Monday, July 13, 2009

It rains here too....

We had torrential downpours last night that left everything wet this morning, which means if pavement is wet, then the clay at the property is muck, so what we thought would be a working morning is turning out to be something else. We've both been sitting at our computers all morning long--another unexpected luxury. Not sure I'd like a whole string of days like this, looming fairly empty, especially when we have a house to build, but a few are just fine.

One of the perks of living in North Carolina, of course, is all the furniture that you can get here. I took a preliminary gander at that scene this morning. It looks like the place to go is Hickory, about 6 hours away, and it'll be a trip of a couple of days because there are at least 25 big-name outlets there, not to mention any one-off local places we may find lurking when we get there. We'll need a sectional sofa and maybe a cabinet for the TV, although there is still discussion about the final location of that dominating but necessary appliance. We've never had a television in the living room until now, in this rental, where lack of space demands it. Practice proves the theory: neither of us likes the look that a huge (42-inch plasma TV) piece of technology gives to a room that is supposed to be a comfortable refuge. Add to that the all TV paraphernalia--the magazines, the remotes, the wires, the DVR and DVD and what-all else, and you've got a room that looks more like a computer lab than a living room. But. We eat dinner in front of the TV and it sure is convenient to cross a single threshold from the kitchen. At least, that what Steve keeps saying. And that's where a TV cabinet comes in. He thinks it would be fine to have a nice-looking cabinet to hide all that stuff when we weren't using it. But as far as I'm concerned we're used to carrying plates of food around the house from 28 years of doing it in Arlington. As far as I'm concerned, that's what we can do in the new house, too. Just have to find a painless way to make it happen.

The sun is trying to make a soggy appearance. The pavement has dried. It's time to stick my head out the door and seek some inspiration.

3 comments:

Peggy said...

I have to tell you, Ralph, we have two TVs that are just a few feet from each other. One is in the kitchen, it now has its own counter top, the other in the family room. They're not big TVs, but we also sit and watch TV during dinner, breakfast on the weekends etc. And, the one in the family room IS in a nice cabinet. When you get used to something, it becomes a part of the moving and decorating process! Good Luck with that. We all need our entertainment!!!

Zoey and Me said...

This is temporary Ralph. I wouldn't spend a lot of time on moving things around as it could be something that makes your camping out there miserable. I would love to join you up in Hickory. That's a great place to shop. I think it even has a huge Antique Barn. Don't miss seeing that one. Have fun!

Ralph said...

Hi, Peggy. Sorry I didn't answer sooner--I forgot to change the email in Blogger. The question of where to out the TV in the new house is still up in the air--and may remain so until we move in. The cabinets for the big TVs are nice pieces opf furniture, I have to admit,. We'll see....

Z&M: A friend from NC tells us that it's really High Point, not Hickory, we should go to for furniture, so who knows, maybe we'll hit both. That antique place sounds fun!