We did not plan it this way, but in the midst of Henry’s healing from heart surgery, we had new windows installed in our house this past week. The sales rep had told us the windows could be installed before Henry’s surgery, but they weren’t ready in time. So, we explained why a delay on their part would clearly mean a delay on ours…and it all worked out well enough in the end.

However, I don’t recommend having to move all the furniture away from your windows (with some neighborly assistance!), remove drapes and curtain rods, take down photos and artwork from around those windows, then endure the noise and chaos associated with the work, then clean up and reset everything afterward—all while trying to care for a recovering spouse and provide a healing atmosphere!

Honestly, the installer did an excellent job and was very attentive and respectful of our space. It was just a lot of additional work and distraction for me. I mentioned last week that Henry and I were exhausted, and the same is still true. The good news is that I don’t think this process harmed either of us, and I am thrilled to have more efficient and non-leaky windows in place as summer reaches its peak here (temperatures are now exceeding 100°F each day) and monsoon season is, God willing, just a few weeks away.

I’m also grateful to be seeing more clearly through the windows in our home. The photo above is of the west-facing opening through which I glance out at my garden most mornings. It now has a single picture window and no tattered screens obscuring the view. I’m also thrilled to have a better view out the east-facing window in my office. Perhaps now I will occasionally be able to photograph the hummingbirds and woodpeckers that show up at the feeder.

What are you seeing more clearly these days? For what are you grateful in this first week of June?

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