Thursday, January 19, 2017

The last waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck

Patsy Cline - Tennessee Waltz

Hearts...and... 'Waltz's'.

I worked, down the rabbit hole...today.
: )
found, the little tin heart molds.....above.
They made me think...of all of the 'Hearts'...I've gathered, and have been gifted with...over the years.
I, posted...a few.
: )
With St.Valentine's Day... just, around the corner...
I was thinking....
I, should have a little Open House...down, the rabbit hole...in February, 
'celebrating' 
'The Love...of Old'. 
: )
As I work... down there, it's always...so Soulful...
Peaceful.
{even with messes... and the vacuum .... strewn around. : ) }
We'll see. 
{I've come down with a Nasty... Cold.
 Helper, Brandon, had it...when he was helping me at Anamosa.
 I, felt so sorry...for him.
 : ( 
 I, can't say... he never 'gave me'...anything! : ) 
He hasn't been to work, all week. 
Oh Boy!!!}
Had a Wonderful...Surprise...today.
Catherine... from Des Moines... popped in.
She, is such...a Gift.
<3
She didn't mind the Mud...around the rabbit hole...
or...
the Strewn...Vac. : )
{She's...'One of Us' : ) <3 }
Pal, Mary Sellon, had given me a pair of boots, and...I have them tucked, in the shop.
Catherine, had a pair of Darling...shoes on.
I handed her, Mary's.... to wear....while diggin' around outside.
Told her, "Bet the rabbit hole...is the only shop...that offers ya Boots...to go 'Dig In'!"...
: )
We both...had a Chuckle!
Cathy, put 'em on!!! 
{Told ya... she's 'One of Us'. : ) <3}
Cathy, has tiny...little feet. The boots, were two sizes too big.
{My Size. : ) }
She Laced 'em Up Tight!!! and...Away She Went!
hahahaha!
{With the warm weather...and rain... the ground, is still...very...frozen.
The top layer, 'surface'... is a Muddy...Mess. There was a Mote...around the rabbit hole.
Oh Boy! : ) }
I'm going to be Open, tomorrow..and Saturday....
11 til 5.
Stop by, if you're in the area. 
but, be Sure...and wear your Boots.
: )
{or... you can wear Mary's.... : ) 
If your feet are smaller than a size 9. <3 }
Love...to ya...
Barb C. 

This Old....Old....Chair, doesn't have a 'heart'.....
{I have a couple, that do. : ) }
I took this image, the other day... and..included it, today....
because...it's sooooo Cool. <3 

















Some, of the 'Hearts'....above, are long gone....'sold'.
some...
Never will...be. {until...I'm 'gone'. }
Some, are for sale...down the rabbit hole.
I took this image.... of myself...
sitting in the room, at The Opryland Hotel....
the 'Last' Heart of Country.
2014.
We, didn't know...it would be...'The Last'.
but... somehow...
I knew, Everything...was about...to change.
I told my Friends...and Liz...to 'Go On...'...that night, without me.
Go, have fun...I, needed to just...stay in.
{That...didn't Ever...happen, with me...in Nashville. }
I, had this 'feeling'...of Doom.
{that's why... I took this picture. I couldn't put 'it'...into words. }
When I got Home...
John, was so sick. {He was feeling...'tuff', when I left... but, I was in Hopes...
we both... were,
He'd be Better, when I returned.
He wasn't.
He was Much...worse.
I couldn't leave his side.
Within a few weeks, we were told... John,  had brain cancer.
Within...a few months... John...was gone.
Old....'Hearts'... are truly....soulful.
I, believe... when you see one, you should grab it. <3
: )
or, at least... give it a 'Wink'. <3
Guess... that Night.... I danced,
The Tennessee...Waltz.
somehow...
I knew, it would be...my last.
Our...
 Last.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO ~ LARA'S THEME

Thinking.... 'Garden'.

