Saturday, December 16, 2017

Patsy Cline - Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) - (1958).

Dreams...and, Nightmares.


Several things...
found their way, to the rabbit hole, yesterday.
Everything....from old toys, to 1930's Matchbooks.
: )
One, never knows...what will 'fall, down the rabbit hole'. : )
Included, with the 'several'....
was a Depression Era, Deer Mount.
1936, to be exact.
I, couldn't decide...if, he was a Deer, or...an Elk.
I, think...he's a Deer. His Antlers, look like a Deer. 
: )
I, rarely buy....anything, like him.
I, so Love...Critters.
<3 
but, he seemed very sad, where he was.
I, think... he'll be happy...down the rabbit hole, until he finds a Better 'Home'.
<3 
So much, that found it's way here...was, from that same....
'Depression Era'.
The Matchbooks, are Amazing. {there are many more}
Some, are advertising local businesses . : ) 

The little Plane, and Rabbit, Pull Toy, are from the 1930's....I would guess.

This, Spur...was in the load.
It's...amazing.
I, know nothing...about it. 
Visited with Friends, Mary and Tom Sellon, from Dark Horse Antiques,
 in Janesville, Iowa....about it, today.
They, 'Know'...Horse Stuff!
: )
They are trying to find information...about it.
I, was so taken back...by the 'Detail'.



I took The Mount, to the rabbit hole...this morning.
It was a 'Trick'...
getting him Up There.
but...
He's Standin' Tall.
: )
I, think he'll be happy here, until he finds...a Better, 'Home'.
<3 


I, had... the most Awful....'Nightmare', last night.
Liz, and...Scarlett...were in it.
I, don't know.... if it's about this...worry, about the 'Trail'
or...
The Insane...things, that are happening to Children, in this world...
oh...my.
I was sobbing, when I woke up....
{partially, woke up. }
I, learned...a long time ago....when I used to have Horrible...Nightmares, like this one...
'We'...can change...the outcome, of a Nightmare...if, 
we remember to, while in the midst of the 'Dream'.
That's what I did.
: )
Miss. Scarlett, was Safe...in the end. : ) : ) : ) <3 <3 <3 
It made me think... of the Dreams, I have of John.
They, have All...been So Wonderful.
: ) <3
Peaceful.
<3
It's..when I wake up...from 'them'....
Everything, seems...a 'Nightmare'.
I, haven't quite...figured out, how.... to manage...
 the
 'Awake' 
Nightmares.
: (
Love...to ya.
Barb C.







Thursday, December 14, 2017

Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer (with lyrics)


just.... one more, thing.


As I closed the door, to the rabbit hole...today,
heading out....
I saw this. : )
<3
Another...
'Wink'
The Universe...Must KNOW....
I Need All...The Help, I can Get. : ) : ) : )
<3 

