Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The first smile of 2021


Happy New Year everybody!

I suppose it’s silly to wake up today and think that everything wrong is resolved. But I do think a lot of things will be resolved, or at least well on their way to resolution, this year.

And, for my first smile of the year, look who I found when I took the dog out for her after dinner walk yesterday.

Just doing a little sun bathing.

Yep, this guy was sitting high up in a neighbor’s tree, enjoying the sun. I pulled the dog back to the house, grabbed the camera, changed the lens, and took off back out the door without her.

Katie was not amused.

He let me get pretty close, keeping a wide eye on me, just below him.

What are you doing down there, lady?

And then, as I fiddled with some settings he took off. I never heard him leave, but he was gone when I glanced up after moving some dials. Pretty cool.

Later in the evening, just as it was getting dark I glanced outside to find this guy relaxing next to our spruce tree in the back yard.

Hey, I just got settled here, I hope you aren’t going to be taking a lot of pictures.

I think he might be the same guy I saw several weeks ago with his girl.

Early this fall we had a pair of lovebirds visit the yard. He was carefully watching me, and his girl.

But, then again, maybe it’s a whole new guy in town. He relaxed out there until it was completely dark and then he moseyed back into the woods.

I might get more privacy over there.

Yep…I was smiling a lot yesterday afternoon, and I plan on smiling even more as we get into 2021!

I hope you’re smiling too.

If you could order up some more snow I’d be smiling too, mama.

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.

19 thoughts on “The first smile of 2021

  1. Happy New Year! May it be a year of beautiful adventures!


  2. That would make me smile too!


  3. Happy new year! What a beautiful smile Katie has! And a lovely treat to see the hawk and the deer so close.


  4. Happy new Year to you too! Last year was rough. I made a tremendous amount of lemonade with all the lemons, but I’m ready for a different aperitif!


  5. The hawk is cool, but the buck is very cool. Happy new year!


  6. It makes me laugh every time you call Katie ‘the dog.’ I picture Katie looking aghast **what did she just call me?!** Happy New Year, Dawn.


  7. Happy New Year, Dawn and Katie! Marlee and I actually stayed awake to ring in this new year. We are both kind of draggy today. 🙂 Your photos are amazing. I plan to spend more time learning this Rebel Canon that I bought this past year. Who knows what other dreams will pop up for 2021, but sending wishes and hopes for a kinder, healthier New Year for all of us.


  8. I’m smiling, too, now that I’ve seen these marvelous creatures. I occasionally see deer in my part of town, but they don’t grace our lawns so publicly. Here’s to many, many more smiles for us all in the coming year. I’d certainly smile if we got some snow. It’s possible, but rare, so I’ll have to enjoy your photos instead.


  9. Your pictures make me smile. The new year makes me smile because it brings with it hope.


  10. Dawn, I too think a lot of things will be resolved this year. Thanks for sharing your optimism.


  11. Wow! What a way to start the new year!


  12. Happy new year and thanks for the reminders to smile!


  13. Barky New Year to you.

    Gemini & Normandy+


  14. Happy New year!! I hope you have a wonderful New year weekend. 😄🥂❤️


  15. Love that picture of Katie smiling — she looks like she’s up to something! Yes, I’m thrilled to see your photos — please know they made me smile too!!


  16. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for 12/28/2020 – 1/3/2021 #weeklysmile | Trent's World (the Blog)

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