the Weekly Smile for the 3rd of February, 2020 #weeklysmile


Anyone who read my Coffee Share post on Saturday knows I had a pretty busy week last week.  In fact, I missed a few things, like my furnace dying.  No need to worry – an easy fix (thermo-coupler).  And yet, there is nothing that really stands out.  OK, I will eenie-meanie-minie-moe it and pick blood test results and such.

I had high blood pressure for years.  My cholesterol was also marginal, though not high enough for me to take meds for it.  Meds did zip for Blood Pressure.  Diet helped, but not a lot.  Truthfuly, my problems began when I went form riding over 200 miles/week on my bicycle to doing very little exercise.   So I started back up again.  It took many years, but I have been off my blood pressure meds for several years now.  With my latest trip to the doctor’s my blood pressure was the lowest it has been (at my appointment on Friday it was even lower).  What was great, though, is that my blood test was as good as I’ve ever had it – when there was a range for “good”, I was in the very center of the range, and when there was a “no more than”, I was typically 1/10th of the value.  All my doctor wrote on the report was “Excellent!!”.

Besides running five miles three times a week, I have been doing weight exercises with dumbbells twice a week.  I am not close to being vegan, but the bulk of my food is plant and all as fresh as I can get with limited processed food.  In most ways I am in better shape than I have been since my 20s.  There is still that EKG to worry about, but….

So that is my smile, an “Excellent!!” blood work report.

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! :)

30 thoughts on “the Weekly Smile for the 3rd of February, 2020 #weeklysmile

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It is work, but I really enjoy it! I start to feel like sh** after only three or four days of not running and on day one of eating bad food. Even so, it is super easy to just not do it, so, yes, it is work :)


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, proper diet and exercise are the magic pill people are looking for – everyone needs to fill that prescription ;) I do need to reduce stress a bit, but I try…
      I’ll be by to see your post in a few minutes :)


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  6. joylennick

    Well done you! I have to take meds. for mine, but am nearly as old as Methusaleh…
    Sitting opposite my darling husband on the patio in the sunshine (Spanish….) drinking a Cappuccino, always makes me smile!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I hope that now that everything is under control, I can keep it that way…. I won’t hold my breath….

      I can see how sitting in the Spanish sunshine, drinking Cappuccino could bring on many smiles :)


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I do have a slight hereditary disposition to high cholesterol (my father and all three siblings take meds), but I have been able to keep it under control mostly through exercise. I do know that there are people like your husband who, even doing everything they are supposed to, have a hard time keeping it under control.


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