So, today, we expect a crew of sturdy lads sometime this afternoon, to deliver the new bed. We hadn’t quite intended to buy a new bed — no, that’s inaccurate. We had intended to buy a new bed, eventually, but our intent on Thursday was to do some reconnaissance in that direction. Wherefore we visited Northern Mattress, where we investigated floor models, collected catalog pages, and the salesman’s card.
When we returned to the car, Steve said, “You want to go across the river and look at Fortin’s?”
So, we went across the river, to Fortin’s, where we were greeted by Douglas, the salesman who had sold us our new couch a year or so ago. We explained the problem — the problem being that our bed was a waterbed platform with a queen mattress in the box. We’d replaced the mattress a few years ago, but the bed itself had been solid enough, at the time, since it had been sitting in one place for 26 or so years. Unfortunately, the move was especially hard on the old, press-board frame, which had been deconstructed and re-constructed by non-experts three times in the course of four weeks, and was very much the worse for its ill-treatment. Douglas said, “You want a platform bed,” and took us to the back of the store, where such items are on display.
Among the necessary features of any new bed had to be a headboard wide enough for the cats to use as a highway to the bookcase aerie in the bedroom. This has been an Approved Cat Route for at least 26 years, which is to say all of Scrabble’s lifetime (Scrabble being 16). Scrabble being the Power User of the aerie, we didn’t want to cut her off.
Douglas showed us the Perfect Bed, made right in Newport, Maine, in fact, assured us that he could order it with a bookcase headboard, which would be plenty wide enough for Cat Traffic — but it would take about 10 weeks to arrive, because — handmade in Newport.
While Steve and I were discussing this, Douglas went back to the warehouse, as one does, and returned with a look of wide-eyed amaze on his face.
“I have the bed,” he said. “And it has a bookcase headboard.”
“When can it be delivered?” asked Steve.
“Saturday afternoon OK with you guys?”
So! This afternoon we’ll be taking delivery of a new bed and cat highway.
Didn’t see that coming.
In other news, we have one more Major Contracting Event on the schedule. We had been going to put off installing heat pumps (yes, that’s plural; because the house is U-shaped, each wing needs its own pump) until next year, since we’d already gambled with the tax money in order to make the move into this house happen, and though our luck had been in, I am by nature risk-averse, and I’d done enough gambling for one year.
Then Mr. Trump announced Trade War, and we realized that waiting til next year would see tariffs and ill-will increasing the cost of items imported from Japan, which would likely put the project out of reach.
We therefore went looking for help, and it turns out that there is a useful consumer program in Maine that has somehow to date escaped cancellation by our governor. It is the Efficiency Maine Loan program, which gives long-term, low-interest loans on things like heat pump installations, and also has a rebate program for installation of energy efficient systems.
Heat pump installations are therefore set for next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
We’re also expecting the Window Guy to sweep by at some point to fix the stuck windows in the hallway to Steve’s office. It will be Good if they can be made to close. It would be Optimum, if they can be made to open and close on demand.
So, that’s the next phase of Real Life Adventures.
For those who are here for news of books, and the production of words — yes, writing has been going forth. For those expecting a new book in January — no, sorry; we are scheduled to turn the book in to Madame the Editor in January. What happens to it then is wholly up to her.
I believe this catches us up again.
I hope everyone has a splendid weekend.