Wednesday, January 30, 2013

At the last minute, as the blueprints were being finalized, I asked if there was a western window in the cooking area of the kitchen. There wasn't. A quick shifting of overhead cupboards and this to-ceiling window was given a place.


Our Swiss builder felt that the window was out of synch with the rest of the house. "All the windows should line up perfectly from outside," he maintains. But ours are all different heights, and I like it that way. The Swiss mentality does not leave a lot of room for depth of field.

An afterthought, the window corner is the perfect place to stand, stare out at my neighbor's lovely home and let my mind roam. In our old place I was wont to spend time on the rooftop, hanging out our sky light: http://www.gallimaufrylife.blogspot.ch/2011/03/there-is-time-at-end-of-day-as-i.html  

And I found saying good-bye to that little hideaway more difficult than I had thought. But the week after we moved in, daughter was brewing a cup of tea for herself, heating the water and selecting a bag, when I saw her pause and stare beyond the hedge. 

"This window is like your sky light, mom." 

And all is right with the world.


11 comments:

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so glad you thought of putting in a window by your sink. A very necessary adjustment. :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Just the right size for gazing. Excellent idea on your part.

MarmePurl said...

Would you still pour a glass of wine if I showed up outside your beautiful western window?

Buttons said...

Oh I LOVE it. B

Pam ;) said...

Ali, I'm glad you stuck to your plans and thought outside of the box of others. I adore your unique window to the world.

Beautiful daydreams are born gazing out windows.

Thinking happy thoughts ~:)

Annette Mickelson said...

Hi Allison. Yes, you must make your own granola. Its very easy and tastes so much better than the kind from the store. I use a beaten egg white as the glue and to give it crunch instead of the oil that most recipes call for. Try it both ways, play with it; use honey, maple syrup or agave syrup for sweetener, etc. On the gross foam on stock. Yes, sometimes I get that too. I just skim it off with a spoon as the stock simmers. I think you get less foam at a lower simmer -- at least it seems that way to me. A lower temp simmer brings out a clearer broth for some reason. Good luck!

TexWisGirl said...

warmed my heart. :)

Out on the prairie said...

lovely, my mom always enjoyed watching us play while she worked in the kitchen

Brhea {noplacelykehome.com} said...

GREAT choice with the addition of the window. God, I just love natural light, especially in the kitchen!

Judy said...

I loved catching up on your blog Allison. I can't live without a window of any kind over my sink. I love my sink window. This is so awesome, I love your new home!

Randy said...

I love a place with lots of windows.