In addition to buying the cat tree, I have been thinking about getting some decent furniture, a piece at a time, for the house. We have never spent money on this sort of thing, mostly because our lives have been lived in apartments, temporary places. But we have stayed in this apartment for 8 years now, and it is time, even if we aren't going to buy a house or condo after all, to treat the place as something a bit more permanent. So I am looking for a queen size storage bed. The idea is to keep the cats out of the box spring because there won't be one, and the room will look better. Plus, there will be more storage, which we can always use. Eventually, I'll buy decent bureaus and maybe a few chairs. Eventually, I want a new and different couch. I never liked the futon we have in the living room. I only bought it because it was relatively light weight and easy to move.
Again, Richard doesn't like this idea. He doesn't want to put things together, he says, and doesn't want to spend money on this sort of thing. But I am willing to buy this stuff myself, and have it delivered. Under those circumstances, he says, he will put it together. I hope that it will inspire me to neaten up a bit and will make it easier for me to do this.