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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Several years ago I hired an interior decorator from a paint store to help me with choosing paint colors for my large open plan house and I wanted the colors to go with my home made drapes in my living room.  I ripped all the somewhat beautiful wallpaper to make room for plain paint.

I told her of my plans to put in two windows in my dining room but she told me that it would throw things out of balance and not to put them in.  Being a bit taken aback with this comment I thought that I might think about it some more. After all she is supposed to be an interior decorator, a know it all....

Well... interior decorator my*** .  Enough is enough of being in a dark corner, I went ahead and hired my uncle as contractor to do the job.  He ordered the two windows from a reputable business and they said that it would take three weeks before my windows would be in.  That's great, I'm not in a rush. I'm thinking that the windows will probably be in in about a couple of weeks,  When I had my uncle renovate one of the bathroom the store where the shower was ordered said that it would take about 10 business days before the shower would be in and it arrived in less than a week.

I waited, waited.... and waited.. and finally a month and a half later the windows are in.  If you got Barbies minding the counters ... well I guess Ken needs a job too. So this Ken doll forgot to send the fax order to the manufactures.  He must have forgotten to push the SEND button...

I've been waiting for this for at least a month and a half. Finally got word that they arrived  and my uncle was installing one this morning at 8:00am.  I trust him so I didn't mind having him around my house while I'm at the barn.

When I came home from the barn, there was a big hole cut in the siding, and although it wasn't all the way through I had at least a hole started.

It was rather cool and my arthritis was acting up so  I decided to make a pot of soup on the wood stove for supper. So I lit the stove and simmered the chicken and prepared the veggies. I used up the rest of my tomatoes that were sitting on my counter.  And we had a yummy soup ready for supper when I got home.

Soup in my Value Village soup tureen

                                                                               Before picture

After only one window,  what  a difference. The trim is still not on. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so I have to wait for a nice day for the next window to be put in.  This window is triple glazed and opens with a crank.  JB


  1. Oh Julia,
    What a difference that window makes! I love all the natural light I can get in my house too with these loooooooooong winters around here! Some Int. decorators don't know beans! Love your Fisher stove! Hope the soup and the warmth eased the Arthur a bit!
    Cathy G

  2. Cathy, I feel a bit of guilt about wanting more daylight when those Chilean minors spent 69 days in the cold damp dark underground. But I'm very grateful. My Fisher stove comes in handy at this time of the year. Take care Hugs. JB

  3. What lovely windows. It looks so pretty, my other house had six windows. It was so dark. When we built this house I didn't notice the windows. Then one day I decided to wash them, there are 34 with transoms above each window and french doors every where. After living in the dark I like windows. I would have told the interior decorator the same thing. I hope you feel better. Yes, those miners have made me adjust my thinking a bunch. The second miner that dropped to his knees to pray just pushed me over the edge and then when his wife came to him to help him off the ground. Oh my gosh.
    Have a great day, I hope you don't get blown away. It looks like a big storm. I have been watching the Doppler.

  4. Laughing at the Barbie and Ken comment. LOL The new window looks great. It always give me a little lift when I do something to the house. That soup looks like just what you need on a blustery weekend.
    Enjoy your new view!

  5. Oh Julia, that window is wonderful. Love the size of it. When my husband was alive we lived in a very large farm house - very dark - under lots of trees. When I down sized I chose a house with lots of light - skylights in kitchen and living room - so I know how you feel. I love my Fisher stove and this is the time of year that it gives off lovely heat. Have a wonderful day.

  6. I love, love, love the window!!!! I think it's going to look just fine! Have a great weekend!


  7. Julia,
    That sondow is sooo nice and what a difference it makes in the room. I love being able to look outside!
    We haven't fired up the Fisher yet, but it's going to be chilly for the next few days. I think it's time!
    Yummy looking soup.

  8. The window is wonderful. Great decision, hope the other one gets put in soon.
    I would love to have a stove like that. I could keep my tea water hot all day. So much more romantic than a microwave.
    Enjoy your soup, it looks tasty.

  9. Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments. It warms my heart on a wet rainy day like today.

    Kim (Farm Girl) , Kim ( Millie's Mat: It's amazing how much light comes in from my new window even on a day like today and the scenery is an overgrown cedar hedge.

    Doris, My new windows are the same size as the ones in my sun room just so they would balance. lol.

    Anonymous (Char): I love, love, love my new window too. Journey With Craft Char

    Pat, I really like my new sondow... and had some yummy soup and sandwiches for lunch today.

    Katie: It was a bit nerve wracking to have holes cut in my house, but now I'm glad.
    cheering me on and welcome to my blog.

    Candy: Thanks so much for joining my followers and welcome to my blog. I hope that you will enjoy my follies as I blog every day. Having an extra follower joining is like wearing a badge of honor.It must be the little girl in me. lol. JB

  10. Jacqueline. Welcome to my blog and thanks for cheering me on. I hope that you will find some enjoyment here on my blog. I meant to post this in the comment under Katie's name but was distracted and omitted your name, silly me. JB

  11. So glad to have found your blog! I'll add you to my blog roll!

  12. Thanks so much Shabby Sheep. Welcome to my blog. I'm so glad that you found Of Petals and Wool too and I appreciate that you joined my followers. I hope that you'll enjoy reading my posts. JB

  13. I'm glad that you went ahead and had the windows put in. And that "interior designer" messed up with the extra wide border over the archway, so I would take what she said with a grain of salt anyway ;)

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog Jackie and leaving a comment. JB