The Weekly Smile for February 8, 2021 #weeklysmile

Winter has arrived in New Hampshire! Well, we had some frigid weather for a while, but the real snow arrived last week. It has snowed a few times and there is a thick covering over everything. It is very pretty.

I took several walks over the weekend in what can be described as a winter wonderland. At the edge of a our town there is a bare hillside. The backside is used as a sledding hill. It is called Carnival Hill because for decades back in the late 19th century, early 20th century, there was a huge winter festival there that drew people up from Boston. Part of it is the Three Town Toboggan Run, since it is on the corner of the three townships, and you can literally sled through parts of all three.

Anyway, Saturday evening, at sunset, it was gorgeous up there. The sky glowed pink and purple. There are places with wonderful views of the chain containing Temple Mountain, Pack Monadnock and North Pack. The snow glowed.

That is half of my smile.

One reason I did more walks than usual was I was trying to find my phone… I knew I had lost it during one of my walks,but didn’t know which one, so I retraced my footsteps on all of them. Several times. And I had a deadline before the snow moved in at noon on Sunday.

My second smile is that I found it! A big empty field with only my foot prints and the dogs foot prints. Mine several times, since I had followed them before. Anyway, when with the dogs, I was running, jumping, twisting, etc. At one point the phone must have flown out of my pocket (one reason I very rarely carry it). During a final pass, I saw a tiny divot in the knee deep snow. Could it be? Impossible, but… I reached my hand in and hit something hard. I pulled the ice covered phone out. It was on and glowing. After about 20 hours in the snow and over 25 calls to locate it, it was still at 86% battery.

So those are my smiles this week, walking in that winter wonder land and finding my phone in the deep 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).

58 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for February 8, 2021 #weeklysmile

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I tried the location service through Google (Verizon sent me to Google to do it), but it said it couldn’t be located. I may have that feature turned off (I haven’t gone back and looked yet). A huge smile that I found it!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I hate losing things too, but what made it particularly bad is that I just replaced my phone about 4 months ago – I did not want to do it again! I usually get 4 years from a phone, not 4 months! So, huge smile for finding it!

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  9. Junie-Jesh

    When you said sledding hill, that brought back such happy memories, when during winter break inf my student time, we went with our kids to Big Bear Lake at 9000 feet, and my kids could sled in the snow. Ugh, losing your things in the snow is dreadful:)
    Oh, before I forget, my smile this week goes to my biggest painting, because I had to work 5 months for that smile! Jesh
    https://wp.me/p9EWyp-2Dt

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sounds great. I can imagine that that far south you need a lot of elevation to have much snow. The mountains here aren’t that big, but they are pretty. Finding the phone was pretty amazing. I’ll be by to check out your smile in a few minutes.

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  10. Southern Patches

    That is awesome finding your phone. I lost my glasses in the snow a few weeks ago. My husband found them in the road after the snow melted. Someone had run over them in a car. Glad your phone survived.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was awesome to find it whole and working, particularly after the time I spent looking. Thinking of your glasses, the last time I lost my phone, I quickly found it, but had to wait for the 18 wheeler hauling granite to move off of it to gather the remains ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s funny – I broke my last phone and needed something right away, so I asked for the cheapest Samsung in the store. The phone is OK, but has by far the best battery life I’ve seen! I do feel very lucky to have found it!

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  12. workinacresnothours

    carnival hill sounds like such fun & the colours of the sky sound stunning. Phones can be very resilient, That many missed calls you are loved. lol. I dropped mine in the bush once out horse riding, we had to out run a pack of dogs it wasn’t till I got home unsaddled I noticed, fortunately the track was 4wdable & we found it, a little glow in the dirt. the dogs were nowhere to be seen thankfully.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a beautiful place :) That many missed calls was a couple of friends calling to help me locate it. I think there were more calls than I get in a typical month, maybe a year… I have dropped the phone before, but this was the first time i didn’t find it right away. I once dropped a phone an a rock and it shattered the phone. Amazing, since I’d dropped phones many times before and never had that happen. Of course i was traveling and couldn’t replace it in almost a week.

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  13. SHL2

    Maybe your phone needs a chain attached to you like the red neck key thing. The darn phone had to go and get found no new phone for you lol. Everyone around here all have different cell phone providers but are all complaining about batteries going low really fast, phones acting weird, or shutting off Jack things it’s the Aliens. Glad the dogs enjoyed their playing in the snow sounds really pretty but cold.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I typically keep phones for about four years, but this one was just four months, so I am not ready to replace it yet ;) For now I’ll just leave it home when I am out of the house. This phone has a super long battery life, even though it is cheap.

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      1. SHL2

        We do not buy expensive phones and ours last pretty good. We can get a new one every 2 years at a minimum cost. Jack hates learning a new phone so he keeps his. Our daughter Jeanelle buys the used expensive phones on ebay with a warranty for a fraction of the cost.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          The only thing my more expensive phone did better than the cheap one is the photos, and even there, if I really need a photo (are if I need anything more than an ultra-wide angle!), I’ll use my camera.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I had my last phone for just under 4 years before I broke it, which was in the late autumn 2020 – so I have had this one just a few months! So, yes, glad I didn’t have to reinstall, etc. all over again!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I was surprised, and happy, that it was still functioning! It was never above freezing, and was down to 12 F, so even though covered in ice, not liquid water. I wrapped it in a towel when I got home and didn’t touch it until it hit room temperature.

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