Our Free? Bed

30 05 2009

My husband and I have slept together on a double ensemble bed for the last seven years.  There was nothing really wrong with it, we are both small people and it was snuggly and comfortable.  But when my sister-in-law recently downsized she purchased a double bed and offered us her queen bed.  We thought, hey for nothing, it wouldn’t hurt to try it.

Trying it involved hauling the extremely heavy latex mattress into the stationwagon, dumping it on the lounge room floor and sleeping out there for a few nights.  We decided that it was hard but the extra space was nice so we got my brother’s mate to move the bed base over to our place in his ute in exchange for giving him our double bed.  A pretty good deal really – all up it cost nothing and we didn’t even have to get rid of our old bed.

Well not exactly nothing because of course we then needed to buy new sheets, blankets, doona, etc.  One of my current projects is to make a king size doona cover because I haven’t been able to find a pre-made one that suits our bedroom.

The bed didn’t stop being hard either.  I know it’s supposed to be good to sleep on a hard bed but I’ve honestly never slept on a harder bed anywhere before.  After a few weeks of both having very sore backs all day, we were seriously considering buying a whole new mattress.  We tried putting our old queen doona under the mattress protector for extra padding and that seems satisfactory for now.  After a few months of sleeping on it I’ve gotten used to it and will probably find every other bed uncomfortably soft from now on.

Another disadvantage of the new bed are the square top pillars at the foot of the bed which are particularly dangerous for our toddler and my thighs, especially in the middle of the night.

However, one of the big advantages (other than all the extra room) is the extra storage space.  Yay!  It’s quite a high bed and will fit at least 9 x 52L storage boxes underneath it.  With storage places hard to come by in our house, this is a big bonus.  As I continue to declutter and organise the house I’m sure it won’t take long to fill up this extra space.

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More Rice?

27 05 2009

Ben is very adventurous and inquisitive but he’s also very accident prone with several accidents a day not uncommon.  Too smart to fall for the “kiss it better” remedy, he seems convinced that ice will heal anything.  In 50% of cases it actually does help (bumps, bruises, burns) so I let him believe that and for everything else, sucking on a piece of ice seems to soothe and settle him pretty well.

One evening recently, while I was preparing dinner and not watching him with eagle enough eyes, he managed to fall off a chair, run his car into the oven and burn his leg, and close the sliding door on his fingers.  Each wound was treated with the magic ice remedy and after the last incident he came running up to me with his fingers held out crying, “More ice! More ice!”.  I cracked up laughing.

Why?  Firstly because it’s the first time I’ve heard him use two independant words together like that (other than copying phrases like “here it is” and “i don’t know”).

But the thing that made it particularly funny was the way he sounded just like an asian waiter asking if I wanted “more rice?”  This has been a family joke for years and we always have a chuckle when we are at a Thai, Indian or Chinese restaurant and someone asks us if we want “more rice? more rice?”.  Now whenever I hear someone say that I will think of Ben’s ice obsession.

Lately, though, he’s taken preference to the star-shaped ice that comes from one of our Ikea ice trays so now he often comes running up to me requesting a “star” to make things better.





Shoe Clutter

8 05 2009

Inspired by reading this post I threw out 12 pairs of shoes today.  Now I only have 26 pairs.  My husband, who only has 10 pairs of shoes (including his slippers) thinks this is still far too many.

Some of my sparkly shoes only get worn once a year when I go to a wedding, Christmas party, etc.  Guys, of course, can just add a bit of extra spit and polish to their workday shoes and they are “dressed up”.

I also have a set of court shoes in black, navy and brown that probably won’t get worn much now that I’m not working in an office, but I’m not getting rid of them just yet.  I did concede to tossing my steel-caps, though.  I don’t think I’ll be working on-site again for quite a while.

26 pairs of shoes probably is excessive, given that for most of the day, most of the year, I don’t wear any shoes at all.  I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful climate.





Artistic Skill – Ben – 18 months

2 05 2009

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The painting was actually done at 16 months when he liked to jab the page with brush or crayon.  Now he either does big slow circles or vigorous side to side colouring.  Definitely right handed.