Ah, an insulated stainless steel French coffee press that was being sold at a party I went to last night.....
Sleek-looking. Elegant. Its seductive siren-song promise to keep my coffee so much hotter.
And, drat it all, the little black crow in my head was happily shrieking Ooh! Shiny thing! Pretty shiny thing!
Obviously, while it wasn't only hours ago, such a thing is surely now essential to my life.
I decided it was. :)
Some of you who know me will now probably remind me that I'm supposed to be in the process of paring down, decluttering, simplifying. Yes, it's all true.
Which simply means in this case that I have a plain but perfectly functional glass coffee press that will now be up for grabs to the family member, friend, or neighbour who would appreciate it. Let me know.
Aside from this little splurge, I've been pretty good at getting rid of non-essentials lately. I recently attacked the Cupboard of Doom in my kitchen and reduced its contents by at least half. Many of the storage boxes in my basement are now completely empty and clothing items that are holdovers from the early nineties are being marched out the door.
However, I had a close-call weekend before last when Jeff and I were visiting down in Victoria with Tai and Chris (and even a surprise appearance of Kim and Shawn and Zoe). Our wanders took us through antique stores and upscale furniture emporiums and I was hard-pressed to look away from items like those pictured here.
Especially the tall black jewellry chest with doors that swung outwards to reveal hidden drawers and unexpected side panels and secret little hidey holes.
Mmmmm......furniture......it's a good thing to have friends to talk you down from impulse purchases.