Thursday, September 21, 2017

Me...and Miss. Scarlett were Up before Dawn... Gathering, for The Fall Harvest Sale! Sept. 28, 29, 30...and Oct. 1.

Located at 
101 Williams Blvd. Fairfax, Iowa.
8 a.m. 'til Dusk... Daily!
Me, and Miss. Scarlett....
bailed in The Ford, before Dawn...
this Morn, and Gathered some Old...Old...
Gnarliness.
: ) 
There will be Mountains... of Cool, Old...Stuff, here...
: )
Here are a few images, of what we brought Home, today.
{Miss. Scarlett, is my 6 year old... Granddaughter. <3
 What a Trooper!!!
We, were up, 'til Late...last night, but...
She was Ready to Roll...before the Crack of Dawn! <3 }



Most of these Old...pieces, haven't been seen... in 50 years.
I dealt, with some very Nice Folks....this Morn. <3 
: ) 
Anybody Got The Time???
The Rabbit Hole, does. : )
Oh Dear!!!
Fall Harvest Sale...Opens, ONE WEEK...from TODAY!!!
All of this, came in... this morning, and....More.
: )
Don't Miss This Sale!
It's gonna be a Big'in!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
Loads...of Clock Parts...
Sweeeet....little Dental Cabinet. 
Double Dial Clock... that dates from the Civil War era. : )
Numerous...Old...Cast Iron,Tin...and Farm Toys!




Vintage Hardware!





The above images, are just...from this morning's 'run'.
Imagine...
what will be here, in a Week.
: )
Oh....
Dear. 
: ) 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Estate Sale... finds.

Bill and I, spent a few hours going through boxes, in the basement. : )
Lot'... of Sorting, and bagging. : )
We ran across...a Huge Tin, of Vintage Match Books, from all over.
The Graphics...are Wonderful!
Found a Bunch, of old Matchbox Toys, from the 1960's and 70's...that have never been opened.
Musical Instruments... Wooden Blocks, and Wooden Toys....
oh my. : )
We are just... starting on the basement. 
I, spent my last day there, yesterday...until After... The Fall Harvest Sale.
It's time to get Diggin'...in the Buildings, here... : )
Oh Boy! 
I've been working here, and... at The Estate, daily. 
Lots...to Get Done! 

Fall Harvest Sale is September 28, 29, 30 and...October 1st.
Here, at Home.
8 a.m. 'til Dusk, Daily..

The 'Living' Estate Sale... will be in Mid October.
{dates, to be announced, as we get closer...to getting done. : ) }

Hope to See You......
at BOTH...
Events!
Love, to ya..
Barb C.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Gordon Lightfoot " If You Could Read My Mind" - Lyrics

A...moment.

