Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Joel Osteen #595 - Loving Unconditionally


Unconditional... Love.

I have been struggling...so......
as most of you, who visit the 'Simply Iowa' page....
already...know.
Struggling... on so many levels....
I...have been Blessed... by your Love... and Prayers...
throughout...these difficult... and trying times....
Through Prayer... I have been sheltered....
Through gifts.... from Friends... and Family....
and The Lord... sending his Blessings....
and...
 work....
we have been sustained....
Tho... there are many mountains....to be climbed, still....
I know... I will conquer them.
I have struggled.... with which way to turn... which way to go.... for a Long....Long.... Time.
This morning... one piece of the puzzle.... 'fit' into place.
While I watched the above message.... from Joel...I was struck.... : )
{along with John 13:34-35 }
It made me reflect...upon my life...
I have been so very Blessed....
I was taught...from the time, I can first remember... the message of
'Unconditional Love'.....
oh my....
: )
My Father.... taught me that... by Example.
He worked so hard.... was always greasy... and dirty....
His boots... were always worn....many times... were second hand... his clothes... had burn holes.... from the cutting torch....sparks...
and... many times... had little money...
Yet... I saw how much, he was Loved... and accepted.... by Everyone.
Just as he... also... Loved and accepted... everyone, just as they are...
including... me. : )
John... was the...same way. : )
They had Friends... from Every Walk...of Life.
With so much... uncertainty... swirling around my head..... now....
mixed... with such... overwhelming...Loss.....
I... find it difficult... to decide which road to take...
and... have put it in God's hands....
When I saw this message, this morning....
things became much clearer.
Seems at every turn.... there have been Angels....
The Estate Sale, I did last year.... was Full... of Angels....
and Hearts... {Dad's and Mine.... little winks... : ) }
The Sale... I'm working on...now....
oh my...
I have Never seen so many Angels....
{It was an Angel, that sat outside, this home.... that took me to this door... two years ago... and introduced me, to Wally... {who's Sale...I am doing now....}
We visited... only for a moment... when Peg and I stopped... as we saw him working outside....
I asked if he'd be interested in selling his Angel....... He smiled... and said...
 'No... I like having Angels around me." I said... " : ) Me too... "
Peg asked if we could gather some pinecones... he was happy to allow us......
: )
Wally.... reminded me... on the outside.... a little of my Dad.....
I have heard from some folks.... they thought he was 'different'....and didn't have much to do with him.... I had a few folks...say the same...about Jackie..... the Beautiful... Spirit... I conducted the Sale for...last year....
oh my.....
Tho... I never knew her.... I got to know her.... through her Home...
She... was Beautiful... in Every Way.
God....
and
The Love...of Old.... brought these people.... into my life....
The Rabbit Hole... has Blessed me.... with so many.... that have found their way... to it....
and...to me...
From...Russian Ballet Dancers..... {in the Dead of Winter... many years ago... at 9:00 at night... when I happened to be working..... there...and they saw a light...what an...Interesting.... experience... that was...for all of us... that night.}
The Folks...from Iran.... just after 9/11.... when I thought... all Muslims... should leave our Country....
The next day... after making that statement... they walked in.....
I invited them...to our Home.... where we sat... and visited for Hours....
My mind... and Heart... was forever changed.....
Then... during a Sale... several years ago....
The Shop...was packed....
cars were lined up.... everywhere.....
I was running through.... stopped... face to face... with two young men....
heavily tattooed... and pierced..... {not typical... folks.... in the rabbit hole.... }
I welcomed them... with a Smile... {thinking they must be lost! } and asked them...if I could help....
They said... "No...we just saw all the cars...and wondered what was going on!"... : )
I said.... "An Antique Sale! That's What's Goin' On!!! Have Fun!"... and kept running....
When I met up with them... a bit later....
one had... a Beautiful... framed print... of Christ in his hands....
He asked me... How much.....
I looked in his eyes.... and said...
"I want you... to have that.... as a Gift.... : ) "
Without a blink.... our eyes.... locked on each others....
he opened his shirt....
to reveal...
the Exact... same Image.... on his chest.
oh my...
He had never seen this exact portrait... before....
both of our eyes... welled up...
I... could go on.... and on.... with similar stories....
When I say... The Rabbit Hole... is my Sanctuary...
I...mean it.
I'm not sure... exactly... how... I'm going to earn my living....
but... I know one thing....
The Rabbit Hole.... is going to take...
'The Lead'.
It Has To.
I'll Trust... what ever happens.... happens....
I....know... it's all Good.
I'm going to have it Open... More...
and Make It...Sing.....
like it has always... made me....
: )
and... many others....
Then....... let the Lord... guide me....
on whatever... direction... I need to go.
Love...You....
and Thank You...
Each and Every One... of You...
for...
Everything.
When I get The Rabbit Hole... and Myself....
on our Feet....
I'll be having a Grand....Re Opening....
: )
Barb C.











