Friday, January 19, 2018

The Anamosa Show.... January 21st. 9 'til 3. EARLY BIRD... 7:30 'til 9!!!!!


I've touched base, with many of the Vendors....over the last few days.
They, are ALL....So Excited!
I, think...EVERYONE...is Ready...to get this Antiquing Year....ROLLIN'!!!
: )
This Event, is always....So Good!!!
Cecilia, and Jon... have worked so Hard....for this, over two decades.
<3
The Folks, who set up here....are Gems. : )
They Always bring such Fun Stuff!
There are Vintage Things....priced...from a Dollar, to Several Hundred.
They bring everything...from, Vintage Jewelry...to Folk Art.
Kitchen Stuff, to...Early....Primitives.
Farm Cupboards....and Tables...
to
Garden Junk... and, Victorian. 
Old Gas and Oil....Signs, and Memorabilia...
Old Toys, of Every Shape...and Size....
to...
Native American, and Lodge.
: )
I've Always... So Enjoyed....This Event!
I, Never Missed It...to 'Shop'.
then, 
several years ago... I became a Vendor, myself.
: )
<3
We are adding a new booth, this year.
I, think...it'll be Fun. 
: )
We've asked all of the Vendors, to contribute to it.
: )
It'll be a 'BARGAIN'....Booth.
No Early Shopping....from The Bargain Booth.
Early Birds, get DIBS!!! 
{oh...dear. }
: )
Nothing will be priced over 99.00.
Not even the Furniture. 
{There will be Many....items...under 20.00 : ) }
For Bookkeeping, purposes....that booth, will be Cash only.
I've asked the Vendors...to price their items, as Low...as they can.
so...
There will be no further discounts...in That Booth. : )
I have a Feeling, That Booth, is going to get thinned out....
FAST!
: )
Get There....for Early Bird! 
It's Worth It!
: )
{IT'S ALWAYS...WORTH IT! }
I'm going to be Very....Busy, the next several days, through....Sunday.
I'll HOPEFULLY...be able to post Many Pictures, of The Show, Saturday Night!
I, may even 'Go Live'...on Facebook. {Simply Iowa on Facebook }
while I'm at The Show, Saturday Night. : )
We'll See!
I am looking Forward, to Seeing You...There!
Bright, and Early!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{There are some New Folks, coming in...that have some VERY FUN STUFF!!!
We, have a 'waiting list', at this time...The Show...is 'Full'. If, you'd like to be put on the list...let me know. Some Folks, may be retiring...next year. Sometimes...for unforeseen reasons, Folks...aren't able to come, and we need Vendors.  We'll go down the list, as they have been received. : )  }

{Please say a Prayer...for Grandson, Jack. <3 He's having tubes...put in his little ears, early, in the morning.
He's only....7 months old. : (.....
He's fought, so Many....ear infections. : (.....
I, Pray...the procedure goes, fast, well...and....is successful. <3 <3 <3 
I, can't....go to sleep, thinking...about him. <3 <3 <3 
He's such a Sweet little Man. <3
 Seeing him suffer, with those ear infections...is heartbreaking.
Thinking about him...having to go through this procedure.... is, heartbreaking. }

Precious... Baby. <3 <3 <3 

UPDATE!!!!
Jack had his procedure... early this morning, and did GREAT!!!!
Thank You, for Your Prayers!!! : ) <3 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gathering for The Anamosa Show!

Traveled around 300 miles, yesterday.
Crossed The Cedar, Wapsi...and Mighty Miss. : )
It was a Lovely...Day.
Found some very Cool Stuff, for the Show...
{Next Sunday! }
I'd intended on writing a story, about...what I 'found', at the end, of the Trip....
this evening.
It will be a very long....story, and very personal.
I've decided to write it, after the Show.
<3 <3 <3 
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

This was my first...find, of the day.
Had, I not found....another thing, this...would have been plenty. 

The day, was spent well. <3
Life, is truly....a Highway. : ) <3

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thinking... Spring.


