We got our first real snowfall today, so I decided it's time to switch over to flannel sheets. I dutifully stripped off the comforter, bedspread (which we keep on the bed to protect the comforter from the cats,) and sheets. As I was moving the bedspread, my hand detected something wet on it. As a cat owner, I'm wondering if a kitty couldn't make the litter box, so I sniffed the cover (ewww, why would I do that?) No kitty smell.
Then I felt the side of the bed, and it was damp too. Uh-oh. Did I mention it is a soft-sided waterbed? Yep, the mattress bladders inside finally gave way. I did what anyone would do in this situation -yelled downstairs to Kilowatt "I think we have a problem."
While I'm trying to figure out how to get the mattress pieces into the bathtub without getting my hardwood floor wet, Kilowatt is opening the bedroom window. Did I mention our bedroom is on the 2nd floor (or 3rd, if you count the cellar, which in the back of the house is 3/4 exposed.) He drains the water out the window, then flings the mattress out after it! I am so glad we don't have neighbors who can see that side of the house.
I had been thinking it was time for a new mattress, but I really didn't plan on getting one for Christmas, you know? A quick look at our files show I bought this one in 1992 - yep, guess it is time for a new one. A quick glance at the internet shows prices have tripled since 1992 - oh goody. And the soonest we can get a new mattress delivered is Friday.
So until Friday, I'm sleeping on one of those inflatable guest mattresses that you put on the floor. We've improved its comfort by putting it up on top of the base of our waterbed frame. Of course, if I get too close to the edge I'll go flying off...and if this is improved comfort I'm not sure how anyone can sleep on one of these. Maybe this is why no one comes to visit us:)