From Chaos to Calm

The day was just craziness.  (She slips into her Caribbean accent and adds “da mon”.)  I don’t like craziness very much, and a 3-Ring circus isn’t high on my list of favorite entertainment.  But that’s what we had at the barn last week.

A new piece of furniture was arriving.  It required the fork lift in the driveway because the long truck couldn’t pull in – and the driver got lost twice – and the neighbor guys were mowing the lawn – and the niece and the cousins were picking up the swimming suit – and men were coming to get pay checks – and black grease found its way onto a boot and onto the carpet in a fancy kaleidoscope design – and the furniture was seven pieces requiring three guys to set it up – which meant all kinds of chaos with TV and speaker wires.  104 degree temps added to the fun.  The chaos was self induced.  There’s nothing torturous about a new entertainment center.

Just thinking… life was simpler when we bought a used television from a sweet woman we had worked for as newly weds.  She just wanted a little money for knitting yarn, so I think she charged us $20 for that black and white TV set.  It plugged in with one cord, and we carried it back and forth between our living room and our bedroom because we liked to watch the Saturday night movie in bed.  There was no remote control, and we were quite capable of turning the knob between our three channel choices.

Love my new piece of furniture.  (How do you like the lovely photo of the top drawer and its gadgets?)  Thankful it’s all set up and life is back to calm.

8 Responses to “From Chaos to Calm”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Funny! I was just thinking the other day that one of the reasons we seem to need so much more room is all the technology. I spent 4th through 9th grade in a 1400 sq ft house with my parents, sister, older brother and baby brother (well, he came along when I was in the 6th grade). It had a one-car garage which my dad filled with a boat he was redoing, his tools, a freezer, washer and, 6 months after my baby brother was born, a dryer (although we still hung sheets out on the backyard line). I never felt cramped in this house, nor did we ever have piles of stuff cluttering the place. We entertained, had parties and all watched the same black and white tv in the den choosing between 3 stations. The only other entertainment technology we had was a stereo in a rather large cabinet that my grandfather purchased for the family and a gigantic (by today’s standards) reel-to-reel tape recorder on which my dad recorded sermons and family gospel singings. But I’m thinking I’d probably love to have a large entertainment center to hide all the messy technology that clutters our space today! Congratulations on being “back to calm”!

  2. Linda says:

    Too funny! I remember our first color TV being delivered. I was probably about 7 or 8. I sat in my dad’s lap waiting for the delivery man to get it all plugged in. His cute red-headed son had come along to help…his name was Steve!!!! Yep it was my Steve helping his Dad deliver our TV! Who knew?

  3. Sandy says:

    Linda! What a great story!!! Love it!

  4. Sandy says:

    Cheryl, I think you’re so right. Techno-fangled-gadgets do take up lots of space!

  5. Marcea Clive says:

    Wow. No comment. I’m exhausted just reading it.
    Thanks, Sandy.

  6. Mary Anne says:

    I bought my first phonograph from Steve’s dad when he was out by the university on 2nd street. Our first color TV came from him when we lived in Portales. I bought my current entertainment center from him also and he even delivered it to me. This was about 6 years ago. I understand all the wires thing. We had to move the entertainment system when I had new windows installed last year and we finally got it back into place. I know how it feels to be back to normal.

  7. Sandy says:

    A furniture delivery from Portales to El Paso is no small task! Goodness… I’ve known some mighty fine people in the furniture business in my time! =)

  8. Mary Anne says:

    Yes those other people in the furniture business also delivered a sofa to El Paso. Great furniture people in Portales.

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