Santa has arrived early at the Arnall household this year. Well, at least with my gift anyway. And it didn't even go under the tree...I'm enjoying it already.
"It" in this case would be 22 crystal-clear new window panes which arrived on a sleigh camoflagued to look like a panel van occupied by two very workmanlike elves. They weren't interested in the chimney but they were on all four sides of the house installing their load. An upper window here, a lower one there and even a few top-and-bottoms and side-by-sides. Yes, the world outside is looking exceptionally crisp and beautiful again.
Over time the original windows had lost the seal between the two panes of glass and many had grown hazy or even downright foggy. We've been in this house almost 24 years now so issues like that are beginning to show up. And I'm sure the three or four serious hurricanes we've had in those years also contributed, although insurance replaced some panes where the seals were obviously damaged after Ivan in 2004. Not only was it becoming unsightly but it wasn't very energy-efficient either. Not any more. Twenty new panes went in a week ago and the final two were installed this morning. The last ones were essentially half-circles so they took longer to make.
The difference is amazing. The loss of clarity was so gradual we really didn't notice it unless a bad pane was right next to a good one. Now that all the new ones are in place, everything looks to bright and clear. It's like the windows had cataracts and now they've had a transplant and can see clearly again.
Obviously, Santa thought I had been extra good this year because he had the window installer fix one of the sliding glass doors too. It's the one that gets used the most. Well, it was until it got so hard to push open or close that we either strained to use it or found an alternate exit. Now it glides like a dream thanks to new rollers. After the installer left, I stood there opening and closing it over and over. You can do it with one finger! Sigh...it's the little things that make me happy.
Thanks, Santa. You sure know how to pick the perfect gift!