Saturday, November 18, 2017

Almost Home

Dreams and Fairy tales...

I posted on fb, the other day, about having an Old... old...
Lap Robe, stolen, from our booth, at Junk Jubilee Jingles, last Saturday.
I didn't discover it missing...until Sunday morning, when a fellow Vendor...stopped by, to purchase it, just before the show opened.
I'd thrown it on the load, at the last minute...before we left home.
I remember, holding it...in my arms, and...thinking....how Many Christmas's we'd shared, down the rabbit hole.
: )
It was black, green and white....with Beautiful... Poinsettias, all over it.
: )
I'd used it for display.
I thought, it would be Perfect....next to the Full sized Sleigh, we had in our booth.
That's what it was meant for. : )
It was very Heavy, the size...of a quilt, and would keep Folks warm...while riding in a Buggy, or Sleigh...in the Winter. 
Below, is a picture of it....resting on the gold, Victorian Chair, next to the Sleigh, in our booth.

I, rarely...have theft, of any kind.
It seems, when I do... somehow...it always works out....'right'.
These old....'Soulful' things, have a way... of making things...
'right'.
I wrote, that I'd sure like to find out, who took it.
I wouldn't ask them to pay for it.
I'd make 'em help set the Booth, at Junk Jubilee, next Spring.
: )
They'd Never....take Anything....from 'The Simply Iowa' Booth...
Again!!!
Hahahahahaha!
I had to check on some things...yesterday morning, down the rabbit hole.
As I was flyin' through the back area....outside, I saw something...that wasn't like I'd left it.
{Somehow, with All of The Treasures, in...and around, the rabbit hole....
If 'Something' is out of place... I can pick it out...in the Blink of an Eye. }
There, sitting on an Old Cupboard's shelves....
were Two...Beautiful... Ironstone Serving Pieces.
They weren't there...the last time I'd walked through. 
{a week ago. }
The Ironstone Fairy... must have left them.
: )
I don't know who...brought them, I'd be Thrilled to pay for them....
Just, bringing them...to me... to purchase....is a Gift. 
: )
Love Old Ironstone!!!
See...
Some Folks...are Takers.
Some Folks... are Givers.
<3 
I'm so very Blessed to Know....far more 'Givers'. <3 <3 <3 
I brought them inside the House....where they will stay, and, I'll use them...
until I find out who brought them. 
<3 <3 <3 


I've been a Slug, all week. Haven't gotten anything done....around the House.
Heading to Little Justin's Birthday Party, today... 
Then, I want to go visit Andrea...John's oldest Daughter.
She and Jeff...have a Brand New Baby, Kyler....that shares Little Justin's Birthday!!!
November 13th!
That makes Three Boys, for them...6 years old, and younger!
WOW!!!
<3
6, 2...and a Newborn!!!
WOW!!!
and...I think I'm tired!!!
WOW!!!
When I woke up...this morning, I...hated to open my eyes.
I'd had a Dream...about John.
: )
When I Dream about John...the Dreams seem so Real.
: )
It's like...he's right here. His voice...is such a Gift, to hear. <3 
I dreamt....that we were sitting together....visiting, like...he'd never left.
I, was telling him about a spider bite, that was bothering me.
I showed him, where it was...on the calf of my leg.
It was huge. It looked like a massive welt, 
the size of the palm of my hand.... with a tiny red spot...in the center.
He said... that he couldn't see it.
I placed my leg, across his lap...and asked him to feel, for the welt.
He did, and when he got to the welt, he looked at me... with such...
Shock...and...Sympathy. 
: ( : ( : ( 
He asked me, if it was painful.... : (
I, smiled....and said "No. : ) "
I said... "I, know I've been poisoned, but... it doesn't hurt."
: ) 
We just sat there, together... for the longest time. : )
It was Grand. : )
<3 <3 <3 
Peg, 
'The Mad March Hare' 
used to Laugh...when I shared my Dreams...with her.
: ) : ) : )
She, even created a Beautiful Gourd, for me, around a Dream, I'd shared with her... one time. 
<3 <3 <3 

"The Mad Hatter"

'And In Our 'Dreams'
Oh, What We See!'

: )
Indeed.
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Living Prayer - Alison Krauss HD

Blessings.

