a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, January 30, 2017

the couch (part two)

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about the couch and how hubby and me both snore and one of us usually ends up on the couch sometime during the night?

Well, sad to say, as of tomorrow between the 2-1/2 hour window of 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. the couch will be replaced by a new love seat and couch (pictures to follow down the road).  

The present love seat and couch we purchased in May 2008 when we lived in Murrieta, California. We chose the dark brown color for a certain corgi so that when he shed it wouldn't be too noticeable. He loved jumping up on the couch or love seat and took many a nap on them.

The set made subsequent moves to another place in Murrieta, then up to Corona, California when son tried to live on his own for a year, then back to Chula Vista for 3 years, then Prescott, Arizona for 15 months, and then its final resting place in Phoenix, Arizona.

It had seen better days. There were a few lumps in it and a few stains, but provided what they needed to do. Gave us a place or two to sit.

When we moved down here, I wrote that we were going to be getting new furniture for the kitchen, den, bedroom, etc. We were taking it a room at a time. We did get the kitchen table/chair (I think I shared that picture) and then we stalled for a bit with this and that until it was time to get the new love seat and couch.  

We must have sat on several dozen couches and nothing seemed right. (Actually I wanted to lay down on them to try them out that way, but I thought that might be a bit uncouth so didn't). We were just about ready to wait until a new shipment came out so to speak when hubby sat down on something I would never have considered and he said "you got to check this out." And I did......

It was comfortable. And then his brother called and hubby talked with him for longer than 15 minutes while I sat on the couch and it was still comfortable.

We were hooked.

We took measurements to make sure it would work and the new set is being delivered tomorrow.

Son wants our old set (why I don't know, maybe nostalgia?) So he'll rent a truck and cart them off in a week or two.

But hubby and me had to get the love seat and couch out to the garage in anticipation for the delivery tomorrow.

Face it. I am not as young as I once was when we moved them ourselves about six years ago. We got the love seat out to the garage but the couch wouldn't fit through the garage door. We tried to remember how the movers moved the couch in, but of course we couldn't. My husband even said "was I here?" (I have moved multiple times "alone" with him at work and the movers delivering and setting up where I directed them to do so). I assured him he was there.

The couch rests alongside the sliding glass door to go to the back yard. I'll call son tomorrow and see if he and a friend can come over and at least move the couch out to the garage. The delivers can still set up the new stuff, plenty of room.

I'll miss that couch. But not the weight of it.

And I really need to get back into shape and get more strength.

Working on the shape part.

Also bought a new treadmill a few weeks ago and walking on it at least 4 times a week. 

Next up will be a futon/day bed for the extra bedroom and then our bedroom furniture.

And then we will be settled in. After we unpack the pictures and decide which ones we will hang and which ones we will dispose of.

Might get this all done before its been a year since we moved in (end of March).

The wee one will be one year old in a few weeks.

He is toddling, not officially walking, but walking across the room. Watch out world, here he comes!


joeh said...

An old couch is like an old pair of shoes, all broken in and comfortable.

Paula Kaye said...

I cannot believe your wee one will be a year old. Oh how the time flies. Can't wait to see pictures of the new furniture. I have had my sofa and love seat for almost 30 years. It is still pretty nice but needs a good cleaning. I told Harley when we move (who knows when that will be) we will get a big sectional. I have always wanted one. It will depend on the size of the living room we move into I guess. I bet you are so excited. A treadmill too, huh!

salemslot9 said...

"We did get the kitchen table/chair
(I think I shared that picture)"

I only remember
seeing folding chairs
and blue tablecloth

Maria Zannini said...

Your story about moving the couch is so funny because the very same thing happened to us--only we were trying to move ours in. The floor refinishers moved it out.

We centered it over a flat dolley and rolled it over our cobblestone walkway, but we got stuck at the door. It took three young men to take it out, but now there were only two old people to bring it in. :)

We had to lift it, turn it to its smallest point, which was an angle. From there, we gingerly slid it through the threshold onto the new floor using a thick packing blanket. It glided on the new floor like butter. Not a scuff anywhere.

I didn't think we'd ever get that thing inside!

Bijoux said...

We've had issues getting furniture in and out of houses. Sadly, I'm usually the one who has to suggest that the movers turn furniture this way or that to get it up stairs or through doors. Not sure how these folks are able to drive big trucks! Lol!

Enjoy your new stuff!


When we looked for couches years ago I insisted on laying down on each one to test it for sleepability. Your new couch sounds comfy cozy. ENJOY.

