Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too. ~~Lawrence Bixby

Friday, July 1, 2011

Maiden Voyage

This morning I hummed Pomp and Circumstance for my final unassisted ascent of the stairs. This afternoon it was Stairway to Heaven.

Ms. P joined me for the inaugural ride this afternoon:

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And back up: 


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And Laurie had to test it out: 


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It was a full day today. The installers arrived around 10:30 and were done by 1pm. The toddlers were intrigued by the installation, and Moshe, the aspiring engineer, remembered all the instructions. The best part for them though? Boxes and bubble wrap.

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The lift has dramatically changed the appearance of the stairs, of course, but also the sunroom at the top and bedroom at the bottom. It's not aesthetically pleasing.  I miss our lovely breadloaf handrail.What I won't miss is hauling myself up the stairs and feeling like I'm going to topple over at any moment on the descent. Life is a bunch of trade offs. 

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I predict this will get lots of use in the next few days. Tyler and I are going to want to take a spin. As far as the look, we have bamboo bead curtains over a doorway we find less than pleasing. I wish you luck in figuring out the aesthetics . . . And I know you can do this, Terri! --Charlotte

Paola said...

That is awesome, Terri!!!!!
Glad you don't have to go up and down the stairs any more :-))

Tiffin said...

Whoo hooo, no more bum riding on each stair! Maybe you could do something "aesthetic" with the breadloaf railing somewhere else to keep it with the house. I think not having a broken leg or hip is aesthetically pleasing myself, Ter.

Terri said...

Fantastic! but it's not nearly as fast as the one in Gremlins. maybe you can fix that?? :)

gwenlyn said...

I know someone who can help you with aesthetics; but, you have to let me sit on your lap for my first ride too!

Anonymous said...

The good thing is that there are things like this chair lift to help. Forget about how it looks, what it does for you is important. Looking forward to taking a ride on it in the Fall.

Jill said...

I love it! And how fun for the toddlers! =)

Linda Koons said...

I think it's beautiful, Terri.

Rubbermaid said...

your partner is beautiful...

Terri said...

Yes, she is!