Years ago, probably around 1980 we bought a water bed, not a fancy one..just a regular big ole balloon filled with water. We were a water bed family, we bought the girls each one too..super singles. We have replaced our mattress many times over the past 29 years, never graduating to the one with baffles or soft sides. You get used to the sloshing and the ripples..at times they are very comforting. It was also a heated waterbed, deliciously warm. Then one of us became menopausal, and fairly miserable, spending time out of the very warm bed, and on the couch. Almost always starting out in the bed , but still on the couch by morning. Then one of us started to have pain in his face, and became a very fitful sleeper with hips that hurt every morning. So we went together to two different bed stores..did you know that Vera Wang has her own mattress brand..well If you ask me no mattress is worth 2,ooo dollars.. If she were the only bed maker in America I would raise geese and save their feathers for a feather bed. Far Guy laid on one of her beds and said this is great, let’s take this one..it was the first one he laid on. How typical is that? He moved on, I moved on, we tested a whole bunch, after awhile they all become a blur..Far Guy accused me of falling asleep on several occasions, I was just testing..he was like a jack in the box bed tester, he would holler from across the show room, "Hey Sleepyhead, get over here and try this one out." when I was just starting to get comfortable. All the salesmen were on him like a fly on shit. Sounded like a bunch of gobbly gook to me, coils, latex, memory foam.. I just want comfort and a good price. I don’t ever really want to know about the why..lets just cut to the chase, what is your best deal and you better deliver for free or the deal is off.
Now that the new bed is coming, the water bed must be drained. We finally figure out how we did it the last time when we refinished the waterbed frame. We want to use our frame. it has drawers underneath the bed frame. It also matches all our pine bedroom furniture. ( It only took us thirty five years of marriage to finally get a bedroom set where it ALL matched) Far Guy has measured, and he thinks we need to cut twelve inches off the sides and three inches off the ends. He must have looked at the measuring instrument incorrectly..cause when I looked at it..we only had to cut off three inches from the length. We work together well, and we finished hauling the pieces out to the workshop, cutting them off and carting them back in, and we had it all back together about five minutes before they delivered the mattress. Now would it fit.. YES…we must have measured right..finally.
Far Guy tried to nap, he just watched TV, Chance had a nap. Last night was the real test, I made it until five AM ..Far Guy said "Are you leaving me? " No, just the bed, I went to the couch, grabbed my blanket and slept like a log. Far Guy could have come out to the other couch instead he stayed the duration, and said " What have I done? That was like sleeping on a bed of nails." I told him it wasn’t that bad, it was kinda like a bed of roses with a few thorns. In a week or two we will be used to it, it will just take some time.:)
***All photographs taken at a friends, on September 15, 2009..she loves to weed!