What were we thinking?! #SOL22

“We’d be happy to put your new kitchen island together. Don’t hire a carpenter!” My 87-year-old parents moved recently and desperately need more kitchen storage and counter space in their new place. The island kit had been on back order from Wayfair for quite a while and it had finally arrived!

What were we thinking?! The pieces were everywhere!

The hardware was everywhere!

And the tools were everywhere! Four hours, six minutes, and five broken screws later, we were almost there.

But it was 7:30 PM, our gas tank light had come on as we were parking, and home and dinner were 45 minutes away. Time to wrap things up for the day.

In my dreams, it’s all assembled and ready to put to use. Soon enough.

Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.


13 thoughts on “What were we thinking?! #SOL22

  1. Sounds a little like my experiences helping my parents pack & move – three times in four years. “Mom, can you box all the glass wear over the next few weeks until I can come back again?”
    “Sure, I can.”
    But nope, she didn’t.

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  2. Wow- it will be beautiful when it is all done! But that is a big endeavor. We ordered a piece of furniture from Wayfair but it came assembled- such a win! Good luck finishing your project for your parents. I hope they love it.

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  3. One splurge that was not too expensive when I lived in Kuala Lumpur was having IKEA furniture arrive assembled. I loved that! I am not very good with assemble yourself furniture and was shocked when I had to put together my exercise bike (17 steps) because it had never occurred to me that I would have to. This looks way more complicated, but I know you have the tenacity to get it done. It is beautiful!


  4. I can relate to this post in so many ways! 1) my parents are elderly – 86 and 85 next month. They needed to move but didn’t – still in a rambling ranch that is way too big for them. Both experiencing some serious health issues. 2) We need more counter space at our cabin (where we just moved to live full time) and will be getting an island. I’ve looked at Wayfair but my husband is a wonderful carpenter (not what he did for a profession) and would kill me if I ordered from them (shhh – I considered it). Your post made me happy that I did not order. 3) Be grateful your parents accepted your help. Mine won’t let me do anything when we visit. We clean on the sly and just before we leave but I’ve been wanting to help them clean out and they won’t let me. It’s a matter of respect that I’m not just doing it anyway. I hope that your future projects won’t be as stressful. You are wonderful for helping your parents, even though it was obviously stressful!


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