Saturday, November 3, 2012

Before the Storm


Last week was window washing day. And, though I do help, you know, between taking photos, most of this falls on John. I try to make it as fun for him as I can!


Doesn't everyone wash windows just before a hurricane arrives? In our case, it also meant the transoms on the garage and the garage doors.


After an entire year, I'm still in love with my kitchen window. It was especially lovely when we used to have sun shining through the golden leaves just beyond the row of pines. Perhaps tomorrow the sun will return; in a year, the golden leaves will.


Raggedy pot of rosemary soaking in some weak sun.


One of the last pretty views of the neighborhood before the storm.

Have a wonderful weekend! Will you be washing windows?

Love Vee

43 comments:

  1. I'm still in love with your transoms! Oh, and the way you decorate your kitchen window AND the trees around your home. It's so much fun to come here and visit you.

    We don't have hurricanes here, but it always seems that I choose to wash windows right before a rain storm, blowing snow storm, or when I'm watering the yard the sprinkler is forever spraying water on my windows. You would think that I could at least keep that from happening.

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  2. Morning Vee, love the view out your so clean window, so pretty.....Take care, Blessings Francine.

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  3. So there's the "bookend"! =D

    John looks quite happy at his work! And it is so helpful to have one washer in, one washer out...saves so much time, doesn't it? Lucky girls, we are.

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  4. No, we don't wash windows, before a storm. We gather emergency supplies. And I worry. -grin-

    Pretty peeks into your home. You know I love them. :-)

    Sorry you will not be rejoicing about turning clocks back to Nature's Time. :-) I'll rejoice double, for you. -gigggles-

    "Auntie"

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  5. I really need to wash windows and I did in the spring. I guess it is time to wash them again. Oh shoot!

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  6. Last week I did get my bedroom windows cleaned. We live in an old house so the windows are huge. I love sparkly clean windows!

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  7. Morning, friend! I love those transom windows and LOVE the photos of John working so hard! I did some window washing on the outside a few weeks ago (rather, I directed Tony and Josh in the way that they should do it) :) and I need to get back inside washing. I got started, but ran into a snag. Now, Adam's bringing his new girl home for Thanksgiving and I'm freaking out! This little house needs cleaning from top to bottom and the flower beds need attention, and and and..... EEEK!

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  8. Judging by John's smile, it appears you are doing your job well.
    Such pretty glimpses through your windows this morning. Glad you got that one last shot before the hurricane arrived.
    I don't think my weekend will involve any window washing. Our plans include tearing out annuals and planting bulbs and pansies. Of course, if I notice a dirty window in the process ...

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  9. Good morning! Oh my do I LOVE your views....sooo pretty! Nope, no window washing over here, haha. Have a wonderful week-end Vee!

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  10. Yesterday we had a beautifully, although chilly, sunny day. I looked out my windows and thought how they needed to be washed. Today, it is gloomy and dark....amazing how clean they look and I didn't do a thing! Funny how that works! Love your views too!

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  11. Nov. 3rd

    The die is cast...

    Please go to my blog, and read under my Header Pic.

    Thank you.

    "Auntie"
    ["Shoot if you must, this old gray head..."]

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  12. Funny how you are talking about washing windows because the sun is shining here today and I was just thinking that mine need to be washed - but it's below freezing still this morning!!! I'll wait till noon perhaps and then with any luck it will get cloudy and I won't notice it so much - like Lisa above :)!
    Hope your's stayed relatively clean during the storm so John doesn't have to do it all again.

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  13. Yes, in fact I will be washing windows in my new home! We are having someone come and power wash the outside and I will wash the inside windows. No one has lived in our new home for 2 years, so it needs a good old fashioned cleaning all over.

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  14. Out here you are lucky if you still have windows to wash after Sandy! That being said, dh did wash the windows last week, but they are now covered in salt water.
    People pumping out their homes and praying for electric, getting below freezing and they have no heat.
    Love how you make it fun for your dh, lol!

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  15. Window washing used to be fun when I lived in Michigan. We cherished sparkling clean windows. Not the same out here in AZ. There is always dust in the air and no matter how hard you try to keep up with it, you can't. I miss sparkling clean!

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  16. I thought about washing windows, I waited until the feeling passed! LOL!!!

    Your windows look great! Have a lovely weekend!

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  17. Our windows really really need washing but we have to rake today and trim off some plants. I keep suggesting to Dear that I could call a window washer...
    Love your kitchen window!

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  18. We may have 6 acres behind our house, but the front is fairly close to a very busy highway (for a small town) and that means the windows are always dirty. I guess dust gets kicked up from the shoulders of the highway from traffic rolling in much faster than the speed limit. So, I feel like it's pretty much a waste of time to wash them, so I don't very often. :)
    Your garage looks so nice and I can see the windows sparkling. John did a great job and kudos to you for making it fun for him!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Cheryl (who is taking notes on making jobs more fun for hubby, so maybe he'll get more of them done)

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  19. You are so funny!!
    But if you didnt take the pictures there would have been nothing to share. I love the kitchen window too.
    Yes, I am washing windows today. Long, long overdue. It is overcast and may rain but this task cannot wait.
    Took a little lunch break here on my computer then back to work!

