Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tom T. Hall- Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine (With Lyrics)

Horsin' Around... and Playin' with The Dogs...

Life... for me...these days....
is Absolutely...Insane. 
The ONLY...Moments...of  Solace I find...
is when Scout needs his Toenails Trimmed....
and... Sweetie... needs a 'Pat'.. on the head. : )
oh my.
I lost... two days... inside myself... after being put through the wringer... by people...
ARRRRG.....
 'People'. 
Critters... are Such...a Gift. : ) 
The Lord and I.... have had Long... Chats... over Many...Years.
A Baptist Minister... told me... when I was 16.... 
"No... Animals... don't go to Heaven."
uh oh. 
From that moment on... I spoke to The Lord... myself... didn't trust anyone..... to convey my Thoughts.... or... His. 
: )
I've told The Lord... Many Times... over  Many Years....
"if.... our Critters don't go to Heaven.... Lord... : ) send me... where they go.
Heaven... simply... wouldn't be 'Heaven'... for me... without them. <3 "
I Thank The Lord... Every Day.... for His Beautiful... Critters... He has Blessed me and mine... with.
Like Angels... they have carried me...and mine... through some Mighty Ruff Patches. 
<3 
Today... they were such...a Gift.
Such... a Gift. 
The 'thing'... about Critters.... as I have Thanked The Lord for... time, and again....
is the Unconditional Love... they have... for us. 
The Greatest... Gift... of All. : ) 
{Just got the News... John's Oldest Daughter, Andrea... had her little Boy.
Big Boy.
He was an once... over 10 Pounds!!!!}
I'm going to visit them... on Saturday. oh my.
John... would be Thrilled. <3 
The 'Once in a Blue Moon' Sale.... is Fast Approaching!
It will be September 4th thru 7th!!!
Oh.... DEAR!!!!
Love, to ya....
Barb C.
{I'd... have to add... 'Horses'... 
{all Critters... really. : ) } 
to the above... tune. : ) } 
yep...
like... The Song... Says. <3 

As I was visiting with Justin... in the Body Shop... this Eve....
Sweetie... Claimed an Old Seat... for herself.
Yes...
She... is a Princess. <3 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Working...down the rabbit hole.

As I was gathering.... in the back Green House.... and Cleaning.....
I found this Old... Victorian Castor set.
: )
I plunked it... on the table.....
looked at it... for a moment...
and... decided...
Dirt...and all....
it was
Beautiful.
As... Found. 
I am cleaning.... and... cleaning... and...
Cleaning.
Remember......
there was only a path.... through this little area....
just a few days ago.
Things have been Stacked.... and Piled..... in this little Green House... for some... time.
I have not paid it any attention... for.... a long... long... time.
The Girls... have Spruced it up.... during Sale Times....
but... I... have not 'personally' touched... it... for a couple of years. 
oh my.
It takes me a LONG time... to 'set' a room.
Details... Details... Details...
oh dear.
: ) 
I get Lost... in a 'project'... like this. 
Between 'cleaning'.... I've been piling... sentimental... Gnarliness....
on the Huge... Light... that hangs in the back Green House.
I bought two.... a few years ago....
They came from a Grand... Hotel.... in Des Moines.
One... was perfect, and sold.. quickly.
The other... : ) had been stored with the first... in a Barn.
A Farmer rolled over it... with his Tractor. 
oh my.
John... worked so hard... to put it all back together...
I...Loved... it... when he was done.
I didn't care... if it Never sold. 
He brought it back to Life.
When the Boys... were moving it...inside the Green House...
they dropped it....
oh my...
I broke down... and wept.
It wasn't that they had hurt it... any more... than it had been... to begin with.....
It was... all of John's work...
 He really... worked hard... to make it 'whole' again.
oh my.
Yesterday... Liz and I... moved it... I wired it all back together... seeing John's Miraculous Repairs....
with every turn. 
: ) 
Today.... as I was 'cleaning'.... I kept gathering all sorts of 'fragments'... 
Fragments... from Peg... and other Friends....
 Bird's Nests...from Charlie....
 Worn... Velvet Pieces....
Broken.... Pieces... from Friends... Long... ago.
{one Beautiful Broken Piece... was from Friend, Eudora............ another...
from Friends... John and Carolyn... oh my...
 I also.... ran across a tray... with 'Dug Finds'...from Jerome... oh my. 
Treasures... that have been buried.... in the Ground.. for decades.......... }
I began to layer... the Massive Light.... with...
'Memories'.
: ) 
Liz would call my day... 'filled... with Shenanigans'...
When I... can take... my time... Yes.... I fill my day.... with 'Shenanigans'...
: )
When she dropped Miss. Scarlett off tonight....
she peeked inside... the Green House.
: )
Tho... it's still a Mess...
She Loved it...
: ) 
She said... it reminded her of the Movie, 'Sweeney Todd'.... : )
I take That... as a Huge... Compliment. 
I never knew... who Tim Burton was....
until I saw the Movie...
'Alice in Wonderland' with Johnny Depp.
I was Breathless... by his set designs... 
Later, I have found... I Loved so Many... of his Movies...
'Beetlejuice'... 'Big Fish'... and... tho... Creepy... 
'Sweeney Todd'. 
When I saw 'Alice'... I Swore... The Director... 'Tim Burton'.... had visited....
Our....
Beloved...
'Rabbit Hole'.
I... have to believe....
He and I... were separated.... at Birth!
: ) 
I have a Long Way...to go... in this little area....
and a Million Miles... to cover... before the 
'Once in a Blue Moon'... Open House....
but...
I'll get done.... what I can.
I...won't be rushed. 
Mark your Calendars!
September 4 thru 7. : )
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{and... Yes... Danny Elfman... also created the Amazing Tune... above, for 'Alice'....
He also has created Most... all of the Music for Tim Burton's... 'Creations'...
of Course... he did. 
Amazing. }

