Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Alan Jackson - Mercury Blues


Well... if I had Money... I'll tell ya What I'd do.... oh.....my.... : ) { I'd be Dangerous... : ) }

I received a call... a couple of weeks ago... 
from a Lovely... Gal... : )
She had some 'things'... for sale. 
: )
We Finally...Hooked Up.... today.
She is going to bring several large pieces to The Memorial Day Weekend Sale......
but...
I did...purchase... a few... little Treasures.... from her... today.
{Old...Toy Trucks...and Cars... <3 <3 <3 }
oh my.
I About Flipped.... when I saw the above... little Tootsie Toy.
It Looks Just Like...
the '48 Pontiac Silver Streak.... I have been Drooling Over....
in...
Miniature.
: ) : ) : ) 
{I didn't know what to offer her... for her old toys... so...
I called a Friend.
He told me... this little toy... is worth...about 4 to 5 dollars...
I was Insulted!!!
{and...I was on the buying end... }
said...."We have to Change...That!"...}
Seriously... what is Wrong... with this market.
These Wonderful... Old... Gnarly Toys.... should be worth... more....
than a couple of gallons of Gas.
oh my....
They are... to me... so... don't expect them.... to be priced... that way....
down the rabbit hole.
{If...I have to 'Live'...with them... forever... or... Die with them....
so...be...it. : ) }
This...Little Miniature.... found it's way... to the House.
: )
I slid by... the upcoming Estate Sale.... that I'm helping the Family with....
on my way Home....
where the Life Sized... '48... is waiting...for  me...<3 <3 <3 
{maybe.... : ) }
I had to show them....
the 'Baby'...
: ) : ) : ) 
oh my...
: )
The Girls...are doing such a Great Job.... on The Sale...
: )
It will be...in May....
I'll keep ya Posted! 
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{I stole the 'title'... to this post... from the above... Tune....
: )
seemed...
Fitting. : ) }



Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday... at The Auction....

It was quite a day....
I was up...and rollin'... by 4:30.... a.m. 
oh my....
It was raining... there was ice... here and there....
Then... The Wind....
oh my.
I don't remember the last time... I had a wind burn.
The wind... was relentless.....
most of the day. 
I gathered everything.... from.... an Old....Model T Tailgate...
to...
Fresh Duck Eggs.
: )
It was a pretty tuff Auction,,,,
seems... many Folks...have learned to appreciate... 
worn... and well loved... pieces...too.
: )
I found myself... sitting on my hands... often.
: )
Yet... some Treasures... slipped past... the others. : )
The Ford...and I.... came home... with a Heavy... load.
I bought a Big... Old Galvanized Farm Cart....
that... Thankfully... as I was struggling with it...to get it on the bed...of the Ford....
a Kind... Young Man.... offered a Hand....with. : )
{Angel! } 
It is Sooooo Cool. : )
I..had a Lovely... time... at the Auction... I go...every year.
The People... are... so down to earth.... 
Refreshing. 
Ran into...some Friends...there...too.... : ) it was Good... to see them... : )
The Duck Eggs... are Amazing. 
Had a couple... for Breakfast... this Morning....
They are so rich.... 
One... is Plenty. 
: )
{Hadn't eaten a Duck Egg... since I was a little girl... 
They taste the same, as Chicken Eggs... to me...except.... they are Bigger... and Richer... }
I bought 4 dozen... thought they'd be Great... for Easter. 
They keep... better... than Chicken Eggs..... they have a thicker shell. }
I found a Wonderful...Old...Old... Kraut Cutter.... with a Heart.... cut out.
It was a Market.... where the Auction was.... I bought several... wonderful 'Smalls'...there....
Had they been on the Auction... I wouldn't have been able to bring them home...
Things...were selling... High. 
I'm so Thankful... for what we have...piled in the Barn...and Sheds. 
oh my...
If I had to buy for the shop... at Auction.... well... I...couldn't do it.  
Thankfully.... the rabbit hole... will be.... Full... at Opening.
now...
if I can just... get it all... pulled together.
: )
oh my.
Love to ya...
Barb C.


