Thursday, December 8, 2016

Grandpa Walton's Christmas Wish

The... 'Kitchen Queen'.


: )
I, don't know what it is...about 'Old Cupboards'...that pull so, on my heart strings.
Just, picked this one up... this morn.
It's lived in the same Iowa County.... it was delivered to, 90, or so...years ago....until, today.
Still has the paper label... from The Hoosier Company... that said it was shipped to Grinnell, Iowa.
: )
This, style...of Cupboard, was quite a 'Modern'...thing, back...in the day.
It has a tin lined drawer, for Bread.
They, had a Flour Box, and sifter.
{the one, in this...is long gone, like most of them...these days. }
Spice racks, on the upper door. {This one, still has that. : ) }
Some called these, 'Kitchen Queens'....
: )
They Had Everything... a Baker, 'Homemaker'....could wish for. : )
The 'work surface'...pulls out, several inches....so, you could easily...roll dough, or...cut noodles.
: )
This one... is a bit... different. I've never seen a 'black' porcelain... work surface.
It's original. : )
The 'tambour'...doors, in the center, still....slide, with ease. : )
I, wonder... if this Old Hoosier, was originally painted.
Many, that weren't Oak, were painted....originally, at The Hoosier Factory.
Many...30, 40...and 50 years ago...were stripped, to show 'Wood'.
Everything...
'Trends'. : )
These Old...'Hoosiers'... where Crazy...Expensive....a few decades...ago.
{and, when they were 'New', in the early 1900's, through the Depression years....}
then, they...slacked off.
I, see them... being 'Admired'...once, again. : )
I, think... because, they are so Versatile.
Folks, are... 'Cooking', Baking...and Canning...again.
These, Old...Cupboards...
were
Designed....for That.
: )
yes, I guess, they are...
Indeed...
'Kitchen Queens'.
<3
I haven't bought a Hoosier Cupboard, for a long time.
but...
I liked this one. : )
If, it doesn't sell... that's o.k.
I'll use it for display....until, it finds the Perfect...'Home'. : )
I've got so Many....wonderful...old....'Kitchen'...related pieces, and early...Cook Books, I've tucked, away....
 that...I could use... a 'Kitchen Queen'...to display, them on. <3
She's headed to the rabbit hole...in the morn.
{I'll bet, Her Majesty ....is shiverin'...on the bed...of The Ford, tonight. : )
It's a Cold One! }
I'll have the shop...open, over the weekend.
She'll be 'set'...and warm....by then. : )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.


I, posted...above...
one of The Best... thoughts, of 'Christmas'...I've ever heard.
Reminds me...of my Dad...John...Peg, and...so Many, I've been so Very...Blessed, to have Known...and Loved.
<3
This, Old....Hoosier, reminds me...of my Dad's... stories...of The Depression, years.
<3
So...Difficult, yet...'Dad'...never, once said, how 'difficult'...they were.
{He regretted...he couldn't have done more...for his Grandparents.... but, he, was...just a teen.}
He shared...The Warmth...he experienced...from, Family...and...'Togetherness'.
{they, had to be, 'Close'. Times, were...Tuff. }
but... Dad, remembered those years... Fondly.
<3
What a Gift.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

peggy lee with benny goodman where or when

moments... fragmented... moments... fragmented......

