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…but change is certain.

A smiley kind of week


Trent hosts a weekly smile blog where he invites people to share something each week that made them smile, then link to his blog so that he can send out a recap on Mondays.

That alone makes me smile.

But this week there are plenty of things I smiled about and it’s hard to choose just one to share. For example, my tree peonies bloomed. Their flowers only last for a day or two and if you’re not quick you’ll miss them all together.

Katie and I were quick this year.

And as you know Katie and I went north for a few days to camp along the shores of Saginaw Bay, on the west side of Michigan’s thumb.

Lots to smile about there.

And this morning I made music with many of my Clarkston Community Band members at the opening of our local Farmers’ Market.

We sat out in a parking lot under the hot sun and played for three hours. It was a blast. I’m pretty sure the top of my feet are sunburned even though I put unscreen on, but at least that will be proof we’ve finally moved into summer arsound here. Another reason to smile!

Katie says she wants to tell you all about our camping trip, so you’ll have to wait just a little bit for that. She’s a slow typist lately. She blames me because I haven’t trimmed her feet in awhile and the extra long fur tends to obscure the keyboard.

Oh! And on our drive up there and back I got to see a lot of barns! You know how that makes me smile!

So let me count. The flowers in the garden, the trip up north, camping, barns, music…it’s just too much to number! What have you smiled about this week? Write a blog and link it to Trent’s and we’ll all be able to smile together.

Katie had a lot to smile about too!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “A smiley kind of week

  1. We have a small (4-5 member) band that plays at our Farmer’s Market every week. Makes me (and many others) smile every time. Katie–the backlighting in your photo makes you look beautiful! Tell Mama to hop to it so you can tell us about your camping adventures.


    • That would be fun. I was talking to one of the other musicians during a break yesterday and she said that years ago she played in a band that played a market each weekend, they rehearsed every Tuesday and played every Wednesday, some music was played every week, but much was new each week. I thought that would be fun but was also a huge commitment!

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  2. We moved back to spring today which made me smile. Summer arrives in a couple of days the weatherman says.


  3. beautiful Peony! That made me smile:)


  4. When you smile, the whole world smiles with you……


  5. Definitely a lot to smile about Dawn. I love the lighting in the picture of Katie!


  6. I love love love peonies, but it’s the one plant that refuses to grow for me. Never will Katie’s mom be accused of living life in the slow lane. Dang you know how to squeeze every drop out of a day. Love it!


    • I think it’s too warm down there for peonies, but I don’t know. I love them too. Their smell reminds me so much of my grandma and the farm when we used to visit so many years ago.


  7. Sounds like a lot to smile about, not the least is that summer seems to have arrived everywhere. Camping is also nice (if the weather behaves 😉 ).


  8. What a smiling kind of week you had, Dawn! Of course, I gravitate to the band photos — not sure I’d have enjoyed playing three hours under a hot sun, though. At least we get a kind of partially-open amphitheater to play under, even if it’s muggy and still or windy and wild! Okay, Katie, you’ve rested long enough — hop to that keyboard!


    • I love playing outside…we had really simple music that we sight read and a couple pieces from our last concert. Seemed like every time we started playing the wind kicked up. I ended up holding my stand down with my feet and sometimes only playing the notes I could play using one hand as the other one was holding the music down. And yes I had clothes pins…but it wasn’t enough! Still, we had fun. What are you playing on your next concert?


      • On Thursday, we played Farandole by Bizet, I Dreamed a Dream from Les Mis, His Honor march, a Duke Ellington compilation, and The Entertainer. It didn’t go so well — we hadn’t practiced enough, but the audience loved it anyway. We’ll find out on Tuesday what this week’s lineup is. We had that wind problem for our first concert. Clothespins were worthless, and I, too, was playing with one hand, ha!!

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  10. I like the backlit picture too and can see the fur might be a hindrance when typing. The tree peony is glorious. I rarely see them in full bloom and now I know why.


  11. So many beautiful smiles – I do admit to loving the flower, so pretty. And being outdoors sounds like heaven. Our weather here has been keeping us indoors – a lot of rain.
    My smile from last week:


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