A couple of weeks ago, trying to find something that I had seen at a Staples store in Ridgecrest CA while out there, I happened across a computer desk that seemed to fit my requirements: pull-out drawer for mouse and keyboard (check!), small size to fit in the available space (check!), and cheap (eventually...check!). There wasn't a single clerk available to help me, but a man who told me that his usual work was moving merchandise tried his best and, eventually, provided me the information that I wanted (there was no price tag on the display model, and no information concerning the desk!) Since other pieces of furniture displayed 20% off prices, I asked if the computer desk would also be 20% off. Eventually, he ascertained that it would not be. So...I came home...and looked the desk up on the Office Depot website. No, it wasn't available at 20% off there, either - but - 40% off and free shipping! Thus, I ordered the desk (crediting the sale to the store where the stocker had helped me) and it was delivered on the 14th. And it sat in our entry hall. Until about 4:00pm Thursday. While Hunky Husband was out buying a new car, I got the urge and tore into the box. Now my upstairs computer station (the one that I use the more - as long as I don't need a printer) looks like the photos, below (the black-and-white photo is included to clearly show the desk.) Assembly time (including getting everything re-connected and cords somewhat corralled): 1.5 hours
It isn't visible in the photo, but my "real" desk (built in when we built the house - a really dumb move on my part) is behind the chair, shown. I can swivel in my chair to turn from computing to using the landline phone, writing, filing stuff, et cetera at my real desk. That is why the computer desk had to be small. I had previously used a backgammon game table for the purpose, inducing shoulder/neck pain when I sat at the computer too long because the keyboard and mouse were too high.
Hunky Husband's Comforter
I mentioned a few days ago that I was getting close to finishing the binding on HH's old comforter, made by my mother in the 1960s-1970s, and replacing the protector. Here is a photo of the finished project, with the top turned down to show the back. Note the difference in coloration of the strip of backing from that of the rest of the backing. The more brightly-hued band had been under Mom's original protector. I put the new protector at the other end of the comforter, to even out wear. The backing was made from feed sack material, as were nearly all of my dresses (girls were not allowed to wear pants to school in those days, except snow pants were allowed to be worn under our skirts when it was cold - until we got into our classrooms) until I started 8th grade which was held in the high school building.