False economy will get you in the end. The inexpensive living room chairs we got—have finally had the foam collapse in the seats, and gotten our backs so out of alignment we’re limping and gimping about and really feeling the pain in the evenings when we should be trying to relax. So, say I, enough. We bite the bullet and get these chairs replaced while we can still walk. THe only thing we’re going to miss is the cute beverage holders and the drop-compartment between the two seats.
Enter… as we finally leave to go shopping…the worst storm of the season, with torrential downpour. As we’re shopping, we come upon one store that was having a sidewalk sale, and had to get its sofas and chairs in—to the detriment of this central unit for a set of chairs that is, yes, two cupholders and a drop compartment that could not be more soaked if they had dropped it in the Spokane river and floated it a mile. Well, the thing had been a couple of hundred dollars—before the storm. Now it’s twenty dollars. Just been soaked. We can dry it out. It’s grey. We think. But we can reupholster it to anything, and if the foam goes bad, we can fix that too. The structure is there.
And after trying cheap chairs all over Spokane, we happen onto a Lazy-Boy sale in which we got two chairs that put the others in the shade. Comfy. Better cushions. It was our day.
Meanwhile Jane has been saving us nearly enough money to pay for, well, half the shopping trip: our toilet tank seal was going, and clever Jane knows how to do this. I had no idea how the tank came off. After much WD-40 and no little cussing, we have it, we have a new seal kit and float, and Jane nearly has it done. The bolts had absolutely corroded on, and to Jane’s utter outrage, whoever installed it had just used any old bolt and washer he had on the truck. We got a Kohler replacement bolt set for our Kohler outfit, and we will be better than before, and no more leak.
So no more limping about. And no more leak. Jane is so clever. I know how to plumb water systems for ponds and fish tanks, but I’ve never gotten into the porcelain end of things. We had a heckuva deluge as cold air met the muggy wet air that felt like 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity. Now there’s a chance our bargain console may dry out.