I had a wonderful birthday weekend! My parents came up on Thursday and took us out to dinner. Friday I had the day off from work and my mom and I spent the day shopping. I got a new phone, some new (to me) clothes, fixed my windshield wipers, and finally got replacement blinds for my living room. We did a lot of driving around, but it gave us a good chance to chat and have fun together.
On Saturday, my dad helped me install the blinds and now we can have control of the light coming into our living room again. It was never really about the privacy because we have curtains, but any time we'd try to watch TV in the afternoon, the whole screen would be lit up like Christmas from the light outside. Even the street lights at night were a problem. But no more! And I don't have to look out at the trash cans in the driveway anymore either.
If there's a window I enjoy looking out of, it's my kitchen. The windows in the front of the house look out into the road and other people's houses. In the back of the house, I get trees. Our kitchen is two stories up since our basement is above ground in the back. I can look out and see the squirrels playing in the trees or watch birds as they fly back and forth.
It is from this vantage point that the trees tell me the weather and seasons. I've seen them covered in ice or snow. They are dripping wet when it rains; waving back and forth when it's windy; and hopefully soon budding out in anticipation of spring.
If I get close enough to the window, I can look down into the backyard. From here I can watch the kids while they play, or look for the ducks or bunny rabbits that sometimes visit. I can see the neighbor kids playing in their yard, or in the street (which freaks me out). I can see the evergreen tree we planted after Frances' first Christmas.
Sometimes when I'm looking out this window, I can forget that I'm washing dishes or cooking dinner. Sometimes I escape from whatever else is going on in the house to come gaze out this window. On occasion I lift the kids to the counter to look at a tree, or nest, or animal.
The kitchen is my favorite room with a view.
I'm linking up with Jen and Celeste for #MommyReality challenge #31.