The Weekly Smile for the 11th of October, 2021 #weeklysmile

This has been a pretty good week. I went down to Cape Cod this weekend, but what is new? I did some of the usual, like a super long walk on the sand-flats of Chapin beach, where I I enjoyed some of the sand patterns (see photo below) and a very long paddle on my kayak. But there was something that stood out against those smile worthy things.

So what was it?

Swimming.

Not some REM memory of Nightswimming, but out under a cool October sun in the cold Massachusetts water. lol, yes, on Friday I went down to West Dennis Beach, took a walk, watched people in the water (not many!), and ended the walk with a 15 minute swim. Close to the shore, wading up to my knees, the water was warm, but out far from shore, and above my head, it was cold.

I have been swimming on Cape Cod in October in the past, but only a couple of times. To me this was very cool (not temperature, though that too ;) ) and surpassed even the very long paddle and the patterns.

So that was my smile for the week, a very nice visit to Cape Cod including swimming in the ocean in October.

What made you smile?

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).

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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).

25 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 11th of October, 2021 #weeklysmile

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    The foliage is definitely making us smile! It went from nothing to incredible in about 48 hours — as soon as we got some snappy nights in the 40s. No frost, but it stopped raining and the cold nights apparently convinced the trees. With one thing and another, I’m delighted to be amidst the colors for a couple of weeks!

    We used to swim a lot (when i was a LOT younger) in October. It was as warm as the ocean ever got, so if the air wasn’t too cold, it was refreshing and didn’t make your heart stop from the chill. It’s funny, really, because early in the summer when it’s usually pretty hot, the water is still cold. It doesn’t get warm until the far when everyone usually STOPS swimming!

    That’s worth a smile for sure.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Up in NH we had a similar quick change in color almost overnight, but a lot of the maples had lost their leaves earlier (they were still green when they fell!), so this is not the prettiest year on record. Still nice, and it’s great to see color.
      The water was pretty chilly – I think in Dennis (on the “Sound side” at least) it peaks out in early September, but gets cool quicker than it heats up in early summer! That being said, it was still warmer than it ever gets up in Ogunquit, so no problems. I think the Bay side of Dennis was much warmer, but I only waded there – if you swam in October in MA, it could have been in the Bay or similar.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m not much of a beach person for sunbathing since I get bored, but I do love a nice long walk on the beach. Chapin is nice because there are no houses around and the sand flats stretch out almost a third of a mile at low tide. I do sometimes bring my camera for shore bids, but this was my phone.

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  2. WildChild47

    I’ll be back in the next few days to read-catch up – I need a break! Badly …. but I’ll just sneak in a quick comment: nothing like cool water/weather swimming – Spring or Fall – when the mortals fear to … tread? As far as I’m concerned, there is something absolutely special, magical – about taking the dip/plunge, even when “reason” or the “monkey mind” denies it feverishly – so glad that you ventured and enjoyed!

    Okay, for now, here’s mine – hard last week – again *sigh* – but all’s still well enough – and each smile slice is gratefully appreciated. Cheers!

    raspberry jam on toast

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      At this point I don’t think I’d ever brave a “polar bear” swim, but a bit off season is nice on occasion. I understand needing a break! I am on an extended blogging break and don’t know when I will return to anything close to a normal blogging schedule. Sorry you had a tough week – I’ll be by to see what you had to smile about in a few minutes.

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      1. WildChild47

        no worries or hurries about return visits – badly needed breaks, to rest up or pursue other interests are good things :)

        I agree, I don’t think I’d ever consider the Polar Bear swims – brrr – but a cold dip recharges the system, from time to time. And I have to say, the sand image, is wonderful. Amazing what wind does – looking at the picture, I was almost hypnotized!

        Have a tremendous week :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Actually it was the current of the retreating tide that made the patterns, so every time you walk out there (which can only be done at low tide, the patterns are completely different. It’s very cool!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The entire weekend was a huge smile, but the swimming in October was special. Oh, btw, I pretty much never go on LinkedIn. Someday I may need to stop by and make sure my info is up to date…

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      1. Writing Sparkle

        Ah, LinkedIn – no worries I haven’t been on it in years and just started back up. My profile is most geared to policing and I would like to start shifting more towards writing and other artists so…Thank you for letting me know though. Hope you are having a great week

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I get a lot of email traffic about LinkedIn and should visit more, maybe update it with my writing info and such. Oh well. It has been a warm week so nice, though very busy. Hope you are having (it’s Friday, so had?) a great week!

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