THE DAY STARTED OFF UNPROMISINGLY. “This is your Sears delivery team,” said the voice on the phone. “We just pulled up to your garage.”
“I don’t have a garage,” I said. “That’s the house.”
I guess in East Hampton 1,000 square feet passes for a garage.
Now I have a washer and dryer (no more trips to the $4 machines at the Amagansett laundromat); a stove, but no pots to cook in (luckily I’m really into Citarella’s Vietnamese chicken wraps); and a noisy little refrigerator I’m thinking of returning. Perhaps best of all is that the cruddy old appliances were carted away.
Here’s the Smeg I coveted and should have gotten, maybe. It comes in great colors, but I’ve only seen it in pictures. Does anybody out there have actual experience with one? They’re close to $2G but look like they could really make a kitchen, if you like that retro thing.
Highlights of this rainy afternoon: planting up two wooden boxes with exotic basil seedlings a friend gave me (Genovese, Greek, lemon) and placing (not yet planting) five Korean boxwoods, top, as you round the corner from driveway to backyard. I saw them at my friend Jill’s house, sprawling magnificently, and promptly copied her, buying them the other day at Home Depot in Riverhead for $15 apiece. They’re very green and glossy and will eventually spread four feet if you let them.