and easy. Next thing I know, it’s WAY past my bed time and I’m over 100 pages in! I finished it in a few sittings, in less than 24 Horus. It’s straight up romance genre, the story line is unique and fun, plus it’s super steamy and it turns out I needed that in my life right now but hadn’t known it!



3. Something I did offline this week:

I joined a brand new gym that opened in my neighborhood that’s three block from my house. This means I won’t have to drive 20min each way to workout anymore. The new gym offers a large selection of exercise classes so this week so I tried a Body Boot Camp class, which kicked my butt and  I did Zumba for the first time in almost 10 years, which felt wonderful.


4. Photo of the week:

library book sale blogger

On Sunday I volunteered at my library’s book sale bag day, and my friend Brittany joined me. We both love books with the same intensity and have so much fun shuffling the books around as they sell, chatting with customers, and making recommendations. This photo is us right before the doors opened!

5. Something I’m looking forward to next week: My husband will return this weekend from his annual 10 day hunting trip. It’ll be hectic for a couple days til he’s unpacked and settled in, and I look forward to the return to our usual household routine.


I hope you enjoy these weekly recaps too. I’d love to hear from you what you read or did this week that brought you joy!



  1. Lea

    November 8, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Favorite thing I did offline and also making me happy was the Bret Michaels concert on Wednesday night. It filled my cup and continues to do so!

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