The Weekly Smile for the 25th of January #weeklysmile

This week was a pretty good week and I had a lot to smile about. How to chose? Hmm, a good problem to have :)

I was out walking the dogs Friday afternoon. There is a road at the edge of our village that goes up a large hill to several houses. A field covers most of the hill and at the bottom the is a Community Garden. Just above the garden, a small strip of woods lines the field.

I was walking down the road, heading back into the village, when I saw something up the hill close to the edge of the woods. I stopped and sure enough, it was a fox. I watched as it came down the hill towards the garden. The dogs hadn’t seen him, so I stood and watched. I also talked to the dogs in a loud voice, so the fox would know I was there. And that the dogs were there….

When it entered the garden, I felt it was close enough so I started to walk again. The fox had another idea – it barked. Just a single, strange bark.

That got the dogs attention!

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 1/18 – 1/24/2021

Hi all. Quite the week this last week, and we say plenty of smiles out there. If you need something to smile about, just read a few of these. Quick caution, some may find one or two political, but I think the “feel good” atmosphere of the US inauguration transcends politics.

Trent’s World
Natalie the Explorer
Nuthouse Central
Picture Retirement
Ruth Blogs Here
Tessa Dean – Author
Lady Lee Manila
Change is Hard
Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe

OK, not as many as some weeks, but still good smiles :)

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and sit down! It is a bit frigid out here, but sunny and pleasant. I’ll get a nice steaming mug of super-strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or a hot hot cocoa to warm you up as we chat. Cold or not, it is nice to relax out here and stare off into the woods, imagining that we are a million miles from anybody despite that we are in the middle of a village. Oh, and where is that village? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire, though there is little snow on the ground now.

This was another odd week. Monday was a holiday, Martin Luther King Day where we celebrate the great civil rights leader and think about the spirit of the civil rights movement and how far we still have to go with it. I had a dentist appointment on Tuesday (just a checkup and cleaning) and a massage Tuesday evening. There was the inauguration on Wednesday and all that went along with that (I was working, but saw clips and later watched a few videos, like the young lady reading her fantastic poem). The rest of the week was spent playing “Where’s Bernie?” I’ll go with him watching Paul Simonon smashing his bass in that iconic cover photo for London Calling.

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Return #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

It’s getting cold, very cold.

I look up at the dark ridge where I last saw him silhouetted against the sinking sun.

It continues to scream its emptiness.

I had always heard that he was the type to hold a grudge, so was a little surprised when he called me. After a nice, amicable chat we decided to go hiking in the mountains.  We both loved getting out into the fresh air, though I had to admit that he was a better, stronger hiker.

He drove us out into deep wilderness.  Perfect.  We didn’t see a person all day.

I have no idea what happened.  The day had been long and I was very tired.  Making mistakes. Having a hard time with footing.

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Cover Reveal – The Old Mill

A stench lies on Avebury, New Hampshire. It isn’t something that one can smell, it is more of a psychic soot polluting everybody’s mood. No one recalls when it arrived, but there does seem to be a connection with the Old Mill and its mysterious new owners.


Following the trail of the local legend, the ghost of Martha Goode, Gill Baxter is driven to discover the truth behind the events of 1821 and, hopefully, prevent another “time of dying.” That trail, though, leads directly to The Old Mill.


Yes, I am finally coming close to the end! Editing is complete and the formatting actually was far smoother than usual. I, of course, checked the formatting 20 times over to be sure – there is no way possible everything worked right off without Word adding extra pages ad some inconvenient point! But, it looks good.

So that means it is time to schedule a release!

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Making of the News

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

There they were, just as I’d seen them a thousand times on TV, only now they were right in front of me.

It had been easier to get onto the set than I ever imagined.  Sure, it was a local studio in Podunk, but you’d think it would be tighter.

They were local celebrities, all right.  They went to all of the events and such.  People watched them every night.

And for what?

They called it “news”.  More like mainstream lies and Deep State propaganda.

Tonight, people would get real news.

I took aim and waited for the right moment.


Word count = 100

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The Weekly Smile for the 18th of January, 2021 #weeklysmile

It was a very busy week! A lot was good and there were many smiles, but over all, it was just busy ;) However, one thing stood out. Yes, I have done this before, but I will do it again – I made a batch of chili.

I just have to say that when I make chili, I really make it. As the beans are soaking, I chop tomatoes and then start everything out by stewing the tomatoes that I chopped. That forms the base of the chili. Next I chop up garlic cloves, onions and jalapeno peppers. This is all sauteed, with a lot of spices, and goes in. The soaking beans are brought to a light boil and the drained and put in. Over time other veggies are chopped and added, as well as spice. I do put in a little pre-made ingredients, but the majority is by scratch. Meat is towards the end. I do use a lot of spices, but go heavy on chili powder (it is chili!) and, may sound funny, but cumin – for some reason, cumin is the taste of chili for me. The entire process is stretched over four days from when I first start soaking beans until first serving. The chili, however, is at its peak taste after the fifth day.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 1/11 – 1/17/2021

Hi All. It was an odd week for me. plenty of smiles, but odd. And there were plenty of smiles out there as well, as I saw from those who joined in. Need something to smile about? Check some of these out!

Trent’s World
Natalie the Exlorer
The Hidden Edge
Ruth Blogs Here
Tessa Dean – Author
Monika Ohson | Traveler In Me
priorhouse blog
Lady Lee Manila
Change is Hard
All Things Bright and Beautiful

As I said, a lot of great smiles :) Go ahead, check a few of them out :)

I’m running a little behind today, but I will try to have this week’s smile up in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of January, 2021

Hello and Welcome! Come on in. I have a large table in the formal dining room that I almost never use where we can stay socially distanced. I’ll grab you a super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage. Yeah, we have to be inside because it is pouring out there! It is a cold rain, but not freezing, luckily! Where are we? Although I haven’t used it in a while, some may recognize the photo at the top as being from NH.

This was an odd week. I had training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. My work days ended up being 9 AM – 6 PM those days. Might not seem bad to you, but I am typically done with my day at 3:30 and love that free afternoon to get stuff done. I also usually take several short breaks during the day, but there was pretty much just a long lunch break. Yes, I could get stuff done in the morning, but the mornings were packed full. So I felt I got zippo accomplished this week. The class was pretty good, and I did get a lot out of it, so not wasted time. Still…

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