The mask wore out in due course. They are traditionally not made of the highest quality. As a result I gave up using them. However thirty years later I stumbled upon a collection of cotton masks in a local drug store. The items were hanging in clear plastic envelopes among a collection of ear plugs, pill boxes, nose clips and wrist bands. I bought two. What I liked about them in particular was that they were washable. This proved to be an important feature because when I subsequently bought replacement masks (which were made of synthetic pseudo-silk) at the pharmacy, I discovered that the colour (normally black) bled onto the pillow case. Fortunately I had retained two of the old cotton masks though they were becoming frightfully shabby.
Yesterday I telephoned a nearby bedding retailer. The clerk referred me to health stores. I began by calling our local health food store (Dandelion). They had nothing. Accordingly I ditched the idea of solving this trifling issue. Nonetheless on my way into Stittsville to get the car washed I thought about going to Bayshore Shopping Centre to check out Hudson's Bay Company and whatever other stores might have such a thing, including the large Winners store there. Fired by these possibilities I first went to two other outlets of Winners in Stittsville and Bells Corners neither of which had anything. My luck did not improve at Bayshore (though I pointedly proved to myself that walking about a large mall and climbing the stairs is serious work).
Disappointed I abandoned my resolve and returned home to Almonte. On my way there I thought about checking out Dollarama next to Patrice's grocery store. It proved a success! There - in Aisle 7 - I found (with the help of the clerk) a collection of sleep masks each for the extraordinary price of $1.57! I bought eight! Last night I used one of them. So far, so good. I hadn't however fully exhausted all resources. On-line this morning I found what appears to be a superlative model at Gilchrist & Soames in London, England. Just as I was placing my order I received a telephone call from Rainbow Foods (another of the health food stores I had called yesterday). The caller advised they had two in stock, one of which was a mute colour made of organic cotton. Picture my delight!
In the meantime I threw out the old cotton masks I've had for years as well as the cheap synthetic model I kept in the desk by the leather couch where I take my afternoon naps.