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Old 03-07-2019, 08:15 AM   #1
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Not too Old to Learn!

I'm 69 and been camping my adult life.
Just went to the camper because too old/hurt too bad to continue sleeping on the ground/carrying my whole camp gear.
We went to NC for 2 days this past weekend to see DS and family. When I was making up the Snoozy bed (which I love for being the best sleep I can get with my back) I decided that to help DH- a S. FL born and raised guy who detests cold weather- I would have us sleep [B]on[B] the fleece blanket put over the bottom sheet. I meant to put another fleece blanket over the top sheet and under the comforter - but forgot. So atop was just the sheet and comforter.

It worked! We were very comfortable at night (of course I was plugging in the 200 watt heater also at night)

Even I found the bed much more comfie warm than just a bottom sheet and mattress cover at bedtime!

Still making discoveries in my old age!
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:24 PM   #2
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Two inches of memory foam reflect even more heat than a fleece blanket. But the blanket certainly is less money.
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:07 AM   #3
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Fleece blankets are like a cat's fur in the winter when they fluff themselves up. All those little air pockets hold in the heat. Of course down blankets work the same way with all that air in between the downy feathers.
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:35 PM   #4
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OMG - love fleece!

Oh yes, I certainly do love fleece blankets. When we got our new Escape a friend made a double layer blanket for me to use when lounging on the dinette. Cat pattern, of course. It was made using the no-sew method.


Next time I saw the friend (she lives on the other side of the state from me, so I don't see her all the time), I asked her to show me how she made it.


OMG, I became addicted after making one stinking blanket. Yep, one blanket was all it took. Every time I visit we hit JoAnns and I come home with wads more material. As well as from my local stores. And some mail order places.


Yeah, addicted. Last year I took a 13 state trip and visited a lot of friends. I gifted each of them a blanket with either dogs, cats or horses on 'em. I've gifted other friends with blankets.


I've made so many of them we could survive by piling them up over us if the power went out during the winter for a long time. And there would still be blankets to spare, even after flinging some over the cats.


And yet more blankets were made. Did I say I was addicted? I ended up listing some on my Etsy shop (CritterClocks) as I have so many of those stinking blankets.


While I love the designs of some quilted blankets, I've never liked the weight of them. The fleece blankets keep me warm without lots of weight. I also have some single layer ones I use for when I need just a bit of warmth.


Here's some photos of the blankets I've kept for myself. if you wanna see the ones for sale, head to Etsy and type in my shop name.


Yeah, love these things!
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:04 AM   #5
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Hi, MItzi!

I so hear you about continued learning! At 65, having recently broken a vertebra due to osteoporosis, I'm having to relearn almost every movement I make. Doesn't help that I now seem to be several inches shorter...and I was short already.

Pain is gradually fading and yesterday I worked out exactly how to get inside Peanut for the first time in three months, but how to sleep in Peanut is going to be a challenge. I was heartened to hear you have found such a great solution and have kept learning! Better believe I'll be incorporating your ideas as best I can!

BEST to you!

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Old 03-21-2019, 03:13 PM   #6
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Making fleece blanket with kitties appears to be your catharsis. I like the one in the first photo the best; very tasteful!
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:35 PM   #7
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Fleece blankets.

In case you've never noticed, cotton sheets, mattress pads and mattresses can feel cold. Foam or memory mattresses can also feel cold.
A fleece blanket or length of fleece from the fabric dept, then the sheet over it, makes things much warmer, and not clammy.
There are at least 3 different weights of fleece. Check at a fabric shop like JoAnns.

Easy to wash, too. Stopped using a top sheet, just the fleece blanket and a fluffy (store bought, polyester filling) quilt over that. I will admit, my truck has a good heater.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:12 AM   #8
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Shhhhh don’t tell the quilter police but for the backing of the quilt tops I use the fleece. I’m happily with the work I put on the top and the comfort of the fleece. Shhhhh
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:29 AM   #9
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For whatever its worth, flannel sheets are good too. We use them year around both in the house and in the trailer. Even the three extra bedrooms have flannel sheets.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:29 AM   #10
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but...flannel is cotton and cotton kills!
not very cheap but another alternative is Celiant (tm) bedding.
https://www.amazon.com/celliant-shee...elliant+sheets

And the science of it. https://celliant.com
I do have a celliant mattress cover down also.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:42 AM   #11
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but...flannel is cotton and cotton kills!

Celliant@ is the brand name for a bi-component fibre created using polyethylene terephthalate.
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Old 04-26-2019, 01:42 PM   #12
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no sew blankets

Well time for true confessions ... I am apparently one of very few on this forum that didn't have a clue what a no sew blanket is so I went out on the web and educated myself. What a great idea ! One I will put to work immediately ( it has the earmarks of something even a guy can do ). Thanks for sharing Lee
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I have difficulty carrying sheets, blanket, and comforters. I find it much easier to just carry 2 sleeping bags stuffed in their stuff bags. It's also easier to make the bed, put the be away and the dinette. As far as sleeping warm, I'm always warm in my sleeping bag. We also run the furnace at night with thermostat set to betwee 40 and 55. No electricity in my trailer since the only time it's plugged is when it's in home nest.


As far as learning is concerned we learned a lot during out backpacking years and have lot of great memories. Making more all the time.
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There's nothing better than sleeping comfortable, however you decide THAT is what works for you.

I sleep in 600 count Egyptian cotton sheets, with an electric blanket (when hooked up to power). A comfy quilt or other topper over the bed when electricity isn't available.

Why? Because I earned it and I deserve it. I gave up sleeping bags when I gave up my tent. YMMV
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