<3 <3 <3 

What I'm about to write, will probably make you wonder...
if, I've handed this 'Walking Trail'...situation,
 Over...
to The Lord.
: )
I've wondered that, myself...a time or two....over the last 48 hours....
as I've Struggled. 
My, heart...is still....so Heavy, with concern.
I was visiting with a Friend, about it, all...yesterday.
She said, 
"We Elect These Council Members, and Mayor...to Look Out For Us! 
How Could They Let This Happen????!!!"
I sat back...for a moment, and thought about it.
At the November Council Meeting, I was doing fine...until...
The Mayor, without consideration, of any of the facts, I'd gathered....for he, and the Council...to consider...
Shut me down.
He...didn't even look, at the Danger, that the reports from Iowa State University, and the Iowa DOT, had prepared.
Still...at any cost, the walking trail...request, would not be rescinded.
{Like the Tune, goes....
People 'hear' what they want to 'hear'...and, disregard....the rest. }
I, was very upset.
Shamed Everyone, for not putting Public Safety First.
It, dawned on me...yesterday, with my Friend's comments, much...of the reason, I'm so....Rattled, is...because 'I'...Dropped The Ball.
The Mayor, and Council....all, have other Jobs.
Yet, like the Councilwoman, who is leaving... {after 20 years }
have dedicated their time....trying, to do what's Best...for Fairfax.
They, can only act, on what information, they are given.
They, haven't gotten Enough information... from the Proper Sources.
and...
They can't seem to hear it, from me, so... I'm in Hopes, they will do it, on their own.
There, also... Needs, to be More...'Community' involvement.
I've...always, 'believed'....in these Folks. : )
Maybe, that's part, of why...I've been So...Angry.
None of us... seem to have  'Muchness'....anymore. 
It makes me so ANGRY.... with, myself...that I haven't been at Every Meeting.
This, all...may have never gotten so Far.
So, 
Shame On Me.
I, too... will carry Horrible Regrets, when a Child, is Lost....maybe...many...
on this trail.
I, may not....be able to stop this, now....concerning the highway in front of us.
but...
I Won't Miss...another Meeting.
and, I'm doing the best research, I can, right now....to Ensure...
Safety Audits, and Fact Finding Teams....will be sent out, wherever there is a proposal...
for a Walking/Bike/Recreational/Sidewalk....On, or Along...a State or Federal Highway.
In my opinion, after living....within mere feet, of one....that, is Growing...and Crazy...Busy....
There should NEVER...be one, considered.
Ever.
Our Neighbors....agree. 
So, does anyone....everyone...I know, who visits the rabbit hole. 
Yes, the Anger...and...Fear....that has consumed me, over this....I finally....'see', 
is....because, I....wasn't paying attention.
Like...the Frog...in the Stew Pot.
The water, was Lovely...as it warmed, on the stove.
Then... when it began to Boil,
 it was too late.
The Frog...couldn't get out.
He...was Cooked.
Others...will Pay, the Ultimate Price, for my 'basking'...in the Sauna.
That, I didn't understand....until, The Lord...showed me...Yesterday.
You, see....
when you point a finger...
Three...
are Pointing Back, at You. : )
I've lost a lot of sleep, over this Trail....Plan....since the 'Heat' was turned up, this Spring.
I've Tried...and Tried...Frantically....
 like, The Frog... to get ahead....of this.
Make it Stop.
but...
I, found out...too....late.
{maybe...not, quite. Remember, I've handed this Over. : ) }
I'm going to Encourage....our Community, to Attend the Monthly Meetings.
We All...Must...be Involved.
We, can't depend... on 'Minutes'...from a Meeting. 
The entire, packet....I gave to the Council, and Mayor...last month, that I requested...in Writing...
to be made Public Record, 
The City Clerk...told me today....isn't.
Unless...you come to City Hall, and request, to see it, 'There'....it won't be 'seen', anywhere.
I'll publish it, myself.
I'm going to do my Best... to Do...my Best, for the People, who surround us.
<3
I Hope, I can get other Folks...from our Community 'Involved'.
We...Simply...can't be Frogs.
'Regrets'...are something, I...don't handle....well.
I, Know...there will be Many, concerning this...Trail. 
: ( : ( : (
Lots of Money...is going to be spent. Lots.
The City says they don't know how much.
Below...is an image....of an accident, that happened last week, north of us, on Highway 63.
Our Neighbors, told me about it, Tuesday.
I know that area, well.
It's a four lane highway....that we take to Gold Rush.
Much....Safer, than 151, in Fairfax.
I've noticed the Trail...but, have never seen anyone on it....over many...many...years.
Our Neighbors, said...they have seen one person...on it, over their years travelling on 63.
That's a Blessing....
Indeed.

My Dad, told me...once, when I was Heartbroken, after losing a Calf,
"Did you do your Best?"
I, answered... "Yes. yes....but, he still....died."
Dad, said...
"If you know in your Heart, that you've done your Best...
have No regrets."
<3
: )
I, don't feel...in my Heart, I've done my Best...with this.
I'm...Scared to Death....
of
The Regrets....that are to come.
I...may be, the First... casualty...of this 'Trail'.
There are Many... Frogs, still, basking in the 'sauna'.
It's time...to jump out.
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

This Car, landed....On, that Walking Trail.
I, Pray...the Driver, will be o.k. <3
Thankfully....Few....use....
this, 'Trail'.
I Hope..and Pray...No One... will use the one, that will be situated....in Fairfax. 
Here's a car, that landed in the right of way....on 151, where the walking trail is earmarked, just a few hundred feet, from where we live. On, the same curve.
It crossed through oncoming traffic, and landed here....in March 2017.







