The Weekly Smile for the 21st of December, 2020

Welcome to the Winter Solstice edition of the weekly smile! And today is even more special since Jupiter and Saturn will be aligning in the sky! I took some photos of Jupiter a few weeks ago and was able to clearly see the 4 Galilean moon (see below). I hope to get some photos tonight as well!

We had a major snow storm on Thursday and some snow yesterday as well. One thing about the snow is that it is very pretty. The entire landscape is covered in a bright white. And the light at this time of year is special – there is a golden glow since the sun is so low in the sky. Shadows are very blue. In fact, I was looking out my window a few minutes ago, and thought how gorgeous it all was!

Yes, that photo is from just a few minutes ago! And yes, I live across the street from a library! Now there is a smile ;)

Despite the issues with driving and the shoveling, the beauty of the snow more than makes up for it :)

My smile this week is the beauty of the new-fallen snow.

What made you smile?

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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).

50 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 21st of December, 2020

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s so funny – with all of the snow we had, most of it was melted by Christmas morning, so no white Christmas here! (It was just under 50 all day Thursday, pouring rain, and 60 on Friday (the temp went up over night), pouring rain all day,…) Glad you had a good, if quiet Christmas. I’ll be by to check out your smile in a few minutes.

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  4. Dale

    Wonderful picture, Trent. I couldn’t see a darn thing. Our Christmas was wet and dreary but it’s snowing now. I much prefer snow in winter over rain as it brightens up everything. Lovely snowy image from your window.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It had been cloudy for days, and then it clouded up just at dusk on the 21st. Darn. But I had that small window of opportunity on the 22, so… Glad you are getting snow after the rain. I think we’ll stay snow free for at least another week, which is weird after all of the snow we’ve had in the last three weeks!

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      1. Dale

        Darn indeed.
        I can’t believe all your snow is gone after all that snow that fell!
        Here, what did fall was minimal. The wind picked up, the sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds and the walk I took was rather tricky. My back is not happy with the twist it got from trying not to fall,., sigh.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! Actually, that photo was from a few weeks ago and is just Jupiter and the moons. I did get a photo on the 22nd (it was super cloudy during the Conjunction) that is OK – you can make out Saturn’s rings and Jupiter looks like Jupiter (i.e., s big orange ball).
      The new snow was pretty, but it has been raining, and a very warm rain, for the last 18 hours, so a lot of it is gone and we no longer have a white Christmas.
      Happy Christmas!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I love the view out of my window even when it isn’t as gorgeous as a Solstice sunrise over new fallen snow,.. And, yes, being next door to a library is special :) Thanks for the holiday wishes. I’ll be by in a few minutes to checkout your smile.

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  8. dawnkinster

    New fallen snow IS pretty! Ours from Thursday has all melted now, but I hear there’s more on the way. Of course. We live in Michigan. :) Have a wonderful holiday, Trent, and thank you again for coordinating the weekly smile. It’s a good thing, to remind us all there is always something to smile about!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is very nice – I have lived across the street from it almost the entire time I’ve been in NH (I used to live two doors down). I’m sure you don’t miss the cold and snow, though!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. The library is great, but maybe not as warm and cosy as possible – it has a lot of marble and very high ceilings, with a lot of light pouring in the windows. I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I have seen the moons of Jupiter with a small telescope before, but it was very cool to be able to photograph them! My photos of Saturn didn’t come out as well and I think it will be too cloudy for any tonight. Thanks, re: the Solstice Sunrise photo :) I’ll be by in a few minutes to check out your smile.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It has been cloudy most of the week and may be tonight again :( It will be clear tomorrow, so if I don’t see it tonight, hopefully they will still be above the horizon (I’m in a valley) tomorrow. Thanks. It was a very pretty morning.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is supposed to rain on Christmas day, but unless we get a tropical storm, it will be a white Christmas! I was able to run up until the snow hit and hope to be able to run later in the week (depends on how well they plow). Perhaps you can get that dusting and have a white Christmas. The song reminds me of a couple of “New Age” CDs I have named “Winter Solstice Vol 1 and Vol 2.” I think they are Windham Hill. Very good stuff.

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