I sleep on a King Size waterbed. Lots of room for me and the Mews. And Marley slept the entire night under the blankets at my side last night.
Did you know that water escapes a big thick plastic waterbed mattress? Yeah, me neither! It happens very slowly, and I suppose few people have a waterbed undisturbed for 28 years. I'm guessing some random breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen (there was a big air bubble in the mattress), some very gradual escape (even plastic/rubber isn't 100% impermeable forever,and "something else" (its always wise to cover all possibilities, LOL!). But over 20 yeras, the water in the waterbed had lessened,
SO... I hauled a garden hose into the house. I kept the connector to the waterbed all these years (I've had this waterbed mattress for 38 years - talk about a good deal). Well, the waterbed frame has drawers below it, so it just sat patiently in there waiting to be used again after the 28 years since I moved here.
The hose in through the bathroom window...
So I connected the garden hose to the waterbed mattress connector and turned it on full blast. For . 10. Minutes.
That's a lot of water. The mattress is twice as thick as it was before. Now you have to understand that the incoming water is cold. I hope the Very Small Heater can warm it up enough by the time I go to bed. A cold waterbed mattress can suck the warmth right out of you even through several blankets.
But oh is it going to be nice tonight! It had gotten to the point where, when I turned over, my knees hit the support frame below the mattress. That sure won't happen for ANOTHER 20 years, LOL! And honestly, in another 20 years I doubt I'll notice. Or I'll have to do it again!
Update, it warmed up nicely. I slept like a good baby and I haven't done that for a while.