Hospitality House

The Saturday after Hurricane Matthew, I decided to have some peeps for dinner.     

Since when are you a cannibal??


Re-read that sentence.

Oh, yeah, okay, I see the problem there.     Saturday, I decided to have some peeps OVER for dinner!

Much better!

And even though I had had the girls overnight, it still only took me about 10 min. to make the living room and dining room/kitchen presentable!!       That was a huge accomplishment!!

slob, humor, covered clutter  Yup, hid some baby toys under that there blankie!!

And yes, I threw put some of the bulky stuff in the girls’ room, but I wasn’t madly running thru the house, just throwing stuff any ole where!

slob, humor, clutterslob, humor, clutter?    After all, where does the girls’ stuff belong, if not in their room??

{throat clearing}      What about this??

slob, humor, clutter     (Please note: Dresser top is still neat, except for the 1 blankie!)

Yes, I did put all the sewing/quilting stuff from the dining table, in the crib.      And your point?

Well, you shoved stuff.

True, but that was only a small bit of stuff, and the sewing room IS in my room, so MY point still holds!     “I wasn’t madly running thru the house, just throwing stuff any ole where!”

Mama was spending the afternoon, with me and the girls, and I decided I needed to feed her, for once.     Usually I say, “Sorry, Mama, I don’t have anything.”      (For some reason she won’t eat PP’s canned mac and cheese. )

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So, I thawed some chix thighs, put them in (Rose’s) crock pot.        Then, I cut up onions, put them in crock, and there was no room for the potatoes!       Mama and Rose were NOT happy about that development!       I blithely said, “We’ll just have to mash them then! “Knowing good and well I didn’t intend to mash them!}

But, I did peel the potatoes.      By this time, I was exhausted, and needed some refreshment. So, I peeled, and sliced some apples for PP, and ate some.      Ah!     The restorative powers of sustenance!

Then I washed off table, and set it.      Washed enough forks.

SF kindly cooked the broccoli, after Mama mashed the taters.      Rose had gone home, and baked put a blackberry cobbler in the oven.     Oh so yummm!!       (Even the store bought stuff tastes good with vanilla ice cream on it!)     And, for all those watching my diet for me, no, it wasn’t GF.      slob, humor, sad               After dinner, I cleared the dishes, and stopped Mama from washing them all.     She managed to get most of the pots done, before I caught her!

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   {Could you have guessed our menu from the crock dreggs??}

I didn’t finish them till next day.     Babysitting, cooking, and cleaning was enough for 1 day!!

The last time I had  peeps over for a meal was Dec. 24, 2015, for the Hawkins family Christmas Eve party.      And to prepare for that took a month, and 3 sessions with an organizer, and 1 pd cleaning!!

I’ve come a long way, baby!!

Pig Post

In Declutterathon Daze, I called myself a pig.   Gilly called me on it.      Her impassioned plea, “But pleeeeeeease don’t ever refer to yourself as a pig again.😦 I know pigs are cute and all that stuff and you were probably joking etc but be kind to yourself! And if you can’t – then let other people be kind to you – you are not a pig Melinda! You are a beautiful, intelligent, entertaining human being who loves ice cream bars a bit too much🙂.”

(Thanks for all the love, and compliments, Gilly!!)

She wasn’t the only one. Holy Spirit did too.     {I do NOT hear His voice audibly, it’s in my spirit., and thru His Word, the Bible.    I’m using blue for Him, because I want to make the distinction between talking to myself, and Him.   He is a real person.)

Holy Spirit said,  (gently) Melinda, re-read what you just wrote.   What did you call yourself?”

A pig.

“Are you really, literally, a pig?”


“Who does the Bible say you are?”

A new creation in Christ.    2 Corinthians 5:17 [Full Chapter]   KJV

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
“What else?”

A child of God, and  joint heir with Christ.

