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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Winter's Last Gasp?

That is what I am hoping today is bringing us. Flooding rains, icy cold wind and quickly falling temperatures. I have a big pot of chili simmering in the stove and am preparing a salad to take to a women's gathering at our church this evening. I was puttering around the house today and stopped to think about these suitcases. A dusty shop find a year ago, they now sit proudly in our living room. I often wonder just who Mrs. Thompson is, or was. What was her first name? Obviously beginning with the letter M, was it Mary? Mildred? Myrtle? Where did these suitcases accompany her? A Spring visit to Florida by bus? A car trip out West to see the Rocky Mountains? Perhaps she even ventured across the wide Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Did she spend a week on a lovely ship or get there more quickly by airplane? I will never know the answers to these questions but it is such fun to ponder them, especially on a cold, gray day like today. I just had to show you my new kitchen light fixture! I bought it at a JC Penney's close out sale....a year ago! I am a procrastinator did you say? Hmmm...but my brother came over and put it up for me last week and I adore it. Something so simple can change the entire look of a space. It *lightened* my mood today! A fun new item and a sweet brother who helped me add it to my home. Now that is something special to bring a bit of warmth to a dreary Tuesday!
Stay warm, dry and happy! Love and Hugs, Susie Q

29 comments:

justabeachkat said...

Yum...chili on a cold day! That sounds great.

I love, love, love the new chandalier!

Hugs!
Kat

Kathleen Grace said...

I love what you have done with those suitcases, and the light is adorable. I have a lot of chickens in my ouse and I love that kind of light. What a sweet brother:>)

Cherdecor said...

Well I am into roosters and I like your light fixture with the rooster on it. It looks really nice!

Also, would you please keep that cold wind in your state and don't let it out? The rains have already come so please stop the wind and cold temperatures. Thank you.

Have a nice time with the women from your church tonight. I am envious!

Karla (Grace) said...

I immediately envisioned her name as Muriel for some reason. LOL

PEA said...

Hello dear Sue:-) I've so enjoyed catching up on all your wonderful posts...you really are such a delight to read, you know that??!!

I so love what you've done with those suitcases, what a brilliant idea. If only they could talk...I would wonder who that person was and where she went with them also!

Love your new light fixture...isn't it funny how something like that can make us so happy! lol

While I'm here, may I please have a bowl of chili? hehe That's one of my very favourite foods:-) Take care dear friend and stay warm! xoxo

Andi said...

Oh Sue!!! I love your new light fixture! It looks perfect. How sweet of your brother to hang it for you.

Chili always sounds good on a cold day. We're supposed to get a little rain here in the sunshine state and a bit cooler. Perhaps I'll make a pot of chili myself.

I do belive her name was Mary Lee!!! It is fun to wonder about those things.

Love and Hugs,
Andi

Mockingbird Hill said...

Super way to use the suitcases! How perfect next to the furntiure...just tall enough.. ;)

The new chandy is very cute. Don't ya just love when some small change makes everything like new?

You all stay warm...

Cassie

Melissa said...

Ok, so, since the tag said "Mrs. R.M" and the initials said "MLT" I'm going to assume that her husband's name was Robert Matthew or something like that.

And, her name had to be Mable Lynn. Just had to be.

I love the light!

Janet said...

I just love the chandelier in the kitchen. It has such character and weren't you saying a bit ago that you wanted to change out some light fixtures, well one down. I want some new ones over my fireplace. The brass ones from 1991 are not cutting it anymore.

Janet

Meggie said...

Aren't brothers just the best?! I have two and they are wonderful. Your new chandelier is lovely. Perhaps the previous owner of the luggage was a Meggie? or Margaret? It is fun to imagine just where those suitcases have been and under what circumstances. It is pouring down rain right now and has been quite wet most of the day. Guess I have to stay inside and finish my painting...oh well!

wendster said...

M. L. .... had to be Mustapha Ladel.

No doubt about it.

Mustapha ... pronounced "must have a"

Cool suitcases. What an excellent decorating idea!

You are too clever.

No wonder I love your blog so much.

LivingTheLife said...

OK...I do the same thing with old pieces I have found...now she has Mrs. R.M. Thompson on the tags...makes me think she was a proper lady and used her husbands name...R. M. Thompson...but her suitcases (I hope they are the same ones) say MLT on the outside initials...so I'm thinking her name was Mary Louise Thompson or Martha Lynn or Mabel Lilly...no! I don't think that name is right...and she was also...Mrs. R. M. Thompson....maybe Robert Michael Thompson, Roberto Mulvane Thompson, Roger Moore Thompson, Robert Mark Thompson, Rupert Mack Thompson...see what you've started...hmmmm...I could go on ...but I won't bore you with my craziness.

