A window’s true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within

Our story so far: Nearly every day, we checked finishing details off our long to-do list at the old Methodist church we were turning into a home.

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In fact, during the preceding month, You-Can-Call-Me-Al had replaced all the windows on the west side of the house plus the only one on the north side. Tyler guessed the old ones might have been in place as long as seventy years or more. The seals and gaskets were shot, and the wind blew right through them. The new ones looked virtually the same, only the new ones had two panes instead of four, but their insulation value was vastly improved.

fire escape in the late fall
Here’s how the west side of the church looked when we purchased it in November.
fire escape after new windows
Here’s a shot of the new windows. The fire escape, an eyesore, remains attached to the church, but we think we’ve found a home for it. One of our contractors needs a new deer stand, and he’s willing to barter work for it. So it should be gone by deer season.

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Today’s headline is a partial quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of “On Death and Dying.” The full quote is “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Tomorrow: A temporary shelf. Read about it here.

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