My office is on the second floor of my house, and it’s not climate controlled, as I explained when I was describing it in a post a little while back. What I’ve learned about having a writing lair, it’s just as important to pay attention to what’s outside your office as it is with what’s inside it.
There’s a lot of inspiration you can get from looking out your window in the different hours of the day. If you live in the city, I imagine there’s a lot of people watching you can do. Out here? Well, it’s more like natural inspiration. The view out my office windows is soothing and peaceful, normally … as long as there aren’t any tornadoes on the ground.
So what exactly do I get to see out my office windows? Let me tell you!
1. Gorgeous blooming lilac bushes
We have massive lilacs at Safe Haven Farm. I don’t know if it’s because they’re so old or if they just grew to be so enormous. But they’re huge. Maybe 8 feet or 9 feet tall at their peak. And they smell marvelous. It’s almost worth it to bring them into the house so we can smell them, even though Mom and I start sneezing instantly.
2. Invasive, world-conquering garlic chives
One of the flower beds had a small amount of garlic chives growing in them 20 years ago. Despite our best efforts, they’ve thrived and expanded. They now fill the whole flower bed, and they’ve even extended their reach into the lawn. It’s bad enough so that when we mow, the whole south of the house smells of garlic chives.
3. Sweeping, unhindered acreage
Our property has some trees on it, but to the south isn’t much else except acres and acres of wheat and alfalfa. This time of year, it’s just brilliantly green and lush looking. And it just goes on forever and ever. It doesn’t really. It just looks like it does. Actually, if you go south long enough, you’ll eventually run into Wichita. But it’s nice to imagine that the rolling hills of emerald wheat stretch on to the horizon forever.
4. A dilapidated chicken coop
The chicken coop came with the house when we moved here in 1994. I have no idea how old it is, but it was in fine shape when we took over, and it stayed in fine shape for years. We even put electricity in it. We raised several rounds of laying hens and broiler chickens. And then a few years ago, a random windstorm came up from the south and blew it completely off its foundation. Since then, we’ve just left it there. It’s not solid enough to raise chickens in, since they won’t be secure, but it’s not fragile enough to fall down. So it just sits there for now. We might fix it. Or we might bulldoze it. We haven’t decided yet.
5. My dad’s antics
Then, of course, the best thing I see out my office windows is the adventures my dad gets up to outside. One day he was stripping the old tin off the chicken house. I looked outside and just knew he was going to break his neck (he didn’t; he’s fine). Then the day after I looked out and saw him hauling a dead raccoon in a snow shovel across the garden plot. He’d shot it the other night, but it didn’t die right away. It wandered off somewhere apparently. Well, I guess he found it, so he dragged it to the back corner of the property. It just wasn’t something I expected to see when I looked out my window.
So that’s five things I’ve seen out my office windows. That’s just a sampling. I’m sure there will be many other things in the coming months.
Be sure to check back in here tomorrow. I’m going to start posting about my upcoming trip to England! I promise, it’s going to be a hoot!