Monday, August 21, 2017

Brad Paisley - When I Get Where I'm Going

Crazy...Wild... Gold Rush! What a Ride.

What a Ride.
Life, is...Truly, like a Roller Coaster.
I, find that to be Truer and Truer, with every day that passes.
With, Every...'Event', too.
: )
Gold Rush... in Rochester, always, always...
is a Wild, Ride.
Before I left Home... I reflected, on 'Gold Rush' Past, posts.
: )
So, Many... with Peg. <3 : ) 
Farmer Friends, Lynn... and Lea. <3 : )
The Wisconsin Girls.... <3 : )
The Lily of The Valley, Angel... <3 : )
My Guardian Angel... Barb. <3 : ) 
{She, was Truly...a Godsend... at This Gold Rush, as...she has been, a so may...before. <3 }
The Love Birds... <3 : )
Neighbors... Friends....
Bruce and Nancy. {I, Love Them. : ) <3 }
I so Miss, our Neighbors, Nancy and Walt. Oh My... We used to have so much Fun. <3 : ) 
This, Gold Rush, as...always... it seems, was steeped... in Joy, and Sorrow.
Everyone, is on such a 'Journey', these days. 
A, Crazy...Insane... Roller Coaster.
Dear God, what would we do.... without... each other.
Some words....were never spoken.
just,
simply... 
gestured.
I, couldn't... 'speak'....to some of my Friends, who...are Really...Struggling, right now.
They, are in... for the Fight, of their lives.
I, 'know' that Battle. 
I, had...no words. 
We, all... 'understood' each other, without them. 
They, are in my Prayers....always. 
They're gonna make it through, this. : )
<3 <3 <3 
I, had to laugh...
Got a little advise... from a couple of Girls, I...Adore.
: )
Ya, see...
after Pal, Bill...and me... got the trucks unloaded, we met at the hotel... 
with Mark, and his Darling, Daughter... Kelsey.
<3
We were all... Whipped. Oh My!
It, was a Long...Long....Day. {Thursday. }
I hadn't talked to Mark... for a Month.
Everything's been sooooo Crazy.
{we all share a Suite, in Rochester. 
Cornerstone Plaza, Soldiers Field. 
They treat us Great... there. <3 They have... for 20 years. : ) <3 }
{even tho, we... sometimes... get a 'little'... rowdy. : ) }
We've had some Really...Good Times, there.
: )
Peg, and I... have some Wonderful...memories, there. 
<3 : )
Mark, brought some Refreshing...Beverages.
: )
Oh Dear.
We all...visited, and enjoyed... those 'Beverages'...until the Sun came up, on 'Set Up' Day.
hahahahahahaha......
{Not, Pal... Bill. : ) He, Loves us All... but, he's pretty Sure, We're All... Crazy. : )
he'd be correct. : ) 
Thankfully, he doesn't care, and... accepts our Insanity... without Blinking...an Eye. : ) }
Bill and I... shared the  Booth, at Gold Rush.
It, was Simple... and, Great!
'Great', because... it was 'simple'. : )
I, didn't fuss. 
and, Believe it, or not...
I had Pop Music playing.
{whhhhhaaaaaat????}
The cd player wouldn't play....but, the radio...did. : )
It, was the Craziest... Gold Rush... ever, for me.
Oh... My!
Friday, was a Blur, mostly. : )
but...
We Sold...like Crazy!!!
Holy Smokes!!!
{I asked Folks...not to light any matches... near me. : ) Hahahaha! }
Yep, we'd had a Crazy...night... 'morning'. oh..dear.
They, All had Mercy on me. Bless Their Hearts! : ) }
Mark and Kelsey...
Pickin' on Bill....hahahahaha!!!!
about.. 4:00, in the mornin'. : )
The Boys... share, one room.
Me and Kels...the other.
{Or, Liz...or...Peg... <3, Sometimes.. All...of us. : )  }
Love, those Suites.
Sadly, I Snore... and Mark... Snores...
{LOUDLY}
hahahahahaha...
so, the Entire Suite... Rattles!!!!
Hahahahaha!
{Peg, used to bring her Ear Plugs...
hahahahaha.... : ) <3 }
'Family'
<3 
Back to 'The Girls'... who reprimanded me, Friday.
: )
I, Love 'em.... Dearly. : ) <3
Always...will.
All, I had to say...to them...was, 
"Don't". 
It was all... I could do, to make it, to this Event.
I, nearly... Very... Nearly....
sent the booth rental in, and....
stayed Home.
I, struggled with it, for two days... before the Show. 
It took...Everything...I had, to load...that Truck.
I'm going to have to get a camera... that mounts on my head, so You All....
can See... 'The Journey'.
: )
I posted a quote... the other day, I'd seen on fb.
"Judge me, when You...are Perfect."
<3
oh....my. 
: )
It was a Great Gold Rush, on So Many... Levels. <3
This Crazy... 'business'.... is, so Much... like 'Family'. 
<3
{Insane... : ) }
I, really, only meant to Thank, Angel...Barb, and Pal, Bill... tonight...for Helping, So Much. : )
Then, I went on...and on. : )
I'll write another post, about This Ride...
when I can.
There is Much... to tell, about this.... Gold Rush. 
: )
I'm working on another Estate Sale, along, with The Fall Harvest Sale...the next many weeks.
'Time'...
is gonna be a precious commodity.
<3
as, Always.
: )
Love, to You...
as, Always.
: )
<3 
Barb C.

