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Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

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


I think this might be a repeat.  I know it doesn’t matter, but I like each Smile to be different, though I often hit the same types of things, week after week.  I guess you can read a lot into who I am by that ;)

Anyway, this week I made (vegan) chili again.  I didn’t have the fresh-from-the-farm ingredients that I had the last time I wrote about chili, bit it was still great.  I started off as before by dicing and then stewing tomatoes.  I sautéed (local organic) garlic, (local organic) onions, hot peppers, etc and added.  And then the beans I had soaking (I had rinsed them a few times along the way, then brought them to the verge of boiling, rinsed one last time, before dumping them in).  On and on.  It is very time consuming, and takes a long time in the crock pot (days), but is well worth it.

I have made chili many times in past years and it is usually pretty good, but often either too hot or not hot enough.  This is the third time I made some this year, and each time was better than the last.  This weeks chili was not only the best I have ever made, but the best I have ever tasted.  Yum! Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 1/20 – 1/26/2020


Hi!  We had some really good smiles last week.  If you want to read something to make you smile, check them out:

Trent’s World
Ruth Scribbles
A Visit With Sandra
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Nut House Central
Change is Hard
That Travel Lady – In Her Shoes
Ruth Blogs Here

Aren’t they great?

This week’s smile will be posted in about an hour :)

What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 25th of January, 2020

coffee-in-the-snowHello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or a mug of hot cocoa.  It is cold outside, but not frigid!  A weird day, a bit grey and the air is damp.  It will rain later.  It was frigid earlier this week, but this weekend is more early March than late January (late March in NH is still deep winter!)  And where are we.  Drat, I told you already, but if you missed it and didn’t recognize the photo at the top, you know I am in New Hampshire this weekend.

It was a busy week, but one that I don’t really remember!  There was work, and work was busy, but routine.  Also, I had Monday off to celebrate Martin Luther King.  Oh, and I did go into the office on Tuesday, which I don’t do often,preferring to telework when I can.

Remember last week when I said I was inspired and wrote and posted five stories?  Well, I wasn’t inspired this week – I did my smile posts and one other (a story).  That’s it.  Continue reading

Entrance – #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

“No, really, it’s just a hole in the ground.”

I laughed.  “Don’t worry, when I was your age, my place was a pretty nasty hole.  Being a straight guy, I bet it was much worse than yours.”

Meghan smiled, an enduring look from under her eyelashes, as if she couldn’t decide if she were more embarrassed about the situation or excited.

“OK,” she said.  “But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

I lead her to my car and wondered about my situation.

I was not a great socializer; far from it.  In fact, I hadn’t been out with a woman since the divorce.

But it wasn’t just that.

It was Meghan’s age.

I know the way of the world.  I’m a 50-something year old guy.  20-something women don’t want anything to do with us.  If I tried to flirt with one, at best they’d think I was a creepy old guy, at worse a predator. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for the 20th of January, 2020 #weeklysmile

Yes, I know, I’m late, but better late than never :)

My big smile this week was spending a long weekend on Cape Cod.  I went down there late Wednesday.  I worked from there on Thursday and Friday.  It was cold and windy through most of weekend.  I returned to NH Sunday afternoon.  Pretty normal (except I usually come back early on Sunday), and yet it was nice.  Very relaxing.

One special thing is Thursday’s sunset.  It was very, very windy on the beach, so I was the only one out there.  Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap 1/13 – 1/19/2020


Hi all! A lot of great smile this week.

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Beckie’s Mental Mess
That Travel Lady In Her Shoes
Nut House Central
Mylife -and- Horsestories
Ruth Scribbles

As always, many people left there smiles in the comment section of the original post :)

I hope you enjoyed last week’s smiles!  I will post this week’s smile in about an hour :)
What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of January, 2020

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of super-strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a bit chilly out, but feels balmy after the screeching winds and bitter cold of yesterday.  Quite a change from last week’s weather report, no? ;)  And were are we?  Some of you may know that Edward Gorey mug as being just a few miles from the Edward Gorey House on Cape Cod.

Wow, quite the week.  I spent pretty much all of last weekend outside enjoying the weather.  I even went running in shorts and t-shirt! I did the typical long walks, exercizing, other runs and a massage on Wednesday (hi Dottie ;) ).  Wednesday evening I drove down here to The Cape.

I did a few walks in the strong wind on Thursday and hit the beach for the sunset. The entire sky was all sorts of cool (actually warm ;) ) colors that would be impossible to capture – you had to be there in the full 360 degree glory of it all.  Here it is starting to dip down. Continue reading

Don’t Ask Alice!

Photo by Shari Marshall

It was a gorgeous day, a magical day.  Larry was glad that he had disobeyed his mom and went to the park with his friends.  What could be better?

He stretched out on the grass, ignoring his friends as they played their guitars.

For a few minutes he closed his eyes and just enjoyed the warm sun and the sounds of the folk tunes.

“Puff the magic dragon, lived by the…”

Was that a faint whiff of pot?

After a bit, he grew bored and rolled onto his side.  He opened the eye closest to the ground.

For a moment nothing came into focus, just the raw light and strange shadows.  But then the world grew sharp as he looked through the grass. Continue reading

Keep #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

I sit in my tower keep, watching across the wasteland waiting for Rodrick to blink, knowing full well that he is doing the same.

It is a well-known bit of wisdom that to have a strong castle makes one a little king over his surroundings.  If any have the impedance to attempt to fight back, it is easy enough to retreat behind the strong walls to gather strength before doubling the attack.

The real kings on their high thrones did frown upon us little lordlings and our castles, but that didn’t’ stop me.

From my castle keep I was able to rule a wide swath of land, taking what I wanted, when I wanted.

And every day I wanted more. Continue reading

Day 732


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Day 732 – I spent my day off in the 2nd greenhouse, the tropical garden. I breathed in lungful after lungful of fresh, moist clean air. The green was calming and the flowers beautiful. I felt great as the worries of the day faded. I thought about home.  The sky was deceptively blue.

Day 734 – I am told that the sky is orange as the latest storm hits.  We had hoped that worst of the chemicals would have condensated out, but we were wrong.

Day 739 – A broken pane let outside air into 2nd greenhouse at a total loss of life.


Word count = 100

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