When I woke up, yesterday morning....
I, was simply...drained.
I, felt so deflated, from the day before.
I'm so weary, from so many battles.
Seemingly...Unending... Battles.
I, turned to my little, 'worn' daily devotional, 
and asked The Lord, to guide my hands, to what I needed to 'see'.
I was given this book, 'Streams in the Desert', back when Daughter, Liz...was a Teen.
{She's 30, now. }
I've read it...over and over.
For the last, many years....I don't follow it by the dates, I...simply ask the Lord, to decide what I 'Need'...to 'see'.
I, don't turn to it, as often as I should.
I, let myself....get so beaten down...before I remember, to 'Look Up'. 
I opened it up, yesterday...to 
"My Father is the gardener"
{John 15:1 }
<3 <3 <3 
Here's a little, of what the message said.

It is a comforting thought, that trouble in whatever form it comes to us, is a heavenly messenger, that brings us something from God. Outwardly, it may appear painful or even destructive, but inwardly it's spiritual work produces blessings.
Many of the richest blessings we have inherited are the fruit of sorrow or pain.
We should never forget that redemption, the world's greatest blessing, is the fruit of the world's
greatest sorrow. And whenever a time of deep pruning comes and the knife cuts deeply and the pain is severe, what an inexpressible comfort it is to know 
"My Father is the gardener."

It goes on, to tell a story told by John Vincent, a Methodist Episcopal bishop of the late 19th and early twentieth centuries and a leader of the Sunday school movements in America, of once being in a large greenhouse where the clusters of grapes were hanging on each side.
The owner of the greenhouse told him,
 " When the new gardener came in here, he said he would not work the vines unless he could cut them down to the stalk. I allowed him to do so, and we had no grapes for two years, but this is now the result."
There is rich symbolism in this account of the pruning process when applied to the Christian life. 
Pruning seems to be destroying the vine, and the gardener appears to be cutting everything away. 
Yet he sees the future and knows that the final result will be the enrichment of the life of the vine,
and greater abundance of fruit.
There are many blessings we will never receive until we are ready to pay the price of pain, for the path of suffering is the only way to reach them. { J.R. Miller}


It goes on, with a little poem, that I've seen written in other books.
I, thought... I understood it, when I read this poem, years ago.
It wasn't until....yesterday morning, that the full message set in.

' I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chattered all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And never a word, said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me. '

The Lord...Always...sends us to the 'Place', we Need to be, when we remember...
to ask.
Shortly after I read my 'Streams in the Desert', the phone rang.
It was a Dear Friend, I hadn't talked to, in a long time.
He called to ask, how I was doing. : )
He had read between the lines, on fb, and...here... I suppose. 
He said... he worries...about me.  : (
He said... "I hope you know, what a 'light' you are, to so many people, and how you help so many.
I hope you know, how much you are loved, by many."
I, wept....after we hung up the phone.
I, can't hardly.... write, the words...he spoke.
: ( : ( : (
I've tried, to be there, for others....but, the last few years...have been difficult.
It seems, everyday....has more and more...challenges.
I've said...after every 'Challenge', "I Know...there's a 'Lesson' to be learned by this.
The Lord, is putting these situations, in front of me...so I can 'learn', and grow."
They are so painful.
yet, I know...somehow.... they were blessings.



I, wish....I could do more, for Folks... 
but, most days... just getting 'myself'....suited up, for the battles....
is exhausting.
Yet, I know... 'The Gardner', 'Sees'.... with the Keenest Eye.
<3 
I had to meet with someone, from the City, yesterday afternoon....to drop off my packets, I'd prepared for the Council, and Mayor.
I, didn't want to go.
She doesn't like me, much.
She, and others...working with the City...have been pretty tuff on me.
{I know... I, too... can be abrasive, when I'm passionate, about a Cause. }
After I read my Streams, I thought about 'Thanking' her, for being so hard on me.
They, have made me stronger... in many ways.
I've learned so much...in the last ten months, of doing research.
Looking back, I truly need to Thank, all of those...who have been 'Difficult', in my life.
They, all...are 'Blessings'.  : ) <3
{I, need to remember that...at the 'time'...'moment' when I'm being 'pruned' by those 'Blessings'. }
Another, Dear Friend, called...yesterday, too. <3
She Prays for me, every day. <3 
She has her Prayer group...Praying for me, too. 
<3 <3 <3 
Bless Their Hearts, along with Everyone...whom, I know...are Praying for me.
<3 <3 <3 
I told her... I Pray for Her, too.
I, Pray...for Everyone...in this world. <3 <3 <3 
Everyone...who is Suffering, I especially...Pray.
I Pray, The Lord Envelops them...with His Comforting Spirit.
My Friend, told me to rest. : )
Simply...rest, for a few days.
I'm doing...just that.
: )
I'm going to work on getting the house cleaned up, this week.
It's in bad shape.
I haven't had any time...for a long time, to clean.
Thanksgiving, will be here, before we know it.
I don't want the Kids seeing our Home....this way.
I, wish everyone...had a copy of Streams in the Desert.
{I owe one, to The Queen of Hearts, I haven't forgotten. <3 }
It's been such a Gift, in my life.
Love to you...
Every Single One...
of You.
<3
Barb C.











Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Therapy...

I just got home...from a City Council meeting.
 I've been researching for... months.
{in my spare time, and...going in Circles...with Government Folk. }
Spent the entire day, yesterday...working on putting packets of information together, 
for The Mayor, and Council.
{over 50 pages...}
oh dear.
I started peeling off clothes, the moment...I hit the door....tonight.
{had my best Duds...on....for The City : ) 'respect'...: )}
I was on the Agenda, tonight...at the City Council...
with, TONS... of information.
They didn't 'hear' a word....
They have their minds...made up.
I, had myself....pulled together, until...
I knew, it didn't matter what I said.
It didn't matter, how much information, I had, or...how Many 'Facts'.
None of it....mattered.
: ( : ( : ( 
They are determined...to keep a walking/bike/ recreation trail project, along our Highway 151,
even tho... it's going to cost lives.
They don't care.
I had Mountains...of data, from The Department of Transportation Safety Audit.
I had letters, to Prove....it was The City, who wants this, and not the IDOT.
The City Council, and Mayor, told me in May.... that They Didn't Want Any Part of This, but, they were 'Forced'... to go along with this 'Plan', because the IDOT, wasn't giving them any other options.
I had the letter, in hand....
from The City, to the IDOT, 'Requesting'....this Trail.
They didn't respond.
Blank...Faces.
I've lived on Highway 151 for 35 years.
You, simply....can't....put the Public on it's Bridges, and Highway.
People...are going to die. 
I've seen enough....carnage, and loss of Life...on this stretch.
They don't care.
I'm having them put all of my report, on Public Record.
Someday, they will care.
When someone, maybe... Many....'Someones'....lose their lives.
: ( : ( : ( 
It's All On Them. 
The Attorney's for The Survivors, will 'care' about my 'findings'.
I walked away from the podium....tonight,
when I saw, their 'set minds'.
I walked up to The Council, and Mayor....
and said...
"Shame On You. Every One Of You."
There are only two Council Members, that...I think...will even 'look'...at their folders.
{Bless Their Hearts.... <3 {maybe. : ) <3 }
I'm sick....all over.
I know... what 'Loss' is.
'This'...'Loss', is Preventable. 
{Not Many, get That 'Choice'. }
I told them, if they can't 'see' 'this', it must be about 'Money'.
"Worthless...Money. "
I told them... "Money won't 'Buy'...the Most Important Things, in Life.
Another Breath...True Love...True Friends, or...another Moment, on This Earth."
Shame... On...Them.
People, are going to climb on this Trail, after walking on one, that will connect to it....
that, is...'safe'.
They will consider this one, safe....too.
'False Security'
I told them, it's like the the Family, from Nebraska...who was visiting Disney World, in Florida.
They let their little Boy, get next to a Pond, with no fear.
It's Disney World. : )
In Nebraska..., like Iowa...the Ponds...have Crappies. : )
In Florida... they have Alligators. 
They lost their little Boy, right...before their eyes.
: ( : ( : ( 
Heartbreaking....
If, you put People, on this Federal Highway, who aren't acclimated to it, like we are, well...
Trust me, it won't be long....before a Tragedy happens.
They don't care.
I've never seen, such 'Blind' people.
I didn't go 'Public' with this, until now...because...I was in hopes, The Mayor, and Council...would rescind their request to the IDOT.
After this...'Meeting',
I...'See',
That's...not gonna happen.
Here we go.
I won't quit.
I'll go door to door.
This Community, has No Idea, what's going on.
Nor, do they have any idea, how Much....they are going to have to pay for it.
We have many, safe...walking and bike trails...here.
THIS, is the most Insane...Project, I've ever seen.
I, had to write this....
I'm so sad.
: ( : ( : ( 
Therapy.
I'll be posting copies of my 'report', everywhere...
I want Everyone....to See, what's happening here.