Romans 8:17   KJV
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and jointheirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
“So, by calling yourself bad names, what are you doing, in essence?”
Calling God a liar.

“Do you really think God is a liar??”


“Good.   Then what do you have to do?”

Repent!!   Ask God forgiveness!!

“And?   What else?”

Never do that again!     Remember I am a joint heir with Christ, seated with Christ in heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:6     KJV
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:


“Yes, indeed, my girl.    Remember, God loves you.   Always.”

John 3:16     KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I am a daughter of God, joint heir with Christ, loved by God!slob, humor, happy!

Declutterathon Dresser Drawers

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Finally- day 21!!       It seems like it’s taken me a month longer than everybody else to do a 3 week challenge!!      (Maybe because it HAS??      Queen Anne finished hers on Sept. 25! )

FPPPTT!!     (Exactly how do you spell that rude raspberry noise??)       Never mind, this’ll do.      slob, humor, raspberry

Alrightey, then!      Let’s dive straight into the straightening!!  

Timer set?       Ready, steady, set, GO!!      slob, humor, GO!

Top drawer revealed:   slob, humor, cluttered drawer  Dresser drawers!!      Not Southern type “drawers”!!

slob, humor, cluttered drawer   2nd drawer.      slob, humor, not too bad    3rd drawer.

Need to find the pic of the bottom drawer!!

In the top drawer I had tons of expired meds.      NOT good!!        I know, I know!!

slob, humor, cluttered     Aha!   Here it is!      The bottom drawer pic, I mean.     Okay, back to the expired meds.       Lots and LOTS of expired med!   

Lots, and LOTs of expired meds!      slob, humor, expired medicine      13 bottles, 1 baggy, and 2 boxes.        The top box is not even my med!       How do I have my Mama’s med???        So, I have it bagged up to take to the expired med. drop off place.        Thanks, Queen Anne for the info on finding that expired med. drop off place.      Also in the top drawer, was a memory T-shirt.       slob, humor, old memory     It seems unreal that I used to fit into this shirt!        No, we don’t need to mention how many years ago!!       My college BFF, Joyous, gave it to me, after she graduated our college, and moved on to the next one.      (3 guesses what it was! )       It is now in the memory box.

Also, a purple little bin, and a charging cord.       slob, humor, clutter       Could this be the charging cord for the laptop I already gave away???        If it is, happily, the lady lives just down the street!

Oh my, that 2nd drawer!!        What a literal treasure trove!!         I wonder how many elementary treasure chests you could stock outta that drawer??

Let’s see:

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Well, maybe not the vinyl letters…..      And the light switch plate is slated for the girls’ room.

slob, humor, nope, not a pair  Nice pair of purple gloves!!           Nope, not a pair.         Seriously??         Now we’re gonna start the whole thing over again, but with single gloves???              slob, humor, matched pair        Well, at least I have  1 matched pair!!         And since winter is only approx 49 hours long, I think I’ll be okay.      So the 2 spares went in file 13.        Yay!       Another slam dunk!          (But speaking of winter- where’s my hat?????)

Look what the 3rd drawer had in store, Jen!    slob, humor, single sock = clutter!      These single socks seem determined to follow in our very foot steps!!          Buh, bye!

slob, humor, clutter?    Bottom held this gem, along with fabric.        The fabric was shifted over to the left side, along with all the other fabric.       Now, what to do with this???   I no longer take breathing treatments.        (And haven’t in the last 8 years.     I do believe I’m good!)       But do I keep it just in case I ever do??           If I can donate it, where??           Questions, questions, everywhere, and no answers in sight.       I need a little Nony help right now!       I guess I’ll call the pharmacy, and see what they say.

Dresser drawers denuded:

Top.   slob, humor, declutteredslob, humor, decluttered    How neat and organized!!        I love it!!          Thank you!!           (IF you’re wondering what those vials are, they held the expired epi-pens.      Nony suggested keeping them for little stuff.         Like PP’s confetti, maybe??        Definitely!!)

