Monday, January 20, 2014
My friend P, while visiting family in New Hampshire for a birthday, stopped at the Maine Crate&Barrel outlet and purchased a new couch and chair. This was on Sunday. She called me when she got home and asked if I wanted to go "with" when she rented a U Haul and returned to C&B to pick up the couch and chair.
G said I should go. A little "fun". A "road trip".
At 10:30 this morning we set out from home. P had rented a cargo van (not the truck pictured) and she was given the 2 minute tutorial on how the van was to be driven when we got to the dealership. And off we went.
I was pretty nervous. P had never driven a van or anything else as big as the van.
90 minutes later we arrived at C&B. Two guys loaded the furniture in the van--I was very happy to see both pieces were wrapped in heavy plastic for protection. Then, because we were there ------ we went inside and did some looking and shopping.
I needed replacement lids for two kinds of storage containers--one being the French Working Glasses that I love using for jello. I got six extra lids as the lids seem to disappear. Two shower liners. When we lived in Chicago I bought a new liner every year. When we moved I bought two extra. Over the years I have tried buying them whenever I am anywhere near C&B (and am not always lucky enough to find any). Been awhile. Needed new liners!!!
I also bought some Calendula Linen Napkins. Linen. Orange. On Sale. And four more with black circles drawn on a white cotton background. Three classic black frames for family photos. Measuring cups. A nice red apron.
Then we drove back home. 90 minutes. We stopped to eat a light lunch. G was waiting for us in the driveway of P's home and the three of us got the new stuff into the house. Loaded the old couch from Aunt M into the van (for a quick trip to Goodwill).
Now P was pretty nervous about the couch fitting thru her doorway.
G and I have been moving furniture for 45 years. No problems.
I was happy that I had gone along with P. She needed support. We had a good time. And now she has a very nice new couch and chair in her little house. A day well spent.