The Weekly Smile for the 27th of April, 2020 #weeklysmile

This week I am going to give you three, yes, three smiles for the price of one!  And that’s not all!  If you act now by reading, you may get a bonus smile out of this silly introduction!

Back in February of 2019 I did a smile post about a “new” house I bought on Cape Cod, one that will eventually be my retirement home.  If you were observant, you may have noticed that I never had a post about selling my “old” house on Cape Cod.  Well, over a year later, and after several false starts, including a deal falling through on the day it was supposed to close, my other house finally sold!  I am no longer the proud owner of three houses that I can’t afford ;)  Yes, a huge relief and giant smile :)

So I am down here on Cape Cod.  Saturday was a beautiful day, so I decided to do my first kayak paddle of the year (in the “old place” I paddled all winter – I may explain the difference in another post). It was great!  i saw few people but a lot of wildlife.  Despite being the first of the year, it was a very long paddle.  Yeah, I’m ready to go back out again :)

Something else I used to do all of the time but haven’t much in the last year is go to Chapin Beach early in the morning when I am not working.  So Sunday morning I took a very long walk.  The tide was very far out, and so I was able to walk on the sand flats far from the shore.  This beach is gorgeous, and I had a great time.  As to social distancing, yes, there were other  people on the beach, but I am sure I stayed about 2 km from everyone ;)  Yes, that is about a thousand times farther than that recommended 2 m ;)

So, over the weekend I saw snow egrets, great egrets, osprey, falcons (!), hawks, several species of woodpeckers, cormorants, loons, several species of ducks, geese, swans, plovers, sandpipers, etc., etc.  Plus things like crabs and jelleyfish.

So my triple smile had to do with the big releif of being out of a financial burden on Cape Cod, and still experiencing the natural beauty of the Cape.

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) (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).   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! :)

39 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 27th of April, 2020 #weeklysmile

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  4. Rowena

    Hi Trent,
    Congratulations on selling the house. Must be a huge relief, especially with how the world has been rocked by the coronavirus. That’s also what made me this of your blogshare. We all need more smiles at the moment.
    I saw the smile in this photo from my trip across to Western Australia in 1990 and thought of the Weekly Smile. I was still smiling after the hie car got bogged in a sand dune, but only for the camera. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/x-an-xtraordinary-travel-yarn-a-z-challenge/?wref=tp
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  5. dprastka

    Congrats on the sale of your extra house!! I bet that’s a HUGE relief and definitely something to smile about. I love the outdoors just like you and the photos are great! I bet all the wildlife was amazing! 😄

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Maybe I can get someone to take a photo for me ;) I usually leave my phone at home when I’m on the kayak, but have an camera with a telephoto lens for birding…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Robbie. I might have mentioned the other house a couple times, like talking about clearing it or clearing it out, but at some point it almost felt like talking about it was bad luck ;) It does feel good that it finally sold :)

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  7. Suzanne@PictureRetirement

    Well, that’s a whole lot to smile about, beginning with the weather for your kayak paddle. Congratulations on selling your home. We did that once and swore we would never do it again (buy before selling), too much pressure. Can’t think of a better place for a retirement home, except maybe Florida. After selling the house, the biggest smile had to be that walk on the beach. Talk about social distancing…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, buying before selling is not a great idea, but everything that was going on in the housing market made the risk seem pretty small… Nope. It is a great place to retire. I hate hot weather even more than cold weather, so for me better than Florida. Having a nice day to kayak and the long walk on the beach – yes, icing on the cake for the week :)

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  8. Prior...

    Thanks for the smiles tripled today – and congrats on selling the house –
    Oh and typo – it says requirement house – but in a way that fits – a retirement home that was a requirement ;)

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  9. dawnkinster

    Wow, those were all GREAT smiles, and yes I did smile at the intro too. It’s 50 and sunny here today (already, it’s only 10:30 a.m!) so I was already in a smiling mood when I read this. Now I’m positively grinning! :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a beautiful area and love being here and being able to get outside. Of course I still have a foot in New Hampshire, which is gorgeous in a different way, and can spend a lot of time outside there as well, since the population density is even lower. I’ll be by in a few minutes to see your smile :)

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