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Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

The Weekly Smile for the 27th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Last week I had a pretty exciting smile – seeing a bear and its cubs as I ran. Not something that happens all of the time! But this week there isn’t anything like that. I mean, it was a pretty good week and all, but nothing really stands out.

Of course the big event of the week was going to Cape Cod. Yes, I do it quite often, but I had planned on going down there earlier but had to change plans because of dental work. So it had been a couple of weeks since I had visited.

Of course it was a wet few days. I wasn’t able to go to the beach or kayak. I didn’t mow (it needs it!) or other work. Yeah, sticking out into the ocean means that it rains a lot more there than on the mainland…

But it was nice.

This was the first visit in a while with no animals. In some ways not great, but in other ways – not having a fuzzy body on top of me meant that I could sleep! And that is pretty much what the visit was about – relaxing. I was able to get out a for few walks, despite the almost constant rain, including a long one at Bells Neck, one of my favorite “hiking” areas down there.

That is my smile for the week, going down to Cape Cod for a relaxing weekend.

What made you smile?

(Note – in the near future I will stop doing the Smile Recap posts).


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).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

The Weekly Smile Recap for 9/20 – 9/26/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I hope you had a good week with a few good smiles in there. Anyway, if you want something to smile about, just look at the following list!

Trent’s World
Lady Lee Manila
Living Between Two Realms
Light Motifs II
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Midnight’s Letters
Touring My Backyard

Some great smiles!

I will put up this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile.

Note – As I’ve stated elsewhere, my blogging is going through a major slowdown as I change priorities. I will keep the Weekly Smile going, but I think I will only do the recap for another week or two.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is sort of odd out – warmish and humid. It rained a lot over night and the forecast calls for passing showers, but hopefully it will be a nice day overall. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

So I drove down here Wednesday evening, after massage. I came alone – I almost took the cat Alexander, but at the last minute decided not to. My sleep has been pretty ragged of late, and much of it has to do with animals sleeping on top of me. Between weather and being busy, I really haven’t done much since I’ve been here, but I guess that is OK – I don’t have to be hiking or kayaking every waking minute, do I? I have done a little work around the house, which is good, but not a lot, which is bad – if it dries up at all, I will mow later today.

Work seemed to be busier than usual. There are always ups and downs. Not all is bad, and a little is self-induced as I pushed myself to do specific things.

I’ve been keeping up my exercise routine, but my running routine is way off.

While in New Hampshire I did a lot of dog walking and playing, cat/kitten playing and walking and other such. I’ve read, but that’s like saying “I breathed”.

I did a little editing of my next book of short stories – it is almost ready, but my “editors” have been too busy to help.

I have been getting back into music and a huge chunk of my spare time was spent playing. I think I am going to shift almost completely away from writing to music for a while. Although I love to write, music is my first love. I have always played, but I am not even close to the level I once was, so… We’ll see how it goes – often when I do these shifts of priorities it lasts for a few weeks, maybe months, and rarely a year or more.

That being said, I have been mostly in a writing phase for quite a few years (7? 8?) and was in a music phase for quite a few years before that (4? 5? 6?) and then it was 100% visual arts for about three years before that, so possibly I will switch again…

Looking at the above two paragraphs, that also means my blogging is goign to go down to a post or two a week. In fact, it already has. We’ll see. Besides not posting, I have not been able to find time to read blog posts at all. In the past, about 85% of blog time is reading, 10% answering comments and 5% writing. This week it was 10% reading, 87% answering comments and 3% writing…

Anyway, it is not raining and outside is calling! I need to get up and get back out there (I was out for a walk and doing yard work for about an hour and half already this morning).

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share I will try to stop by, but, as always, I can’t promise.

Natalie the Explorer is now the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkzlinkup to see all of the other shares!

The Weekly Smile for the 20th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

I think I have mentioned the route I take for my main run, haven’t I? It starts with a large uphill. It then continues with an uphill. And then there is some climbing. And that is followed by even more uphill…. Yes, my run tops off at the highest point in miles.

