Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Things that make me smile from my living room window.


After my three day adventure in Michigan’s thumb I settled back at home, grateful for a more comfortable bed, my husband and my Katie-girl.

I forgive you, mama, for leaving me behind. But I expect a double reward for posing for you now.

Still, it’s hard for me to take pictures for three days and then just put the camera away. Especially when there’s so much going on in my own backyard.

Two turkey mamas bring the youngsters in for breakfast.

Do you want to see? Well settle in, because this might get a little long. But I guarantee you’ll be smiling just like me.

One of our resident deer watch the turkey breakfast, considering whether or not to crash the party.

The weather was changing and the birds seemed to realize it. They were in a frenzy at the feeders.

A juvenile blackbird holds his own even when the big birds show up.

Lots of comings and goings and squawking and jostling for position.

The youngster stood up to all the birds, even the bully grackle.

And then it started to rain, the first rain we’ve had in many weeks.

We got a steady, all day, summer rain. It was marvelous.

But rain didn’t keep my birds from coming in.

Resting between courses.

I especially enjoyed watching this young oriole.

Do you have any good food for me, lady?

I think she may have a cognitive problem. She spends lots of time at the hummingbird feeder.

This is my private buffet.

She works very hard at trying to get to the sugar water.

Maybe there’s something under here?

But eventually she’ll move over to the oriole feeder. If she thinks I’m laughing at her she gets a little bent out of shape.

Look lady, I was just exploring my options.

Meanwhile, the juvinille red winged blackbird watches everything from his elevated perch.

I don’t know why they are all excited about some damp oranges.

We still have one adult male oriole stopping by. When he’s eating the youngsters aren’t so welcome at the feeder.

I brought you into this world and I can take you out!

They try to quietly swoop in for a bite, but he’s not having it.

Maybe I can grab a bite on the go.

He never stays long though, so if they are patient they can get back to enjoying lunch.

Wait, what’s that over there?

Keeping watch.

The chickadee stays out of the orioles way by feeding at the finch feeder. I hardly ever see any goldfinches these days, but the chickadee eats plenty.

It’s much more peaceful over here. Nom, nom, nom.

And little Miss Confused checks out the hummingbird feeder again.

Look lady, there’s sugar water in here and I’m going to get it. Now leave me alone!

The other young orioles are fine with that, leaves more oranges for them.

Personally, I think she’s crazy. But I guess every family has one.

So now you know why I’m smiling on a dim, rainy summer day. Oh yea, there’s this too.

We call him the flying squirrel because he leaps great distances to get to lunch.

I hope you’re smiling by now. You should write a post about what makes you smile and link it to Trent’s weekly smile post. He’ll recap next Monday and share it with lots of other smiling people!

Thanks Trent! You make us all smile too!

I’d smile more if all these youngsters would leave my lunch alone!

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 “Things that make me smile from my living room window.

  1. I like the water drops along that metal bar.


  2. Those are the things that make me smile too. A nice day of summer rain would be very pleasant. We don’t get those.


  3. Dawn–your captions are so funny. That little one standing his ground with the bully grackle **big cheer** Little Miss Confused–that expression is priceless! Yup. I’m smiling!!!


  4. Plenty to photograph right at home, even in the rain. Very nice pictures. i like the confused little girl, though she is right, there is some tasty sugar water to be had. I wish we had more oriels. I have seen one or two on Cape Cod and I think one up in NH (new comers). Maybe I should try a feeder. Anyway, very nice smiles on your return 🙂


    • The orioles are quite the clowns. Very hungry lately. I read that the adults leave in August and the youngsters stay awhile longer. I remember last summer they all seemed to stay into October and I was worried that me feeding them was keeping them here too long. But apparently not as they were back this spring. I wish I could see a nest sometime. I try to see, in the spring, which way they head after they eat, but so far I have never found one.

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  5. Yes, yes, yes! Thank you!


  6. Broad SMILE. Food for the soul.


    • Yes they always make me feel better. You should have seen the orioles this evening, it was raining AND the sun was shining on them. It was spectacular. No photos though, you’ll have to imagine it yourself.

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  7. I spied your smokebush by the deer. I miss those. We can’t grow then down here. Too stinking hot.

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  8. I am smiling! And the very first picture made me smile the most. Such a pretty girl!

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  9. Yes, you made me smile, especially since the very first picture had Katie in it! 🙂 Also, rain sounds sooooo wonderful right about now. I talked to my Mom in MI that same day and she was happy about it too. We are dry as a bone, which believe it or not, is unusual for us this time of year.


  10. Love the oriole who thinks she’s a hummingbird! What a fascinating back yard you have, Dawn — no wonder even a rainy day offers you plenty to photograph … and smile about!


  11. Love especially the turkey with his feathers all about. Marveling at all the beautiful nature shots you got. We live in a wonderful state.


  12. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for 8/3 – 8/9/2020 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  13. I absolutely adore the photo of your dog! And the view of all the birds at the feeder.


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