Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Weekly smile


Too much travel lately made me lose track of the weekly smile. It definitely wasn’t intentional, because I truly believe the world can use more smiles.

Just a little bit of pretty.

So today, when I remembered I hadn’t officially smiled in a couple weeks, I headed out to find you something to smile about.

I’d like some of these in my garden.

Sure I could have just given you the Canadian images, but those weren’t from this week. And even though looking at travel photos always makes me smile I figured I should find something new.

The place was abuzz.

Just about a mile up our country road is a corner filled with pyramid shaped goldenrod and dark purple asters. If I happen to go by when the sun is low I can’t help but be mesmerized.

There were tiny white asters too.

So I smiled a lot as I wandered in this little patch of pretty, even though my target for today’s smile was another place a few miles up the freeway.

A garden further up the road.

Yep, just a couple exits north of here is a swanky subdivision that I drove by yesterday on my way to buy birdseed.

A pretty fancy entrance.

I hadn’t been up there most of the summer, so I was amazed to see the entrance, full of huge canna lilies and tall dahlias heavy with blossoms.

Such amazing colors!

Somebody in this subdivision has a green thumb and a whole lot of money.

An end of summer burst of energy.

Still, it was stunning in an entirely different way than the little yellow and purple field near my home.

Every year, at the end of summer the annual gardens just glow. We could have a frost any time now, and all of this will be gone.

The tallest cannas I’ve ever seen.

So I was happy to capture a bit of it so that I can remember it during our long winter months.

I hope the colors made you smile too. What else made you smile this week? Write a post and link to Trent’s blog so we can all share smiles together!

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 “Weekly smile

  1. Very pretty. Thinking of travel, my sister is staying in Boyne for most of the week. It gives her relatively close access from Traverse City up to Sault St. Marie. Anyway, I hope your travels went well. It’s good to see you back on the Weekly Smile 🙂


  2. I so admire gardens like this. Even on my best day–mine are nothing like this! Very pretty.


  3. The colors definitely made me smile Dawn! Beautiful!


  4. That’s not a little bit of smiles, that’s a lot! How I miss Northern Autumns. You’re not missing anything down here, wickedly hot and dry. Everything is struggling, I’m worried not many dogwoods will survive this drought.


  5. All of the flowers you captured brought a smile to my face! You’re right, a stroll in nature, especially looking for flowers is a great way to get a boost in energy and mood. Thank you for sharing – just what I needed this week too!!!


  6. The colors in your photos are amazing and inspiring. I like that you’re sharing these here as a way of giving us a colorful memory for when the winter drabs begin to drag us down.


  7. I’m smiling looking at these pretties!! Dahlias are another flower I’ve never tried to grow (along with zinnias). Perhaps I need to make a new shopping list for next spring (which feels like an awfully LONG way away now). Say, is there going to be a Walktober this year??


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