One Down and One to Go!

Yesterday we went to the antique shops in North Fort Pierce to look for desks. I knew what I wanted.  Shanti and I had talked about it when she help drive us down.  We thought a small roll top desk would look best there but didn’t think I could find what I wanted.  I had looked in all the furniture stores we went to and could not find any roll top desks at all.  I also looked on line and found some very large ones but no small ones so that is why we tried the antique stores.  I didn’t find any desks that I even liked and certainly no roll tops. Then at the last store we went into I found a little old desk that was pretty good and the price wasn’t too bad but Norman wanted to keep looking before we settled on that one and down the next aisle I found one of the old desks like my grandmothers.  This one was the kind they earned by selling salve.  I was trying to decide which one I wanted when Norman spotted a roll top desk and it was the right size.  It was not an antique but who cares, it was a beautiful one and very, very heavy with a pull out table leaf to write on.  It was just what we had wanted and it only cost a little more than the other two so after we talked it over between ourselves we went up to the front desk to ask about it.  She came back and looked at it and agreed about the price and then told us everything in that booth was 40% off.  That pleased us no end!! We took the desk right then and paid less for that than either of the other two we liked and far less than the ones we had seen in the furniture stores that we didn’t even like.  But we ran into one problem, it would not fit into our car even with the back seats both down but finally today that problem got solved too, she had a man who would deliver  it for us for not much more than the gas so we jumped at that.  He will bring it on Saturday and when it is in here I’ll send you a picture of it.  It will look just right in that side of the room..   Then today the Salvation Army truck came this morning and took out the sofa bed and dinning room table and chairs.  Photo on 8-20-15 at 2.01 PM

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Now you can see both sides of that back part of the room.  We put the TV and recliners here because there is no window at this end of the room so there is no glare on the TV if it is on in the daytime.  At the other end of the living room will be our sitting room or as I call it my gossip room.  The desk will go here and we needed to gossip chairs or as the stores call them, accent chairs.  We had been looking for them as we shopped for the other things but had not found them except on line, so this afternoon we went to a different store and found just what I wanted and the price was not too bad so we got two that matched.  We got to take one home with us today and the other is on order and will be in in two to three weeks.  They are at present in their warehouse in NC.

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This is the chair, and Shirley we can sit in this and our feet touch the floor even when we sit way back in the chair.  It was just what I wanted.  Because there are no arms we can knit, or write or look at the same book together while Norman watches TV.  Photo on 8-20-15 at 2.02 PM

When the desk comes it will be on the wall and the other chair will be on the other side of the rocker where that tan chair is now.  These chairs will face the window not the TV area but if we want to watch TV also all we have to do is turn our chairs around and join the men, another advantage of having smaller chairs.  The little rocker that will sit between the two chairs is Nana Petts’ old rocking chair.  She was born in 1902 and when she was just a little girl her father had it made special for her.  She was always small enough to sit in that chair.  I can’t or would not try to as I don’t wish to break it but it is a very pretty chair and easy to move out of the way when I have company I wish to talk with.  Our neighbor is taking the tan recliner as soon as her boy get home to help Norman bring it over to their place.  It does match her sleep sofa much better than it did ours.  Then this room is all done and we will be using the whole room and not have all that wasted space as we did before.

They are coming a week from tomorrow to put in the attic stairs.  Then we can get rid of the stuff for White City and the stuff we do not wish to part with just yet and we will be ready to do the kitchen.  We will have Tyler come over when he can and help take the refrigerator out into the garage until Norman puts in a new floor in the kitchen.  When that is done we will get a new refrigerator and they will bring that right into the kitchen and take the old refrigerator away.  It still works but the door has to be pushed shut when you open it and if you forget to give it that extra push the door stays open just enough to let the warm air in and it runs all the time then, so in the long run it will be cheaper with a new one to match the new stove we got last year.  I just could not wait to get my double oven so Norman got me that last year in hopes we would sell out house.

So you see we are almost done and settled in.  I will be sewing sooner than you know it.  I have 15 dolls that all need new outfits before I can bring them to White City to sell.  I would like to have five or six outfits for each doll.  Shirley gave me a lot of nice lace that I look forward to use for this and some is even wide enough to make slips and underwear out of.   Thank you Shirley!  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to One Down and One to Go!

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    You are so cool! You have just boldly gone forward and got everything just right. I can’t wait to see the desk, and watch the whole room come together. The rugs look really good on the white tiles, too. Nicely done!.

    Today I got pinion and pecan nuts that look so good. 2lbs of pinion are like gold – and I will use them sparingly with lots of love and appreciation for you. Thank you for always remembering my birthday – even at 61!

    Love you very much,

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