The Weekly Smile for the 6th of September, 2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. Some of you may have noticed that I was pretty much missing from the blog over the last week and half or so. Actually, for most of August, but that is another story… Anyway, I spent a good portion of August on Cape Cod. i told you earlier about having a nephew and a niece visit us there. Well, last week my parents were able to make a visit.

A couple of quick comments. We have been sharing a week with my parents on Cape Cod for almost 15 years. From 2014 – 2018 they were able to stay at our cute cottage on Swan Pond. In early 2019 we bought a real house, but they were unable to visit that year, and then 2020 was the year of no travel due to Covid. So this is the first time they have visited since 2018 and the first time they saw our house!

We didn’t do a whole lot. OK, in ways we did. We puttered around the house, reading, talking and relaxing. I did quite a bit of work on the house and yard with my dad giving pointers and helping out at times. He is a child of the Depression, so seems to know how to do anything and everything… Well, until we get to computers, but that’s another story.

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The Weekly Smile Recap for 8/30 – 9/5/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi all. I’m running quite a bit late. I actually thought of skipping the recap for a second week because I am so far behind and my computer is acting up after being off for two weeks while I was away, but, here it is. Some pretty good smiles :)

Trent’s World
Change is Hard
A Multitude of Musings
The Hidden Edge
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Tessa Dean – Author
Natasha Musing
Touring My Backyard

Some great smiles there :)

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of September, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and take a seat! The temperature is perfect and the sun is out, though the table is in the shade. There is almost no humidity in the air, which is surprising. Well, maybe not: it feels like Autumn and it is September…. And where are we sitting this fine September morning? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

OK, I have posted very little in the last couple of weeks. Almost nothing at all! I have been busy on many levels. A good thing is that I had this week off of work, so not busy there! Well, I was last week….

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Portal #writephoto

Portal – Image by Rebecca M. Douglass

“Look Mommy, the world is split open!”

“No dear, that’s just a puddle.  It rained last night and there are puddles all around.  See?”

“But there’s trees and things in there…”

“No, Danny, you are just seeing the reflections of the trees around us.  Look down into the puddle and then up above you.  It’s the same.  See?”

“But I saw someone move down there.”

“No, that was just us; we’re reflected, like the trees.  When I wave, that reflection of me waves too.  See?”

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Perhaps It’s Time


We made the list again, Mr. Mayor.

We finally broke the top 10 best city for a new business?

No, we are still in bottom five of bicycle accessible cities.  Perhaps it’s time…

I will not inconvenience a single car for those wing-nuts.

The economist all say…

I don’t care.

The protests are getting bigger.

Tell the police chief I want him to start shooting those eco-terrorists.

Tell him yourself – he’s leading the protests and is outside your window.


On a bike…

On the twelfth floor?

If they can’t ride on the roads…

Any allies?


Perhaps it’s time…


word count = 100

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

The Weekly Smile for the 23rd of August, 2021 #weeklysmile

Now this week’s smile is an odd one in that I wasn’t really expecting it, but… OK, I know, it has been a tough week. Floods, like the one in Tennessee, hurricanes and tropical storms, fires, countries falling to extremists, etc. , but let’s try to find to smile about.

On Saturday afternoon I was only thinking of animals in takign care of Grace and Alexander 9the two cats) and the puppies, Fiyero and Idina, who were going to be home soon. When I called to see where they were, I heard the word “kitten”.

It was pouring rain on Sunday morning. Henri had made landfall. We drove almost an hour to a humane society located in Swanzey, NH. It was a very nice facility. There we looked at a little kitten named “James”. He was a tiny thing, most likely the runt of the litter. He had come up from Georgia.

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The Weekly Smile Recap 8/16 – 8/22/2021 #weeklysmile

Hi All. We are still in summer mode with most people out doing things that hopefully bring smiles instead of writing about them. We did still have a few good smiles:) Why don’t you click on one or two below?

Trent’s World
Tessa Dean – Author
Lady Lee Manila
Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip
Change is Hard
Touring My Backyard

Not many, so it would be super easy to read all of them :)

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

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of August, 2021 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and grab a seat! I’ll get you a nice dark roast or a cuppa, but let me know if you want something cooler – it is a bit steamy today. It has been very humid most of the week and will get worse as Henri makes his way up the coast. Where are we? Some may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire

I left Cape Cod early Sunday, even if there was still family visiting. They are my wife’s family, and she was (is) still there, so not a problem. I brought Alexander back with me, but the dogs stayed on the Cape.

Work has been busy over the last week. I mean, it is usually busy, but it does fluctuate, and this was a busy part.

I did some work around the house, exercised and ran three times. I have been getting out of the routine, so it was a little difficult, but with a run last Friday (not included in the three), I have been pretty consistent for a week. I hope to keep it up… I walked, but not as much as usual – for one thing, Thursday was a washout. I also didn’t have as much time as I’d like. And the cat demanded on being out a lot ;) He was mad at me on Sunday when we got back, and actually tantrumed when I tried to bring him back into the house after our first couple of “walks”! After a day of getting used to NH again (read, sharing the house with Grace, who he hates), he was much better and quickly returned to normal. I also played a bit of music, keeping my synths on most of the day so I could play as I walked by, plus doing finger exercises at least once a day on the (real) piano. I did a little editing, but decided to let it sit for a couple of weeks so I can look at it with fresh eyes when I return to editing.

Today looks like it will be a nice day, so I need to get outside and move before the wet, tropical weather hits on Sunday – this will be a hot, humid week after the storm pulls that tropical air up here!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit :) If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop in, but, as usual, no promises (maybe on Sunday, when I will most likely be stuck inside). Hope you are having a great weekend!

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!