Woke Up on the Right Side of the Bed (for Once)

What is with this insomnia I am experiencing? Yes, I go over the day’s happenings all the time at night as I try to fall asleep. If something was exciting, the memory of it keeps me awake. If it was bad, I dwell on it and obsess. I need a solution to my sleep problem. I want to feel more relaxed and ready to fall off right away. I am not keen on pills that are addictive. Somehow, I think that the guilty culprit is my old mattress. It is time to make a change. I’ve seen those TV ads, and it has been over eight years for sure. That may be a sales come on, but in my case I actually believe it. My old mattress is lumpy and sags. I wonder what it is going to cost. I can’t go on like this forever. I seem to slide into bed and the mattress caves in strategic places. I have read about the sleep number bed, mattresses that can be made to elevate the head or feet, and the expensive memory foam models. Surely one of these is ideal for me.

I went online and began searching aggressively when I discovered The Sleeping Expert. You could say that by this point, I was in a bit of a hurry. I could go to the nearest mattress store and try one out. The Internet helped me narrow down the brands to five. It would be easier this way to lie down on the right ones in order to select the most comfortable. The store clerk was more than helpful and led me to the best choices. He had the experience to recommend what I needed after describing my restless nights. He had heard it all before. It was like the children’s story about mama and papa bear and the hard and soft beds. It felt a bit silly but I succumbed to the sale’s pitch and went along for the ride. I tested the models the clerk liked best and we settled on a really good mattress. The store would deliver it the next day in a truck and the driver would unload it and carry it inside. They bring a frame if you don’t have one, take out the old mattress and dispense with it, and they put in the new mattress to finish. If you want a plastic or cloth cover, they will put it on at that time. It’s a great deal and you don’t pay for the service. It is included in the price. Then you have a couple of days to decide if you want to return it and buy a different mattress.

I couldn’t wait until bedtime and I was exhausted from lack of sleep. I couldn’t believe it, but I nodded off in a couple of minutes. I was so surprised even though the clerk had promised better sleep. He was right. If you have insomnia, too, get yourself a new mattress. It is the solution most every time.

As Close as I’ll Get to my Dream Car?

It will be summer eventually and I am already daydreaming about the beach. I usually daydream about my dream car and you can bet that it is a super-hot racer in a bright red. My friends laugh and say I have the taste of a teenager, but this car would just supplement my others and one is a plain sedan.

A typical day at the beach involves swimming in the surf, playing volleyball, having snacks, and sunbathing for a tan. I also like to walk along the wet shore for at least a mile at the end of the day. The sky starts changing and the color of the water deepens. I take photos for Instagram to share my environment, as beautiful as it is. I often generate a lot of envious posts from friends on Facebook. What I don’t reveal is that I have to tote a lot of gear. There is a reclining beach chair made of wood and canvas that folds up in the car. Add to that a cooler filled with beverages and ice. I keep it small so it doesn’t get too heavy. You need sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a big towel. I left mine on the sand last year so I am in the hunt for a new one. Of course, I go online.

I found a site that sells theme towels of all kinds and lo and behold, they have a category for cars. I scroll through the offerings and stumble upon racing cars in assorted colors on a shite background. This would make a great gift but now it will be for me. I suppose it will attract some attention. And this one I won’t forget when I leave. I envision kids rallying around asking about what kind of cars they are. I make up stories about where they race and what famous driver is steering them. As for me, this may be as close as I get to my dream car. They aren’t exact replicas, but close enough to please me. I will make sure they are face up when I place the towel down on the sand in my favorite spot a few feet from the water.

You need other things at the beach such as a volleyball in case you are starting the game and looking for players. You might want an umbrella if you have had too much sun. A deck of cards is nice for solitaire or to share with other beach goers. Some music in the form of your cell phone or an iPod will do. Entertainment is up to you. You can always speak with other people as you sun and surf through the day. I have made a few friends this way over the years. If we live close to one another, we get together for a beer or to watch a ballgame. Ah! Life is good.