This week I have a good problem – I can’t decided which of two smiles to write about. Instead of flipping a coin, I’ll do both :)
First Smile :) In an age where huge corporations seem to be taking over everything and focus on profits over people, there are some places the small guys are making inroads. I may talk about micro-breweries later, but today I want to talk about small farms, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in particular. My town, Wilton, NH, is one of the two places that started the CSA movement back int eh 1980s.
I’ve joined different farms in the past, and did again this year for the first time in a while. Tuesday was the first delivery.
Getting very fresh, organic food delivered to our doorstep was great. It was mostly greens, but I was able to do different things and eat well all week. The veggies taste very strong, but that is a good thing – too often our food is bland. I’m supporting local farms. I’m eating healthy. It is delicious. Win in all directions – a huge smile :)
The second smile is owls. Late Saturday night I heard some terrible screaming up the hill in my back yard. I walked out and figured it was most likely a screech owl screeching. Listening on line I heard few screeches, but a lot of their “song” on Youtube. In the morning I walk out and sure enough, I could hear that same screech owl song I had been hearing on line – a much more pleasant sound than the screeches! I don’t see them, but I know they are there.
Later on Sunday I walked in Sheldrick Forest. I will do a post about this remarkable place that is a 5 mile drive from my house, on another occasion. I was deep in the old forest woods and heard barred owls calling to each other. I stopped and one flew right over head. It landed in sight not too far away. I saw as well as heard it call. There was an answer not too far away. The owl flew towards the answer. That was the last I heard or saw of them. Still cool – I don’t see owls very often and have never seen one calling (the bird moves…) Truthfully, I don’t hear the calls often enough. Owls are great.
(Quick note – I left my camera and phone behind – this is forest primeval, I took no technology in to distract me :) So no photos.)
So those are my smiles – fresh, straight from the farm veggies from dinner all week and two owl encounters in less than 24 hours.
What made you smile?
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.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
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). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)