Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Time... Marches On.

Today, is Miss. Scarlett's 1st. Day....
of School.
oh my.
How did the years slip by...?
: )
I visited with her... this morning, a bit.
Told her how Excited...I am for her. : )
She said... she was excited...too.
: )
I could hear...a little bit, of apprehension... in her voice.
Big Step... for these Little Ones. 
Liz had planned to Home School her, but... with so much....
going on...and, so much...uncertainty.....Liz, enrolled Scarlett in School.
I think, it'll be Good, for Scarlett. Being around Children, her age.
She's spent most of her life... with me, and older Folks.
As I visited with her, this morning....
I remembered the day, Miss. Scarlett gathered up Apples, from the Old Apple Tree....
for Scout.
Scarlett Loved...to watch us feed Scout, but....sure didn't want to get her little hands....too close... to Scout's Nose. : )
That day, she decided.....she was going to feed Scout. 
oh my.
I watched her...as she picked up the Apples...one...by...one.
then...
she'd glance, over at Scout....
waiting....and watching....Miss. Scarlett's Every....Move.
Scarlett, kept getting...closer...and closer.....
only taking her eyes off of Scout...long enough, to scrounge up the 'windfalls'.
Finally... she and her little pail, made it to the fence.
She picked an Apple.....from her pail...
handed it up... to him....
saying....
in a quiet, nervous...little voice...
"Gooboy....Gooboy....: ) : ) : ) "....
{Good Boy. : ) }
It was Priceless.
Scout, ever so...gently... {and...quickly!} snatched the Apple, from her little hand.
{After all... he'd been Waiting...and Watching...too!!!}
<3
It took a lot...of Courage, for Miss. Scarlett, to feed 'The Giant'.
but, she did.
oh my...
what a 'Journey'. 
<3
This, will always be... a Favorite Memory...of mine. 
: )
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{I have much to catch up...with, here. Much, has transpired...since last week.
oh dear.
Stay Tuned. <3 }

She was So Proud...of herself...that day. : )
Me Too. : ) 

Time... March's On.

Today, is Miss. Scarlett's 1st. Day....
of School.
oh my.
How did the years slip by...?
: )
I visited with her... this morning, a bit.
Told her how Excited...I am for her. : )
She said... she was excited...too.
: )
I could hear...a little bit, of apprehension... in her voice.
Big Step... for these Little Ones. 
Liz had planned to Home School her, but... with so much....
going on...and, so much...uncertainty.....Liz, enrolled Scarlett in School.
I think, it'll be Good, for Scarlett. Being around Children, her age.
She's spent most of her life... with me, and older Folks.
As I visited with her, this morning....
I remembered the day, Miss. Scarlett gathered up Apples, from the Old Apple Tree....
for Scout.
Scarlett Loved...to watch us feed Scout, but....sure didn't want to get her little hands....too close... to Scout's Nose. : )
That day, she decided.....she was going to feed Scout. 
oh my.
I watched her...as she picked up the Apples...one...by...one.
then...
she'd glance, over at Scout....
waiting....and watching....Miss. Scarlett's Every....Move.
Scarlett, kept getting...closer...and closer.....
only taking her eyes off of Scout...long enough, to scrounge up the 'windfalls'.
Finally... she and her little pail, made it to the fence.
She picked an Apple.....from her pail...
handed it up... to him....
saying....
in a quiet, nervous...little voice...
"Gooboy....Gooboy....: ) : ) : ) "....
{Good Boy. : ) }
It was Priceless.
Scout, ever so...gently... {and...quickly!} snatched the Apple, from her little hand.
{After all... he'd been Waiting...and Watching...too!!!}
<3
It took a lot...of Courage, for Miss. Scarlett, to feed 'The Giant'.
but, she did.
oh my...
what a 'Journey'. 
<3
This, will always be... a Favorite Memory...of mine. 
: )
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{I have much to catch up...with, here. Much, has transpired...since last week.
oh dear.
Stay Tuned. <3 }

She was So Proud...of herself...that day. : )
Me Too. : ) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Patsy Cline - Always

I'm Sittin' this, Gold Rush...Out. I'm 'Stayin'.


I've struggled... with the decision about Gold Rush.
Made deliveries, today...
had Brandon...lined up, to help load...
tomorrow.
Had the hotel room, reserved...
then, around 6:00, this Evening, the phone rang.
It was a Friend.
He usually sets up, outside...at Gold Rush.
He knew, I was struggling, with the decision.
He said... "Should you decide...not, to go.... I'd sure like to sublet your booths."
: )
I told him... I'd let him know, tonight.
When I hung up the phone...
I thought, of the above, Patsy Cline...quote.... : )
and, called, Kaye... the Wonderful...Promoter, of Gold Rush.
: )
I explained to her, where my heart is.... and told her... I was going to sublet, the Booth, this time.
: ) 
We... visited...for a long....time. : )
Kaye and her Husband, Richard... are such Beautiful... Folks.
<3
She was sad, I wasn't coming. I told her...I was sad, too.
but...
I'll be back, in The Spring.
I'm going to Miss... Everyone. : )
I, Love... Gold Rush.
and...
I'll miss, the income.
but... 
I'm gonna be Open, here... maybe have a Sale, with the Newly Gathered...Treasures....
in a week, or so.
The Lord... will Take Care...of us. 
He Always....Does. 
<3
I knew, if I took on Gold Rush... alone, especially, where my 'heart' is now...
it could never be... what I'd envisioned.
I knew, I wouldn't have time...for walls, or...the energy...to construct them....after unloading so much.
Everything, would have been thrown out, on the floor....
That, would be tuff, for me...to accept.
Like Patsy....said.
"If, you can't do it... with 'Feeling'....
Don't."
: )
I'm still going to have Brandon come....tomorrow.
We'll work on The Rabbit Hole...instead, of the Fuso.
: )
I Hope, you can attend Gold Rush.
It's...Wonderful. <3
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

