Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Something to smile about


These days, in order to make people feel better and less isolated, everyone is sharing things that make them smile. It’s sort of a trend.

But Trent has been collecting smiles for months, maybe years, and this week, crazy as it’s been, is no exception.

A bit of yellow points toward spring.

So as the week has run it’s excruciating course I’ve been on the lookout for something to smile about. And this morning, as I was staring out the window at my bleak, brown yard I smiled.

Because my goldfinches are turning yellow.

He knows he’s looking quite dapper.

It’s proof that no matter what the humans in this world do, what destruction we bring down on our own heads, mother nature just keeps moving along.

Spring will come regardless of whether we’re ready or not.

Some of us were wearing our bed-head look this week. Understandably.

Might as well just sit back, watch and smile.

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.

27 thoughts on “Something to smile about

  1. Little bit of color is always a great thing. Especially in a bleak world.


  2. Great photos, Dawn. And they definitely did make me smile!


  3. Well, aren’t they just the cutest little thing?!


  4. Thank you Dawn. I got inspired and did my home version of a cut and color. 😉


  5. Cool. I didn’t know they changed color.


    • In the winter, here anyway, they are all olive green colored…like they are all female. Then in the spring the males start getting yellow feathers, and suddenly the males will be all yellow and you won’t have noticed them changing, unless you’re looking for it. So I feel lucky to get these pictures of them just getting their yellow start.


  6. Nice shots. they are very cute. I don’t see as many around here as I did in Ohio and guess I never noticed them in their winter plumage.


    • We are overrun by them especially each spring and fall. My mom in Alabama used to have them only in winter, and she’d say she was sending her finches up to me as spring approached. But we have them here year round, just more in the migrating seasons.

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  7. That last shot with your commentary is delightful. Thanks for the smile.


  8. Your last picture made me laugh — that poor bird does look a bit bedraggled! And I imagine by now there are many humans who feel that way. Thanks for the smile, Dawn.


  9. Smiles are always welcome. Glad the finches are changing colors.

    Dog Speed,



  10. Well this made me smile. How wonderful!!!


  11. Thank you for the smile (because you did make me smile)! Another great sign of spring. 🙂


  12. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap 3/16 – 3/22/2020 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  13. Metamorphosis. I never knew how that worked.


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