The Weekly Smile for the 26th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I know I sometimes sound like a broken record on these posts, but some things really make me smile ;) Oh, for those who are not ancient, vinyl records would sometimes get scratches which made them skip. Sometimes that old album would repeat the same partial phrase over and over and over and over until you moved the tone arm. I know, back when the brontosaurus roamed… Anyway, that is what a “broken record” is…

I spent the weekend on Cape Cod. Saturday was a beautiful day, though it started very windy. I took a long walk in the woods in the morning, where the high winds didn’t matter. I did an equally long walk on the beach in the afternoon. The wind was not coming off of the water, so it was easy. But I also noticed that it had died down quite a bit.

That meant I could go out on the kayak!

I did a good paddle, if not the longest ever. I did not have my camera, which was sorely missed. The water was pretty smooth and I saw a lot of wildlife. I think there was at least a half a dozen great blue herons. I had not seen any osprey all week and weekend, but I saw several on the paddle, including a young one that hovered close above me, I am assuming to get a better look at that long red thing in the water. Then there was one in a tree eating a huge fish.

Perhaps the best part of the paddle occurred when I was at the far end of the Grand Cove. Something was moving in the water, heading towards shore. I first thought “seal”, but it was small and moving fast, like a beaver or otter. And we were on a collision course. So I steered the kayak to pass behind it. As I drew close, I could see the shape under the water. It was a seal with just the tip of its nose out of the water as it swam. At about that time, as the kayak was about to go over its back end (really!), it went under and dove deep. A little later I saw it pop up farther out in the water. The entire head was out, so very recognizable. And that head followed me for perhaps two, maybe three minutes as I curved around the end of the cove. I was pretty far on my way out when it sank beneath the surface again.

I do see seals, perhaps that same one, in that area most of the times I kayak on the Grand Cove, but never that close. Very cool!

A few hours after my paddle, I walked to the two landings that are close. The first overlooks the Grand Cove. The light was as gorgeous as I had seen it, making everything glow. It was low tide and the cove itself was as smooth as glass. I saw the seal come up in the middle for a few minutes, something I had never seen from the landing. I got to the other landing in time to watch the sun set. I took a few photos with my phone. The tidal river was moving, so not as smooth as the cove, but still pretty smooth. Well, I took another photo when the sun was about to disappear, but there were a lot of ripples on the water. I chose to post the photo with the smoother water, even if the sun was a bit higher.

Anyway, It was a great day, and the unexpected paddle in the middle made it even better.

My smile for this week was a great kayak paddle to cap off a great day on Cape Cod.

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.

34 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 26th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

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  2. Resa

    Wow, a seal! They are gorgeous. I saw some at the zoo when I was a kid. However, I haven’t gone to a zoo since I was a teen. It upsets me.

    Anyway, MASSIVE smile! I found a couple of blocks of alley, freshly painted with all kinds of art from various artists.
    It was too sunny to take pics. Everything had shadows. First cloudy day, I’m back there! Couldn’t sleep last night just thinking about it!
    YA! Have a great weekend, Trent!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Seeing seals is always cool, and this was a great sighting. I think there is so little boat traffic this time of year that it was less skittish than usual. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of your new street art find! Hope you can get back there soon. Have a great weekend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      You need to move back to this end of the country…. OK, visit this end of the country in the summer. Seals are now super common on Cape Cod, which is one reason Great White Sharks are more common than the used to be. A few years ago I did a seal cruise, which was nice – saw tons of seals up close and personal.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am sure it is heartbreaking to hear the stories and tough on everyone to relive their own stories. But I am equally sure that seeing people pull together to push for positive change to help people (even though Change is Hard) is worthy of a very big smile.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Actually, vinyl is making a comeback, so that might push back the “getting old” date by a decade or two! lol I laughed after writing “broken record” and knew I had to do an explanation about life in the pre-CD (pre-1990s) era, even if I was sure 99% of the people reading knows what it means.


      1. WebbBlogs

        Its funny cause for Christmas a couple years back I bought my nephew a record player. I didn’t realize they were selling them again. Of course it wasn’t like the old ones, it had updated features, but it was still neat playing some old records on it. 😁

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