I must admit that I am not always comfortable with change. Even if it is for the better, there is that accompanying feeling of uneasiness that things are different than what we are used to. As I get older, I find this to be even more true. It’s as if I don’t want to have to think about any more than I need to some days and when things are different, it pulls from my ‘think bank’ and takes my attention.
But I also understand that change is necessary. Many times we invite change into our lives in order to improve things. This was the case with me.
Many of you know that we live here in a small place. As a result, we don’t have a real ‘office’ in which to work. Since the majority of our time is spent on our computers, both Keith and I have ours networked together and have our monitors situated at each end of the couch. Keith’s computer is also connected to our 54” TV screen and our sound system and we watch all our shows through the computers. We don’t have any cable, as we don’t feel we need it. We get all the news we want here on the computer and we really don’t spend a great deal of time watching anyway.
As a result of this set up, we spend a LOT of time on our couch, working on the computers. Whether it is drawing, answering mail, writing patterns (or this blog) or even playing games when the day is finished to unwind, we are on the couch.
While Keith had a couch that looked nice when I moved in almost three years ago, it certainly wasn’t meant for the constant use we were to give it. It was quite squishy and while it was comfortable for a while, it wasn’t really good for spending long hours in the same position on it, as there was little support.
After trying many different things, such as placing a board under my cushion for support and other things like that, we finally came to the conclusion that it was time to look for a new couch, as by the end of the day sometimes I would really ache.
So several weeks ago we ventured out and shopped for one and found one that we hope will be suitable and look good and feel good and last for a while. It is by La-Z-Boy, a manufacturer that I had purchased from before and I am hoping that the quality of their products is still as good as what I had experienced in the past.
This couch is also cool because it has dual recliners so that we will be able to stretch back and change position from time to time or at the end of the day when we want to relax and watch a show. I am optimistic that it will work for us.
So we ordered up several weeks ago and we were told that it would take up to 12 weeks for our couch to be made, something that I know isn’t usual. But as luck had it, we received a phone call after only six weeks that our new couch was ready and they are delivering it today. :)
We spent the day yesterday cleaning things up and getting the old one out of here.
While we try to be neat, there is never getting around having stuff falling in the cushions and even though we vacuumed regularly, things still needed a good going over. We also needed to get it out of here and deliver it to my friend who purchased it from us, which meant borrowing Keith’s dad’s SUV and loading it up. That took a little bit.
All went well, but when we got home, the reality hit that there was no comfortable way to be on my computer.
Fortunately, it was already after 8pm by the time we were all back home and done and I decided to take some of my magazines to bed with me to read there.
I had plenty of company, as the cats were also uncomfortable and displaced without the couch there. In fact they were at times quite wild, running around like someone lit a fire under them and being even more goofy than usual (cats don’t like change either!)
This morning I actually slept in. I awoke at my usual time and remembered there was no couch for me to sit on and write my blog and do my computing so I rolled over and went back to sleep for a bit. Perhaps I am thinking if I sleep long enough, the time for the delivery will come faster. :)
The new couch is due “early afternoon.” I hope they are sooner rather than later. I have many new ideas that I want to work on and for the moment we dragged the kitchen table into the living area where the couch is to use the computers, but things are awkward and well – different. It is hard to concentrate on new ideas when my little environment is so disrupted.
So for now, I am just a duck out of water, as are the cats.
I am sure that once the new couch arrives, all will be well with my world again. Until then, I will just have to paddle around here and make due.
Have a great day today!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"