2nd dresser drawer.   slob, humor, decluttered. just not organized      Ummm, well…. it’s decluttered …        Yup!  Undies only!!              And socks.             Yes, undies- tops, and bottoms, and socks.          But certainly not Kon-maried!!           And that’s ok.         It’s decluttered, only undies are there, and I’m all good with that!!

3rd drawer.         slob, humor, decluttered. not organized. There's a difference.         The all jammies, all the time drawer!           I’m excited that now I know where to put stuff, and I can find it now!!

Bottom:  The piece de resistance!              slob, humor, all decluttered!!

Just look at all that lovely empty space!!        Woot Woot!        I’m so proud of you!!         Thank you!!       I’m quite proud of myself!         Now, the trick is to keep it like that!!         You know they will want to see an update in a month or so!       I’ll keep that in mind!

Thus endeth the Royal Challenge of the Declared Declutterathon.        Queen Anne hath declared her pleasure with all her Ladies-In-Waiting!!  

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Queen Anne, that is!

Thank you, my Queen!


Queen Anne’s Day  21:


Queen Anne’s other Ladies-in-Waiting:

Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog

Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder

Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff


Queen Anne’s newest Ladies-in-Waiting:
Gilly, at Anything but housework

Liliia, at Bring your baby abroad 

Declutterathon Deck

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Not really deck, so much as carport.     And I was forced to work on this area, courtesy of Hurricane Matthew.        Thanks for nothing, Matt!

Old non-working dryer.   slob, humor, clutter    Cane fishing pole. slob, humor, more clutter

Shelf full of more clutter.    slob, humor, clutter   As a matter of fact, the shelf itself is clutter!

Random piece of trash.    slob, humor, not even clutter, plain trash    Guess where it went???

slob, humor, clutter just moved    The shelf clutter, just re-situated, inside the workshop.

slob, humor, decluttered    Look Mom!   No cane!!    slob, humor, decluttered (mostly)

All nice and decluttered!!       Except PP decided the shelf looked too bare, and started fall decorating early!!          That’s my baby!      (Those brown lumps are seed pods.)

Now I just need someone to haul away the dryer, and someone to put the shelf out by the road for pick up.      Then, my deck (read: carport)  will be really decluttered!!      Don’t look for clean- NOT gonna go out there and sweep!!



Queen Anne’s other Ladies-in-Waiting:


Service Smiles

Hey, wasn’t too hard to come up with a title today!!    Got these all off Facebook.    So funny!! But no, not service as in doing a job.   Church service, baby!

Hope these smiles follow you all day!!

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Yup!   Nuttin like that Holy Ghost conviction!

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Oh so very awkward!


slob, humor, church meme     Right??!!

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Especially if she’s the pastor’s wife, like ours!!    Right, Sissy?   Bubba??

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Oh snap!

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This was us when we filled in for the missionary in Bahamas for 2 weeks!!


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      Anybody else??    Oh, just me??     Riiiiiiight.


Service with a mile of smiles.     

Declutterathon Dish Deposit

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Well, I was sitting in my recliner, surveying my kingdom living room, and enjoying the view.     The nice, uncluttered, clean deceptively clean looking, view.      And, I was thinking of what my next Declutterathon project could possibly be; since my whole house was pretty much decluttered down to the bone!

AHA!!       Or so you thought!!         Yes, or so I thought!       Until my roving eyes landed on this.     slob, humor, corner hutch

Oh yeah, the corner hutch/ china cabinet/dish deposit place.       (At least, that’s what Granny always used it for; me?     This and that, some of whatever thrown in for good measure.)