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  20. Just when I finish with my housework and start to plan a lazy day, I read your post and realize my windows can use a huge washing! It's cold and gray here, perhaps I'll save it for spring! I'm sure John loves your support and company when he's working, I know my hubby does.

    Have a good weekend, Vee!

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. I love your kitchen window too as I do my own!!
    I don't think Ken as ever washed a window!!!

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  22. Hmm...washing windows. That is a reminder that I did have a brief thought about washing windows a while ago, which never did happen. Now as I look through my smudgy windows....clean and sparkling really is a much nicer way to enjoy the view. Not likely to happen today though.

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  23. Every time we wash the windows it pours! I don't really like washing windows but my husband does. Sometimes he just goes and does it on his own! amazing, huh?

    Your neighborhood looks lovely before the storm. Did you have much damage?

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  24. I cleaned the kitchen and dining room windows a few weeks ago as I can reach them from the deck and I got M. to wash the living room one a couple weeks ago with the hose and squeegee. It was so dirty from fly and spider poo!! However, there are 4 other upstairs windows that need a washing and haven't been done for years! Maybe there will be a warm day in November that M. can do them. (I do the insides every spring and fall). Surprisingly the rain didn't streak the front window as we have a large overhang. I can still see clearly. ;)

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  25. I love your kitchen window. I was going to wash mine but then went into hurricane prep mode and didn't get a chance. I'll be freezing my you-know-what off doing them before Thanksgiving. xo

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  26. We haven't even thought of washing our windows this fall! We did them last fall. Maybe we'll get to them in the spring. We were without power for almost 5 days and it was pretty cold. So many friends of ours in New York have lost so much.

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  27. The windows got washed one month ago...at the end of 'fly season'. The outside will not get cleaned again until spring...the inside, as necessary. (That means after the grands leave for home:) Enjoy...you clear view and your lovely windows...and the weekend!

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  28. I washed all my wondows before we put our house for sale but they need another good washing now that the storm as passed. You have abeautiful view through your windows, Vee!

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  29. Yes, indeedy...I have my annual Bunco gathering at my house this month. Window washing, floor scrubbing, bathroom cleaning...lots of cooking...and just can not WAIT for them all to get here. I have the BEST bunch of friends in the whole world....I love them all so much and we do have a good time.
    Mr. Sweet is going to clean the windows on the outside and I will do them on the inside. We do them at the same time so we can "check ea others work".....:))

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  30. Oh my gosh, I'm trying to wrap my brain around the fact that your last picture is real.... and not a 'fixed up picture' with all the beautiful colors.
    In my part of Texas, it's brown or dull green....

    Your John is a real keeper.... and so are you!!!
    Hugs,

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  31. I think you two must laugh a lot...oh window washing, well beautiful sunshine here, and I did wash one window before everyone got to the house...our daughter's big dog had licked it

    Your trees are just beautiful

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  32. Hi Vee, Your windows are so sparkly and pretty. We replaced our windows during the hot summer months and now they are much easier to clean, so I have NO excuses! Your home and the views through the windows are just lovely. Have a blessed Sunday. Mildred

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  33. We don't have hurricanes here or we have never had one in my lifetime but we do have severe storms in summer, they come without warning and we only have time to shut the windows.
    Merle.......

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  34. I do have it on the list for next weekend! lol sandie

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  35. The trees are beautiful in your neighbourhood. We are surrounded by snow so it's too late to wash the windows outside. The insides should be done but I'm in no rush. Your Granny square looks like it will be a cosy blanket to curl up under. Enjoy your weekend Vee.

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  36. Our windows need to be washed on the outside! Kyle takes care of the livingroom/kitchen windows on the inside! That boy loves to squirt window cleaner! :)

    Your photo of the view that had the sun shining makes me long for the sun - we're missing it around here...10 days and no sun...it has peeked out once or twice only to get swallowed back up by the clouds...sigh.

    Deanna

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  37. Your windows are so pretty - the view from them, and the windows themselves. I've admired them for some time now.
    No, I'm not washing windows this weekend. Not until spring outside. The insides were done in September. I do have some inside glass doors with little tiny fingerprints on them that should be attended to. But not until next week since the little fingers will be over tomorrow.

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  38. I usually do them after the horrible pollen is all done falling in the spring. I have no excuse since I don't even have to go outside to clean them. They open on the inside and tip open for easy cleaning. Which probably means I should clean them more than once a year!

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  39. JOhn, you are such are so helpful in getting those windows so clean!! Vee, how nice that your husband cleans the windows. And the windows are such a pristine window to the outside beauty that surrounds your home. Hope that the hurricane wasn't too harsh on your home.

    xxo
    becky

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  40. Hi Vee
    Everything is looking very spic and span to me!
    I'm wondering if you've been affected by Hurricane Sandy - although it's on our news all the time, my geography of the States is not so good.

    I'm just praying that things are now calming down and everyone is safe.

    Take care
    hugs
    Shane ♥

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  41. We got our front windows washed about a month ago. I fear that it's too late to do the back ones now because the weather is decidedly colder now. So that chore is now added to the springtime list!

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  42. Does John ever use vinegar to clean them? I love sparkling clean windows!

    Have a great week!

    Leann

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