Me, and Peg...
<3 
'Gold Rush'
Feet.
<3

John, Swingin' Miss. Scarlett. : ) <3 <3 <3 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alan Jackson - Livin' On Love

Loaded for Gold Rush! The Event Runs Friday thru Sunday!!! We're at The Fairgrounds in Rochester, MN.!!!!

Gold Rush...
Here We Come!!!
At Rochester Gold Rush...
You get in...
when We... get in.
Oh Boy!
It's a Shopper's Market!
They let us unload, Only...
Thursday Eve. 
Friday Morn...
It's a Zoo!
: ) 
You, the Shopper, gets First Pick...as we are setting up!
Crazy!
Good...
Crazy!!!
: )
Pal, Bill... is coming with, this time.
He always has Fun Stuff!
I have a weird load. 
oh my. : ) 
We'll be set up in Graham North, at The Fairgrounds. 
I, think... our booth is under the 'Visitor' banner. 
: )
{Ya think, I'd know.... I've been in the same spot... for 15 years, or better. : ) }
When I was pushin' and pullin'... in The FUSO, Loading...today,
I...paused, for a moment....
I looked out the back, and saw my little helper. : )
Sweetie, with her snout... resting on The Ford's door. 
: )
oh my...
{You'll have to 'click' on this image.... : )
The 'Image',
I saw...while I, was Sweating my Tail...off, : ) <3
to take it all...in. : ) <3 }
She's a Ball...of Fire. : ) : ) : )
hahahahahaha!!!!!
: )
Well, with her Help....
and, the Kids... Help....
we are Mostly... Loaded, for The Show!
: ) : ) : )  
Hope, to see ya There. <3 <3 <3
Love, to ya...
Barb C.


By, the way....
Just, signed the contract, today....
for a Mighty Big, 'Living' Estate Sale.
{oh, dear..... }
It will be shortly, after... 'The Fall Harvest Sale', here, down the rabbit hole.
: )
{Sept. 28, 29, 30 and, Oct. 1 }
: )
It'll be, in Mid...October.
: )
Make Plans...
to Attend. : )
<3

Friday, August 11, 2017

Alison Krauss - Simple Love

Wednesday... a Simple, Day...in Iowa... to get Hitched!

Daughter, Liz...and... now, Son in Law, Adam...
decided, that Wednesday.... would be a Great Day... to get Hitched!
Hahahaha!
oh...dear.
They decided... to keep it Simple. : )
I, barely had time...to grab some FLOWERS!!!
hahahaha!!!
{and, white shoe polish, 20 minutes...before the Ceremony! : )
Had to run inside Three Stores... before I could Find Some!!!!
I, couldn't let them get out of Town... without doin' a little 'Surprise' writing on their windows. : ) }
Hahahahaha!
It was Really... Nice. <3
The Grandkids were there, along with two of Liz and Adam's Friends...
to Witness... <3
I, was there... to snap a few images. <3
I attached my little Heart, with some of John's Ashes....inside, on Liz's Bouquet, so....
 John was There, too. : ) <3 <3 <3 
{He, was There... <3 
John, wouldn't have Missed This... for The World.: ) <3 <3 <3 }
The Judge, was Wonderful.<3
She included Miss. Scarlett, in The Vows. <3 <3 <3 
Priceless.... <3
{The Judge, even took pictures...so I, could... be included...in them. : ) <3 }
oh...my. : ) 
We didn't have plans, for Lunch... but, I...thought the Least...I could do, would be...to buy them all Lunch!!!
ANYWHERE... They Chose. 
: )
They chose to go to Bobby T's... where Liz works, and where she met Adam. <3
It was '2.00 Burger'Day, at Bobby 'T's. 
oh my. 
: )
We All... had a Wonderful...Time!
We, truly... did.  <3
Some Folks, I know...weren't happy, that they slipped away, and tied the knot, so privately.
but, this... is what they both...wanted. : )
They have bills, to pay.
They, both...work...so hard. 
: )
Weddings, can get so Crazy.
Liz said... they can put money aside, like... they were saving for a Wedding,
 and take Family Vacations...
Year...after Year, for what a 'Wedding' would cost.
They will. <3
: )
I, told them...we'll have to have a Party.... sometime, down the rabbit hole...
and Invite... their Friends. <3
EVERYBODY!!!! <3 <3 <3 
So...
Congratulations!!!!
to
Adam and Liz!
{Miss. Scarlett, and... Baby...Jack.: ) }
<3 <3 <3 
I,Wish Them...
All of The Love...
in The World.
<3
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 