Monday, August 18, 2014

Home...

If You Want to Feel Rich....
Just... Count The Things....
You Have...
that...
Money Can't Buy.
there are.... Many....
At Home....
she's never more... than a few feet.... away. : )



oh my....
When the old truck.... and I... pulled in, last night....
Home....
it felt so good.... and....
so...empty... all at the same time.
It was difficult to stay awake... most of the way Home...
Liz was following.... in the Ford...
she was about as whipped...as I was.
I couldn't have done this show without her...
oh my...
I brought the Prime Rib... from Michael's {the best}
as I always have... after Gold Rush....
for Polly...
and John...
They'd be awake...no matter the time... and enjoy the food... as they heard all of the 'details'...from the show.
Michael's is my 'happy place' in Rochester.....
I didn't go... there in May....
wasn't going to go there, this trip...
but... Sarah and Kelsey {Mark's Beautiful Girls...} wanted to go... and... I knew Liz did too...
We have been going there... for over a decade.... during Gold Rush.... as a Special Treat... for our hard work... : )
This Gold Rush... was tuff....
We sold... well....
but... it was another...
'First'
So many Loving...Caring.... Friends.... {Gold Rush Family... Customers, and fellow...Dealers...}
throughout the four days....
inquired... how John was doing.....
hadn't seen them, since early May.... when we were Fighting such an ugly battle...
over... and...over...and over... again.....
I walked down that path.....
oh my....
Many... also inquired...about Our Peg...
oh my...
: )
Several... this Summer.... are also facing their own Battles...
that we didn't have a clue about... in May...
seems... so many 'Worlds' have been turned upside down.......
all I can say.....
"keep stomping those flames.... and... keep looking...Up.
 Live... for today... it may be... all we have."
{I'm tryin'... : ) but... the 'yesterdays'... are so.... powerful....and....  'tomorrows'... are always trying to worm their way...under my skin....}
I spent more time... pulled back... outside the door... on the bumper... of the Big Truck.... than I did...in the booth... {it became... my rabbit hole... away from the rabbit hole... }
The show was good.... {surprising.... as I really didn't do the best....
 but... it was the 'best'... I could do.... it truly was.}
Liz... was my Rock... I don't know how...I could have gotten it all done...without her.
She helped me.... so much.... as well as a friend... who had been in an accident, just before the show...
yet... The Show.... must go on...for all of us.... Liz made it happen.
I'm so Thankful...to Nick and Katie... who took care of my Polly.....
I worried about her....so....
She was Thrilled... when I walked in... with her 'treat'... from Michael's....
Liz and I...took two trucks.... to Gold Rush...
The Ford...was loaded light.... but we found some Great treasures...in Racine, MN.
{I Love Linda.... she always... has 'something'... that makes me smile.....}
I haven't been excited about much.... these days....
but found two... wonderful pieces... that really made my heart jump.....{along with many other treasures... Liz bought a Bicycle Built for Two... she, and other folks... climbed on it....and rode it all weekend... : ) }
One... that brought me back....was a Gnarly...Folk Art... Horned Piece.... the other was a Victorian Bisque... or Pottery Deer Mount... with Roses... it looked like a Black Forest Carved piece... Linda told me... it had hung... in 'my Happy Place'  Michael's...
{I have so many... wonderful memories... from Michael's.... }
oh my....
I thought.... if I have a good show... I'm keeping those...for the House.
John would have Loved...the Deer.... it wasn't a real mount...
{we don't like the real ones..... at all...}
they were the very first things... that sold...
This man.... bought the Horns....
I tried...and Tried... to talk him out of them....
as I saw I was losing the battle.... I picked up my camera...to get an image of them.... before they left...
as I captured this.....
he was saying.....
"I'm Sorry... but...
I Just Have to Have These..."....
I already knew.... that.
{Throughout my life... no matter how Much... I would Love...to keep something... I always... give it  a chance to sell....
{unless... there is a MAJOR Memory.... attached }
We...have Bills to pay.... many...
this is my job....
If... it sells.... I wasn't meant to have it....
oh my.

