The expiration date on the excuses ran out when our local Aldi popped up with a table and chair set for under $200; Mrs Mom decided Now was the time and we had to have it.
We raced out to Aldi the day they went on sale and they weren't exactly flying off the shelves, partially I'm sure because of the price and also because the main box measured forty inches square and weighed almost 75 lbs. I had to borrow a wheeled cart from the back room of the store because there was no way this this was going to fit in their regular grocery cart; the employees reluctantly let me borrow it as if I was really going to load it up into my truck and drive off with it. We also loaded it up with an 9-ft umbrella, a 30-pound base for the umbrella, a battery-powered light that clamps around the pole on the umbrella and an extra chair and slowly wheeled it up to the register.
Our new purchase filled the back of the truck once I got it all loaded and when I drove it home I remembered that my two wheeled dolly was a couple of miles away in storage so I had to drag the heavy box into the backyard while praying I didn't damage anything inside. The next day I cut the huge box open with a Stanley knife and was relieved to find only a minimal amount of pieces and some fairly simple instructions for assembling it all. I managed to get it assembled in a short period of time, stood back and took a good look at our new purchase, and had to admit it made the back yard a little bit more home-like. A 38X38 inch table with a tempered glass top, a big umbrella to shade us from the Texas summer sun, and five chairs; all we needed now was some friends to join us as I dusted off the grill for a backyard feast.
Mom's Last Word
Clamping them with the clothespins will help it from being blown away, unless of course the we get hit with an F3. Then, I'm just going to have to start advocating for a new table and chairs all over again.