I change the bed linens on laundry day. I put the special sheets on the bed. Yes, I can hear you wondering what special sheets are. To answer: They are made of a special cotton that is supposed to wick moisture away and keep you cool (because he is like a charcoal briquette when he sleeps). I have no idea if it is true but Sparky thinks so (can you say placebo effect?). The mattress is older (maybe 25 years) and is in fairly good shape. I say fairly because we routinely rotate the mattress and flip it and have it hermetically sealed in an allergen repelling cover, with a memory foam topper and a special mattress cover that goes over all of that too. Well I informed Sparky that it was time to do the whole rotation routine. After a lot of effort and huffing and puffing the job was completed and the mattress cover and pad and memory foam were replaced. I managed to get the sheets on all by myself. As I was smoothing down the fitted sheet my hand encountered a lump. I was not pleased as the lump was on my side and would be in my way. So I did a little trouble shooting (peeled off layers to find the origin of the lump). I discovered that the lump is INSIDE the mattress!
Because Sparky had left for work, I took it upon myself to turn the mattress so that the lump would be at the foot instead of the head of the bed. It is a queen sized mattress of the ultra deep variety. I nearly did myself in. But I got the job done. And everything back in place. The bed is still lumpy just not as obviously. As I was stuffing my pillow into the case I realized that my pillow is getting lumpy too. Sparky likes his pillow to be “subdued” meaning pounded into a shapeless blob. I’m pretty sure that he’s been abusing my pillow. Since his is past its prime, I gave him my pillow and I pulled out a new pillow. (I get a new one every 6 months or so due to allergies).
I’m not so delicate as the Princess and the Pea but I do need a good mattress. I think it is time. Well, it will be at Christmas. I’m thinking this year will be the “Year of the Mattress” since both boys mentioned that new mattresses would be good gifts. When son#2 moved, I gave him his Christmas present early. Son#1 opted to wait for a sale. So we snagged one and had it delivered on Labor Day. The holiday shopping is going to be very easy this year (everyone will have stocking stuffers and sheet sets!!