I decided to go literal with this photo challenge.
Katie didn’t find it particularly funny, but it made me smile.
I’m sure there’s something.
The weather sure wasn’t good, going from bitter temperatures to freezing rain and then back to blustery snow and gale force winds. Yep, it’s been wonderful here in Michigan.
But yesterday we had sun. And temperatures in the 20s. Katie and I actually got to go for a walk together in one of her parks.
That made me smile. And when we got home Katie sank into a peaceful, happy sleep. That made me smile too.
On my way home from an early morning run to the grocery I noticed dramatic clouds. And me with no camera.
I hurried home, but the drama was gone by the time I unloaded and put away the groceries.
Still, the sky was interesting. And I was restless.
So off I went, camera in my lap, to see what I might see. Sure it would never be the extraordinary sky I saw earlier. But you never know what you’ll find.
At first I was disappointed, mostly muddy grey skies, not the dramatic navy blue ribbons I’d seen before.
But when I got out of the car on a dirt road to grab a shot of a barn I saw the whole sky above me and actually said out loud – “Wow!”
And that inspired me to keep looking. And you know me…
…looking for barns amid wild skies makes me smile.
What made you smile lately?
I think he’ll post a recap, but I need to go back and read the instructions (you’ll find those at his Weekly Smile blog).
As I sit watching the horrific news out of Pittsburgh this morning I have to admit I was feeling guilty for feeling good after my short trip to northern Michigan.
For me going into the woods is like living on my own personal private island. No TV, no email, maybe a bit of blog producing, but that’s all about looking through images I’ve just taken and then letting the fingers do their thing.
No stress there. Usually no tears.
And yet the world carries on even while I’m not noticing. Pipe bombs get mailed. Mass shootings happen. Candidates snipe at each other. No one tells a complete truth.
Who even knows what the truth is anymore.
As Carol says in her latest post, we’re all probably overloaded. By everything.
So I think Trent’s idea is wonderful. Let’s look for at least one thing that has made us smile this week.
For me, it was being in the north wandering among the last bit of fading color. I was only there for a little more than one day, and it was drizzling rain most of the time.
Still. In the last few minutes before I climbed back in the car to head home the sun burned through a layer of cloud and the woods glowed.
It was just for a moment.
But it made me smile.