Friday, November 4, 2011

Living It Up Outside

We're coming back into a season that can actually be spent outside. And we can actually use our "new" patio set again. I think we only partied with it twice before the awful summer temperatures hit. Even in the shade, it's just plain silly to consider going outside in the summer for anything other than running to the air-conditioned car. I'm so glad those days are over for a few months!

Don't let the absence of the chair cushions worry you...we happen to have a feral neighborhood cat who thinks that the cushions are his if left out. We thus store them in a safe, clean place until we need to use them. This same cat is one of the many reasons we've considered becoming avid hunters!

Knowing that we would be spending a lot more time outside over the winter, I started thinking about improvements I wanted to make to our beautiful patio set. Right now, the bottom of the legs scrape along the cement any time the chair is moved. And it creates a lovely sound something akin to nails on a chalkboard. I think people purposely sit very still so that the awful noise doesn't interrupt our lovely patio conversations. Who can be comfortable when at any moment a loud screech could burst into the scene?

So I began looking for an outdoor rug to go underneath the chairs. And I scored by waiting until the end of the summer season.

Store: Walmart
Size: 5x8 feet
Original Price: $50.00
Clearance Price: $40.00
Wedding Gift Card (yes...three years later) Applied: $27.00
Giant New Outdoor Rug Cost to Me: $15.90


I'm happy (in case you couldn't tell). Especially since other rugs the same size at other stores were pushing $150. I love the bright colors in this rug, and I love that the sounds on the patio will now mostly be pleasant ones.

Winter Entertaining, here we come!

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