Category Archives: Smile

Weekly Smile 65 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

As those of you who read my Coffee Share may be aware, I was down at my cottage on Cape Cod over the weekend.  I was eating breakfast on Sunday morning, going over what I needed to do before I left when I noticed movement outside.

A quick note here before I continue.  Our cottage is the second cottage down the road.  There is a street just past the first cottage.  Across that street is a public landing out onto Swan Pond, a small brackish water body of water.  This is where I usually kayak.  Next to our kitchen table/dining area there is a glass sliding door that looks across our neighbor’s yard to the landing and onto the pond.

Seeing the movement in my peripheral vision, I turn and look out of the window.  There was a deer just right there.  It moseyed deeper into my neighbor’s yard.  I grabbed my camera, but the telephoto lens wasn’t on.  Oh well, I stuck my head out of the front door.  The deer was then in my neighbor’s parking area.  I took a couple of quick photos and then slipped back in to put on the telephoto lens.  I knew I didn’t have much time because I could hear voices coming up the street, and I could tell that the deer was listening to those same voices. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 64

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I always tell you that I’m a stats nerd.  Well, in March my stats have been great.  Overall views for January and February were much lower than Jan. & Feb. 2016, but today I reached the most views ever for a month, the most visitors for a month (2017 has been better than 2016 so far) and have passed every month for “likes” except January 2016.  Remember, there is still almost a week to go for the month…

But that’s not all.  This week I gained two new countries!  One is odd, because it is one I thought I would have hit a long time ago.  I have most countries in the mid-east except Syria, Yemen, and Iran.  Until this week, I was also missing one of the US’s biggest friends over there, Jordan.  But someone from Jordan visited my page on two different days (or two people came by.) Continue reading

Weekly Smile 64 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

There are smiles big and small every day.  Talking to friends, family co-workers, acquaintances, etc.  Yes, these are all smile worthy and they occur almost every day.  Most days there are also smiles from strangers, which in turn make me smile.  There are the things my cats and dogs do.  The fact that my cat, Albert, has been sick but seems to be doing a lot better (had a vets appointment yesterday) is a smile (the getting better part).  I’ve mentioned reading and writing before.  Good food is a good one.  Good food with good company is better.  My last smile, Town Meeting, was big.  As was yesterday election.  So many other things.  I’m sure you smiled about something this week.  Something someone said or did.  Something you did.  Something that happened.

What I want to talk about is the return of warm weather. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 63

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

If you want democracy in its most pure form, sometimes you need to go to a small town.  Of course, there are a lot of times that we vote and have elections.  In my town, we have First in the Country Presidential Primaries every four years plus primaries for state offices every other year later in the year.  Then we have November elections every year and March elections for local offices every year.  Local and state issues can come up on ballet in either March or November.

OK, besides these formal elections, there are all types of meetings citizens can attend.  Budget meetings, Selectman Meetings, School Meetings etc.  There are two big School Budget meetings and in the end the people approve changes to the budget and vote it in.

The big meeting, though, is Town Meeting.  There are things in the town’s budget that we have to pay for.  These are discussed and approved in the series of meetings already mentioned.  And then there are outside and new things, as well as ideas, that are brought up every year, typically in the form of a warrant article.  There is usually between 20 and 30 of these. Continue reading

Weekly Smile 63 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Work can be a bit strange because I never work face to face with anyone.  I go into the office twice a week (I telecommute the other three days), but I don’t work with anybody at the office.  Usually.  Also, through reorganizations, people changing positions as a normal part of their career, etc., it is easy to lose track of old coworkers. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles – #weeklysmile Reminder 62

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

It has been beautiful and sunny here in New Hampshire!  OK, it has also been frigid, down around 3 F/ -16 C when I got up this morning.  That’s not including the very, very strong wind.  The high yesterday was around 18 F/ -8 C and ultra-windy.  I haven’t been this cold in years.  And it is almost the middle of March!

So the smile?  Yes. there are plenty of smiles.  Reading, editing and writing are all smiles.  But so is snuggling.  I’ve had a little cat on my lap all morning, and she is soft and warm.  I’ve posted this picture of her before, but just in case… Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile Reminder 61

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Being sick the last week or so I have also been pretty  sedentary.  As time has gone on, though, I have tried to move more, mostly in the form of walks.

This afternoon I finally felt good enough to do my exercise routine.  I took ti easy, since it had been almost two weeks, but I did do the full dumbbell routine.  It is amazing how good I feel after exercise!  I understand why some people are so addicted to it.  Hope fully health and weather will come together so I can run again in a few days.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

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Note – the weekly smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning.  I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST.  I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder.  People can and do join throughout the week.

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Today is a travel day, when i return back to New Hampshire.  I have a million and one things on my agenda.  But you know what?  The sun is shining and it is the second warm day in a row!  I just took the dogs for a run in the deep, but slushy snow.  At the end Fiyero dug a little hole in the snow to lie to cool down.  Even though I’ve done a lot of work arounf both houses and a lot of driving, I’ve been outside a lot and will continue to be outside.  Despite the snow, it feels like Spring! Continue reading

Weekly Smile 59 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I’m ultra-busy, which is actually a good thing which I’ve written smiles about in the past, but today it means that this is going to be very short.  There are so many little smiles this week, but I am going to chose the snow.

First, a little paragraph copied from my “Weekend Coffee Share” post: On Tuesday we received a little less than 5″/12 cm of snow with a coating of ice.  It warmed up Wednesday, which cleared the roads and made life easier, but that was just to catch us off guard.  The temperatures plunged Thursday, dropping all day, as was the snow.  We got a little over a foot (13″/33 cm).  It was relatively light and fluffy, but it still was a mess to shovel.  This morning (Saturday) I woke to 3″/ 8 cm of new snow. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile 58 Reminder

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

(I want to reassure you before you read this that nothing bad has happened in my life, it is just that I have been thinking.  As they say, thinking can be a dangerous thing :) )

I’ve often said that smiles come in many sizes and shapes.  I often tell you big smiles of the week, but sometimes the small ones are more important.   I also tell you to go out and smile.  I get it that it is hard for some.  I say, smile anyway.  Smiling is living.

What is life really about, then?  Is it possible to be happy when your stomach is growling from hunger?  Can you find love when so many hate you for reasons beyond your control?  Are there really silver linings in great disasters?  Loss and sorry fill many lives.  Who am I to say that you should smile?  Continue reading