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  1. #16
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    Thanks for all of the good comments, I will go with the flannel sheets and comforter with a light cotton blanket in between. I DO have allergies, but I don't remember any evidence of being allergic to down. I am sure that a true down comforter would be lighter/warmer than a "hypo-allergic" manufactured fill. Let the search begin

  2. #17
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    My down comforter can be washed. You just zip off the cover part. Of course, we've barely washed it in the 11 years we've had it, but I am better now about it. It's also very thin.
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  3. #18
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    Ugh, I cannot stand flannel sheets. I love the idea of them, but they are too hot and my cotton pjs cling to them.

  4. #19
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    I've always wondered - where to featherbeds go? Do you put them on top of your bottom sheet? How do you keep them clean? Inquiring minds are curious!
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  5. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    I've always wondered - where to featherbeds go? Do you put them on top of your bottom sheet? How do you keep them clean? Inquiring minds are curious!
    I seem to remember that my grandmother put the bottom sheet over the featherbed, but my memory could be wrong. I won't go this route unless I can't get warm other ways, I am a bit concerned that much down/feathers might get my allergies going, but we will see.

    I am checking out local sources for comforters, my first stop was Kohl's. I DID get a thin Egyptian cotton blankie for a very good price, but will continue to shop around for both flannel sheets and a comforter, I suspect I will get the comforter online but it is worth the gas to check my local options. Kohl's hand a comforter that would have worked, but not at almost $200!!!!

    I've had flannel sheets before and had forgotten about them for some reason. As I remember I liked them. Kohl's was obviously treating the twin size flannel sheets as a loss leader, the cost for full size sheets were more than double!

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    It might be worth going to Kohl's website and signing up for emails -- you might get special offers that would save you some money.

    Ikea has some, though they all look pretty thin in the photos.

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20271571/

    I bought mine from LL Bean years ago. They're not cheap but they currently have a 10% off offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    I am a bit concerned that much down/feathers might get my allergies going, but we will see.
    Not really something you want to "see" about when you're talking about a big investment. Do you have a down vest or jacket you could wear continuously for a few days and see how you do? The only time in my life I've woken with paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea was the last time I slept in a down sleeping bag. Trust me, it is NOT a good feeling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OakLeaf View Post
    Not really something you want to "see" about when you're talking about a big investment. Do you have a down vest or jacket you could wear continuously for a few days and see how you do? The only time in my life I've woken with paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea was the last time I slept in a down sleeping bag. Trust me, it is NOT a good feeling.
    Same with my honey, no down pillows or comforters for us.

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    If down is an issue, multiple blankets can also work. It got pretty cold here last night, and I haven't taken the comforter out of its summer storage bag yet (nor have I put the flannel sheets on yet -- I still have the regular cotton sheets on the bed). I use a regular fleece blanket on top of my thin cotton blanket during the warmer months. I put a fleece throw and the snuggie on top of the cotton blanket and regular fleece blanket last night, and I was too warm.

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    I am allergic to goose feathers, but the down comforter doesn't bother me. Other feathers will make me itch almost immediately. I was quite concerned at first, but there's never been an issue, despite the fact that I react to lots of weird stuff that allergy tests haven't shown.
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  11. #26
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    They also have down alternative comforters that I will check into. One of the reasons my asthma is almost nonexistent is I avoid triggers...
    I may try the down, no feathers version, as long as I can return it. Something to look into.

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    I've looked this one before Murienn, and it has me interested. It isn't much more expensive than the others I've been looking at. I think, however, before I pull the trigger on this experiment, I am going to pick up another Egyptian cotton blankie or two and see how that works with my new flannel sheets. Thought about a microfiber velvet blanket but it is slick and I think would feel cold at first. It DOES get cold here, though I suppose we can't consider last winter as a normal winter - we got colder than Antarctica a couple of times...and they are already using those horrible words most of us learned last winter: "Polar Vortex".

    My personal winterization efforts have expanded to stocking my pantry with a bottle of Barbencourt (4 year) Rum & decaff coffee, and an extra bottle of Port. Also new wool socks. New tires next week for my car, and last summer I got a sheepskin hat. Winter, bring it on!

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    Off topic here, but what Port did you end up buying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Off topic here, but what Port did you end up buying?
    As it is related to "winterization" I don't think it is off topic at all

    I currently have two, both from Trader Joe's:

    Porto Morgado Tawny Port (Aged 10 Years) probably the best 10 year aged Tawny out there for $11 I like this one
    Just picked up a bottle of Quarles Harris 2008 (Late Bottled Vintage), which I am told is considered a good year - but it is only $12 at Trader Joe's. They do carry a $40 bottle of Port from Quarles Harris but I am not going there. I've not yet tried it, but will try it soon.

    I find I really like Tawny Port - been curious about Ruby Port, but have been told since Ruby Port isn't aged at all that it is much sweeter...and the Tawny is sweet enough for me!
    Last edited by Catrin; 11-08-2014 at 01:29 PM.

  15. #30
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    Very few grocery stores in MA are allowed to sell liquor, so my Trader Joe's does not. My local grocery store does, and we have a really good liquor store close, too. Based on your recommendations, I will be heading to Colonial Spirits tomorrow... everytime I say that, I think of my friend and former colleague who always says, "the bad boys in high school hung out at Colonial Spirits." This must have been when the drinking age was 18; I know by the time my kids got to the high school, they did not hang out there!
    We belong to a wine club and get wine every month through that, so it's pretty rare for me to go to the liquor store.
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