Monday, May 31, 2021

Help - Mattress suggestions please

Greetings from Plum Cottage ~ Hope you here in the US have had a lovely holiday weekend. I puttered in garden spaces. Had a lovely lunch with BIL & SIL on Saturday. We went to a wonderful restaurant that's over 100 years old, on the intercoastal waterway. I had fish and chips along with a margarita. Brought half of the lunch home and had that for lunch yesterday. ;-)

Ok, here's where I need some help.  My dear husband and I bought our mattress around 20 years ago, a Tempurpedic and it is NOT what it once was. I can't afford something like that now on my limited budget. I did get my stimulus check though so could use part of that, but out of that I also need to get new glasses.

I've been googling mattresses and oh my.  Memory foam in a box, Beautyrest, Sealy Posturepedic, Serta, Tempurpedic (just to see what they have now), and many more. I have been noticing more pain in my hip, knee and shoulder, especially on my left side, back aches also and not sleeping as well as I should be like I used to. My SIL & BIL and I turned my mattress around Saturday, heavy monster, and I can really see the slope in the mattress. Yikes! When we turned the mattress from one end to the other, I had to take the cover off and that's when we saw that the mattress was truly breaking down. I haven't been thinking about that the past 8 years without my dear hubby, I've just been living each day as it comes, thankful for my many blessings. Now it's a big decision time and that's where I could use your input on your mattresses, good and bad.

It is mind-boggling to say the least. My bed size is a full. I'm 72 and a side sleeper. The mattress stores in the area do not have 'in the box' mattresses in the stores, you have to order them online, so I can't see what they are like. I am praying about it and want to make the right decision. This should be my last mattress.

So, thanks in advance for your help. I appreciate your taking the time to read and write your suggestions.

May you all have a great week. It's hard to believe it is June tomorrow. We need rain, it keeps being predicted, but nothing is happening here. I hand water and can use the sprinkler three days a week at certain times, Mon., Wed., and Sat. I pay for water so only water what is necessary, no grass being watered.

Love, hugs and prayers,


 P.S. I think I still want a memory foam mattress as they are great for seniors, but I'm open for suggestions.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Giant Milkweed and other flowers

Good Monday morning from Plum Cottage ~ It's a new day, a new week and I pray it will be a good one for all. May we count our blessings, letting go of negativity, and move forward.

A few of you asked about one of the flowers I had posted. It is unusual and beautiful. It is 'Giant Milkweed' or Calotropis gigantea  . You can read about it here: Giant Milkweed. I got a couple of cuttings of this from a friend who worked at Butterfly World, she had this growing in her home garden. I need to try propagating from cuttings from this one. It grows in zones 10-11, but can be grown as an annual in colder climates.

Now for other blooms that are giving me joy right now.

The white flowers are basil, and I do not have a clue as to what the purple/pink flowers are, no tag when I bought it.

Below is Confederate Jasmine. I look forward to this blooming every spring. 

The scent is oh so wonderful.

Next is a 'frangipani'. I love the colors of this one. I have another color which is pink. This one I bought, the pink ones I have were grown from cuttings given to me many, many years ago.

This is 'Philippine Violet'. I love it and don't remember where I got this. It spreads by seeds and I think it will also root by stems touching the ground. Grows with little care.



The foreground flower is an unknown ground cover that creeps everywhere and also spits seeds. The flower behind is 'Spicy Jatropha' which the Zebra Longwings love.

This little gem is a 'walking iris'. It spreads by the flower head bending over, touching the ground, where it will send out roots. You can read about it here.

 Here is a pink tinged shrimp plant which I really love. I have the normal color also which is more of a rusty color.

Here is another zebra longwing sipping nectar from hamelia paten blooms.

I snapped another picture and happened to catch another zebra flitting by.

Below is 'Blue Lips', friends Nanci and John took me to a funky nursery a couple of years back and I picked out this plant. I love it and the flowers have such a wonderful scent, stops me in my tracks when I walk past and catch a whiff.

This is a piece I created for a recent widow. I believe she and her husband had been married for 63 years. Needless to say, she is missing him terribly. Do keep all who have lost loved ones in your prayers and thoughts. Visit, send notes, etc. to let them know they are loved and thought of.

I finished the lap blanket I was working on, and love how it turned out.

Ok dear friends that is it for now. Have a great week. Look for, enjoy, and be thankful for the beauty that surrounds you.

A friend brought this little plaque to me this morning, and another friend gave me the orchid a couple of years ago, I put them together for the photo. This is oh so true. Thank you for your friendships through the years here in blogland.