Category Archives: Smile

The Weekly Smile for the 11th of April, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All. So, it seems to actually be Spring now. I see daffodils and such. And we even had a few warmish days. Yeah, a little cooler than usual, but… Of course being spring means that I have to start doing spring things.

Like kayaking.

On Saturday I was out on the kayak for the first time this year. I was able to make it out on the water a little earlier last year, and when I lived on Swan Pond I would occasionally kayak all year(!!). But Saturday was the first day this year that I had time, it was warm enough and the wind calm enough.

It was very nice to be out. It was a little cool, but the sun felt nice and I do a lot of work. Surprisingly, the water wasn’t really as cold as expected. I did hit some windy places, even to the point where waves were crashing over the boat and I was getting wet.

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The Weekly Smile for the 4th of April, 2022 (4-4-22 ;) ) #weekelysmile

Hi all! Back when I first started doing the Weekly Smile I said it could be about anything that made you smile (well, anything non-hurtful, non-discriminatory, etc.). I gave examples of different things and included seeing a movie, a photo or even reading a news story.

Which brings us to this week’s smile.

It is often pretty discouraging to read the news these days, but we feel we have to, so we are aware. But then, every so often, they sneak a bit of good news in.

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The Weekly Smile for the 28th of March, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I have to laugh – last week I had my long post about it finally being Spring and today I woke up to a covering of snow. Looks like winter is back… Lol. It is not unusual for there to be snow after the beginning of spring. I’ve seen snow in mid to late May! But still… It will warm up later in the week, back to normal.

Not only is the weather weird, but so is just the week in general. Not a whole lot out there that stands out (talking in my life…). Beyond the general world news and a couple of work projects, not a lot to frown about, but few big things jump out as things for huge smiles.

So, this another “It’s the Small Things, Arts Edition.”

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The Weekly Smile for the 21st of March, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Guess what? It’s Spring! OK, I am being very Northern-Hemisphere-centric, I know, but still… Yesterday, at 11:33 Eastern time (my time zone) we had the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. Big smile.

In the last week I have heard peepers. These are little frogs that go crazy in early spring, making small peeping sounds. But there are hundreds, so a huge chorus. I heard them both on Cape Cod and in New Hampshire.

There have been a lot more birds around. Red wing blackbirds have staked out territory in a few places that I walk. I saw two osprey. The sounds of birdsong are everywhere! In the morning it is down right noisy :)

I have seen a few early spring flowers. Crocuses are coming out and I have seen snowdrops. The trees are all budding. There are hints of color looking out, with wispy green, a little yellow and some red. Of course that little bit of purple dotting the landscape. I see daffodil shoots coming up and should see the flowers in a few days.

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The Weekly Smile for the 7th of March, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi! Yeah, another week full of dark news. Again, this is a smile post, so I say we need to stop for a moment, turn off whatever screen you are looking at, look out of the window and find some beauty someplace in the world, be it the smile of a child, a bird in flight or a comedian’s joke. OK, ready? Breath in, breath out. There…

So, I have a small chuckle before my main smile. If you read my coffee share, sorry if I am repeating myself :) So, the other day I got my passport back. I had the photo for it taken a week before I had a haircut, it was cold, so I wore a hat to the store where the photo was taken and they told me that if I smiled they would have to retake the photo. Sounds great, right? So on the passport there is a small black and white version, and the first thing I thought was “Wanted, Dead or Alive!” Yep, I thought I looked like a Wild West Desperado! I took a photo of the original photo (funny, right?) and tried to make it look like the PP photo, but the PP photo is worse…

OK, so it is still winter in New Hampshire. Last week it got down to 4 F/-15 C. I woke up to new snow (over the old) a few days last week. But on Sunday (yesterday) it was sunny and got up to almost 65 F/18 C. Quite the difference!

I spent a lot of time outside yesterday. I played with the dogs, walked the dogs, did some chores and went running. I must have been out at least 3 hours, maybe more. Yes, there was snow on the ground and where there was no snow it was a muddy surface that often had ice under it (this is called “Mud Season” in New England for a reason!). But it was nice. I did see a few bugs, but not many. There is also some green, which is nice. I won’t see flowers for a couple of weeks, but many buds.

In many ways yesterday was a warm late winter day, yet I could feel spring in the air. The day was longer – I can tell the equinox is just around the corner. The angle of the sun makes the quality of the light more spring-like. It just didn’t feel like winter. Not just that, although we have had a few warm days over the last three weeks, I have not been able to get out to enjoy them the way I was able to get out yesterday.