oh my....
Sold a lot...on Friday...to the point, I had to buy some pieces, to hold 'littles'....
It was so crazy... on Friday... we didn't get the smalls out until Saturday morning....
Load out... was long.... Liz helped our friend... that had mountains of furniture... then they helped me... it was late..... getting on the road... Liz...was Beat....so... was I....
It seemed like we drove 12 hours... instead of 3 and a half....
But...we made it.
I feel so very Blessed... to have such Wonderful....Souls... around me...
Lynn and Lea... Barb... Bruce and Nancy...Cindy B. {All of the Gold Rush... 'Family' )
Polly Ann.... Bob... My Wisconsin Girls... : ) The Little Canadian...Girl... : )... Janet... Lori and Janice... Doug and Rhonda...Sarah and Mark... Raynard....Tom and Cindy....Miccia...Walt and Nancy... Dale... Mark... Kelsey... Sarah... Steven...
Marlene... : )
Kay and Richard....
Jim and Jan...Gayle...
Laura and Andy....
Dan and Jo... Colleen and Daryl....
Beth... oh my... she is such a Little Gift.
I could go on...and on....
My Little MN. Angel...
Barb. : )
She Busted her Butt.... helping Liz and I...get things arranged Friday Morn.....
My right arm... is still down.... Barb was a Blessing... : )
Just... showed up... and dug in....
yes... I...
am
 Blessed.
{Sweet Little Shannon... : ) a Friend and Customer...popped in... she is a PT. I asked her to tell me what to do... about my arm....
she said.....
"Get a Brace on It.... and No Lifting!"
seriously....
: )
I'll get a brace. : )
{the 'no lifting'... takes care of itself.... oh my.... 20 pounds.... is about my best.... and No Twisting! }
Zing!

I know... I have such Beautiful...People...... surrounding me.... and am so...
Very... Blessed....
but... I have never... ever...felt more alone... in my life.
I took a few images... very few....
Gold Rush...was Bigger... than I have ever seen it... and there were Crowds... : )
we came Home... with a much lighter load....
I'm getting back on the Amana Estate Sale..... {Sept. 11 through 14th. }
Then... The Fall Harvest Sale.... in October...
{either the first or second weekend in October..... }
Love to You...
and Thank You... to All... who came by.....
Barb C.
Liz and I... had a Load.... by the time we got to Gold Rush....
Linda's Store... is one of my Favorite Stops.... : )









Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gold Rush Post.... coming soon... : )

oh my....
It's been a Lovely Event..........
Gold Rush...
is one of my Favorite Shows....
The Customers....
{Friends}
and Fellow Vendors....
{Family}
are... Amazing.
I have spent more time.....
sitting behind the booth.... on the FUSO's old Bumper.....
than in the booth.....
I Thank God....
for those....
who sat there.... right beside me....
My...
Angels.
<3
I....
am Blessed.
I'll have the stories... and a few images....
when I get Home.....
: )
Love... to ya.
Barb C.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gold Rush... at The Fairgrounds... in Rochester, MN.....Opens 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.... morn....

Too.... Tired.... to post....images....
Thanks to all of the Angels... who popped in...today.....and last night...
 with Helping Hands.....
and... Loving Hearts..... <3
Sold...Lots... Bought Lots.... and Sold... more....
Never got the booth set....
It was so full....as we unloaded....last night...
 Liz, Lynn, Lea...and I.... had no idea where to put it all....
oh my...
{bought some Awesome Things... on the way... South.... of the show.... in Iowa, and Racine...
then... found...this morning.... after the show opened....we didn't have enough.....
as things were selling... as fast as we could set them.....
oh my.....
had nothing to put smalls on....
bought more.... to fill in..... then... they sold....
then... bought.... more.....
Haven't had a chance...  to get the smalls unpacked....
We'll get them...in the morn....
I took a few images.... I'll try and get them on...in the morn....
Details.... next week...
there are many.: )
Love to ya....
Barb C.
{I found some.... Amazing Things....on our way....from Iowa....
{Special Thanks... to Linda... in Racine... We Love.... her Store... <3 }
 I...would have sooooooo Loved to find a way to keep....
but... as we placed each of them....in our booth... at Gold Rush.... they sold......
within moments.....
: ( : ( : (
oh my....
I had people apologizing for buying them......
as they watched my face turn.... white.....
then.... green.....
but... they bought them....anyway....
oh my................  }
sweet dreams.......
: )
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Smalls... in the Morn... <3


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here's the Deal.....

