I wanted to buy a bistro set for my future deck because by the time I actually move it will be the wrong season for purchases like that. It’s only May and already sets that I had on my Wish List at Amazon and Wayfair (currently my favorite online stores) got marked ‘out of stock’ so fast you’d think they were clay pigeons in a marksman contest. She wants that one, let’s see if we can knock that one out of her head. I ended up with a space saving half table and two chairs. The color wasn’t stated on the page so I sent an email inquiry but impatient me I couldn’t wait two days for an answer so I clicked on the Help Chat. Got two different answers from those inquiries: Gray and Taupe. I could live with either color but prefer the gray and tomorrow when it gets here I'll know if the the gods of online shopping granted my wish. I like this set because it folds and the chairs are rated for 400 pounds so if chairs are in short supply while I'm entertaining I can double deck my guests. (That's got to be a typo in the description don't you think. I don't have any 400 pound friends but if I did I wouldn't let them sit on those chairs.) Since I sold off all my large deck furniture I’ll use this new set on my side deck for staging the open house, then back in the box it will go.
I had picked out the style of La-Z-Boy chair I want at the
beginning of the pandemic (but didn't order it). It will take 4 months for the custom
fabric to get married to the frame. I’m willing to wait for that but I don’t
want to wait too long after I move so I’ve got my ordering date scheduled on
day planner. I also can’t/won’t order that chair until after I’ve gotten
delivery on the new cushions I ordered for my wicker settee and side chair just
to make sure nothing goes wrong there since the colors will be
As a compromise to the comfort vs. aesthetics war going on in my head I’m thinking of keeping my husband's La-Z-Boy lift chair to use in my Crafts & Writing room. It’s a good chair with no wear on the fabric since it's always been covered with a slipcover and it’s good for daytime naps---not that I’ve ever done that but I have it on good authority that it is from Don and Levi back in the day when they'd both slept so soundly in that chair I was tempted to hold a mirror up to their mouths to make sure Man and Dog were still breathing. And as my niece pointed out, just because I’m moving doesn’t mean this is my last opportunity to donate or sell that wicker set and buy new stuff if it doesn’t work out the way I want. Everyone should have a niece who reads their heart as well as my niece does mine and doesn’t try to talk you out of what you really want, even when what you want is off the beaten path of good sense.
I’ve only got a couple more major purchases to make for my new
place---one being an area rug for the living area which I'll order after I'm settled in---but I’m still on the fence about getting a hall tree that will fit in my laundry room. The hall tree will solve the issue of not having a coat
closet near the entry door. I wasn’t even aware they made stuff like this and now
I’ve got ten on my Wish Lists.
I just looked up the date with this whole moving ordeal started and it's been one month short of two years ago since I wrote the deposit check. I was number 23 of 52 people to sign on, knowing it was going to be a long windup, but I was getting $15,000 worth of perks for being one of the first 25 and I knew I'd need more time than most people because I had so many collectibles to downsize. Then the pandemic came along that shut-down construction for months that also created some issues with moving heavy equipment in and the move-in date kept changing. This time the date is firm. October 4th. Even elephants give birth quicker than my new place is taking---they carry their young 22 months! People assume that I'm excited. I am on some levels but I'm also scared something else will go wrong. I'm stressed worrying that I'm still keeping too much but I also stress that I'll let go of something I'll regret. I'm also worried over the listing and timing of the sale of my house. A house across the street went up for sale two weeks got and they got a signed buy/sell agreement in five days. But I still strongly believe that where and why I'm moving were good decisions and that is the Big Picture I have to keep reminding myself when I need to calm my nerves. That and I decided my favorite comfort food---ice cream---goes back on my weekly shopping list until after the move. ©