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Expect the unexpected

Written by Sue, Monday, January 21, 2013,           a beautiful sunny day, temps. 50+ temps.

They say to always expect the unexpected, but this one I didn't expect....

Most everyone knows I have been busy trying to get things at the farmhouse back in order, two weeks ago this cabinet was one of my projects. Saturday while passing through I happened to look at my supposedly clean and organized hutch,and noticed some red sticky stuff on my dresser scarf, upon further investigation I found  shattered glass on both shelves along with this red gooey stuff.

A Canadian friend, who knew how much I love Anne Of Green Gables, sent me a bottle of raspberry cordial. I had had it for a couple of years, and was just keeping it as a souvenir. Upon my investigation I discovered that it had exploded into a thousand pieces, I mean literally a thousand pieces.

There was slivers of glass everywhere in the cabinet, on both shelves, the cordial had drained outside on the buffet server,  down the back of it and had ran along the baseboard on my new floors. It was a mess to say the least. It took me 2 hours to find all that glass, and clean this mess up. Besides the raspberry cordial, not a dish nor glass was broken.
Add caption~These dishes were on the top shelf~

What I don't understand is how this bottle sat in this cabinet for three years, and withstood packing and unpacking and then just decided to explode. What I am thankful for is that it didn't explode in my hands while I was unpacking it and placing it in the cabinet. ~smile~

"There, there, sweetie everything is going to be just fine, Mama has you all cleaned and ready, now doesn't that feel better?"

From now own, I will drink the juice, and put colored water in the bottles. LOL.

Note# Thank you so much to all who visited my Notecard Party post. I am looking forward to getting to know my new friends.
Enjoy your day.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makes me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8


Paula January 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM  

Oh my, Sue~ what a mess!! I'm so glad nothing was ruined except for the raspberry cordial... and I'm sure your beautiful china and glassware loved having a good bath! :) ((HUGS))

Vee January 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM  

Oh what a sticky mess that must have been and the glass shards everywhere even in between the plates. Wow. It must have been an impressive explosion! I suppose that two hours spent among the dishes could have been a pleasant enough time if you weren't fuming as I might have been. Yes, I'm sure that the cordial would have been very tasty!

Doniene January 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM  

Wow!! I too am thankful that it didn't hurt you or anyone/thing else!!

By the way - I'm a dish LOVER and your dishes are gorgeous!! I could just look at them and look at them!! May come to visit, just to see them!! LOL

Be Joyful!

Carol January 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM  

Oh, dear, what a mess! I'm sure there must be some scientific reason that bottle exploded. I'm so glad none of your beautiful pieces were broken.


Farm Girl January 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM  

Wow, that must have aged quite a bit. :) I have never heard of that before that something like that could shatter just like that.
It must have been quite an explosion to shatter glass like that. I am glad nothing else got broke and I am glad that it is all cleaned up now.

Cheryl @ TFD January 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM  

Isn't that strange that it would explode! So happy to hear none of your beautiful dishes were broken.

I love your header photo! The color and decor is just beautiful.

Happy Monday to you!

Happy@Home January 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM  

Oh my, what a mysterious mess that was. So glad order has been restored and, I might add, your dish cabinet is looking very pretty.

NanaNor's January 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM  

Hi Sue, I am so thankful that it didn't break when you were standing there next to it. I absolutely love your dishes and also your glasses-so priceless. I hope you have a wonderful week dear friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Lea also known as "CiCi" January 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM  

Oh, sticky messes are just the worse and especially if it has been there a few days.

Your shelves look great now!

Happy new week!

Mrs.Rabe January 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM  

Oh dear!

Glad it didn't ruin anything, but I am sorry for the mess!

I love the verse you have at the bottom of your post - one of my favorites!


Jenni January 22, 2013 at 4:26 AM  

What a "sticky situation"!!! Since Anne's picture was on the bottle, maybe her "red - headed temper" got the best of her!!!!

How I loved those "Anne" books....and the "Emily" ones by L.M. Montgomery, too!

Your hutch looks so pretty, now, though, Sue! I just love your dishes....

Debbie January 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM  

I would never in a million years have expected that either.

I'm so glad there were no other casualties!

(And your hutch looks just lovely, btw.)

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. January 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM  

Another woman who likes both pink and green depression glass!
I think I would have been happy that the thing hadn't exploded the day after I had just washed and straightened up the hutch!

travelintoadventure@gmail.com January 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM  

I am with ya -- dislike cleaning up glass and then to be a sticky mess..errr
Love you cabinet with the depression dishes..

Elena January 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM  

Wow, that's a good thing that no one got hurt! Your cabinet is beautiful!! Have a wonderful day!

Cheryl January 23, 2013 at 8:06 AM  

Oh my goodness! What a mess! Doesn't it seem like there is always more liquid that spills than was there in the first place? This reminds me of the time that one of my mom's bottles of homemade root beer exploded in her utility room. It sprayed up to the ceiling and was dripping down on everything else. They cleaned it up, but they found spots they had missed for weeks (maybe months)! Ick!

