It wasn’t too far back – just a couple of years, in fact – that our good friends gave us a beautiful little swivel-rocking chair that they were replacing. As our sofa’s matching chair was too deep for my little legs we were in the market for some sort of replacement, and our friends came along at the right time. I’ve enjoyed this chair ever since but alas, it’s time has come and it’s now dripping little pieces of black grit from the swivel-rocker pieces underneath. Nat suspects that some of the bearings (or something like that) have finally worn and it’s not worth the money to repair. This whole little problem came to view whilst in the middle of cleaning. Nat decided to move all of the living room furniture in order to vacuum underneath – part of our early Spring cleaning spree – and voila, black grit everywhere. It was horrendous to pick up but we finally managed and ended up shampooing by hand portions of the area rug because of it all.
Being both of the same mind, at times, Nat began to look for some sort of small steam cleaning machine and asked me about the Little Bissel Steam Cleaner on sale in this week’s newspaper flyers. I’ve had my eye on this little machine at times, but finally concluded it wouldn’t serve all of our purposes. We ended up discussing the matter and came to the conclusion that (1) we need to look for a new chair and (2) some sort of small rug steam cleaner was necessary.
With our weeks not exactly being overly booked, we made a list of the furniture stores we knew and liked and decided to hit the trail the next day. Our first trip on Wednesday landed us in Fenwick at Lampman’s Furniture where we had purchased our original sofa and chair. With a good look around we came upon a pretty close match to our wish list – matte green in colour, had to rock and had to recline. I wasn’t exactly in love with the pattern, but the colour was really good and it rocked and it reclined. As it happened, this particular chair was being discontinued and was on sale. Knowing me like he does, Nat pulled me aside and said not to hurry and make a hasty choice. He advised we still had more stores to look at and to take my time or I might be sorry. He was right. I’m always anxious to get things done and have made hasty decisions in the past that I’ve regretted. In my defence, I was a little worried as this chair was being discontinued, it was the only one left, and it might not be there if and when we returned. I knew Nat was right and we advised the sales clerk to at least put a hold on it for 24 hours and we would give them a call once our decision was made.
Thursday morning we decided to check out several more stores in the St. Catharines area – Better Shade, Leon’s, The Brick. We had until that afternoon to call Lampman’s and decided to check out others before doing so. Better Shade had very few rocker-recliners all of which were way too big, too expensive and looked like they belonged in a fancy family room. We then drove over to Leon’s where all kinds of makes and models were on display, but the catch was you had to take what was there. Leon’s wouldn’t order the chair you liked in the fabric you liked. Too bad! I had spotted the perfect chair – contemporary/modern in design, small in scale, rocked and reclined, but in the absolute wrong colour. After discussing our needs with the salesman, he recommended that we also try Wall’s CountryWide, which we had never considered. Deciding to bypass The Brick, we headed straight to Wall’s. We were greeted immediately by a fairly nice salesman, whom I’m thinking was on commission, as he walked us through the entire store trying to entice us to each one he came upon. Some were too big, some were over-stuffed, some were just ugly, but on and on we went. As we decided to leave things for another day the sales man began to walk us out of the store and suddenly he noticed two new models that had just arrived. Voila!!! The lights came on, the bells whistled and my tired body sat in what I soon realized was the one for us. It rocked, it reclined, it was a wall-hugger, small in scale, could be ordered in the perfect colour and contemporary/modern in design. Without being too anxious I discussed it with Nat and it was a go. We were soon looking at fabric swatches which we could take home and then phone in the proper colour to get the chair ordered. I was pleased the whole process was over. I love looking for furniture but I’m not one to know how it’s going to look once home. I know what I like, but this time we didn’t want a mishmash of furniture in our living room and wanted at least some pieces to look at if they went together. This little chair did exactly that. So now we’ll wait the 5 – 6 weeks before taking delivery. In the meantime I’m not to rock ‘n swivel too often for fear of little dusty grits that may gather beneath me!!
By Friday we had settled back into our quiet routine. After my hair appointment Nat informed me that we had received another call from Canada Revenue regarding our tax-free savings account. We had closed this account two years ago and still someone, somewhere within the halls of the Government of Canada – Tax Department can’t seem to get things right. My birth date had been mis-typed on the application and we had resolved this problem after we closed the account and again last year by informing our bank and calling Canada Revenue. It was only after a few more phone calls that we were informed our bank needed to supply the Government with a certain form in order to correct this whole affair. Why, oh why, did they not tell us that in the beginning??? Hopefully we’ve now straightened out this whole affair and will be done with it.
The weekend has been quiet. The usual groceries and house cleaning on Saturday and a relaxing Sunday of crosswords, baking chocolate chip muffin tops and watching golf on TV, all the while snow was falling, the sun shone now and again, the wind began to howl and the snow began to fall again. Staying indoors made me more than happy.