Wednesday, January 1, 2014
View Outside My Kitchen Window - January
Resolution: blog more often...............✔
As Hercule Poirot was fond of saying, "Mon, ami, the voices of the little gray cells have begun to sing to Poirot..." My little gray cells think it's a good idea to post the view from my kitchen sink window each month and share the musings that come to me while washing dishes....
But I must tell you first that I probably should have accomplished my resolutions in order and learned all the features in Blogger first because I already lost this post once and am trying to write it as cleverly as I did the first time! I do not understand why some authors rewrite their stories from scratch since my first go at it is usually my best because I haven't edited the life out of it!
Anyway, I shall endeavor to get back on track and tell you what I wanted you to know....which is, when I first moved here more than 32 years ago the view was very different. There was no roof over the front porch, the Arborvitae branches extended to the ground, and there was grass in the front yard. I'd look out this window and not see an absolute soul, and I was feeling lonely. We'd just moved from a town house that overlooked the parking area where I could keep an eye on all my neighbors' comings and goings. Eventually, I began to appreciate the birds and squirrels that would visit our yard. I realized it was nice not to see my neighbor's trash can sitting on the curb for days. With all the wildlife we've seen coming and going over the years (ah-ha! another post idea!), I've grown to appreciate the solitude.
After 11 years we were able to put the roof on the porch and only recently screened it in for our cat who is not allowed to go outside (more about my cat in a future post). In the summer we eat just about every meal out there.
Several years ago I realized if we cut off the lower branches of the Arborvitae we could extend our view. The moles convinced us two years ago to give up on the grass altogether. These ideas probably all came to me as I washed dishes gazing out that window. (In case you're wondering, what looks like a shingled roof on the ground is the roof to our pit well.)
I thought I'd also give you the view from the other window in the kitchen that looks out over my Arbor garden. This view will change the most every month as my gardens spring back to life. As you can see it looks pretty dead and messy right now.....
I made a point of including the thermometer in the window. It will be a nice record as the seasons change.