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With A Little Help From My Friends

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends


I’m sure most of us recognize these lyrics from the Beatles hit “With a little help from my friends.”

This is a hard post to write, but I can’t see any other choice right now. I’m asking for help, from my readers, friends and even strangers. I’m not good at this, so bear with me please.

I wrote a post a little while back about goals for this year. My number one goal was to get a new mattress, as the one I have is broken down. I call it ‘the mattress from hell’. I said it in a light-hearted manner. But it’s anything but lighthearted. This mattress is terrible. I hurt worse when I get up in the mornings than when I go to bed at night. I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in almost 2 years.

On one side it has a big dip, where the springs were broken in moving. The other side is higher. It’s not half and half either. The high side is about 1/3 of the bed, the broken side is the biggest part. If I lay on one side, I’m laying in a hole. I’ve put a folded up blanket on the mattress to try to fill in the dip. Doesn’t really work.  There really is no laying on the high side, as it’s too narrow, so if I try I roll down into the dip. Like I said, the bed from hell.

I jokingly said I was going to start a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new mattress. At the time, even I thought I was kidding. As the days (and nights of torture) passed, I began to really give this idea some serious thought. I had a few blogging buddies tell me, ‘go ahead! Do it!’. So, I am.

I see no other way to come up with the funds to purchase a new mattress. I wish I did.

Most of you know that my husband is disabled and that we live on a very limited budget. There is just no room for a new mattress. There isn’t even room in the budget to save for one!

The reason I have decided to start a fundraiser is simple. I need my sleep. I need to stay healthy so I can take care of my husband and the household. There is no one else around that can do it. Just me. I’m starting to develop health problems related to bad sleep on a bad mattress. I can’t afford to be sick. We have applied to various agencies for help. We have gotten very limited help so far. We are still trying. I won’t give up.

In the meantime, I have been thinking about how I could afford a new mattress. This is what came to mind. I set up the fundraiser page late yesterday afternoon. There is a button on my sidebar that you can click that will take you to the fundraiser page. There I explain why I started it and how much I would like to raise. All monies will go through PayPal, which is super easy to send money from. It’s accepted worldwide and has an excellent reputation.


It’s a modest sum, actually. I’m trying for a thousand dollars. I’ve got it marked for March 31, as the end date. So, in less than 3 months I am hoping I can raise enough for a new mattress. Anything I might possibly get over the thousand will be earmarked for a new refrigerator, as ours is dying fast.

At first it might seem a bit frivolous, but believe me, lack of sleep is anything but frivolous. Anyone, who has insomnia knows this. Anyone, who has sleep issues knows this. I certainly do!

This is where you, my readers and my friends come in. I’m asking for donations. Every little bit helps. I’m also asking for reblogs, or any other form of passing this on.

It’s not easy asking for help. I’ve always taken care of myself. Now, I have a disabled husband to think of also. Plus a dog and two cats. My fur babies. My responsibilities.

So, please dear friends, if you can help, do so. If not, I understand completely. If you can’t help money wise, maybe a reblog, send it out further into the wide world of internet. I deeply appreciate any and all help!

So click the sleeping woman button over there ———————->

I can get by with a little help from my friends.

A good friend emailed me a few days ago and suggested I start a fundraising page. They also said if I reach my goal, it might be fun to take a video of the shopping experience and purchase of the new mattress. What do you think? I think it would be fun too! I can bring you along for the shopping experience! After all, if it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be shopping for one in the first place!




24 thoughts on “With A Little Help From My Friends

  1. I can send you a bit Jackie….you know I need a new bed myself. I am totally on board with this! Never feel bad for asking for help, my friend. Plus, we are family here.
    Here is to getting you a good nights sleep!

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    1. Aw Mer, I know you are not too well off either and I know you need a new bed too. Don’t send anything if you really can’t. I understand completely. Big hugs to you!


      1. To late, already did. 😉 Wasn’t much, but it made me feel damn good to do it. I want you to be as comfy as possible…((hugs))


  2. So happy you did it Jackie! I’ll give what I can, just didn’t have a way to do it before. Here’s to a good night’s sleep! Hugs!


  3. I’m glad to see you’ve set it up, Jackie. I’ll need to wait for hubby’s bonus to come through, but I want to help, too. In the meantime, spreading the word!


  4. Ok, I did the math. If 20 people kick in $50 each, you got it, If 40 do $25 each, you got it. The more that kick in the less each has to do. I’ll even fight with pay pal for this. I always have enough. That’s my mantra and I’m stickin to it. I say it everyday all day. Works. All I want from you at the end is an autographed copy of your book that I will purchase when you’ve had enough rest to write it. Deal? 🙂


    1. Thank you so very much Marlene! I so appreciate your help in this. And yes! It’s a deal! When I publish my book you will be the first one I send a signed copy to! Promise! 🙂 Big hugs!


  5. Already half way there, that’s fantastic! I’ve just tweeted it. I’ll see how my budget is looking next month (still recovering from Christmas spending right now!). You totally deserve a new mattress 🙂


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