Pat Hatt said...

Ugg, couches can be the worst to get in and out when moving. Sometimes I find it better to leave the thing there and buy a new one when I move haha Good you found a new one that works, many I find are rather crappily made.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful it must be to get new furniture and doing it one room at a time gives you time to get exactly what you want. I still have the same furniture here and that means it's around 20 years old. Trying to find quality like that will be hard these days I'm thinking and it's at the bottom of my priority list right now, but might be a consideration in the future when I move. How fast a year goes by. Your little one is growing up. I always wish they could stay little longer, but no way is that going to happen! Just enjoy every moment you can!

Jo said...

It occurs to me, didn't I mention it before, that you might have sleep apnea if you snore that badly. Have you ever had it checked out?

I know what you mean about shifting furniture about. It's very hard for us older folks. Hope your son can get the sofa out OK.

Enjoy your new furniture.

Mac n' Janet said...

I want a new couch, I hate the one I hate. I stupidly bought it online. It's not that it's uncomfortable, but rather I can't reverse cushions and it looks awful.

Joanne Noragon said...

Yea for new stuff! I still need to get a day bed for the extra bedroom.

SweetMarie said...

wow, it's hard to believe your GS will be celebrating his first birthday. :) I remember my son started walking just days before his first birthday and life changed for us all, again. :)

so happy you and hubby found something comfortable that you agree on. it's not as easy as it sounds sometimes. we're still house hunting. lol once we do move then we'll start replacing some items, starting with the family room. our sectional is so comfy, but it only sits four to five people and it's starting to peel because it's not genuine leather. if we space in our new home then we would keep it for the pups. :)
can't wait to see your new couches!
I emailed you about my pressure cooker, hope you received it. :)

Ann Bennett said...

Moving is not easy and takes quite a while. Congratulations on your new furniture. I sleep on a sofa. I converted my garage into a bedroom. Since people enter and exit the garage like they always did, I have given it a sitting room look. Nice thing about age, you are much more practical.
Good luck on the exercise. You will feel better because of it. I don't know about strength. Furniture moving has never been my forte.

jack69 said...

Oh you sparked memories that those of us who have moved 'more than twice' can relate too. We bought a hide-a-bed once at sears. It was BIG when trying to get it thru door ways and would go ONLY at one angle. It was heavier than a piano! The last time I moved it I remember saying never again. LOL
I know you enjoy the wee-one. They are such a joy. I hope you enjoy the new furniture as much as the things being replaced. I just hope they are not as heavy or bulky. LOL
I really enjoyed this post!!!!
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Joanne said...

No doubt the wee one will christen the new couch and love seat with sticky fingers. Enjoy. You are truly getting settled

DMS said...

I bet you will love your new couch and love seat. It can be hard to get new furniture and moving it isn't fun-but it usually feels great when we relax on it. :) I hope you find the set even more comfortable than you remember from the store. Getting settled is a good feeling.

Yeah about the treadmill and the walking! :)

Intense Guy said...

I think I would have tried it for size laying down!!

I also think furniture grows once you move it in! :-)

Mevely317 said...

You're so funny, Betty. I would have wanted to lay down on it as well!

We've not bought 'new' in years and years, but when it comes to moving our existing leather love seat and recliner, there's no way I'll try. Manhandling furniture is definitely for the young!

Congrats on the treadmill and walking 4x a week! I had one a few years ago ... it wasn't long before it became the proverbial clothes rack. 'Practically gave it away, so I wouldn't have to look at it and feel guilty!

Saleslady371 said...

Purchasing a new couch is no easy thing. We lucked out when our kids got rid of theirs right into our living room! We love it. Comfortable and broken in! I like the treadmill too at the Rec Center. I usually get there about three times a week. Every little bit of exercise helps even if my joints hurt, I'm pushing through as best I can. I don't want to end up like my mom and sis. No pain/no gain.

Liz A. said...

Furnishing the place with all new stuff? That's great. Makes it look just like you want it to look. Glad you found the couch you wanted.

Denise said...

I want to get a sofa bed for the guest room, but can't find a comfortable one. And I'd lay down on a sofa, couth or not.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Aw, so sweet about the wee one! He'll be up and running before you know it and he'll have you running after him. Are you looking for extra exercise? You'll get plenty of it with him. :)

New furniture is always fun! We replaced our living room/family room set in the spring last year and our home office desks in anticipation of selling our home and downsizing. Half the fun is going out and picking new things out!

