Sunday, February 27, 2011

Some Gifts and Blessings and a Warning

I love white stoneware.  My stepmother knew this, and gave me the beautiful soup tureen and pitcher before she passed away in November.  The sweet creamer and salt and pepper shakers came to me more recently, and therein lies the warning.

We were visiting my dad on Friday and when we walked through the kitchen, a disturbing sight stopped me in my tracks.  One entire cabinet in the kitchen was gone, leaving only the bare wall (really bare, with unpainted wall and screw holes showing). 

I asked Dad, "What's this?" and he told me that the kitchen cabinet had fallen off the wall.  He said that he had thought there was a car accident out on the road, the crash was so loud.  All of the dishes were broken except a pitiful few that were on the countertop: four small dinner plates, three salad plates, one cup, the salt and pepper shaker and creamer.

The cabinet held dishes, quite a few of them, but it also held some of Jo Ann's collection of cookbooks.  Dad said that the cookbooks completely filled a fairly large box; I think that there was an entire shelf of them.  The bits and pieces of the dishes filled another box.

Lest you think that this was shabby construction, let me explain that my dad was a building contractor and built this house almost 35 years ago.  No other cabinets have fallen.  It was just that the tipping point was reached.   You may want to check your own kitchen cabinets for overloading.  I have, and acknowledge that I'm just about at that point.  I'm going to redistribute some things.

I asked Dad if I could have the salt and pepper shakers and the creamer and he said I could.  I brought them home and noticed that the salt shaker has a small chip in its base.  Not bad, for such a small item taking such a big fall.  They all have a place of honor now in my house and a story that can be told about how they got here.


~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I love your white stonware so Beautiful ~~~ I just purchased a all white stonware soup tureen from a thrift shop for $4.00 !!! This will be in my next Tablescape on Tuesday !!! Im your newest follower ~~~I hope you have a nice weekend sweet lady.

Thisisme. said...

I'm so pleased you at least rescued those couple of bits and pieces. What a shame about the kitchen cupboard. I suspect it might have been the weight of the books that finally did for it!

Charlotte said...

Maybe, just maybe you will remember me. I have been reading your Blog for some time now. I am THAT Buster who is Sue's Mother in Law and Teri Lynne's Bigmama. Just thought I would say "Hey" and let you know I completely understand where you come from with pretty dishes, I am adicted.
God Bless and keep writing.

Joanne said...

What a shame about the cupboard...I have lost items because of a shelf unfortunate!
I love your white stoneware!
I don't love it that you are teasing us by showing some lovely photographs without telling us which books you have found them in....I want to know...:)
Don't we just love books!
Thanks for sharing and for the reminder!

Annie Joy said...

Joanne, I'm happy that you asked about the books. I keep them on my dining room table for much of the year (except when we're eating!). They are "A Year in the Country: Inspirational Creations using Nature's Seasonal Bounty" by Tessa Evelegh and "A Weekend in the Country: Seasonal Recipes and Ideas for Relaxed Entertaining" by Linda Burgess and Sally Anne Scott. I like these two books because they are seasonal; I can always flip through them and find a lovely photograph page to leave open, no matter what time of year it is. Thank you for asking!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. I best check mine. I know one is totally filled to the brim. Gorgeous pieces and glad you salvaged some of it. Hugs, Marty

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh I am so sorry about the cabinet falling, but glad you rescued a few pieces. How nice that you have this stoneware from your step-mother. That tureen and pitcher are such pretty shapes. laurie

bj said...

I've never, in my entire looong life, heard of a kitchen cabinet falling. That's terrible.
I, too, love white ironstone. Your pieces are beautiful.
xo bj

LBDDiaries said...

Wow! I had just moved my cookbooks to a bookshelf in the laundry area off the kitchen - glad I did because there are a lot of them. Love your stoneware but what a shocking tale this was! I will be aware of this from now on - thanks! Visitingg from Tea Party!

BECKY said...

Annie Joy, what a sad story. Thanks for the warning. I guess we all think nothing like that would ever happen. I'm glad too, though, that your dad gave you the other beautiful items! (I wondered about the books, too...but as many are there?? And some titles??)


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