Well....
Here's the Deal....
The fluid around Peg's lung... has cancer.....
She will have Chemo, again.......
The Barn Doors... have been found....
They were in John's Paint Booth....
No one... knows how they got there....
Are the trucks loaded for Gold Rush....
No....
Am I...
Yes.
It's been a rather...long day....
the next many... many... many....
Promise....
to be Longer.....
yet.
Keep Those.... Beautiful....
Wings....
Beating.
Love to you....
Barb C.
Kept gathering... and loading for Gold Rush.... as I waited for the phone to ring.... today....
I found this Old... Old.... Wooden Bowl.... in The Hen House....
as... I began to pack it... in a tote... headed for the show....
I flipped it over....
: )
See the Amazing.... Tin Patches... : )
Who do you think... hand cut... pieced... and... applied them....?
: )
John.
This...Old Bowl... will Never see a Show....
as long as I...have breath... in my body.
oh my......

yes....
we laugh....
priceless.....
I always comment... on how Peg... gives me...
 The Gift...
of Laughter.
I... think...
we shared that Gift....
I have seen Peg... Laugh... 'til she Cried.....
over some of my Insane... Stunts....
: )
yes....
We Love Each Other.... Heart... and Soul.
We...Are... Blessed.
: )
{this was taken... just a year ago.....
during Gold Rush......
why does it seem....
like.... a Million..... }





I've lost my mind........ oh my... {and...The Big White Barn Doors. }

As we loaded the FUSO for Gold Rush...yesterday.....
I realized...
The Big White Barn Doors....
I have used for Ever... are gone.
I had loaned them out...for a Wedding in Amana... over Memorial Day Weekend....
as we all know... that weekend...
was not a good one.
The folks returned the doors... I remember that....
they were sitting by the fence....
I had asked Brandon...to put them by the rabbit hole....
and... that's all I remember....
Brandon vaguely remembers them.... 
We were all... in a Vortex... over that weekend. 
I love those doors....
have used them at Every Show...for years....
They have never been for sale....
but...
did I sell them...?
did someone... borrow them....
{and I don't remember....}
were they taken...?
We looked High and Low... yesterday....
they are... gone.
I...am...sad.
The 'Simply Iowa' Booth... 
will never be the same....
but ... I already knew that...
: )
nothing... will ever..be the same.
{maybe... I knew that.... then.... and it didn't matter... if I let them go. }
If anyone knows... anything... please let me know. : )

Peg is getting results today....
Michael and their Daughter, Mel.... are with her at The Mayo....
She was going to Mayo...for a re check....this week...
they found she had a Lot of fluid around her lung...
The images they took... 'lit up'... one of the Dr.'s thinks it's cancer...in the fluid... the other doesn't....
They  drained it off, yesterday... the results will be back today....
I'll let you know, as soon as I can....
I' trying to get things pulled together.... for Gold Rush....
it's going to be... a little crazy...around here....
Keep Your Beautiful Wings.... Beating....
for Our Peg....
and...All... who suffer, today.
there are many.
Love...to ya...
Barb C.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Keep Those...Wings... Poundin'!!!!!

Our...Peg...
and Sweet Tommie, on the left....
oh...my... : )
Peg...is back at the Mayo Clinic....tonight....
Please.... Keep her in Your Prayers..
I... can't elaborate... any further...
not now....
maybe.... in the morning....
Just... Keep...Those Beautiful... Wings... Beating!
{as Peg says... 
{when I tell her... about you... and your...Beautiful.... comments....
{she doesn't have a computer...}
"Thank The Lord.. for Those Amazing Angels.....: ) : ) : )
You and I... 
{Mad Hatter...and Mad March Hare....}
are down to nothing... but...
 Smoldering... Pin Feathers!!!!" }
Yes...
We..are So Very...Blessed.....
We Truly are....
Thank You...
God... Bless...You.
Barb C.
{a.k.a. Mad Hatter.... 
and...right beside me... heart and soul.....
as Always....
The Mad... March... Hare. }
<3 <3 <3




Monday, August 11, 2014

The 'List'.... for GOLD RUSH! {This Friday Through Sunday at The Fairgrounds in Rochester, MN. }

The List....
Liz, Miss. Scarlett and I.... are heading to GOLD RUSH... this week....
We are going to have to unload...and re load....
I'm sitting here... this Morning...
walking through the Buildings... in my mind.
oh my....
Here's what I've come up with...so far.