Blessings...oh and I LOVE your hydrangea header...LOVE IT!

Teresa

Missy's Blog said...

I love your light fixture!

The way you have displayed the suitcases is so wonderful!!

My most favorite thing to see on your blog today ... those beautiful hydrangeas ... they brought an "ahhhh spring is coming" sigh to my heart.

Pamela said...

I have an elderly customer (a widow) who never goes by her name. She signs everything Mrs. John W. Smith.

That may well have been the modus operandi of Mrs. Thompson.

I was so surprised to see "Where Little Rabbits Play" on my blog lines.
"Who.. what?"
"Well, it's Susie Q .. having a wild hare."

hee hee hee

smilnsigh said...

Hope you didn't get hit too hard yesterday, with your icky weather coming. We were lucky to dodge the bullet of another Ice Storm.

Everyone who is sick of this winter,please raise their hand!!! -sigh-

Love your new light fixture. And love all your pictures of inside your oh so cozy looking house. Perfect place to spend an cold, rainy, icky day!

Mari-Nanci

wendster said...

p.s. I bet that header is one of your own lovely photos .... probably of your own hydrangeas? Are they growing in your yard right NOW?
In the cold?
... my point ... and I have one ... is that I love your header.
And I am longing for a visit.
You are just too fun.
Hope all is well for you.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Chili sounds good on a cold day. We have sunshine today after our rain yesterday!

Love the old suitcases..I too wonder where they have been.

AND MY GIRL! I love the new chandelier...the roosters are great!!
Hugs,
Penny

Selia said...

I have two old suitcases that I have often wondered about their previous owners and where they traveled. I really like the idea of using them as an end table! I love your rooster light fixture also. Stay warm.

angelsamoungus said...

I love the light fixture in your kitchen. Umm maybe movie night is around the corner and I can see the new addition?

Take care,
Love,
Terri

Rosemary said...

Chili sounds good!!
I love they way the suitcases look.
Very chic!!
Your new chandelier is really great too.
Have a great day!
Rosemary

Belanna said...

Just 'hopping' in to say thanks for stopping by my little blog today...and pleased to meet you! Come visit as often as you like! I too was intrigued by Mrs R M Thompson, so couldn't resist doing a bit of research! There's a consultancy firm in Springfield, Ohio called R.M.Thompson & Associates after its founder, could that have been her husband? And it's run by the current president, Richard Thompson...her son or grandson? Intriguing huh? I also love the Goodbye Girl...many thanks for the chance to reminisce when I saw that clip! I'd love to stay and read more but I've a ton of work waiting, so I'll be back when I've cleared some of it lol!

Brenda said...

Susie love your light! The suitcases would make me feel the same way. So many things I pickup make my mind wonder.

Tammy said...

I think your luggage set is so charming. I love antiques and am always wondering who they once belonged to and what they were like!

Your chandelier is lovely!

Hope Spring is right around the corner for you! We had a nice day in between some rainy ones today and I got to take the girls outside with their bikes!

Blessings,
~Tammy

Sandi McBride said...

Oh I love your take on Mrs. Robinson, I see a book of short stories all about the different Mrs. Robinsons and how she travels! What a lovely light...good taste, if it did take a while to find it's place...hugs
Sandi

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I love the luggage and the way you've displayed them. I've been watching "arrest and trial", or whatever it's called, on tru tv this week. Brian Dennehy is the host. Everytime I see him, I think of you and SMILE!
:)
Kari

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Oh shoot - love the light, too!!! (I'm so forgetful. I can't hold onto a thought for longer than a second these days. lol)
Kari

Classic Charm said...

Love your new fixture, I have the same one in my kitchen. Love to look at each and every day. Brings a smile to my face. Enjoy it!
Hugs,
Rose

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi SQ~
The lamp is beautiful..i adore it...looks like something BJ of Sweet Nothigs would have...she loves her roosters! Hope the chili was delicious and that it warmed your soul!!!
xxxooo Holly

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi SQ~
The lamp is beautiful..i adore it...looks like something BJ of Sweet Nothigs would have...she loves her roosters! Hope the chili was delicious and that it warmed your soul!!!
xxxooo Holly