I love to share with you the exciting new happenings in my life, big or small, so I thought you might like to see my new living room couch and chair! Here’s a photo of me on our old couch, taken on a Christmas morning (that’s me opening presents).
I actually loved that old couch and how it went with the porcelains and prints I have on display in the room, but its springs were losing their spring and the devil cat and the New York cat were shredding the fabric on its arms.
That couch and its matching armchair belonged to my Aunt Loraine, who died in the late 1990s. They sat in her apartment for at least 15 years. I believe she got them from a friend, but the upholstery was her selection and I thought of her every time I looked at them. My living room was filled with happy memories, with furniture and decor from my parents’ house and from my in-laws, who are still alive and well! But, thanks to the devil cat and the New York cat and a set of sagging springs, it was time for the couch and chair to go.
(Devil Cat and New York Cat)
My original idea was to economize, but my husband talked me out of going to Ikea. The first furniture store we went in was having a sale. Passing up all the economical items they had, we fell in love with a leather couch, armchair, and ottoman. Here’s a view of the living room now. I admit my coffee table looks dwarfed by that big couch, but, because that table is one of the “memories” I don’t want to remove or replace it.
Like all new things, it takes some getting used to. I still expect to see my aunt’s old couch and chair when I peek into the room, but I am happily surprised that we actually splurged on this comfortable, cat-proof set!
You might wonder where the old couch and chair went. I offered it to a Latino friend of my cleaning lady. When she, her husband and their two little children picked them up, the children were so excited about getting my 30+ year old, cat-shredded furniture that it made my heart ache. I’m happy my aunt’s couch and chair found a loving home.
Speaking of new….Oct 1 is the release day of The Liberation of Miss Finch, my Harlequin Historical Undone short eStory, telling you what happened to Claude, the boy my Three Soldiers rescued and who was an important character in Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy. Purchase The Liberation of Miss Finch at your favorite online eBook store or at eHarlequin.
What new purchases have you made lately?