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Window Paintings – NaBloPo Day 5

Preparing for winter...

Preparing for winter…

Windows are paintings framed by their sills and one of the wonderful things about window paintings is their constantly changing nature.  As the world outside changes, moment by moment, we are gifted with fresh new paintings.  Or we simply need to change our position, view them from a different perspective and we are told an entirely different story.

For the last several days my stairway window painting is inhabited with squirrels, first one and now two, munching on the seed pods left by the autumn tree.

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They are busy preparing their bodies for a long, lean winter and I’m glad to see their bodies becoming plumper as they slowly nibble the branches clean.  Even though my sister has a strong dislike for squirrels, saying they remind her of rats with fluffy tails, I’ve always rather liked them.  And having had many close encounters with rats living in the port city of Vancouver, I can say there is a vast difference between fluffy tails and fat scaly tails….and I’ll take a fluffy one any day!

can you spot the second squirrel?

can you spot the second squirrel?

I sit on the window seat and watch the squirrels for a while.  Close enough to almost reach out and touch them if the window were not there, but the drive to fill their stomachs is much stronger than any fear they might feel because of my proximity and they continue crunching.

It makes me happy to know that something I planted is able to nourish so many creatures in so many different ways.  May we all be like my window painting tree….


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Musings Day Two (NaBloPoMo) or The Uninspired Title

I’m sitting in my lounge chair nestled into the bay window in the family room.  The fridge is humming and although the TV is off I can still hear the electricity buzzing through the cable box, which makes me want to move to the quiet cocoon of the living room. 

But there is something about sitting surrounded by the outside just beyond the windows…being warm and dry while the rain pounds down outside.  I glance to my left and am suddenly inside a painting; the colours of the trees so vibrant and alive I can hardly breath for the beauty of it.  Not for the first time do I wish I could paint.  I’d take a picture to show you, but it’s so warm and cozy inside and so wet and cold outside…you’ll have to make do with some I took a couple of days ago while sitting in this exact same spot, a spot that’s rapidly turning into my favourite writing space!

My view without the rain

My view without the rain

Add a filter to enhance the effect....

Add a filter to enhance the effect….

The windowsill becomes my desk and viola!

The windowsill becomes my desk and viola!

And now that I’ve procrastinated long enough to muse, time to get started on writing my actual project….if only the words would stream down into me like the rain outside…




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