Just found this 'Quote' on FB.
{1:12 a.m. }
'Mad Hatter's Tea Party'
It Fit, for Today.
{yesterday... : ) }
indeed.

Thanks, for 'Listening'.
 : )
Love, to ya....
Barb C.

Below, is a picture I took in March, of this year.
Shortly after...I found out, The City of Fairfax, was going to put in a
 'Walking/Bike/Recreational Trail 'on' Highway 151.
Here's Where It's Gonna Go!!!

{The City asked the IDOT for this Trail, in 2012. 
Guess, they forgot about that....when they came to me, last year...wanting to buy some of our property, for their Trail, because...they were 'So Fearful', of putting the Public, on Highway 151.  : )
 {I had their 2012 'request' to the IDOT, in hand...tonight...to 'Refresh' their memory. }
I told them, last year...to use, what the IDOT already owns, on our property. 
They are doing that, as well...as, putting People on The Highway, and Bridges. }
oh...dear.

Our property, is where the Big Trees are, in this picture. <3
They'll be gone, too. 


This car, was heading North, lost control...
Crossed through the Southbound Lane,
Then...
into the the ditch.
Exactly...where People would be walking.
nice trail...
Fairfax.

Sadly... I'm sure, I'll have more images, like this one, to add to
 'The Walking/Bike/Recreational Trail'
'Album'.
: ( : ( : ( 
Here's another one, from February...2017
THE DAY.... I found out, The City, was going to put in a Trail, along Highway 151.
oh...my.
The road was dry, and clear.
This one, was just up the road, two miles.
It landed in the 'right of way', too....
Where People....would be walking, if...there was a 'Trail'. 






Monday, November 13, 2017

Tom T Hall Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine


Six Days on the Road Dave Dudley

HOME!!!!


HOME!!!!
Holy Smokes!
What a RIDE!
Junk Jubilee...was Great!
{In Many...Ways. : ) }
I'm so Thankful...
for such Wonderful...Folks, in my Life.
Lynn and Lea...
were Awesome.
I, couldn't have pulled this one off...without Them.
<3
Micca, and her Crew, at Junk Jubilee, are... Truly....The Best. <3 
The 'Junkers'...who, Came...to Shop, were Awesome, too. <3
Things, were Crazy, this weekend... I'm so Thankful....
for Those, who Really...Helped out.
: )
<3
Pal, Brandon, at a moment's notice...brought the Trailer, today, from Home....
and helped Load Out.
Wow.
I...don't know what I would have done.
Actually....I do.
Other Friends, I'd called, also...said, They'd....Drop...'Everything'....
to Come, and Help.
: )
Bless Their Hearts.
<3 <3 <3 
Thankfully, Brandon, could make it. : )
It's a Long....story, and...I'm too Tired..to 'tell' it, tonight. : )
When we hit the road, Hard, after loading Trucks....in Des Moines, tonight.
We had the wind, at our backs....and made it Home, in Record...Time! ; )
Sweetie, and Philly....were Very Happy, to see me. <3


{Critters....too. : ) <3 }

This week is going to be 'Pressing'... to say, the very least.
: )
I, feel...like I'm in a Vise.
: )
No Time....to rest, or...take a breath.
Once, this week...is through, then...maybe, I'll be able to breathe.
Pray....for me.
Love, to ya. 
Barb C.
{One, of the Funniest things, that happened, during the Show...
was when a little Boy, came through the booth.
I was sitting in the 'Mad Hatter's Chair'...
He stopped, looked at me, and said...
"Are you.... 'Real'? : )"
I, said...
"Yes, I...am. : ) : ) : ) "
He Grinned from Ear to Ear. hahahahaha.... : )
I've been mistaken, like this, before.
: )
I was doing a Show, in Minnesota...Years...ago, and a young Man, about fell over,
 because...I 'Blinked'.
; ) ; ) ; )
He didn't Think...I was 'Real'... either!!!! : ) : ) : ) }
Hahahahaha!!!! <3

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jackson Browne - Running on Empty w/ lyrics

Great... Day...'One' at Junk Jubilee Jingles!!!

