Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



I was looking for something specific in my old blog posts and came across this one, when husband and I visited the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) on a cold January day back in 2014. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 8 years since we were there. We need to go again.

It was a fun winter adventure.

Time is flying by, and standing still at the same time as we shiver through another January. Today is the last day of the month, finally, and I’ve always said February is short, and then it’s kinda almost sorta spring.

We’ll see.

From another winter, but they’re predicting we’ll get snow this week.

This day last year I had just arrived in Alabama for a few weeks respite from the cold. I wish I could be there now, but I promised Katie I’d stick around. And I can’t take her so far away from her vet these days. I know she’s missing adventure just like I am.

I miss this place.

I went to the post office this morning to complain about shoddy mail delivery. All I got was rolled eyes and a statement that they couldn’t do anything about my lost mail. I didn’t expect they could, but I did expect an apology. What happened to customer service?

How I felt at the post office

Katie is feeling better today than the other night when I thought maybe it was time to let her go. I’m sure she’ll post more about how she’s doing soon. She’s getting her nails done this afternoon, but I doubt she’ll feel that’s much of an adventure at all.

I got to go on a walk with my friend Deuce, but it was so cold we only stayed for one picture!

We’re still being safe here, I’m ordering my groceries online and picking them up with no contact from anyone. I miss browsing at the grocery store, but I don’t miss the frustration of empty shelves, the lack of checkout lanes open, or pushing a cart through a slushy parking lot in a blizzard. I may stick with this online thing even after covid.

We’re all puffed up against the cold.

Do you think there will be an ‘after covid?”

I was going to write a post about the word game Wordle. But randomness flowed instead. If I think about it there’s a connection there. But that’s for another post.

Hoping for a warmer 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.

31 thoughts on “Randomness

  1. Oh, my! So glad to read that Katie is feeling better. Again, I know how hard it is to have a beloved older dog who is in poor health. Sigh. Hugs from Maine.


  2. What did happen to customer service? It’s hard to find anymore. As to “after Covid”, no, I think not. I think there will be a living with Covid just as we live with other flu bugs and colds. I miss your Alabama trips too because they give great water views. I miss trips. Hugs.


    • I can live with covid if it’s like flu and colds. It’s the constant threat of hospitalization and death that is wearing me down. I get a flu shot and have no problem getting a covid shot if they can figure out how to do that yearly.

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      • Yep, I agree. My vaccinated son (a teacher in California) has it now and he says it feels a lot like a cold. We have to hope future strains of Covid don’t gain strength, and I think annual vaccinations is where we’re headed.

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  3. It is nice to look back at where we’ve been and I feel as you do about February being short and then its close to winter being over. I continue to order my groceries I always hated food shopping. I enjoy browsing the aisles online! If I need to fill in I go to Target😃 Whole Foods offers order online they bring it out to my car so I do that too. Glad Katie is feeling better ❤


    • Wish we had a Whole Foods nearby! Pretty much I’m stuck with Kroger. There’s an Aldi within driving distance, and I thnk they’ll bring it out to your car too, but I haven’t shopped there enough to know much about it. It’s definitely cheaper than Kroger, but the variety is much less.


  4. Will there be an ‘after Covid’? If that means living life almost exactly as I did before it showed up in 2020, I’d have to say yes. To be honest, I don’t think about it unless I come across a news story or blog post; my friends and co-workers mostly don’t talk about it.

    The one difference at this point is that I had to don a mask to visit the eye doctor last month. The kids are in school and playing at recess, the high school band is practicing per usual, the store shelves are essentially full, with only occasional gaps, and I’m meeting friends for lunch in a half-hour. I’ve had my flu, pneumonia, and Covid shots, and haven’t had more than a sniffle from seasonal allergies in two years — thank goodness! My hope is that the rest of the country can experience the same — and soon!


    • I think we’re approaching the covid thing differently. To each his own, right? I haven’t eaten in a restaurant since one day during a camping trip last summer, and before that it was before covid began. I am reserving those kinds of risks for things more important to me, like music. But I can understand where you are coming from.