Your cabinet looks lovely now...all beautiful dishes and no evidence of such goings-on!

Hope you have no more "excitement" as you're putting your house back together!


Walking on Sunshine January 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM  

WOW! What a mess! So glad it didn't happen when any of you were standing near by. That is so strange that it just exploded. You have beautiful dishes! I love your collection! Enjoy your Wednesday!

Rebecca January 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

Wow! That definitely falls into the category of "unexpected"!!!

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake." (Victor Hugo). I saw this quote on FlowerLady's blog and will be passing it on to many in an attempt to cement it in my OWN heart ♥Rebecca

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor January 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM  

Wow and not a piece broken...for some reason I felt there was a spiritual lesson in there for me also...oh my! Glad it is all put back in order...who knew?

Christine January 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM  

OK here's my theory, after being settled for awhile, the liquor just sat around minding it's own business.
Gases laid dormant, flavor hovered in place. Then when moved around they all got mixed up and cause an explosion!
Don't know if that's possible but it's my theory.
Did you think about what caused it the whole time you were cleaning?
I would of.
I bet it smelled good while cleaning.

Kathleen January 23, 2013 at 8:38 PM  

Oh dear! In the middle of the night it might have scared you!
Glad nothing else broke, but the mess, oh bother!

Trish.. January 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM  

What a blessing that you were not hurt or anything else broken by the force of it!!
I can imagine how shocked you were to discover that awful mess, Sue.
Praise God..it's all good again :-)
love and hugs..Trish xx

Nellie's Cozy place January 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM  

Hi Sue
I too, am thankful you were in no way injured by that bottle, wow, and glad all your pretty glassware was fine too. Sticky stuff, ugh, the worst stuff to clean up. and your hutch
looks beautiful, love all that pretty peachypink and green glassware.

Thanks for coming by, glad you enjoyed all my whites, it has really grown on me after seeing it in blogland so much. Funny how that happens isn't it. I have always liked anything white but especially dishware. So are you
completely back to normal at your house now??

Oh yea, before I forget, loved all those adorable pics from your farm,
Aren't animals just so much fun.
they fascinate me, cause it is so neat that the Lord created them all with their own personalities and voices, and idiosecracies,(don't know if that is spelled right)
just like us!! lol

Hope you are doing well sweetie,
blessings, Nellie

Hope you don't find cherry cordial around for awhile. One time we had
a fun incident where I was trying to get the ketchup out of the end of the bottle, and it was a flip top bottle, I was holding the flip top and swinging it like I had read
somewhere. Hubby said that's not how you do it, your spinning the wrong end, and before I could say anything he swung it around and it
was like a machine gun, it went right across me, up the wall, on the ceiling, and we said yea, that's how you do it alright and me and the kids were all dying laughing, would have loved to have a video of hubbies face, it was so funny............so shocked!!
Anyway, we found ketchup for years,
seriously, on top of the chandelier, down the wall behind pictures, on the pictures, on the chair legs, and we thought we had
gotten it all.....So comical!!
So don't be surprised if it rears it's ugly head again!! lol

Judy January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM  

Glad nothing else broke. I hope the cordial wasn't too hard to get off the wood.

tania January 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM  

Hi Sue,
That would be a sticky mess I am glad to hear nothing else was damaged you have such beautiful dishes.

I too am loving your new blog look.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments I really appreciate the time you take to do so.


Southern Lady January 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM  

I'm glad nothing else was broken ... you have such a pretty collection of dishes and glassware. I know your cabinet makes you smile now every time you pass by it.

Carol OurSearsKitHome January 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM  

I had that happen once. It was a bottle of homemade beer. Took a couple of years before it blew up.
What a mess you had! At least mine was in an unfinished basement!

Coloring Outside the Lines January 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM  

Oh wow- wonder why it did that?

I love your dishes- so pretty!

Farmgirl Cyn February 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM  

We had a bottle of fermenting kombucha explode on us in the middle of the night a few months ago. Scared the wits out of the both of us! Glass everywhere...but like you, the only thing that broke was the kombucha container. We found glass clear into the other room!
What. A. Mess.

Susan February 2, 2013 at 2:57 AM  

I too am glad none of your pretty dishes or depression glass was broken. At least the mess was contained in the cabnet. I like your idea to drink the juice and fill the bottle with colored water.
Stay warm!

no spring chicken February 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM  

What a shame.. but true that you were lucky (protected:) that you weren't handling the bottle when it happened. Everything looks lovely for the extra attention!

Blessings, Debbie

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart March 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM  

Oh, I would never thought the bottle would explode! What a mess it made too! An unexpected chore on top of all the other work keeping you busy.

I love your header photo! You bring out so much of the joy of your farm home here on your sweet blog!

Pamela March 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM  

Can't imagine that mess. But there's something about getting the china closet sparkling again. I have a lot of pink depression glass pieces. Your green is beautiful, too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ April 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM  

What a mystery. But you've sure made everything nice and pretty again. I love Anne of Green Gables.

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