Two Beautiful Early Walnut Store Tables... {with hand dovetailed Drawers... }
A Pair... of Tall, Narrow... Gnarly... Hotel Doors.... in Red Paint...
A Tin Running Horse Weather Vane....
Lodge Columns with Amazing Globes....
A Large Trunk...dated 1826
An Unusual... Grungy White... Sideboard....
Several Painted Tables...and Stands... from the late 1800's.....
A Gnarly...Marble Topped Etagere....
A Darling Drawered French Stand....
Mirrors... of every shape and size.....
Architectural Fragments.....
Farm Gnarliness.....
Interesting... 'Smalls'....
and...of course...an Old Cupboard... or two... : )
It's going to be a full... load.
{this is just what I can bring to mind... this Morning..... while being reminded.....
as I sip from the Mug... Peg gave me...
I...am 'Mad.'....
Entirely Bonkers....
but... here's the Secret...
All The Best...People.....
Are. : )
Images...soon....
Love to ya....
Barb C.
{ My little Friend, Nick..and his Beautiful Daughter... {the Jehovah's Witness Friend... who has stopped by...over the last many months... left Flowers...at our door.....and a Beautiful... Card...  : ) and... has so...Lovingly... 'kept'... our Family.... in his Prayers... <3}
stopped in... the other day....
As his daughter... was searching...and searching for a certain Scripture... then read it to me... I smiled....
I said... "Thank You.... : ) It was Beautiful....
Would you, try... next time... you want to find the 
Perfect.... Words.....
let God... chose them....
Let God... guide your hands... as I do... now....
He will show you...the Exact Message... you need to see... and share."
I have done this...for many years.... 
with The Bible....
and, as below... my daily devotional....
Streams in the Desert.
It's Incredible... what has been Shown... to me...
 Exactly... what I needed to see...and feel.
I did this... again... this Morning.....
This... is a snippet... of what I read.....

Would we know that the major chords were sweet....
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes...
Without shade on land and sea?
Would we know the meaning of happiness...
Would we feel that the day was bright....
If we'd never known what it was to grieve....
Nor gazed on the dark of night?

Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
{Charles H. Spurgeon }
When an organist presses the black keys of a great organ, the notes are just as beautiful as when he presses the white ones. 
Yet to fully demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, he must press them all. 

: )

Sing... to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.
{Ephesians 5:19-20 }

No matter the source of the evil confronting you, if you are in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to you. Because of this, you can thank Him for everything that comes your way.
This does not mean thanking Him for the sin that accompanies evil, but offering thanks for what He will bring out of it and through it. 
May God make our life one of continual thanksgiving and praise, so He will then make everything a blessing. 

: )
perfect. 

