I have some bizarre immune-response to insect bites and stings. They barely bother me and often I don't even notice a sting until I see a little red spot. My first scorpion sting in West Africa truly did hurt, a lot . . . and it was a very young scorpion (I know because I smashed him). In any event, two Benadryl later and I was fine. Months later my second scorpion sting barely stung, and I wouldn't have noticed my third sting except for seeing the angry culprit. Kathy, note to self: stop reaching into or underneath wood piles, rocks, brush, etc.
But just because I have no fear of insects (a healthy respect, yes; but not fear) doesn't mean that our Samara visitors will fear no insects . . . or snakes . . . or bats. Our realtor and his wife have had two snakes (I believe only two) inside their home . . . and we're talkin' gorgeous home. Surely a snake would realize that he was out of his element on Donna's beautiful marble and in her chef's kitchen. Now these weren't poisonous snakes; they were constrictors. This will be little comfort to Sally. In fact, it will be no comfort at all. There are a variety of poisonous snakes in Costa Rica, and probably more in our mountainous, jungle neighborhood than in Bill & Donna's gated community.
world's best realtor took the measurements. Actually, there's not a thing wrong with these curtains (certainly not when compared to that light fixture); but I had in mind long, white, sheer, blowing-in-the-breeze, a la The Great Gatsby 1974 curtains. Lo que hay.
I've spent months pondering whether I need to purchase 96-inch curtains, or something shorter. I fret about this issue whenever I see photos of our sala . . . and don't get me started on the bedrooms. And then one day Sally provided such a simple answer to the question of curtain length. They cannot be floor-length lest a scorpion, snake, or even a tiny ant attempt to hide itself behind the curtains. This makes perfect sense. It goes against all of my curtain-rules, but it makes perfect sense. I must accept it: Curtains up!
So, thrifty wife that I am (my husband really doesn't appreciate this), I'm going to re-purpose these curtains from the guest bedroom and add them to the rods in the master, shown below. The window dimensions are virtually identical, so the master bedroom will have properly gathered curtains, though they won't skim the floor. Nothin' hiding behind there . . . and nothin' in the closet because we don't have any closets.
Problem solved. Thanks, Sally. Now a few other notes. These brown-trimmed curtains really appear much nicer in person . . . this from the Great Gatsby curtain aficionado, so you can trust me. And those twin-bed coverings? I don't know whether they come with the home, but they will not remain on the beds. I see bias-cut wrap-skirts for swimsuit cover-ups . . . see how thrifty I am?