Liz and Adam....
HITCHED!!!
<3 <3 <3 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Tammy Wynette-You'll Never Walk Alone

The Journey.

I received a phone call, late...late, last night.
It was one of our Neighbor's...
'Friends'.
<3
She was interested, in some things I have, down the rabbit hole.
We visited...for a long time.
: ) 
I, told her... I... thought, we'd nearly...solved All of the World's Problems! : )
After we hung up, I noticed... I'd missed a couple of text messages, from much earlier.
I, looked them up, and saw...they were from a Woman, whom...I've never met, that was planning to come visit the rabbit hole, with several of her Friends.
The first message she sent, was asking me to confirm...that I'd be here.
The second, was apologizing...because, she couldn't make it.
She, went on...and, explained...
"My Son, was in an accident, today. We lost our Beautiful, 8 year old Granddaughter."
She went on, and described... her Tears.
: ( : ( : (...........
My Heart... was so Heavy...for Her, and Her Entire Family.
I, tried...to find the 'words', to express..., give...some Comfort, to her.
but, there are no 'words', that can make 'That' happen.
I woke up...this morning, feeling the same, heavy heart...
and, knowing...exactly....what They are All...feeling.
The numbness.
the, thoughts,
that race through your mind...
'this, isn't real'....
'this....can't, be real'.
I stumbled...to the kitchen, made some coffee...and, went outside, and sat on the stoop.
It, was such a Beautiful...morning.
God, has sent many Blessings, through Nature...for us, to enjoy.
I, sat there... with Sweetie, and noticed a single...Daisy, 'Smiling'...at us.
It's a volunteer. I'm sure Peg, sent it. She, Loved... Daisies. <3 <3 <3 
I, also...knew... there are Many Folks, who will never 'see', a little Daisy, like that...
because, 
They are so Stunned, and Broken.... from Devastating Loss,
 like the Woman, and her Family...are enduring, on this, very... day. 
I, sat there...and thought.
When I walked in the House, I went directly...to my 'Streams in the Desert'.
I've read that Daily Devotional...over and over, for the last...15 years.
{My Dear Friend, Patti...whom, I wrote about, a couple of posts back, gave me that Book.
What a Priceless...Gift. <3 } 
So much, so... I don't go to the 'date'...anymore.
I, ask the Lord, to guide my hands, and help me 'See', what I 'need' to.
I, hadn't read it, for awhile...
The Lord, Never...let's me down.
He sent me, and...I hope...others, who are Suffering, today...
Exactly...
what We need to 'See'. <3
There are So Many, who Suffer.
I, Pray...for All, who are.
Then, I thought about the conversation...I'd had, with my Friend...
the night before....
before...
I noticed the 'texts'.
Some, were political.
When she stopped by, this morning, I told her....about the Woman, and her Family.
I, explained....to her...
We Need to Pray, for Everyone...who is Suffering Today.
Every Day.
Including, those...we don't understand.
They, are Suffering...too. 
She, agreed. 
This 'Life', this... 'Journey'...as I see it, is a Walk....on a Path, that 'We' all Share.
We're all stumbling....along.
: )
No matter, what....
we must, be Kind.
I, had a dream, 'Nightmare'... the other other night.
I, couldn't shake it.
I, dreamt..., I'd lost one of our Children.
I...woke up...Sobbing.
I, still...Cry, when I reflect...upon that Nightmare.
There are people, every Minute...of Every Day...
around this, Old...World, that Wish, when they wake up...in the Morning,
 'Life'... was... 'Just' a 'Nightmare', and...somehow...
they'll wake up, and discover...that's all, it was. 
I, do it...all of the time. 
I, remember...Peg telling me, after she'd spent so much time at The Mayo Clinic, 
Time, after Time... fighting Her battle...
and, watching the Children..., 
that were fighting for their....tender...little lives, too.
How....Peg, Wished, she could... Somehow....
shorten her life, and Give...'Them'... More. 
<3 <3 <3 
{John, said the same. <3 <3 <3 : ) }
I, asked...the Lord...to do the same thing, for John.
<3 <3 <3 : )
 I would've Gladly....given up, my 'time', so...he could spend 'More'...Here, with...Us.
but, 
That's not, how this 'Journey'...works.
Without 'Faith'...
I, truly...don't know...how any of us, could get through.
I've done so much... Soul Searching, in the last 24 hours....
oh my.
I've done a Lot...of Soul Searching....
in the last...1,171 days.
The way I 'See' it, at this moment...
'Pray for All who Suffer Today.'
There, are Many.
Be Thankful....for Everything.
 'See'...The Beauty, that, lays...at your feet, that we've All been Blessed with.
Be, Kind...even, when...you can't 'understand'.
: )
and...remember,
It's ALL, in His Hands.
Trust.
<3
Love, to You...
Barb C.
{We'll All...be Together, again. <3 I'm Sure...of That. : ) <3 }

