Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gathering for The Anamosa Show!

Traveled around 300 miles, yesterday.
Crossed The Cedar, Wapsi...and Mighty Miss. : )
It was a Lovely...Day.
Found some very Cool Stuff, for the Show...
{Next Sunday! }
I'd intended on writing a story, about...what I 'found', at the end, of the Trip....
this evening.
It will be a very long....story, and very personal.
I've decided to write it, after the Show.
<3 <3 <3 
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

This was my first...find, of the day.
Had, I not found....another thing, this...would have been plenty. 

The day, was spent well. <3
Life, is truly....a Highway. : ) <3

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thinking... Spring.


It's been so warm, and Wonderful...the last couple of days, here...in Iowa.
: )
Get's me thinkin' about... 'Spring'. 
The Old... Martin House, above... is one...we've had for Many...years.
<3
I've had several...Old, Martin Houses....over the years.
This One, is Special.
It reminds me, of the Old Farm Houses, here, in Iowa.
: )
I've often thought, how Lucky...the Birds were, who set up 'Housekeeping' in this Old House.
: )
Sometimes...I just stand next to it, and peer in the doors....'windows'... : ) 
Imagining... how it would be decorated...if, it were People Size. : )
I'm thinking about the Load...for The Anamosa Show.
SPRING!!!
SPRING!!!!
SPRING!!!!!
: )
I, can't part...with this Old House, but....
I am, going to part...with one, that is Equally...Impressive.
It'll be at The Anamosa Show. : )
We, for the First Time, at Anamosa...are having a Booth, that will be So Much Fun!!!
It's gonna be '99.00 and Under!!!'
Nothing...will be over 99.00
: )
We've asked  All of Vendors....to Contribute to That Booth!
There's Gonna Be Some Great Stuff!!!
Furniture...Garden...Smalls...
BARGAINS!!!
We aren't allowing Any...Vendor Shopping, until the Doors Open, at 7:30 a.m. for Early Birds!
We are giving the The Early Bird Shoppers, 5 minutes...ahead of the Vendors, to Shop...
before they can.
: )
We all have things, that...we've had for awhile...
Great Stuff... that Needs to Find New Homes!
We're Gonna Mark 'em...to GO!!!!
Get to the Show... Early!!!
That will be a Cash and Carry Booth.
Bring Cash!
{With so Many...Contributing, to that Booth...that's the easiest way, for the Bookkeeper.
{Kelsey, Mark's Daughter, is Taking It On!!! Oh Boy!!! }
 You Will, as Always...get a Receipt! 
Prices, will be as marked. Trust Me, there will be DEALS!!!!} 
The information, about the Show, is Below. Click, on the image...to enlarge.
Heart of Country, in Nashville...had a larger version, of this.
We ALL LOVED IT!!!
: )
I, think...it'll be FUN!!!
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
{My Old... Martin House, won't be under 99.00.
: (
: ) 
 It will be in my booth. 
: )
but...
Trust Me...
There Will Be Some Great Bargains! 
Get There....
EARLY!!!!}




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dust in the wind lyrics - Kansas

Moments...


Hahahaha!
Now, Those...are words to Live by!
Oh My!
I was so wound up, yesterday....
I, get frustrated.
I, wish... I didn't.
I get to 'Thinkin'... and...sometimes....it makes me crazy.
There is So Much...in Life, we can't change.
There is So Much...in Life, that keeps...changing.
It's like... The World, keeps spinning faster, and faster.
I, guess...that's part of why I Love 'Old'...so much.
: )
'Old' is a reminder....that, through many...many... difficult times.... They have Survived.
<3
Below...are a few images, of Iowa City, Iowa...
 Civil War era Newspapers, I found, at an Old Farm, where my Dad, once lived.
That's a Long...Story, about how...they came to me...that I'll share, another day.
How, those Old....Papers, ever survived, I'll...never know.
but...
They Did. : ) <3
Below the Paper, images...
is an Old...Book. 
: )
I ran across it, the other day....as I was reminiscing...in one of the Old Cupboards.
<3
The Book, went through a few Proud Owners.
: )
{1820's and 30's. }
The 'Owners' wrote inside the cover...to let the World...Know, 'Who' it Belonged To!
: )
Priceless.
: )
I sit here...tonight, with so much...running through my head.
I, think...about the Folks, who read those papers.
The Folks...who printed them.
What they...must have been thinking, on the day those were written.
Troubled...Times.
The little Book, that was Treasured, below.
: )
It was Loved... not too many years, after...The Revolutionary War.
Iowa, wouldn't become a State...for another 30 years.
It was printed...in 1816.
Napoleon was alive...and well.
Abe Lincoln... was 7 years old.
Thomas Jefferson, was still...very active, working and writing.
yes... the little Book, is a reminder.
Time....goes by quickly.
Time, is not...about the Years.
It's All...about the moments.
At the end...of the day, this day...
I realize...getting Twisted...into a Pretzel....Over Stuff, that...in the scheme of things....
doesn't matter, much.
It all... seems to, in the 'moment'.
{oh....dear. }
In the end... we all turn to dust.
So... once again, tonight....I'll vow, to try harder....to not worry.
: )
not...
'Think'...too much.
Love to ya...
Barb C. 