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Wish - Rascal Flatts With Lyrics


Sometimes.... you simply...have to turn....and, walk...away..

: )
Went to the City Council Meeting, tonight.
Took my little boulder, with. 
: )
{Left her Mama...in The Ford. : ) }
I, didn't lose my temper. 
I'm...proud, of that. : )
{Thanks, to some Great...advise, from a Dear...Neighbor. <3 }
I had a list...of a few questions, that...were mostly answered, like before.
No one...seems to know the answers, to any of them.
: ) 
The Clerk, directed the Mayor, and Council...not, to answer...any of them.
The Mayor, answered a couple....anyway. : ) 
So did...a couple of the Council Members. 
: )
<3
We're losing...a Good Council Member.
She, really....cares, about this Community.
<3
I, feel kinda bad....because, these Folks, only see me, when my Feathers are Ruffled.
: (
I, told them all...and, I mean it....
I'm Thankful...for All...they do.
: )
Sadly, I don't believe....they can 'see' the entire picture.
They all work, and...have busy lives.
They, only 'see'....what they are provided with.
I, told them, tonight....
I'm handing this all....over.
I'll put what I know....for Facts, on social media.
{Most, Folks...here, have no idea...what's going on.}
I'll let them, decide...what they want to do...with the information, I've gathered.
I, told the Council...how this 'Walking/Bike' Trail....proposal, has kept me up....nights, since...I found out, early this Spring, that they will be putting Folks....on the bridges, and viaduct....on Highway 151.
I, can't...'feel'...this way, anymore.
I'm scared to death...for All, who will be put in harm's way, so....needlessly.
I, wished The Mayor, and Council.... All...The Best.  : )
turned...
and, walked...away.
I, can tell...most of them, think I'm Crazy.
: )
well, as we all know.....
All the Best People, are. 
: ) : ) : ) 
That's...a Compliment.
: )

I have Much...Work, to get done.
My, mind...has been consumed with worry.
I told them all...tonight, It's All...in God's...Hands.
<3
I'm handing it, over...to Him. 
{along... with a few, Others. <3 }
<3
Love, to You All....for listening to me...
<3
Please, Keep....Us, in Your Prayers.
<3 
Barb C.



Monday, December 11, 2017

Highway 151 Boulder

Believe....

Thanks, So Much....
to Those...
who stopped by, over the weekend.
: )
<3 
I, Truly....felt Blessed, by Everyone...who 'fell down...The Rabbit Hole'. : )
They all...had Kind....words, about the chaos. <3
Bless Their Hearts... <3 

One, of the Best...Gifts, came on Friday....tho, I didn't know it, at the time.
Late, Friday....after closing the shop down...I was pulling The Ford, around....to head to the grocery store.
I, noticed....a thick piece of foam....laying, on the shoulder...of the highway, kind of on the grass....
I, thought, I'd better turn around, and grab it.
{We get a lot of trash, along this highway. }
The phone rang, and...I forgot it.
Saturday morning...I was heading down the rabbit hole....
and, saw the 'foam'.....
Dang! 
I'd better grab that!
Pulled The Ford, up to it.....
It Wasn't Foam.
It...was a Huge...Piece of Concrete.
Oh My Lord!!!