Below...is a portion, of what I read, this Morning.
'Streams in the Desert'.








Saturday, August 5, 2017

You Asked Me To : Alison Krauss

WAYLON JENNINGS - YOU ASKED ME TO (Live In TX 1975)

Because you asked me to.

I was so Blessed, to be invited...to my Long Time... Friend, Patti's...
and her Husband, Dale's...Home, last Sunday.
I've visted, several times...over the years... but, I'm always...so Rushed.
It, was...such a Gift..., to have a little 'time', and...'business'...put away. 
: )
I wrote a Long Post..., earier, this week... somehow...it was deleted.
: (
This one, won't be as long...
but, here are a few images....of their little slice...of Heaven.
Patti, owns 'Fern Hill', in South Amana.
I met her...about, 20 years ago.
She stopped by 'the rabbit hole'...
and, the rest... is History. : )
Fern Hill...is, amazing.  : )
Look 'em up, online. 
better yet... make your way, to the Store.
oh...my. <3
As I walked around...Patti and Dale's...
I visited with many 'old souls'. 
The Big Fountain... came from us.
I remember, the day I bought it.
Had to have John...come help, Load.
: )
He stood there... looking at it, took a drag...off of his Lucky, and said...
"I thought, 'We' weren't going to buy...any more, 'Heavy Stuff'."
Hahahahahaha....
That's Exactly...what Dale said...to Patti, after she purchased it, from me. 
hahahahahaha.....
: )
The Green House, at Patti's... is, also a Memory.
I'd found those Old...Steel Framed Windows, at a Sale.
I, bought 'em... and called Patti, right away.
She and Dale, so Loved...our Green Houses.
I, knew... a Beautiful Structure, could be Created...with them. : )
Dale, did an AMAZING Job.... building this Structure, with those, old...windows.
Wow.
Everything, was LOVELY.
The Gardens...The Sheds.
Amazing.
I, think... what Touched me... the Most, was seeing...how Much, John, and Dale...are alike.
They, both... have worked so Hard...all of their lives, doing things...that paid the bills.
Both...of These Men, are Artists. <3
: )
They Both... Created, Such Beauty.... for the Ones...They Love.
<3 <3 <3 
{While, Working....Jobs. }
just... because, we asked them to. 
: )
Look...
at
 What They Created.
<3 <3 <3 
We, KNEW... Always... how Talented... They Were, and...are. <3
The original post... I wrote, is...probably Best, left....in Cyber Space.
I, sat here...and Wept, as I wrote it. 
oh...my. : )
{am, now...again... : (
For the record...
Patti, and I.... would, and...did...anything, anything....they asked us...to. 
That's the way...Love works. }
It, was Great...visiting with the Folks, who work at Fern Hill.
I've known them all...for years.
Such, a Lovely... Group of Folks. <3
I have a Million Miles, to go...
Gold Rush... is coming up, Fast!
August 18th thru 20th. 
Fall Harvest Sale, here...at Home.... is Early, this year.
September 28, 29, 30th... and October 1st.
I'll also...be working on a HUGE Living Estate Sale...between, everything else.
: )
That, will be in October, as well.
We haven't set the dates...yet.
Oh...my. : )
Hope, You...had a Great Week.
<3
Hope... you had a little time, to appreciate...the Gifts, God...has Given us.
Love, to ya....
Barb C. 

