It was a normal day. There were errands to be run and cats to be adored. I didn’t realize it would be a day when my head would spin. That would come later.
We lost a new Norway spruce tree over the winter and decided to get a partial refund. We needed the receipt (check), pictures of the dead tree (check) and a branch (check).
The garden center where we bought the tree is large. They carry all sorts of plants, trees, flowers, supplies, grills and outdoor furniture.
All was going well (that means we got the refund) when the beloved husband decided to check out the grill area which is next to the outdoor furniture. He is a master griller. He takes good care of his baby and it needed a new cover.
Grills are boring. It was too early to buy annual plants so I wandered around the pots and pond supplies ending up in the outdoor furniture section.
I sat on a sofa. Oh my! It was incredibly comfortable like an indoor sofa. I jumped into the matching loveseat and then started testing the other designs. They have something called deep seats which means the cushions are thicker.
My tushy likes cushy. Our current furniture is stiffer. I had no thought of replacing it.
I called the beloved husband over to try (still not thinking about buying anything).
He agreed that it was considerably more comfortable than the furniture we have now.
We are porch people (no that’s not like homeless people). Our porch is screened with high ceilings and fans. We have artwork on the walls (sort of).
Even on a hot day it’s a cool spot. It has a great view of the pond and yard. We live there from as soon as it’s warm enough until it’s too cold. We have looked at heaters so we could start earlier and end later.
The only negative point is that there is no comfy place to read a book. You can read at the table but the sofa and loveseat are not good for long-term sitting.
Last year I bought a zero gravity chair. The feet go up (ahhh!) but my head goes back too far to read comfortably. It’s still a great chair.
The beloved husband was bouncing from chair to chair. I knew something was up. He can be a much more impulsive buyer when it concerns guitars, tools, his grill or the porch.
On the ride home I asked if he was seriously considering this purchase. He looked at me as if I was asking if he would pursue a cure for a terminal illness (which he doesn’t have).
We measured our furniture. We checked color choices (the new furniture has limited fabric options if we want the sale price).
Within a half hour we were back on the road with samples of our siding, tiles, etc. to see if it would work. It did.
So we went to the garden center to get a refund of $75 only to spend a lot more on new porch furniture.
Never test out furniture. You may fall in love.