Did the movers remove the door when they brought the couch in? When we moved here we had to remove the door so some furniture could fit through.

Victoria Zigler said...

I'm glad you found one you liked, and hope it's as comfortable when you lay on it as it was when you were sat on it. ;)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Can't believe your little one is almost a year old. My husband and I moved a piece of furniture a few weeks ago. I can't believe how hard it was. Not as strong here either.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congrats on the new furniture. Looking forward to seeing it. Also the new treadmill sounds great too although it sounds as if you will be getting a good work out chasing the little one around soon :)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have regretted many heavy furniture purchases. I don't thin I'll overlook that part of the equation again.

yaya said...

We had a fabulous couch that we all loved but the fabric didn't hold up. We had a warranty and I thought we could get the fabric replaced but the company didn't carry it anymore. We got a replacement set of furniture and have hated it ever since. It's now in the family room in the basement and we have a couch that will do for now. I'm still looking/sitting on others and hope one day to get one that we'll love! Can't wait to see what you guys decided on!

netablogs said...

How nice to look forward to some new furniture! I remember when we moved our huge heavy couch - the kind with recliners at either end - down into the basement to make room for a leather set years ago. The hefty couch actually got stuck halfway down the basement stairs. So frustrating! We did finally get it down, but had to patch the walls after that! I think we might be cutting it up to get rid of it. It weighs about 1000 lbs!
Your little grandbaby is almost a year?!! Wow, that flew by! A birthday party coming up! :)

Elizabeth said...

I still remember a couch my family had in Mesa when I was a kid. It had this weird striped pattern with an ugly brown background, but it was our couch and I have many childhood memories of building forts with the cushions and sitting on it to watch my cousins play Atari :)

I can't believe it's been nearly a year since you moved and met your grandson! It seems like only yesterday you were sharing your last quail pictures :)

Megan Whitson Lee said...
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Megan Whitson Lee said...

Wow! Has it really been a year? I can't believe it. Time has simply flown by. And the wee one is a year old? Unbelievable. Enjoy your new loveseat!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Hopefully you will enjoy the new couch just as much as the old one or more. I will admit, I have no couth because I would have laid on that baby and made sure it was sleep-worthy. But I'm sure it will be great :-)

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I just been catching up in your blog! I hope Christmas was peaceful. I was so wrapped up in my own stuff I didn't look around at others! (Six grandkids and one on the way) For you, I'm glad it's a brand new year. I won't comment anymore about December...we'll just move on.

Speaking of the new year...love the "eat healthy, lose weight, exercise more" idea. I should make that first and foremost always...great advice. I'd like to say I was well on my way on the physical/diet side of that, but I'm doing better on the Spiritual side, and as we both know, that's ultimately the more important choice. (would like to get over the food obsession, though.)

Grocery shopping...well, Super WalMart is 2 miles from my house, along with two grocery stores on the other side of the street, and a dollar general half a mile, and a family dollar just a couple of blocks from the house...what I'm saying is (other than North Alabama likes to eat) there's normally no list and no major grocery shopping. Just stopping and grabbing when I get a hankering. (Sometimes we do pick up things to last a few days) List? If I want to remember anything, I'll have a list. Only...I usually forget the list.

I wish I was getting a new couch...but I refuse to pay that much money for something the dogs are going to get more use out of than me. ha! I wish I were kidding. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of your new furniture, my friend. I have a feeling you and hubby are going to like it even better than the one you'll miss for only a short while. I understand Son wanting it...it's a part of his family.

One last thing...I'm asking because my knowledge of geography of the west is pathetically limited...how far is Phoenix from where you used to live? To make a weekend trip, it must be a lot closer in reality than it is in my mind. (I love those getaways! Ole Boy and I will be headed to Nashville in a could of weeks, and I can't wait!)

Linda said...

Sounds comfortable! Enjoy hanging photos, too! Flooring would probably top our replacement list.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on the new love seat Betty. Glad to hear the baby is nearly a year old.

Thea O'Brian said...

I understand the need for a new couch. I am sorry to say mine is about 20 years old now but still in perfect shape. (I have always had some sort of throw over it because of the animals we have had). It took 3 men to bring this monster in years ago. It has incliners on both ends and is extremely heavy.


Danielle L Zecher said...

Congratulations on the new furniture. It does seem to take a while to find the right couch.

Couches are just plain heavy. I always feel bad for Nick when we have to move something; I'm such a terrible move helper.

It's hard to believe the little one is almost a year old. Time flies!