Waylon Jennings, came out with the tune, above... years ago...when I was a Kid.
I, Loved it then, and... it says it all. : )
Alison Krauss... also cut this, much...later. 
If, I can find it...I'll post it above, with Waylon's.
I, can hear... John, singing this tune.
<3
I'd sing It Right Back. 
Always...have. Always...will. 
People, who Love each other...do.


This is the Beautiful... Green House, Dale created... from those Old...Old...
Steel Framed Windows.
<3 <3 <3 





I had to Smile... when I saw this MASSIVE Flower Garden.
: )
This, is Sooooo Patti. <3
I, remember her...coming to 'the rabbit hole'...and buying Beautiful Vintage Dishes.
all... Floral.
Especially, in February...and March.
: )
She'd say... "I, Need...Color. I...Need, to see Flowers..... <3 "
I, suppose... that's why, we are all attracted to 'Flowers', in Winter.
We NEED, to have that Promise, of Spring.
: )
Their Gardens... were Over The Top...Beautiful. <3
What a Gift. : )

That's 'The Fountain'...John helped me move. <3
oh...my. : )

Steph and me.
Steph, is Patti's Daughter.
She owns several businesses.
They all revolve around her Amazing Art.
She creates Fabric, from her Paintings.
{Wonderful!}
We have been Friends, for Years.
Steph, joined me at Heart of Country...in Nashville...twice.
She...is one of the Hardest Working, and...Most Creative...people, I have ever known.
<3 <3 <3
She, Never...Gives Up. : )
She...is the Ant...that Moved The Semi Full...of Rubber Tree Plants!
{Heck, she'd Move the Semi...and ALL!!! : ) }
{without, starting the Semi. : ) }
Steph... created, and built... {with, not much help.} Many...Garden Sheds.
a couple, are pictured here.
She worked, and still...does work...with 'Country Gardens', magazine.
Check out 'Frond Design Studios'. and... 'Delve MIY'.
I, hooked up with her, just....this morning.
We, both... were Runnin' Hard. : )
Never a day off....
Never. 
Patti and Dale's Pond. : )
It, was such a Beautiful...Evening.
It, reminded me...of when I visited Peg and Michael's.
A Little...Slice, of Heaven. <3 <3 <3 
This, and the next two images....are ones I captured, today...while Playing, down 'the rabbit hole'.
: )
I, Slung a Lot...of Moss! : )
Had to fix 'The Lady'...above the door. : )
Gravity...messes with her 'Do'. : )
It's been awhile. : ) She was beginning to look like ME!
That, darned...old... Gravity!

Cleaned Up... and Mossed Up... one of the Chandeliers.
Love....Moss. <3
I was Greeted, at the Garden Gate...down, 'the rabbit hole', this morning...by a  Little...Lone... Morning Glory!
I, so Love.....Morning Glories. <3 
Pal, Wanda...and her Hubby, Teri.
{'Gatherings', in Anamosa, Iowa.
Great Store. Great... Friend. : ) <3 }
: )
It was so Kind...of them, to invite me out, for Supper!
Loved watching them Dance!
I, even danced a little, myself!
{oh....dear. : ) }
We were ready to leave, then... the Waitress said, Whey Jennings, Grandson...of Waylon Jennings, was going to perform.
OH MY!!!
He, was AMAZING!!!
Who KNEW...He'd be at a Bar/Restaurant, 3 miles...from my Door?????
{Wild Hogs}
HOLY SMOKES!
He, and His Band... played so Many... of Waylon's Tunes!!!
'MY Kinda Music'!!!
WOW!!!
What a Treat!!!
It's been a Good Week. : )
Hope, Yours, was as well. <3

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I spent... hours... writing a post, tonight.

Somehow...it was deleted.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Old Hearts.... Old Wood...and, Old... Wire.