With so Much... going on, with Estate Sales... Shows...Fall Harvest Sale, 
'Events'...
in general,
 I've really...tried to keep this page... 
'Business'.
My, poor fb Friends, must be sick of me.
{You all, Here...are Used to my... Insanity. : ) 
 Bless Your Hearts! <3 }
I, post...my 'thoughts', there... more often...than I should.
I'm trying, so hard... to keep the wheels turning.
It's a constant, struggle. 
When I advertise, for Events, I direct... those readers, to this page...
to view images.
I, felt...it wasn't wasn't very professional... to have my 'thoughts', intertwined.
I'm making an exception, today.
As I was running around, between jobs, today....I stopped at the Grocery Store.
I, was making my way through...when someone...hit my cart, head on. 
: )
It, was a Friend, I...hadn't seen...in a long time.
She, and her Husband...are such...Dear...Folks. <3
My Friend, looked...so...forlorn. : (
She lost her Mom, Dad..., and... her Beloved...4 legged Best Friend, in the last year.
: ( : ( : ( 
As, we stood there, trying to stay out of everyone's way...
she, told me...as her eyes...welled up with tears....
she thought, her Marriage was over, too.
: ( : ( : ( 
I, held her... in my arms... and, couldn't let go...of her hand.
She, has gotten, so thin...since...I last saw her. : (
I, knew... every line...on her face, I... have them...too.
It's not from age.
It's from Grief.
a...
Broken Heart.
: ( : ( : ( 
She said... "I, think... when you Love...so deeply, it's difficult...for others, to understand."
<3
She said... that she keeps reliving, the day her Mother passed away.
She, was with her. It...was very....rough.
She, said... she had many regrets, that...she hadn't been stronger, and should have spoken up, to the others, that were around her Mother.
I, just... stood there, holding her hand.... and, listened.
then, I told her...
I, too... have regrets. 
John's last hours.
I, think about them...over and over.
I, relive...every Moment, of that Sunday Morning...
Over...and Over...in my mind.
Could...I have done Something...differently.
Being...so Angry, with the Hospital...
when my Dad, died.
I, wasn't called...until...it was too late.
He, was there, for 7 hours....alone.
Then, I went on... and told her...
With every 'Second Guess'...I, also...understand... It's All...in God's Hands.
He has our Lives... planned for us, before we take a breath. 
I DID...have the strength,...somehow....
 to Stand Up... Over, and Over....with Dad, Mom, Chery...John. <3
 Even, at the end...to the Priest, who gave John his 'Last Rights'.
That...was Shocking...to me, as I stood there....in disbelief.
I'd Expected the Priest... to Pray for John, to be Well, and... 'Stay' with... us.
When he didn't..., and said, to John... that The Lord, is Waiting...and, for John, to go ahead...and walk into His Arms...
I, was Stunned!!!
yet, I wouldn't Give Up.
 I Stepped Forward, and told John, "The Lord, will Always be There, for You...John. <3 but, We'd like to Keep You Here... <3 <3 <3  We, Love You... Too. : ) <3 "
I, told the Priest, "You do your thing... I'll do mine. "
It wasn't to be. : (
The Lord, had different Plans.
Just, like... with Dad. 
I, know The Lord... saved me, and Dad... that day. 
I, could never...have let him go. 
I, think... my Friend 'nailed it'... when she compared 'Grief'...
to PTSD.
That's...exactly...what it is, for some people.
She goes to work... every day. 
{She works with Alzheimer Patients. <3
 She lost 34 Friends, the year she lost her Mother. 
She...Loves... the Elderly. She's...an Angel. <3 }
Too Much....Loss.
I, explained...to her, how...I, too... keep working. {neither of us...have a choice. }
I, also...said...that, I've withdrawn...from, most everyone, in my former life...with, the exception...of 'working hours'.
Just like my Friend, I...too... can do my Job. 
Thankfully, I have a few Very... Dear Friends...that have been Angels...in my life. <3
I, told her... how, I feel guilty... that I can't...hardly, pick up the phone, to call Michael, Peg's Beloved.
I, know... he's Hurting, so. : (
but, like I told her...
I, have No Good News, to offer.
If, I could only say... 'Things...will get better.'
I, can't. 
As I stood there, talking to my Friend...
I, felt Dozens...of People, walking by....
and, thinking...wondering....
how Many, of Them...are feeling the same way, we are.
As we parted, I told her... how Much, I Love, both... she...and her husband.
and... How Much... I, Know... They Love, one another. <3 <3 <3 
I, Pray... they can work things out. 
One, day...at a time.
I, also told her... our Loved Ones.... would Never, want to see us Hurting, like this.
Ever.
Just, as We... would Never want Them, to Hurt. <3
I told her... to keep her eyes Open, and watch for 'The Winks', our Beloveds...are sending us.
; )
They, are nearer...than you might think. 
<3
I, said... what a Shame, it is... we are wasting what little time we have, here...
so...sad.
as, we...know,
 'Life'..is very short.
I Pray...for All, who are suffering...today.
Everyday.
Love, to You.
Barb C.
{I've often thought, people like us, are an 'Empath'. We, tend...to 'Feel', emotions...around us. I, know...I have, since I can remember. Animals...People, 'Living'...Creatures....little, Souls.  <3 
Some, would call that Crazy, I suppose.
Bless their hearts. : ) <3
It's painful, at times... for sure.} 









Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Workin' on The Living Estate Sale... that will be in mid October, and... The Fall Harvest Sale... Sept. 28, thru Oct. 1. oh...dear.

Ran across these old Jeans, today....
while working at The Estate Sale.
They, made me Smile. : )
They, have had a Bunch of Fun. <3
{I, have a few pair, like these...myself. I, can't bare to part with.
 Too Many...Wonderful...
Memories. 
<3}
Below... are a couple of images, of Garage Stuff, as well.
I've been so busy, : ) I...haven't had a chance...to take too many images.
Stay Tuned. : )
The Goodyear Sign, below... is porcelain...
it's stamped...on the back, by Goodyear.
There's LOTS of Garage...Stuff. : )
Lots... of Everything.
I, won't set the dates.. for this sale...until after The Fall Harvest Sale.
: )
I, want to make Sure... I don't have to Pull an All Nighter... to Git'er Done!
: )
{Had to Pull That, early...this Spring, at another Estate Sale. Not...Fun. : ) }
It'll be Mid, October.
: )
Love....to ya...
Barb C.

Monday, September 11, 2017

FALL HARVEST SALE!!! September 28, 29, 30...and October 1!!!


