“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”

The morning is damp, cold and cloudy. Both doors are shut. The cat no longer has his observation deck aka the dog door, and I have to get up to open the door to let Henry out then wait to let him in so I can close the door. I’m going to put the storm doors in today.

When I was a kid, putting the storm windows on was a whole day process. My father first had to lug them outside from the cellar. Next, he’d sit on the steps and clean the windows. He used newspapers, and I still do. They leave no streaks. He’d take off the screens one window at a time then replace each screen with the storm window. The hardest step was trying to hook the windows. The hooks were at the top, and it wasn’t easy to get the windows hooked. My father had to use both hands. I remember my father cursing. I remember we all watched when he climbed the ladder. We didn’t want mayhem, but we also didn’t want to miss anything. In my mind’s eye I can still see my father on that long ladder holding the window with one hand and the ladder rung with the other. I can see the windows with their white frames. I remember they could only be opened a little bit at the bottom. They sort of swung out then were hooked to hold them open.

In Ghana, in my house, the louvered windows all had screens. The ones in my bedroom covered one whole wall and a bit of another wall. The dining area, two chairs and a table, just had screens so during the rainy season, the painted concrete floor got soaked. The living room had a screen door and a small window. There was seldom a breeze despite all the windows though the screens did keep out most rainy season bugs. For that I was thankful.

My house has double paned windows. I just need to lock them to move from fall to winter, but, despite how easy it is, I find it disconcerting. It’s as if I’m giving up on fall. That’s sad.

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10 Comments on ““If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.””

  1. hedley Says:

    It has rained and rained. My short term relationship with the patio furniture is over. Despite the protests of Mrs MDH, the chairs and tables are to be returned to the basement to lollygag for an extended period until the rains stop and we think summer

    The BBQ is equally doomed, and my Torro Snowblower is starting to look attractive.

    My US Passport has arrived – I am so official

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We only had rain the other night, but the sun is still missing, and it’s cold, damp cold. I need to get my factotum to close my deck for the season. My furniture stays covered on the deck. My barbecue is an all season one. Nothing tastes better than barbecue in the winter. I put it o, run back inside then check periodically.

      Far too early to be thinking about a snowblower.

      Congrats!! Good to know you are finally official!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Luckily we neither need storm windows nor storm doors but falls is here too. I don’t mind the weather but the darkness.

    • katry Says:

      I mind the winter darkness. It is early evening coming and late morning leaving, but having a beautiful fall takes a bit of a bite out of it. Here in New England we definitely have four seasons. I am glad for that!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Storm windows are an unknown quantity in the Dallas and here in Phoenix. The really strange thing is that it gets dark here earlier than in Dallas because the State of Arizona doesn’t go on daylight time. In July and August the one thing they don’t need is more extended daylight. There have been days in Phoenix in the summer when the airlines couldn’t depart or land because their runway data doesn’t exceed 125 F degrees.

    This is the beginning of the the time of the year to visit here as the temperatures are in the low to middle 90s with very low humidity. I haven’t perspired out side all week.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Storm windows or windows with double panes like mine are a necessity. It gets so cold sometimes, and I want my house snug when the heat goes on. I knew Arizona did not observe daylight savings. That could make it confusing if travelers didn’t know.

      I can only imagine how hot those runways were. I figure you could see the heat waves over the tarmac.

      Low 90’s would not entice me to visit.

  4. splendidone Says:

    I miss having my grandpa here to ‘Do the windows’ with me. We would take off the storm windows in the spring and clean them and put them back on this time of year. I find myself doing the bare minimum now mostly just the old screen doors. It is strange how you miss the things that you disliked as much as those you enjoyed. Time softens memory, I guess. It was 95 here 2 days ago and today will top out at 72. Oh, the Midwest living here is not for sissies. XoXo so glad I find you here when I get a moment. I love hearing about Henry, he is a rascal.

    • katry Says:

      I am always amazed that memories jump out at us from simple things, like windows. My father used to help my grandfather do his windows. I remember my grandfather always wore a red jacket.

      It takes me no time to lock my windows, the only thing I have to do to change from warm to cold except for the doors. The upper part of each door gets switched from screens to storms. The doors are kept in the cellar.

      The cape never got to the 90’s all summer. The ocean keeps us a bit cooler than north of us. Today will be in the 60’s, usual for this time of year. It will get cold tonight.

      It is the same in New England, not for sissies. Henry is great fun and a pain in the butt!!

  5. olof1 Says:

    I know that we back in the days put up extra windows but indoors instead and I have actually windows like that by my entrance door. I never pick them down though. I’ve never heard of anyone here having extra windows on the outside of the house though but I guess it’s much the same but easier to have them indoors 🙂

    Cold and cloudy here and I wouldn’t mind that much if the days at least were a bit longer. We have daylight almost all the time during summer and darkness almost all day in winter, can’t be good in any way 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The storm windows were the outer windows over the regular windows. That made two windows to keep the cold away. When it was warm, the storms were replaced by screens. My current windows have two layers built into the glass so I never have to take them off. The screens too always stay.

      It will be cold tonight. Today is not a pretty day!

      Have a great day!

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