The Weekly Smile #85

The Weekly Smile #85


This week I had a lot to smile about. My friend who I have been staying with retired from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  I was able to attend her retirement party with her husband at the park.  I can already see the difference in her since she no longer has to work. She is so relaxed now.  We’ve been friends for almost 50 years so I feel so blessed to have been able to share in this celebration with her.  Her granddaughter Alyssa started at Animal Kingdom in the college program.  This is Dottie passing the Disney torch to her.  🙂


Then the next day we drove over to Vero Beach to visit with Dottie’s niece who vacations there with her family every year.  I hadn’t seen her niece since she was a kid.  Now she has adult children!  Her mother was there and it had been years since I had seen her too. They had a feast, a smorgasbord of wonderful dishes for supper and it was just delicious, something they do with friends on the last night of their stay.  It was a wonderful day for the beach and even the sharks thought so.  There were a few swimming right along the beach.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready with my camera.  But it was cool to see them in the wild.  🙂  Then the activities director had set up a bubble stand.  I hadn’t blown bubbles for I don’t know how long.  Maybe when my oldest grandchild was little.  Anyway, I jumped in and had a good time.


I spent the weekend with my son and his family. We took Isabella to the Children’s Museum of Miami and had a great time with her.  Then Isabella and I walked some miles through her building.  She lives in an 11-floor condo building and just loves to walk the halls.  She’s 18 months old and walking has given her new freedom.  It was just the thing to chase away her shyness with me.  🙂


Then Dottie and I went to Magic Kingdom at Disney for the day.  We did some shopping and I got a few photos.  🙂


I had a wonderful week.  I will be driving back to NC on the weekend.  Frank no longer needs a nurse and Dottie is blissfully happy in her retirement.


The Weekly Smile-Week 84

The Weekly Smile Week 84


I have had a lot to smile about this week.  I will be seeing my granddaughter next week when I drive over to Miami.  I’ll spend the weekend with them.

I spent Sunday in Animal Kingdom at Disney World with my friend Dottie, her son Brandon and her granddaughter Alyssa.  I had not seen Brandon for years and had never met his daughter.  She is a beautiful sweet girl and so enjoyed getting to know her and spend time with her and her dad.   We had a wonderful day together.


We were on the Safari ride and I spotted this guy looking through the branches of the tree at us.  All we could see was his head.  I couldn’t resist taking the shot and every time I look at it I smile.


Alyssa is just beginning a college program at Disney.  She’s looking forward to making many friends and many memories during her internship.  I will be here with Dottie and Frank for about two more weeks.  Frank is almost back to where he was before his surgeries and is doing great.  Dottie is beginning a new chapter in her life and I will head home soon.


The Weekly Smile 83

Weekly Smile 83




This is what made me smile this week.  I spent the day with my friends at Sea World in Orlando on Monday.  I had such a good time.  I love to go to parks like this.  It gives my inner child a chance to come out and play.

I rode the roller coasters and did a little shopping and took a ton of photos.

The shows were wonderful and I am just so impressed with the rescue work that Sea World does.  So many of the animals they have in the shows are rescues.

I’ll be smiling about this day for a long time.  🙂


Sandhill Cranes

Weekly Smile 82-July 26, 2017

I have been staying with friends in Orlando for several weeks and have really gotten into photographing the many birds in the area.

The other day we went to lunch and on the way home I spotted four Sandhill Cranes on the side of the road.  I got so excited and couldn’t wait till we got home so I could jump into my car and go back to capture them with my camera.

All of a sudden Dottie turned the car around and took me back to where the birds were. She told me that by the time I got back by myself they would be gone.   Now that’s a real friend, indulging my obsession to take pictures of birds by the side of the road.

That made me smile.  But then, as I sat in the car right in front of the birds snapping away, one of the males spread his wings and I got a great shot.  I am still smiling, and I think I will smile every time I look at this picture.

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