{When I called my Friend back... who is subletting...
I told him, to be Kind...to my Wonderful Neighbors...and Customers, 
{Friends <3 }
in Graham North. 
<3
They, are The Best!!! <3 }


Monday, August 15, 2016

The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go


You've lost your muchness!

Should I stay... or should I go???

Gold Rush!!!
oh my.
: )
Seems, anything....that could go wrong, has...
I'm, tired.
and the 'work' hasn't begun.
: )
People, I've depended...on, to help, to get their things done, before...I can begin, to get started...
on my own 'Mountains'...
aren't moving, very fast, and have left me in 'limbo'.
tic toc.
Liz, can't go with...
I..don't have any help, on either end.
I, peek out the door, and....and look, at the Old....Fuso, 
: )
and...
wonder....
'Should I just... cut my losses.
Shut the lights out...and close the door...'
?
hmmm.
I'm down a Truck, without, Liz.
Can, I take enough, without...her, and the Ford....to make it worth the work, and expense.
???
Should I stay...or should I go???
I can, probably...get some help... on this end.
and...
I've unloaded...on my own....before.
but, that was when I had most of my 'mind' and 'body'....
hahahaha.
these days...
not, so much.
I'm 'runnin' on about....10%.
oh dear.
Should I stay...
or, should I go.
?
I need the income....but, I'll just have to 'make it up'...somewhere else.
I feel...like I'm standing...on the edge, of a cliff.
Do I Jump....
or, gather up my 'toys'...and go home???
: )
?
{It's strange...how your mind can visualize...
I can, almost...feel, the 'earth'...under my toes...as they are toying...with the loose rock, at the edge.
I'm looking down... into a vast...ravine.
The Sun... is Shinning, on my face....
: ) 
The Valley, below.... is Beautiful.
Lush...and Green, with a Stream, running through, it. ...
 : )
but, I can't go there, the fall....would kill me.
I have to pray.... should I step off.... the edge...I could fly. 
I don't know, anymore... if I could.
I never used to give that...a second thought. 
Maybe...
like... The Hatter, said... to Alice.
"You've lost...your 'Muchness'. }
oh....dear.

It's so much....expense....
so....much....work.
{I never used to give that, a 'thought'... either. }
oh my.
Should I Stay...
or Should I Go???
I had Dear Friends, offer...to come with...and help.
but, his Wife...couldn't come with.
I won't do that.
They, are like Family....to me, but... this 'business'....is so...
'So'.
: (
I'm not going to go there.
{I Really, Appreciated....the Offer. : ) <3 }
It was different, somehow....when John was here. : )
I traveled with men, and it didn't matter.
He knew them all... and Loved 'em....too. : ) 
: )
The only one, I worried about being 'concerned'... was John.
: )
and... he never was. : ) <3
He knew, he was my 'One and Only'.
{Always, will be. : ) <3 }
All of these 'things'... have my mind 'scrambled'.
Not, a 'good' place to be....
when you're standing....on the edge...
wondering....
"Should I Stay...
or, Should I Go. "
????
{The Indecision is Making me Crazy....}
Stay Tuned.
Either way....
Gold Rush...
is This Friday....
through Sunday.
Olmsted County Fairgrounds.
Rochester, MN.
You...
Should...
'GO'!!!
: )
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{love the line.... in tune....above,
"Should I 'Cool It'... or Should I 'Blow'.
: )
hahahahah....
: )
'That', is the 'Question'... : ) }
The Fuso. : ) 

I'm 'Handing It Over'.... I'll let The Lord, decide....
'Should I stay.... or, should...I go.". 
{Thinking back...over the years, the few times... I was 'hit' with this dilemma....
Peg, would jump in The Truck... and Roll... with me. : ) <3
I Miss....her....soooo much. <3 }

Pegadoo....
and...
The Fuso.
<3




Friday, August 5, 2016

Brenda Lee Big Four Poster Bed

It's All... about 'the journey'.

