The Weekly Smile for the 31st of August, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi!  I hope you had a good week with plenty tyo smile about.  This week my smile is something completely new and different – time at Cape Cod.  Wait, I’ve done that before?.. ;)  Oh well, perhaps part 2 will be a little different.

Late last week and over the weekend I did a long kayak paddle, taking photos of osprey.  One had caught a needlefish that was almost 3 feet long (1 meter).  I took a long walk on a beautiful, deserted beach.  I took a long walk in the woods.  I swam in the ocean.  I did a lot of shorter walks.  I talked to neighbors.  It was good.

A couple of weeks ago I smiled because the painter had finished with my house on Cape Cod.  Well, this week the builders finished rehabbing the barn.  The put a new roof on, replaced the windows and put on cedar shingle siding.  There was more to it than that, including a few small repairs to the house.  But it came out looking great, which is one reason the neighbors are all taking to me ;)

I also had my hot water heater replaced.  A frown that it broke (it was at least 25 years old), but a smile that I have hot water again.  And I tested the stove and it works great, so I can cook.

My smile this week was about doing a lot of fun things on Cape Cod and having several large and small projects on my house come to an end.

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.

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).

53 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 31st of August, 2020 #weeklysmile

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  5. Prior...

    Hi t
    the hose sounds like it is coming along – and wow – a 25 year old hot water heater – I am not are the ones they make today would go that long – and nice to have a new one that will be used for a long time
    thanks for sharing the smiles

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Y. Yes, coming along nicely. Still a lot of work, but very livable. I had two water heaters in my house in NH. One fell apart at about 22 years. Really. the other one was still working, but I replaced them both, to be safe ;) So, yeah, I’ve had to replace 3 hot water heaters in 2 years…. And I hope they all get long use :)


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I will stop by in a few minutes :) I’m sure the joke would have been OK as well. Did you follow the link to the guidelines? Those are a little clearer than what I wrote to you.


      1. Zack and Zelda

        I did read your guidelines, but since you’d cautioned me with a “definite maybe”, I elected to err on the side of caution. The pastor’s story might only have been amusing to other “church folk”. And a food “smile” is usually universal :) Thank you!

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  9. Gary A Wilson

    Hello Trent.

    This last week closed out a hope of mine related to blogging. When I started this effort, I was hoping to get some trusted feedback from people I hoped to meet via blogging, so I would have some reason to trust their opinion. I saw this happen with my most recent story.

    Critical feedback was given from peer bloggers around the globe and resulted in a major change in the length of the story and I’m very pleased with the result. I’ve wanted to be a better writer for a long time and with this story, I saw it happen. I am very pleased with the result.

    If your readers would care to review it, I titled it just the name of a main character, Ayem Notthymn. Here’s the link if you’d be willing to share it, with my thanks to my beta readers. They sure have me smiling. Many thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi and welcome :) The answer is a definite “maybe”… I don’t mind people sharing about what they did at church/temple/etc or experiences with their religion, but since it is an international crowd with all religions, I draw the line at belittling other’s faiths or trying to get people to convert. I would guess that the joke your pastor told is most likely fine, but just remember the possible audience. I haven’t removed any links yet.. ;)


      1. Zack and Zelda

        The joke was about his aunt who cheated at children’s games and then lied about cheating–it was funny to me, but maybe none of your group would appreciate it, so–thanks for answering my question :)

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  12. joylennick

    That’s one great barn!

    SMILES: Not often strangers…
    light my face each day:-
    a humble sparrow’s chirping,
    a butterfly’s on its way.:
    ‘Im indoors…’ – slightly out of key –
    hums a quirky tune,
    the sky above is azure blue:
    sun shining away ’til noon?
    No need for precious jewels;
    I have them every day…
    They costs not one iota
    and are, mostly, here to stay.

    What’s not to like?!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, it is a great place to hang out and just relax. There is a little yard behind me for the dogs to play, so we are all happy. When the plumber was in I had him install water and drainage for a washing machine (the electrician put in dry hookup), but I hope your washer is replaced or fixed before we get a new one in! It is a hard thing to live without.


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