I know it is spring because our Sunday newspaper had all kinds of ads for spring clothes and sandals etc. They also had an entire pull out section on patio furniture. Before I moved into the town home where I currently live I had what we call an Arizona room. A covered patio with a tile floor and screened in to discourage bugs from swarming in at night to reach the lights. In the winter the screens were covered by windows. All in all it made a great place to entertain or to work or read when the weather got nice. I furnished the room with a table and chairs with squishy cushions, and matching rocking chairs with an end table between. It was pretty and comfortable and not overly expensive. The cushions tied on and I could change them every few years for a new look.
I have to say when I checked out the current ad on patio furniture I was shocked to see sets costing 2, 3 and 4,000 dollars. And the cushions didn’t look to be removable. So I wonder how a body would keep them clean. I don’t know about other people’s patios, but mine, even with roof and screens had dust blow in. I suppose you could vacuum the very plush-looking cushions. But I found it interesting, because the flyer didn’t show the furniture in a screened room, but out of doors. I suppose they must make rain-proof covers a person would have to dash out and throw on at any sign of rain.Where I live now I don’t have a covered patio. Already we’ve had a lot of windy days. I have removed my removable cushions and stored them in a large plastic container. Even that’s a pain to get them in and out. I can’t imagine my angst if I had invested a small fortune in outdoor furniture without removable cushions. And I notice too that a big thing this year are external/above ground fire pits. They too ran from 800 to 2,000 dollars.
My thought as I leafed through the patio furniture ad was that I’d want that stuff in my house where it wouldn’t get hit with the changing weather. And then, inside I couldn’t, of course, have a fire pit.
Am I just behind the times? Is this the new norm for outdoor living? I’m calculating how many books I’d have to write to afford to furnish my patio, and hire a maid to keep the darned cushions clean.