Sunday, March 28, 2010


Last Thursday night I sat down at the table and the chair legs came loose and I hit the floor like a ton of bricks. I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. All my wooden dining chairs have weak legs. I am not good at describing this, but you all know how chairs are and the wooden parts just are glued into the other parts. Well, all the parts are loose and have come out and I have glued them and even super glued them but nothing works. I use the table for everything but eating. Well...not everything, but any letters or cards I write, paying bills, balancing the checkbook, preparing my Sunday School lesson, etc. The table and chairs belonged to my MIL, so they have been around for many years and have had lots of use. All of the chairs are rickety in the legs and I have moved them around in order of least rickety. The latest one I've been using was getting really bad and one day the whole leg pulled out. Well, I'd just stick it all back together and so far so good...until Thursday night. After crashing to the floor, I fell over to the left and landed in the cat/dog water bowl and spilled it plus got my top all wet. I also banged my head hard on the cabinet door. I grabbed my head to see if it had a knot and to make sure blood wasn't squirting out. No knot that I could feel and no blood. Whew! However it sure did smart. I had to clean up the water mess and then change my top. I kept rubbing my poor old noggin. It was sore a little the next morning.
I got on the computer and sent an e-mail to my two SIL's and my cousin. I told them what happened and that I had seen stars. I also told them that if I died in the night they would know why, or if I totally went completely crazy they would also know why. One SIL e-mailed me back and said that my brother wanted to know if I had seen Elvis. I told her that was NOT the kind of stars I saw. I saw the little 5 corner kind like in the cartoons where your eyeballs are going round and round!
Sunday Sign


Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

Wow, I'm just glad it wasn't any worse, Rachel! My kitchen chairs aren't the sturdiest either, and currently one is in the bedroom because I've glued it and it won't hold so I'm scared to use it at the table. I have my extra office chair at the table instead. Doesn't match but it gets the job done.

Have a great new week, Rachel, and happy almost April. ;o)

Love and hugs,


12:15 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Sure glad your stars have faded and Elvis didn't show up and that you are still with us today. :)

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one chair like that and I moved it around, too. Mine are beginning to get rickety. I am sure glad it was not any worse. Glad you did not see Elvis, too. That is so funny! Great sign. Have a good week and hope you feel o.k. by now.

6:44 AM  
Blogger C.A.Bowles, sr said...

I can see an opportunity for an ambitious Handyman like myself.

I know how to fix those kind of chairs, so long as they are not broken. If the original glue gave out, re-gluing them alone will NOT fix the problem.

This requires more extreme measures. I simply drill through component pieces right into the end of the piece that came loose with a clearance sized drill to prevent that piece from splitting and then insert a long dry-wall type screw and tighten. It will hold and is no longer dangerous to use.

Believe me, if you ladies have some basic tools such as a drill motor, an assortment of drill bits and some long dry-wall screws, you could fix this problem by yourself.

DIY is not only for men. Try it. What have you got to lose? Those chairs are not safe and usable the way they are. If you mess up somehow, pitch them as a preventative measure.

It would cost you too much to pay me to drive to where you are and fix them for you. I'm not cheap.

7:15 AM  
Blogger lucylocket said...

I'm glad you're okay. Your brother has a great sense of humor!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh dear! Sorry Rachel, but I laughed out loud at the "Elvis" comment!!! Too funny! Our chairs are a lot like yours...rickety in all the wrong places! My hubby glues them and clamps them...clamping being the key here. When worse comes to worse, he has been known to use his drill and put in a few screws.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Actually, Easter is about living... Eternal life...

So sorry you fell and hit your head... I think it's time for a new table and chairs or at least a set of new chairs.... Take care lady bug.

9:56 PM  
Blogger 4evergapeach said...

So glad you weren't seriously hurt. The way my children lean back in our chairs certainly doesn't help. My daughter fell once and hit her head and needed stitches.
Love the sign!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Last year on our grandkid's spring break our dining room chairs began to drop screws. We had Michael (then age 14) fix all of them for us. He did a great job. As soon as he arrived for spring break this year the screws began dropping out again. He fixed them again, so this appears to be a new annual event.

Glad you are okay. Sorry you didn't get to see Elvis.

4:01 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Lord, Rachel....THAT is scary...! I hope you are recovering well my dear....No after-effects or concussion type things...Do take good care.

Do you think the chairs are fixable if a "chair" person got a hold of them. Sometimes they know things to do that we just don't. Maybe some kind of bracing. After all---they have been in the family for so very long....I hope you can find a 'Carpenter Wizard' who can fix them in a more permenant way.

I'm so thrilled that you are enjoying the "Tile Gouse" Series--you really get this man's vision...! More is coming, dear Rachel....

5:00 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Wow...what a fall! I hope you are doing well now!

Have a great rest of the week!

Love, Jess

8:41 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Your sign is great. Thanks for posting it.
I have to say I was very rude when reading about your fall. The way you described it was very funny and made me laugh. I am sorry you got hurt. That part isn't funny and I'm thankful the bump on your noggin didn't cause a concussion.
I had some wooden chairs like you described and tried everything to make them stay together but they eventually became firewood.
Have a blessed Resurrection Day!

8:08 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am glad you survived your let down by a chair. I trust you avoided a biblical expletive.
With you dignity damaged and the pets water spilled you, as the only contestant won the 'wet shirt contest"!

It seems your sense of humour saw you through.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Ily said...

Wow, Rachel! Sounds like a bad fall and I hope you're feeling better.

As for stars, I wouldn't want you to see Elvis...since we all know where he is. How about someone who's alive and Johnny Depp?? :)

Happy Easter, my friend!!

7:34 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Happy Easter to you and yours, dear Rachel!! Having had Corey home the last few days and making my Easter dinner yesterday, today I am relaxing and catching up with my blogging friends:-)

My goodness, I'm so glad to hear that you didn't hurt yourself more than you did when that chair fell apart! Wish you could come to the auctions with me, they always have gorgeous table and chair sets that are in perfect condition and some go for as low as $25 for the whole set!! xoxo

11:16 AM  
Blogger nora said...

I wish we lived closer (for many reasons!) - my dad has a whole workshop full of tools and glue and clamps that he's itchin' to use on pretty lady's chairs!

6:16 PM  
Blogger TN said...

Hi Rachel, I haven't "seen" you in a while. It seems my blogging days are getting farther and farther apart. I know what you mean about the rickety chairs. My dining room chairs are the same way. My son Gary did the same thing ....hit the floor...last week. I had to get rid of that chair because it broke clean in two pieces. I'm glad you are Okay. But the "pump knots" surely hurt!

5:55 AM  

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