This, entire...year, has been such...a blur. 
Somehow...it, feels...like Halloween, is just around the corner, instead...of
Christmas.
This, whole year, has been... Hurry Up...and, wait.
Just, the last several weeks...have been, sooooo insane.
Shows...Sales...Open House... Buying Trips....
oh, my.
So much, to get done, that...should have been done, weeks...ago.
I'm on the road, again...tomorrow, early.
Picking up...an Old, Hoosier Cupboard.
It, an Unusual...one. : )
Picked up... the old...white, Cupboard, Saturday. 
{well...it was delivered to me. during The Open House.}
It's...a Sweetie. <3
The hand made...cubby, below...came in with the Cupboard.
It's a Dolly...too. : )
Hand Dovetailed...construction. : )
Love it. 
Froze my tail, off...today...working on The Fountain.
Just, came in... : )
The new, heater...I bought for it, today....didn't work.
so...put another in...that, I hope...won't trip breakers.
oh my. 
Some Folks...came from far...away, and brought me, the, Old...Old...
 Alice in Wonderland...book.
<3
Scarlett, and I....have been reading it, one chapter, at a time.
I've never read the book, so...it's 'brand new'...to me, too. : )
I, plan on having the rabbit hole, Open, this Saturday, and Sunday...again.
: )
10 'til 5 Saturday....
Noon 'til 4...
Sunday. 
Don't know, if, or when...I'll get 'The Tree' up.
oh my. 
'Time'...is...slipping...away.
I'm sitting...in John's chair...in the Big Room, this evening.
Sipping, some 'Hard'...Egg Nog. : )
I, was thinking...about, how...'time'... can make you, so...crazy.
How, 'life'...can be sooo 'Slow', and 'Fast'...at the same, time.
even... 'repetitive'.... it seems, at...'times'. 
How, does that...happen. ? 
It, reminded me... of the Peggy Lee.. tune, 
'Where or When'. 
Love, to ya...
Barb C.






Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling

'Last Minute Shopping'!!!

Seriously?
It's December...6th. 
?
Just had an e-mail...from some 'retail store'...
that said, "I'd Better Rush Out...Right Now!!!"
: ) 
oh dear. 
John and I...always did most of our 'shopping'...
the 23rd., and 24th.
: )
Me, on the 23rd.
John, on the 24th!
'That's...'
 'Last Minute'.
: )
When the Kids, were little, I'd do shopping, a little earlier.
For John... it was Always...
'Christmas Eve'... day.
: )
He didn't work, that day.
It, always seemed a little strange, should Christmas Eve, fall on a week day, that...he'd be in the house...when I got up.
{around 7. }
He always went to The Shop...between 5 and 6. 
{He, went to the Shop... every morning, including...Christmas Eve...but, 
only to make his morning 'Coffee', and 'Phone Calls'... : ) to his Best...Buddies. 
{Ritual.}
but, he'd be in the house....by 7....on Christmas Eve Morning... and, {Sundays}
He'd put on his Good Coat,... and, maybe... his 'better', Boots....: ) 
{already had 'His Driver'... 
{whatever, car...he happened to be driving }
Warming...Up!
: )
Lord, John....Hated...the Cold!
: )
and, he Hated...Shopping!
: ) but, he Loved... his Family, 
and wanted to pick out...something for each of them...
himself, every year. : ) <3
Every year, it was the same. 
He'd throw on his coat, pause....at the table....
for, a moment...
drink... the last, drop of coffee, from his old styrofoam 'Shop' cup....
{John would use the same old cup...'disposable' 'forever'. : ) 
 So did his Friends, who drank coffee with him, every morning, at The Shop. 
They had their names, written on them. : ) }
He'd set the cup down...
 give me... 'the look'...: )
like, a 'Warrior', 
heading into...Battle... 
: )
and, head for the door!
: )
I'd get busy... baking Pies...and cooking.
Several hours later... he'd come Bursting Through The Door....
with...
Bags...and Bags...and Bags!!!!
Following him...inside, would be a Blast of Iowa's...
 Frigid...
Late December, Air!
It cooled the entire House....down, in a matter, of moments!
but, It was such a Clean... Crisp....Refreshing...
'Christmas'....
'Blast'
: )
it, always... felt so good. 
: )
He, rarely, told me...what he'd 'found', for The Kids.
I'd be as Surprised, as They were, every Christmas...morn. 
: )
but, he always....
always...'found' them, each...something, very...'special'.
<3
John, holding one of  the 'Twin' Cabbage Patch Dolls, 'Santa' brought....his Daughter, Andrea., Christmas Morn....
{Her hand, is on the head...of the little doll. <3 }
Have you Any Idea... how Difficult it was, to find 'Cabbage Patch Dolls'...that year. ???
Especially...on Christmas Eve. : )
I, think... John....and Santa... drank a Lot..of Morning Coffee... together. : )  throughout...the year. <3 }

