Kitchen Window Garden

Our kitchen window garden is the heart of our home. There were a lot of things we really loved about this sweet old house in the Grove when we first walked through it with our realtor. We loved the sunlight streaming in the windows, the beautiful old Douglas Fir flooring in the living room and dining room, the classical old staircase going up to the second level… and then the big kitchen greenhouse window! That window definitely was not from the same time period of the Douglas Fir floors, but it’s a wonderful window.

It has an eastern exposure and the sun is pretty direct until about noon, so house plants either love it in that window, or they don’t survive. I’m just starting to plant herbs, so we’ll see if parsley and chives like it there.

We have two bird feeders hanging at the sides of the window, so we enjoy watching many different kinds of birds, especially in the wintertime. And we’ve enjoyed some spectacular winter sunrises through the oak trees. Watching the wildlife, the weather, and the passing of seasons out that window keep us completely entertained.

I put together a collection of photos of the kitchen window garden, starting with the day we moved in and ending with photos of a little window gardening project the Grandboy and his Daddy did to learn about drip irrigation. Great little gardening project from Kiwi Crate!

Oh my, Batman!

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Ok. We live in bat country. At twilight, sitting on our front porch, we enjoy watching the bats come out and feed on insects, their flying and hunting prowess a marvel to watch.

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Bat watching on the front porch…

On one of our weekend stays early last Fall, B built a bat house and put it up under the eaves, hoping to encourage the bats to move into their own home, instead of into ours. Because, yes, last year, we had a bat in the house. It was right after B had been working on the roof and on the chimney, so we thought that’s where the little brown bat had gained entrance to our home.

But, last night, one year later, we had another visitor! Oh my goodness, to be awakened at 1:30 in the morning by the sound of wings in the room. YIKES! Not a pleasant experience! But my own Batman, my own resident hero, calmly herded it into a corner and managed to trap it in a bag without getting too near it, and we took it outside and let it go. No, I did not sleep well the rest of the night, although my hero managed to get back to sleep without problem.

So, today we are doing research on all things bat related, especially on “bat exclusion.” We are preparing to have our attic and chimney inspected and evict that other family, if indeed they live here.

Oh my…the adventures of owning a home that is over 100 years old! We are learning a lot, quickly!

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