Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Pillows and the store cupboard!

I am the princess and the pea where mattresses are concerned and similar when it comes to pillows. It is just as well I don't really drink or smoke as I need extra money to constantly replace pillows:)

The problem is, manufacturer's just don't seem to stick with making things in the same way over the years. I try to use Fogarty medium firm but for a few years couldn't find any locally. Then I found some on line so ordered a twin pack.

Obviously my body has changed over the years as they were a little too firm to sleep on straight away. However, after a few weeks in the lounge being used for my back one of them was just right. More unfortunately after just 6 - 8 weeks it had a nice head shape in the middle and was getting too flat.

I always shake pillows and normally, you can jiggle them back into shake - not this one. In the end I cut it open to see just what was inside - want a peek?:

Now, I don't know about you but I reckon it is similar to a duvet, that has been rolled up and stuffed inside a case. No wonder I couldn't jiggle it back into shape:(

Anyway, we had also recently bought two box shape pillows in a recent sale. The cotton covering on these are so thick that it doesn't let the air out and they couldn't be used how they came, by either of us.

Taking courage from opening up the Fogarty one,  I did the same to one of the box ones. No picture here but inside is justs lots and lots of loose stuffing, similar to what you would buy to stuff a toy. That's more like it thought I, as it was used to restuff the casing from the Fogarty pillow.

It was temporarily sewn up by hand to be tried out. Unfortunately it is a little high so a few days behind my back on the settee should flatten it just enough - hopefully.

Our use of £30 a week food and toiletry money is still okay. If we have a bit left over, we use it to either get in some Christmas things or top up our spare food cupboard. So far so good:
Third shelf down (as the jam and pickle cupboard above this is full) are two jars of Delia Smith's mincement, which was made a few days ago, using half the recipe:
I did make a slight error in that we used eating rather than cooking apples which made it far too sweet for us. So I added about 4 oranges worth of frozen orange zest which balanced it more to our tastes. I must remember to lower the amount of sugar if using eating apples!

19 comments:

  1. My husband's like you, he just can't put up with uncomfortable (well, what he thinks are uncomfortable, they seem alright to me!) pillows. He's bought 3 different ones in the past few months - and he won't buy cheap ones - and couldn't get on with any of them, abandoning each one after just one night. Grrr.

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  2. try memory foam pillows ,have friends who swear by them. I prefer no pillows as I sleep on my tum.

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    1. No good either, DS is currently working his way through the last of 3 of those:)

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  3. I use memory foam pillows; think they are great - you only need one which is good as they are quite expensive but when I think of the pillows I have been through and got rid of the cost does nt seem so bad. Get a decent brand - Posturepedic is excellent.

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    1. Trouble is, I have tried them but in reality would need to borrow different ones to find the right one and no shop would do that. I have gone through 3 so far!

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  4. When the pillows get thin I just add another one! xx

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  5. I understand about pillows. I have an expensive one I cannot use in the summer. It is supportive, but there is too much pillow around my head in the summer. So, I have a cheap pillow that is now like a small sofa pillow and my head rests on it and not in it.

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  6. Oh dear...can't be doing with lumpy uncomfortable pillows! J. X

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  7. I'm the same over pillows and for months my neck was so stiff I could not turn easily to look up the road at junctions when driving! Finally found some pillows with "clusters" of foam (a half price, even so £25!). And just having one of these seems to work. I think I was quite a sight in the shop - went round every pillow on display squeezing, puffing and folding till I found the firm ones! Surprised I was not thrown out!

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    1. In some shops they don't even have one of every type out to squeeze!

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  8. Pillows drive me crazy, it seems like it is the never ending search for just the 'right' one.

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    1. True then when you come to buy another they can't be found.

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  9. Have you tried wool pillows?
    I get terribly hot in bed and often used to wake with my hair dripping wet when using ordinary pillows, especially memory foam ones. I spent a small fortune on Tempur pillows, but the sweaty head problem persisted.
    Then I was told to try wool, it keeps your head cooler (I know, it sounds daft, wool would surely keep you warmer!) and is brilliantly comfy.
    They are usually washable/jiggle-able, and can if necessary be picked open and the wool re-distributed for maximum comfort.
    I treated myself to an Alpaca wool pillow a few months ago and it's wonderful, comfy, right amount of support, keeps my head cool, the only drawback is that they have to be dry cleaned. I may have to save up and get another one so that whilst one is being cleaned, I still have my comfort!
    We have had our times of having to buy cheap mattresses and pillows, but when you consider how much of your life is spent in bed, it's definitely worth paying out as much as you can afford to get comfort and good, refreshing sleep.

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    1. My DinL has mentioned them and I did have a look at them recently at a show. They are expensive and I think the only thing putting me off is they have to be dry cleaned. Not a fan of dry cleaned items but might need to re-think!

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    2. Even with the dry cleaning costs and the chemicals involved, I'd definitely think about giving them a try, they really are wonderful!

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