It's been so warm, and Wonderful...the last couple of days, here...in Iowa.
: )
Get's me thinkin' about... 'Spring'. 
The Old... Martin House, above... is one...we've had for Many...years.
<3
I've had several...Old, Martin Houses....over the years.
This One, is Special.
It reminds me, of the Old Farm Houses, here, in Iowa.
: )
I've often thought, how Lucky...the Birds were, who set up 'Housekeeping' in this Old House.
: )
Sometimes...I just stand next to it, and peer in the doors....'windows'... : ) 
Imagining... how it would be decorated...if, it were People Size. : )
I'm thinking about the Load...for The Anamosa Show.
SPRING!!!
SPRING!!!!
SPRING!!!!!
: )
I, can't part...with this Old House, but....
I am, going to part...with one, that is Equally...Impressive.
It'll be at The Anamosa Show. : )
We, for the First Time, at Anamosa...are having a Booth, that will be So Much Fun!!!
It's gonna be '99.00 and Under!!!'
Nothing...will be over 99.00
: )
We've asked  All of Vendors....to Contribute to That Booth!
There's Gonna Be Some Great Stuff!!!
Furniture...Garden...Smalls...
BARGAINS!!!
We aren't allowing Any...Vendor Shopping, until the Doors Open, at 7:30 a.m. for Early Birds!
We are giving the The Early Bird Shoppers, 5 minutes...ahead of the Vendors, to Shop...
before they can.
: )
We all have things, that...we've had for awhile...
Great Stuff... that Needs to Find New Homes!
We're Gonna Mark 'em...to GO!!!!
Get to the Show... Early!!!
That will be a Cash and Carry Booth.
Bring Cash!
{With so Many...Contributing, to that Booth...that's the easiest way, for the Bookkeeper.
{Kelsey, Mark's Daughter, is Taking It On!!! Oh Boy!!! }
 You Will, as Always...get a Receipt! 
Prices, will be as marked. Trust Me, there will be DEALS!!!!} 
The information, about the Show, is Below. Click, on the image...to enlarge.
Heart of Country, in Nashville...had a larger version, of this.
We ALL LOVED IT!!!
: )
I, think...it'll be FUN!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{My Old... Martin House, won't be under 99.00.
: (
: ) 
 It will be in my booth. 
: )
but...
Trust Me...
There Will Be Some Great Bargains! 
Get There....
EARLY!!!!}




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dust in the wind lyrics - Kansas

Moments...


Hahahaha!
Now, Those...are words to Live by!
Oh My!
I was so wound up, yesterday....
I, get frustrated.
I, wish... I didn't.
I get to 'Thinkin'... and...sometimes....it makes me crazy.
There is So Much...in Life, we can't change.
There is So Much...in Life, that keeps...changing.
It's like... The World, keeps spinning faster, and faster.
I, guess...that's part of why I Love 'Old'...so much.
: )
'Old' is a reminder....that, through many...many... difficult times.... They have Survived.
<3
Below...are a few images, of Iowa City, Iowa...
 Civil War era Newspapers, I found, at an Old Farm, where my Dad, once lived.
That's a Long...Story, about how...they came to me...that I'll share, another day.
How, those Old....Papers, ever survived, I'll...never know.
but...
They Did. : ) <3
Below the Paper, images...
is an Old...Book. 
: )
I ran across it, the other day....as I was reminiscing...in one of the Old Cupboards.
<3
The Book, went through a few Proud Owners.
: )
{1820's and 30's. }
The 'Owners' wrote inside the cover...to let the World...Know, 'Who' it Belonged To!
: )
Priceless.
: )
I sit here...tonight, with so much...running through my head.
I, think...about the Folks, who read those papers.
The Folks...who printed them.
What they...must have been thinking, on the day those were written.
Troubled...Times.
The little Book, that was Treasured, below.
: )
It was Loved... not too many years, after...The Revolutionary War.
Iowa, wouldn't become a State...for another 30 years.
It was printed...in 1816.
Napoleon was alive...and well.
Abe Lincoln... was 7 years old.
Thomas Jefferson, was still...very active, working and writing.
yes... the little Book, is a reminder.
Time....goes by quickly.
Time, is not...about the Years.
It's All...about the moments.
At the end...of the day, this day...
I realize...getting Twisted...into a Pretzel....Over Stuff, that...in the scheme of things....
doesn't matter, much.
It all... seems to, in the 'moment'.
{oh....dear. }
In the end... we all turn to dust.
So... once again, tonight....I'll vow, to try harder....to not worry.
: )
not...
'Think'...too much.
Love to ya...
Barb C. 













