Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

What was there to smile about this week?


It’s understandable if you felt like there wasn’t much to smile about this past week. Off and on these past few days I’ve been feeling pretty down too. After all, thousands of people are dying, and the rest of us, the lucky ones, are confined to our homes. Those less lucky still have to go out to work, risking their own lives and the lives of their families to do so.

No, there’s not a lot to smile about right now.

Still…I made it out to my favorite park before I realized it was too crowded to visit. And Katie-girl and I have explored our backyard and have come to a realization.

Spring waits for no virus.

So here’s a compilation of things that made me smile this week, both at the park and here in my very own yard.

I hope you were able to smile too. Stay safe everyone, and stay home.

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.

32 thoughts on “What was there to smile about this week?

  1. Your pictures sure made me smile, especially the one of Katie. Thanks for the lovely pictures. It’s quite the time we are in.


  2. Wow you got some great pictures. I think my backyard is nearly dry, it will be nice to sit outside.


    • I was just thinking it would be a nice evening to sit on the deck. Didn’t get there, but some evening soon! Katie LOVES to sit out there on a cool evening…guarding against squirrels who have long since gone to bed.


  3. Lovely photos! Thank you for the smiles this week! 😀👍❤️


  4. Oh yes, these definitely can brighten us anytime, any day


  5. Katie looks so regal! The chipmunk and woodpecker….beautiful captures, Dawn. All I have is squirrels in my backyard. And they can hear me focusing my camera….so no photos.


  6. We’re blessed that it’s spring that’s coming and not winter!! At least we’re able to get outside in our own yards to enjoy it — and yes, I’m smiling at your gorgeous photos!


  7. Nice shots, all smile worthy, though I think I have said before how cool it is that you see those sand hill cranes 🙂


  8. Admit it: you’re happy the snow has melted!


  9. It’s the simple pleasures that make us smile! Thank you!
    Stay well…


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  11. You know what made me smile this week? Mowing the lawn. I enjoyed being outside, being productive, seeing people walk and drive by, often waving at me, as they did so. How’s that for simple gratitude!


    • I was walking the dog in the yard this week and realized that the lawn could use mowing already. I think I’ll enjoy that too…though the last 2 years husband has hired someone to do it and I expect, if the young man is willing to come, we’ll pay him to do it this year too. He is a single father with a bunch of kids and does this on the side. I’m sure these days his budget is tight. Though I DO like mowing the grass myself…

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  12. Thank you for the reminder to keep looking for signs of spring–on days this week when it’s been 10 degrees below “normal” for the date, and it’s overcast and dark and rainy, hard to remember that the sunshine will return again. Someday.


    • It IS hard when days and days on end are dreary. But you have such beautiful places out there that must be just bursting with spring. And once I’m done with it, I’ll send the sun back to you. Promise.


  13. Love the spring flowers and animals. Katie is so pretty.


  14. I have been wanting to go to the park but I know what it will be like and its just not worth it. Instead, I walk around our 2 acres chasing a 20# puppy named Cricket that turns into Taz if I try and stop her LOL. Sunshine is my friend our yard is my life at this point. I am bored I have not done any crafts this week I need to get back to it..


    • We have 1.5 acres, so it’s sort of like a park here too. Last night the funniest thing happened. Katie, who is 13, and I make a perimeter walk around the back yard once a day. Usually it’s during the day while her dad is out working on his brother’s house. We usually have a sedate walk, me urging her along as she gets fixated on sniffing every little thing. But yesterday we didn’t get the walk in during the day and after supper a storm was coming. I said to her “Baby girl, if we’re going to walk around the yard we better get going.” The wind was picking up and it had gotten noticeably cooler. We did an abbreviated walk along the back lot line, and then headed back to the house. When I went to pick her up to put her on the deck (she doesn’t do stairs) she grinned at me and raced away, going in circles – official zoomies! So we played that game for awhile…I’d run toward her and she’d spin away and then wait for me to do it again. Her dad was watching from the house and came out to play too, so all three of us raced around the yard, spinning and circling until she decided she was ready to go in. It was so much fun. We haven’t seen her do zoomies in years. I’m so glad we got to witness it in her again.


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