This time of year... down the rabbit hole....
the old....greenhouses...are so cold.
I posted images...below, of when Spring....whispers, there.
<3
It will breathe Life...into...whatever....is sheltered by it....
Long...before, 'Iowa'...will.
: )
I'm so Thankful...for them.
If it wasn't for John... they, wouldn't be here.
{it's a long...story. : ) }
What a Gift.
: )
The Old...Fountain, inside....always....has 'Life'.
<3
another....long....story. : ) }

The Anamosa Show...
wiped me out, more than I knew.
I slept the entire day...on Monday.
Tho, my lesions are almost gone...
the 'inside'... is still...pretty worn.
I didn't think I pushed too hard, for the Show, and...was Thankful, for Brandon, and Liz...
who helped...so much.
: )
These shingles...kind of remind me of the Flu.
Wears ya Out!
: )
As, my body's been doing little, my mind...has been 'working'.
Thinking...'Garden'.
Urns... Statues... Fountains...
oh boy. : )
It's supposed to get warm, this week.
'January Thaw'... in Iowa.
: )
It's such a Tease.
Get's ya all Fired Up... for Spring....
then, it'll turn Cold...again.
Really...Cold, and Spring seems further away, than before the thaw.
I'm going to have the shop open... this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
11 'til 5...daily.
I'm heading there, tomorrow....to keep working on the re do. : )
Quite a bit..is changing, there....with so much, that is coming in.
I'm working on a Show Calendar ....
Open House...down the rabbit hole...the first weekend in April...
Junk Jubilee... the end of April...
Gold Rush... Mother's Day Weekend, in May...
Memorial Day Weekend Sale.... the end, of May...
I, may also be conducting an Estate Sale.... here in Fairfax, this early Spring.
Things Promise....to be Hoppin'...pretty soon. : )
I, don't feel too guilty...about takin' a little 'time', in January.
: )
Daughter, Liz... has moved in...with her Fiance....
They are expecting a Little Boy... in May.
Her 'due date'... is May 25th.
The same day.... John went 'Home'... in 2014.
She and I...were both...taken back, by that. : )
{another...'wink'. <3 }
Things, are much better for her, and Miss. Scarlett.
Adam, her Fiance... is very nice, as is his Family.
They Love....Our Girls. <3
Adam has helped us, with Shows a time or two... and Understands....
his soon to be Mother in Law....
is a Steam Roller.... : ) 
We 'Git 'er Done'....
{but, we have a Lot..of Fun... when the Work is Done. : )
It's an Irish...'thing'. : ) }
He saved us... at the last Junk Jubilee... when BOTH Trucks... gave us Fits!
He got 'em Goin'. : )
{He's a 'Ford Man'.... Bonus Points...with Mama!!! }
: )
I'm posting some images... of 
'Spring'... 
'Past'.
below.
Spring 2017...
is coming...
Fast.
Love, to ya...
Barb C.



This....Wonderful....Old...Fountain, is such a Gift.
It has 'Life'.
I do nothing...but, give it a drink of water....when it needs it.
It...is such...a 'World'...all, It's Own.
Priceless.










The song...above, was my Dad's Favorite.
I had the Organist...play it non stop.... at his Funeral.
The lyrics... touch me...so, this time...of year.
When...'Winter'...has such a Grip...on us all.
yet...
The Promise...of 'Spring'...
 New Life....
keeps us...forging...ahead.

here, are a few lines...
from 'Lara's...Theme'.

'Somewhere...my Love, there will be Songs...to sing.
Although...the Snow, covers...the Hope, of Spring.
Somewhere, a Hill... Blossoms, in Green...and  Gold.
and....
There are Dreams...
All, that your Heart...can...Hold.
Someday... we'll meet again, my Love.
Someday...whenever the Spring Breaks Through.
You'll come, to me.... out of the 'long ago'...
Warm, as the Wind...
Soft, as the Kiss...of Snow. '



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Brotherhood Of Man - United We Stand (The original group from 1970)

Anamosa Show.... history.