Monday, January 8, 2018

VID 20151228 164558

Eric Church - Round Here Buzz (Lyric Video)

Thinkin'....



The Below Zero...weather, is gone...for a few days, in Iowa.
: )
 Horse Shoer, Rick...came by, today...and trimmed Scout's Toes. : )
Rick, and I agreed, as we visited....with Scout, devouring his 'Bribery Apples'....
{while being trimmed}
 35 degrees feels like Paradise, after  so many below 0 days. : )
Scout, is Fat...and has a Wonderful...Thick Coat, of Fur.
Thank God. <3
I spent a little time, giving the Chickens, and Turkeys...a few extra treats, and chatting, with them. : )
The Kids, have their Home Fluffed, with lots of Straw, and Heat Lamps. : )
I worry so much, about them, when it gets cold.
I pulled the Ford, around...and parked in the drive.
The tune, above was playing on the radio.
{There's 'Somethin'...about Eric Church. : ) Love his Music. <3 }
I, just sat there...listening to it.
Thinking...
Thinking.
So Much...to 'think' about. 
Oh...my. : )
Like the Gordon Lightfoot tune, goes....
'If you could read my mind,...Love,....
What a Tale, my thoughts, could tell'. 
; )
oh...my. 
So Much.
Been working on getting The Anamosa Show...in order.
It's the 21st. of January.
One of the papers, we advertised in, has the wrong date.
It'll be corrected, next week.
The Anamosa Show..., has been going for 24 years....
Folks, around here, know...when it is. 
Thankfully. : )
I've had the chance, to visit with some of the Anamosa Vendors...over the last few days.
They...are Such.... Wonderful...People. <3
I visited, last evening, with Kaye... the Promoter of Gold Rush, in Rochester, MN.
She, is such an Amazing...Woman. : ) <3
I've been so Blessed, to meet...and get to know, so Many...Wonderful, Dedicated...Caring, and Passionate, Folks...who Care so Deeply, about this Insane Business... and...truly Love....
'Old'.  
<3 : ) 
I catch myself...worrying about stuff, that seems to be coming at me, from Every....Angle.
then...
I 'catch'...myself.
: )
It's all...outta my hands.
: )
I, remember...Whose Hands....Truly, 'hold' tomorrow. : )
It would have been so easy, to allow 'worries'....
to steal, the Beautiful... Warm...moments, away from me...today.
They, almost...did.
I, can't allow that, anymore. 
Life...is too short.
<3
Love...to ya, Barb C.
{The top video... is one, I made, when I was driving the Gipsy, a couple years ago....
I was visiting Dad's Grave, just....up the road. <3
It...ends, at Home. : ) <3
It's Eric Church... playin' again. : )
Guess... this time of year, I get to 'thinkin'...a lot. : ) } 




Friday, January 5, 2018

Patsy Cline - Always

Back...to The Future!


Oh Dear!
Had to post a picture, of one of the things, Liz...got me, for Christmas. : )
<3
When I opened up the gift...and pulled out this Mug, I Burst Out...Laughing!
: )
It's The 80's!!!
: )
Liz, had no idea. : ) She knew, I'd like it...because it has a Pig, on it. : ) 
<3
I flipped it over....
and it's dated from 1983. : ) <3 
I, was...20, that year.
: ) : ) : ) 
I, Sooooo Remember...This Style!
: )
The Geese, with Bows.
: )
That, Cornflower...Blue. : )
Oh...My.!
Great...Memories!
This Mug...is my New Favorite! <3 : ) 