This is sooooo cool.
The image... is not.
This is the Model T Ford Truck Tailgate.....
LOVE IT!!!
I Stepped Up...for it....
had to.
had....to. : )


I was so Happy... this little Vintage Sand Box....Toy Truck.... slipped through... the Auction....
They are getting so hard to buy.
it was a Heavy... Load.
LOVE this Iron Bowl.... and Lid... from Cedar Rapids!
One cam Never have... too many Pig Feeder Pans!!!!
{Got a few Chicken Feeders...as well... : ) }
This...is a Keeper.
Dad was Born and Raised... in Derby, Iowa.
so...
Anything that says 'Derby'... finds it's way.... to the House! 
Love this.... Small... Kraut Cutter....
It Has a Heart!!!
I'd Love to Keep it...
but... it will find it's way.... to the rabbit hole.
{I'm keeping the Derby Box. I can't have... everything. : ) }
Best Buy... of the Day!
The Duck Egg... is on the Left.
They are larger... and more Oval...
The Shells... are much thicker....too.
When I cooked two...this morning.... they reminded me... of Chicken Eggs... on Steroids!
To me... they taste the same... but... the whites... are much more stable... and the yolks... are Much... Richer....
I saw them being used, on a PBS Program... a while back...
Seems Duck Eggs... are Truly... the Incredible... Egg!
This Farm Cart...would be Wonderful... to change out... Seasonally...
I can see it... Filled with Flowers!!! {or... Pumpkins!}
This is a 'Parts Washer'... I'm going to give it a Good Cleaning.
It would be Great.... at a Wedding...or...Event... with Ice in it.... and drinks... or..even Food....
It's Cool!
I used this old Mail Box...for a Stool... at the Auction... to sit on...
{it was a LONG Day.... }
Carried it with...everywhere I went... in the afternoon....
: )
The Crazy Auctioneers... kept trying to Sell it... out from under me...
: )
oh my....
Auctioneers... are...a Very...Special... Breed.
{love 'em... : ) }

Jason Aldean - The Truth

The Truth....


