Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Where have I been, you might ask? Snuggling in my new bed. Well, not new, but new for the season anyway.

Do you have steps to winterize your house? We do.

I turned over all the closets two weeks ago while I was completing my purging project. Yesterday Brian asked me what I was up to. "Changing up the beds," I replied. Normally changing the sheets, which happens about every other week around here, isn't a full day's task. But twice a year I take all the beds apart and prepare them for either winter or summer. I washed and ironed the duvet and shams. I also washed the mattress cover and the middle knit blanket. I even flipped and turned the mattress all by myself. A task that I believe nearly put me into labor.

But the best part of getting our bed ready for winter? Our feather bed! If you don't have one I highly recommend adding it to your Christmas list. Brian always says he has to set his alarm earlier the first night we sleep on the feather bed because he's sure to hit snooze an extra seven times or so.

I have said it before and many people who have had the pleasure of sleeping in our bed while we're away would agree with me. We have one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. If I do say so myself. And one of the reasons is because bedding is the one item I refuse to skimp on. I may be thrifty in other areas but my bed is my sanctuary. When you live in tundra-like weather for six months out of the year you quickly learn that a bed is the only real place to get warm.

Even William sleeps in the lap of luxury and I swear it's one of the reasons why he's such a good sleeper. He sleeps on an extra soft fitted sheet, has a plush feather pillow and a twin-sized down comforter with a soft duvet cover. Oh, and I can't forget about his favorite blankie which is somehow still soft and snuggly after two years worth of washings. Once a child is past the swaddling and SIDS risk stage, I just don't understand how parents expect babies to sleep through long, cold nights on just a mattress with one small blankie. They're not much different from us!

Recently, however, I learned of a drawback to my appetite for expensive bedding. This summer I noticed a small tear in our fitted sheet. It was located right in the bottom corner of where Brian sleeps. Shocker there. Mister seizure-while-I-sleep man. Anyway what was once a small tear has gradually turned into a foot-long rip thanks to Brian's toe getting caught in it over and over. Finally he said he could take it no longer and demanded a new fitted sheet.

"Fine," I said, "but it's going to cost us!"

You see, we have 800-thread count sheets. If you are unaware of the price range for which these fall, Google it. Oh, and one more thing. Once you get into that price range, stores rarely sell these quality sheets in sets. You have to buy the fitted sheet separate from the flat sheet separate from the pillow cases. It adds up pretty fast which is why it's a great wedding registry item. Too bad we're already married and already received these as a gift.

So now, because I refuse to give up my ultra-soft sheets, Brian and I have been doing a week's worth of comparison shopping. This one's softer than this one. This one's cheaper than this one. This one's more expensive but it's on sale. You get the point.

In the meantime I reversed the fitted sheet so that the rip now resides up by my head but, for the most part, under my pillows. I only snagged a finger on it twice last night.

1 comment:

  1. We've started using jersey sheets in the winter because they are so much warmer to get into. We keep it pretty darn cold in the house (heating a 1950s house is expensive!) and I have to admit, I may have taken to warming up the sheets with the hair dryer before crawling in. None of that now. :)


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