I worked down the rabbit hole, today.
After the Storm Blew, through...last night... it was much cooler... today.
I'm still.. not feeling the best. 
so... didn't get much done.
When I came up, this afternoon, I called Michael, Peg's Beloved.
: )
I hadn't visited with him... for a few weeks.
Our conversation started off...'well'... then, like always... it seems... the tears fell.
First, Michael... couldn't speak... then, I couldn't. 
We Miss... Our Friends. <3 <3 <3 
Michael said... he's only been Fishin'... once, since Peg's Memorial.
It...just... isn't Fun, like it used to be... and, it gives him too much time, to 'think'.
oh boy... do I understand... that. 
After we said our 'Good Byes'... I thought about the little old... 'Wash Stand'...
Peg, had brought to The Sale, here... a couple years ago.
I fell in Love with it, the moment we pulled it from her Van.
: )
I told her I wanted to buy it... and she had a Fit!
Insisted... that I take it. 
{ I always tried to get 'Square' with Peg.... one way...or another. : ) 
but, I still...OWE her...The Moon. : ) <3 }
It belonged to her Brother, Jerry... who Loved... Early Furniture.
Peg has given me many... of Jerry's things... over the years, that she'd inherited... when he passed away.
He was very young... when he passed away. It was very sudden.
Peg, Adored...him. <3
Many of the furniture pieces, in Justin's old Bedroom, were once, Jerry's. 
All 'Heck' was breaking loose... the year, she gave the little, old...wash stand... to me.
I put it in the breezeway... and, there... it's sat.
It had gotten buried, with things... that needed a place to land... for a 'minute'... that, turned into years.
I cleaned it off, this Evening.
Carried it inside... sat it down...beside me.. and examined it. : )
It's constructed...from Walnut. 
I'd bet... it's an Iowa Piece.
I'd guess... it dates to the 1850's or 60's.
It's all hand made.
The gallery....and drawer, are hand dovetailed. : )
At one time... in it's life, it was 'wounded'.
Someone... repaired the 'wound'... with a tin patch.
: )
{reminds me... of a 'Tin Man'... I knew. : ) He Patched...Much, over the years...for me. <3 }
Years...Decades...maybe... a Century...
dissolved the tin, to nothing.
Only, a few rusted away...remnants...of nails, are left...nestled...in the old, walnut top,
where the patch had once, been.
: )
I dug through the hardware, Peg sent to me, from her Dad's... and found a nail... to repair, a little piece, of the gallery. : ) 
'The Journey'.
Jerry's...Peg's... and mine.
then, there was another, 'journey'...that I could see.
{I think, tho... I never knew, Jerry...
 he, could 'see' too. : ) <3
'The Love...of Old'. }
How it was constructed...
What Tree, it was constructed....from.
{Just think... It had to be a Mighty...Walnut Tree, as the boards... on the top, and shelf, below... were cut from a single board.
Over 17 inches wide.
That's pretty wide.
The Harvest Table... {Only me...and Harold, could Love : ) {and Ed...}
where, I sit, tonight... has a two board top.
It's also, Walnut.
One board... of two...on it's top... is nearly 22 inches wide.
The Tree...that board was cut from...would have had to of been... over 36 inches, in diameter...
150, to 200 years old...at that time.
There will never be Trees, to cut...like this again.
They are all gone...or, protected. }
Walnut, was plentiful... in Iowa.
Much, of our early furniture... is made from it.
Gary Darrow, a Dear Friend, from way back... taught me so Much... about the 'Construction' of early furniture.
Years ago... he bought, much...from me.
I always... Loved.... Early Handmade Furniture...
but, I thanked him... over the years, because... tho, I loved it...
I Really... Loved It... when I could recognize... and, understand...all of the hand work.
'The Journey'
These were Farmers... who built this Furniture.
They didn't have schooling... on Cabinet Construction.
They, learned from their Fathers...and Grandfathers.
Gary said... in all of the Early Furniture... he bought, over the years....
he never saw a 'dovetail'... that was cut, without 'perfection'.
These Folks, back...in the day... didn't have fancy tools... or...even, electricity.
: )
yet... they Built pieces... that have endured... over 150 years.
Priceless.
So, you see... tho...sometimes, things look 'ruff'.
Sometimes... if, you look a little deeper, you'll forgive, the imperfections...
: )
and, like me... come, to Admire... Them. 
after all...'The Imperfections'... have a Story, to Tell...
and a 'Journey' all, their own. : ) <3
Love, to ya...
Barb C.


Hand Dovetailed Gallery.
Corner, of the Gallery.

Hand Dovetailed Drawer.
Front and back.
Nearly 18 inch... wide, Walnut Top.
Where... the 'Patch'...was.
The split... in the top... is a 'split'. This, was 'One Board'. 
I... don't know where, the little....old... Wash Stand... will,  'stand'... here.
but,
for now... It'll Hold... Justin and Katie's Home Grown...Tomatoes!
{Gold...to Me! }
{like, the little old....stand }
: )
{Sweetie, thinks it's just fine... where it's at. : ) }
I, didn't have the heart...to give it a bath.
I kinda like... that dust, and the thought, of Peg's fingerprints, that... are still there.
: )
Like, her Brother... Jerry's...are, too. : )
{and.. maybe...even...a Mouse Turd.... or, two...from the breezeway. : ) }
I remembered the tune, above... from when I was little...
about an Old...Four Poster Bed, that was made... by 'Hand'. : ) }
<3 <3 <3 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016