When we bought our lovely home 2.5 years ago, we inherited a well-used set of patio furniture from EMSA's parents. It was functional but perhaps not the best looking stuff on earth:
|Note if you will the duct tape on the chairs and the sad state of the paint on the table.|
Finally, after despairing that nothing could be found, I remembered my friend Desi telling me about a place called Dock 86, where she had purchased a lot of furniture for her townhouse. The website made it seem too good to be true but one Saturday, my mom and I ventured out to Little Canada to check it out. Lo and behold, we were hugely successful!
|So much better.|
Now, back to the beginning of this post... city services. It turns out that the big city does have at least one perk up it's sleeve. It turns out that, on recycling day (every other Friday), the city will take up to two large items at a time, provided they are at least 50% metal. Those chairs definitely, definitely qualify. We are now down to the table and just the lounger - all the chairs have been picked up by the city and taken away for no additional fee. That's not quite as good as leaf pick-up, but it's pretty close. Side note: they will also take mattresses.
Now, without further ado or transition, an extraordinarily goofy photo of Calvin:
|How is that comfortable?|