Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Hanging with my sister


Katie here. Even though I’m a princess and sometimes come off as being a bit….well…high maintenance, I know that I have a pretty good life. My folks and lots of other people make sure I get to have special times with friends and family.

Sharing my park with my friends.

And this past weekend I got to see my half sister, Payton, and show her (and her parents and her sister Tally the Gordon setter) my park! I was so excited to share Katie’s Park with my sister. And, like sisters do, we joined forces to make sure mama couldn’t get a decent picture of the two of us.

Discussing our strategy to foil mama.

That was part of the fun!

It was a perfect day for a walk, not too hot, and a bit of a breeze to cool those of us still wearing winter coats. The folks made sure we walked at a leisurely pace, though at the beginning I was raring to go!

This is Payton’s mom and dad and her sister Tally!

We stopped at the overlook deck halfway around the park to rest and enjoy the view. I told Payton all about finding a cracker there once and how I’ve been looking ever since for another one. Payton’s dad gave me a treat to make up for the lack of crackers.

“Make sure you remember not to let your mom get us together, Katie!”

I even shared my annual photoshoot in the yellow flowers with Payton! Mama takes my picture over at my park every year during the yellow flower season.

“OK, we can let her have ONE picture of the two of us!”

Payton’s like me – she doesn’t get why that’s so special, but mama is insistent and it’s easier to just let her get the picture than arguing with her.

Tally got her picture taken in the yellow flowers too.

Most of the time, though, we were able to foil mama’s attempts at getting a nice picture of the two of us together. She did manage to get several sweet pictures of Payton though!

She’s such a pretty girl.

I decided it wasn’t all that bad for her to be focused on someone besides me! That way I got to nap mostly uninterrupted under the picnic table.

“Geeze mother, can’t a girl get a break?”

We had a great time and I’m really glad Payton’s parents brought her over for a visit. We decided we’d get together again next fall when it’s cooler outside for another walk.

“Don’t stand still, out of focus pictures mess with mama the most!”

On a much sadder note, we learned yesterday that our friend Sophie got her wings on Friday. It’s a shock because we hadn’t heard that she was ill. She was one year younger than me, and still exploring her yard, swinging with her mom on her swing and supervising everything in the house.

Photo credit, Sophie’s mom.

We will miss her daily posts terribly. Mama has been giving me extra hugs and kisses on top of my head and her eyes are all leaky again. It’s hard to understand why some things happen, but we know that we’ll get to see her again, she’s just on the other side of the bridge. Please send good thoughts to her mom and dad who are very very sad right now.

Sophie on her porch swing this past week. Photo credit, Sophie’s mom.

Talk later, I have to get mom some tissue cause her eyes are damp again. I promise not to shred it immediately, I’ll do that later in honor of Sophie, who, just like me was an expert shredder!

-Your sad but still happy Princess Katie.

Sending hugs and kisses to Sophie’s mom and dad.

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.

16 thoughts on “Hanging with my sister

  1. Oh no….I hadn’t heard about Sophie ….sigh…to many friends leaving us 😢😢😢😢😢


  2. Katie–I am so sorry about Sophie. She was a beautiful girl.
    You and Payton are so funny plotting against your mama for pictures. That made me laugh. I met the dog my next door neighbor is watching for her daughter and boy, is he a barker! She said he is a true beagle–whatever that means. His name is Buddy, but I can tell you he did not want to be my buddy!


    • Sophie was an extraordinary girl. We will all miss her so much. Yes, when the girls get together, mama generally is the loser! We had a beagle in the neighborhood that would get out of his house and chase rabbits in our back yard a few years ago. He howled while doing that, made Katie nuts! This happened regularly and then one day we didn’t see him any more. I don’t think they are the type of family that should have a dog. So I’m glad they don’t. 🙂

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  3. Sounds like a nice day, lots of photos of dog butts notwithstanding. And sorry about your friend Sophie.


  4. Princess Katie, you are so lucky to get to show your half-sister and her family your special park! They’re both pretty girls (NOT prettier than you, though!) Looks like you had fun messing up your mama’s photos — though I think she got some keepers, all things considered. Poor Sophie — I didn’t know her, but I know her family is crushed she had to leave. Maybe she can find Dallas, and he’ll show her where the good cookies are hidden!


  5. Oh, it looks like a wonderful day Katie! Maybe next time you will find a cracker…never lose hope Katie. You and Payton are silly girl, and I’m glad you let your mama get that one good photo (but I also enjoyed the one of your furry behinds).

    Sorry to hear about Sophie. 💕


    • There’s always hope that a cracker will be waiting. She actually speeds up when we get near the viewing platform, just in case there’s something good up there. We are all so sad about Sophie.


  6. Beautiful day but such heartbreaking news.


  7. I loved the laughing picture with Payton and the dandelions. It’s sad to hear about Sophie though.


  8. Sounds like a fun day with your sister. I am very sorry to read about the loss your your friend Sophie, it is hard to lose friends:(


  9. Oh boy, so happy and so sad all at the same time, Katie. Best wishes to Sophie as she continues her journey beyond us. And yet I must say that it seems from many years of photos that your momma has shared with us, of many beauties in the family and of friends, that YOU are the beauty. Keep on demanding those crackers. You’re a sweetie and a Princess.


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