One of the very many house-selling strategies that we employed was buying some blinds for the kitchen window - to conceal the impression that we're looked over by the apartment block next door (I spend so much time observing cats, and indeed humans, in it that it rarely occurs to me that a prospective purchaser might have been worried at this happening in reverse). They also conceal the medium sized tree that appeared outside the window late last summer, and that almost as quickly died. I can't say I like blinds, or shutting out the sunshine - yes! - it was a sunny day in NJ! - so I pulled them up today, and a shaft of sun instantly hit a fallen carnation that's resting in a wine glass.