Change Is Hard

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Smiling so early this morning


I have many things to smile about this week and it’s only Tuesday morning!

First, of course, there’s Katie-girl who makes me smile most days even when she’s getting me up to go out into the pre-dawn morning. Which lately has been very cold to boot.

We couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry this morning about 6 a.m.

And I have what now appears to be multiple orioles at my feeder. Last night there was a series of orioles usurping each other, including the orchard oriole who I hadn’t seen for several days.

This guy is pretty nervous about being photographed.

But the biggest smile today happened just moments ago. I was taking bed sheets off sensitive perennials in my garden, covered last night to protect them from frost and this morning’s snow. It was early, the rising sun was melting the last bits of snow and warming the air. As I pulled the sheets away from the tender shoots I caught a flash of yellow in my red crab apple tree.

Just a goldfinch I thought, but something wasn’t right about the shade of yellow, and I looked again.

A rounder shape, black and white stripes…he hopped along the branches of the crab apple, just a few feet from my head…then he popped out to the end of the branch and the sun lit up his yellow throat.

And me with no camera.

I stood still and we eyed each other. He tilted his head to get a better view of me. I whispered a “thank you sweetie,” to him. We stood that way for a long time and then he flew into the neighbor’s yard.

I’ve never seen this bird before and he’s not in my Michigan bird book. But I went online and found him.

He was absolutely stunning, and he’s not supposed to be in Michigan. The site says it’s even unusual that he’d be in northern Ohio. I wish I’d had the camera, but probably if I’d lifted a camera to my eye he’d have been frightened off and I wouldn’t have had those long moments with him. So I’ll keep him in my memory and be grateful I saw him at all.

Oh, another smile, also early this morning:

It’s what’s left of the infamous flower super moon of earlier in the month. It’s not full but it’s still beautiful.

Two smiles in one day and it’s barely 9:30 in the morning. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the day has in store for me!

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 “Smiling so early this morning

  1. Now that’s what I call getting the day off to a good start.

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  2. Very cool, and not just the weather… It is funny that it was stretching its range north during a time of record cold. Must make it want to go back south again 😉

    Have a great day 🙂


  3. Wow! It’s a great day for sure! Smiles all around!


  4. those are some excellent things to smile about!!! Especially the yellow birdie!


  5. I don’t know what it is about Katie’s little paws, but I smile every time I see them. Must have to do with my cats’ paws being so cute, too. I’d be smiling with everything you saw. Slept right through the flower moon…..


    • She has cute little feet, especially after she’s been to the groomer. I try to keep the fur in check there, only somewhat effectively. She gets ‘grinch’ feet, with long fur growing out of the tops of them if it’s not kept in check. Neither of my two previous shelties had feet that needed this much attention. She is, truly, a princess.

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  6. Good for you!


  7. Your day is off to a beautiful start, Dawn, and I’m so happy for you!


    • It turned out to be a nice day all around! Yesterday was nice too. Even today, when it’s raining and going to rain all day, is pretty nice. Because rain means no moving mulch. Win/win.


  8. I’ve never seen one of those warblers, and since they’re rare for these parts, I’m rather surprised you did. Still, what a blessing, to see something so beautiful, and how cool that you just enjoyed the moment and the memory (though I’d have liked seeing him, too!) Poor Princess looks cold, but I’ll bet she loves it!


    • The Princess enjoyed all the cold, the freeze warnings, and the snow. Mama did not. I’m surprised about seeing the warbler too! I’m so glad I did though! And in a budding tree with the morning light on him. AMAZING!

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  9. That’s a beautiful photo of the moon. I like seeing the moon, so I’d be smiling too. It’s the small things that bring me the most joy.


  10. Sounds like a very good start to the day. Your warbler is beautiful. How lucky to have spotted him. He reminds me a little of the prairie warblers that hang out here. 🙂


    • For years I had no idea we even had warblers….and then I was camping at the campground only a couple exits up the road, in the only really secluded site and this little yellow guy kept popping up and jumping around in the bushes. Yellow warbler. Who knew! I really only know the birds that come to my feeders. But there’s a whole lot more living in my backyard that don’t freeload off of me!

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  11. Your warbler is a good friend; it eats mosquitoes, ants, scale insects, aphids & spiders. 🙂


    • And it was pretty too! I’m pretty sure he was eating insects off the ground when I spotted him, then he went up into the tree and hopped around the branches, I think looking for insects there too. Was so fun to watch.


  12. Excellent smiles!! Such a beautiful morning you had! 😀🥰


  13. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for 5/11 – 5/17/2020 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  14. I especially liked the photo of the bird, oriole, against the colors of he bird feeder.


  15. Your dog is just too beautiful.


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