John insisted, those 'Gifts', always...came from 'Santa'. : )
He'd wrap them... all, himself. : ) 
The hats, boots, gloves...shoes...socks, clothes...soaps...lotions...bubble bath...drawing paper...crayons, and markers...
were from Mom and Dad. <3
We never had much money, but...somehow... he'd pull a 'rabbit out of his hat'....
at Christmas. : ) 
oh my. 
I didn't  get a dang thing...done, today.
Now, it's really cold, and...I have to get outside stuff...done.
I don't know why... I procrastinate....so. 
Now, the work...will be ten times...as hard. 
As I was putting some things away, in the bedroom, this afternoon...
I heard a noise, in the dining room, like, someone...had set down a stack of books, on the harvest table, I turned, towards the door, leading to the dining room...and, saw a shadow.
It was like, someone...was walking between the picture window...and hallway, blocking the Sun, for a moment....
I called out, for Liz. 
No one, answered....
she wasn't here.
then, 
I got a whiff.... a Strong... whiff...
of Peppermint.
It was like...a Huge Bottle, of Peppermint, had broken, and spilled. 
The scent... permeated the house.
I, can still...smell it.
Taste...it.
Liz, stopped by...a few hours later,
 I asked her, if she could smell the Peppermint, and, told her what had happened.
She said couldn't smell it, at all...
but, she said.... "It's probably...Dad. He's tellin' ya... to Get That Christmas Tree Up!!! : ) "
maybe...so. : ) 
Love to ya...
Barb C.








Monday, December 5, 2016

Alison Krauss - Get Me Through December

Christmas....Open House, past.

