Hi all! I hope you had a great week with plenty to smile about. My last week had a few rough patches, but also some smiles.
I think for today’s smile I will do something different.
I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. I was on Cape Cod alone with two of my cats, Alexander and Tiberius. It was after 6, so well past kitten-feeding time! I got up and fed them, but stretched and such as they ate instead of the normal routine of getting my own breakfast.
After I was sure cats were fine (they only eat while I am there watching, and if I spend too much time with one cat, the other stops eating) I went out for my run.
My run is about 4 1/2 miles (7.25 km). I hit the salt water swamp about two thirds of a mile (a km) in and the beach at about a mile (1.2 km). There is a road along the beach. On one side is parking where you can hop out of the car and be on the beach instantly. On the other side is the saltwater marsh. At the end, a little less than a mile and a half (just under 2.5 km), the road ends at the river in a small parking lot, where I turn around. However, the last 1/2 mile (just under a km) of the road is closed to vehicle traffic due to bird nesting.
Anyway, it was a great run.
Then there was shower and breakfast. I wrote my coffee post while sipping coffee and then went out to mow. Because the grass wasn’t as bad as the last couple of times, I was able to do as much on one batter charge as I did on two the last couple of times. It went a lot faster! I did most of it, except a bit that isn’t visible from the road and only used by me and my family, so…
After mowing, I rinsed off, changed, and went out for an hour and a half kayak paddle. It wasn’t the longest paddle, or the most exciting, but it was very, very nice. And I saw a seal. I didn’t bring my camera, so no photos.
Back from kayaking, it was close to lunch time, but I wasn’t hungry.
So I went to the beach for an hour (the same beach where I run). It was pretty crowded, but the resident only end wasn’t too bad. I took a walk most of the length, came back, swam for 20 minutes, dried off and went home.
Another another shower, a fourth change of clothes (first time into my “normal” clothes) and I had a small, late lunch. I did some work on the computer, a walk to the two landings that are close to my house, taking time to enjoy the water, playing my keyboards (yes, I have musical instruments everywhere) and such.
I then went to my favorite spot for a walk. I did bring my camera this time. I started on the bike path and someone, noticing my long lens, instantly grabbed me and showed me a night heron next to the path. I took a few photos (none really came out – I didn’t notice that it was focusing on a leaf right in front of the heron (I did get one)). And then took my walk. The walk was great, even if I didn’t take a single picture after that. The woods are relaxing, and there are areas near a large pond (small lake) other areas close to a large salt marsh.
Back home the cats were hungry. So I fed the cats. And then they wanted to play, complaining I was out all day. After cat play, I made and ate an early dinner (I know, late lunch. early dinner).
After dinner I walked down to one of the landings to watch the sun set over the river. On the rise behind the landing there is a nice house with a great view. I am not sure if there was a wedding (very, very small!) or just wedding photos in the yard. Before I saw it, I heard the people across the street talking about a wedding, and when i first saw it, a religious type person was standing in front of the happy couple as if giving the vows. I didn’t see anyone else! Later, I looked back and saw a photographer with the couple. I could then see a few people milling about, but not many. Looking up from the landing, with the golden evening sun on them, it looked like the perfect fairy-tale wedding, and I’m sure the photographer was loving it.
And so I finished my day reading and such.
Can you imagine a better summer day?
So that was my smile for the week, a perfect,laid-back Summer Saturday.
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). Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.