: )
That...was my Day, in a Nutshell.
It's been several days, since I last posted. 
It's...been a Bit, Crazy....around here.
Some, Good... 'Crazy', some...not, so much.
but, then... I guess...That's All...of Us. : )
I'm working on several things, at the same time. 
Each... are Millions of Miles apart, on every level.
: )
I've been gathering, some wonderful....Old...Soulfulness.
Gold Rush, at the Fairgrounds, in Rochester, MN. 
is....around the corner.
August 18 thru 20. 
I'm dealing on another Living Estate Sale, that will be in October....if all goes well.
It's a Big...one.
Another, in November, that will be smaller, but...has some Wonderful...Old Treasures.
The Fall Harvest Sale, is in SEPTEMBER, and the First Day, in October.
{September 28th thru October, 1st.}
Yes, it's gonna get Curiouser...and, Curiouser.
: )
I've lost, most all of my Helpers..., that usually help me load, and get ready... due to illness.
oh...my.
Liz, has Little Jack, to tend to...: )
 and Brandon, who is normally my right hand, 
with mowing...and loading... is having some problems.
: (
The next few months, are going to Test The Old...Hatter's Body...
Indeed!
My mind, isn't going to fare, much better...Either! : ) : ) : )  
I'm preparing for a rather, detailed...presentation, in early August.
I'm not intimidated...but, I know...what the stakes are.
I, also...know...
I'm going to be addressing Folks, whom...have a lot more knowledge, and education...in the areas, I'm addressing, than... myself. 
So...that's...been tucked, in a corner of my mind, day and night...for months....along, with everything else...that has to be Done, on a daily basis.
I hear my Dad, whispering...in my ear, when I get a little rattled.
"Just do your Best. : ) 
 That's all...you can do. : )
 If you know, in your Heart...you've done your Best...
You won't have any regrets." 
<3
: )
Then, I hear John... : ) 
"You can do it." : )
He, always told me that, so... matter of factly.
Usually...as he was walking away...with a bowl of Ice Cream, or...Supper, in his hand. 
{as I was Running Around...in Circles...Pulling My Hair Out...
and, basically saying...
"THE SKY IS FALLING!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!"}
I always wondered, how he had so much confidence...in me, when...I sure as Hell....didn't.
<3 <3 <3 
I, remember...so many times, hearing him, say that...while walking away...like, 
"no...big deal".
Hahahahaha. 
I couldn't understand it.
I'd stand there...and, think...
"but...the sky is falling...."
???????
John...was Always...Right.
: ) <3
I'll Get 'er Done, the Best...I can. 
: )
Just, like... They always, somehow...Knew, I Could.
: ) 
<3 <3 <3 
So, if...I skip a few days, here...and there...
know, my mind...is focusing...on other, very...important areas.
I'll catch ya all...up, when things slow down...a little.
I, Promise. : ) <3
I'd appreciate your Prayers, for Strength...and Wisdom, over the next several months.
I, Thank You...for Them, in advance. <3
Love, to Ya...
Barb C. 

{I was sitting here, trying to decide...what Tune, to play...above....
that fits the situations...
at hand.
I had to Smile,
 once again.....
: )
Peg, whispered in my ear.
"Our Favorite Tune!!!" 
'If You're Going Through Hell"
<3
Indeed.
<3 <3 <3 
but, I'm going to post...one, above it. 
It came to my mind...when I first....rolled out of bed, this morning.
{another... 'Wink'. : ) <3 }
I've never been, much of a 'runner'... : )
I, think... the devil, knows that. : ) 
Love, is 'The Greatest...Gift, of All'
'The Greatest...Love, of All'
: )
'Love'...is The Strength...that carries Us.
<3
I was, and...am...Very... Blessed. : ) <3 }




I found this little Heart, by the door, as Sweetie and me...were coming in, tonight.
: )
<3
Another...'Wink'.
from John...and Dad. : ) <3
I picked it up...to bring in the House...with us.
<3
It's a fragment...of our Roof Shingles. : )
Two Winks.
The second...
Get BUSY.
Make some Dough.
That Old...Roof, is gonna Need, some Shingles.
oh...my.
: ) <3


The Little Ford, has been Hauling some Loads...Home.
<3
We'll have a Sweet Load, for Gold Rush.
<3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All


It's all...about the journey.


Yesterday, was John's Birthday.
It hit me harder...than the last three, without him. 
They've All...been pretty ruff.
but, yesterday...
I, pretty much...was in a Ball...all day.
I miss Him...Soooo Much.
: )
Somehow...I can usually...get through the Days...well. 
I stay very....Busy.
Unless, someone....stops by, and starts reminiscing... : )
then, the 'water flows'. 
but, yesterday...wasn't a good day.
Nights, are the worst.
Everything....is so quiet.
John, and I...spent Evenings....together, most...always.
That, was 'Our Time'.
We, usually sat in front of the T.V.
: )
We liked the same things, on T.V. 
: )
He'd call me, if it was getting close, to some our Favorite Show's...'time', when I was on the road....
and say...
"Where Ya At??? Show starts in an Hour!!!"
{I've Put The Hammer Down, in The Fords...Many Times....
coming, from Illinois, 
Loaded Heavy....
to get Home, and Fly...to The Recliner...beside John!!!}
We Loved...'The Closer', 'Soprano's'....
{Shoot, I remember...how Crazy we were over 'Dallas'...back, in 'The Day' : )
hahahahaha!
: )
We Could Not...Miss an Episode!!! }
It took me two years...to go back, in John's Room....
I, couldn't open the door. 
I sit in his chair, most every night...now,{sleep in it, more often, than I should.} and watch the Shows...we used to watch...together.
M.A.S.H... Barney Miller, Columbo....Perry Mason...: )
old...reruns. : ) 
We watched old reruns....every night. : )
As I sit, and watch them now...
I, wonder....when was the 'last' time...'we'...watched the episodes 'Together'.
I called Peg's Beloved...Michael, a couple Sunday mornings ago.
I, should call him, more often.
We talked..for a long...time.
He's...lost, too.  : (
Maybe...that's why, I don't call.
I..have no... advise, that will ease his pain.
He misses, Peg...Soooo Much. 

