The Weekly Smile for the 6th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. Some of you may have noticed that I was pretty much missing from the blog over the last week and half or so. Actually, for most of August, but that is another story… Anyway, I spent a good portion of August on Cape Cod. i told you earlier about having a nephew and a niece visit us there. Well, last week my parents were able to make a visit.

A couple of quick comments. We have been sharing a week with my parents on Cape Cod for almost 15 years. From 2014 – 2018 they were able to stay at our cute cottage on Swan Pond. In early 2019 we bought a real house, but they were unable to visit that year, and then 2020 was the year of no travel due to Covid. So this is the first time they have visited since 2018 and the first time they saw our house!

We didn’t do a whole lot. OK, in ways we did. We puttered around the house, reading, talking and relaxing. I did quite a bit of work on the house and yard with my dad giving pointers and helping out at times. He is a child of the Depression, so seems to know how to do anything and everything… Well, until we get to computers, but that’s another story.

There were a few walks, but mostly in my neighborhood. Not that having a beautiful walk in two directions to two different landings, each with a different gorgeous view, is a bad thing ;) We also ate out quite a few times and did some other things like shop and such.

We had a few animals with us: Fiyero and Idina (dogs) and Alexander and Tiberius (cats). Tiberius started the week as Bond and very sick. Alexander didn’t care for him much. But he recovered and had a name change. Alexander now approves.

That is my smile for the week, my parents being able to visit after not being here for three years.

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).

40 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 6th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  5. Corina

    Sometimes, doing a lot of nothing is the best thing! In June I went to see my son in Seattle. We didn’t do much but sit and talk and coo over the baby which I hadn’t yet met. It was a good visit!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      After last year it was great to be able to get more family time this year, and also I am very glad my parents can finally see my new house. Having a house full of kittens is nice – never a dull moment ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, it was a great visit. I was able to visit my parents at their house back in July, but that was the first time ion quite a while as well. The times are crazy. The doggies are doing very well and are adjusting to the two wild cats that have tried to take over the house ;)


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think the name change did help – I mean, he is Alexander the Great, so he needs one of Rome’s most brilliant generals, as well as Star Fleet’s most brilliant captains, to be an equal. I also think Tiberius wore him down with his constant attempts to play. That begin said, before Alexander totally warmed up, Tiberius had a nasty coughing fit (he had an upper respiratory infection) and Alexander came running over to check on him and make sure he was doing OK. It was so sweet because you could tell that he was very concerned. Idina had been spending a lot of time trying to mother him, but that was the first time i saw Alexander lend a helping paw as well.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sitting back and relaxing is good, and since my parents are in their late 80s, well, they’ve slowed down. In many ways being able to fix anything and everything is a lost art, though some rural people still are pretty handy out of necessity


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