I know I've talked about wanting to direct my purchases toward items that are sustainably made by people who are paid fair wages and treated well, and that was kind of that. And it was, because then I spent most of the next three months at home, except for visits to the orthopedic surgeon. So I really didn't buy much in the way of clothing, except two pairs of what my kids call joggers from Patagonia. I love them, I really do. I bought a bigger size than I would normally, because the joggers had to go over a full length cast, but I'm still wearing them now and liking them. I can wear my knee brace either under or over the pants, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.
One unexpected result of spending three months at home in a cast or knee brace is that the fitted sheets on my side of the bed ripped on every single set of sheets we own. I think it was the rough texture of the cast (which also scratched up my good leg) and the big hinge on my first knee brace. Either way, we started looking at buying all new sheets, which led to the acceptance that we really ought to replace our ancient mattress, which led to the thought that we'd have more room with a king size bed than with our queen. And so we ended up with a new bed, a new mattress, and new sheets.
Of course, now that I can walk without crutches and I'm down to a more manageable sized knee brace, I've started looking more critically at what I wear, and I'm sliding down the slippery slope that led to the bed/mattress/sheets decision. The more I think about what I am wearing and add sustainable items to my wardrobe, the faster I want to get rid of stuff that doesn't fit that category. I know that is wrong, wrong, wrong. I already bought that stuff, and the best idea is to wear it until it wears out, not get rid of it. It's a challenge I'm working on, though the toss it out mindset has taken hold recently, due to the bed.
I spent Thursday night moving (with help from the boys) our old mattress and box spring down to the family room for a little glamping (before the morning delivery of the new bed), and then cleaning up the bedroom to prepare for the new and bigger bed. I will raise my hand now and say I used to put my shoes under the bed. Now that I can't get down on my knees and look under the bed, that has changed, but suffice it to say there were a lot of older shoes under the bed. This week, my trash has a whole lot of size 39 shoes in it, and they're pretty well worn, so not suitable for donating.
I have hit a point where I can't throw out any more stuff, though. Our trash and recycling bins are full so until trash day later this week, so I have a break. We will see if the momentum keeps up next weekend. This is going to be a very, very long busy week for me, so I'm going to be kind to myself and not pile on any additional activities, no matter how noble the goal. If I'm lucky, I will get some reading, sewing, and/or knitting done to relax this week, but the goal is to get through work and family obligations. Nothing super stressful is happening, it's just a lot of stuff is happening. The following week the kids are spending school vacation with my parents in Florida, so I'm looking at this upcoming week as a push to a week when I don't have to make lunches, drive kids anywhere, and can sleep in on both weekend days, and those are things that make it worth this hectic week.
I am actually sleeping better on the new bed. It's really comfortable, and the new sheets are super soft. So far, we've only had one dog on the bed at a time, but when the kids are in Florida, we will have all three together. They have all been to the vet this week (for checkups, no one is sick or injured), so I can confidently say that they all weigh between 65 and 91 pounds, so that's a lot of additional dog.
Our oldest dog took full advantage of the bed before we had a chance to get it dressed:
Now it has his scent on it. It also has his (and possibly the other dogs') muddy paw prints on the mattress. Yay, dogs! Our mattress is actually pretty cool - sustainable and eco-friendly. See those little tufts? Look closer:
Yup, that's wool! Our mattress is from Harrison Spinks, which is now in America, but has been in Yorkshire, England for generations. Their American mattresses are sold under the Spinks & Edgar name, but the wool, alpaca, hemp, and cotton come from the same sources as the British ones. It's kind of cool to have a mattress that is full of natural fibers that can be traced to their origin. They call them farm-to-bedroom. They are pricey, but if you have shopped for a memory foam or similar bed, the price is similar. Here's a video that will make you fall in love with the mattresses, sight unseen:
It's a good thing I didn't see the video before we went shopping, or I wouldn't have tried any other mattresses.