The Weekly Smile for the 5th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I have been on Cape Cod for the last five days. Those of you who read my blog often know that I have a house here, so being down on “The Cape” isn’t unusual. I have done some of the usual things, like run by the beach, swam at the beach, walked in the woods and saltwater marsh, etc. I’ve also been out on the kayak three times.

I was up pretty early on Sunday. My dogs insisted that I get out of bed around 6 am. After all of the taking care of dogs stuff was done, I did a long paddle. I actually got a later start than I wanted, so there were people out, and it was busy by the time I returned, but it was still nice out.

There was almost no wind early, though it picked up as the paddle went on. Still, the conditions were perfect. The tidal current was ever present, but not as bad as I have seen, so no issues there. A good thing about all of that was if I saw something, I could stop and take pictures without the kayak being pushed all over the place.

For the most part I saw osprey. A lot of osprey. I also saw a seal, but it was pretty far away, so no photos.

When I am not taking photos, I paddle continuously and at a pretty good rate. I followed a power boat for about two, maybe three miles on the way back. I had to stop paddling on occasion because I would start passing – I hate being out front, if, for nothing else, if I need to stop to take photos, I don’t have to worry about what is behind me. OK, so don’t think I was being a speed daemon on my kayak – the speed limit is 6 mph/10 kph. I can easily keep an 8 mph/13 kph rate for miles on end and much faster in bursts. This boat was most likely going very close to the speed limit.

The paddle is nice and takes in a lot of scenery. There are relatively narrow places and large open expanses. Some places are pretty secluded while others are built up. Over all, this is a great paddle, though, because of its length, I only do it a few times a year.

So that was my smile for this week, a very nice, long paddle in my kayak.

What made you smile?

A reminder – although you can still put up smile posts on your own, I will not be putting up smile posts for the next two weeks.


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.

27 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 5th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is always great to be out on the water. The funny thing is that no matter how hard I push and for how long, it does not give me the same cardio workout as a half an hour run.
      Thinking of work outs, though not really workign out, I’m going to pick up a new laptop in the next month or so. When I do, I’ll try to hit one of your classes :)

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      1. Prior...

        Oh I a so excited you might join me for a class
        And I am still deciding my approach – because I am more of an in-person teacher and one of my gifts (according to Wendy and two other master teachers) is the way I do in-class adjustments –
        So the virtual is not my preference – however – I think I have ideas for doing short ones with some wellness tips –
        And thanks for the smile today with saying you might be able to join in on one (or more)
        Keep you posted on what I come up with
        And hope you find the perfect lapto

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I took some yoga classes for a few months and really enjoyed them, but stopped going when the person moved her studio to another town, which was years ago. She did do classes on line through the pandemic, but I never joined in, so I can’t tell you how she did it. I do think in person is preferable, particularly for someone like me who really doesn’t know the poses, but I’d like to try.

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          1. Prior...

            Thanks for sharing that! I am so happy you might join in if I do some and another perk is you don’t have to have the camera on- the three folks that showed up for the august one left cameras off – they wanted to observe and do a few stretches
            – anyhow – I am hoping to find my unique approach and fingers crossed that I do

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                  1. Prior...

                    Well I did see online ladders during the pandemic (and also joined a few) for Mindful Monday’s and we never looked at participants – and there were Many because it was with a school I taught at during that time —
                    Anyhow / I did cue specific poses
                    With reminders – For example – when doing chair pose – we remind students to not have their knees pass their toes – and to ground down in the feet and lift toes
                    And then when we guide students into warrior two – we know the common things to remind students about – the back arm tends to droop – or a student might lean the core when it should be upright – and we have suggestions for leg width -/
                    Hope you are having a good night –

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