Kim’s Kwilt

Doncha just love the English language??   Just throw any ole combination of letters out there, stir gently, and Ta Da!  You’ve spelled a word!

Kim is DD2.   I don’t talk about her much, since she’s been gone in school for the last 7 years.  

Kim’s kwilt is an old one, that I now sleep with every cold night.   And when I say old, I mean years old.   7 to be exact!   While she was in high school, she asked for a quilt.    So, I looked around, and saw flannel sheets that I had stopped using, cuz they were too hot.  (She needed a heavy quilt since she was going to college in WV.   Go, Mountaineers!)    So, I grabbed an old worn out comforter, sandwiched it in between the sheets, and voila!! A recycled fabric quilt!!   (Isn’t that the definition of a quilt???   Used to be anyway.)   I even went to the extra step of appliquing her name on it.

Kim name appliqued on quilt

The quilt is navy blue, and her name is actually purple. Even tho it doesn’t look like it.


So, I was so proud of myself, when I presented it to her that Christmas!    

And THEN, she had the NERVE to not like it!!

She said “EWWW, it’s made outta old sheets.   Yuck!”

Ummmm, hel-ler, that’s ALL Granny’s quilts used to be made out of, old clothes and such!!   And of course, washing stuff doesn’t get it clean at all.

Anyway, she then proceeded to present me with a bag of her old T-shirts, and asked me to make a memory quilt outta them.  

bag of old T shirts

Apparently old T-shirts are not as yucky as old sheets. Who knew??

(And They were new????   Whatever.    eye roll)   Kim asked me to have them quilted by the time she graduated from college, a dead line which was 4 years away.    (I’ll leave it to your imagination, whether or not I met that deadline.     Umm, hint: NOT.)

So, here it is her THIRD graduation, (high school, college, now medical school-she’s gonna be an eye doctor!!  Woo hoo!!!)  and her T-shirt kwilt ain’t done.    And her graduation ceremony is May 20th.    Yeah, as in only four months away!!

So back to being chained to my sewing machine!!!   I already have a long quilt queue, Shirley’s, ( which is only 15 months long in the making now), PP’s, PPJr’s, and now Kim’s.    Actually, Kim’s should be first in line, since I was supposed to have it done 7 years ago!!!    Priorities, Melinda, priorities!!

Okay, okay!   No more time to waste, sitting here chatting with you!!!  Go go, gadget!!!   I wish I had a sewing machine arm, I could switch out!   Wouldn’t that be the coolest???    {gets lost in a Professor Gadget-like daydream for hours…..}


College Collective

It was always assumed we 3 kings kids would go to college.   Were you breathing?   Yes, sir.  Do you intend to remain in that condition following graduation?   Yes, sir.   Then you’re going to college.    (Maybe it was never stated verbally, but trust me: it was implicit in their eyes, whenever it was time for report cards!)

Also assumed, was WHAT college, A BIBLE college, for course.   And WHICH Bible college was therefore predestined: Southeastern Bible College of the Assemblies of God.   (We called ourselves SCAGites, isn’t that a lovely image???)   By the time Brother got there, (AFTER I graduated in 1983, Sister in 1993, and MAMA {Go, MAMA!!} in 2003) it was SEU, Southeastern University.   We’d come a long way, baby!   AS you can tell, since he’s older than Sis, he’d taken a detour on the way there.   Barely survived till then too, since our dad nearly skinned him alive for declaring. “I don’t WANT to go to college.  I’ll be happy as a manual laborer.   {Aha! NOW I remember why we called him Manuel!}

Anyway, now where was I???   Oh yeah, college.   No wonder my mind wanders, that was a LONG time ago!    (Since you know what year it is, do the math.   If you don’t know what year it is, it’s okay, we still love you.)

So, I dutifully went to college.  I really loved school, so I was looking forward to it.   AND bonus; I got to live in the dorm!!!!   Woo hoo!! Par-TAY time!!   All my  life I had been a good church girl.   Well…. mostly!   I was still a virgin, never did drugs, (Unless you count caffeine!) and obeyed my parents (usually).   I didn’t even sass back…. unless you count eye rolls, and tongue sticking-out-behind-their-back, which they ALWAYS totally busted me on!   How do mothers DO that??   ( I found out when I became a Mom.   It’s a superpower God gives Moms.)   So, anyhoo, I was looking forward to the freedom of being on my own.   Yeah, right!!   SEBC  thought they were our parents!   Just without the Mom superpowers.

So, I did a few minor infractions, but stayed on the Honor Roll.   But the school never gave out 5 dollar bills, like the REAL parents did!!

PurpleSlob college boyfriend

Me, (YES, really me! 3 decades ago)

(Allen C, my senior year boyfriend, and I at my Senior Banquet.   I pretended this was our wedding photo!!   What??  He had on a tux, and I had on a white dress!!  I had a vivid imagination, yes!)



When I graduated, cum laude, thank you very much, I knew I was gonna be a teacher, till I met Mr. Right, got married, had babies, and never work again.    OOOOhhhh, my sides hurt from making myself laugh so hard at THAT one!!!  Being a parent is the HARDEST job in the world!!   Followed closely by being a teacher.

Okay, now I’ve totally lost my entire train of thought for this post….

Something about going to college and meeting boys, was what I originally thought I was gonna write about.   Oh, well.  Hope you enjoyed this peek into the past!

Next time I’ll try to stick to the point!


Manic Monday on a Wednesday

I couldn’t sleep, after a 3 hour nap.  So, I went kinda manic.  I started decluttering like a mad woman.

Found 5 Wal-Mart bags, and a huge tote bag full of stuff to donate.  I went through my closet, my jewelry box, and my Expedit.

You would not believe the stuff I had.  Brand new Graduation party stuff, (my youngest graduated college 3 years ago), brand new school supplies like crayons, glue, markers, etc,

slob, humor, school supplies

WHY do I have them again??

(did I mention my youngest graduated college 3 years ago????),

jewelry I never wear, some of it I don’t think I ever wore, ( blue, and brown earrings are NOT purple!), assorted junks, brand new jewelry in the package, (how many pairs of strawberry earrings did I think I needed??? Seriously!), other party supplies, such as balloons, crepe paper, and balloon weights, (all brand new).  (I know, that is the world’s longest sentence, but my blog… etc.)

I have already been through my stuff and donated many things, so how can I still have so much to declutter??


1.  It’s brand new! I must keep it! It’s too good to give away!!  (IS that 1 reason or 3? You decide.)

2.  I might need it.

3.  Laziness, not wanting to actually work on decluttering.  Thank God for this blog, and being forced to do something, so I have something to post about!

4.  I got it for a specific purpose, that occasion has come and gone, but a similar one might arise.


5.  Need I go on??

So proud of myself! I did something useful instead of wasting the 2 hours on my crack, I mean Facebook.

slob, humor, facebook

Self explanatory


Only 2 hours??


Wow, it feels like it took hours, and hours, and hours! Instead of only hours.  See how I fool myself?  Yay, Tonight I just did it.