Thanks, so Much....
to Everyone, who Popped In!
<3
It was a Good, weekend.
: )
I didn't advertise...anywhere, but...FB, and here.
I...simply...didn't have the rabbit hole, the way.....I wished, it could be, for this Open House.
Yes....
There was, and is...always...always...Lots, and...Good Stuff.
Stuff, I...love.
but...
There wasn't Bling!
I, don't even have The Tree up...in the House.
{I, can't remember, the last time, The Tree, wasn't up...
the day after Thanksgiving. }
It's been a very.... unusual...year.
The election... was tuff.
All, election years, are.
Thanksgiving, almost...didn't include my Son, Justin...and his Family.
We, differ....about, some...things.
but...
Family, is the Most...Important.
and, why....worry.
It's all...in God's Hands...anyway. : )
<3
He, has a Plan. 
: )
{I did, buy The Harley Jacket... at the last Sale...I conducted. 
Liz, took my old, Black Leather Jacket...John got me... over, 30 years ago.
When I saw the Harley Jacket... that was brand new...never worn, with it tags...still on.
and...It Fit. : )
I figured... I might 'need' it. 
The next few years...
{4}
might be... a mighty...ruff...ride. : ) 
{just...sayin'. : ) }
yeah....
I think, this...Old Heart, will be Perfect, for the Harley Coat.
I, don't care...about an emblem.
This Heart, says... 'Simply Iowa'.
That's...where I come from. : ) <3 
I have an old... 'Heart' shaped, leather piece...from a Horse Harness...I'm going to cover the Harley patch, with.
I've...never cared for 'Bikes'. 
Horses, are my Beloved...'Rides'.
but, I, loved... my Black Leather Jacket, John gave me.
It got me in to a little trouble, now and then.
Folks, assume... you are a 'Biker'... if you wear one.
{My Old, one...didn't say... 'Harley'. I didn't want that. }
Back, 30 years ago...only 'Bikers'...wore them. 
and...
me.
: )
When I was out, and about...Bikers...would think, I was 'One'...of them.
: )
I let them know, how I felt...about Motorcycles...and, 'The Biker' type, of those days.
{These days... The Bikers...are Dr.'s and Lawyers...Business, Folk.
back, then... around here...
Not...So...Much.}
: )
{Even with my...'sharp'...matter of fact...'way'...somehow, I kept all of my teeth. : ) <3 }
I, suppose... I was ornery...enough, to be a 'Biker'...
but, I was an Iowa,  'Farm Girl'... all the way. : )
Goes to show, you can never...judge a book...by it's cover. 
oh my. 
Speaking of a 'Ruff' Ride, I took The Santa Chair...to The Bank, today.
We loan Santa...a Chair, every year. : )
Had to take The Gypsy Ford....
{The Flatbed Ford...is Loaded, Heavy. }
oh my.
She's a Ruff....Rider.
: )
Got Santa's Chair, delivered... but, forgot to put the Tailgate up.
I, noticed it... but, it was cold out....and, I've left the gates down, on all of our Trucks, now, and then. 
No...worries. : )
As I was heading into to Town.... just, as we hit the 4 lane...
Cars...Everywhere....
we Hit some Big Bumps.
I heard a noise.... pulled over, thought... something, from underneath...the Old Gypsy...
 had broken loose.
{maybe...a 'shock' }
Jumped out... 
Cars, Everywhere!!!!
Scoped out the Underside..., then...
walked around the back.
Her Tailgate...was GONE!!!
Holy Smokes!!!
I had Sweetie, with...
oh my...
We Burned Rubber.....and Backtracked!!!!
{I was worried, it was on the Highway...and someone, might hit it, and get hurt!!!}
Holy Smokes!!!
I spotted her tailgate...laying on the shoulder.
Holy...Smokes!
So Glad... it didn't hit anyone.
I threw it in the back...and strapped it down.
Son, Justin... put 'er back on. : )
yeah... 
The Old...Gypsy...doesn't take 'Bumps' in the road...well. : )
It has a few more scratches.... : ) {It already had, a Big Dent. : ) }
but, it...still works....just fine. <3
{sigh...}
Livin' The Dream. 
: )
It Snowed.... Sunday Morning.
I, gotta tell ya, with all...of the sorrow, and hurt...in this World, these...days.
I, can't hardly...watch the news.
I, just... find my way, to the rabbit hole, where, the 'World'...is a 'World'...away, from...
'Everything'.
even, still....
'something'....
wasn't 'right'...this 'Season'.
I sat, at the...old... Harvest Table, Sunday morning.
Sippin' on my first, cup of coffee...
looking out, the Picture Window.
watching it... 
'Snow'.
: ) : ) : ) 
It dawned...on me, 
maybe...
'This'....
: )
is what I've been waiting for. 
: )
The First...'Snow'.
: )
There's 'something'....
so...
'Pure'
about it. 
: )
Me and Sweetie, ran outside, and took these pictures...
of The Rabbit Hole.
{below}
: )
yes, there is 'Something'...
about 'The First Snow'...
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
May God, Bless Us, Everyone.
<3 <3 <3 








Friday, December 2, 2016

Open... December 3rd. and 4th! 10 'til 6...Daily! No Frills.... but...Loads, of Stuff!


Been out Gatherin'
'Junk'...
{Some, Very...Fun...Old...Stuff. : ) }
Instead... of Spiffin' Up...the rabbit hole. 
: )
Come Visit!!!
That's...what Christmas, is about. 
Friends.
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

POSTPONED!!!! : ) Christmas down the rabbit hole...has been postponed, until December 3rd. and 4th.

Furnace is on The Blink!
See ya Next Weekend!
Barb C,
{It's also Prelude to Christmas, next weekend, just 11 miles from the Rabbit Hole...
in The Amana Colonies!!!
It's such a Lovely...time of Year. }