Had a 'Great'... Day...'One', at Junk Jubilee Jingles!
I'd wanted to get pictures...this morning, of the booth.
I was there, at 6...but, had so much...to get done, I didn't have a chance...
before the Early Birds.....Flew In.... at 8. : )
Then... in no time...it was 10, and the 'Flood Gates'....Opened.
Tons...of Folks.
I hid, in a corner, of the booth...so Folks...could Shop!
: )
Oh My....
So Many...Awesome....People,  came Shoppin'!
: )
It...was a LONG....Day.
: )
Lord....Lord... I'm Tired.
After we closed up...
a Bunch of us, went to 'The High Life', in Des Moines, for Supper.
I'd never been there, or heard of it.
Friends, Dale...and Steven, recommended it, and asked us all....to Join them. : )
When we sat down...at our Table, {along with three other... Tables...
Filled...with Junk Jubilee 'Friends'}
I looked up... 
{I, was seated at the head, of our table.}
There, was my name.
Painted...on The Wall.


: )
It must have been the name, of the Amazing Artist...., too...
who painted an Awesome....
Crazy...
Mural...
on The Wall.
: )
Love...It. : )
We had a Great Time!

{Sorry, to Anyone...I hit on the head...with Tator Tots. : ) <3 }
After Supper, ...I insisted on getting back to the hotel. : )
Most, everyone else...is going further, on.
: )
I've got to get to the Show...early, and Fluff.
Lots...to Get Done, after a Busy....Day!
It, was Very....Tempting... to go, and have a little more...Fun, but....
I've thrown enough... Tator Tots.... for one, Evening. : )
<3 
: ) 
Folks, at Junk Jubilee, are Restocking... for a Busy...Saturday.
Hope, to See...You!
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{Junk Jubilee... is The Coolest....Event. : )
So Many... Awesome Folk. <3
Customers...and....Vendors. : ) <3  }


Thursday, November 9, 2017

THE TRACTORS - Baby Likes To Rock It

Junk Jubilee Jingles...Opens to Early Birds, at 8 a.m.!

Thanks, to Lea, and Lynn...
The Simply Iowa Booth, is 90% done....
Holy Smokes!
I'll be down there at 6, in the morning...to finish up...what I can. : )
Lord...Lord... my body...is hurting, tonight.
{I'll bet Lynn and Lea's...are, too. }
Long...Days. : )
I, took a tumble...tonight, as we were loading empty totes into the FUSO.
I stepped on a wooden rod, it rolled, under my feet, I went down....
Down.
I landed, rib cage, first...on a tote, that didn't 'give'.
As I was trying to 'catch' myself... I jammed my left wrist.
oh...dear.
: )
{I, wish...someone would follow me around with a camera. I'd be a Millionaire, 
and, I'd Share The Wealth!!! : ) }
Lynn, was handing me totes...I, was alone....in The FUSO.
Lynn, saw it All!!!
There must have been a 'Crash'....: ) because... Everyone....it seemed, was gathering...at the bumper, of the FUSO....wondering if I was o.k. : ) <3 
{I, was hurting...so much...I, just wanted to cry. }
yet... I wanted to Laugh!
hahahahahahaha!!!!
oh...dear.
Livin' the Dream!!!
: )
<3
I'm gonna slip...into a Hot...Bath, 
Soak...
then, set the alarm.
: )
4:30 a.m.
comes...
Quick.
Love to ya...
Hope, to See Ya, at Junk Jubilee Jingles.
: )
Barb C.

Don't know why....
but, at the End...of This Day....
I thought of the Above Tune. {Video, too. : )}
 If you could see, this Amazing...Event, behind the scenes... 'Pull' together...: ), oh...my.
: ) : ) : )
Such...Wonderful...Diverse...Vendors. <3 <3 <3 }
'Baby Likes To Rock It'

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Queen - Another One Bites the Dust (Official Video)

Everything....is in The Booth. Piles...and Piles... oh...dear.

Took Katie's Truck, and my 16 foot enclosed trailer, to Des Moines, yesterday.
Thank God... Pals, Lynn and Lea...were there to help.
Holy Smokes!
I finished loading the FUSO, this morning...
Packed the Cab...tight, and gathered...Tons, of Stuff, to fill in every empty crevice. 
I was Flying!
{Junk Jubilee Jingles, is the Last... Event, away from Home, this year. }
When I turned around, with my arms full....
FUSO door....hanging Wide...Open, waiting...
one...of my Old...Boots, flipped out, of the Cab...
and hit the ground.
I stopped in my tracks, took a Deeeeeeep Breath...
and, decided...to slow down, a bit.
: )
Lea, was in Des Moines, today...when I got there.
<3
She, is such a Gift. {Lynn, too. : ) <3 }
Lea, reminds me...of Peg, in so many ways. <3
She, too...is an 'Artist'. 
Peg, Adored, both...Lynn and Lea. 
<3 
Me....Too!
They brought some COOL....Stuff, for 'Jingles'!!!
It was Great... seeing The Junk Jubilee, Folks. 
They are such nice....People. <3
It's difficult, to work in the booth, as I watch so much....Awesome Stuff.... roll past.
: )
{We're next to the overhead door. Where the Trucks pull in. Oh Dear!: ) }
Lea, is coming back....to help...again, tomorrow.
: )
THANK GOD!!!!
<3 <3 <3 
I'll take a video....of it, before we start, our SECOND...day.
oh...my.
: )
Livin' the Dream!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

