Tuesday, January 15, at home in Arizona
“Gosh, it feels like spring.”
Reggie and Roger race with glee, around the house, across the porch and back again, ’round and ’round they go, while I marvel at our balmy, January weather.
By the time Reg and Rog have had their breakfast and are worn out from playing, I’m dressed and possessing a plan for my day.
I’ll hit the thrift shops, pick up a few groceries, come home, and write a blog post.
(Photo: Lantana was a victim of recent, freezing, overnight lows.)
I follow the plan until that part about writing a blog post.
For the first time in several weeks, it’s warm enough for us to enjoy a picnic lunch on the front porch. I consider working on a blog post. I consider sitting on the porch reading a book. While birds sing. While the faint aroma of pine wafts by . . . .
Okay! The porch wins!
Backing up to earlier this day . . . .
I walk in the thrift shop and, as is my custom, I go directly to the furniture area. I see a chair, I pick it up, carry it to the cashier, pull a ten-spot from my purse, pay for it, and take it out to the Perfect Tow Vehicle.
No hesitation about this purchase!
At home, after rinsing off the chair with the garden hose, I clean up the metal, folding plant stand that cost $8.
Another thrift shop, another speedy purchase.
I spy wicker; I spring into action.
Let’s pause for a little background:
I have no interest in rocking chairs. I don’t want to own one. Whenever given a choice between a rocker or a stationary chair, I pick the chair that stays put.
Also, sitting next to someone rocking is annoying.
It’s all I can do to keep from bursting out with a sharp “For the love of God, stop that infernal rocking!”
However the loveliness of this rocker wipes that away.
This is a sweet piece of furniture!
Then I go around to view the back of it. At first my heart sinks at the sight of its poor condition.
Looking on the bright side . . . .
Well, I might be able to fix this up.
Remove all the plastic, fake wicker someone put on the back that the sun has made brittle and broken.
Use my Makita sander on the runners.
Paint everything white.
Put a nice cushion on the seat . . . .
I sit in the chair and rock.
Hmm . . . Feels solid. I can see myself sitting in this on the front porch, watching the birds, waving to passers-by . . . . I wonder what the price is?
I walk inside and ask the lady in charge.
“We haven’t priced it yet. Let me go out and see.”
She looks it over and says, “How ’bout three dollars?”
“I’ll take it.”
A few minutes later I find a cushion that has that old-lady-with-a-glass-of-raspberry-tea-sittin-in-her-rocker-on-her-front-porch vibe about it.
The cashier lady rings up my purchases.
Holding up the cushion, I say, “Won’t this be great with that wicker rocker? It’s a bit small, but I like it.”
“How much?” I ask.
“Aw, I dunno. Take it. No charge. You’re one of our best customers.”
Oh, boy! Another project!
I have a feeling that by the time the chair is spiffy and waits for me on the front porch, I’ll be loving this rocker.
Rock, rock . . . Only three dollars . . . ha! . . . rock, rock . . . Gee, this raspberry tea tastes good . . .
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