The Weekly Smile for the 12th of April, 2021 #weeklysmile

I was on Cape Cod at the end of last week and had quite a few smiles. I’m going to talk about two of them.

I took a walk in the woods by a saltwater marsh on Thursday afternoon. The alewife (a type of herring) were beginning to run, and the osprey were well aware of it. I counted over a dozen up in the air at once! There were times I could hear an osprey hitting the water every couple of seconds – Splash! Splash! Splash! I had my camera and took hundreds of photos. Unfortunately, their big feeding area was around a bend in the river, so I couldn’t see very well.

I haven’t had time to go through the photos, but here is one:

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 4/5 – 4/11/2021 #weeklysmile

Quite a few smiles this last week.If you are feeling sad over deaths, cyclones, volcanoes or, of course, pandemics, just read below for a smile or two!

Trent’s World
Sillyfrog’s blog
Lady Lee Manila
The Hidden Edge
Nuthouse Central
Picture Retirement
Change is Hard
Natasha Musing
Touring My Backyard
Thistles and Kiwis

A lot of great smiles!

I will put this weeks smile post up in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 10th of April, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is still a little cool, but warming up. Although it will be a very warm (almost hot!) day inland, it will stay jacket weather here today. Anyway, let me get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod. (More on that later.)

So I drove down here on Wednesday. I did work full days on Thursday and Friday, but I also enjoyed myself. I took a long walk in the woods on Thursday and watched a huge group of osprey diving into the water after alewife (a type of herring). Great! On Friday I did a long paddle on the kayak. Of course there were a lot of osprey. I did a 5 mile run this morning that took me next to the beach (I’m still on the beach access road, not the beach itself) for about half of the run.

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Almost Scammed (Real Scam I Narrowly Avoided)

Two quick comments before I start – first, this is not fiction.  Second, nothing was taken from me, so I’m fine.

Yesterday I received a scam call.  They did a good job and I can see how an average person can be fooled.  Truthfully, when you hear about these things you ask how people can be so ignorant to fall for it, but these people are experts and now I know…

I typically do not answer calls unless I know the caller, but I was having difficulty with my work VPN, a difficulty which I was 90% convinced was on my end, not work’s end, so people had to call me instead of using work’s IM feature.  So, yeah, I answered a call without knowing who was calling.

A female automated voice said something like, “This is an important call from your Internet provider, Comcast.  We have detected an issue with your Internet connection.  Please dial one to be connected with a technician.”

OK, I was having Internet issues, so must be legit, right?  I dialed “1”.

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The Dangers of Baiting the Muse


“Is this Chinese, Korean or what?”

“How in the world should I know?”

I jumped.  I didn’t know the muse had entered.

She frowned at the photo.

“All I know is that it isn’t ancient Greek.  I haven’t read since Timocles.”

“A lot of help you are….”

“You could ask a friend….”

Kyung is Korean and Lilly Chinese, but I would never bother either of them over this photo!

“Just begin with someone who is lost in a new culture, OK?”

I started writing, “Thalia hadn’t had a date in two millennia.”


“I thought you only knew ancient Greek?”


word count = 100

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OK, I had nothing. And since I didn’t know the language, I was 99.99% sure which ever language I picked, even doing a coin toss, I’d be wrong. And that idea distracted me, so…

The Weekly Smile for the Fifth of April, 2021 #weeklysmile

This last week was strange. I was super busy and and so I pretty much did my typical stuff when I wasn’t working full out. Oh, there were plenty of nice things, like long walks and such, but I didn’t want to do another “It’s the small things” post.But one thing did stand out.


So in the last week I rediscovered some music I hadn’t listened to since I was a teen. I also listened to some other great music in many genre.

And then my brother sent me a video of him playing some music he was learning, The Clap by Steve Howe (it is on an album by the prog band, Yes). Later, a fellow blogger posted a a video of her playing a piece she was learning that was similar in style.

And then I started to learn two new pieces. Well, actually, I continued with one where I had left off many years ago, and sight read through another (it was another song by the Prog band Yes…) and learned a few of the keyboard riffs (Rick Wakeman used to be my favorite, so learning his music is good). I’m a terrible sight reader, so was happy at how easy it was to go through what is considered a relatively difficult piece of music (South Side of the Sky).

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The Weekly Smile Recap for March 29 – April 4, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful week last week with plenty of smiles! We did have quite a few good smiles come in, so, without further ado, here they are!

Trent’s World
Picture Retirement
Natalie the Explorer
Sillyfrog’s blog
The Hidden Edge
A Multitude of Musings
The Jesh Studio
Light Motifs II
Tessa Dean – Author
Touring My Backyard
Change is Hard
Thistles and Kiwis

Some great smiles. I hope you enjoyed them! And, as always, some people leave a short smile in the comment section of the original post.

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the Third of April, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down. It is a bit chilly, but it is sunny and there is no breeze. It will warm up to spring temperatures as the day goes on, so hopefully you can deal with this cold start. At least you weren’t here yesterday – it never got above freezing, and with the super moist air and strong winds, brrrrr!! Anyway, I will get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. Were are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

So the word for the week is “work”. It was a super busy week. My team had a handful of big projects, but I was thrown into something else that was, well, not really mine. I hope we came to a good conclusion on Friday! But, yeah, I was super busy. One thing with that is that I did not blog very much this week and I don’t think I read a single post Thursday or Friday.

The dogs were on Cape Cod for most of the week, so I have only had a little dog play time and handful of dog walks. I did my typical walks every day, but not many on Thursday – it rained most of the day and hovered just above freezing. I did run Sunday and Tuesday, but it has been too wet and cold since then! I did my weight/strength exercises on Monday and Wednesday but was too busy after that. So, yeah, I have been lazy the last two days ;) OK, I have been straight out working, and it has been bitter cold!

Besides work, I also played around with my keyboards and did a little piano practice this week. I didn’t do any real writing, but I have been going through short stories. No drawing, painting or photography this week.

Since I have been pretty boring this week, and since there are new coffee share people these days, I will do a brief intro.

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