The Weekly Smile for the 18th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

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.

29 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 18th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

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  2. Ju-Lyn

    Indeed a perfect summer Saturday!
    I love that your kitties like company when they dine … they are adorable!
    And it is good to hear that you are enjoying your runs – if I remember correctly, it wasn’t so long ago that you were recovering from an injury.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The kitties are very sweet, and it is great that they like company.
      No, it wasn’t me, I haven’t had any injuries this year. I did have a period of a few months when I had a very hard time being consistent in my runs. It was a bad mixture of weather and other commitments brewed with a bit of lack of energy. I’ve been back in my routine since May, so that is good :)


  3. Natasha

    Gosh! Trent, that is a super active day indeed. So much packed in a single day. Bravo, I say!

    I used to run myself a lot a couple of years ago and then I gave it up completely, as I realised I didnt enjoy running as much as i enjoyed Yoga and Cycling. Moreover some injuries cropped up too. But my favourite thing to do was to run in the beach and also around forested trails.

    Very inspired by your super long run and power packed beautiful day. Special paw kisses to the adorable kitties.

    I’ve had a fairly hectic week but much accomplished so far- Dad’s cataract surgery for one eye, a small simple procedure for mine too. All this entails traveling over an hour away from home. But the good news is it’s been great so far, hectic yes, but great. Lots of after care for Dad post the surgery, but I’m glad I could sneak in a short walk and some Yoga this morning. And I hope to go cycling in the coming days and continue with the yoga and walks. I don’t like missing them at all.

    Have been meditating unfailing though. That’s one thing I can’t miss at all, as I so enjoy the process.

    As we chat now, my furry girls Mishka and laila hover around me with their toys and Kong to play. I’ve missed hanging out with them this week and giving them their scrub and spa. Will do over the weekend now as today again is a follow up to the doc’s.

    You have a fabulous rest of the week, and yes, my WOTY gives me more than multiple reasons to smile:

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m glad the surgery went well and hope your dad recovers well. I do miss my routines when I have busy weeks – this one is one for many reasons I won’t get into now.
      I used to cycle a lot but very rarely do any more. I had a string of bad luck with flat tires while riding, and then it seemed cars were getting more aggressive and it was harder to ride with increased traffic and such. Finally, like you and running, it wasn’t fun any more so I stopped.
      Glad you had a good, if hectic, week! I’ll stop by in a few minutes :)

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      1. Natasha

        Yeah the icing on the cake, was this coffee date with Dad and my oldest, last evening as it rained. That too in our favourite cafe in the neighbourhood. We decided to do this impromptu post his follow up. :)

        Have a good weekend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree that the camera can be a distraction. On the other hand, using the camera often forces us to be more aware of the surroundings. So I do like walks and paddles both with and without the camera – switching it out helps keep me aware :)
      It’s been great to see you back blogging. i am assuming from your daughter’s house. Anyway, I’ll be by in a few minutes.


  4. Resa

    First, I’m exhausted by all your relaxing.
    Second, did the cats get enough food? Enough of you? 😉
    Third… my smile. Hmmm, I made our first pot of tomato sauce with our first harvest of tomatoes.
    It was a yummy smile at that!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Having fun is serious business! It takes a lot of work to relax ;)
      The kittens did get enough to eat. By the end of the day, they did get enough daddy-times as well. i think… They slept on top of me all night, so…
      Fresh tomato sauce – sounds delicious! A big smile there :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The cats are funny. They pretend to be less social than the dogs, but they can be just as social, needing someone watching to eat! It was pretty close to the perfect summer day :)


  6. Emille

    Aah, am still waiting for the perfect summer day around 85 degrees, but it’s still 100+ F. My smile this week is that even though I can’t remember the reason why I painted the first capture, happy I am versatile in my approaches (not one style/approach every time) Have a great week, Emille

    ENTRANCE into the unknown

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Even 85 is close to my limit – it will be in the 90s all week, and I am not looking forward to it. 100+? Ouch, not for me.
      I’ll be by in a few to take a look :)


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    Congratulations to a great lasts week, even thought cats with mannerism can be horrible. ;-) It’s the first time i noticed the wonderful names they have. As long as there is no Nero you will be save. Lol Have a good week arriving, Trent! Best wishes, Michael

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Michael. We did have a Claudius at one time, but no Nero. Cats think they are kings and emperors, or at least major rulers, so that is how we name them. Actually, Tiberius’ full name is James Tiberius Kirk (he was named James when we got him), but we call him Tiberius.

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