Tea and the La-Z-boy

Back in the days before I began taking tea enjoyment more seriously (in fact, it was also a few years before I met hubby dearest), I had quite an adventure with a piece of upholstered furniture. Don’t worry — this is strictly G-rated. And you can fix yourself a nice cuppa hot tea to enjoy as you read. Ready? Okay, here goes:

Almost as effective as a pot of hot tea when you’re not in the pink of health! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)
Almost as effective as a pot of hot tea when you’re not in the pink of health! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Once upon a time I lived in a not very ritzy high-rise apartment. Nice view looking out over the cityscape (better at night than in the daytime since at night it was a bunch of twinkly lights and in the day it was a bunch of fairly blah neutral-color buildings). Not so nice neighbors. The worst issue was the loud stereo from the guy in the apartment next to mine. (Actually, for some bizarre reason known only to the building’s designer, my bedroom shared a wall with his living room. Thus, his stereo could be heard, especially by a light sleeper like me, even when turned to a low level, which it was not most of the time.)

One night, when the stereo started blaring, I got up from trying to sleep, dressed, went to his door, knocked, then had to bang to be heard above the music. No answer. It was 1:00 AM. Time to call the local constabulary. The police arrived, and I filled them in on the scenario; they knocked then banged on the door. Still no answer. Then, thankfully, one of them had the idea of shutting off the electricity to the apartment (we were all on separate meters). Voilà! No more stereo. I thanked them. They left. I got a few hours sleep (it was 2:30 AM by now and I had to get up at 6:00 AM for work).

The only time I ever really seem to get sick is when I haven’t gotten enough rest and then have the misfortune to be around someone who is sick. By the time I got back to the apartment after work I was feeling the beginnings of what would turn out to be a not very nice bout of what was probably flu. At that time, I just wanted to flop in a comfortable chair, one that would let me sit partially upright, since lying flat made me feel worse. My furniture arrangements were rather sparse at the time. I had a solid wood dining table and chairs, a so-so bed, and the floor as my seating options. Too hard. Too flat. Too low.

An idea entered my on-its-way-to-becoming-feverish brain: buy a comfy chair! It’s quite possible that in a normal state of health, other options that would have been easier and cheaper to implement would have come to mind. But out I went to shop.

After perusing several furniture stores nearby, I found the perfect choice: a La-Z-Boy recliner. Not too hard. Not too flat. Not too low. Fortunately, at that time I drove a minivan. The burly guys at the store loaded the chair into the back of my minivan, and I drove off happy but with an increasing headache and the start of that cycle between chills and perspiring that often is part of flu. In the apartment parking lot I dealt with the reality of getting the recliner out of the minivan. It was a real struggle, but I made it and managed to get it into the building, up to my apartment and finally through the door all by myself. Then, I collapsed into it and stayed there two days shivering and sweating alternately. Definitely the flu!

I had that chair for many years and finally sold it last year as hubby and I focus on downsizing. Don’t worry, though, we had bought a La-Z-boy double-recliner about five years ago so we could both relax in comfort.

Speaking of comfort, we have spent many a Winter’s evening or a rainy Summer’s day with a nice pot of hot tea and a freshly-baked batch of scones, side by side on that double-recliner under a nice blanket and with the radio tuned to our fave classical station. That’s the tea and La-Z-boy connection!

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