La bestia blanda needed some improvements, and the wonderful weather–which for me means partly cloudy, some wind and 75F–in Bozeman rendered it an ideal day for just that. After getting everything I needed from the local ACE Hardware store (which truly is becoming my favorite chain; according to its Wikipedia entry, “[t]he company was named after the ace fighter pilots of World War I, who were able to overcome all odds”), I installed two cable curtain rods, as well as a permanent fiberglass mesh cover for one of her rear sliding windows. The material for the curtains (“port wine burgundy”) came from Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store and cost me less than $10. Forty small S-hooks, secured with pliers, serve as sturdy curtain clips. Neither of these two DIY projects are visible on this photo–which I took last night after our first thorough housecleaning–but I promise that they’ll make an appearance in future posts.