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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Smiling

You know how sometimes something you read or see will quickly bring a smile to your face? It happened to me several times yesterday and I wanted to share them with you.
 
First, there was a particular blog post that made me smile. It was from the wonderful girls at Focusing On Life. They are such a great group of girls that encourage and inspire me. I always leave with a smile when I've been visiting their site, but this time it was a little bigger smile. You see, they're having a giveaway...a beautiful poster. I think you might want to check it out and enter your name in the drawing.
 
 
Now, let me tell you about the rest of my smiles. Yesterday I wanted a certain book from the library and the only copy available was in the nearby town of Maumelle. Now, I could have had it sent to a library closer to home, but I really like to visit libraries and thought this would make a good outing. Isn't this a pretty library and this is the back side?

  

Since I knew there was a walking path around the lake, I took my walking shoes to walk there instead of where I normally walk which has gotten a little boring lately. Of course, I can't walk without a camera so I had that with me too!  One lap around the lake to take pictures and one lap for exercise. That works!

 
 
As I walked there were several things that just made me smile, giggle, or laugh out loud. This weed growing through a knothole in the boardwalk brought a smile. That's determination! He could have taken the easy route like the others branches; but no, he wanted to grow through that little hole.

 
 
 
I was fortunate enough to see this beautiful Egret. He wasn't cooperative. He flew anytime I got near him. It made me smile that I got his reflection in the water though. I really like abstract reflections!
  
 
 
 
Part of the path goes behind a large group of condominiums which had such pretty little gardens. I snapped a few pictures and then realized that someone was hiding in the garden. Well, actually he was getting a drink out of the birdbath. I would like to think that the owner of this pretty garden had purposely placed a low birdbath just for this guy to use. He's a Muscovy duck and well, he's kind of ugly. I know I probably shouldn't say that, but all of creative doesn't have to be pretty to be good. When he wasn't drinking, he would just stare at me and that brought a giggle.



I picked up the books at the library and was headed back to my car when I spotted this cool guy. He made me laugh with his snout on crooked! He almost looks like he's begging for a treat.

 
 
When I go anywhere and have extra time I always get online and google the town/place and see if there's anything interesting I've not seen or done before. I do this even if it's a town I've been to many times. It seems I can always find something different. I was surprised to see that there were three cemeteries in Maumelle. (I'll write more about that adventure later.)  You don't really think about smiling at a cemetery, but this marker sure made me smile.  Can you imagine???    84 grand and great grandchildren??  Her name was Louise Hayney. She was born in 1818 and died in 1910. Let's see, that made her 92. Wow!!  I would love to know more of her story.

 
I want to thank each of you who left such beautiful comments recently and for all your prayers. This family believes in prayer and we felt comforted by yours. I count myself blessed to know such good friends. You make me smile!


14 comments:

  1. Your post is definitely full of smiles! That library is simply beautiful - how wonderful to combine books with such a wonderful walk. Thanks for bringing smiles here.

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  2. What a fun day you had just going to get a book....I love your adventuresome spirit....Lots of great pictures and laughs along the way...

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  3. What a great trip to the library. Ours is not nearly so exciting. Love your grave stone find!

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  4. What a beautiful place for a library! I love that second shot, it's so peaceful and I love anything with reflections! May your smiles continue as you observe the beauty around you!

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  5. Lovely post, love all the smiles (I smiled too). That library is gorgeous - ours is next to a busy road and a massive car park - not quite so picturesque! x

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  6. so many things to smile about everyday if we just have eyes to see them...which you do.beautiful photos friend.

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  7. So glad to read that you are finding smiles everywhere you go -- you have such a good attitude. The library and lake look so lovely, I'd be going there every week. I love your boardwalk photo and the fire extinguisher really made me smile too!

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  8. There are so many things that make me smile, and this post did put a big smile on my face. Fantastic and cute captures!

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  9. Yes, I smiled at all of these too! I love the reflections you captured (I'm reflection obsessed) and the fire hydrant-so cute!

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  10. Such a beautiful photo walk and so worthy of many miles of smiles! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. My parents had 10 children. Mom always said she wanted at least 40 grandkids! With only one child myself, I know I've failed her challenge. In fact (and as far as I know), only one of my siblings has managed his piece of this goal! So, unless my younger siblings contribute (in an over-achieving way), I fear we are stalled at 15. Most of this third generation is still very young--who knows what they and their progeny might accomplish?

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  12. Loved reading about your adventures in Maumelle! Looks like a beautiful place and I love that you research the places you'll be going to ahead of time to see what you might want to visit while you're there! I always admire your positive attitude, Cathy! Thanks so much for mentioning the FOL giveaway. So sweet of you! Since you won our last giveaway, maybe you'll be lucky again!

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  13. What a wonderful post. I really enjoyed it. That library is beautiful. What a wonderful setting it's located in.
    I did smile when I saw that Hydrant. Too cute.

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