I bailed out, and attempted to move it, out of the way....where a Car, turning....to come to the rabbit hole, wouldn't hit it.
{We pull on the shoulder, to turn...because, Folks might.... Run You Over...or, at Least... Honk, if ya don't. : ) <3 }
I, couldn't budge it.
: ( : ( : ( 
So, I left The Ford, sitting next to it, with his Emergency Flashers on....and walked to the rabbit hole.
I, saw a Deputy Sheriff, on the bridge...just south of us.... {Trying to catch 'Speeders! : ) }
but, the highway was so busy....I, didn't want to go and talk to him. {or...her. : ) } 
When I got to the shop... there were Folks, waiting for me.
so...
I called The Sheriff's Department, and asked them if they could send a couple of Deputies.
One...wouldn't be enough.
I couldn't watch for them...as I had Folks, in the shop....
but, about an hour later....I noticed they had rolled the Huge Fragment....next to the street sign...
and, out of harm's way. : ) <3 
{The Dispatcher, said...they'd load it in their car.
I, informed her, That....wasn't gonna happen. : )
If The Boys, would have been here, I wouldn't have bothered The Deputies....at all. }
I have Begged...Pleaded...Got Mad....and, have been...Totally.....
Deflated....
by The City of Fairfax, concerning Their...INSISTENCE....
on putting a Walking Trail...Bike Trail....
Along This Highway.
: ( : ( : ( 
{THIS...IS WHY..... I'm Losing My Mind....over this.
I, couldn't Stand It.... if someone's....Child, was Lost....
I've SEEN....Too Much, Loss....on This Highway. }
What's even More....Frightening...
is where the fragment....from this....BOULDER, wound up.
It weighs about 20 pounds.
It would have Killed anyone....maybe....Several....
in it's path, Exactly...where the intended Trail....is to become.
This... 'Stuff'....happens Often....here.
If, you don't Live...along this Highway, you don't know.
We pick everything up.
I, couldn't pick this one...up.
: (
When I looked at my 'Memories'....from this day, on fb....this morning....
This...
is what I saw.
It made me smile.
: )
It's a Butterfly, pulling a Stone....UP Stairs. : )
<3
That Stone...
looked Mighty...Familiar.
: )
This is what I saw, as The Ford...and me....Guarded the Boulder,
The Fragment....in the ditch....{Walking/Bike Trail }must have split off of it, when it was thrown....from a passing Truck.
The fragment....is exactly...where they want to put the walking trail.
The Boulder, is mighty....close.

'Someone'....doesn't want me to Give Up. : )
<3
I'm taking Both....'Fragments'....to The City Council Meeting, tomorrow night.
I'll be the last one, to speak.
If, They...STILL can't 'See'....
well, I'll....tuck it in The Folder, I gave them, last month....for Public...Record.
I, can't understand....'why'...The City, would put Folks, in Harm's Way.
I, just....can't.
: ( : ( : (



I took a video...of The Boys, {Son, Justin...and Brandon.... <3 }loading it, on The Ford, today.
{above }
I, thought, The City...might have picked it up.
Guess...they were too busy. 
Love...to ya.
Barb C. 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Karen Carpenter - Ave Maria

the rabbit hole...

I've been whittlin' away....at the rabbit hole.
Folks, have been stoppin' by.... : )
I only advertised here, and on fb, so...it's been pretty slow. 
That's a Good, thing.
: )
It's been Great...seeing the Folks, who have come by, and, am Very Thankful...for their Business!
One Friend, even brought me Treats....today. <3
Homemade....Treats. Oh Boy!!!!
Yes...it was a Good....Day. : )
As, I sat down...this late, afternoon....repairing a Dolly's foot. 
{don't know how it got broken...but, Miss. Scarlett...just Loves her,
 and...I didn't want her to find her, that way. : )
 {She's a 'rabbit hole' mascot. She's been there, nearly since we opened....over 20 years ago. Liz, Loved to play with her, when she was little, too. : ) <3 }
Across from me, was a pile....on a chair...that I haven't gotten to, yet. 
: )
{above picture. : ) }
Even...that 'pile'...looked, so cool...to me. <3 
I, do...enjoy being down the rabbit hole....
even, when....it's a mess. 
<3 
: )
The image below....is of a late 1800's 'Iowa' Crazy Quilt, that I bought....decades ago, at a Flea Market.
I was runnin' around....and saw this Old...Quilt, laying in the back of a Livestock Trailer.
The Vendor, was using it, for a packing blanket.
: (
I asked him, if he'd sell it to me. : )
He couldn't believe...I  would want it. 
: ( 
I, thought...it was Amazing.
: (
I've used it for display, for years.
Peg, wrote the 'Display Only'...tag, and pinned it on. : )
{She got tired...of hearing me disappoint Folks. : ) 
I, guess....I was surprised...that other Folks, would like it too. } 




My Homemade....
Gift.
<3

Sold...the Beautiful....HUGE.... Vintage, Evaporating Dish, to a Dear Friend....today. <3
She's gonna put it, on Her....Harvest Table. <3 

