Thank God It’s Friday!

Even being a short one, this week has been a little stressful, so I am going to depart from my usual “gloom and doom” commentary and head for a lighter place in the world.

Come Monday, there will still be oil gushing in the Gulf, DADT will still govern the military, President Obama will still have his army of haters and naysayers and Armando Galarraga will still be looking to pitch a perfect game.

The world will still be the same crazy place – next week and the week after and the week after that.

You get the idea.

So, let’s take a walk on the lighter side, to paraphrase Lou Reed.

What brings a smile to your face, my friends, no matter the troubles that you may be experiencing?

For me, it is my children, my grandchildren and my pets. Also, having an opportunity to get out in nature with my camera and lenses and take shots of the beauty of the world we live in. That, and I love being with my friends and talking, laughing and just generally enjoying the company of people I care about.

All of the things that bring a frown to my face will not go away just because it is Friday, but for a moment, I can focus on those things that make me smile:

Barbecuing for my friends and family. Learning new things. Listening to new music and the old music I love. Trying new recipes and finding that some of them are just not worth the trouble, while others are instantly added to my repertoire. Finally figuring out some of the mysteries of life. Playing catch with my dogs and having my cats take turns sitting on my lap. Watching the amazing development of my grandchildren. A phone call from my daughter fifteen hundred miles away. Sharing a joke with a stranger.

What makes you smile, my friends?

William Stephenson Clark


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14 responses to “Thank God It’s Friday!

  1. prairie pond

    Things that make me smile?

    My goofy dog.

    My bloggie buddys here!

    The Blues channel on my sat. dish.

    Looking at Castle Rock Bluffs out my kitchen window.

    Looking at the cattle out my kitchen window.

    Looking at my beautiful green grass out my kitchen window.

    Strong hot coffee with real cream in the morning.

    A big, fat, juicy brisket on the smoker.

    The drive to town when the weather is good.

    The drive home when the weather is good.

    Bacon and eggs on Saturday morning.

    Home grown tomatoes.

    Thinking about seeing you all next Saturday!

  2. indypendent

    The things that make me smile:

    My 4-yr-old grand daughter when I see a glimpse of her father (my son) when he was that age.

    My future grandson due in October and wondering what he will look/be like and just hoping and praying he is healthy (which is really the only thing that matters).

    My husband who stood by my bedside for 32 days in the hospital when I was so sick and they found the cancer. And then when he took care of me for that following year during all those horrible chemo treatments.

    When I look out at our memorial garden for our beloved Dalmatian we had for 13 years. We had a stone with her picture engraved on it and the phrase ‘Always In Our Hearts’. She was a good dog.

    I am smiling because I know that life is good. We are not rich people but we have a great house, great kids and we have alot of love in our lives.

    And that makes me not only smile but grateful to be so blessed.

    If I learned one thing from my cancer journey, it is this. Enjoy each day to its fullest. Your life can be changed forever in a blink of an eye.

  3. Hmmm….Friday already?
    Time flies when you’re unemployed.

    The Daily Show.
    Good music.
    Job offers….anybody got one? I need a smile.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Taking the grandkids for ice cream, still young enough to make a mess and enjoy it!

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Some times it is just life and my fellow humans, those moments when it feels like I am an alien on the planet among a different species. watching the plan and thinking where did they come up with that?

  6. Things which make me smile:

    My granddaughter, who will be one next Tuesday, and her exploits reminding me of her mother at the same age (shared, unfortunately, through email accounts, pictures, and telephone calls);

    Being able to tie my shoes myself, and a tie when needed; I wondered if I’d ever get that far with my right hand (although there is much to go);

    Just waking up and being able to get out of bed, shower, and dress without assistance;

    “Seeing” my blogging buddies here;

    My younger daughter’s continuing maturation as she gains more experience on her job and dreams realistically about graduate school;

    Still being able to talk with my mother, and all siblings;

    “Get togethers” with members of my high school graduating class when one (or more) ‘comes home’ to visit from afar.

    Like Indy, I have learned to slow down and enjoy life daily. As she said, your life can be changed forever in the blink of an eye.

    • indypendent

      Your little one will be one next Tuesday? Where did that year go so fast.

      I am spoiled, my grand daughter is here and I get to watch her during the week.

      Little ones have the magic elixir of life – don’t they? If I could just bottle her energy and zest for life, I could make a fortune.

      Congrats on your excellent recovery – you’ve been through alot.

  7. WSClark

    While you folks are enjoying your afternoons, finishing up your work weeks, sitting by the pool sipping margaritas, I will be in my kitchen, slaving over a hot stove.


    For Steven’s picnic, in addition to a couple of slabs of ribs and smoked baked beans, I am going to bring BBQ sauce.

    Not the stuff from off the shelf at Dillon’s, but real, homemade BBQ sauce.

    Five different varieties from my extensive collection of BBQ Sauce recipes. All semi-unique and quite different from each other.

    One of the ones I am going to make is a traditional Texas-style sauce for my expatriated Texan friend, the lovely Ms. Pond.

    So, while you are fanning yourself by the pool, think of me slaving away in my kitchen, all so you can have some tasty sauce for the ribs!

  8. Serious Blues and good friends.

  9. Freebird1971

    I’m really anxious to put face and names with posters(not that I will probably remember for long,my 3yr old grandson keeps telling me “PaPa you are old”)

  10. Freebird1971

    We used to call Friday POETS day