This and the below images... are awful.
I captured them... as I was leaving... tonight.
The Sun... was so Bright... I couldn't see the screen on my phone.
This is a Wonderful... Old Footstool...
I unearthed it... today.... the fabric... was modern... and... shot.
I removed it...and exposed the vintage...encased... springs...
oh.... my.
LOVE IT!
{It looks... Waaaaay Gnarlier... in Person. <3 }
The Sun...
was Bright.... down the rabbit hole... this Eve. : )


Miranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Huge Cupboard.... finds a Home... Huge... Vintage Sink... fills the void. : )

Been working in the back Green House.... down the rabbit hole....
the last couple of days.... 
oh my.
: )
So MUCH... to Move...and Shake. !
The Beautiful... Old Concrete Sink... just found it's way here.
Perfect Timing!
A Huge Pass Through Farm Cupboard... that was resting there... found a New... Home....
Liz and I... carefully walked the Massive Sink.... from the road... 
to this open spot!
{We Really should have a Video Camera.... going... when we move these Mountains }
There is Much... to be Done... EVERYWHERE.....
before the 
'Once in a Blue Moon'..........
Open House...
over Labor Day Weekend.
oh my.
: ) 
Lots of New Arrivals....
and...
Fun Stuff.... that I'll be Pricing... to Find... a New... Home. 
Love to ya....
Barb C.
I had vented.... last night.... about something.... that makes me go....
"hmmmmmm."
Miss Scarlett and I agreed....
it's not worth.... thinkin' about.
: )
Just Git 'er Done. : )
She picked the above.... tune. : )
<3
We sang it over and Over... last night.
Ooooooh...... Ahhhhhh. : )
{Then...we sang... 'You are my Sunshine'... Over and Over.....
I sang a line... then quit... she'd finish it....... then... she'd sing a line...and quit.... and I'd finish....
it was... soooooo Sweet.
She reminds me so much.... of my Mama... when she sings. <3 <3 <3 }



Summer... Treats.... and... Feet. oh my.

Miss. Scarlett and me... went to visit Justin and Katie.... the other Evening...
Little Justin was Fishin' with his Grandpa Kevin... : ) 
but... made an appearance before we left... : ) 
Justin's Garden.... 
{I call it that...because Katie said... this year... Justin... has been The Farmer!
 Katie is nearly 'due'... Yep... we'll have another Granddaughter... very.... soon. : ) : ) : ) 
Katie's 'due date' is September 13th.... but... I gotta tell ya.... I'll be surprised it she waits that long....
I took a picture of her.... but.... she said... NOT to post it... : (
She is soooo Beautiful.... but... I understand. : ) 
Liz and Justin picked us... Some Beautiful.... Produce.!!!!
oh my...
I have been Craving Fresh Tomatoes....
broke down and bought some 'store bought' Romas the other day.
{They aren't my favorite... but... they were on sale. }
I had visited a wonderful Wine Bar....the other day...
 'Ramsey's' in Marion, Iowa.
Ordered a salad.... It was Amazing....
They served it with Roma Tomatoes that had been marinated in 
Olive Oil... Vinaigrette...Fresh Herbs... and... their 'secret' ingredients....
: )
I had to ask.... what kind of tomato I was Enjoying!
: )
I was stunned... when the Sweet Server... said, "Roma"... 
She said.... Romas work well.... for this. They are a solid, firm... tomato, and absorb the marinade well....
{ Yes... they do! }
So... when I purchased the store bought Romas....
I did the same thing... with them.
: )
Picked Fresh Herbs.... that Liz and I have planted here.....
made my own... 'secret sauce'....
{Raspberry Vinaigrette... Salt, Pepper... Garlic... 
{LOTS of Garlic : ) }
Olive Oil...  Fresh Basil, Rosemary, and Sage.... 
put 'em in one of our Big Ironstone Servers....
Covered 'em... weighted 'em down.... in the fridge....
let them marinade for a few days....
: )
oh my. : )
Heaven!
There are a dozen sliced Romas in this bowl.....
I weighted them down... in the fridge... to ensure.... they soaked up.... as Much.... of the dressing... as they could.
oh my...
oh...
my.
: )
Thanks, so Much to the little Server... at 'Ramsey's'.... for sharing... : )
Ramsey's is doubling the size their Store.... I can see why....
It's Awesome. : ) 

{From a Roma?.... Who Knew? }
I am... a Tomato Connoisseur....
I could Live... on Tomatoes... and Onions. 
oh my. : )
I eat canned tomatoes in the Winter.... Can't Stand....
Cardboard Tomatoes!!! 
I so enjoyed... that Restaurant and Wine Bar. 
I was driving/working that day, so.... no wine.... but... I will go back.... 
with a Driver! <3 
They have Live Music there... as well.... oh my. : ) 
Justin's Tomatoes.... on the other hand...
Need Nothing.
: )
They are So... Sweet and Tart.....
They are Heaven... all by themselves. <3 
The Peppers... smell sooooo Amazing....
When I opened the bag they were in... I about Fell Over.
oh my....
There is nothing Better...
than...
'FRESH'!!!
His and Katie's Produce.... is sooooo Pretty....
I had to put them in something... that was Equally.... as Wonderful...
: )
Our Beloved... Patched.... Wooden Bowls. <3
They look even Better.... with the Beautiful.... Produce nestled in them.
oh my.
Love this Old... Stuff. : ) 
A Sweet Gal.... popped in the rabbit hole... yesterday, with her two Sisters.....
{I was so Tired... when they arrived...Liz and I moved a HUGE Concrete Sink... into the back Green House...
{From near the road... a Long... Haul... oh my. }
It's Amazing 
 I know... I wasn't the perfect Hostess. : ( }
My Friend, looked at an Early Wooden Trencher.... I had bought at Michael's Auction... in Rochester... 
It's kind of expensive....I paid 'up' for it....
but, then.... It's Quite a Trencher. : )
I'm bringing it to the House.... until the 'Once in a Blue Moon' Sale.
I would like to enjoy it.... for a little while.
: )
It'll be for sale.... then... but..... I think.... it would like to serve.... again.
As I looked at it, yesterday..... I wondered how long... it had been.... since it had 'Served'....
and... 'what' was the last.... food... that rested... on it. : )
Whose... hands.... served... it up.... and...to whom.
: )
The old Trencher.... must be.... from the early to mid... 1800's.....
like the Bowls.... in this image.....
all hand made.... patched....and patched.... and... patched. 
: ) 
oh my.
I'm working in the Shop...today....
Miss. Scarlett, too.... : )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.



Justin.... Definitely.... has His Dad's....
Green Thumb!
Daughter, Liz..does too!
{Katie is an Awesome 'Farmer' too............. oh my..... }
Justin... has my feet. : )....
{His Dad's Toe Nails.... but... My... Feet! }
{It was soooo funny seeing Justin Barefooted.... : )
 He usually has his size 15.... Big... Steel Toed... Leather Boots on....
yeah.... this is his... Mama's.... side.
John.... couldn't walk across the grass.... 'barefooted'.... }
Liz... has her Dad's Feet.... and Mine.
John wore his shoes out... just like this.
{He used to Duct Tape... his shoes... that were 'Hand Me Downs'... from Liz!!!}
oh my.
oh my....
The Apples... don't Fall...Far...from the Trees.... 
: ) 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Maddie & Tae - Fly


Keep Your Calendars... Open.

I am thinkin'.... plannin'... envisioning.....
the Event... spurred from Gold Rush....
here at Home. 
: ) 
oh dear. 
: )
Everything, most every event this year.... for the last few....years... really, have been pulled together from 
Thin Air.
From out of... Nowhere.... or....
Back to Back... with no time... to catch my breath.
This One... will be a little... 'Back to Back'... too...
but...
I think... I have the time.... and energy... to do this one...
'with Feeling'....
: ) 
I'll have more details.... in days to come.
I'm thinkin' it will be over the Labor Day Weekend....
Friday thru Monday.
It'll be my 
'Once, in a Blue Moon'... Event.
I call it this....because....only Once... in a Blue Moon....
will I offer the kind of Things that will be included on this...
Sale. 
: )
I'm thinking about Opening up the House.... as well. : ) 
Stay Tuned!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{I posted the above Patsy Cline quote.... because it has crossed my mind... so often.... over the last few years.
I used to 'live' by this.
Then... somehow...somewhere along the line....
 it was more about
'Git 'n 'er Done'...
than
'Doin' it... with Feeling'.
Much of it... the loss... of feeling... numbness.... has been here... surrounding me...
to 'save' me.... 'Self Preservation'.
To 'feel'... or have feeling... is such a Gift... in Everything... we do.
until...
your heart... is being crushed....
then.... one is Thankful... for the paralysis.
I am still... so very numb, I see that... in most everything I do.
but...
I am going to find... some 'feeling'... for this Event.
It will be here, at Home... : )
I'm going to see... if... I can find the 'Soulfulness'... that is still... inside, I'm sure... it's there.
: )
somewhere.
: )
I'm going to do this one....
'My Way'...
Guess... we'll all see... what 'that' is.
and....
how 'much'.... 'muchness'.... is left. : ) }

I just posted the tune, above...tonight.
I heard it for the first time... today.
Miss. Scarlett, The Old Gypsy and me... were heading in to Town.
The Old Gypsy... is a Ruff Rider.
I had my mirror set, to watch Scarlett... in the back seat.
She was Bouncing... as much as me.
oh my... 
I thought as tired as she was... she might get aggravated by the 'Ride'...
When she saw me... looking at her... she Grinned...a Huge... Grin. : )
As I listened to the lyrics... and bounced....down that Ruff road....
 they reminded me... of so many...Loved Ones.... including... Miss. Scarlett...Liz and myself.
Somehow.... it also reminded me of the day... John and I went in to the ER.
We were both... so... very... weary....
John had been so sick...for weeks....
We didn't know... at that point... what was really... the problem.
The ER Dr. came in... and was such an Ass to John... and me.
I just stood there... for a moment... stunned.
then...
Spun around... Fired him... told him to Get Out... and Never set Foot... back in that room....
Told the Nurses to get our Family Dr. on the Phone... Now.
I turned to John....
he had a Big Grin... on his face....
and said....
"Go Get 'em... Mama... : ) "
: )
I think... he's telling me... that... now. : ) : ) : )
I was a little taken back... when I heard this....tune... because.... John... could have written it.
We have said these words... 'Sung This Tune'... to each other...
 Many Times...
across...
Many Miles....
of...
Ruff Roads...
 over...
 Many...
Many...
Years.
<3 <3 <3







Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEIL YOUNG - Harvest Moon (with lyrics)


Gold Rush.... and the 'things'... I didn't do.