I thought it looked like some books on the top shelf, but I wasn’t positively sure, so I ventured closer.    slob, humor, corner hutch- clutter?     Sure enough!     Books!!       Lots of books!!

slob, humor, books!     12 to be exact!      How did I not go thru these already when I went thru books last time??        Got me!        Anyway, the cookbook is a no-brainer donate!   Then the 8 romances went straight into the trash.     I still can’t understand how they’ve been here in my house the last 11 months, when I’ve been purging so much!!

slob, humor, clutter        And the 3 keepers.     slob, humor, not clutter

Grace Livingston Hill romances are so sweet, old fashioned, and Christian.      She includes the plan of salvation in each one.      Remember when I agonized so over my 3 boxes of Graces????      Some that I’d had for 4 decades??       Yeah, well, I still think about them occasionally, but still haven’t cried over them!!       (And I know I could still name a large percentage of them too!     I loved those books!!     But as it turns out, I’m loving my clean open spaces even more!)

Then the drawer, in the middle.     slob, humor, clutter      In my other trailer, this was supposed to be my office drawer, since I didn’t have a desk.     Now that I have a desk, all this has a home to go to.      YAY for knowing where stuff belongs!

slob, humor, decluttered      Ah!     Looks good!        Ahem.        Oh, okay, except for those 3 things it looks good.       I’ll take care of them, but no need for another pic!


Then the shelves below.     slob, humor, some clutter       Not too bad!  Only 2 things!!      The printer paper goes in the desk.       Let’s see what that other thing is.

slob, humor, clutter     A box.      A completely empty box.       Since I’ve been using the antenna for 10 months now, I think it’s safe to say I’m keeping it!       Recycle away!            slob, humor, all decluttered!        Empty shelves never looked so good!


No dishes deposited here, and no more junk books either!!




Queen Anne’s Day  19:

Queen Anne’s other Ladies-in-Waiting:


Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog

Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder

Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff


Declutterathon- Dresser

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Here it is: Da Dresser:

Top of it anyway.

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Lovely, right??      Yet another space that I’ve been ignoring far too long.     (How long have I lived here now, 10 months???     Yup, almost that long.      Aside:  I can’t believe I’ve been here that long!!      AND, that you haven’t moved yet!!       Har de har har)

Okay, so here we go.     Remember the timer!!       Yes, yes, I have it right here.      I meant, remember to start it!!        {mutters}     Everybody’s a comedian.      There, I started it, okay?          Ya don’t have to be so grumpy about it, just trying to help.

So, diving in.     Lots of goodies here!

Look, Jen!     Two single socks!    slob, humor, clutter

Maybe if your singles could be fixed up with my singles, we could have some sock grandbabies??       Oooohh, no!!      Look at the heart one- way too young to even THINK of getting married!      True, plus she already trashed hers.      Another good idea down the drain.

Oh my!!        More birthday presents for PP, that she never received!      Drat you clutter!!

Yeah, right, like it’s the clutter’s fault, not yours.

Well,   (sputter, sputter….)    {clears throat}      Look over there!     Is that the ugliest doll you’ve ever seen, or what??      slob, humor, ugly doll- trash!






I think that’s definitely trash.      Especially since the only time I’ve ever even seen PP touch it, was when she hauled it in here, and plunked it down!      Never to be seen again!       Till now, of course.     Of course! I was able to save the cute dress. Someday another doll will come along…

Gobs of paper work, some to recycle, some to shred.      (I was able to just tear the bottoms of some, since they were from the hospital, and that was the only identifying part.    YAY!!)

Gorgeous personalized journal from my Sis.     Thank you, Magnanimous Michelle!!

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Handmade Christmas cross stitch, circa 1990 something.       When you could still see??       You think you’re so funny.      {whispers}    I see Christmas presents!

After about 45 minutes (total- I had to take a, several, many breaks!) of huffing and puffing, here is the beautiful, so well-worth-it results!

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The original art work is by my girls- approx. 25 years ago.       See?     Somethings are GOOD to hold onto!!



Queen Anne’s Day  18:


Queen Anne’s other Ladies-in-Waiting:


Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog

Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder

Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff