Well, that was a decision that certainly needed to be made! Quite frankly, I am surprised that you did not think of it sooner. I firmly believe that one's merit is measured by the results of one's handiwork, and therefore your maids being paid on a merit system seems entirely reasonable. I am certain that my mother would be overjoyed to be of assistance to you in your curtain making endeavors. You need only come calling and mention it to her, and I believe you will find her quite agreeable to the suggestion. I have risen early this morning to find the time to read and respond to my missives. The sun has barely made its way above the horizon as I speak! My candle is flickering from a slight, cool breeze which seems to be frolicking playfully with it through my open window. I must admit that I do rather appreciate this time of day, as the children are still asleep in their beds, thus giving me a chance to revel in the beauty and calm that is silence. What is your favorite hour of the day Samantha?