Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

When all you can do is take a walk


I was lucky enough to get my first covid vaccine yesterday. Health workers at the clinic were congratulating people as they were being injected. The air crackled with optimisim. I felt optimistic too.

Hey everybody, what’s that up there?

But this morning, with a very sore arm and unable to sleep I began to scroll through Facebook. I got tangled up in reading about Georgia’s new voting rules, put into effect by it’s governor yesterday. Feelings of optimisim began to fade.

I know I’m beautiful.

This isn’t going to be a political post, suffice it to say I don’t see how these new rules can be viewed as anything but voter supression. But I know there are others out there with different opinions.

Anyway. I got so depressed scrolling that I finally just up and left the house. I wasn’t sure where I’d go, but I ended up where I usually go when I’m needing some alone outside time.

I really want to come get a treat, but I’m too cool to sit on your hand.

We had torrential rains this morning, but the rain was letting up as I got to Kensington. Because the weather had been so bad there were very few other people there. The wind was brisk, the air heavy with the last of the rain.

It was cold.

I kind of felt like I shouldn’t head out on a hike around the lake. After all, what would I see? But I dug out my hat and gloves and, putting my head down, headed out anyway. Going home didn’t seem a good option.

The titmouse grabs a treat while Mr. ‘too cool to sit on your hand’ watches.

And I’m glad I went for that walk. Pictures here are straight from the camera today, none are edited. They aren’t anything you haven’t seen from me before, but they are a few of my favorites, and the reason I began to smile even in the rain, even with my sore arm.

Well hi there!

Even if the country still seems terribly divided, even if covid is spiking in my state again.

And by the time I left the park four hours later the sun was breaking through the clouds and the sky was blue. I even put my gloves back in my pocket.

Cutest little titmouse ever!

Kensington succeeded at raising my spirits, as it always does. I hope each of you has a place like this to go when you have a bad day. And if you don’t, I hope these images help just a little.

I’m happy to share them with you.

Turns out it was a beautiful day!

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.

35 thoughts on “When all you can do is take a walk

  1. Being outside always helps! Love the photos.


  2. I felt exactly as you did about what happened in Georgia. So discouraging. Again, our democracy seems to be hanging by a thread. Getting out for a walk was exactly the best thing to do.


  3. Love that last titmouse photo. Now there is gratitude from the heart!


  4. I have never tried to get a titmouse to eat out of my hand I need to do this. Love the pictures. I am getting my second covid shot today and so is my 92 yr old mother n law. Nature always brightens my day and makes me smile.


  5. Your images almost always make me smile. It’s good to have a refuge or sanctuary of some kind. We all need it, maybe more than ever these days. Congrats on getting the jab! 🙂


  6. I had my covid shot on Monday. Auburn’s facility is a volunteer based, well-oiled machine!
    I cant’believe Georgia managed to pass such a draconian law–unbelievable.


  7. What would we do if we couldn’t find some outdoor spaces to soothe our souls when this world weighs them down? I’m glad you have yours. Shootings around the country, voting laws like the one in Georgia with more to follow PBS believes, backwards we go, downward into that black hole, when will the pendulum swing to a more moderate position? People upset at Coca Cola for their “be less white” training, but when you read about what that training entailed, it’s nothing to be upset about. We need a good shaking up to get our heads on straight, I think.


    • Yes, Michigan has several similar bills that will surpress voting rights in the pipeline. It’s, I believe, in response to the Democrats taking the White House, and the Repubican fears that they are losing power. Sigh. We have a Republican state legislator and a Democrat governor and we aren’t getting much done.

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      • Apparently losing power is more important than the rights of the people. Words form in my brain that are best unspoken if I hope to maintain any dignity.


  8. Fresh air and beauty are a winning combo for soothing the soul.


  9. Wonderful photos, I love how they eat from your hand! My go to place is the barn with my horse, the escape is amazing as it is what keeps me sane. Thankful for outdoors and nature! Always love your shares! ❤️🐴🤠


  10. Nature gives me a lift as well. Great photos.


  11. Definitely voter suppression. Need to take the metaphorical gloves off, even while donning warm gloves or mittens for those much-needed walks.


  12. Nice walk on a crappy day. 🙂


  13. First of all, congratulations with the vaccination. And then, it always helps getting outside when the spirit is low. Lovely photos, Dawn.


  14. Agree with you about both: GA is guilty of voter suppression and that you met the cutest little titmouse ever. Talk about the yin and yang of life.


  15. Looks like you’re getting the hang of WP’s Block Editor, Dawn — well done! I’m finding it a real challenge. It’s not like we haven’t had enough aggravating things to put up with all year, now they go and force us all to learn new things, when the other thing wasn’t broken. Ugh! Beautiful shots, and you’re blessed to have had your COVID shot, too. Hope your arm feels better now.


  16. Dawn, I just found this: — which, in essence, will allow you to use WP’s Classic Editor if you decide you don’t want the Block Editor. I tried it, and it worked for me. I’m just too flustered with this new puppy right now to have to relearn blogging, too, ha!

    And, carrying that a bit farther, my friend Linda ( says this: “On the Admin sidebar menu, hover above the third icon down — the little pushpin that’s labeled “Posts.” At that point, DO NOT click on “Add New.” That will take you to the Block editor. Instead, click on “Posts” or “All Posts.” That will open a page with another “Add New” link at the top, with a drop-down arrow next to it.

    Click on the arrow, and you have a choice between the Block editor and the Classic editor. Click “Classic,” and you’re in business!

    Notice, too, that when you get to the page that shows all your posts, both published and draft, if you hover over a title, you can choose to edit in the classic editor. That option’s right below the title.

    Once I got it down, it’s easy as can be.”

    Best wishes! (We “old” people have to stick together, ha!)


  17. Thanks for the info. I’ll check that first link out. The way your friend Linda gets in was how I was getting in too, for the past several weeks. But that option isn’t there for me now…I’m working my way through block…but I also have no ability to edit photos at the moment because I used up my LightRoom memory. So the combination of block and no editing photos has certainly hampered my blogging efforts!


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