Spring cleaning has begun! Today, Lance and I took our old dinosaur microwave to be recycled. It had been taking up space in the garage since we replaced it on Christmas Eve. Kent has a recycling event going on today - a good day for cleaning out garages and getting rid of old appliances, scrap metal, tires, batteries, etc. We didn't have much to take there (they didn't accept a lot of what we need to get rid of), but getting rid of that microwave and some of the boxes left over from moving is at least a good place to start.
After that, I coerced Lance into stopping at Big Lots. He had never been in a Big Lots store until today. I just wanted to look at their patio furniture and see what they had. We've had the same resin patio set since our first summer in Germany, and while I never liked it in the first place (I bought it because our neighbor had a pigeon coop and I didn't want the pigeons pooping on a nice patio set), it has served us well. But one of the chairs blew over during a windstorm a few months ago and shattered. So now we have a scratched up old plastic table and 3 chairs. No longer terribly useful or attractive.
So...tomorrow, when Big Lots starts its patio furniture sale, we are picking this up:http://www.biglots.com/specials/item.aspx?cid=15&scid=49&iid=5717
It isn't exactly
what I was looking for. I didn't want a glass topped table, for one thing. I wanted a tile top, and they have one, but it's very small. But $200 for a 5 piece patio set...come on! The price is irresistable. We looked at the table and it seems very sturdy and no worse in quality than some of the stuff you see at Home Depot or Lowe's. And this table can seat 6, if necessary. So we can keep 2 of those old resin chairs in case we need them and get rid of the rest.
We're getting the umbrella too.
I figure that we'd spend twice as much (at least) anywhere else. We have needed and wanted a new patio set for some time. And this will motivate us to get the backyard fixed up, because what good is having a nice, new patio set when the backyard looks like crap? And with the money we're saving, we can also replace the storm door, which is another project that is long overdue.
So yay! New patio set! And yet, it will be awhile before we can break it in. The weather isn't looking too fine and dandy anytime soon.
Also - Lance is now a Big Lots convert. I've never been a frequent Big Lots shopper, but the one here in Kent is actually kind of nice. It's clean and organized, which is more than I can say for a lot of the other Big Lots stores I've seen.
Good news for Reece - we left her out of the crate while we went out erranding this morning. We came home to a happy, excited doggie and absolutely nothing had gone wrong. Good girl, Reecie!