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Italian Renovations – the windows arrive

by Lisa Chiodo

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 ’All the windows of my Heart I open to the day’

John Whittier

Warmth and light…. these two simple elements now grace our home. The old discarded windows lean against the walls waiting for their fate. A reminder of the past and the many lives this house has seen come and go. My favorite place is always by the kitchen window looking out to the little road below and I wonder who else stood in just this spot, what dreams they had here. I walk through these rooms, along the narrow paths of the Borgata and I sense that they are aware and keeping watch over our shenanigans.

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house door 2 dblhouse door dblhouse door 3 dblIt has been chaotic here and the house is a jumble of tools, rocks, windows, wiring and daily life. Over the weekend we will be cleaning up and getting back to a sense of normality. It’s all systems go and we have a very special guest coming to visit late November, she is a friend I met on facebook and we can’t wait to meet her in person.

I have been a bit under the weather recently and so has Sam with his kidney stones but such is life hey especially when you have so much on your plate. I’m off to start tidying up the place so I can show you all some after photos, have a wonderful Halloween if you celebrate it and a great weekend.

Thinking of you all and sending love xxx

 

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1 Janine November 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Such a big step too Lisa. Windows enclose and frame so much of our interior lives. As the winter approaches where you are and the spring finally shows its face on this side of the world….I send you love. xx
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2 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 4:02 am

Well these windows are so gorgeous we have a lot to live up to. I love knowing you are seeing the signs of spring while we are waiting for snowflakes xx
love back to you x
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3 Krista November 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I am SO excited for you!! HOORAY! HOORAY! And I love the pic of Carina warming her backside. :-) So cute. :-)
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4 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:36 am

Yes she and I are like bookends at the fire with our backsides toasting! Amazing the difference just feeling warm can make to the spirit xxx Sending love to you and your Bear x
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5 Shivanii November 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

So happy for you all, Lisa! and your collective joy is clear to see! A great series of pics. Well done, girl! Living the dream and loving it. So beautiful… Much love to you all!!

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6 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:35 am

Oh hugs to you Shivanii, I wish you were here to share it with us. How is sunny Melbourne and one day via India come visit us xxx
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7 Jenny P November 3, 2013 at 2:25 am

Great news! Wonderful windows and warmth.
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8 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:33 am

Jenny I can’t tell you the difference it makes to the house, friends in the village have been coming up for a look lol x
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9 Duane Mortensen November 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

They look great. Safe and secure and warm of the winter. Happy Days.

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10 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:32 am

This is the first house in a long time that I feel is our home, we have always renovated with the aim to sell. Happy Days Duane xx
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11 Caterina B November 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Wonderful! And…..the woodstove! Our woodstove is the best thing that makes Winter bearable here in the Rocky Mountains So In know you will probably feel the same way. I love that photo of Carina toasting her bottom by the fire! And Sam looks so happy and smiley.
Hope you both are feeling better now.

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12 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

We have no idea how cold it’s going to get here but I feel a bit better knowing we can heat the house. Sam is trying to get the house sealed and then we’ll work on the interior through winter. My favorite spot is in front of the fire warming up with Carina. I imagine the Rocky mountains would get cold…..very cold xx
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13 france November 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

nice work, and you all seem to be keeping your good humor in the process!

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14 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:30 am

It’s all a front lol, I’ve almost murdered the whole bunch of them a few times! Lucky for Sam my aim is no good lol x
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15 Jeff November 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Finally some warmth! I know you must be relieved.

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16 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:30 am

I feel like our house is now a home Jeff, and we just need to finish getting it sealed up before Winter sets in. Then we have plenty of jobs to do inside xxx
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17 Lisa wood November 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Gosh its beginning to look so inviting and so warm! Love the fire place, and the windows are going to be so good with winter coming up.
Hope you feel better asap and enjoy your visit with friends. Love the photos of you all xxx
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18 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:56 am

Oh thanks Lisa, I was just telling someone about you today. She was going to look up your blog. The fireplace is my favorite spot and can’t wait to see snow through the new windows without feeling cold. Feeling a bit better so maybe it’s healing, look forward to one day visiting with you all over here!!
sending love to the boys x
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19 jann November 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Windows, and a lovely fireplace. Just in the nick of time. (Even Sicily has just turned cool today.) Congratulations on all your wonderful progress and hard work, Lisa. Tanti baci from Sicilia.
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20 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:52 am

We always seem to pull through in the nick of time, it’s our skill! I can’t imagine Sicily being cool, thanks for the baci and back at you!! ciao ciao xxx
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21 Kaye Bonato November 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I can’t tell you how happy I am to see your windows in!! Having done a bit of renovating and so on I know how satisfying it is to get a job done, and it will be warm inside……great.

Well done Chiodo family xoxo

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22 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:47 am

Yes Kaye once you are in the renovating club you can understand the feeling when one job is done!! Totally toasty inside now, I feel the cold so this is heaven! xxx
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23 Margaret | Destination Here&Now November 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Ridiculously happy on this end that windows on the other side of the world have been installed :)) Stay warm. Be well xx
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24 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:28 am

Crazy isn’t it, the long anticipated windows made everyone happy x
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25 Wynne November 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Letting in the Italian sunshine from outside, and retaining familial warmth inside. It’s a win-win situation!

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26 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:27 am

and knock out views of the mountains, borgata and the cows x
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27 Ingrid November 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Heating AND windows – now you are definitely sorted for l’inverno!

Enjoy!!
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28 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 2:24 am

Feeling totally spoiled and toasty warm!
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29 Catherine November 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Lisa I know this feeling of wonder and love and renewal! And also new windows!! I remember when all of our old ones came out – those windows people before us had gazed through – the difference in temperature and comfort! Just wonderful. Enjoy your clean up and your new warm home. It must be so beautiful where you are. Xxcat
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30 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:44 am

Catherine it’s so beautiful here, the leaves are falling and the ancient borgata that have been hidden are now becoming visible including ours. I don’t think the house minds our changing the windows lol, what did you do with your old ones? We have a film crew coming in eleven days hence the clean up xxx
sending love
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31 Kay November 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Exciting times! (And winter so close). You have just reminded me of two years ago… and in summer I am so very very grateful for the double glazing.

I’m about to test my first winter with them in (went to family for the winter last year). I envy you your wood burner, my heat goes three floors up and out the chimney top, or through the open door and window as I try to “unsmoke” the kitchen.

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Thanks for the memories, what a satisfying thing it is to do, restoring these old places.
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32 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 3:38 am

Oh we get that problem when we light the stove, kitchen full of smoke. I hope your winter is warm as toast. Yes these old houses give back the love you put in x
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33 Doug Porter November 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Fantastic, congrats guys !!!

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34 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

Thanks Doug you know what a process it has been xx
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35 Meri Mancini November 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

How exciting! I take my hat off to you guys. It’s no easy undertaking. Good on you :)

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36 Lisa Chiodo November 5, 2013 at 2:22 am

Well at least now if you take your hat off you’ll be warm lol x
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