After you have spent so many...years, Loving...someone.
You, become...One Person.
It's a gradual thing.
When, you Lose...your 'Soul Mate'....
You, lose...half, of yourself.
You, don't realize that...until...they are gone.
then...
you're like a Bird....trying to fly, with one wing.
He told me, all of the things, that used to make him happy...mean nothing, anymore.
I...know. 
I told him... if my life, didn't depend...on making a living...
I'd never leave the house.
I, probably...wouldn't get out of bed.
He's retired... I, understand... how difficult...that must be.
I'm blessed, by...somehow, having a 'switch', inside...that allows me, to work.
I can flip it, when it's 'Showtime'....and, around Public.
but...
when I walk in the House...
and, close...the door, I'm done.
Yesterday, John's Birthday.....
that 'switch'...was broken.
I know...John and Peg, wouldn't want this, for us.
: ) : )
No one's...Loved Ones...would. 
so, like I told Michael...
"One Day, at a Time."
: ) : ) : ) 
There is Much...Beauty, in The World, Peg and John...taught us both...to 'See' that.
: )
Life, is short.
We'll All, will be Together...again, someday.
: )
Life, is truly...
about the journey.
We'll have to keep putting one foot, in front of the other, on our paths....
until we are called Home.
Then, what a Beautiful...Reunion, that will be. 
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

{As I reread, this post...
Looking back...
and, ahead.
There's so Much...on my Shoulders, right now....
So Much, coming at me...from every direction.
I realized...
to be Thankful...
for 'The Mountains'.
Without them, I'd be consumed...
by Reality. }










Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Billy Joel - You May Be Right


You... may be... right.

Hit The Iowa...Country Roads, today.
{God, I...Love...Eating Dust, from The Iowa, Gravel Roads! <3 }
{I, Truly...do. : ) When I die, they won't find Blood, in my veins. : )
It'll...be...Dust, from the rabbit hole, and...Iowa...Gravel...Roads. : ) }
It was soooo Hot. No air...in either of the Trucks....I drove today.
 No Worries. : )
I'd Much...Rather...have the Wind, blowing in the Trucks. Along...with The Dust!!!
hahahahahaha!
I was so Sweaty...and...stinky.
: )
Then, received a message, from Family.
They, wanted to hook up, in Iowa City.
: )
My Sister, {Dad's 'Next', to 'Youngest' Daughter...is visiting, from Texas, with some of her Family.}
Oh Dear.
I...was on The Road. Had Many Stops.
There, was NO WAY, I could make it happen.
I, know...I really disappointed my Family.
I tried to explain, had I known sooner.... : ( : ( : ( 
oh...dear. : (
One, 'Stop'...was close, but...the next 'Stop'...was back to back....and MILES Away.
Oh...Dear.
I Ran Hard, Gathered Up...the first Load...
then, I...thought...I might have 15 minutes...to spare.
The Sky...turned BLACK.
A HUGE...Storm, was bearing down.
It POURED.
The Traffic, was Insane.
Ya couldn't See...it, was raining...so hard.
I pulled into a parking lot, to see how close I was, to where the 'Family'...was.
I was 'ONE MINUTE', from where They were.
: )
It was raining...so hard, I couldn't see the building.
I found the parking lot....
emptied...a plastic grocery bag, that was holding...receipt books,
 on The Ford's Passenger Seat,
threw it over my head...{holding my cell phone, under the bag, on my head!!!
I had to have it, to text the Girl, I was going to meet, letting her know....I was running a little behind! : ) }
and RAN...into the Restaurant....where, my Family...didn't expect me to 'Show'. : )
The Man, who Greeted me at the door, Laughed....when I Blew In!!!
: ) : ) : ) 
I looked like a Sweaty...Stinky...Dirty...Drowned...Rat!!!
: )
I told him... : )
"There's a Group..here, I'll Find 'em!!!"
Hahahahaha!!!!
I, did...Indeed.
: )
Oh My....
At least, The Conner Clan...isn't Shocked..by Much.
: ) : ) : ) 
{They, KNEW...my Dad. : ) <3 }
{Loved Him...too. <3 <3 <3 }
It was a Fast...Visit.
but,
 a Good...One.
<3
I, went on...piled...More...on The Ford, : )
Then...
just, as I had 'Home'...in my Sights...
The above, Tune...came on the radio.
: )
Perrrrrrfect!!!
: )
I'm kinda 'The Black Sheep'...of The Family. : )
Thankfully...
The Rest of The Flock, Loves me...anyway.
: )
May God, Bless Them!!!
Love, to ya....
Barb C.






