The Window

Image result for coffeeIf we were having coffee, I would tell you about an interesting situation happening with my living room window.  When I was still living on the 2nd floor of my building, after living there for 16 years, we got new owners who chose to do some remodeling in the building.  This remodeling included a second elevator, which I was two doors away from, new windows which were to be more energy-efficient (they’re not), and a completely remodeled kitchen.  

Image result for coffeeIf we were having coffee,  I would tell you that the remake to my kitchen was wonderful, with new appliances and new cabinets, including a Lazy-Susan cabinet in the lower corner of the kitchen.  This gave us more cabinet space, and a stove which required a physics major, to figure out how to use the oven.  I am not a physics major, and it did take me some time to figure out how to even pre-heat the oven.  The microwave still got a lot of use, and pizzas were ordered in.  The Lazy-Susan was filled to the max with canned goods, which made them easier for me to reach from my wheelchair.  This remodeling was done in December, including the installation of the new windows, which were framed in white, and easily removed, to clean them on the outside.  As far a being energy-efficient . . . the cold air still came through those new windows.

Image result for coffeeIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that I really liked my new kitchen, but after living in my apartment for over 16 years, a handicap-accessible apartment on the first floor became available, and my name was next on the list.  I jumped at the chance to finally move into an apartment, where I could actually roll up under the sink to wash some dishes, and sitting in the middle of the kitchen, I could grab things right out of the fridge, grab a pot or pan, get water, or pop something into the microwave (I had a new stove with different features than the one upstairs).  I would tell you how after only two days in my new apartment, I shattered the glass front of the oven door (I did learn that I was the 3rd person to do that and next time it would be $142 to fix it.  I had to call a friend to come down and sweep up all the glass which completely covered the kitchen floor, and even strayed onto the carpeting in the living room.

Image result for coffeeIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that my cat loved the move, as she could now sit in the window at the ground floor level, closer to all the critters that ran, flew, or walked by the window.  I would tell you how I almost had a heart attack the first time she saw a squirrel on the window sill, digging in my newly planted flower box.  When she saw that squirrel, she made a running leap into the window screen, which promptly popped out of the window, and out went the cat.  My cat is not an outdoor cat, and she had no idea how to deal with where she now found herself.  I would tell you that I raced outside and around to the backside of the window, and snatched up the cat before she even saw me coming.  I would also tell you that I had to rearrange my living room a bit, to prevent her from popping out of the window again, and find someone who could pop the screen back in place.  I would also tell you that I now get very nervous anytime someone or something passes by my windows.  My cat is now 10 years old, and the only time she had ever been outside, was when she was in her crate, being taken to the vet.  I also keep the windows closed and the air on, more than I needed to upstairs.  Other than that incident, moving down here has been great.  I’m still not sure, though, what I’m supposed to do with the cabinets above the refrigerator.  Anyone have any ideas?

9 thoughts on “The Window

  1. I love this post. Who would’ve even thought that the oven door would be a hazard…I mean it makes complete sense when you think from that perspective but then why after a third incident is there not a modification in replacing it with an appliance that is more user friendly for individuals who navigate life from a chair? Hmmm…this was very eye opening. I really appreciated hearing your perspective of daily life. As an interior designer (which I am) a story like this would be so valuable if working with a client in this situation. So glad your move was positive overall!

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  2. Heheh I can imagine your cat is quite enthusiastic about all the life she can now observe outside the window. Wow, my father-in-law also shattered his oven glass a while back – he ended up getting a new oven entirely. Cabinets over the refrigerator… hmm.. maybe just store stuff you don’t really need but can’t throw away just yet. Have a great week!

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  3. I use the cabinets above the fridge for things I don’t use very often, but occasionally have a use for. So, for example that overly fancy pickle and cheese tray that I might use once a year and other strange odds and ends of that nature. Great post, I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more.

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    1. I think I may have several things in the cabinets that I rarely use. I just recently started using my George Foreman again, for cooking Turkey Burgers. Works very well for that, so I guess I’ll have to have the aides put it in a reachable area, after they clean it. I don’t think I have a fancy pickle and cheese tray, but you never know what may already be stored in those cabinets above the fridge…

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    1. Thank you, and I am definitely enjoying my new apartment, though I do miss the walk-in (roll-in) closet in the bedroom. It’s a good thing I donated a lot of the hanging clothes that I haven’t worn since 1977, to the thrift store. Maybe someone can get some use out of those bell-bottoms…🤔

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