The Weekly Smile for the 13th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. I’m having a hard time picking out something for my smile this week. It’s not because it was such a terrible week or anything. Most of it was routine, though there was, of course, the 9/11 remembrance. There was just nothing that really jumps out.

This weekend was beautiful. Well, Saturday was beautiful. Sunday was a bit humid and very hazy, but it was still nice to get out into it. And that I did. I didn’t go for a great hike, but I was outside a lot. A few things stand out, like seeing a tiny tree frog in some weeds. It was odd – I don’t think I’ve noticed one like this before. Or going through a field of waste high grass/hay/weeds with Fiyero, with him finding the animal paths to make walking easier. Or scurrying up hill on a fallen log to stay up with Alexander (the cat). I did my typical run a few times, which has fabulous views of the surrounding country side (it starts at a low point, but reaches the highest point for several miles around. There were several walks, including into lightly wooded areas. All of the animals needed walk and outdoor play time. I “stopped to smell the flowers”, just spending time exploring my surroundings with all of my senses. Anyway, it was just great to spend time outside, even if I didn’t do a lot with that time except “just be”, living 100% in the moment.

That is my smile for the week, spending a lot of time not just being outside, but drinking in the entire experience of being outside.

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).

26 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 13th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  6. Ju-Lyn

    Excitement is all good and well, but I so very much like just being as well. But it does make it difficult in reflection to write – how does one capture the pure bliss of deep breathing, or playing with the sun & wind, or listening to the crunch of sand and leaves. So I get your week, and your smile.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sometimes those little things, like crunch of the leaves, gives a huge smile, but you are right, very difficult to capture in words! Maybe I should occasionally do the Weekly Smile as a poem so I can get closer ;) Thanks! Have a great weekend.


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes. Sort of… I take him out on a leash and follow along as he walks, hunts, etc. If he goes someplace he isn’t supposed to, I try to steer him away. If I can’t, I pick him up and carry him to a ‘safe” location. If he catches a critter (which has happened, more often than I care to relate!), I let the critter escape. Well, I usually let him keep insects…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do like to be in a more rural area, but I can also appreciate walking in a more urban setting – I walk where ever I am. i lived in a city, I had all of the parks scoped out ;) I’ll be by in a few :)


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do feel lucky to be in a more rural area, though when I’ve been in suburban and urban settings, I always found ways to get out into nature, even if a metro park surrounded by skyscrapers. I lived in the south for a little over a year, including about 8 months in Texas, and I could never again live in a place without four full seasons. I don’t do well in the heat.



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