I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…Spring is finally here. After many many gloomy days in the last couple of months, we have seen sunshine 2 days in a row. Honestly, I have always been a winter person, loving the fireplace, hot cobblers and stews. But I have found out this year, that maybe it’s my age, naw…surely not, but I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get flip flops out and put the coats in the other closet.
Today, we ate a sandwich outside on the patio to enjoy the breeze and the sunshine. I don’t even care if my dermatologist uses me for his poster child for what the sun will do to aging faces. It felt great to be outside.
Randy and I went yesterday and bought a new little patio table with 4 chairs, just the right size to use on these condo porches. We were so excited about the price and what a great deal we got, until we got home and discovered that it was a great price because we had to put the entire thing together. He told me it would be fun. That he could teach me a few things about assembling a table and that we would be proud of our project that we had built together. He said that if he went first, I would know how to assemble a table if need be. I told him that if he went first ,I would have enough insurance money to buy one already put together. Now maybe it would have been fun, when we were dating or newly married, with all the stars in our eyes for each other to learn together all the furniture building projects. , We wouldn’t have seen all the loose screws that each of us were trying to tighten, only to realize that our muscles got a little “soft” during the long winter months of doing nothing except sitting on the couch eating all those delicious cobblers; or all the nuts and bolts that kept falling and rolling under the car, and guess who had to dive under to retrieve them. Let’s just say that our little project didn’t bring us closer together. One of us, who shall remain nameless, even lost their balance trying to step over all the parts laying out on the garage floor and ended up face down on the garage floor. In fact, by the time we were thru, we were barely speaking as one of us sat at the “cute little table” outside to eat dinner, while the other one sat in the house, having dinner while watching the News.
But, we finally had it put together and we did learn a few lessons:
1. Just because the price is really cheap, usually means that even though the instructions say that it was inspected to be sure all the parts were there and functioning, don’t believe them.
2. Just because, as a couple, you have mastered emptying the dishwasher together without calling a divorce attorney, doesn’t mean that you are ready for the big projects of assembling furniture.
3. Be sure that you have your first aid kit close by, when you are using cutting knives and screwdrivers.
And one more lesson we learned yesterday, It’s usually worth a few dollars to have it put together before bring home. The extra dollars are still less than divorce attorneys.