On Saturday afternoon Nancy and I went shopping for patio furniture after we had cleaned out the waterfall. We had previously gone window shopping for patio furniture in order to get an idea of what we liked and what the prices were. Unfortunately, Nancy hadn’t yet seen anything she liked at the several stores we looked at and she wanted to try a few more stores before making a purchase decision.
After an hour of driving around and looking at things without finding something Nancy liked we finally concluded (well, I concluded and Nancy had no choice but to agree with me) that what she wanted didn’t exist or if it did exist it was way too expensive. We then decided to go back to Lowes which had some park benches we liked as well as patio furniture that was decent and reasonably priced.
Lucky for us, when we got to Lowes they were having a 20% off clearance sale on some of their patio furniture and I think that helped Nancy decide she liked it. Unlucky for us, the 20% off sale was so popular that there were only one set (i.e. two chairs) of non-rocker patio chairs left on the shelf and thus we would be short two chairs. There was only one table left as well so we took the last table and set of chairs off the shelf. Due to the discount, we found we were able to afford a serving table as well so we grabbed that too along with some park benches we liked (we’ll put a bench in the front yard and a bench in the back). We had so much stuff and had Caroline and Diana in the car as well that there was only room to load half of the furniture in the minivan. We left the other half at Lowes with a promise that we would be back. After a quick stop at 7-11 for Slurpees we unloaded the furniture, took all the seats out of the minivan, left the kids at home and went back to Lowe’s to pick up the rest of the furniture.
While loading the furniture Nancy had the bright idea of asking the Lowe’s people if we might have the floor showroom chairs. The Lowe’s guy said “sure, I need to clear them out of here anyway. But let me look in the computer and see if we don’t have any more on the shelf.” I was confident they wouldn’t have any on the shelf because I had taken the last one just an hour ago but lo and behold the computer said there were seven more sets (i.e. fourteen chairs) of chairs available. It turns out that they were way up high on the stocking shelves. The Lowe’s guy got a big ladder thing and started hauling off chairs. I was so happy they had more chairs that I decided to get two extra so we would have a total of 8 instead of the originally planned 6 – enough for the whole family. We loaded up the minivan with the patio furniture but we didn’t have room for the last box of chairs. Instead of making yet a third trip I decided to get some twine and tie the last box of chairs on top of the minivan. We must have looked like a Grapes of Wrath truck rolling down the street with our lawn furniture tied to the roof of the van.
By the time we got home it was so late that I didn’t have time to set everything up so we left it all in the garage until tonight. Tonight Nancy helped me unpack and assemble the furniture. One of the interesting things about the furniture is that the tabletops didn’t have any surface – they just had squares where you are supposed to put 12″ tiles. When we moved into the house there were about four boxes of 12″ tiles left over. We had originally thought “what are we going to do with all those tiles?” but when we saw the patio table in the store we knew we had found a home for them. Thus, our patio furniture surface exactly matches the surface of our kitchen floor.
In the end, both Nancy and I were pleased with the patio furniture. Now we just need to get the spaces in between the flagstones planted with creeping thyme and we’ll have the patio of our dreams. Of course, the big question is how well it will hold up after a few weeks of South Jordan wind.