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Weekly Smile 60! #weklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

My smile is going to be a bit different today.  Why not? :)

I got up relatively early on Saturday (18th) morning.  The sun was just making an appearance and lighting my bedroom.  I went into the kitchen for my boring breakfast routine.  As I ate, I watched out the window, actually a sliding glass door.  From my kitchen table I can see Swan Pond just at the end of the road.  There is a landing, so the view of the water is unobstructed.

The day looked good.  There was barely a ripple on the pond, meaning there was little wind.  I hoped this was true all over the Cape (what we call Cape Cod).  Sometimes I will see little wind, but then going out it will be very strong where I want to walk.

I was out the door by 7:45 and headed to Chapin Beach. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles #weeklysmile

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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

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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

I Want Your Smile #weeklysmile Reminder 57

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I was able to get out of work early on Friday to make up for the days I worked late.  Not real early, but in winter having more daylight to play in is always a plus.  I went out a tested the air.  the wind had died down significantly and the air was a bit above freezing.  Do you know what that means?  I could kayak!

I got the kayak down to the landing an all ready to go when I ran into the first little difficulty.  Although most of Swan Pond was ice free, there was about 20 or 30 yards (meters) of ice just off of the landing.  It actually wasn’t too much of a problem.  I’d strike the ice with a paddle and it sink in.  Then I could push the paddle against the ice and crunch through the ice ahead.  Continue reading

Weekly Smile 57 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

No matter how down things seem, there are always things to smile about.  The world may be coming to an end, but isn’t that inch of new fallen snow on the ground pretty?  Well, I’ll come back to the snow in a few minutes.

I’ve gone on and on about my broken computer.  A week ago I finally received the new one.  By Monday it was about 85% set up, enough to be useful.  I turned on the music and found that the sound-card is better than my last and edited a few photos and was not at all surprised that the video card was better than my last computer.  I spent a few hours Monday working on the new computer (work = art of any type) and it was great. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 56 Reminder

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It is the little things we smile about the most.  We may remember the big, both good and bad, but in reality the little things make up our lives.  You may smile about a song on the radio, in return to a smile from a stranger, about a stray tuft of hair on a child’s forehead or, as John Denver might have said, sunshine on your shoulders might make you smile (happy).  It is the little things, something I sometimes forget when I do these weekly smile posts.

Yesterday morning I took my coffee out into the cold to enjoy nature.  I didn’t have a jacket on, but my wooded backyard is protected from the wind yet gets a good morning sun.  I was up the hill, just at the verge of the forest, looking out over the village and enjoying my coffee in the warm sunshine when I noticed a small noise.  Looking almost straight out from me there was a tiny bird on a branch.  Not just any bird, but a Downy Woodpecker.  It looked at me, then continued to tap the tree.  I watched for five minutes, sipping my coffee, before going.  A little later I came back out, but this time I had a camera instead of a cup of coffee in my hand.  I haven’t had time to look through the photos yet, but I did take one and crop it down for this post. Continue reading

Weekly Smile 56 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

If you have been reading my blog at all over the last few days I’m sure you know what I am smiling about today.  Any guesses?  If You said my book you’d be right!

So I finally pulled the trigger and published the book, Seasons of Imagination!  Of course that is where all the trouble starts ;)  And the fun.   I may do another post on that, with this post I just want to smile :) Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile Reminder 55

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Having the cottage on Cape Cod that I talk about all of the time i sometimes “forget” that I spend most of my time in New Hampshire.  I know that sounds silly, but let me explain.  When I first moved here I spent every waking moment exploring this beautiful state.  I was all over on my bicycle, in my car and on foot.  But then I explored less and less.  Part of it was the “been there, done that” attitude, but mostly it was just the time commitment.  I had other things to do, other responsibilities.  And so I almost forgot about some of these beautiful places.

My brother came to visit last November.  Looking for things to do I brought up some of these places.  Why haven’t I visited them in years?  I don’t know, but I decided to start exploring again. Continue reading

Weekly Smile 55 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I haven’t made it a secret that a few things have gone wrong this last week (these are all in the last week).  I’ve talked about the computer and all of the photos, I may have mentioned some car issues.  There were appointments screw up (there fault, not mine) and services not provided (their fault again).  Not bad, but there was sitting at the repair shop for two hours after the time they said the car would be ready.  All of this and more.  On the worst side,  I don’t know if I brought up the plumbing issue.  The less said about it, the better….  Let’s just say that it was awful.  When any non-computer related issue comes up, if I can’t fix it or come up with a fix in a half an hour, I usually call my dad.  Sure, he’s over 600 miles (around 1000 km) away, but it does help.

I don’t know what it is, him growing up in the Depression and having to make do with almost nothing, being a top level engineer, just general experience or what, but he seems to be able to come up with a solution for any non-computer related issue I have.  Of course with the plumbing he just verified what I already knew and I still had to call a plumber, but it is nice verifying it.   (I did what I could, but normal people,not even  my dad, do not have the equipment necessary to fix the issue.) Continue reading