|Bess & Mike play ball every day.|
Back in those days when we were raising children, my contribution to the savings program was to cut corners on all necessary expenditures. Our budget for textiles (clothing, bedding, towels, fabric, yarn, etc.) was limited. When it came to sheets, for instance, I purchased at the marts. Well, I guess I did have a couple of better sets for the “big bed,” but truthfully, I didn’t think they were much better than those from the marts, so I continued to buy cut-rate bedding. Until last week, that is.
|"Fetch the ball, Bess. Bring it here."|
I had two sets of sheets for our queen-sized bed – one from Ross and one from a mart. The sheets from Ross were lovely but the top sheet was too short. ("Remember, it's at Ross for a reason," advised daughter Hallie.) I took that set to the farm where it will certainly work well on a double bed. So then I had just the set from the mart, which I washed and put back on the bed each Saturday. Well, you probably know how it was going. They were just plain skimpy.
One recent morning I woke up to discover I had lots of blanket on my side of the bed but the sheet was with the other guy. “That's it!” I said. “I’m going shopping for a new set of sheets.”
So, thinking to start conservatively, I went to Penney’s and looked over the various options. I ignored the lower end products – I wanted a really good set, remember – and began a comparison of the finest sheets on display. First I suffered sticker shock. This was Penney’s, after all, which used to stand for “good value for the money,” and the sale price on their best was $90. I had to step aside and hyperventilate for a minute. Once I had recovered, I stepped up to the displays again and selected that expensive set.
|Insert at top & bottom of fitted sheet|
Saturday was “change the bed” day, and I was excited! These are the loveliest sheets I have ever owned. The bottom sheet slipped onto the mattress easily, and the top sheet actually hung down about a foot on either side of the bed. Not only that, but there’s plenty to tuck in at the bottom and still fold over at the top. I like ample covers on my neck and shoulders.
|Bess & Nellie don't care for sheets.|
I asked Mike how he liked the new sheets, and he said he didn’t notice. That’s good! If he's not unhappy, he must be happy, right? And – he would certainly notice if he made the bed! KW
[The store would probably think it weird if I took pictures, and anyway, you like to see the dogs.]