{When my Boot, hit the ground....this morning, it was like...it was in 'sloooooow motion'.
It...even created a little...plume...of Dust... as it...Hit. 
: )
I, thought of the tune...
'Another One Bites the Dust'
by 'Queen'.
: )
It's 'Showtime'!!!! : )



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

There is....Life.


Spent the day, on the road.
{Thanks, to Son, Justin....who got The Truck...ready to Roll, and helped LOAD!!! }
Oh My!
Junk Jubilee....set up, is tomorrow., and Thursday, 
Show Opens, Friday...and Runs through Sunday!
We have a Huge...amount, heading there.
Farmer Friends, Lynn and Lea, have been helping, so Much!
Thank God, for Them!
They are bringing a Great Load, of Farm Primitives!!!
Oh Boy!
I'm Beat....
Have a Long...next, few days.
Hope...to See Ya!
: )
Barb C.
{The above image... is of a Bowl Full...of Beets!
: )
I bought two bags of them, a while back...then, forgot about them.
I pulled them out of the fridge...the other day, and...one entire bag...was sprouting.
I, didn't have the heart... to cook them. 
so...
I put'em in this old, Ironstone Bowl... with a little water.
: )
They, seem to be pretty Happy. <3 {for...now. } }



I have to Correct, myself. I'm...sorry.

I've spent, much...time, complaining.
Too...much, time.
As I...look back, I don't have much...to complain about.
I've been, so Blessed, with Family, who...loves...and cares...about, me.
'Friends'...
oh...my.  <3
: )
Oh...my. : ) <3
This, Old...World, is such a Gift, to 'Us' All.
Sadly, as I 'see', what is happening...
in Our World...today, I realize...there are Many, who haven't felt 'Love', and 'Understanding'.
Some, will...scoff.
: )
Trust me....on this one.
Until...We make 'Family', and 'Home'...a 'Priority', 'We'...are a 'Lost' Civilization.



Monday, November 6, 2017

It's Simply Iowa... Showtime.

It's 'Showtime'....

The Boys, Justin and Brandon...
helped me Unload...
Reload...
and Shuffle Trucks, and Trailers....around....today
It was chilly!!!
and...there were Major...Loads...to Load.
{oh dear...}
{I Thank God, for Them. <3 <3 <3 }
My head...has been buried, in paperwork...preparing, for a Battle, that awaits me...
when I get Home, from Junk Jubilee Jingles. : ) : ) : ) 
Livin' The Dream. : )
I told The Boys, they'd have to help me...today.
I...can't get hurt.
{I, normally....do....when loading, for a Show. : ) }
I'll unload, myself...when I get to the show....
but, I've got to Get there, in One Piece....this time.
Next Week...is going to be insane.
I, can handle...some 'Hurt'...but, I've got to be able...to Stand Tall...next week.
: )
I'm going to have to take a Truck and Trailer...
unload it, in Des Moines.
Turn around, come Home....
Jump...in the other...and take another...load.
8 hours, driving....
then...
Bustin' Butt...Unloading...Mountains. : )
'Big Stuff'.
{A Dear Friend, keeps telling me, I need to deal in 'Pocket Watches'....instead, of these Big...Heavy...'Mountains'!
Hahahahaha!!!}
{that, reminds me... we forgot to load the Dental Cabinet...with all of the Alarm Clocks...and Clock Movements! : ) I'll get'er...in the morn. : ) }
After The Boys, left...
I went inside...and began taking care of business...for next week, and making lists...for the Stores, I was going to have to run to...tonight.
Lights...tags...food...tape, toothpaste, spray wax, glass cleaner...paper towels...{and, More.}
along with lists...of things,...I can't forget...to throw on the Trucks, tomorrow, from Home.
As I was running out the door, to the Stores....
I stopped...in my tracks.
I, thought...I heard something.... 
'Running'. 
I, did...
It dawned on me, in All...of the Shufflin'...
I'd left the FUSO, running...on the Street.
Indeed. : )
It was sitting there... idling...
: )
Patiently...waiting.
: )
oh dear.
: )
Well... 
thankfully...I checked the back door.
{I had to move it, off...of the street.}
Holy Smokes.
Brandon had taken some packing blankets out...much...earlier, in the day...
and hadn't closed the door. : )
Oh MY...
What a Surprise...Stallman Drive, would have been Blessed with.
: ) 
I got all....of my 'Running'... done...
just, got Home...a bit, ago.
Have a Bunch, to finish loading...in the morning.
Then, on The Road...we Go. <3
I'm so Thankful.....
Just found out, Pals....Lynn and Lea, 
{My 'Farmer Friends'...are going to Help...me unload. <3
They, are Also...bringing some Very...Cool...Stuff, for Junk Jubilee Jingles!!!}
YAY!!!!!
Livin' The Dream!!!!
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{I took a video, 'above'...as I was walking out the door...when it was 'Dawning'...on me, what...I was 'hearing'.  Oh Boy! }





Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dolly Parton - Coat of many colors


Everything, should have a 'Story'.


I asked Miss. Scarlett...
to sit, in the little Sleigh..., we found...yesterday, on our Jaunt.
She, was just.... heading out the door, this morning, and... I wanted to get a picture, of her...in it, before it sells.
: )
She watched me..scrub on it, last night.
Someone, years...ago...had repainted it, bright white...and covered all of the Beautiful...
 Original Hand, Pinstriping...
with thick, goopy....runny...red paint.
I, thought about...repainting it.
but, then.... I thought, better of it.
I, wondered...why, anyone...would have done that...as I worked, carefully...to remove the 'Red', and not...lose..the Original...Blue.
As I scrubbed, with oil soap....taking off....tiny, thin... layers...at a time....I kept thinking.
This...little Sleigh...was probably 'New'...in the 1890's.
The paint, that was applied later...was from the 1930's...or 40's, I would guess.
I, wondered....
Did a Grandpa...'Paint it Up'... for a Grandchild?
after all... if, it was pulled out of an Attic, the Grandpa, or... Grandma...
wouldn't have wanted to 'Gift'...something, that was 'Old'. : )
"A Bright Coat of White Paint....and Pretty, Red Stripes....would make a Lovely Gift."
: )
Or...
Did someone... buy this, at an auction...back in the day....
thought, it looked Awful...in it's 'original'...'Attic' finish...
so, to Bring it Up to Date...and, look Clean, and Pretty...
Give it a Fresh Coat! : )
Those, are the reasons.... 'why'...I didn't take it down, much further...or, repaint.
Just, as....the Original 'Surface', is 'Important'....so...is 'It's Journey'.
'The Next....Generation'.
Equally...'Important'
: )
Scarlett, and I...discussed, several scenarios....
Including, our 'Journey'...with, this little Sleigh. : ) <3 
I, left...remnants, of the goopy, Depression era... Red Paint.... here and there, along...with traces, of the 'Newer'...white paint, that covered...the Old. : )
I, thought...it was the right thing....to do.
{just, as Someone...else, did...many decades, ago. : ) <3
 I, remember...throughout my childhood, my Mom and Dad, 'Fixin'...and 'Paintin'...up discarded...things, that we...Loved, so much. <3
 John, too. Oh My... John's hands...have brought so much, 'Back'...to 'Live'...again. <3 <3 <3  }
: )
After, all... It Truly...is, all about 'The Journey'.
I, don't believe... we should be too quick, to hide it, bury...it, or...remove...it.
When you take 'The Story'....'Journey'...away, it leaves a pretty....empty...hole. 
<3 <3 <3
after all....
Everything...that has ever 'Lived', should be Proud, of a few...Battle Scars! 
I'll be taking this little Sleigh...to Junk Jubilee Jingles, 
should it not...find a New Home, it'll come back, to ours....
and hold Gifts, under The Tree....this year. 
I was thankful....that no one...removed the Old...Worn, to 'almost' Nothing....Red Velvet...seat, that's filled with it's Old...Original...Stuffing!
<3
It's so tattered, : ) 
it's 'seen'...a Bunch. <3 
There's just....'Something', about...Old...Old...Textiles, that seem to Tell, a Story...
without saying...a Word. ; )
You...can 'Feel'...it. <3 <3 <3 


Love, to ya...
Barb C. 
{Junk Jubilee Jingles, is November 10th, 11th, and 12th. It's at The Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. }
{ P.S..... This... isn't The Big Surprise! ; ) }


Friday, November 3, 2017

Gene Autry - Jingle Bells (Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show December...

