Put in a Skylight
Your mother may have had a nice window in her kitchen, but you can do her one better by installing a skylight in yours. The natural light will make cooking so much more interesting. You'll be able to really see the dried and canned ingredients you're using in your recipes. It'll be an eye opener. You'll also have the benefit of a little slice of nature without the view of a weedy garden and a deck that desperately needs restaining -- just fluffy clouds and blue sky.
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