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The Weekly Smile for the 25th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I hope you had a good week with plenty to smile about. The last week for me was, well, you can read my coffee post for details, but… Despite being a tough week, there were some big smiles, like the cookout my local Lions club had on Tuesday. It was nice catching up and all. My real smile, though, is going to be an odd one. But first, a word from our sponsor (well, that’s me ;) ).

I just want to put this in early to make sure people see it: I am going to be on a blogging break for a while and will miss at the very least the next two Weekly Smiles. So I will not be posting on 1 Aug or 8 Aug, but hope to be back on the 15th.

OK, back to the smile :)

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

Hi all! This was an odd week with a lot to smile about, but very little that stands out. So, yes, it will be a “it’s the small things that matter” post ;)

Although there was some rain and such, the last week had pretty close to perfect weather. The days were warm, borderline hot, but the nights cool, almost cold. Because of the cool nights, I was able to manipulate the windows and keep the house down right chilly all day.

I spent a huge amount of time outside and was able to get some great runs in, as well as many walks, both with and without dogs. Twice I saw deer as I walked. One of the times I was by a pond and watched a deer on the other side getting a drink.

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The Weekly Smile for the 4th of July, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Happy Fourth of July to all of my American readers out there! That includes me :) Anyway, this last week was a low key week with a lot to smile about, but with little that stood out. I started it on Cape Cod and finished it in New Hampshire. I didn’t do anything “special” in either place, but I do enjoy my routine of walking, running, etc. But I do have a smile that stands out. Unfortunately I can say very little about it…

If you have been reading my weekend coffee share posts the last two months you know I have bee insanely busy at work. There is a huge amount going on. One thing was a project that we had been working on for months. Well, that project finally wrapped up on Thursday. For the most part, at least. Wednesday and and Thursday were a lot worse than expected – we did pretty much the same thing in a different environment in May and it took four people two or three hours, even with a few minor goofs. This week we had six people working at least 10 hours (each) over two days to complete the same thing in Production. Ouch. But it is done.

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The Weekly Smile for the 27th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! This last week was pretty good. I had a mini-vacation – I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off of work. I spent the week at my house on Cape Cod, so did a lot of Cape Cod types of things. There are beaches, woods to walk in and places to explore. But, for me, the big thing is kayaking!

I did several paddles over the course of the week, including Saturday. I brought my camera out on most of them (one time was so rough and windy, I didn’t bother – I came back soaked) and I think i got a few really good photos – we’ll see later.

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The Weekly Smile for the 20th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! This week was pretty good over here. I spent the weekend on Cape Cod and the weather, while on the cool side, was pretty good on Saturday. Cool, but I still spent some time on the beach and (brr) even went in the water. This is where the smile comes in.

West Dennis Beach is a very popular beach and is pretty long. I ran down there on Saturday morning and noticed that they had the main beach closed off most of the day, opening it from 8 – 5. The residence beach was still open. Also, the last half of the access road was closed to car traffic and the dunes surrounded by ropes.

It is piping plover nesting season, and some have chicks in those dunes, so…

Anyway, I was on the residence beach in the early afternoon. It is far from the protected dunes, so I wasn’t thinking about plovers. Also, though there were a lot of people on the main beach, the residence beach was empty. I took a walk and then went in to swim in the cold water (the water was actually almost as warm as the air,but the air was cool…)

When I came out of the water, I walked up, reached down for my towel, only to have something skitter out from underfoot.

A piping plover.

It hunkered down in a nearby divot (almost invisible), so I backed up a few steps as I dried. It got up and wandered a little farther off. As I was watching I saw another movement. A little puff came out of the dunes and greeted the plover. As I was watching the baby, some people walked by and stopped right behind me. I turned and there was a third plover just behind me. It skittered by and then hunkered down in some nearby dried sea grass where it was invisible if you didn’t know it was there.

After the people walked away leaving an empty beach, the baby went down to the water’s edge. The first plover, who I think was the father, hung out not far from me while the other, which I call the mother, stayed hidden.

I laid down on my towel and watched them. After a while the chick came back up, but pretty far down the beach. The father went down to greet it as it came up closer to the dunes. I looked away for a moment and lost them, but I still saw the momma.

I was pretty dry by then, so I took off leaving the little plovers to enjoy the almost empty beach on their own.

Here is a photo of a baby plover I took several years ago. The adults are small and the chicks are tiny.

So that was my smile for the week, hanging on the beach with a plover family.

