Hi! Yeah, another week full of dark news. Again, this is a smile post, so I say we need to stop for a moment, turn off whatever screen you are looking at, look out of the window and find some beauty someplace in the world, be it the smile of a child, a bird in flight or a comedian’s joke. OK, ready? Breath in, breath out. There…
So, I have a small chuckle before my main smile. If you read my coffee share, sorry if I am repeating myself :) So, the other day I got my passport back. I had the photo for it taken a week before I had a haircut, it was cold, so I wore a hat to the store where the photo was taken and they told me that if I smiled they would have to retake the photo. Sounds great, right? So on the passport there is a small black and white version, and the first thing I thought was “Wanted, Dead or Alive!” Yep, I thought I looked like a Wild West Desperado! I took a photo of the original photo (funny, right?) and tried to make it look like the PP photo, but the PP photo is worse…
OK, so it is still winter in New Hampshire. Last week it got down to 4 F/-15 C. I woke up to new snow (over the old) a few days last week. But on Sunday (yesterday) it was sunny and got up to almost 65 F/18 C. Quite the difference!
I spent a lot of time outside yesterday. I played with the dogs, walked the dogs, did some chores and went running. I must have been out at least 3 hours, maybe more. Yes, there was snow on the ground and where there was no snow it was a muddy surface that often had ice under it (this is called “Mud Season” in New England for a reason!). But it was nice. I did see a few bugs, but not many. There is also some green, which is nice. I won’t see flowers for a couple of weeks, but many buds.
In many ways yesterday was a warm late winter day, yet I could feel spring in the air. The day was longer – I can tell the equinox is just around the corner. The angle of the sun makes the quality of the light more spring-like. It just didn’t feel like winter. Not just that, although we have had a few warm days over the last three weeks, I have not been able to get out to enjoy them the way I was able to get out yesterday.
So those are my smiles for the week, my “desperado” passport photo and enjoying a warm, spring-like day.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
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). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.