Monday, January 19, 2015

Living the High Life by Margaret Ullrich - Highball Recipe

Last August I posted about our quest for a Queen-sized bed.
We had searched and tested mattresses in two countries.
You’d think, after all that trouble, that we’d have found the perfect bed.
You’d be wrong.

The queen-sized, soy-based, gel-plus memory foam mattress from Sears was just fine for about two months.

Then Paul’s shoulders and hips started to hurt again.
Since Sears has a one year return policy for their mattresses we were back to testing their mattresses.
Finally Paul decided on a tempur-pedic mattress and box spring set.  
The Concord.
Yes, we were buying a mattress set and not the airplane.

Kathryn was very helpful and, within minutes, had sorted out all our paper work.
We were given a large plastic bag to wrap the mattress.
We knew the routine.
On January 18 our bagged and sealed mattress was to be exchanged for the Concord.

I’ve got to admit that Sear’s service was prompt.
We had been told to expect the delivery between noon and six p. m.
At 11:30 a. m. we received a phone call.
They’d be here within ten minutes.
No problem - we’re home 24/7.
The young men who came were the same pair who had delivered the Zed bed.
They had also removed our old set, which we had bought from Eaton's, probably a few years before our young movers had been born.

By now we were buddies.
As they removed the Zed they said there had been problems with that model.
As bedding professionals, they approved of our replacement.
Which made me feel much better.
The set even came with a welcome kit!

They did have a bit of a chuckle while they installed the new bedding.
Some comments about our needing a step ladder, or maybe a stool.

The Zed was basically a slab of foam that was eight inches high.
Perfect for me, since I am about five feet tall.
I could easily sit on it, and getting in and out was no problem.
Since Paul was the one with the comfort issues, I had let him test out the mattresses.
What was fine for him would be okay by me.
Yes, well he’s over six feet tall.

The bed is comfortable.
But I feel like the girl in the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.
The mattress and box spring combined are twenty-one inches high.
Add the frame and it's another nine inches, for a total of thirty inches.

I have to take a flying leap to get into bed.
And it takes a few minutes for my feet to touch ground when I carefully slide over the side to get out of bed.
Well, nothing’s perfect.

I miss the days when we could camp and sleep on the ground.  
Oh, well, that was another century.
We’re zipping along in the twenty-first century.
Time for a nice simple drink, like a Highball.

A little history…
Highball may refer to the fact that these drinks are served in tall glasses.
Or it might refer to the dining cars of trains powered by steam locomotives.
When the engine got up to speed the ball showed that the boiler pressure was at its high level, known as "highballing".
Whatever, it’s a nice simple drink.


Pour over ice cubes in a highball glass
1 1/2 ounces whiskey, scotch, brandy, rum, gin, vodka or creme de menthe
Add favourite mix and stir.

Initially the highball was made with Scotch whisky and carbonated water, known in the UK as a "Scotch and soda".
Other highballs include the gin and tonic, Seven and Seven, and Cuba Libre

Happy Highballing!!!

About Tuesday’s new moon in Aquarius…
According to the folks at

The new Moon on January 20 is also a super Moon (Close to Earth)!  
The very next day Mercury goes retrograde amid this calm, cool, and collected constellation. With the planet of communication rolling backwards for the ensuing three weeks, expect to feel the opposite of calm! 

Social media and technology are in for some major confusion during this time, so be certain to back up your data.

When I posted about getting the bed it was also a Super Moon. 
It was a full moon in Aquarius which is the best lunation of the year for sexual experimentation.
No idea what this moon is supposed to do for our sex life.
Thanks to the extra height, I’m getting more exercise.

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