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Debt free empty nesters...ready to stretch our wings. Life is good and we plan on making it even better. This blog is mostly about our trips to Vieques Puerto Rico, with a few odds and ends thrown in about our life after the mortgage.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

This blog just saved me $400....

But let me explain...it was NOT because of some advertising or other gimmick connected with blogging. Nope...you see Lorrie and I purchased new chairs for the cabin (which I will talk about and show you some pictures of in a moment) yesterday. Trying to find furniture is an exhausting exercise for us. We finally ended up back at one of the first stores we had visited, Sofa Mart, and bought 2 recliners. They were $400 a piece, more money that what we were really wanting to pay for cabin furniture but like Lorrie said "Curt, think about how much time we'll spend sitting in them. We should get something comfortable since it'll be the only furniture in the place". She was right and I bit the bullet and bought the chairs. Sofa Mart told us they would call us in about two weeks when the came in. Total bill was somewhere around $850.

That was yesterday and today, being a beautiful fall day and having my daughter home from college for a quick visit (and a "home-cooked" meal), we decided to take some pictures of the cabin and show her the progress we've made. We had a nice visit hanging out in the cabin. I took pictures while we were over there.

  After she left, headed back to her dorm to study,  I began creating this blog entry. One of the first things I was going to talk about was the new chairs we bought yesterday. Thing is...I didn't have any pictures of them. So...I did some searching on the Internet to find them.  The first picture I found was at Overstock.com and the chairs were $223 with free shipping!!! The same chair we had just paid $400 for the day before!!! I yelled at Lorrie and showed her what I had just found. She grabbed the receipt for the chairs, called Sofa Mart and cancelled the order..which they said wouldn't hit my card until 2 weeks from now? I  then placed the order for the chairs with Overstock and paid a grand total of $449 for the exact some chairs. That was $400 I just saved because I was looking for a picture of the chairs. Howz them apples! Lorrie gave me a "high-five" and said "Good job Curtis!".  I guess I should always search the web to cross-check pricing.  So...without further adieu:

When we were first looking at these we didn't realize that they reclined, but the do. They're simple and not too large. Space is a real premium in 220 sq ft.

With only 3 weeks left until we leave for Vieques it's crunch time on the cabin project, but we've come a long way. I managed to finish laying the flooring  just this past week. It's a cherry floor that we really like:

There was this wonderful golden color streaming into the cabin this afternoon, I tried to capture it.

This bedspread on the bed (in the picture below)  is just temporary, I'm suppose to mention that in this post according to Lorrie. She's still looking for the right one along with the accent pillows.

In this picture you can see I've got the cabinets installed along with the counter top. I still have to get the sink and the cook top stove cut in. You can see in the picture below that we've installed an LP heater on the wall. While it's rather institutional looking it really suited our needs of requiring very little space and needing very little clearance. It more than can handle our little place and will allow me to keep the temperature well above freezing throughout the winter. Difficult to see but the area on the wall next to the mattress is covered in aromatic cedar. Smells great when you lie in the bed.

There are things about the space we've created that really can't be captured in pictures, nor can I accurately quantify them in words. But it's the shadows created by all the windows we have. The different framed vistas of the woods. We are very happy with the way things are turning  out.

On the way back to the house I grabbed this shot of Lorrie and Jessica walking in front of me. It really was a beautiful day.



  1. Nice work! We can tell you'll be spending a lot of time there! It looks super- peaceful.

  2. It's very private back there. We've always spent a lot of time on that part of the property, just never overnight. Have had a lot of people ask us "why?" If they're asking that then theres no point in trying to explain. Lorrie and I will spend nearly as much money going to Vieques this year as we spent on the cabin, so I figure if we can manage to spend a month over there in the course of a year it was money well spent, besides...I needed a summer project. Hope you two had a great time in Chile..looks beautiful.

  3. Totally understand! It's funny that after a certain point in life we seem to have this need to simplify.

    We're still away for another 10 days. We're actually in Buenos Aires- plane had to make a stop in Santiago en route. Gorging on steak & red wine!