Clean Windows and a View of my Part of the World

I was born by Caesarean section, but you can’t really tell… except that when I leave my house, I always go out the window.
– Stephen Wright –

I don’t mind cleaning the windows. It’s a big job – the Red House has lots of them. But it is one of those jobs that, when done infrequently, is so satisfying because it is such a radical change.

Washing windows isn’t a high tech job at my house. All it takes is a bottle of window cleaner, a wash rag, a dry rag, a step stool, and a very long ladder. I start in the morning and sporadically during the day I clean whichever windows are in the shade.

I do the outsides of the windows first. They won’t be perfectly clean, because there will be marks on the insides too. Another day I will do the insides of the windows. They still won’t be perfectly clean then either, because there will now be marks on the outsides. But that’s okay. My goal for windows isn’t perfectly clean, just cleaner than they were before.

Perfectly clean windows inside AND out might be attainable in other parts of the world, but here, where the prairies and foothills and mountains meet in a turbulent world of wind and thunder storms, the pursuit of perfectly clean windows would be foolish.

I picked this week to wash windows, because in the morning there were clear blue skies – not a cloud in sight. It stayed that way for the two days I spent washing windows, brushing cobwebs off the exterior walls, hosing down the deck and lawn chairs, and watering the parched flower pots. Within minutes of finishing these jobs, a bank of black clouds moved in, blotting out much of the blue sky. The wind picked up, dust started to swirl, but the rain held off.

The next morning the clouds had intensified, and a light drizzle refreshed the sunrise. The weather forecast was cloudy with showers for the next few days. Washing windows – my way of doing a Rain Dance!

There will be a rain dance Friday night, weather permitting.
– George Carlin –

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
– Cowboy Proverb –

18 thoughts on “Clean Windows and a View of my Part of the World

  1. Hi,
    I couldn’t help but laugh. Why is it that when we do these things it ends up raining, the same thing seems to happen when I wash the car, it really is inevitable. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the colours you were able to catch in the clouds, and the green achway outside the window, really looks nice.


      1. Hi Amy – that is very nice of you to nominate me. I’d be happy to take up the challenge, but it will take a little to think about what posts I will choose!


    1. Thanks Amy – I wish I could grow wisteria! It is one of my favourite. No, the plant is a plain old Virginia Creeper. It is relatively hardy, and is one of the few vines that will grow in the full shade of my front porch. It should turn a lovely red colour in fall, but usually it just gets bitten hard by frost while it is still green, then drops all of its leaves very quickly.


  2. Hi Margie. I had a similar experience this week when I checked into a hotel to escape a house with no power and no water (due to Hurricane Irene). Of course, as soon as I added a day to our hotel stay, our power came back on.


    1. Hi If I Were Brave – I’m glad I live far enough inland that my Rain Dance didn’t bring on a Hurricane! I can only imagine the hardship of no power and no water. We have two back-up generators here at The Red House. We sometimes have power outages during the winter, and can’t afford to be without heat for very long when the temperature is way below freezing!


    1. Hi Left on Walnut – If I had a front porch like yours, I don’t think I would spend much time indoors looking out my windows! Your porch looks like a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by!


  3. lol So You washed up a storm. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I don’t think I’ve ever read a finer tribute about washing windows. Your photos & thoughts are fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. I completely relate to your “good enough” philosophy on window cleaning. A bit better rather than perfect is perfectly fine. Wonderful pics.


    1. Hi Marcie – I tend to be a perfectionist in some things, but not in others. House cleaning in general isn’t on my perfectionist list…


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