Pink Blankets and Lessons Learned


Sometimes things just do not go quite like you think they are going to when you start out. This morning I decided I would wash the bedding that I took home from my in-laws home. At present we are sorting through household items, as they are in the process of down-sizing.

My husband was gone for the day; so I thought it would be a good time to keep the wash machine running. The first items I put in, were two vellux blankets. I am not even sure they still make these type of blankets, but they were really soft and quite pretty.

I did read the tag to make sure I laundered them correctly. The tag told me to wash in warm water and tumble dry on low. (I am, if nothing else, a direction reader.) The tag also reminded a person that they needed to be washed a minimum of twice a year!

I put those blankets in the machine and got it started. I then proceeded to start housecleaning in my kitchen cupboards while the machine did its’ thing. Later I could hear the wash machine had made it through all the cycles and it was time to transfer them over to the dryer.

Imagine my surprise when I lifted that washer lid… looked like a giant rodent had been set loose in the machine with those blankets. Instead of blankets, I had a washer full of pink fluff that faintly strongly resembled that blow-in attic insulation…..only pink.

After a moment of stunned, brain-numbing disbelief, I started to laugh. I am not really sure why; but there was really nothing else to do! Mumbling to myself, I went in search of a garbage bag and headed back to the laundry room.

You would not believe how long it takes to scoop out two blankets worth of fluff from a washing machine. You would also not believe how that pink fluff tends to spread into every part of your home.

I did have to take a photo of the fluff and send it to my sister-in-law with the rather vague caption, “Vellux blankets do not age well when not used.” She called to tell me she was laughing so hard she about cried when she saw the photo of that bag of fluff.

I did learn a lesson from the bag of fluff….maybe not such a profound lesson…but a lesson none-the-less. I learned that we should use our good stuff because it might not age well and we may as well enjoy it while we can.

It also made me think that, perhaps, we should not wait till the time is “just right” to do the things we have on our bucket list. By the time it is “just right” life could have shredded!

I learned that sometimes life does not go as planned. Sometimes, it starts out looking marvelous, goes through a “wet” patch, and falls apart. I also learned it does no good to fret about it…it is much better for the attitude to find the funny side (if possible) and look for the silver lining (there usually is one, though it might be buried pretty deep).

Fortunately, a shredded blanket is not the end of the world. Sometimes it can be a great reminder to treasure the things we have, treasure the people we know and to not put items and people on a shelf to be enjoyed later.

It is a reminder to live the life we have now. We cannot go back and change things that have happened…..I cannot go back and turn that fluff back into a beautiful pink blanket….but I can find the “funny” in it….I can believe that life is good and trust that God’s got it….whatever “it” is.


Accept what is,
let go of what was,
have faith in what will be

28 thoughts on “Pink Blankets and Lessons Learned

  1. Margy says:

    I’ve heard of ‘pink’ jobs – I guess this was one of them…
    It reminds me of when you put a bathmat in the washing machine and the backing disintegrates!

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    • bcparkison says:

      Oh my…been there done that and it was a nightmare. My front load just froze up and getting it unstopped was a daylong ordeal for my husband.
      Chicken…I’m sorry but this was funny. I’m just glad it was you and not me. xoxo

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I laughed about your husband having to unstop your machine. I only laughed cause the first words out of my husband’s mouth were to the effect that he hoped the washing machine filters were not all plugged up. (It wasn’t and I was very grateful!)
        Not to worry about laughing Beverly. I am still grinning about it…and we were not the only ones who found it funny.

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    • B j william says:

      Well I’ll be darned. I was on here after finding the exact same pile of fluff in my washer. 😂
      But, I was thought the Downey crystals had eaten the blanket. 😂😂🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️
      Only to find your article on the vellux blanket, that I love so much. I had it so long and really love it. 🙄🙄. Granted I didn’t wash it twice a year. ( so that’s why it disintegrated)??
      Omg. Well at least it wasn’t Downey’s fault. It’s just a consequence that comes with owning a vellux blanket.
      Thanks for your post!

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  2. Anne Mehrling says:

    Who could have imagined such a mess? I was so glad you laughed.

    I have a tendency to hoard things and not use them immediately, but I fight against it all the time. My mother was my first teacher. When it was time for me to go to college, Mom pulled out some white towels and gave them to me. She admitted they had been wedding gifts, never used. She put them aside to use for guests, but we never had sleep-over guests. The towels were rather hard and stiff, not soft and fluffy like those that were in the stores in 1960.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I have been helping sort through my in-laws stuff and am amazed how much has been stashed for later. I have started going through my stuff and decided I need to break my habit of waiting for that “right time” to use the good things. It is a wonderful lesson for me…but yes….it is hard to break the habit of years.

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  3. Whitneyibeblog says:

    This just made my morning. It gave me answers to some puzzling thoughts rampaging my head all morning.

    It’s funny how God uses the intangible things to answer our questions sometimes. It’s all about being sensitive to and in the Spirit.

    Thank you Ma’am for sharing. God bless you ❤️

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  4. Rachel H says:

    Love this! I am a firm believer in using whay you have, even the stuff that is supposed to be used for ‘better’ or ‘company’. We rarely have anyone over other than family so i use the good dishes, the crystal, the good silverware, Great Grandma’s pretty glasses, all of it for when family come over. Might as well use it and really, family are supposed to be the most important people in our life so they should get the good stuff!

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  5. ruthsoaper says:

    I love that you were able to laugh about this and I think being able to turn it into a positive learning experience is a gift. Nowadays it seems like so many people get stressed out about things that really aren’t that important. Thanks for sharing this great example. 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I have been spending the last weeks sorting through my in-laws home. It has inspired me to start sorting in my own home! I am realizing I have lots of “stuff” that probably doesn’t need to be here anymore. I am hoping to repurpose and give away things of that sort. I am also vowing to use the good stuff when people come over.

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    I’m a saver not a thrower and my mom would tell me certain things would disintegrate if not used, but I was dubious … years after Mom is gone, I have found out that these were still another pearl of wisdom that she gave me. The birds would love to have that pink fluff for their nests – you’d have so many birds around your house, you would not know where to house them all.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      LOL. great minds think alike….I told my husband I was going to set the fluff out for the birds for nesting. He said to make sure there were no strings….there aren’t…just fluff!
      Your mom was right….use those nice things! I am starting to haul mine out after this.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes, we’re thinking about our fine-feathered friends for sure. They’ll love you forever. They love the elbow in my coach lamp a little too much. Even without your fuzz or anyone’s dryer lint (I have read in magazines to contribute all your dryer lint you get when you clean off the screen to the birds by setting it out on a bush where they can see it), they can build a huge, mud-packed nest in that elbow in less than a day’s time. I have pinwheels, plastic bags stuffed with styrofoam peanuts and newspaper in an effort to thwart them. I’m a nature lover and love birds, just not over the mailbox and front door. 🙂

        My mom told me that if I did not use a trenchcoat with a rubberized material, it would rot and disintegrate and I always wanted to keep it for good, love the pretty coral color. Then I started working from home – no need to go out and wait on the bus. Last year, I looked under the plastic bag where I’ve kept it all these years – sure enough, the insides are rotting away. I looked up at the sky and said “yup, you were right Mom!”

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  7. juliascreativeyear says:

    So true about using our things. Today I broke a plate that was one of a set of four different bird plates. I was sad I Broke it but then I realised that I was glad I’d enjoyed using it. I’m glad I realised that in the moment too

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