Drapes and new house

While we were watching a family video during my Christmas party, several guests complained about the glare on the TV screen. The lace drapes covering our windows did not block the sunlight adequately.  So, David and I are going to order custom draperies with black out lining.  We hope they will be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

These are the lace drapes in our family room. Note the morning sunlight streaming through the right side of the window:

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Remember the house across the street that burned down last year? Well, more than a year later, the house is still not completely built, though the carpenters are making progress.  It’s the permit process, not the carpenters, that is the reason for the delay.  I was told that Hawaii has the slowest rate of granting building permits in the nation.  I think it’s due to the lack of personnel to deal with the necessary paper work.  Meanwhile, the family, who lived in that house, has had to find somewhere else to live during this period.

This is the house that is being built across my street:

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Be grateful for the home you already live in, because there always will be people who have no home.

9 Responses to “Drapes and new house”

  1. Olga Says:

    I do like those lace curtains though!

  2. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I cannot imagine being patient enough to be displaced for a year.

  3. DJan Says:

    Hard to believe it takes so long for a house to be built, but as you say it’s mostly bureaucratic issues. I also like your pretty drapes but can understand how they don’t block the light. 🙂

  4. anonymousonthemainland! Says:

    Homelessness is huge in our community, people slave at minimum wage jobs (Highest in the nation almost $10.00 an hour) and still cannot rent or even dream to buy, they would gladly wait a year or two to get a real live home for their families and themselves..Many have rents that are just plain stupidly high, the taxes not that much so they want to make a big profit off of people and the only ones who can afford the rents and or buying are not buying in this town rather than the big big city so they can get decent good jobs, with good wages, benefits and some retirement money.. It is sad that our world is so greedy indeed..Aloha & have a wonderful new year & happy Asian New Year the Fire Monkey on February 8, 2016 too!!!!

  5. Christine Says:

    Terrible about the length of time to rebuild. Look forward to seeing your new drapes.

  6. tom sightings Says:

    Amen to your last statement, esp. at this time of year. Hope you have a peaceful, happy 2016.

  7. dkzody Says:

    A friend has been living in a hotel for the last 5 months while her house is rebuilt after a tree fell through her bathroom. She was very pleased with the way the insurance handled the whole thing and got the house rebuilt. The problem, though, just like in Hawaii, was getting the permits and getting the city to sign off on all of the remodeling. She got back into her house this week for which she is grateful.

  8. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    True, being homeless is always a threat. We have dark drapes in david’s bedroom and that block out everything including city street lights. He sleeps better that way.

  9. Beatrice Says:

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year, Gigi. It’s nice to welcome it in with family around.

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