Two things we’ve done this past week have been upgrades. The first was a new toilet, and the second was upgrading the bed my wife sleeps on. Both require more exposition to understand.
When we bought this house 9 years ago, it came with that ugly “early ’70’s Harvest Gold” colored toilet and bathtub. Now, the bathtub can be recolored, but not a ceramic toilet. In addition to that, the tank on the toilet held 3.3 gallons of water, and used all of it for every flush, making it a huge water waster. After talking to our plumber, we realized that if we replaced it now, we could pay it off in a year or two with the savings on our water bill, AND have checked off one purchase we would need for the future total bathroom remodeling project. So we did. The toilet we got has a dual-flush system to increase how much water we save. When we only pass fluids, we can push one button on the tank and it only uses 1 gallon of water to flush. When there is more material to flush, we push the other button, and it uses 1.4 gallons of water. It looks great, and works perfectly. We’re happy with the result.
Shortly before we decided to move forward with that project, my wife made a trip to the chiropractor complaining about waking in the morning, EVERY morning, with back pain. The chiropractor looked her over, and told her she probably needed a mattress that provided better support. My wife took that to mean a firmer mattress my wife sleeps on. But, when she priced mattresses locally, the prices she saw ran from $250 to over $3000. So as a compromise, I suggested we trade beds until we’d saved the money to get her new mattress.
Enter act 2 of that saga. She had planned to go shopping for the mattress this morning. In the interval time, I’d been having trouble sleeping on the same bed she did – to me it felt like a brick already. I couldn’t imagine how you’d make it more firm, short of removing the mattress and putting a 4″ thick steel slab on the box spring. But Merlin (one of our cats) decided to NOT let me sleep at all last night, and I realized it wasn’t about how FIRM the mattress was, but the unnatural way that my body had to bend to try to sleep on it at all. The only points of my body making contact with the mattress were my shoulders, hips, and ankles – none of the area between those spots. So, I had an idea – a Memory Foam Mattress Topper, to provide full support to all contact points of the body whether she’s on her side, back, or front.
When she got up this morning, I’d already briefly searched eBay just to prove my theory was possible, and explained to her what I’d figured out – including that the mattress topper was, at worst, half the price of the very cheapest mattress she’d intended to look at. Also, no delivery fee, because she’d be able to put it in the car to bring it home with her. She liked that.
Ultimately, that is what she got. It worked so well, when she tested it after we finished installing it, she loudly exclaimed, “WOW! This feels like one of those luxury hotel beds I always want to get lost in forever!” Of course, the FIRST member of the family to actually sleep on it is – MERLIN. LOL!