While I was diggin'....this morning, I found the Old....Old....Goose Ornament.
<3
I, made a little Nest, for her...on top of the Ironstone Platter Stack. : )
Sold her....and...the Nest...and....the tiny, Platter....she was resting on. <3
along...with the Beautiful... Chipped...Worn....discolored...Platter, behind her. <3
{We had to put it all back together... so I could get this picture. : )
My Friend...had taken it all apart.
I tried to take a picture, with just the Goose....
It didn't look right...until we put the Old...discolored...Platter, back... <3 }
This, along with the images....below, are a few snippets, of the rabbit hole.
It's comin' along.
: )
Open...Sunday.
11 'til 5.
Love...to ya.
Barb C. 
{when I came, up...to the House.... tonight, I walked into the Big Room, where The Tree...is.
It's not...decorated yet.
It, has all of it's lights, on.... 
{It's been Up...since last year. : ( I'm gettin' Used to It...}
I, haven't turned them on....yet. I want to decorate it...first. }
I stood there....on the landing...by The Tree....
and 
Sang...
'Ave Maria'
as if...
I, were Singing....to The World...and The Heavens. 
: )
This...'Big Room'....John, Built....is 
Perfect....
for...
'Song'.
<3 }









This... is Our Tree, from 2013. <3
I, hope to get 2017 done...this week.
I don't want the Grandkids, to see it....remember...it, any other....way, at Christmas. <3 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon (Video)


Here's The Deal!!! I'll be Open... Friday thru Sunday, 11 'til 5 ish.... but, No....Open House. Just...couldn't quite... get 'er.

Makes me...so sad.
: (
Seems, the more I worked, the More....I saw, that had to be done.
: (
Spent an hour...just, changing light bulbs, today.
hahahahaha....
: )
The...poor, little neglected....rabbit hole.
: (
Dang It!!!
I, wish... all I had to do...was work, there. 
'Life', seems to get in the way. 
Oh well. : )
It, is....what it is.
: )
If ya don't mind steppin' over the Shop Vac....
and, you can look past....the Messes... : )
I'd Love...to See Ya.
: )
Love, to ya....
Barb C.


My Favorite Things - Julie Andrews


Apples...and Oranges....and Pears....oh my.