Thanks, So Much....
to All, who Attended and Shopped!
: )
It was Sooooo Wonderful, seeing Everyone.
<3
Cecilia, {Promoter } and Her Lovely...Family, were So Great!
Cecilia...lost her Husband, Jon...not, long ago.
He was Missed...at The Show. 
I, know...how Difficult, this was, for Cecilia...
and Family.
'The Firsts'...are....so...Tuff.
First Thanksgiving...
First...Christmas.
really.......the first time...grocery shopping, is so hard.
: ( : ( : ( 
You 'Think'...of them...at the end...of every isle.
or...when you see something, they love to eat...and automatically.... reach for it, 
then...stopping, as your hand, nearly grasps...it.
'The Firsts'.
I, still, do it...every time...I shop.
{It especially gets me... when Ice Cream...is on sale.
John, Loved....his Ice Cream. : ) <3 }
I missed, hearing Jon... as he joked, and visited...throughout the Show.
: )
During set up... I thought I heard his voice. I didn't think anything of it...
until...it hit me,
 'Jon isn't here'. 
: (
He is....Missed.
It, was...wonderful...seeing all of the Vendors. 
: )
It's kind of like...a little Family. : )
The show was good, for us.... but...maybe....down, a bit.
There's an Ice Storm...headed our way, tonight.
They've been warning us...for days.
I think it kept some Folks...at home.
{It's not going to start....until late, tonight...but, to listen to the weather..folk....
You'd Think The Sky Is Falling!!!! }
I, think...too...
the election, has Folks...a bit, twisted, no matter what side of the isle...you stand on.
We Can't Let That Happen.
It reminds me a bit, of 9/11.
The Worst...thing we can do... is 'pull in'.
The government...will be, what it will be.
I, believe.... we need to support our Local...Communities, and Businesses.
Be Strong, and Unwavering... 
Locally.
Pull...Together.
Support, Each Other. 
We'll get through this.
'We' always...have.
: )
{and, buy stock in 'Popcorn'. : ) 
Watching the 'News'...is going to be...Very...Entertaining. 
oh....dear.
 : )
but, 
we can't worry....about all of 'that'.
You see, it's 'Us'...that 'Make'...this Great...Country. 
Each, and Every...One...of 'Us'.
: )
<3
We... need to Keep our Noses Clean, and...to The Grindstone, at 'Home'.
{we can... chuckle...and snack, once in a while... 'watching' it all...unfold, in D.C. : ) }
We, can't let 'that'... 'Unfold'...our Midwestern...Values, and...Ethics.
Just, smile...nod....and keep forging...ahead.
in other words...
'Git'er Done.
 : )
Just...sayin'. 
: )
Love, to Ya....
and, 
Thank You, Again....
for Attending The Anamosa Show.
I Hope...You Know, how Very Much... that means, to us All. 
<3
Barb C.
{Here's One...thing I can tell, you...for a Fact.
I have Beloved...'Friends'...that stand...firmly...on Both Sides...of
'The Isle'.
Should I... pick up the phone, and ask ANY One of Them... for Help....
They'd All...Be Here, in a Moment.
That's...
'America'.
The 'United' States of America'
<3
as my 'John'...would say...as he was making a Point...
"You Can Take 'That'...to The Bank!".
yes, you...can. : ) : ) : ) }


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Anamosa Show Opens at 7:30 a.m. Sunday! Early Bird...is ONLY Five Bucks! Be There... EARLY!!!

The Simply Iowa Booth...
is Nearly...
Set!
: )
The Entire Show, Looks GREAT!
Such Fun, Old...Stuff!
{some...'Serious'...Old Stuff, too. : ) }
Things from a Dollar...on Up!
Early, Primitives....
Oak....
Victorian...
Mid Century...
Parts, Pieces...Rusty... Gnarly...
TRULY...
Something, for Everyone!
: )
I've gathered some Super Fun....Old Trucks, Cars and Wagons.
{On My...I fell in Love... with the 1930's 
'Skippy Deluxe' Aero Flight, Wagon.
{It has little glass headlights! : ) }
oh my.

The Old...Corner Cupboard...is Lovely, up....and on it's feet!
Everything went together....click...click...click!
I wished I would have had more time, looking around!
What I did see.... is Mouth Watering!
Don't Miss....this First Show....of The Year!
You'll have Much....Fun!!!

Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{Thanks so Much... to Brandon. {Son, Justin's Best Bud. : ) 
He, was a God Send! }

Thursday, January 12, 2017

oh...my. So, tell me...Why do I 'set' Hours...down the rabbit hole? It's Always, an Adventure. there's Always...Temptations!!! Especially when I Try...and Behave!!!