Monday, January 8, 2018

VID 20151228 164558

Eric Church - Round Here Buzz (Lyric Video)

Thinkin'....



The Below Zero...weather, is gone...for a few days, in Iowa.
: )
 Horse Shoer, Rick...came by, today...and trimmed Scout's Toes. : )
Rick, and I agreed, as we visited....with Scout, devouring his 'Bribery Apples'....
{while being trimmed}
 35 degrees feels like Paradise, after  so many below 0 days. : )
Scout, is Fat...and has a Wonderful...Thick Coat, of Fur.
Thank God. <3
I spent a little time, giving the Chickens, and Turkeys...a few extra treats, and chatting, with them. : )
The Kids, have their Home Fluffed, with lots of Straw, and Heat Lamps. : )
I worry so much, about them, when it gets cold.
I pulled the Ford, around...and parked in the drive.
The tune, above was playing on the radio.
{There's 'Somethin'...about Eric Church. : ) Love his Music. <3 }
I, just sat there...listening to it.
Thinking...
Thinking.
So Much...to 'think' about. 
Oh...my. : )
Like the Gordon Lightfoot tune, goes....
'If you could read my mind,...Love,....
What a Tale, my thoughts, could tell'. 
; )
oh...my. 
So Much.
Been working on getting The Anamosa Show...in order.
It's the 21st. of January.
One of the papers, we advertised in, has the wrong date.
It'll be corrected, next week.
The Anamosa Show..., has been going for 24 years....
Folks, around here, know...when it is. 
Thankfully. : )
I've had the chance, to visit with some of the Anamosa Vendors...over the last few days.
They...are Such.... Wonderful...People. <3
I visited, last evening, with Kaye... the Promoter of Gold Rush, in Rochester, MN.
She, is such an Amazing...Woman. : ) <3
I've been so Blessed, to meet...and get to know, so Many...Wonderful, Dedicated...Caring, and Passionate, Folks...who Care so Deeply, about this Insane Business... and...truly Love....
'Old'.  
<3 : ) 
I catch myself...worrying about stuff, that seems to be coming at me, from Every....Angle.
then...
I 'catch'...myself.
: )
It's all...outta my hands.
: )
I, remember...Whose Hands....Truly, 'hold' tomorrow. : )
It would have been so easy, to allow 'worries'....
to steal, the Beautiful... Warm...moments, away from me...today.
They, almost...did.
I, can't allow that, anymore. 
Life...is too short.
<3
Love...to ya, Barb C.
{The top video... is one, I made, when I was driving the Gipsy, a couple years ago....
I was visiting Dad's Grave, just....up the road. <3
It...ends, at Home. : ) <3
It's Eric Church... playin' again. : )
Guess... this time of year, I get to 'thinkin'...a lot. : ) } 




Friday, January 5, 2018

Patsy Cline - Always

Back...to The Future!


Oh Dear!
Had to post a picture, of one of the things, Liz...got me, for Christmas. : )
<3
When I opened up the gift...and pulled out this Mug, I Burst Out...Laughing!
: )
It's The 80's!!!
: )
Liz, had no idea. : ) She knew, I'd like it...because it has a Pig, on it. : ) 
<3
I flipped it over....
and it's dated from 1983. : ) <3 
I, was...20, that year.
: ) : ) : ) 
I, Sooooo Remember...This Style!
: )
The Geese, with Bows.
: )
That, Cornflower...Blue. : )
Oh...My.!
Great...Memories!
This Mug...is my New Favorite! <3 : ) 



