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June 9, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Windows show

Man sitting and reading by window. (Vidhav Kapoor/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Screened scene. (V.Kapoor/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Not sure, but it could be that a person’s windows opens up a lot.

To some, it’s the walls that are important

Of course as shelter from the storm

Control the entrance of bodies and bodies of thoughts

And the all important: the amount of display space. Of accolades and stuff that reminds people who they are. And to show others.

Windows are of more interest when searching for a place to land.

Best Lucas House in Galveston built 1866. ( Jim. Evans/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Eyes on the Gulf. The Best Lucas House (Galveston, TX) seems as unblinking as the Sphinx. Old, built 1866, and having seen much, the home has reasons to be wary. Luckily saved from demolition and well cared for now. (Jim Evans/Commons.wikimedia.org)

To me, anyway

Growing up we had north windows in the front of the house – which made the living room cold in winter with blue light.

South windows across the back made it sunny and warm in all the bedrooms.

Light and bright. Preferable in houses and inhabitants.

(Wonder, is there any reason to suspect window placement in childhood affects personality or philosophy in adulthood? That old möbius: Nature or nurture – as if any of it matters once the kids are in school.)

While doors, both front and back – and it’s foolhardy to not consider the importance of both – are the openers: Those of first impressions. They swing wide to show what’s inside. Windows more are a leak of reality.

Doors: the public face, the beauty queens, the cheerleader-types, the diplomats, the celebrities.

Windows: the back stage crew, the support staff, the worker-bees, the middle last. The guts of the place.

Cats sitting on window sill outdoors. (Jwslubbock/COmmons.wikimedia.org)

Some prefer organic window coverings. (Jwslubbock/Commons.wikimedia.org)

What are window coverings? A personality-type check box perhaps.

Windows dressed to impress

Simply for utility and economics

Or to shut off the world

To peek out from behind

To hide what’s inside. Or what’s outside.

To be happily HOA uniform exterior appearance compliant. Always a possibility.

Window on purple house. (gausanchennai/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Guessing no HOA. (gausanchennai/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Curbside, windows always a tell.

Holes or Wholes?

Windows to the world

Windows to the soul

Not clear

Maybe just openings in walls

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

They say every time a door closes a window opens.

So which is important to you?

Maybe the Hollies will provide background music as you consider.

Bamboo window of adobe Joan tea House. (Chris 73/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Bamboo window of Joan tea House seems to suggest, “A place for everything everything in its’ place.” (Chris 73/Commons.wikimedia.org)

 

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 9 2020 6:50 am

    we love open windows… but we dislike windows update… fortunately there is the option click later LOL

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jun 9 2020 8:14 am

    I’m with the weims. Windows updates always flummox me. However, I need good windows in a house or I am susceptible to seasonal affective disorder. Of course, that’s self-diagnosed. Maybe I’m just grumpy when the sun doesn’t shine!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 2:40 pm

      Brother needs those big sunny windows in the winter, I’m the opposite SAD: need less scorching heat and glare. Window placement can really make or break a room.
      Grumpy probably come from being locked inside without wanting to be – or heat exhaustion from those masks.
      Oh, for to gaze upon a cooling pond! Thanks for pulling back the curtain on a comment

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  3. Anne Mehrling / Jun 9 2020 10:47 am

    I love the organic window coverings in your photo. I had no particular feelings for our windows on Long Island, but in North Carolina — essential!! Every window has a view of a mountain that I would hate to live without.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 2:37 pm

      There’s something about being able to lift your eyes to a mountain that lifts your spirits. (Working to get the same…meanwhile, palm trees doin’ the hula) Thanks for framing a lovely comment

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  4. Windwhistle/PIedType / Jun 9 2020 1:24 pm

    Feng shui has a lot to say about doors. I don’t know what it says about windows, but they’ve always been important to me. Which way does my bedroom window face? And the living room window(s). Is there a view? Can the neighbors see in? Is there morning or afternoon sun? Not that I usually have much choice …

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 2:35 pm

      All I can remember about door Feng shui is that you shouldn’t see the front door directly from the street and if you have a bathroom that opens up to the front door, all your luck will run out with the water down the drain. Hey, being careful can’t hurt?
      We are lucky our climate allows lots of windows – being one who prefers to be outdoors …and being stuck in a not so congenial climate a good part of the year – at least being able to see outdoors is important. One of the first things I always have done is plant to obscure the neighbors…luckily the semi-tropics grow plants fast…then it’s a battle to have foliage but not the plants that ate the house.
      (Hope you’ve survive all the big winds – looks like some trees didn’t.) Thanks for checking out the hinged and paned posting. May the winds be at your back.

