March 23, 2016

Through My Kitchen Window


I have envied folks who have lived in one place for most or all of their lives. In contrast, I've lived a rather transient life. Even as a child we moved every few years, and after I married a military man who then became a pastor we moved every two years on average. This is the longest I've ever lived in one place.

Recently we've been noticing how much things have changed since we first moved to Oak Hill. Trees grow, trees fall in storms. We put up new buildings and tear down old ones. We've moved fences. The view has changed quite a bit.

Even the view out the kitchen window has changed dramatically. You can see a couple of little stick-like fruit trees in the yard in the photograph below. Those trees and several others now block my view of the front yard. Hubby pounded posts for bird feeders, and I've hung hummingbird feeders in those once-little trees. I watch the songbirds as they come to feed; one of the barn cats likes to crouch under the tree, hoping to catch an unwary bird. This year we put up a swingset for our grandchildren to play on when they visit.

This is what it's like to live in one place for a time, to put down roots and enjoy the changing view, even though it means time is passing and the years are flying by.

I thought you might enjoy reading the post that accompanied the photograph, written in 2007. Yes, the Oak Hill Homestead blog is that old! I'll be celebrating my tenth blog-anniversary in just a few months.

The view from my kitchen window in 2007.

We've lived in a lot of places - apartments, houses, military housing and parsonages. Long ago I decided I NEED to have a window over the kitchen sink. I love being able to look outside while I'm making a meal or washing dishes.

This is what I see when I look out my current kitchen window, looking through the pot of lemon balm and across our baby fruit orchard on top of Oak Hill. The morning I took this photo, the dew was extremely heavy and the sun was just coming up, shining on the dew drops and creating a sparkling and dazzling display. It didn't come out well in the photograph though.

But it's not just about what I can see through the window today. Over the past three years through this window I've watched wild turkeys strut through the yard and a coyote run past on the other side of the fence. I've seen loose cows wander down the road - they usually stop for awhile and eat the tall grass around our mailbox, and I've had to run outside a few times and chase them out of the yard and close the gate behind them for awhile till they moved on. I've watched our cats as they waited for gophers to pop their heads out of new holes. Over time I've watched our baby trees grow, flower, fruit, and drop their leaves. I've watched our son begin his mile-long run in the mornings, and watched my husband drive through the gate after work. When we first moved here, I loved watching our daughter - who turns 16 today - walk out to the mailbox followed by her two cats.

These are things that I never want to forget, the fabric of my life. I am thankful to the Lord for each and every thread of it.

What do you see out your window?



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20 comments:

  1. Great post! I enjoyed looking out your window...

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  2. I love the view out of your kitchen window; mine overlooks my chicken coop and veggie patch. It's lovely at sunrise to see the sunlight filtering through the leaves on the gum trees

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    1. What a lovely view you have, Erin. I'd love to be able to watch the chickens. The lighting at sunrise sounds pretty too.

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  3. Street trees that the power company has trimmed to the point they will soon be diseased and have to be taken down. So sad, since they were lush, gorgeous plane trees when we moved here many years ago. Most of the time I see people walking on the sidewalk, laughing and chattering, babies laughing or crying, sometimes people fighting. Then there are the straight, stark walls across the street, windows with blinds and curtains drawn.

    Most days, I can see enough of the sky to marvel at its changing colors. One day, a bald eagle flew past, high above the rooftops.

    Like you, I need a window over my sink. That light nourishes me almost as much as the food we cook. Thank you for a lovely post that reveals so much of the passing of time and strong hearts.

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    1. I love the way you expressed that, Kathryn Grace: "That light nourishes me almost as much as the food we cook." That's beautiful!

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  4. I only recently "acquired" a window by my sink. And not far from that is a large picture window facing the back of our lot. That view is full of trees -- a dense (even in the winter) forest. We put a bird buffet up out there, and the variety of birds this spring is astonishing to me. Especially since I've never had a view like this before. Throughout the day, I often find myself pausing by the window just to see what's going on out there. I love it!

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    1. That sounds like such a lovely view, Stephanie. Isn't bird watching one of the best things you can do while you're inside the house?

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  5. Beautifully written! It sounds like a lovely place to live!

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    1. Thank you. I hope that you see beauty out your windows too.

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  6. I found myself crawling in to the view outside your window. How lovely!

    It's funny, but my daughter and son-in-law are looking at a house that doesn't have a window over the kitchen sink, and I exclaimed, I need a window over my kitchen sink. lol.

    I actually find washing dishes very relaxing, the warm sudsy water, looking out my window at the rock walls and the birds in my bird feeders hanging from the tree we planted years ago that is starting to get big.

    This blog post was such a treat. I'm so glad I stopped by!

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    1. Karen, I'm so glad you stopped by too! How funny that you'd just said that to your daughter and son-in-law. Evidently modern "open-concept" kitchens have sinks that face the rest of the house instead of looking out a window. :-(

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  7. I agree with you, a window over the kitchen sink is a "must-have"! I have always been lucky enough to have one. My husband and I just recently moved into our new home and my view is of our backyard! I see our stick-like fruit trees that we planted last year, the grass that we planted in the fall beginning to grow, and an assortment of animals-including deer, squirrels, birds,bunnies and cats! It will also, soon have a view of our vegetable garden that we will be planting in the spring! I love the view out my kitchen window-it is peaceful, beautiful and makes me oh-so-happy!

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    1. You have a lovely view, Brittany, and it will be such fun to watch it change in the years to come as your fruit trees and garden grow.

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  8. I loved this post, Kathi! Both the parts written now and the post written so long ago are wonderful. Coincidentally, this house is the longest my husband and I have lived anywhere as well. And we are both veteran bloggers - I started the original The 21st Century Housewife in 2002. Congratulations on your upcoming blog anniversary! I've scheduled your post to share on our Hearth and Soul Hop FB page. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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    1. Thank you so much, April!

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  9. Thank you for sharing over at the April Country Fair Blog Party! Always nice to see repeat bloggers and to learn new things about them. Congratulations on your soon to be anniversary also.
    Laurie - Country Link

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  10. I know what you mean. We've been at our place for almost 9 years. It's hard to believe it's been that long. I need to go back and look at pictures from our first year here. We did a lot of work when we first bought our place, but haven't been able to do much since. Hopefully that changes this year. We're finally in a better place financially and will be able to do all of these big projects we've put off since the market crashed right after we bought our place.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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    1. Time really rushes by, doesn't it, Bonnie? I hope you're able to make some progress on your projects this year.

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