Sunday, December 21, 2014

Amana... Sofa. As Found. perfect. : )

Thanks, so Much...
to my Amana Friends...for delivering this....
Gnarly... Mid 1800's Amana Sofa, today.
I bought it, sight unseen....
and...I was delighted, it was better, than I had imagined. 
: )
I know.... some... maybe...most.... would reupholster this....
but...
I Love It...
as found.
The image doesn't show... how Shocking Blue... it is....
and. I would bet... this is the original Fabric.
With a Good Bath....
and a Beautiful... Vintage Throw.... gently Draped... over the seat....
It would happily Serve... another 100 plus years.
It's Frame... is all hand made... and solid as a rock.
It's Beautiful....
It came from an East Amana Home....
and... is... 
simply...
Beautiful.
It will find it's way down the rabbit hole.... soon...
and, may be... at The Anamosa Show, in January. 
: )
Love to ya...
Barb C.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Once Upon A Time In The West Theme (Ennio Morricone)


The Best.... Gift.... I could ever Hope...wish... for.

Miss. Scarlett.... and I...visited John's Oldest Children...
and..... Beautiful.... Grandchildren.... this evening.
: )
Andrea.... had made her Grandmother's.....Famous Peanut Butter Pie....
: )
{John's Fave.... : ) }
and... Maryjane.... made Pistachio... Bread....
{also... John's Newest Fave.... : ) }
and sent them Home... with us....
oh my....
Maryjane...{Johnny's Beloved...}  was so thoughtful... after John....
Passed away.... to order Charms.... for all of us.... that have some of John's Ashes...
encased...
oh my....
All of the Girls.... have Heart Shaped... Charms.....
oh my....
I...was going to take an image...of mine... before I put it on....
but...
I...simply couldn't wait.
: )
It's the One.... that 'Shines'...around my neck....
<3
Priceless....
simply...
Priceless.
<3 <3 <3
: )
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{the above tune... seemed to say.... what my Heart....sings....
 tonight. }


The Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider

Midnight Rider....

The Midnight Rider....
oh dear....
: )
I had been planning all week....to Bug Out....
and head to Missouri.... to see our Peg....
I knew, I couldn't stay more than a day...at best....
{Critters...  and other....daily 'Surprises'.... }
Peg..hates that....
When I talked to her, Thursday night.....on the phone....
she sounded disappointed... 
and...said... she knew...how my Mornings were....
always...something.... {or many 'somethings'.... }
that seem to keep me from getting an early start....
and... maybe...we should just meet... half way...and have lunch....
as she knew... I'd be late, and have to turn around...as soon as I arrived...
{oh.... Peg. : ) }
I assured her.... I would get there early....
{she didn't believe me.... I could tell. }
but...said.... "call me.... when you leave home..... " 
: )
I had just arrived, at Liz's new Job.... Liz wanted me to come and have supper....
and see the Place...
It's a little Bar.... with Great Food... she said. 
The Place...was Packed.... wall to wall....
not a place for me.....
Yikes!
I stayed for a little while.....
then... came home.....
Fixed a little supper....
and got to thinkin'....
Peg... may be right....
Seems when I try and get an early start....
the phone starts ringing....
or... some 'fire'..needs to be stomped out,,,,
I looked at the clock....
it was around 11....
I thought....I could get Polly settled.... for the night...
 if I jump in Jethro....
I could be at Peg's door.... by 3....
: )
So.... that's what I did....
The last few miles..were very interesting.
Peg and Michael...live Waaaaay Back in the Woods....
Gravel... and Mud... Roads....
Hills....Curves.....Timber... Everywhere....
{I think the last stretch...I could have made better time...on Horseback! }
and... I almost...always.... get lost.
Ol' Jethro.... and The Angels....
delivered me... right to Peg's door.... 
without skipping a beat.
A Miracle!!!!
When I pulled in.....
I called Peg....
and said...
"Hey.... I'm leaving Home!... you told me to call.... : ) "
She said....
"It's Three in the Morning!!!"...
I said... "I know.... I'm not leaving home.... I'm at Your Home.... Come Open this Door.... or I'm Layin' on the Horn!!!"
She didn't believe me... : )
Then...she did. : )
We met at the door....
laughed.... hugged.... she called me a Crazy Woman....
I told her... It Takes One...to Know One! <3
I flopped on her sofa....she Insisted...on Fluffing... 
then... we spent the entire day.... visiting....
: )
It was Great!
She...so.... wanted me to stay..... I..so wanted to....
but....
had to get back.
It's a good thing...I did.... 
had I not bugged out....
I couldn't have come at all...
Seems...every time... I leave... something... 'Flares'....
I got a call.... on my way home... oh my.....
so...it was a nerve racking drive home....
Everything is o.k. now... thanks to some very nice Folks....
oh my.
What a Ride. 
Peg Looks Great.... and, I think...is feeling Good.
: )
Mel and Micheal... are taking such... wonderful Care.... of her.
: )
They are the Best. : )
Love to ya.... 
Barb C.







I kept yelling at Peg..to Get In The House!!!! {as I was pulling away..... }
She wouldn't.... until.... we were out of sight...
I...do... so....Love....
That Girl.

There was Snow.... in MO....
I was surprised....
It was Beautiful.... at Peg and Michael's....

I don't do... 'selfies'.....
but... when it struck me... to Bail in Jethro and Fly....
This is the cross eyed look.....
I get.... when.... a thought.... a Crazy...Thought...
hits me...
had to share it. : )


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A 'Junk Yard'.... in Miniature. : )

Oh.... my....
I spent the day... cleaning....
I have to take the County Assessor through....
on Thursday.
So... thought I'd get the hair... off the steps....
and pick up... a bit. 
As I was 'tucking' things away... {messes...}
I found the old Tree Topper, a friend gave me a few years ago.....
: )
It was in Ed's Old Cupboard.... I moved it... only a few feet....
but... it shines....in the old.... Sugar Bowl. : )
 {out of the Box... and...outside... the Old Cupboard Doors. : ) }
I...moved 'The Bar'...
to the Early....Amish Table, John...put all the Tin Patches on....
and... Jan... sold back, to me... this Fall....
in front of the Picture Window....
: )
As I looked at the image....
it reminds me.... 
of the Junk Yards....
me... and my Best Men....
Lived in... Scrapping... over the Years.
: )


The Old....Dump Truck, with the Star...
is a Christmas Gift... this year...
from Pals... Lynn and Lea. <3
oh my....
A Miniature... 'Junk Yard'.
: )
Love It.
Love...to ya...
Barb C.

The two.... above tunes.... remind me... of my Two... Best...Men. <3
Yeah... we have always... always... struggled... through...December.
and...
Prayed... we'd make it through.....
{tuff...times...always... {I..really... should hate... December. }
yet...
when I think back....
I see them.... both...
waiting...
by the back roads...
 Smiling....
ever... Gentle...
 on my mind.
yeah....
Somehow....
we...
always...
Made It.
<3
: )
<3

Monday, December 15, 2014

Karen Carpenter - Ave Maria ( The Carpenters )

Thank You.

Thank You.....
to
 Everyone... who came... and visited the rabbit hole....
and me...
this weekend.
<3
I...didn't get it pulled together...like, in the years past... even with the Kid's help....
oh my...
: )
this one... was....tuff.
We didn't have a lot...of Folks.....
but the Ones... who...stepped....in....
were... Gifts.
Precious...Gifts...
: )
whom...I will....always...always... remember.
May...
God Bless....You.
and... I... 
Thank You.....
from all of my Heart. <3
Love...to You....
Barb C.







Saturday, December 13, 2014