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Exciting new purchase

Husband and I have been married 25 years. In those years we have moved 8 times, and had three mattresses. The last one we bought was three moves back, after I got shot. Bed had bullet holes in it.

Today we are getting a new mattress. I am ridiculously excited. They are going to deliver it and carry the old one away! (First time we ever did that, either.)

It is memory foam.

I am going to have a nice long nap on it this afternoon, just to try it out.

Hazel is going to find the process appalling. She is pretty good with people coming to the door. She barks a little, but backs away when we tell her it is all right. But she is suspicious of delivery evolutions. She wants to monitor what comes into the apartment. I may actually have to shut her in Z's room.

Anyway, I am now giving the house a good cleaning up, so the delivery guys won't think ill of me.Makes me think of my mom. In her later years she had a woman she hired to come once a week and clean. On the days when the cleaner was coming mom would get up early and clean herself first, so she would not be shamed.

In my case there is sense to it. I am quite untidy, and we have no room for our stuff to not get stacked up. For instance, I had to remove my bike from the foot of the bed. It sits up on the back wheel there, and I hang my towel on it usually.

Anyway-- the bed will come sometime in the next 4 hours. I am hopping with excitement!

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ba1126
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
You sound much like me! We have been married 50 yrs. come Sept. and we have had three mattresses. We started off with a bedroom 'set' and a double. The wood part lasted fairly long, but the bed eventually 'wore out'. We then got a King size, and instead of a 'frame', we bought two twin size 'platforms' with drawers, which we placed back to back. No 'sag' or bounce, and it gives us all that extra storage space underneath, with big roomy drawers!! We later added a layer of 'memory foam' on top, which is kinder to old tired bones.

Yes, cleaning before the cleaner comes!! The people where I've nannied have done that; putting books and papers away, mounds of clothes into the hamper or washing machine,etc.!!

We were 'cabin camping' all week, so I have both the washer and dishwasher running, cleaning a week's worth of stuff. Meanwhile, my nanny family was in Ariz. all week, so when I go back to work I'll be processing THEIR laundry, too (though it seems nanny Mom has already started it!).
ba1126
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
BTW; you got SHOT!!???!! WHAT happened???
eglantine_br
Apr. 28th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
See below.
wosny
Apr. 28th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
My god, what on earth happened, please tell, please... :)
eglantine_br
Apr. 28th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
It was only a very small shooting.
It was when we lived in Jacksonville Florida. Husband was still in the Navy.

We lived in a sort of townhouse complex with lots of houses joined at their sides, and facing a central parking lot.

The man who lived in the house across from us was someone we did not know. He worked nights, and what happened was: he was coming home from work at 2 AM, and was ambushed by an armed robber hiding near his doorstep. Because it was Florida, the robbery victim was also armed. He returned fire. His bullets crossed the parking lot, went through our wall, and into our bed. They were nearly spent after going through the wall and mattress. They did not go terribly far into me.

From my point of view-- husband and I were asleep, I was dreaming about the sound of popcorn. Suddenly a pain which was sort of like being smacked and burned at the same time. I wake up screaming like a scalded cat. Bleeding.

Police, ambulance, hospital. The man being robbed had his gun returned to him that night. Robber ran away and was never caught. (Florida is a stand-your-ground state. I asked if there was not some law about shooting off guns near houses and people and kids. Cop laughs at bleeding me.)

I was not very injured in the end. I have scars, that is all. Husband picked little metal fragments out of my back for months. His command sent me a big bunch of flowers.

The incident was described by police as 'two men robbing each other.'

Everyone initially thought husband had shot me. They assumed we had a gun. We don't. Statistically of course they are right. Being shot by strangers is rare. Being shot by a spouse is more likely.

Later we found holes in the wall in both the kids rooms, and in the mattress, and husbands pillow, (where his head had been.)

Now more than ever I am pro gun control. I think if someone wants a gun so badly they should have to have a six foot long black powder muzzle loader. Takes skill to use, can only fire one shot at a time, and is impossible to conceal.

Anyway, that was that mattress. It was pretty well ruined.

Edited at 2014-04-28 02:15 pm (UTC)
ba1126
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
OMG!! I suppose at this distance in time you can feel more complacent about it, but I think I would have put me and my kids on the next Greyhound and headed for my Mom's!! I'm so glad it was not more serious.

wosny
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
That is truly horrific, and so Lucky it wasn't your husband's head!or the children... I hope you had insurance for that kind of thing, but I have a fear that it wouldn't be covered.
I am all for gun control, I think people should only be allowed paint ball guns, and once you are marked you have to play dead.
eglantine_br
Apr. 30th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
We had military health insurance. All covered. That was a good thing. Had only to pay for the ambulance. Oh, also they managed to shoot the windshield out of our car, at the same time. Did not notice that until the next day! Car insurance covered that.
mylodon
Apr. 29th, 2014 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
Ruddy Norah! You've seen a bit of life, gal.

Congrats on Silver wedding. *hugs*
eglantine_br
Apr. 30th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: YOU GOT SHOT! .... IN YOUR OWN BED!
I know what being shot feels like--nice for fanfic, even if I am never ever ever going to write it about Archie...
lemurling
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm horrified, but so relieved that you survived with little damage!

I hope you enjoy your mattress very much. I got a memory foam one for my birthday, and still, a couple times a week, my husband or myself will sink into bed, lay there for a blissful moment, then intone "I love this bed." We have a little feather topper that probably adds to the cloud-like luxury.
eglantine_br
Apr. 30th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
We had the first night in it. It was awesome. We have a feather thing that goes over. Some day I may get the kind that goes under the people.
thistle_chaser
Apr. 28th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
Hope you enjoy the new bed!

I do the same cleaning thing. It's silly, what does it matter what a delivery or repair person thinks? I can't help it though.
eglantine_br
Apr. 30th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I am sure they see a lot of variation in tidyness. They were very nice, as it turns out. Right on time, totally professional, and quick. All you can ask of delivery guys.
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