"You always a wise-ass?"
"No. Sometimes I'm asleep."
Today's thought: Bedsheets
Years ago, bedsheets came in pairs or sets, two flat sheets and two pillowcases for double beds, two sheets and a single pillowcase for single beds.
When laundry day came around, mums would strip the beds, wash the sheets, put fresh ones on the bed.
It didn't matter which sheet went on the bottom, they were all the same. All got even wear and tear.
Some clever mums would only wash the bottom sheet, rotating the top one to the bottom and putting a fresh one on top.
In this manner, sheets also got even amounts of wear and tear, because we all knew the bottom sheet was more likely to wear out faster, if always placed on the bottom, with top sheets often getting kicked off the bed entirely, especially in summer.
Then some smart-aleck invented fitted sheets. The elasticised sheet could only go on the mattress, where it wore out faster than its top counterpart.
When you buy sheet sets these days, you cannot get two flat sheets. One is always elasticised to "fit" the mattress. Supposedly to remain in place through the tossing and turnings of the night.
They never do. Stay in place that is.
And they never properly fit the mattress they are bought for.
Because there is no standardised measurement for mattresses or sheets. Different companies vary in their manufacture of such things.
(Same with quilts and their covers, buy a quilt from one manufacturer and a cover of the "same" size from a different manufacturer and they won't properly fit together.)
So I prefer to have two flat sheets. This means I have to buy individual sheets. Fair enough. At least I can swap them around for even wear and tear.
But now there is a new problem. Because manufacturers believe that flat sheets are for the top, they are not made long enough to fit a mattress.
There is plenty of width to tuck in on either side, but nowhere near enough length to tuck in top and bottom ends.
Unless you have a mattress which is only a few inches thick, and who has one of those these days? My mattress is 23cm thick. That's nine inches! oolllooolooooooooo oh, hello Angel, get your paw off the keyboard. Good boy. (pesky furball)
I keep telling myself I will buy extra sheeting fabric and lengthen these annoying sheets, but so far I haven't gotten around to it.Mostly because I can't match the colour, also because I can't be bothered setting up the sewing machine.
Now I've just had an idea!
Next time I buy sheets, instead of two, I'll buy three. Then the colour will match and I can cut the third one in half and stitch the halves to the other two.
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