We have an old porch set - 4 chairs, a chaise, and a dining table - that is about 25 years old. It cost about $450. It's never been super comfortable, but it's served us adequately. We decided that this year we would replace it. We've been to 4 different places however, to no avail. We found a very comfortable set at Sears, on sale, reasonably priced. It had 2 chairs, a loveseat, and a small round coffee table.The price was under $700 but we didn't like the cushion colors (and there was no other choice) and the round table just doesn't work for our space. So we went to Home Depot and to Lowes. Nothing there that we liked. Someone recommended we try a store called the Seasonal Store. We went yesterday and loved the furniture. But . . . the prices were ridiculous. The set we liked and that would work for us was $2800. ON SALE!! For 2 chairs, and a love seat. The coffee table was extra. Other sets were in excess of $3000. We walked out. I could possibly see spending that much if I lived somewhere like southern California where I'd have an outdoor room that I used all year. But for a screen porch that I can use maybe 2.5 months of the year????? Even if it lasted 25 years, that's more money than I can afford. The salesman told us that they sold a lot of the set we were interested in. I don't know to whom. If he's telling the truth, then how come nobody can afford their property taxes? How come no teachers in our state got a raise this year? How come state and town budgets are being slashed to the bone? I don't get it.
I did read! Here's the latest.
Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This series just keeps getting better and better! Duncan Kincaid gets a call from his ex-wife Vic McClennan who has been writing a biography of Lydia Brooks, a poet who ostensibly committed suicide. Vic believes instead that Lydia was murdered. When another unexpected sudden death occurs, Duncan and Gemma James decide that perhaps Vic is right. Both Kincaid and James have their lives turned upside down as a result of the investigation. Aside from the engrossing novel, I learned a lot about another famous poet, Rupert Brooks,too.
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