Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It's Here! It's Here!!
After years of saving and 'thinking about it', I finally ordered a wool filled mattress pad, about two months ago. Yesterday it was waiting for me by the gate when I got home from work. I was so excited! This isn't just any wool filled pad, nope, it's a Gracie-June wool filled mattress pad. Made from my own hardworkin', wool growin' sheep. My very first sheep were four little Dorset Ewe lambs; Faith, Mercy, Gracie and June. Gracie is the only one left of that first little flock, and June passed away just last summer. Gracie is still my biggest pest, er, pet and I'm so tickled to have to this durable useful item to always remember them by. The Dorset wool is wonderful for making mattress pads because of it's springiness and density. Once I found that out, I began saving fleeces and my pennies. It takes approximately 10 pounds of raw wool to make a Full Size mattress pad.
They definitely don't come cheap either, since all that wool has to be processed (Washed & Carded), and then of course sewn into it's cushy little cocoon. All told it cost around $148.00 plus the initial cost of shipping the wool to the Mill. However if you try to purchase one through retail outlets, they are about twice as expensive. I had it done at Frankenmuth Woolen Mill. It's wonderfully soft. It also came with corner straps to hold it on to the mattress which was a pleasant surprise.
There are many claims to the benefits of using wool mattress pads. They are non-toxic and chemical free, so therefore beneficial to those with allergies. They extend the life of your mattress, and can make an overly firm mattress more comfortable. The wool discourages growth of mold and mildew, as the wool helps wick moisture away from the mattress. Supposedly they are cool in the summer and warm in the winter (again, because wool tends to wick away moisture). Natural dust-mite repellent. Beneficial for those who suffer from general stiffness, sore backs, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis and need support for the body to help relieve pressure from joints.
Not a bad deal. I'll keep you posted on how I like it in the long run. Last night it was wonderfully soft and and comfortable. As you can see the "Inspector" heartily approves.