I walked through the house... last night.....
oh my... 
My eyes...came to rest... on our Initials... John carved in the Old Opera House... Balcony Rail....
The top... of it has Hundreds of initials carved.... from long ago... Lovers...and Sweet Hearts....
Guess... John thought...ours should be there too....
I remember the day... he showed me.... this... 14 yeas ago....
: )
Last night.... I was a Ghost...in this house..
I lit...every Candelabra.... and had Alison Krauss... rattlin' the walls.
oh my....
I know... I have a few folks... concerned....
please...don't be.
I had to flip a switch.... when John... went away.
Had to push...everything... on the back burner... except for work.
I, am Blessed... I can do that.....
but... I also knew, a day...would come... many... when I'd have to deal... with ... Unimaginable... Loss.
FB has seen much more than Blogger.....these last few weeks...
I've had to keep this site... for the most part... Business.
with so much...going on...now.
I've had a few folks... say... as they follow this blog.....and FB...
"I wonder... what's going to happen...with your life...now? "
and are waiting...and watching.... to see.....
oh my.
: )
I...wonder...too.
I've put it in God's Hands....
that is why... when I ask for Prayers.... I mean it.
When I think back...to the time...when we first heard the news...
 John was just admitted to the Hospital....
Then... Mom, came back in.....
I'd walk into the elevator.... shuffling between the floors..they were on.....
It was Then.... as I stood alone.... I could feel... the Angels.... around me.
They...carried me. 
I...know, I'm not all here.....
and may never be....
I have lost... such a Huge...part.... of myself....
that... is Never coming back.
and.... it Hurts... so much.... when the things.... that had brought...so much Joy...to my life... are the same things.... that ...now... hurt me...so very deeply.
A dear friend.... and blog follower... thought...maybe I should get some meds.....
{I'm sure...she isn't the only one... }
: )
oh my....
There is no pill... on this earth... that can make this suffering go away....
It's part of life... that we have to go through.... we learn...and grow from.
It's these kind of.... circumstances...  'life altering'.... that make us... who we are to ultimately... become....
I...know, I'm not the same person...I was a year ago....
anymore... than I am the same person...I was.... before I met John. 
or... he was...before he met me.
He made me...a Better person.... and, I'd like to think... it was mutual....
We've had many challenges... throughout our lives... on many levels.....
with each of them.... we persevered.... and found our way.....
It wasn't easy.... nothing worth loving... fighting... living...and dying for... ever is. 
I have some Wonderful... 'Friends'.... and Family... I...am Blessed...
but... this is my walk.... and... I find it...difficult...to lean on anyone.
What I ask from them... is what I ask...of you....
Keep those Beautiful Wings... Beating....
Pray...for All... who suffer... and struggle.....today....
and... be patient....with me.
: )
{I know... it's a difficult thing...to do. }
Thank You... All....
from my Entire... Heart... and Soul.
Love You.
Barb C.












Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMANA ESTATE TAG SALE SEPTEMBER 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Amana Estate Tag Sale
 will be
September, 11th... 5 'til 8
{numbers at 4 p.m.}
 12th... 8 'til 7
13th.... 8 'til 7
{most everything will be 25% off on Saturday, the 13th after 2 p.m.}
the 14th, 10 'til 6
{most everything will be 50% off on Sunday the 14th}
{no...early...sales...}
{Address disclosed closer to Sale time}

The House is Full....
Loads of Amana Furniture....
{Mid 1800's Amana Furniture}
All... in it's original finish.
Some... is rough, most.... is ready to go... it's all... Beautiful...
This Home, I was told, yesterday.... was 'The Bachelor's  House'...
When men came from the East, to settle in Amana, if they were single, this is where they'd stay.
I have also been told, it may be the very first Home built, in Amana...
{Sandstone}
{The House, is for sale... It needs work... but... it's has MUCH potential
 {Liz...Loves...It!}
It was added on to...in the 1960's... and has a lot of room....
 They are entertaining offers...at this time, and through the Sale Dates.... It will be sold, 'As Found'.... just as with the rest of this Sale.
Everything is 'As Is'... 'Where Is'... and 'What Is'...
all Sales... are Final.  }
{The Amana Colonies { a German Settlement of 7 Villages} is, kind of like the Shaker....Community....
They lived Communally ...
Settled here in the mid 1800's and were self sufficient.
The furniture, was all made here.... their Craftsmanship, is second, to none.
There are Many Cupboards of every shape and size.... 
Wardrobes... Tables... Chests... Work Benches ...Rugs...Baskets....Sofas... and tin pieces...that were all hand made, in Amana....back in the day....
There are also several early pieces of Stoneware....and Bottles.... 
and Tons.... of German Books.... {one, tiny little book... I just ran across.... dates from 1799 }
Wally's family, dates back to the early days.... of Amana... much of their things...are still in the house.....
Wally, himself...was a Bachelor...for many years...
 Liz and I have spent most of our time there...so far...cleaning....
There is MUCH yet, to go through.....
There are also, TONS of Crystals.... of every shape and size... along with modern appliances... wash tubs... garden gates... old windows... chairs... rockers....linens...dishes....vintage clothing... along with modern {50's, 60's and 70's} items....
Some... 'garage sale' stuff...too....
and... tools...
There are also...some very interesting, Oil Paintings.....
that are 'modern'....

Wally had a HUGE collection...of Angels.... They are mostly modern.... but... Beautiful...
I'll have images... soon.
Mark your calendar....
You'll want to be at this one.
Love to ya...
Barb C.