I didn't get many images of the booth...
at Gold Rush.
I didn't get there...to unload... on time....
I... didn't set elaborate walls.
I...didn't bring the things I'd had set aside....
oh my...
I missed much... as we began to set the booth.
I would have Sworn... we had them loaded... but...
no...
Things were so chaotic... as we were loading... so many... distractions.
It doesn't take many... to trip me up...these days. 
So... there are many wonderful treasures... packed... down the rabbit hole...
that are still... waiting.
oh my.
I Did... have Wonderful Help...
Liz... Miss. Scarlett... Lynn and Lea.... Don J. from Amana and....
 Barb...from Minnesota... who helped pull rugs off the floor.... when they sold...from beneath our feet....and under Furniture...
oh my..... : )
 They sold... to a  Most... Delightful... Young Woman. <3
 I wanted to Squeeze her... but... it was soooo Hot and Sticky...
 'Hugs' were handed out... Loosely... : ) }
She purchased two rugs... One... was one... I have owned twice...
It was Sooooo Beautiful... Room Sized... Covered in Roses.....
but...
barely... hanging together...
It was so tattered.... and worn. 
I priced it to her... for the same price, as one we had on the floor.
She asked, if I would consider a little less... for the Floral... because of the condition.
: )
I said...
"No." 
That rug... was soooo Stunning... in shreds... I told her... I'd never put it on the floor...
it...
would be a Backdrop.
A Stunning... Backdrop.... for a Wall.
I told her... some Folks... would cut it up... and 'create'... with it...
She didn't allow me to finish my sentence.... 
She said...
"I Would Never.... Cut... this Rug... I'll make it work... just as it is." 
{That... is why... I wanted to Squeeze her. <3 She... 'Gets It'... : ) } 
Liz and Lea... really whipped the booth into shape.... 
I... mostly spun in circles.  
oh dear. 
I am so very Blessed... to have such... Beautiful... Angels... in my life. : )
Not surprisingly... the show was down... for me.
The booth was too sparse.... I'd left.... too much... behind.
The Heat... was awful. 
I felt so sorry for the Shoppers. 
It was Great... to see my Neighbors... and Friends... : )
so...
all in all...
It was All... Good. : )
I was so wiped out....when we got home....
I fell into bed....
and... slept until 4 in the afternoon... on Monday.
The Heat... sucks the life... right out of ya... oh my. 
I'm going to have to have an event... here... in September... to pick up the losses from Gold Rush.
Thankfully...
there are some Wonderful Treasures... still...waiting... to be unpacked. : ) 
I haven't decided... 'when'... but.... I have had some 'Ideas'... flash through my brain. : )
I... think... it's gonna be.... 
'Over the Top'...
and...
Fun.
: )
Right here... at Home.
Possibly...
in and around...
 The Big Rabbit Hole....
'Our Home'. 
: )
The Gazebo is getting a new roof.... soon....
and...
maybe...
John's Old Oak... would like to have Folks Gather.... under it....
mingle.... and shop.... 
: )
yes...
I will be pulling an 'Event' together... 
for 
September.
: )
The October Sale.....
'Fall Harvest Sale'...
will be October 8th thru the 11th...
: )
It'll be Good. 
but...
The One...
in 
September...
will... be a
 Once...
 in a Blue Moon... 
Event.
Don't Miss It. 
: )
<3
I posted the tune... above... because.... from the Moment...
I Knew... I'd have to pull an Event Together... for September...
{on the way Home... from Gold Rush... }
This song.... Fit. : )
The images below... are from Gold Rush.
: ) 
Thanks, to All... who came to Visit... 
Hope you know... how Much... we Love Ya... : )
And...
Thank You.
Love... to ya...
Barb C.
{One... thing... I 'Didn't Do'.... made my heart... skip a Beat or Two....
After we left Racine, MN. my Friend, Linda's Shop......
I followed Liz... in The Ford.
We had loaded some things, at Linda's... precariously... on The Ford.
About half a mile... down the Highway... I remembered...
we had not Closed... the Big... Back... Door.... of The Fully Packed... FUSO... Box Truck...
I...was driving.
oh dear.
oh....
dear....
I pulled over.... looking in my mirror.... behind....
 for Debris....that should be Strewn... down the Highway....
Thankfully....
The Angels... were riding With!
An Old Rug... was making his way... to the Highway....
but...
I caught him... Just... in Time! 
oh dear....
what a ride. }






yeah....
: )
Insanity....
The Hatter....
oh my..