Then, today... I was looking for a shoe, in the closet.
I Swear...
Wherever...the lost Socks, are...
so...are, the Lost Shoes!!!
Dang!
I could find, 'One'...of several pair.
The Mates, are Gone!
I, thought...possibly...the shoe, had fallen behind an old Trunk...that's in our closet.
I haven't dug...back there...for Years!
I, about...fell on my fanny, when I saw, on top...of the Old Trunk...
was a Pile...of Pictures.
One, was...a framed poster, I thought...was Long...Gone.
I bought it, when I first moved out...on my own, when I was 15.
I saved my money, to buy it, and...then...buy a frame, it would fit in. 
When I saw it, at the store, back...in the Day, I fell...in Love...with it.
: )
The Unicorn, reminded me....of my Beloved Horse, White Cloud.
<3
She was an Albino Mare. 
Quarter Horse, and Arabian.
<3 
Dad bought her, for me...when I was 9, for 100.00. <3 
Oh, my...Lord, We Flew...together.
She and I, Sailed...over Many Fences. : ) <3
She could Run...like The Wind.
We were never beat...in a race. : )
She, was an Amazing...Horse. 
<3 <3 <3 
We traveled a Million Miles, together.
<3
She was struck by lightning, killed, when I was 15. 
I was working, nights...taking care of an Elderly Woman, in her home, who couldn't be left alone, at night.
I stayed with her, over night. : )
{She, was soooo Sweet. : ) She'd stay up...at night, and go through her dresser drawers, and sort everything...over...and over. <3 
Very, Nice...Lady....but, She liked to wander...at night. 
 Not Good, so...I'd sleep by the door, so she couldn't leave. : ) } 
One morning, in June... to my surprise...there was a 'knock' at her door.
It was my Dad. : )
He was holding a little Berry Pail...filled with Gooseberries.
: )
He'd asked me, weeks before...if...I'd make him a Pie, if he'd pick the Berries. 
There were Wild Gooseberries, where Dad was living, and had the Horses.
I, Gladly...agreed. : )
{Dad said...his Favorite Pie, was 'Gooseberry'. : ) }
I looked at the Berries... : ) 
then...
looked at his face.
He had Tears... Streaming...down his face.
He, just...stood...there, in the door.
then... he told me...
White Cloud... was dead. 
: ( : ( : ( 
He said... the lightning...was so bad, that night...he could sit, and read the paper, without a light on, in the house.
He said...
He saw a Bolt, of Lightning come down...
 It was Bright Orange, then...it turned Pure White, after if hit the ground.
He said... he knew, something...was horribly wrong, and...he was afraid, to walk outside...when the Sun, came up. Afraid...of what he would...find. : (....
That was the Bolt...that killed her.
I, felt so sorry...for Dad.
: ( 
I, was...heartbroken.
but...
seeing Dad, so 'Broken', too...was a memory...I'll never forget.
That Day...was one of the worst...days, of my life.
Seeing, that old...poster, today....brought back, so many...memories.
Good ones...and, not...so good. 
'Life'.
'Journey'.
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

{I had to smile...a little, today, when I saw that old Poster... because....I STILL...Love It <3 
Love... Everything, about it.
I'd buy it...Again! : ) 
<3
The Moss...in the Trees. <3
The sandy, way back...in the Woods, 'Trail'... 
like, So Many.... White Cloud, and...I traveled. <3 
The snake, yeah... there were a few, around. : )
We never worried about any of 'em. : )
Step over 'em...and keep on a goin'. 
<3
and...
Yes, I made my First...Gooseberry Pie, for Dad...that day. 
Millie, the Lady...I was watching over, helped me. <3 
Then, I went to see White Cloud.
I worked...for hours, beside her...digging.
I, couldn't dig...the hole....big enough. : ( : ( : ( 
I, had to call the rendering...truck.
: ( : ( : (
I stayed with her, until...they had her loaded.
: ( : ( : ( 
Yes...
That... was One... of the worst days...of my life.  }



White Cloud
<3 <3 <3 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Simply Iowa...2018. Whew!!! It's gonna be a Busy...Year!