Sometimes.....
I think, 'Someone'....is 'Testing' me. 
: )
and, when it comes to 'Structure', like...
'set hours'...
I, Fail...
Miserably. 
If someone calls...and has some Old...Cupboards,,,
{Anything, Old...and Gnarly...}
That 'Structure'...FLIES Out The Frickin' Window!!!
I'd JUST...'set' Hours...today, for the first time, in a Long...Long...Time,
down the rabbit hole.
I wasn't 'Open'... 30 minutes, when the phone rang.
A Dear Friend, had an Old...Corner Cupboard, that needed to be Gone...
'Now'.
oh dear.
Sign went Up....with my phone number...on it.
Me, The Ford...and...Sweetie, Hit The Road!
What, can I say.   
?
: )
Ya Gotta Do...What Ya Gotta...Do. 
: )
I'm a 'One Woman Band'. 
: )
Found a few other....Sweet Little Treasures....that my Friend, wanted Gone.
Loaded...
and, came Home.
{I, don't think I missed anyone....
but,
if...I did, I'm Sorry. <3 }
I needed to be packing...and Loading, for The Anamosa Show...today.
Did I do That.
?
ahhhhhh...
Nope.
I worked on an Old Clock. : )
I, trimmed flowers, I'd rescued last Fall...from The Frost, that are Wintering...
down, the rabbit hole.
: )
I cleaned...and sorted, here, and...there.
but...
didn't pack...
One...
Thing.
: (
The Gift, today...was,
as I was cleaning an Old Silver Tray....
{It was on the floor, of the rabbit hole. I'd used it as a riser. }
It was black, with tarnish. 
That's o.k. I Love...Tarnish, but...I wanted to see a little...'shine'.
: )
I didn't expect, to 'see'...what I did, as...I gently...rubbed the tarnish, from the silver tray.
With one swipe, I saw a 'Heart'. 
: )
A Wink.
: )
I, don't see them, often.
mostly...when times are Tuff....
or...
I've had...'enough'.
I've seen 'Hearts'...at those times, since my Dad passed away....
30 years ago...this, February 13th.
The day before...Valentines Day.
I took Dad, his Lunch..on the 12th.
With it...a Heart Shaped Cake, I'd made for him. <3
He died...early....on the 13th. 
He'd tried to put a Fire out...where he was working...the exertion led to an aneurysm...
that took his life.
I was devastated...I wasn't called, to be with Dad, that early morning.
When I was, it...was moments....too late.
: ( : ( : ( 
{That,...looking back, was a Blessing, for both...Dad, and me. 
I, could have Never...let him go. : ( 
The Lord, knew...that.}
John, went to the scene, of the fire...the next day.
I asked him..to. I couldn't go...Near it. Didn't for Years.
He said, Everything...was Burned...beyond.
then...
with a bewildered...kind..of laugh...he continued...
"Except, in the middle, of where the Fire was....
there was a half eaten...heart shaped cake.
 It wasn't touched...by the fire."
{John, didn't know....I'd made that cake... for Dad. }
oh...my.
It, was also...a 'Friday the 13th.'
like, tomorrow.
{just, remembered that....this...moment. }
I, Know...Dad Winks. <3
I, Know...John...does too...
Both....
With...
Hearts.
<3 <3 <3 
: )
Our Loved Ones...are never far from us.
we, simply...have to recognize them. : )
I see 'Hearts'. 
Others...a Dragonfly, a Cross...in the Sky.
A Feather, where no feathers...should be found.
a... Bird's Nest, on the ground.
'Winks'.
: ) 


The latch...on The Old...Corner Cupboard, I ran to get...today.
What is it, about....'Old Cupboards'.
?
oh my. : )

The Old...Clock, and Peg's Mouse...she gave me...nearly two years ago.
: )
I planted some forlorn...rescued...Rosemary, in it. : )
The Clock...after lovin' on it...for awhile....
It's little old Heart...Beats, once...again.
: )
{I, doubt it has....for 75, or 100 years. <3 }


I tweaked, this image...so you could see...the Heart.
The above, is real.
Much Clearer...in person. : ) 
Always....
an Adventure.
Always...
a Story.
oh my...
That little Rabbit Hole.
Such...a 'place'...
to find, one's self.
<3
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance