Thursday, March 01, 2012

catch me, we are falling

I don't understand those people who never open their blinds. What's the point of having windows if you can't look out? I like to watch the way the light changes and the shadows dance - the long shadows of winter, the dappled shade of summer. Sometimes what I see out that window delights me, sometimes it infuriates me.

The most infuriating sight I see out the front window is that idiot woman who drives her SUV down the street once a week, with her adolescent sons hanging onto the outside. She folds newspapers while she is driving and then hands them out the windows to her kids. They hop off the running boards, deliver each paper and then hop back onto the side of the vehicle while she drives to the next place, folding newspapers as she presumably steers with her knees.

How many illegal (and stupid) acts can you spot in the preceding paragraph?

We don't live on a particularly busy street, but it is icy, and I just hope I don't happen to be looking out the window the day one of those kids slips under the wheels.

On the other hand, the most delightful sight that I see on a regular basis are my neighbours' dogs, best friends. The grey house people regularly stop at the green house to pick up their dog and take them both for a walk. Sometimes they have play dates at each other's house - the dogs, that is. And they are both so insanely happy to see each other every single time.

They live four doors from each other and I often see the people who live across the street from me in the green house open their front door and peek out. Within seconds, I see the other dog come racing across the front lawns to arrive at their front door, all tail waggly, while on the other side of the door the other dog is practically apoplectic with excitement. It's just too cute.

What do you see when you look out your front window?


Wandering Coyote said...

I see my neighbour's mini van. It's parked directly under my window, so I keep my bedroom blinds shut 24/7 since he's in and out a lot, plus he has 2 boys who take every opportunity they can to peek through any open blinds here on the ground floor. Blinds in my world = privacy. But during the day, I open the living room blinds because we have wicked southern exposure.

Anonymous said...

I hate not having light blazing through the windows. I understand some live where to lift the blinds allows people to see in so they don't.

Fortunately we live now where we only have nature to amuse us when we peer out the windows except when our one neighbor is mowing her back field.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wouldn't want snoopy little boys peering into my bedroom window either, WC. I'm glad the lawn mower kids next door don't peer into our below level family room windows when they are out; they just stalk us over the back fence.

Your location sounds idyllic, Vicomtesse. My big living room windows look out onto the street, but it doesn't really bother me to have people seeing in. They're my neighbours.

BeckEye said...

I love doggie friends. My dog is in a constant state of excitement.

When I look out the window, I usually see snotty little kids playing across the street.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Just make sure they stay on the other side of the street and you'll be okay, Beckeye.
Your dog is so insanely cute even in still photos, he must be insufferably adorable in real life.

Allison said...

I'm one of those people that keep the blinds and curtains closed at all times. I'd keep them open if the light didn't cause a migraine.

On a Vancouver Sunny day though there are lots of moss covered trees to see from my window.

Anonymous said...

i tend to open up blinds whenever possible.

When I look out the window I spy with my little eye.......

green grass, trees starting to bud, crocuses flowering through the lawn, and a typically overcast day


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hadn't considered that, Al, maybe all the closed blinds I am seeing belong to migraine sufferers. It does get rather sunny here. No moss on these trees!

You mean currently, Kelly? Dang! Fresh coating of snow here, magpies poking around the spruce trees.

Lesley said...

I love having as much light in my house as possible. My neighbors across the street never open their blinds. I don't see how they live that way. And they have two little kids who, apparently, never see natural light. They can't always be napping?!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Have you ever seen your neighbours outside in the day, Lesley? If not, I would stock up on a couple of large stakes and silver bullets.

Anonymous said...

well no not currently, currently the sun is also out, but yes to the rest of it