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 13th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! I had a pretty good weekend again, with a lot of outside time, but I want to go a completely different direction…

I’m sure many of you are aware that I devoted last week on the blog to Bleak House. Last year Yvette Prior and myself did a “Dickens Challenge” with his book Little Dorrit. We did another challenge this year using Bleak House.

Last year I was a bit behind and read the book at the last minute in a semi panic, so this year I started early. I finished the book in mid-March and wrote five essays. I wrote them straight off while the book was fresh on my mind and without going to outside reference material. I wanted those first impressions. I did use the book itself as a reference as I wrote. I also went back over the last three months and tweaked them a bit.

I wrote several reminder posts over the last few months including some interpretations of the book, so those five essays weren’t the only material created for the challenge.

And then I posted them all last week with an intro and a recap.

I spent quite a few hours last week reading and responding to comments.

And now it is all done. At least my part – there will be at least two more posts and possibly even more!

I did put quite a bit of effort into it, so it is great that it is finally done and over (for me).

That is my smile for the week, the successful wrap up of this months long journey into the heart of Bleak House.

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 6th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! An odd wee for me. There were a lot of negatives – super stressful week at work, outside of the UK the news was all very depressing, there was a seemingly an endless barrage of hate and such coming through social media, etc., etc., etc. Ugh. I think everyone is feeling it for not only have I seen more hate on social media in the last week than ever before, I have also read more messages saying we need to step back and be thankful for all of the good, to keep that positive attitude, to be kind, to continue forward with a smile. I’ll admit that even though I write “The Weekly Smile” every week, it is often difficult to keep that positive attitude, so it was nice seeing all of those positive posts :) Thanks to all of you for posting those notes of positivity and kindness!

(Real quick aside, on the subject of kindness – I have four signs on my lawn, a pair on either side so cars can see from both directions. One of the pair is from our local Lions Club and says “Be Kind” in large letters and then some Lions stuff in smaller letters. The other is that “hate has no home here” sign you see all over. I make the Lions sign more prominent since the other seems to have taken on political ramifications – I want the message seen, not the politics.)

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The Weekly Smile for the 30th of May, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! For my fellow Americans, happy Memorial Day. Hmm, “happy”, isn’t quite right, since it is a day of remembrance for our war dead, but I’m sure you know what I mean. Anyway, despite an ultra-busy work week, I had plenty to smile about. There was some time off (not including today), a good doctors report, friends and family, etc. And, something I use too often, time spent on Cape Cod.

I was able to do my long woods walk on Saturday and yesterday I got out for a long paddle on the kayak. I had kayaked a few times in March, but yesterday was the first time since then! Also, it was the first time I kayaked with my new camera lens (I talked about it here).

The new lens is “splash proof”, as is my camera, while my old telephoto lens isn’t. It is a little brighter than the old lens and a little “longer (400mm compared to 300mm). In other words, it should be a much better fit for wildlife photography from the kayak. The problem is, it is also a lot heavier! And bigger! I had no idea where to put it as it couldn’t just dangle from my neck as I paddled. I could put my legs together and it fit perfectly in my lap, but that gives my much less control of the boat (steering a kayak has more to do with weight distribution than what you do with paddles). There was also the issue of aiming the huge lens at 400mm at a flying bird as the wind moves the kayak and waves wash over the bow. Yep, 1st world problems. lol. I’m sure the more I use it the better it will get, and it was fun playing.

Those are my smiles for the week, enjoying Cape Cod including a long paddle, testing my new camera lens.

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 23rd of May, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! This last week was pretty nice. In many ways it felt like summer (we had a total of four days above 90 F/30 C, which is warm for New Hampshire in May. I spent as much time as possible outside.

One thing that happened on Sunday that was odd but made me smile was someone new on my patio. I walked out of the house, and there he was, just in front of me. It looked like he had come out from under the small porch and was heading towards the woods.

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The Weekly Smile for the 16th of May, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi All! Let’s talk about the weather…. ;)

A lot of people around here have been complaining about how wet and cold it has been this spring. Truthfully, it has been a little cooler than normal, but not much. First, I find that most people have a very very short attention span when it comes to the seasons. There is also that we had slightly milder springs the last couple of years, though they weren’t the warmest I can remember. But, yeah, we have been trending a little cool.

Until last week.

The week started close to normal. And it warmed up from there. We had two days at around 90F/32C. And it was humid. We have also had some days closer to 80F/27C, which is still very warm for this part of the world at this time of year.

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