So those are my smiles for the week, my “desperado” passport photo and enjoying a warm, spring-like day.

What made you smile?

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).


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 Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.

The Weekly Smile for the 28th of February, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi, all! Well, I’ll be the first to admit that there is plenty out there that is very Frown-Inducing this week! OK, I hate war. Don’t we all? But this is a smile post, right? It is not the place to talk about awful events that are going on in the world, nor about global politics.

On the personal side, it was a pretty good week. You can read my last post, my coffee share post, if you want to know more, but I want to go beyond a “it’s the small things” post.

It snowed here on Friday. We received about half the amount that was forecast and it was a light, powdery snow. OK, I am odd, but I did enjoy getting out and shoveling. I’ve always joked that snow removal is one of the few “respectable” ways an adult can go out and just play in the snow the way a child does ;) But it is true to some extent.

Saturday dawned bright and clear with little wind. It was cold, but the rising sun felt balmy. I dressed for Antarctica, and ended up over warm. But that was fine.

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The Weekly Smile for the 21st of February #weeklysmile

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good week and had at least one thing to smile about. I actually had a really good week with multiple things to smile about. For instance, there were quite a few long walks in New Hampshire and Cape Cod that included woods, forests, salt water marshes, beaches, large hills, mountain scenery, quite ponds and equally quiet villages.

But that isn’t my smile ;)

The other day I walked out of my house and around my car. Suddenly something came whizzing by me. I have now seen similar feathered missiles and knew what it was (here is post of the first encounter with one of these, when I didn’t know). So the falcon zipped by my at chest height and little more than arms length away. It then did a high speed landing on the fence on the other side of my driveway, perhaps 30ft/9m away. Cool.

I did a bit of puttering around my car – I had to put air in two tires and I did a few other things. The peregrine falcon half ignored me and half watched me as I did my chores, and I half ignored it and half watched it. At one time it fluffed up, and started preening. I figured it would be there for a while. I turned away for just a moment and it was gone.

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The Weekly Smile for the 14th of February, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone had a good week, or at least had one or two things to smile about. I actually had a quite a few small things, so, you guessed it, today will be an “all of the small things” post.

First, weather. January was very cold this year, so having temperatures up around 50 F/10 C was nice. I know, some people thing that’s cold, but, believe me, it was almost hot after what we have had ;) A lot of snow and ice melted. I spent a lot of time outside on Saturday -as much as I could!

I had a haircut this week (see my coffee post for before and after photos). Yeah, in ways I can be like a small child who hates to have his haircut, but over all it was a big smile :)

I received a new piece of equipment for my studio yesterday and spent a lot of time redesigning. Always good.

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The Weekly Smile for the 7th of February, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! How are you this week? I hope you all have something, at least one thing, to smile about. It can be big, small, or just normal sized. It can be something you did, something someone said, or even a memory that came up.

Speaking of which…

I have lived in my small New Hampshire town longer than I admit that I’ve been alive ;) Well, not really, but it was a very long time ago (early 1990s) that the fresh, young Trent bought a small house for himself in the village center. Years later, and married, he bought a much larger house that was almost right next door to the small one, but that is a story for another day. This story is about one of my first winters in the original house.

I don’t mind shoveling snow, but ice gets the better of me. After a nasty ice storm, I walked to the local hardware store. There used to be two locally owned hardware stores in our small village and a third within three miles. We often forget how the big-box stores decimated all of those mom-and-pop stores. The two I visited most often did not survive the 1990s and the third turned into a specialty store with safety equipment. Anyway, I asked for something to help with the ice, and I wanted it as Earth-friendly as possible.

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The Weekly Smile for January 31, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Another odd week. Well, I guess odd in some ways, but far too normal in others – I always say to look for the small things, and that is true this week as there were few large things. Some small things include the snow storm wasn’t so bad for us, I had a nice Lions Club meeting, massage is always good, views of my music on YouTube was in record territory by a huge margin, blogging was fun and I did an initial redesign (preliminary cleaning) of my home studio. Did anything stand out? I’ll pick on odd one.

Idiina doesn’t always like long walks while Fiyero loves them. His favorite thing in the world is a super long puppy/daddy walk at a jogging pace. Fiyero also has strange issues with his gums. So after a thorough cleaning yesterday, I took him for a special walk as a reward for putting up with it. It wasn’t much longer than usual, but it was across a new snowfall winter wonderland.

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