While working down the rabbit hole, the other day.....
I was sorting through, all sorts of old....'stuff'.
Things, that've been stashed away, during fevered frenzies...leading up, to numerous 
'Events'. 
: )
I, love.... everything that finds it's way, to the rabbit hole... : )
It wouldn't be here, if... I didn't 'see'...something, Good...in it. : )
Not, Everyone... has my vision. : ) : ) : ) 
Peg, over the years...helped me the most...in the shop.
<3
She'd look at something...then, pick it up...get a puzzled look on her face....and say,
"What the Hell????" 
hahahahahaha!!!
There weren't many things, down the rabbit hole, Peg didn't appreciate...tho. : )
When she didn't like something.... it got 'stashed'....under a cupboard, or...a sofa. : )
or....maybe....a Quilt, or two...just happened, to get folded on top of a basket....
that held, in her eyes...
 'undesirables'.
Hahahaha!
I've been finding a few....of her 'Stashes'. : )
Vintage Wax Fruit.... was something, Peg.... could Not...Stand.
: )
I, don't know how many times....she told me to "Throw This Crap...Away!!!"
Hahahahaha!!!
: )
I, on the other hand..... I, really Like, that old...wax fruit. : )
Many years ago, one of the first years....an Old Friend, and I....were doing the Amazing...
'Heart of Country'...in Nashville, I was struggling, with a Theme, for our booth.
We were 'different', than... everyone else there, at the time.
We carried our Iowa 'Farmhouse', 'Simply Iowa'...Style, to Nashville.
Most everyone else, was from the East Coast. They carried Beautiful...Early....Eastern...Pieces.
We, on the other hand... had pieces, that had been harvested from the rural areas, in Iowa...and Illinois. Much... 'different'. : ) 
{You'd NEVER....see a piece of wax fruit, or...an Old....Cupboard, that had more than it's Original Paint....on it's 'Surface'
 {Ours...had Decades....of Layers...of Old...Paint. : ) }
I'd found an Amazing, 'Wood Box'....on our travels.
It said... 'Simply Iowa'. : )
It had the Most....Beautiful...Old...Old..Gnarly Paint.
It, was between Robin's Egg Blue, and Teal. 
It, was a Show Stopper!
I, told my Friend...we needed to figure out something....Cool, to Fill it with.
She and I thought about it. 
Then, when we were visiting a shop, in Iowa City.... I saw a Big Bowl....of Vintage Wax Fruit.
That's It!!!!
The Colors...are Perfect!!!!
The Old Wood Box, was created to hold split wood, on a porch....so....it would hold a LOT....
of Wax Fruit.
: )
Everywhere I went, I was Hunting Wax Fruit!
So, was my Friend!
: )
We gathered... over months, about 15 gallons of Old...Wax...Fruit!
That Gnarly Old Wood Box, was going to be Front and Center...
in our Heart of Country Booth!
: ) 
Oh My.
We worked so Hard....on that Booth.
We Had Too!!!
The other Vendors.... were The Best...of The Best.
Their Booths, were Over the Top!!!
 Every Single One.
I, never left the booth...much, during set up.
{Days.....}
Everything... had to be Perfect!
: )
We were the only Folks, from Iowa....that did Heart, at that time.
We...needed to Stand Tall, for our Midwest!!! <3 
The day before the show....was to open, {we worked three days, on the booth }
I, felt...we were getting pretty close....so, I walked around, looking at the other booths.
At that time, Country Home Magazine, had a Big...Center....Booth.
I, always admired what they did.
As I was walking back, to our booth, I walked past theirs.
On the outside wall.... of their booth, was an old...China Cabinet.
Inside...that old...Cabinet....
there was Nothing...
but...
TONS of VINTAGE WAX FRUIT!!!!
Oh MY Lord!!!!
I, Nearly...Fell Over!!!!
Hahahahaha!!!
I, stormed....back to our booth.
Told my Friend, what I'd just seen.......
She looked at me, and said...
"I, saw it....two days ago....but, I didn't have the heart, to tell you. : ( "
It's Funny...now.
at the time...
Not So Much!!!
Hahahahaha!
We sold...a Ton of it, there. 
I, wondered....when I found the basket...of it, down the rabbit hole....that, Peg had stashed....
the other day...
if, any of it...had made that trip, to Nashville. 
: )
I, cleaned it all up. It was so Dusty.
As I held, each piece....in my hands, it brought back...some Wonderful....
Memories.
both...
of  Heart of Country, and Our...Peg. : ) <3 
oh.... my. <3 
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tammy Wynette-You'll Never Walk Alone

Thank You.


I don't check the mail, very often...these days.
There is never....much 'Good', coming our way....there.
In the morning...when I wake up....
I, can see the Mail Box, first thing....out the bedroom window.
I, worry...about what's inside.
Seems, there's most...always...another mountain, to climb...waiting...inside.
: )
So...I pick my days....carefully, when I open The Box.
I have to have...the right...'mindset'.
: )
I, Always....say a Prayer...as I walk to it. : )
I decided, today...was the day.
It was packed Full. 
I, stood next to The Box....and sorted, with shopping bag, in hand....for the trash.
There was plenty....of that....along with,
Lots...of Bills.
: )
A Christmas Card....from John's Sister, and Brother in Law... <3
A 'Clipping', my Friend, Carol....had saved for me...from The Mansion, on Linden Drive, where we had the Estate Sale, this Spring.... <3
and... an 'anonymous' Card.
I, always....get nervous, when I get something...handwritten, with no return address.
Someone, years ago....sent me an 'anonymous' letter, it was...very bad.
I, found out...who had sent it, not long after. 
{There is no 'anonymous'...in God's Eyes. He Shined His Light, right away. <3
I, never said...anything, to those involved. It...didn't matter. : ) <3 }
When I opened this one....
I, sat down... and wept.
The sentiment....is Priceless.
I'm No Angel...as, we all know. : )
but, Whoever...Sent This...
Is.
<3
They also...included a Gift Card.
Oh...my. <3 <3 <3
The only reason....I'm writing this post, is...because....
I, have no way...to Thank, this Person.
I Hope, like with the other, The Lord...will Shine His Light, on this Person.
Such, a Beautiful...reminder, we never....walk...alone.
Thank You....from my Entire...Heart.
Thank You.
<3 <3 <3