May God Bless...
The Irish....'blood', of my Family.
: )
<3

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Brothers Osborne - It Ain't My Fault Lyrics Video

Hot...Sundays in July. One never knows, how they'll end up.

Started this Sunday Morning...off, clipping Poison Ivy.
: )
Oh My.
I was up...early, with LONG Handled Trimmers, Cutting.
before...it got Hot.
: )
Miss. Scarlett, spent the night, with me....
Son, Justin...Katie, Little Justin, and Miss. Meadow came out...as I was trimming, to feed Critters.
It was Good, seeing the Kids. 
I had to chuckle....
Miss. Scarlett, is still...afraid of Scout. {Horse <3 }
Little, Miss. Meadow...is Fearless. So is her Brother, little 'J'.
Scarlett, is All Girl. <3
Meadow, reminds me...of me, when I was little.
Love Them All, <3 <3 <3 
but...it's so interesting, to see their personalities.
Liz, told me...years ago, on Miss. Scarlett's altrasound, she had her little feet crossed, like...a
 'little lady'. 
She, still does. In so many of the pictures I take of her...she has her little feet, crossed. : ) 
Meadow, on the other hand...
was feeding Scout, and the Chickens....
She even got pecked...by one.
She just turned around, and said...
"Ooooops."
: )
A Friend, called last week, and asked if I'd help him...try and figure out...what to do, with some of his stuff.
I, went over...this afternoon.
: )
Oh....dear.
Went through a ton of stuff...
then, he pulled out one of his Toy Boxes...from when he was little.
Oh...dear.
One Big Box, was Full...of Wonderful...
Toy Trucks.
: )
I spent an hour...Playing with Those Toys!!!
: ) : ) : ) 
Who knew, this morning, when I opened my eyes...
This afternoon, I'd be digging...in a Wonderful...Big...Wooden Box,
Filled, with Awesome...Old...Toy...Trucks?????!!!!
{God, I Love...my job. : ) }
Then, he showed me an old...wooden suitcase.
My Friend, said...it was given to him...in the mid 1970's, from a Man, who was in his 90's, then.
The Man, was a Cobbler. He repaired Shoes. <3
It was like a time capsule. 
Wow.
The Old...Pin Cushion...inside, was... incredible.
I was dusting it off, and...my Friend, couldn't understand why.
I was trying to see the writing on it.
It's Sooooo Cool!!!





The Old, Wooden Suitcase...was Filled, with Tools...for Shoe Repair.
When I was in Winston Salem, NC., years ago...with my Pal, Alyson...
we visited with a Cobbler.
He said, back in the day...the cost of Shoes, to have them made...was over a Month's Wages.
I'm not sure...he didn't say 3 months. 
We, weren't...always...a 'Throw Away Society'. : (
Front and back...of the Old, Cobbler's...Pin Cushion.
LOVE, how it's filled with Boar's Hair.
LOVE...how it was repaired.
It still has several...leather sewing needles, in it.
Wow!!!

Went through...a Ton...of Stuff, today.
From Antique Furniture...to, Coins... and Jewelry.
I gave my Friend, some 'direction'...to get working on.
: )
I'll help him...late, this Fall, pull a Sale...together.
: )

Love...Love...Love.
Little 'J', Miss. Meadow, and...
Miss. Scarlett, keeping her Distance. : )
While I was Whacking Poison Ivy, I ran across this Old...Old...Boot Scraper, buried...in The Weeds!!!
Hope, Your Sunday...was Wonderful.
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 
{Love the tune, above. : ) 
It's pretty Cool. : ) : ) : ) 
I've been...Guilty, of a 'Damned Good Time', 
a 'Time'...or, two....
too.  ; )  }