from The Complete Evaporative History of The World Since The Dawn of Time:
"One Friday morning, one of the animals had the good fortune to acquire an immortal soul.
Man had arrived! Woman arrived that evening having been unavoidably detained."
from High Five by Janet Evanovich:
" I stumbled out of bed at four-thirty, staggered into the bathroom and stood in the shower until my eyes opened. After a while my skin began to shrivel and I figured I was done."
from the 2nd Best Marigold Hotel movie:
"It takes team work to make a dream work."
You're not going to believe what I've done.
Let's begin years ago, when I bought a feather&down doona, (20% feathers, 80% down), queen sized, for my queen sized bed. I loved it. It was deliciously warm in winter and insulated the mattress from summer heat so the bed was cool when we got in.
Then my Dad died (2000) and I inherited his feather and down doona. 50% feathers, 50% down, almost brand new. The kids all had doonas of their own, so I combined my two doonas. I shook all the feathers in mine way down to one end, did the same with Dad's doona, then opened both doonas along the top seam. I transferred the feathers from Dad's doona into mine, one channel at a time, (they were channel stitched, not box stitched), then re-stitched the top seam on my now-extra-full doona, and gave it a good shake. Threw away the empty doona casing. The next winter was pure heaven. The only problem was the doona didn't fit in the washing machine.
Fast forward to now, fifteen years later, and I no longer have a queen sized bed. I have a king single and the giant feather doona is way too big. It hangs over the bed almost to the floor, which is fine, looks good when the bed is made, but is too heavy (from the side drops), to comfortably roll over at night. The weight drags on me. Sleeping is not restful.
I tried folding it in half, but that made it too warm for comfort even in the winter. And after four years, I've had enough.
So I found the centre, stitched along the length on either side of the centre seam, then cut that doona in half!
Ha Ha! Take that you feathery monster!
I edged one of the raw seams with cotton tape and put it in the washing machine. It just fits. The other doona half will have to wait until I buy more tape to seal the raw edge, then it will get its turn in the washing machine.
The first half is now hanging on the line, with sections of empty casing and sections of clumped feathers.
It will dry eventually and as it dries, I'll shake it up to distribute the feathers until it's completely dry.
Resourceful aren't I? :)
Anyone who reads here will know from last week that I have been on the phone (unwillingly) sorting out a changeover from prepaid data allowance blocks, to a monthly payment system. I've signed up for ADSL1max which requires a new modem and cash taken from my account monthly in return for 100GB of allowance each month. At first I wanted unlimited, but the nice lady on the phone said that after checking my usage, I really didn't use much, so 100GB would be plenty. She's probably right. And that's what I can afford. We'll see how it goes. The new modem should be delivered on Thursday, hey, that's today!, then my daughter will visit and help me set it up and get it all going. Probably on the weekend. K's a whiz with stuff like this and she has the same set-up, so she knows what and how and can answer all my questions.