The Weekly Smile April 1, 2019 (No Fooling!) #weeklysmile

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It seems like it is the same every year that I have lived in NH (more than I’ll admit to ;) ).  The 21st of March comes around and we are still waiting for spring, saying that this is the worst winter ever and it is dragging out so long.  And then around April 1, give or take a week, Spring arrives out of no where.  It isn’t a huge change – that happens in May (yes, the rhyme April Showers seems fitting), but you can tell.  Of course there is always the possibility of snow almost until June, but a Spring snow is different.

In the last week almost all of the snow and ice went away – my back patio was over two feet deep, now there is nothing.  I saw a snake.  I saw some flying insects. The osprey are back on Cape Cod and nesting.  There has been a stretch of warm weather, and looking ahead, though it will get below freezing a couple of nights, looks typical early April temps.  The ground is (mostly) thaw – even the worst of the mud is gone (it is still mud season, though). There is a lot more green, including new grass and shoots coming up.  The trees are starting to bud.  I’ve seen crocuses and other flowers (yeah, photo below is of snowdrops, more of a late winter flower).

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Edit – I just went out (still April 1) and took a picture of a crocus:

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It is Spring!  The days feel much longer, with the sun being up early (picture below was taken at around 6:30 AM) and staying light later.

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That is my smile for this week, the first week that truly seems like Spring!

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.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

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).   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).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

40 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile April 1, 2019 (No Fooling!) #weeklysmile

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  7. Joanne Sisco

    We’re still a few weeks behind you. It will be a while yet before we start to see any buds or crocuses, but while I still have patches of snow in the front yard, I have tulip shoots in the backyard. You have to love spring! 🙂

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      My back patio actually still has a little ice on it – it literally has its own microclimate. My parents are across Lake Erie from you (sort of – they are actually west of Cleveland) and they had snow over the weekend, so not quite spring in norther Ohio. It will be there soon….

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  9. Marilyn Armstrong

    I went out into the mud and mess that was last year’s garden and found crocus and green shoots that will be daffodils and maybe a few tulips and probably the start of the day lilies. Spring — or at least the warm weather — is a month away (probably), but there is green, so there is also hope.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      In my experience, you described New England Spring very well – mud, a few green shoots and crocuses. I don’t know if the north wind was as cold there as it was in NH, but most of the day didn’t feel like spring, but then, there are flowers, so… Yeah, at least a month before there are leaves on the trees and what people in other parts of the world think of as “Spring”.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I saw crocuses on Cape Cod, but hadn’t seen any in NH yet. Yesterday felt cold. So I was thinking that my post was almost a lie until I saw the purple crocus – I had to get a photo! Later I saw another. And when the wind finally stopped blowing (25 mph + with gusts well over 35), it felt warm….

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      1. Prior...

        Hahah – felt warm after that wind died down.
        And was heading out to yard with Notebook and tea and turned back in – frigid ❄️compared to the weekend’s warmth ☀️
        But spring has sprung and bring on any type of flower ;)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Tuesday was a bit better and today is supposed to get up to 62! It wil be cold and windy again tomorrow, but the weekend looks warm – mid-60s. Yeah, it is finally spring – I put away my turtlenecks (I were turtlenecks late October – end of March)

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  10. Junieper2

    The snow drops have my admiration – wow!
    My weekly smile have to do with flowers too (you probably know that flowers grow in Southern California throughout the winter months – the hydrangea was taken there! Thanks for hosting:)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      They are pretty little flowers. We get these really rich blue hydrangea on Cape Cod in August. I didn’t see a link to your post, but I’ll try to find it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Spring is amazing! With our long winters up here, the first signs of springs are always a great occasion! (Won’t see leaves on the trees for about a month, but still, it is turning green…)

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