Wednesday I went for a run. It was warm and very humid, so I almost didn’t go, and my first thought was to do an easier run. But I did my mountain run. And I am glad I did…

After I hit the high point and started to go into a little dip, I saw movement in front of me. I recognized it almost immediately – a black bear was crossing the road at the bottom of the dip. I was still pretty far away, so not worried.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 9/13 – 9/19/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! I hope you had a good week with plenty of smiles. If not, don’t worry, for there were plenty of smiles right here on The Weekly Smile! Just click a link below. Or two. Come, click them all! Plenty of smiles to go around :)

Trent’s World
Living Between Two Realms
Natasha Musing
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Light Motifs II
Change is Hard
Ruth Blogs Here
Touring My Back Yard
Tessa Dean – Author
Thistles and Kiwis
Change is Hard

See, some pretty great smiles! Please let me know if I missed your smile – I occasionally do miss one or two.

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is kind of funny out, warmish and humid. It will get almost hot with high humidity later today before we return back to normal early autumn weather on Sunday and Monday. It was a strange week weather-wise… Oh, where are we? Some may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire, and there is a story in that…

The main theme of the week has to be about dental work. I went in Tuesday afternoon for a filling. I had chipped the corner off of a tooth that had an existing filling back early last winter. Anyway, when they were starting to work on it they discovered that the damage had grown. I had lost the filling and had another chip. A decision was made to do a crown, but they couldn’t do it then. So the put in a blob-like filling while the admin people researched Insurance (or lack there-of – even my dental insurance sucks for dental work). I went back in on Thursday and had the the crown prepared and a temp put in. So I will have another visit later. Yuck…. One thing, I had planned on going to Cape Cod on Wednesday night. The Thursday appointment made that a no go.

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The Weekly Smile for the 13th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. I’m having a hard time picking out something for my smile this week. It’s not because it was such a terrible week or anything. Most of it was routine, though there was, of course, the 9/11 remembrance. There was just nothing that really jumps out.

This weekend was beautiful. Well, Saturday was beautiful. Sunday was a bit humid and very hazy, but it was still nice to get out into it. And that I did. I didn’t go for a great hike, but I was outside a lot. A few things stand out, like seeing a tiny tree frog in some weeds. It was odd – I don’t think I’ve noticed one like this before. Or going through a field of waste high grass/hay/weeds with Fiyero, with him finding the animal paths to make walking easier. Or scurrying up hill on a fallen log to stay up with Alexander (the cat). I did my typical run a few times, which has fabulous views of the surrounding country side (it starts at a low point, but reaches the highest point for several miles around. There were several walks, including into lightly wooded areas. All of the animals needed walk and outdoor play time. I “stopped to smell the flowers”, just spending time exploring my surroundings with all of my senses. Anyway, it was just great to spend time outside, even if I didn’t do a lot with that time except “just be”, living 100% in the moment.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 9/6 – 9/12/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Another interesting week with all of the ups and downs that we see in life. Part of that, of course are all of the smiles that we have gathered here :) Sound interesting? Just click on a few of the links below:

Trent’s World
Nut House Central
The Hidden Edge
Tessa Dean – Author
A Day in the Life
Touring My Backyard
Change is Hard
Thistles and Kiwis
priorhouse blog
Light Motifs II

See what I mean? A lot of good smiles :)

I’ll post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 11th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come take a seat and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, or some other beverage. It is a beautiful day! The sun is shining and the sky is a deep blue. It started out almost cold, but is pretty warm now. You can feel Autumn in the air. Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

OK, I can’t go farther without mentioning the date I wrote at the top of the post. Yeah, it has been 20 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I have a friend who is a retired NYC firefighter who is down in the city this weekend. In 2001 I worked in the air traffic control facility that first reported the hijacked aircraft and made the decision to ground all of their planes – watching documentaries it is always interesting to see people I know being interviewed about it. So I am thinking about the date, but I don’t want to bring it up beyond acknowledging it.

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Plan B

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“I think I am all cultured out.”


I had that figured out when we set foot on the Air France flight to go on “the vacation of a lifetime”.

The Louvre was boring.

I heard the phrase “Awful Tower” far too many times.

Grand chateaux were as exciting our neighbor’s house.

Sitting in a historic medieval village, sipping coffee, and he finally realizes he is not having the time of his life?

But then his face lit up. I followed his gaze.

It took me two minutes to add working farms to our itinerary.

I’d save our trip yet.


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Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Sandra Crook. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.