Then, today... I was looking for a shoe, in the closet.
I Swear...
Wherever...the lost Socks, are...
so...are, the Lost Shoes!!!
Dang!
I could find, 'One'...of several pair.
The Mates, are Gone!
I, thought...possibly...the shoe, had fallen behind an old Trunk...that's in our closet.
I haven't dug...back there...for Years!
I, about...fell on my fanny, when I saw, on top...of the Old Trunk...
was a Pile...of Pictures.
One, was...a framed poster, I thought...was Long...Gone.
I bought it, when I first moved out...on my own, when I was 15.
I saved my money, to buy it, and...then...buy a frame, it would fit in. 
When I saw it, at the store, back...in the Day, I fell...in Love...with it.
: )
The Unicorn, reminded me....of my Beloved Horse, White Cloud.
<3
She was an Albino Mare. 
Quarter Horse, and Arabian.
<3 
Dad bought her, for me...when I was 9, for 100.00. <3 
Oh, my...Lord, We Flew...together.
She and I, Sailed...over Many Fences. : ) <3
She could Run...like The Wind.
We were never beat...in a race. : )
She, was an Amazing...Horse. 
<3 <3 <3 
We traveled a Million Miles, together.
<3
She was struck by lightning, killed, when I was 15. 
I was working, nights...taking care of an Elderly Woman, in her home, who couldn't be left alone, at night.
I stayed with her, over night. : )
{She, was soooo Sweet. : ) She'd stay up...at night, and go through her dresser drawers, and sort everything...over...and over. <3 
Very, Nice...Lady....but, She liked to wander...at night. 
 Not Good, so...I'd sleep by the door, so she couldn't leave. : ) } 
One morning, in June... to my surprise...there was a 'knock' at her door.
It was my Dad. : )
He was holding a little Berry Pail...filled with Gooseberries.
: )
He'd asked me, weeks before...if...I'd make him a Pie, if he'd pick the Berries. 
There were Wild Gooseberries, where Dad was living, and had the Horses.
I, Gladly...agreed. : )
{Dad said...his Favorite Pie, was 'Gooseberry'. : ) }
I looked at the Berries... : ) 
then...
looked at his face.
He had Tears... Streaming...down his face.
He, just...stood...there, in the door.
then... he told me...
White Cloud... was dead. 
: ( : ( : ( 
He said... the lightning...was so bad, that night...he could sit, and read the paper, without a light on, in the house.
He said...
He saw a Bolt, of Lightning come down...
 It was Bright Orange, then...it turned Pure White, after if hit the ground.
He said... he knew, something...was horribly wrong, and...he was afraid, to walk outside...when the Sun, came up. Afraid...of what he would...find. : (....
That was the Bolt...that killed her.
I, felt so sorry...for Dad.
: ( 
I, was...heartbroken.
but...
seeing Dad, so 'Broken', too...was a memory...I'll never forget.
That Day...was one of the worst...days, of my life.
Seeing, that old...poster, today....brought back, so many...memories.
Good ones...and, not...so good. 
'Life'.
'Journey'.
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

{I had to smile...a little, today, when I saw that old Poster... because....I STILL...Love It <3 
Love... Everything, about it.
I'd buy it...Again! : ) 
<3
The Moss...in the Trees. <3
The sandy, way back...in the Woods, 'Trail'... 
like, So Many.... White Cloud, and...I traveled. <3 
The snake, yeah... there were a few, around. : )
We never worried about any of 'em. : )
Step over 'em...and keep on a goin'. 
<3
and...
Yes, I made my First...Gooseberry Pie, for Dad...that day. 
Millie, the Lady...I was watching over, helped me. <3 
Then, I went to see White Cloud.
I worked...for hours, beside her...digging.
I, couldn't dig...the hole....big enough. : ( : ( : ( 
I, had to call the rendering...truck.
: ( : ( : (
I stayed with her, until...they had her loaded.
: ( : ( : ( 
Yes...
That... was One... of the worst days...of my life.  }



White Cloud
<3 <3 <3