Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kitchen window

I've lived in my current home for 19 years. I really like it for a number of reasons, particularly because there are absolutely no stairs. We can come into the building, go directly through our front door and straight out onto the patio. For people with bad knees and sciatica, this is a blessing.

One feature that I dearly miss, however, is having a kitchen window. For most of my life I've had the luxury of being able to look outside while working at the sink. Now I have a blank wall with a couple plaques of fruits and vegetables. It's just not the same. The featureless wall sometimes reminds me of being in a basement.
The lovely thing about a kitchen window is there are a host of things you can do with it. You can:
  1. Decorate it with cute curtains or window treatments.
  2. Hang planters in front of it.
  3. Put pretty stained glass doodads on it.
  4. Ripen tomatoes on the window sill.
  5. Root plant cuttings.
  6. Watch your kids.
  7. Watch your neighbors.
  8. Watch the changing of the seasons.
  9. Watch birds and wildlife.
  10. It's a great place to grow cactus or succulents.
  11. And best of all, catch the spring breezes.
Nowadays, (quaint old-fashioned word) I spend more time at the computer than I do in the kitchen so I guess it's not as important. I'm sure glad I had a kitchen window back when it was important.


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Dearie can you knock a hole in the wall and put in a window, or does it just back onto another interior room? Get you a window if you can!!!

Whoever built our house was drunk. Honestly. He put in a big picture window at the front of the house, and put the KITCHEN there. Now, you know what that means. I have to keep that room picked up nice constantly, and good grief, the neighbors could watch me burn dinner nightly except he also TURNED THE HOUSE SIDEWAYS so I'm just looking out at the sidestreet and the neighbor's garage. Can't even be nosey when cooking. *sigh*

Ms Sparrow said...

Penniwig, I think my neighbor Judy would object to having my kitchen window located over her living room sofa. And it just wouldn't be the same!

I had to chuckle at your description of your kitchen window.
I'm having a hard time picturing how you would arrange a kitchen like that.