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My quest for the worlds most comfortable bed, is complete.

 
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My quest for the worlds most comfortable bed, is complete. I'm lying on it, as I write this, with voice to text.
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As many of you are aware, I live at job sites where I prepare houses to be picked up and moved or tear them down completely or partially, in order to salvage the building materials.

I have done this through more than 20 Canadian winters, and I only have electricity and heat about 10% of the time. When you're living like this, a comfortable bed at the end of the day, is very important. When it comes to nighttime comfort, I'm like The Princess and the Pea.👸 It has to be just right, or I continue to squirm and adjust things and complain, although there's no one around to complain to. Some find it unusual, that a guy who doesn't pay for a home, insists on absolute comfort. 😏

Many different combinations of foamy and regular mattress have been tried. None compare to the old cot that I found in the attic of one of the houses being moved.
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This old cot folds up to 2.5 inchs thick. It is 6 ft long, so it wouldn't accommodate anyone much over 6 feet. The mattress is laid on the big spring, which seems to sag about 2 inches in the central area around my butt and then less toward both ends, where I keep my head and feet. So, it behaves like a stiff hammock. Enough give, to make it comfortable and not so much that you sink down to the floor and become a prisoner of the device.

I have found it most comfortable using the mattresses pictured. If I had a much thicker top mattress, I probably wouldn't need to do it this way. Everything you're looking at, except for one of the blankets, was found in houses that I've worked on.

The three little cushions are too long, but that creates a nice platform, where I often set food, my phone and anything else I'd like to have within reach.

I find it most comfortable to sleep with my knees raised, instead of laying flat on my back. A rolled-up sleeping bag works perfectly.
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Pillow... Me and pillows have never gotten along well. Usually, I don't find them comfortable, and in the summer I find them too hot. If I do find one that's comfortable, it slides away onto the floor at the slightest movement. I found this old wool blanket and it works perfectly as a pillow when rolled up or just jumbled. It doesn't slide away and it is perfectly ventilated. On cold nights, I can unravel some of it and cover my face. It's so soft that there's no itchiness as often happens with wool.

The big sleeping bag on top is my warmest piece of bedding. One of my customers laid it on the floor, with a plan for us to walk on it while tearing down a chimney. I retrieved some very crappy bedding from my vehicle and we used that instead. His plan was to throw it out afterwards.

Sometimes it's the middle of the day, but I'm very tired from doing something, and I'm also covered with stuff that I don't want in my bed. I have a big sheet of plastic that can be thrown right over the whole thing. Then I can lay in bed to have my lunch or make phone calls or whatever during my break, and I don't have to take off my muddy boots or any of my other stuff. Then, the plastic is carefully removed. You'd be surprised at how uncomfortable just 1/8 cup of sand or half a slice of toast can be, when it gets into your bedding. I've had it between my cheeks, and I don't mean the ones on my face.😨
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When my wife arrives from the Philippines, there's a good chance that she will accompany me on some of these job site adventures. I will definitely step up the quality of accommodation, including some sort of home on wheels, for when the houses don't work out.

 The coldest day she has ever experienced was somewhere around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. About 20 Celsius. She's little, so there's a chance that we could both fit on this bed. But I like my space, if it starts to get too hot. Nova, likes to snuggle up, when it gets cold. There's a bit of a convergence. Too hot for me is anything over 80 Fahrenheit. To cold, for Nova is anything below that.

 A few times in Cebu, the temperature dipped into the high 70's. Whenever it gets frigid like that, Nova dashes from the shower, to wherever I am, in order to warm up.🔥 I could be laying there looking at the tablet and then suddenly, there she is.

 The arrival of a naked girl, fresh from the shower can be a very positive thing, but not always. One day, it must have been about 95 degrees under the blankets, and she kept snuggling closer and closer. I asked, "what are you doing?" She said, "I'm warming up, you are so nice and warm my love." I was already too hot.😓 I found a way to deal with this. I would have half of my body hanging out of the blanket receiving the cold air from the air conditioner. The other half remained under the blanket, to act as a living hot water bottle. Sometimes, when I'm a bit too warm, she puts her inexplicably cold feet and hands on my belly, and we both become quite comfortable.

 Apparently, you can get cold feet and hands on an 80 degree day, if you're chopping vegetables and the water is only 79 degrees.

I'm not sure how we will share this bed. Probably with my upper body completely uncovered, while Nova will be covered to the neck and wearing a wool hat.🐑
 
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She's going to want an adult onezie, with feet and a hood. My much better half has temperature issues, which is weird, because she comes from eight hours drive north of where we live, and she's a glassblower, who stands next to a glass furnace for hours on end. When we're lounging out of bed, on the couch and such, and we don't want to kill it with the electric heat, which dries the air and lightens our wallets, her adult onezie is her go-to.

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Nova may enjoy a slanket (blanket with sleeves) or its cousin the blanket with a neck hole (guess that is a poncho....), which is how I get through the winter. And hat, and maybe gloves. Ugly as sin but warm. Also, for those who aren't used to cold, getting into the habit of wearing a scarf or neck gaiter makes a big difference and isn't necessarily the first solution they think of. A soft wool scarf or a pashmina type thing will be a good present.
(I am that person with temperature issues. I moved from the frozen north to the almost-tropics and I'm freezing all time. I blame all those years with no heat whatsoever in the snow belt, now all the heat on earth is not enough for me)
 
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I'm sure we will try many things to keep her warm. My ultimate goal is to only spend summers in Canada and spend the rest of the time on our spice plantation in the Philippines. So keeping me cool will be a full-time job.

I was walking to the grocery store early in the morning the other day and there was a bit of ice on the puddles. A Filipino lady who is much chubbier than Nova, came out of an apartment building and also walked toward the store. She was dressed really well. I asked how she is adapting to the cold. She said I'm not, I don't like it, and I'm talking to my husband about buying a place in the Philippines when we retire. She's about 30 , so it looks like she may see some cold weather before that happens. Fred , our landlady's brother has lived in Edmonton. He is built like Santa Claus, but he still finds it extremely cold. The really slim ones would probably freeze solid.
 
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It's 5 p.m. and I have already been in bed for half an hour. I started doing this shortly after I set the bed up. I work until I get tired and then five minutes later I'm in bed. I always get up later, except for one day when I had started really early and I just slept right through till the next morning. The Absolute Comfort of this bed has changed my sleep pattern, temporarily.

One reason that I go to bed this early is because my wife in the Philippines will have just woken up. I give her some time to have her breakfast and things and then I'm not falling asleep later on when she calls me. I find I need less sleep over all, if I go to bed directly after doing a bunch of hard work. Then I'm not falling asleep in my supper later on.
 
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