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  5. The Coastal Crone / Jun 9 2020 2:08 pm

    Windows are important to me. Growing up windows let in the breeze in summer so a bedroom with south windows were cooler in summer; the bedroom facing the north was colder in the winter. We even named the bedrooms – north bedroom, south bedroom. The house faced the west and in the afternoon and evening the back was cooler. My house today faces the west. I feel at home. Rattling on, I know, as I sip my afternoon coffee.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 2:26 pm

      Sounds so familiar. Window placement used to be a major thought when building a house – cross breezes were critical before AC. I alway eagerly wait the first arrival of fall weather so you can once again fling the windows open and feel connected to the world. Windows real do double duty.
      Thanks for opening up a breezy comment

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  6. marina kanavaki / Jun 9 2020 2:09 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful topic! I love all windows… preferably open or unblocked. Sometimes I even add my own view. 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 2:23 pm

      Windows are such changelings and full of whimsy and wonder – even the austere stiff ones. Each one has a story waiting for someone to open with wondering. Thanks for glancing this way

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  7. sustainabilitea / Jun 9 2020 3:35 pm

    As you know from my participation in Thursday Doors, I love attractive doors. But I love, love, love windows, lots of windows, well-constructed windows with useful and attractive window treatments so that too much of anything can be regulated. But I want to open windows whenever possible, let light in, see out. Ahhh, windows. What a pane, right? 🙂

    janet

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  8. shoreacres / Jun 9 2020 7:59 pm

    Windows it is — and uncovered, if you please. Since moving, I’ve had to acquiesce to shutting the shades at night, but otherwise? Wide open — and just now, plenty of morning sun. The gloom of winter was only temporary after all!

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  9. Markus + Micah / Jun 10 2020 2:56 am

    At least in this post windows are the star! And you have chosen really good-looking ones, too. For me, windows are important because I have houseplants. It is also my current struggle because my bath is low-light and I desperately need to plant it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 1:48 pm

      Besides windows always outnumber doors! (and are versatile…you can always hop out of them? Multipurpose.) Thanks for featuring the out look.

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  10. Ally Bean / Jun 10 2020 10:34 am

    Well we got new windows on the front of the house last summer and it turned into a nightmare of mismeasurements and waiting. Years ago we had a new front door + sidelights installed and it was a dream. Therefore based on those two experiences, I’m going with doors.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 1:46 pm

      Sometimes I think old windows resent being replace – having a grudge, they do what they can to make the process always much more difficult that it should be. Doors somehow seem happier – maybe because they are tired after all their use in all sorts of weather and being on duty all the time. Our old one went to a flood victim who was trilled to send the effort (and youth) refinishing it.Doors are a bit like the guards a Buckingham Palace. Was to love them. Thanks for hinging a comment on this frame.

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  11. susielindau / Jun 10 2020 11:34 am

    I like dark, cloudy rainy days. I wonder what that says about me? LOL! That said, I am always trying to brighten up my kitchen,

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2020 1:37 pm

      Hmm, since you seem enjoy atmosphere and watching, guess you’ll go into the “windows rock” category rather than swinging with the doors…building item, not the musical group. Grey and stormy is alway inspiration for creativity and mystery. (You do still have that Morticia dress, right! Gotta love that.)
      Bright kitchen windows are alway a plus ..as the writing/lettering on appliances or recipes shrinks smaller and smaller over the years…You’ll see HaHa
      Thanks for slipping by to gaze along

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  12. Anna Waldherr / Jun 20 2020 12:11 pm

    A beautiful and thoughtful reverie.

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