Don' Miss It!!!
The Lawn and Buildings will be Overflowing!
Friends, and Neighbors, are bringing Loads...of 
Old...'Stuff'!
Located... down the rabbit hole.
: )
September 28th, 29th, 30th, and October 1st!!!
8 a.m. 'til Dusk...
 Daily!!!
101 Williams Blvd. 
Fairfax, Iowa. 
{on Highway 151}
Rain or Shine!!!
Wear Your Grubbies, and Bring a Truck!!!

{for more info, call 319-241-1348}

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Getting ready for The Fall Harvest Sale...and, The Living Estate Sale. Busy...Busy.

The Fall Harvest Sale, will be in September, this year.
September 28, 29, 30...and October 1st.
8 a.m. 'til Dusk, Daily.
Right here, at Home.
: )
{101 Williams Blvd. Fairfax, Iowa. }
The Living Estate Sale...
will be in Mid October. 
I'm not sure...about the dates, yet.
There is so much to get through, I'm not going to set the dates, until we see how things go.
I've been working there, most every day.
It's quite a process. : )
I snapped a few images, of the room I've been working on. 
Pal, Bill... who helps me...with these Sales...has been a God Send. 
I'm calling in The Troops, to help, as well. 
Bart, Mark, Bill...Brandon...Liz...Adam...Justin... and, whoever else...
I can round up!
We, are basically, helping the Folks Move, at the same time.
: )
Lots...and Lots... of Sorting. 
This Sale, is on the N.E. side... of Cedar Rapids. 
There will be Lots...of Stuff. These images, are just a snippet. 
They are a snippet, of one room, in the house. 












This Yoke, is Beautifully Carved. It's dated, 1825. 
It's petite, in size. I, don't know if it was made for a Woman, or a child.
Very...
Wonderful. : )


Until the Folks, get their things moved... I, won't be able to see...exactly, what's left.
There will be Much.
Tools, Tool Boxes... many, 'Man' Goodies. : )
Lots...for the Gals, too. : )
Lots...of Neat, Vintage Toys. 
There are many generations, at this sale. 
The house, is 6000 sq. ft.
We, won't be using the whole house. 
I'm hoping, just the main floor, {office, up... that's where we are working now. }
 basement, and garages. 
I'll be posting more, as we go. 
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 
{Sending Prayers, to Everyone...in Texas, along with All, who have been in the path of the Hurricane, in surrounding States. <3 <3 <3 }

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trisha Yearwood - Georgia Rain

It's been a week.

Tomatoes...
Fresh...
Home Grown...
Iowa...
Tomatoes.
: )
Priceless.
<3 <3 <3

When I pulled in, at Son, Justin's...and Katie's...
Little Justin, and Miss. Meadow, were sitting watching. : )
They, were Smiling...and Laughing....!!!!
then, when I took my phone out...and asked them to Smile...
This, is what I got!!!
Hahahahaha!!!
Priceless!!!!
<3 <3 <3
They, BOTH... helped me pick Tomatoes...Peppers...and Squash, this Evening.
<3 <3 <3
Son, Justin... and Katie...have an Amazing...Garden!
<3
I, told Justin, as we were Pickin'....
He got his Green Thumb, from his Dad.
Wow!

