Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saving The Sheets

I am a tight-wad.
Not frugal.
People who know me well know this.  It might even be that people that don't know me well know this too.  
I also have a thing about throwing stuff away that still has life in it.  
A real problem.  
I am getting better, though.  
That being said, I also have a hard time getting rid of things that are old but are better quality than I can buy today. 
 For example, I like nice sheets.  I like sheets that are smooth and stay that way.  
(I also like flannel sheets that are not smooth, but that's different.)
Sheets with higher thread counts are the good ones, and are very expensive.  I bought a pretty high count sheet set on sale for my daughter and while they don't pill, you can see through them.  
I have a lovely sheet set that I picked up at a garage sale.  
They are very nice but I think they were discarded in the conspiracy that exists in the mattress market today.  
Mattresses are thicker, therefore all the sheets you ever had before don't fit them, thus you need to buy more sheets.  At the time I still owned a thinner mattress and the sheets, and with the elastic refreshed on the fitted sheet, they worked very well.
Fast forward a few years...
To celebrate the end of cancer treatments we bought a new mattress.  I didn't want to, of course, but ours was getting to be one those that has fallen in the middle and hilly around the edges.  As much as my husband and I love each other, spending every night in the valley just doesn't work very well.  
So, we bought a new mattress.  It was thick, the flannel sheets fit (having been purchased this century), the old ones didn't.
We struggled with the old ones, they didn't work.
We tried sheet straps, they worked half the time.  
I looked at sheet sets.
I was confused with the choices and annoyed with the prices.  
We used the flannel sheets as long as possible. Until the first of June, this cold spring.
Finally, after a few days of over 80 temperatures. we had to give in.
So, I was looking for other options.  I found a website with a tutorial on how to make fitted sheets, so how much harder should it be to add on to these sheets to make them deeper so they will stay on the thicker mattress?  
Actually, not hard at all if you know how to sew.  

This is what I did.

2 yards of 100% cotton, not quite white.

I drew and cut 8" strips to have plenty of room for hems and tucking under, 

I was going to rip out the elastic casings, but the elastic has melted completely away in most of the casings into gluey spots. Other spots had a few pieces of weird elastic so I had to cut away the casings.

I ripped out the corners so I had a big rectangle with the corners cut out.  Next, I pinned the strips to the edges of the sheets and serged them along the long edges to make a bigger rectangle.

I sewed the corners (the edges of the cut out square) with the sewing machine first, then after trying it on the bed to assure it fit, I serged the edges.

Then, I pressed up a hem/casing and sewed the ends of the elastic into the hem before the final sewing.  

After hemming, I put it on the bed.  With the edges all tucked in there is barely an inch of the new fabric showing. 

I made my elastic too long so I had to rip a bit of the casing to tighten it up after I was finished.  

I'm very pleased and I can use my sheets now until they wear out.  
I won this round.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June Already

I always  think a blog post is more interesting with a photo.  So I put one on even though the photo has nothing to do with the post.  
I mean, who wouldn't just love to look at this cute kid.
What is really nice is that I get to squeeze him often and you don't.

I can't believe it's June already.  In spite of some very long waiting days and weeks that were taking place this spring, I guess I was living April twice, because it was rather a shock to look up this week and it was the first of June.  
Of course, a lot of that might have to do with our rainy May weather.  We really didn't get a lot of rain but we had more gloomy, damp days than not.  It didn't help that I spent most of those days in a funk.  
Recovering from surgery is never fun.  I wasn't even like myself until the end of the week, and I walked around on eggshells for three weeks waiting for some restriction-free and pain-free days.  
I couldn't bend, I couldn't lift, I couldn't work hard. I took medicine several times a day.  I had to have ear drops three times a day.  
After my post-op check on Monday I  feel more like me again.  I have a little more energy because I'm able to do more.  
We've also had a couple of sunny days. 
(It's still raining, however)
I didn't want to blog during that time because I was having a hard time keeping my spirits up.  
I was having to sleep on an incline, on my back or only one side.  
Here I had one more thing wrong with me that had to be dealt with with the expectation of having the other ear done eventually.  
And then there's the whole issue of my hearing loss.  I can't hear out of that left ear because there is packing in there holding the graft done on the ear drum still in place.  As the packing dissolves I should be able to hear better.  
I am beginning to understand how difficult it is for people with hearing loss to cope.  
It's HARD sometimes.  Sometimes it takes a lot of work to listen.  It's so much easier to just tune out after while.  I think it's like listening to someone speak in a different language and you aren't fluent.  
Every word that comes in has to be translated from one language to another.  I have to listen hard, and then, "oh, that's what they said", and by that time I'm behind.  
And then, it isn't a given that this repair is going to work.  If it does, I am only going to get hearing back to where it was last September and my hearing loss was getting pretty close to interfering with normal life.  
I had a couple of hearing tests done before surgery and one was to test nerve function and that was the answer I got. My nerves are still working as well as they were last year.  That is good news really.  Before surgery my hearing loss was classified as severe to profound in the left ear and moderate to severe in the right.  So, that is how I am hearing right now.  We hope it goes back to the moderate hearing loss stage. 
 What to do then, is another step in this process.
 It takes 6 more weeks to heal the ear drum, and then we talk about surgery for the right ear and healing that before we even think about that step.  

Some days are harder than others. 

I'm really looking for the sun. 
Although, I had a really good time weeding in my flower garden in the calm, light clouded evening tonight.