I had a Dr.'s Appointment today.
oh my....
I never go to the Dr. unless.... I'm really.... really...sick.... 
then... I'll wait an extra day or two....
hoping I'll come out of it.
: )
I'm not 'sick'... but... when I called in for another refill... for my rescue inhaler...last week...
{I... go through... many... I've had asthma... since I was 14. It's nearly killed me... twice. 
I use my rescue inhaler... far more than I should...always have.}
The Nurse... {whom...I Adore...: ) }
said...
 "Barb.... we haven't seen you.... for a Long....Long.....time....: ) we'll refill this... but...
Dr. says he'd like to listen to ya.... When can you come in?"
{sigh....}
I made the appointment... last week...for today.
It's had me... on edge... since I scheduled it.
I was very... concerned...about this... 'visit'.
It's the first time... I've set down... with my Beloved... Dr. since John...passed away.
{Thank God... He was also...Mom and John's...Doctor...too. <3 They Loved Him. }
I... was so afraid..... I'd break.... when he stared asking me questions....
Not...about my health....
no...
my breathing.... is the same...as it's always been... it sucks. 
but... I know how to manage it... and.... get by. : )
no...
I knew he was going to ask me... 'the question'... 
the one.... that always....drops me..... to my knees.
I've never been a good liar.
In fact... be careful... what you ask me... you will... get the truth.
If... I'm prepared.... like I was...today... with him...
I can be...a little sarcastic... and funny.
Dance around...'the truth'... : )
The last time I saw him...in his office... I wasn't smoking....
{yes..it's been awhile. : ) }
He asked... "And... you're Still not Smokin'... : ) : ) : ) "
: )
"No... I'm Smokin' Like a Stack! : ) and... Drinkin' more, than some... say... I Should...Too!!!"
: ) : ) : )
He Laughed....and said...
"Be careful... : ) Go Easy... on that stuff.... : ) "
: ) 
I said....
"Come walk with me... for an hour... or a day..... I'll have you...Drinkin' and Smokin' Too!!!
: ) : ) : ) 
Just as soon as This World... is Good...again.... 
I'll take your advise... and... take'er... easy...on my 'self medicating'...  : ) "
He...looked at me...shook his head...and... and chuckled.... : )
He...told me... he understood. 
{He always... has. : ) What a Gift... that is.
They don't teach that... in Med School. : )  }
He and I... have traveled quite a Journey... together, these last 30 years....
few.... know me better. 
: )
but...none...of those roads...were as Rough... as the ones...we walked....together...
over a few short months...  last year.
As we were saying our 'Goodbyes '...
I told him... I Love him... : )
 He said... he Loves me..too... : )
oh my....
I'd made it through....: ) 
Made it out... with my Skin!!!
then...
 paid my bill....
: )
 I walked through the waiting room... heading towards the door... : )....
and heard a voice.... from the Past.
"Barb!!!!"
It was my Friend, Pat. : ) : ) : )
She's a writer....and photographer... she used to do a 'Food Page'...
She was a customer....for 'special'... vintage dishes... to display food on.
then...became a Friend... 
: )
 way back.... before I had the shop.
: )
I laughed.... and said... how Good it was to see her.... : )
and... how I Never come to the Dr.'s office... because...when I do... it's Then...I get sick!
What were The Chances...of running into her!!! : ) 
I shook her hand... told her... I had just Scrubbed... before I left the exam room...
 We were laughing....: )
 another...couple...was....as well... that were listening to our conversation....
Then....
Pat...
asked...
the... 'Question'.
"So...how...are 'you'.....doing?".....: (
I laughed....
and said....
"Well...this last year...has been a little ruff...: ) : ) : ) but... "
then...she started to say....
"Yes...I'd...read...."
I stopped her.... abruptly.
{I could feel... all of the 'wit'... that had carried me through....
 leave my body....and... the World... turned upside down...in the blink...of an eye. }
I said...
"uh oh....: (... uh oh..... Pat.... We can't talk about this."
 : ( : ( : ( ......... 
True...to the Hatter Traits....
I....wear my emotions... on my sleeve.
like.... a mood ring....
 {especially.......when I'm caught off guard....}
There was Nothing.... I could do....
to stop... the Floodgates.
I still...was holding her hand....
: )
told her... we'd have to visit...another time.
: ) : (......
and...found my way...out the door.
oh my....
I... know... my Friends Love me....
I...know... when I need them... all I have to do...
is pick up the phone.
but...
this... is the reason... I don't talk to anyone.
: )
If... they ask me... a 'personal'... question....
The Truth... always... comes out.
sometimes....
it's pretty... painful.
I..can get through.... if... they don't ask....
"How are you doing?"
but... because... they care, they always do. 
As Pat... saw...today....
The Truth comes out.... sometimes... in tears.....
when the words... can't be spoken.
So... for me... when we meet.... lets talk...about the Weather...
Junk...
Old Trucks...
Pretty Flowers...
and...Good Times...
just... don't ask me...for the 'Truth'.
Love to ya...
Barb C.






Saturday, March 28, 2015

Davina and the Vagabonds "Black Cloud" Live at KDHX 2/24/12


Davina & The Vagabonds "Start Running"


Davina and the Vagabonds - Lipstick and Chrome


Davina and The Vagabonds Concert....

