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

Hi All! It was a pretty good week. I took a few days off of work, so that was nice. It was a holiday here, Thanksgiving, which was also good. Although there was rain on Friday and Sunday, the weather was pretty good. I spent a lot of time outside on beaches, in the woods, walking around town and village, across fields, etc. Over all, pretty nice. This was a week where I could pick my smile from several. So, what will I pick?

Animals seen in the wild.

I often see animals when I am out and about and have written about some of the critters here. Today I will talk about three.

On Wednesday I was walking by a cranberry bog when I saw movement. There was something out there swimming. At first I thought beaver. It looked a little sleeker, so I wasn’t sure. I couldn’t see the tail, which is a huge give away with beavers. Also, there were no signs of beaver around, i.e., no chewed up trees or wood. Possibly a muskrat? Maybe. I didn’t get a long view of it as it hid and I didn’t have my camera. Later I looked up these types of critters and decided that it was most likely an otter. That would be cool because I never saw an otter down here, at least not when I knew it was an otter.

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

Hi All! This was an odd week. A short one today as I don’t have a lot of time to write. In ways, that might seem a little ironic when all is said and done. Why? Glad you asked!

Back in October I came up with an idea for a book. I did a little research. I then did a lot more organization than usual. And then, the last week of October, I sat down and wrote the book. It just came out, the words flowing like water from a fire-hose, topping off with writing more than 30,000 words in a single week!

Anyway, a little over a week ago I wrote “The End”. But I wasn’t done. I had made few last minute decisions so I had to go back and make a lot of changes. And then there was general clean up. After going through a few times, I can now call the first draft complete!

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

Hi All! Today is a typical cold November day, perhaps even a little below average. It is funny since we have just come off of a few weeks of warmer than usual weather. This weekend was pretty nice (OK, it rained all day Sunday, but the rest of the weekend). It was a long weekend for me since we were celebrating Veterans (Remembrance Day in some other countries). Friday was a beautiful day. I spent the weekend on Cape Cod, so I am sure you know what is coming…

I walked to the nearest landing on Friday morning and was surprised at how smooth the water was. I went home, changed and was on that water within a half an hour, maybe closer to 15 minutes. OK, I wasn’t just floating by myself on the water, I was in a kayak. I did a relatively long paddle. The water was beautiful and I was the only one out. A perfect day.

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

Hi All! Wow, it is November already. It feels like early September. Last week my smile was about enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, so I can’t use that one again. Hmmm… I can write about how well my writing is going, but I will wait until I put “The End” on my WIP ;) I got it, I will write about Halloween!

On Monday we went to help a friend hand out candy for Halloween. He gets over 1000 tick-or-treaters. So we get there and a couple of his other friends are there ahead of us. Music is playing and there are some instruments on the lawn. One of his other friends is going to play sax to prerecorded tracks. I get pulled into playing “drums”, or actually a cajon (look it up). I have never played one before and I am a bit rhythmically impaired, but I did it.

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The Weekly Smile for the 31st of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! This will have to be super short. I have a packed day today. Besides work, car work, dentist, helping a sick friend, etc., it is, well, just busy…

We have had a late October warm spell. It looks like it will stay this entire week. Yesterday I did a long walk, a few shorter walks with the dogs, ran 5 miles (8km) using the run as interval training, raked leaves and, well, I spent pretty much the entire day outside. October has been a month of back to back appointments and such, so having a day outside was wonderful.

That’s all I have time for today – I most likely won’t be back to answer comments. Oh yeah, forgot, what I didn’t put at the end of that first paragraph is that I still need to try to find a way to celebrate my birthday today.

So that is my smile for this week, spend a good chink of the weekend outside, including most of the day on Sunday.

What made you smile?

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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.

The Weekly Smile for the 24th of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! Last week was a very hectic week. There was something every day. I am going to talk a little about one of those busy days.

If anyone has followed the Weekly Smile since the beginning, you may have seen the smiles about our Lions Clubs Penny Sale. We typically do one every year. Well, we did not hold one in 2020 or 2021. Before that there was an uninterrupted run of 61 Penny Sales! I obviously was not there at the beginning, but I have done perhaps 10. Anyway, we had one in 2022!

This year we combined forces with the local PTO (Parent Teacher Organization – not to be confused with the Harper Valley PTA ;)(they’re great people, unlike that song) ). One of the big differences that this caused was that we changed venue from the elementary school to the high school and so the logistics were completely changed. We also had almost a dozen parents helping out, with two taking leading roles and three or four taking large roles. And then there were quite a few kids as well, maybe a couple of dozen,

Because we had a lot of help soliciting donations from local business and with a lot of people doing their own donations, we had many more items up than ever before. It was good that we had the new venue since we needed the space!

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The Weekly Smile for the 17th of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! This week I am going to do a double smile.

The first half is that it is mid-October, my favorite month of the year! It was a beautiful weekend. It was warm for New Hampshire in mid-October, but not out of character. The sun was shining and the sky blue, though not the deep, deep blue we will most likely see later this week when it will be sunny but cooler – I have often talked about October Blue Skies and there is no color quite like it.

The autumn colors this year were a bit odd. The trees stayed green longer and when they did turn, it seems many went from green to brown and fell off pretty quick. That being said, it was a gorgeous weekend not only in weather, but in fall foliage.

Beautiful October weather and great color always brings a huge smile.

My second smile is about writing.

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The Weekly Smile for the 10th of October, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Welcome to this week’s weekly smile :) Anyway, after that intro, I am going to be boring and repeat things I have said 1000 time before…

I spent the weekend on Cape Cod. I was able to get out on the kayak on Friday and Saturday, took a few long walks in the woods and a few on the beach, including going out to my favorite beach for walking, Chapin Beach, for one of the only times this year.

Kayaking on Friday was nice, but it was as rough as I’ve seen it in a while. I was pretty wet by the time I got back because of all of the water splashing over the kayak. I went a different way than usual, which was nice. I usually don’t go towards the ocean in the summer because of all of the boat traffic, but it is fine in the fall.

It was cooler on Saturday, but calmer. I did one of my normal paddles, stretching it out a bit. I saw some wildlife, which is always nice, but didn’t see any seals this week.

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The Weekly Smile for the 3rd of October #weeklysmile

Hi All! I am going to have to admit that when I looked back this week I wasn’t seeing a whole lot. I mean, the week wasn’t totally rotten and there were things to smile about. My dogs and cats are always smile worthy. I had a haircut, though no photos. Some good runs. Things like that. But I didn’t want to do another, “It’s the small things” post.

Part of the problem with the last week was that work was very busy with a few unexpected issues popping up. This took all of my energy, so I didn’t do a whole lot else. But thinking about it gave me an idea.

One of the issues that popped up had been going on for a while. My team was made aware of it in early September during the week I was out. When I did hear about it, at first I stayed out, letting the technical folk take care of it – we had a ticket open with another team and several of their techs were working it since the issue started when that team made a change. But as time went on, I did get more involved and so pushed it a little more and got more techs involved.

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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!

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