The Weekly Smile for the 15th of August, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I have been away for a while and missed the last two Weekly Smiles. I took a two week (give or take) break from social media, including blogging. There are times I want to take a two month or two year break from social media ;) Anyway, I am at least partially back. Although I can say that I had a big smile for takign a social media break, my smile will be about the reason I took a break when I did.

If you read my Coffee Share post on Saturday you already know the reason – I was traveling. Do you recognize this bridge?

Yes, I went to Hogwarts! Uhm, actually not. I went to another magical land, a place whose official animal is the unicorn, Scotland.

I was there for about 10 days. I was traveling with family – there were 18 of us, ages 3 to 89. We spent most of the time in the Highlands – Isle of Skye, Inverness and Glencoe being our main stops, though we had a few days in Edinburgh. There were castles, villages, recreation of historic houses/villages, ancient sites, “modern” cities and a huge amount of gorgeous scenery.

I am about 2/3 of the way through my photos and hope to do a series of posts later in the week, maybe next week.

That was my smile, going to Scotland for a few days.

What made you smile?

A reminder – although you can still put up smile posts on your own, I will not be putting up smile posts for the next two weeks.


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).  Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 13th of August, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is relatively cool this morning but will get up to warmer, though not really very hot (for here in mid-August), temperatures later in the day. I guess it was very hot for a few weeks, so everyone is relieved by the cool temps. I was away, but I’ll get to that later. And if I am not away now, then where am I? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

I got back into the country Monday evening. I had been gone about 10 days, leaving Friday July 31 pretty late. Actually really late – we had a late flight to begin with and it was delayed for 3 hours, so we might not have left the ground until August 1. And then the flight back was delayed 4 1/2 hours. So, yeah… And where was I? Here is a hint. I tell you later.

Going back to work after 10 days was, well, it was not fun, but the week is over (I had 7 1/2 days off).

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Blogging Break

Hi All! I have mentioned in a few posts that I am takign a blogging break. Well, this post is the official notification :) If you don’t see posts by me for a couple of weeks, don’t worry that I am laid up someplace or celebrate that I have finally taken the hint and left. No, as Arnie said, I’ll be back.

I may read a few posts in the next day or two and will possibly even answer comments, but don’t expect it.

Anyway, hope you all have a couple of good weeks!

(No, I am not going to the Moon ;) Just put up a random photo…)

Little Bird

Early in the summer I realized that a little bird had built a nest right above our main door, the back door. There is a small enclosed porch, so the nest isn’t super visible until you step onto it. As I would enter or leave the house, the bird would fly away.

At one point, I realized there were chicks in the nest. Later, there was no doubt as they could be very noisy!

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The Weekly Smile for the 25th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I hope you had a good week with plenty to smile about. The last week for me was, well, you can read my coffee post for details, but… Despite being a tough week, there were some big smiles, like the cookout my local Lions club had on Tuesday. It was nice catching up and all. My real smile, though, is going to be an odd one. But first, a word from our sponsor (well, that’s me ;) ).

I just want to put this in early to make sure people see it: I am going to be on a blogging break for a while and will miss at the very least the next two Weekly Smiles. So I will not be posting on 1 Aug or 8 Aug, but hope to be back on the 15th.

OK, back to the smile :)

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. Something cold? i don’t blame you. I just got back from a dog walk, and it is starting to get warm, even if the backyard still feels cool. So green! Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Of course the first thing to talk about is weather. Always the case, isn’t it? It was hot all week and will be hot all weekend. It was over 90f/32c every day this last week, hitting 98f/37C one day. It will reach 98 again tomorrow. The big thing is that a few days were super humid, so “real feel” was closer to 105f/41c a few days and will be again on Sunday. OK, some of you are laughing at me for calling 7 days above 90f a “heat wave”, but it is here in New Hampshire. We do not have A/C. We have had more days above 90 so far this year than there were the first three years I lived in New Hampshire combined. On the good side, the nights have been cooler than they could have been, so I have been able to manipulate windows so the inside isn’t too bad (one night it was still over 90 at 10PM, so that night the windows stayed shut…).

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The Indignity of it All!


I had a pretty good life.

Well, OK, maybe not so great, and that ending…  Did I just say “well”?

Maybe I should say I had a pretty good after-life.


I loved mixing with the people, that look on their faces when they became aware that I was there!  Priceless.

Ah the memories!

And then the put a glass tabletop over my well.  My well! 

And suddenly, here I am, a tourist attraction.  All the jerks trying to get pictures of me with their cell phones.

I’ve become a tourist attraction.

I could just die.

Except I’m already dead…


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Fleur Lind. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

The Weekly Smile for the 18th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I hope you had a great week with plenty to smile about. My last week had a few rough patches, but also some smiles.

I think for today’s smile I will do something different.

I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. I was on Cape Cod alone with two of my cats, Alexander and Tiberius. It was after 6, so well past kitten-feeding time! I got up and fed them, but stretched and such as they ate instead of the normal routine of getting my own breakfast.

After I was sure cats were fine (they only eat while I am there watching, and if I spend too much time with one cat, the other stops eating) I went out for my run.

My run is about 4 1/2 miles (7.25 km). I hit the salt water swamp about two thirds of a mile (a km) in and the beach at about a mile (1.2 km). There is a road along the beach. On one side is parking where you can hop out of the car and be on the beach instantly. On the other side is the saltwater marsh. At the end, a little less than a mile and a half (just under 2.5 km), the road ends at the river in a small parking lot, where I turn around. However, the last 1/2 mile (just under a km) of the road is closed to vehicle traffic due to bird nesting.

Anyway, it was a great run.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll grab you a large mug of a very strong dark roast. a cuppa tea or some other beverage, perhaps soemthign cool. It is not too warm yet, but not cool either. It will get pretty warm and humid so will feel hot later. I ran at 6:30 this morning to beat the heat. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down here on Wednesday evening. I worked all week, so the two days I was here was working. I did get a kayak paddle in Thursday after work and went to the beach on Friday. Today I will need to mow, perhaps hit the beach, maybe kayak again and will try to walk in the woods. A little vacation in one day!

For the most part it was a typical week. There was a lot of walking, with and without dogs, weight exercise, a little running, massage, reading, etc. Nothing too exciting. The weather has been nice.

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Study Aides

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I came to a stop on Linden Circle.  I was about to go on when I noticed the sign and sighed.  I had to make the call.

“Hi Mr. Driscoll.  You know that it is public property and changes need to go through the proper channels… “


“When can you put the real one back?  I don’t want to fill out an official report.”

“Quatre heures et demie.”

“Make it so.”

“Oui, Officer Perkins.”

I hung up and stared at the French teacher’s latest bit of what the town called “vandalism” and he called “study aides.”


I laughed.


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Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Dale Rogerson. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.