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  5. What a sweet post full of memories and winter bliss. I’m glad you are staying with sweet Katie as I know how difficult it is at this time in her life. I lost my sweet border collie a few months ago and I chose not to write about it but it was bittersweet. I feel honored to be part of our furry friends lives and am there to help them cross the bridge. Sorry, I didn’t mean to go on so about this as these random thoughts flow in response. I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤️❤️❤️


    • I’m so sorry about your border collie! I know my time with my girl is short now. Earlier today I had a feeling of shortness of breath just thinking about it. I have to keep reminding myself that I have her today.

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  6. I am so glad Katie is feeling better, but you know I do look forward to hearing her side of things. She does know how to keep her audience engaged!
    Wordle…how I love that challenge!


  7. You’re the second blogger I’ve read today who asked: What happened to customer service? It seems to be as rare as masks at a Trump rally. As for there being an after Covid-19, I doubt it. It’s here to stay and we are living a new normal because of it. Not trying to be cynical but…


    • I guess people have figured out they can get away with being rude. I figure there will be covid around for as long as I’m alive too. Someday people will read about all this, like we read about the Spanish flu now. I hope by then they’ve figured out what really works to erradicate it so that the next time the world does a better job.

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  8. I’m glad to hear Katie is feeling better. Hugs for you and for her.

    I just happened to glance up and see Ally’s comment as I was typing and now I’m laughing — sort of — at her analogy between masks and rallies. I don’t think there will be an after, either. Something different, I suppose, but no real after. The time to stop that from happening went whizzing right past us, kind of the way time does.

    Wordle! I’ve been playing, too. And I do think there is a connection between that and randomness. I really like your collection of randomness in this post.


    • I still have that Wordle post bopping around in my brain.

      I agree, there will be no end to covid…at least not in my lifetime. I wish I could be around in 100 years to read about these years, would be interesting to see how this is all looked at from a future point in time.


  9. You know I am glad Katie is doing better. I hope she will be with your for a few more years.


  10. I chuckled when I read your words about January being over, and February is short, and then maybe just maybe spring is right around the corner. The weather here in the Pacific NW isn’t nearly as cold as yours is, but each year these past few years has gotten colder and colder. I don’t know that there will be an “after covid” in our lifetime. My dad, born in 1897, talked about how there seemed no end to the “Spanish” flu, really similar to covid, but that eventually everything and every one relaxed, but it did take years. Love your photos. Love Katie!


    • Interesting that you were able to talk to your dad about the Spanish flu. I do think it’s very similar. I think it will be around for the rest of my life, but hopefully we’ll handle it better going forward. Though why I think we will is beyond me. Optimistic I guess.


  11. This is so weird…..I had a random thought, “I wonder if Dawn has written anything about wordle.” So I popped on over!

    I’m glad Katie is still ok. Oreo is still hanging on too.

    I feel like there will be an “after covid” soon. I went to a live theater production of “Come from away” ( vaccine proof & masks required) on Saturday. It was amazing to have a shared experience again! I think we all would’ve given a standing ovation even if the performance hadn’t been outstanding.


    • That IS weird! Things like that happen to me too.


      • OOPS, Katie bugged me and I hit send too soon! Silly girl. I’m glad Oreo is still hanging out with you guys, I assume Chewy is too and they are loving the snow. If you haven’t gotten the storm of the century snow yet, just wait. Katie and I are sending it your way soon. We’ll be done with it by this afternoon, I’m sure. So good hearing from you! That Wordle post will show up I guarantee.


  12. I am glad Katie is okay, I think about her and you often. I am not sure there will be an after covid as it may be with us a long time.
    I know what you mean about the Post Office, they sure can mess up mail.
    I play wordle every morning:)(


  13. No wonder you miss your Alabama place — it looks like a fantastic get-away, filled with all sorts of nooks and crannies where you can hide from people if you want, yet lots of gathering place for when you want to be together. I’m happy Katie is doing better and hope she continues to perk up. It’s so hard when they can’t talk and tell you how they’re feeling. Sometimes Monkey does that right now. He stares deep into my eyes, but I have no clue why. Maybe he’s assessing my mood; maybe he’s trying to remind me he needs to go outside to potty. Who knows?!


    • I’m betting on the potty thing. That or supper. Those are the only times Katie really focuses on me. Right now she’s laying in the foyer intently staring at the front door because her dad is outside snowblowing. She knows he’s out there and she’s not going to let her guard down untl he’s safe inside.

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