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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Learning to Love a Wonky Window

Ah Storybook Cottage. Such an apt name for this charmer. I’ve now learned that the word “charm” can cover a multitude of housing sins. At times, as I roam from room to room, I feel a bit like “The Crooked Man” from Mother Goose.

Except that I don’t have a crooked cat but my doxie, Rudi, does have a crooked ear that never lays flat.

Recently, we put in new countertops and a subway tile backsplash in the kitchen. (More photos to be shared shortly.) In our short time living here we have already experienced door frames not even close to being square, wobbly walls and bumpy baseboards. So, a wonky window should not have come as any surprise.

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Can’t quite see it? Well let’s move closer

Here’s the left side….

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…and the right side.

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Let me assure you the gentleman who installed our tile was a true professional. We had rather a small area to tile and had selected sheets of subway tile so this made the installation even easier. But the poor man was still here for almost nine hours. #crazycuts

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Now, I could focus in on the negative and let it drive me crazy every single day of my life that I live here. To be honest for one sharp second I did focus on the varying degree of inches and felt myself slipping into rage princess mode.

But then I remembered when I saw row after row of a cardboard village in Egypt.

People lived here.

How blessed I am to hang some sheer white curtains and place a few pretty flowers on this wonky windowsill.

How blessed I am to have a home.

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There was a crooked woman who walked a crooked mile,

She lived in a crooked house and it made her smile.


“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.  That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:14-16


FairfieldHouse said...
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FairfieldHouse said...

Dear Friend, Laura,
I have been telling you for years about the 'charms' and 'character' of old homes! I love your Storybook Cottage and all the renovations you've made. Remember, you're never an old home owner but rather take stewardship, making your mark on something that will outlast all of us. Someday far in the future, a homemaker will be standing at that sink admiring the handiwork surrounding her window -- perfectly imperfect. Your Friend, Deborah

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

Your window is perfectly beautiful!

ellen b. said...

Ha! We live in a charming house, too. Love the subway tile!
ellen b. at

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I live in a crooked house and it makes me smile as well ;) Your kitchen looks amazing, especially the crooked sill!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

I've never been to Egypt, but I've experienced the same elsewhere. We are truly blessed! Don't you just love how God uses everyday things to teach us life lessons?

Stacey said...

What a cute post and attitude. Laura, we bought our house brand new three years ago and have found several places that were not square at all. We had a niche in our entry and when I tried to hang artwork in it, it became apparent that it was crooked. I called the builder and he said it was "within industry standard". Ha! They did nicely remove the niche for me though. :)

lynn cockrell said...

The subway tile backsplash is gorgeous, wonky window and all!