Scout... had The Full Treatment, today. : )
He got his Hair...Done, and...a Pedi. <3
Farrier, Rick Elson... is so Amazing.
He, is...The Horse Whisperer. : )
I've known him... for Decades.
He's a Good Man. : )
Time...goes by...so fast.
 Rick told me, today... he's trimmed Scout, now...for 11 years.
oh...my.
<3
Earlier... in the week, I was determined... to finally..wash 'That Gray'... Outta my Hair!
What, I didn't plan on...
was grabbing the old box, out of the cupboard...
that was a discontinued Color...of Red. : )
It, was too late... after I'd applied that first box.
{It takes two boxes, to color my hair...now.... It's gettin' Long. : )
 I'd bought a New Box, of Dark Brown...
I, thought...the box I had... in the cupboard...was, also...Dark Brown.
Not...so...much. : )
I didn't realize it...until...I saw it turning Red, on my hands.....
oh.... dear. : )
It'll be two weeks, before....I can re apply. : )
well....
John, Always... Loved...a 'Red Head'. <3 }
The Lord.... Knows, how Much...I Love...Old Toys.
Broken... Parts, and Pieces.
Big, like Old Gipsy....Ford. : )
and...
little,
like the ones...a man brought to me, as I was working at the Estate Sale, the other day.
: )
{ I'll have many images to share, soon...about the Estate Sale. Mid October. : ) }
That, was quite...and Adventure. : )
I'd corresponded with this young man, on line.
The Young Man... brought this Load...to me, there.
I, bought...the Load...of 'Misfit' Sandbox...toys, from him. : ) <3
As, we were visiting...looking at the toys...in his truck,
he, asked me... if I knew...who owned The Ford, with The Chrome Stacks, that was parked a few car lengths away.
I, smiled.... : ) and said...
"That. would be me."
: )
He, then asked....
"Can Drive It???"
: )
my, response...
"Hell...No."
: )
He said....
"I'll let ya drive mine!"
I, looked at him, and said...
"Are ya trying to Threaten me???? : ) "
{he was driving a Dodge : ) }
Hahahahahaha!!!
{seriously... : ) }
The Old Gipsy Ford... doesn't have a straight part...on her.
I, bought her... that way. : )
She's...a Mess.
: )
yet, Folks...Love Her.
<3
I, know, I...did... the Moment... I saw her. <3
Son, Justin... did...too. <3
{There's Somethin'...about an Old...Ford, with a Lift...Chrome Stacks.... and 7.3 Power Stroke...Diesel. }
<3 <3 <3
{Rust, Dents...Miles... : )
Forget About 'em.... <3 }
Many...ask,
'how do I get up... in that Truck???'.
{Including...the 'toy man'. }
: )
{He, is 34. I, asked him... his age, after...he asked me how... I get in The Gipsy. : )
I, explained... I, knew... he must be over 30.... because... No One... Under 30, ever asks. : ) }
The answer is....
'I do. : ) It's not... Pretty. but, I do. : ) '
I was in such a Hurry, packing and Loading...for Gold Rush, I'd forgotten... I'd cooked some Corn, the night before I left.
I'm trying to be careful... about what I eat, these days...
but...
Iowa Sweet Corn, is... like No Other. : ) <3
I, was so Busy... I didn't eat any of it. : (
I, asked Daughter, Liz... to stop by... and throw the Sweet Corn away, while I was driving... the next morning.
: ( : ( : (
She said... she would.
It was a week later, that I found... she'd forgotten...to dump... the Beautiful... Sweet Corn!
hahahahahaha!!!!
When I pulled the lid, off....of my Old Cast Iron Scotch Bowl.....
Hahahahahahaha!!!
It was Talkin' Back...to Me!
Hahahahaha!
Wheeeeeew...Eeeeee!
It smelled like Moonshine!!!
Hahahahaha!
{I, sent her this picture.... and asked her, if...she'd like to Join me... for a Sweet Corn Supper!!!}
hahahahaha!
{She, opted... 'Not'. : ) <3 }
I scoured the Old Cast Iron....
and, Treated...myself... again, to some Iowa Sweet Corn. : )
{There's a 'Window'...in late Summer, for the Best...Iowa Sweet Corn. : ) It's almost...shut. }
Thankfully, I found some... in the nick...of time. What a Blessing. <3 
I, sooooooo Miss, cooking for John. : )
: (
I, decided... rather, than throw...everything, on a plate, the other night...
for supper, like, I do...now....
I, pulled out, one of John's favorite Old...Platters, and... made a 'Plate', for myself...
like, I always did, for John. <3 : )
He'd be sittin' in his Recliner...watching t.v., and... I'd come in the door...with His Plate.
He'd sit up... get...situated... then, I'd hand him his Supper. <3
: )
{He'd be yelling, up the stairs... as I was cooking....
"Soprano's Starts.... in 10 Minutes!!!"
or, 'The Closer'..., 'whatever'... we were waiting...to see. : ) }
hahahahaha... : )
As, I walked up...to the House tonight..., after a long...crazy...day...
I  was walking along the back street, behind the House.
I...was looking at the gravel...laying, along the edge, of the street.
I, thought...to myself, 'This can't be real'.
I, Never...Imagined...ever, ever....
walking into our Home, without John, waiting there... for me.
That, 'thought'... Never, crossed my mind.
I, thought...as I walked.... 'What, was I thinking.'
Did, I...think, we would die....together?
: )
Maybe....so. : )
like...
Bonnie and Clyde.
<3 <3 <3 

I, left John's Platter... Exactly... like He, would have. : )
Simply Iowa...style. 

When I jumped in the FUSO... to head Home... from Gold Rush, I noticed the Hearts, carved on on it's steering wheel.
<3
Someone... long, ago... carved some naughty words there.
hahahahaha!
They, didn't bother me.....
I, never mentioned..it.
then,
one day... after John had changed the oil, I...saw these Hearts. <3
: )
The, 'other'... must, have bothered... John. : )
He...didn't want me to see that stuff. : ) <3
The Truth...is, that 'stuff'... meant nothing..to me.
It, didn't... bother me, one...bit.
Those, 'Hearts'...that he carved...'over'.....
: )
<3
well...
They, break...my heart. <3

Monday, August 21, 2017