Saturday, March 17, 2012

If it weren't for bad luck...

I'd have no luck at all. Never mind that the luck of the Irish is supposed to be with me today. I can assure you it does not abide here.


Mayhem has struck the Casa de Rudee. Again. Oh, I guess in the grand scheme of things, it's no big deal, but in my heart of hearts, it is.


When the movers brought the curio cabinet from my in law's house this week, I wasted no time at all filling it with the pieces I've collected over an entire lifetime. It was beautiful--just as I'd imagined it would be and I'm sorry I didn't think to take a photo.


Upon those shelves, I lovingly placed my grandmother's porcelain teacups from England (well over a hundred years old) that I have safely moved around 5 times, most of my very treasured salt and pepper shakers (including those cute little monks), very unique crystal and Murano glass vases, Lladro figurines (including the nurse I was awarded several years ago for a nurse of the year award) and pieces that were special to me because they had belonged to my mother (or her mother) and my mother in law.


Today, most of them are gone and what's left are shards of glass, porcelain and other odds and ends. The cascade of tragedy began when the top glass shelf spontaneously collapsed on the shelves below. I was at work when my husband called to break the news. Surprisingly, most of my religious pieces--all of Mary in some shape or form--survived. I'm beyond thankful for this because each one is very special. Oh sure she's scraped up a little, but somehow I think--in the grand scheme of things--Mary has survived worse.


Today I'll spend my day off sifting through the ruins and likely shedding a tear or two over the loss of what used to be treasures. I'll pick and choose from the detritus for what can go into our mosaic tables.

Leo, bless his little doggie heart, was scared to death when this happened. He spent all night going in and out of his crate seeking comfort and laying low. From what I was told, when the whole thing crashed, it made a terrible racket that scared him. He's still avoiding the dining room today.

You know...I think I need to ship those remains I spoke about the other day. Don't think it didn't cross my mind that he was behind all this and that somehow, he has slipped back in as an uninvited guest.. If I have to have a priest come here and bless this house to get rid of such spirits, I will.


26 comments:

Silliyak said...

SOOOOO very sorry for your multiple losses.

Miss 376 said...

Oh, how sad. I'm so sorry. I know they're only things, but they carry a lot of memories with them

Momcat said...

What a horrible thing to happen. Im so sorry.

ari_1965 said...

Oh, I'm sorry. I have an antique Coalport cup and saucer I treasure, as well as some pottery made by local female potters. I'd be sorry to lose them.

Seriously, I think you should get rid of what's his toes's remains. And then it wouldn't hurt to stop at a New Age shop and get a hunk of sage to burn in the house.

Emille said...

So sorry, Rudee! You can never replace them, but hopefully you find some good new and lovely pieces:)
Sorry haven't visited for a while -
2 blogs were just too much! (just to remind you I'm the same person as Jeannette StG)

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh Rudee when I started reading I thought Leo was Loose Leo again but am thankful it was not him. Had a few of those episodes myself. When our Rachel was about 7 she broke every glass keepsake we had when she was bouncing the ball in the house and hit the curio cabinet. I had to almost bite my tongue off. She says she does not remember doing that. O.K. Love the scarf.
QMM

Brenda said...

Oh My Gosh Rudee....so sorry this happened. Wow..I think I would get the priest over asap.

The Bug said...

Oh that's TERRIBLE! And I'm sure it did make a big scary noise - poor Leo. And poor you :)

Mimi said...

So sorry Rudee.
First I thought you had been burgled, then that Leo had been on a rampage.
Even though they're only things, it's very hard when something like this happens, especially the ones with lots of sentiment attached.
((hugs))

SkippyMom said...

Oh Rudee how heartbreaking. Truly.

I am glad no one was hurt, because at first I thought the curio had tipped over.

Give Leo some love from me and a big hug for you sweetheart. I am so sorry.

NCmountainwoman said...

Before you discard anything, call your local museum and see if they have contacts who can repair porcelains. They are not as expensive as you might think and it's at least worth a try for your most treasured items.

LeslieA said...

I am so sorry, Rudee - it's very sad to lose anything which is of great sentimental value,as it can never be replaced.I know how you must be feeling; when we were living in New Zealand and had our belongings shipped from South Africa,I was devastated to discover that all of my miniature teacups and other ornaments which had belonged to my grandmother,were missing and I could only assume that they had been stolen.

Stephanie V said...

I can only imagine how heavy your heart was - and probably still is - to have lost so many special things. I am so glad that Leo wasn't the cause...too bad it frightened him like that. I agree that the spontaneity of the collapse would seem to indicate some malevolent spirit. Best get rid just in case.

Mrs. A said...

I'm so sad that this has happened to you. A similar thing happened to me a few months ago. So awful. I'm so very sorry. I agree with a previous commenter - perhaps there's a chance that some of the pieces could be salvaged? My broken treasures are sitting in a box on a shelf in my basement as I just can't toss them out yet. Good luck with the cleanup....

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh my gosh, this is sooooo sad honey. i am so sorry this happened. i have no words, i wish i did.

hugs, bee
xoxoxoxoxo

Gail said...

I am so sorry perphaps it's a good sign Mary survived.

Sue B said...

so so sorry

Alice said...

Gloom, despair, and agony on me . . .

Suggest having a priest offer him a change of address to a "certain" relative who wants something from the estate, (she can have HIM) . . . since the two usual addresses probably won't take him!

Poor all of you . . . so sorry.

Knitty said...

Oh my, how sad. At the risk of sounding superstitious, I would move the remains.

Hugs to you and Leo.

sapphireblue said...

Oh my gosh! That's terrible! I'm so sorry!

splendid said...

So sorry for you to have to go through this, sometimes there never seems to be an end. I would ship off those ashes ASAP today, burn some sage and douse the house with holy water as well. Keep your chin up, it will get better:)

Jan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! The year my father died, my mother had proudly moved all of her antique china into glass cabinets. But it was all lost a few weeks later in a big earthquake. We still feel sad about the china, but each time we do, we're reminded of how lucky we were that no one was hurt in the earthquake.

I agree; the ashes need to go!

Finding Pam said...

I've been through something like this many years ago. I had a kitchen cupboard come off the wall. One nail held it up, but it did so much damage to my things.

I am so very sorry for your loss. Seems like it always happens to the most cherished things.

Denise Seffens said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

I understand your pain. I accidentally left some things of my grandmother's when I escaped an abusive relationship.

Occasionally, I think about them and sigh.

Sandy said...

Oh no...sorry to read this. I've had that happen also and it hurts for a little while when you lose treasures but in the scheme of things..yada yada....

Anonymous said...

This made me think of you: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/cracks-and-the-art-of-repair/?ref=fp_blog_post