What a Fun.... Time. :)
My Friend, Allyson... bought me a ticket.... for the Event.
I Love this Band...
Friend, Marc B. introduced me  to their Music... a while back....
: )
I went right out....and bought their cd.
Had it playing down the rabbit hole... Allyson heard them...on one of her visits....
and Loved them...too!
She heard they were going to be playing at The Campbell Steel Art Gallery...in Marion, Iowa...
and invited me to go with her... and her Sis... <3 
what a Gift.
: )
Tho... my images from my phone... leave a lot...to be desired... it was an Awesome... Show.
My Friend... Marc... was there... Tony....Melody... {Image Nouveau Photography ...
{Melody... is Awesome... she's the Gal...who did The Mad Hatter... Shoot...for me! } 
and her...Hubby... : )
There were so many people... there... that I knew.... that came to our table... to say "Hi!"
I didn't expect to see anyone... I knew... there....  so... I wasn't looking. : )
I...guess.... I was oblivious... to my surroundings... 
{Too Busy.... watching the Band! : ) Whistling...and Whooping it Up! : )
oh dear.... 
{ask anyone... who... takes me... anywhere....
I...am kind of a 'handful'... in 'Public'... : )  
Especially... where Great Music...is Playing. : ) {oh...dear.... : ) }
This Band... has a Big New Orleans... style....... Jazz...Sound!
LOVED The Horns! 
I visited with Davina...during one of their breaks....  she is a Doll. <3 
Marc... bought me her latest cd....'Sunshine'...{How Sweet...is That! : )
 Marc, is my Dear Friend.... Stephanie's.... Hubby...and...my Long Time...Friend. : ) } 
Davina... had signed it for me. : )
I shared the story.... as she and I.... visited....of her earlier... cd... 'Black Cloud'.... 
{posted at the top... : ) It... seems... very.... fitting. }
and how... it touched me...so.... last year, earlier... in the evening : ) 
{I was going to purchase it... after the Show... but... Marc... surprised me with it.... : ) }
What a Lovely... comment... she... wrote. 
Seems.... she understood...... the meaning... of a 'Black Cloud'...too. : ) 
Our Server...was a Belly Dancer....
She was Awesome.... : ) : ) : ) 
yes... it was a very... fun...evening. : )
I'm heading out... early in the morn.....
so... better wrap it up.
Love to ya...
and... if you get the chance... to see this Band....
GO!
{Buy your tickets... early... They were Sold Out.... early.... here. }
They are headed to the UK... 
but...they do many Shows... throughout the Country...
They are from the Twin Cities....
and.... are Really... Somethin'. ! 
Barb C.
{When Davina... first came out....
She said....
"I am so Disappointed... that all of The Antique Shops... are Closed... here...in Marion...tonight!
I...LOVE Antiques!!!"
I Yelled!!!
"Mine's Not!!!
I have an Antique Shop!!!
We Could be there...in 15 Minutes!!!"
{normally 30... but... I was driving Jethro.... : ) }
She Stood Up...from her Piano.... and started walking off the Stage....
Davina.... was Ready to Come Slide... down...the Rabbit Hole!!!
It was...Hilarious!!!
: )
yeah.....
 you can't take me... anywhere... : )  
oh...my. : )
{It's kind of... sad.... in a way....
 When Artists... Play...'Perform'....
 they work... very odd... hours.
So...they Miss... a Lot... in the Cities.... they work.
I'll never forget.... I was working....down the rabbit hole... late... late... one Winter Night.
I was at the back... of the shop.... and heard the door open... up front.
{Yikes!!!}
I started.... making my way...to the front......saying......."Hello????"......
 I met up....face to face... with a Huge... Man... in a Big Black...Fur...Coat.....
in the center of the shop....
with him...were two... Beautiful... Young... Women.
Only he.. could speak English....
They were here... {Cedar Rapids}... performing... The Russian Ballet.
They were Russians.
He was the Conductor... The Girls..... were Beautiful... Ballet... Dancers.
: ) oh my...
They were out driving... and saw the lights.... from the rabbit hole....
and... just... stopped.
??????
: )
I...about fell over....
They were Lovely.... 
The Girls... picked out a couple... of little Treasures....
The Man... asked... "How Much?"....
I said...
"They are a Gift.... from Iowa. : ) <3 "....
They... were Very... Gracious.... : ) : ) : )
oh my....
what a Memory. <3
just think.....
 a 'little bit'... of the rabbit hole....
found it's way.... to.....
 Russia. : )
Priceless. <3 }





This is Davina.... She...and her Band... are...Cooool....Cats! : )

Our Server... was a Riot!
and.... a Darned Good... Belly Dancer! : ) : ) : ) 

Friday, March 27, 2015

War - Low Rider