Me, Miss. Scarlett...and The Ford... Headed to Southern Iowa... Today... JUNKIN'!!!


We covered over 300 miles.
: )
Found some Awesome Treasures... for Junk Jubilee Jingles!!!!
Oh Boy!!!
I couldn't bring...'The Big Surprise', Home.
{It was Buried...Too Deep!!! }
: )
It's gonna be delivered to Junk Jubilee Jingles, for us. : )
Oh Boy!!!!
: ) : ) : ) 
For Three Hours, on the ride Home...
We Sang Christmas Tunes!!!
{I Never...do 'anything'...'Christmas', until 'After'...Thanksgiving', around Home.
But....
We are Getting So Excited, about Junk Jubilee Jingles....
and...after Finding....what we did, today...
well...
: )
I Made an Exception!!! }
: ) : ) : ) 
We had a Great Day!!!
Iowa, is Soooooo Beautiful.
Soooooo....
Beautiful.
Make Plans, to come...to Des Moines, Nov. 10th thru 12th.
We're gonna be Kickin' Off....
The Season...
'Simply Iowa'...Style!!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{ junkjubilee.com }
This is an image, Miss. Scarlett captured, of The Beautiful... Harvest Moon,  
we were Blessed to have Shining on us...All of the way Home. <3
It was so Cool, seeing the Farmers, in their Pickups, driving in the freshly Harvested... Fields, 
after dark. : )
They looked like Lightning Bugs...zippin' around.... <3 <3 <3 
All you could see, were their headlights...dancing...across the Wide Open...Fields. 
It Truly...was a Beautiful...Day. 
Filled....with
Singing...Laughter...Great Finds....and, such Wonderful...Company. <3
I visited with my Farmer Friends, Lynn and Lea...
 yesterday. : ) <3
 They, Too... are Delivering a Load...
of Great... Farm Finds.... to The 'Simply Iowa' Booth, at Junk Jubilee Jingles!!!!
This is Gonna be Such...an Awesome...Booth! : )
I'm Sure... there will be Something...in it, You won't be able to 'Nest'...without!!!
<3


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Living Prayer - Alison Krauss HD


In The Palm of Your Hand ~ Alison Kraus ~ lyric video


Thanks to Everyone... who Attended The 'Living' Estate Sale!!!! We're Headed to Des Moines, Iowa...Next Week! Junk Jubilee Jingles! See Ya There!


Thanks, to All... who Attended  The 'Living' Estate Sale!
I'm just...finding my feet, after that. Hahahahaha.
What a Ride! 
{Chocolate Cake... M&M's...Potato Chips...Merlot...
'Law and Order Criminal Intent' Marathons....
and...snugglin' with Sweetie, have been my Therapy!}
I was Blessed, to have Bill, and Maurina...helping so Much! <3
We Moved a Lot!!! Yay!!!
Thank You!!!
now...
'Junk Jubilee Jingles', is Around the Corner.
Nov. 10th thru 12th!
It's at The Fairgrounds, in Des Moines!
Check out their web page www.junkjubilee.com 
I've got the FUSO, mostly....loaded. : )
I'll be bringing the Enclosed Trailer, as well. 
Oh Boy!!!
BIG LOADS!!!
Gnarly... Stuff!!!
{Lots...of Old Farmhouse Cupboards...Tables...Garden...Lovely...Old, .... Upholstered Furniture, Vintage Rugs, Vintage Textiles...Chandeliers...Rusty, Old...Sandbox Toys...and, of course...
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS!!!!}
Yes...Everything....One 'NEEDS' to be 'Enveloped' by....
  This... 'Nesting' Time of Year. <3
Don't know...if I'll have any help, this time. 
Daughter, Liz... has her hands Full!
but, No Worries!
: )
I'll Be There...
With Bells On!!!
Hope to See You!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{I'm Hoping, to have a Christmas Open House, down the rabbit hole....
in early December. : )
Stay Tuned!!! <3 }
{If, I can manage...to, 
I'll be Serving...
Delicious... Chocolate...Cake, and...Plenty...
of Merlot. <3 <3 <3 ; ) }