WOW!!!
Just finished up figuring out the Calendar of Events...
for
2018!
It's gonna be a Full...Year!
I'm planning on having the rabbit hole, Open...
MUCH More, this year...
and...
am working on a Really Fun...Idea.
: )
I'm callin' in a couple of Friends, to help me figure it all out. : )
Stay Tuned!!!
: ) 

Our First Event, of 2018 is the above.
The Anamosa Show!
I've Always.....Loved that Event!
I shopped it, for many years, then...several years ago...
we took a space there. <3
Cecilia, and her Husband...Jon, were so wonderful...to work with, the other Folks, who set up there...are Wonderful. : )
It's very diverse. 
Truly...Something, for Everyone!
Sadly...Jon, passed away, not long ago.
Cecilia...has asked me to come on board...to help, a little.
: )
Pal, Mark...too. 
I look forward, to being a part, of this...'Simple'...'Iowa'...event. : )
This, event...has a 'Hometown'...feel. 
It's...'Good'. : )

Here is a listing...of most of the rest.
{I'll be adding a few more. : ) }

February:
The 60th Rock Island Antique Show!!!
10th and 11th.
10 'til 6, on Saturday
10 'til 4, on Sunday!
4.00 admission.
Located in a Great Building, that's Dealer, and Shopper...
Friendly!
4600 46th ave. Rock Island, Ill.
The Plumber's and Pipefitter's Union Hall
{Easy to find, off of 280 }
{Great...Food... : ) }

We set up...at this show for the first time, last year.
I...LOVED It!
It's a 'juried' show.
: )
It's very small. but...
Very...Big. <3
Also, very diverse.
Everything...from Victorian, to Mid Century.
Kitchenware, to Vintage French pieces, and Fine...Jewelry.
The Folks from the area, are Loyal...to this event.
: )
It gets great attendance...
and...offers, some Amazing things. : )
Tammy, the Promoter...is a Peach! 
She, and her Family...do a Wonderful Job!

March:
I will be HOME...
: )
Open A LOT...in March.
<3

April:
Junk Jubilee!
This is located in The Varied Industries Bldg.
at The State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa.
April 27th thru 29th.

It's 25.00 for Early Bird tickets.
I Recommend That, if you can.
That includes, all three days.

It's 8.00 per day, after Early Bird.

Early Bird, is from 8 a.m. thru 10 a.m. on Friday.
You Will Miss...a Lot, those first two hours.

We all...keep bringing things in, for the Show, every Morning...
but, speaking for myself...
I, 'Lead Off'...at a Show, with my 'Best'.
There's Awesome...Stuff, during the Entire Show....
{That's why ya need to keep coming back. : ) }
but, like the old saying goes...
"The Early Bird, Gets the Worm!"
I, Always...go 'Early Bird', when it's offered.
If you 'Miss' a Great Piece,
 watch it walk out the door, past you, as you're waiting in line...saving a few bucks...
Oh My Goodness. : (
That's a Hard Pill...to Swallow! Hahahaha!!!


May:
Gold Rush!!!
May 11, 12, and...13!
It's located at The Olmsted County Fairgrounds, in Rochester, MN.
We are in The Graham North Arena. 
It Opens at 8 a.m. Daily.
Free Admission
Unlimited Parking...on The Fairgrounds for 5.00
We've done this Event... Forever!!!
LOVE IT!
: )
You Never Know...what will Turn Up, at Gold Rush!
There's Everything from Rusty....Old....Farm and Garden...
to
Fine...Antiques.
Country, Primitives, Mid Century, Victorian, Early Eastern Pieces....Stoneware...Advertising...Signs, I could go On...and On!
If you can't find what you're Hunting for...at Rochester, Gold Rush...
You'd better get some Better Specs! : )
Kaye and Dick, the Promoters...are Awesome!
It's a Big...Fun...Friendly....Event!
'Good'. : )



May 25, 26, 27 and 28.
Memorial Day Weekend Sale!!!
Right Here, at Home!
8 a.m. 'til Dusk...Daily!
{sometimes...we are here, with Folks Shoppin'...until way past Dark! }

101 Williams Blvd. Fairfax, Iowa.
Always... Free of Charge!
Friends, and Neighbors...along with the rabbit hole's...Several Buildings....
Sprawl Out...over the Property!
It gets pretty Crazy!
I never know...who's bringing what...and, we've had some Amazing...Surprises, come walking in, over the 4 days.
Oh Boy!!!
: )


June:
HOME!!!!
I'll be having the Shop Open...most every day.
<3

July:
July 2, 3, and...4!!!
Old Glory Open House!
Down The Rabbit Hole!
10 'til 6 Daily!
{Much later...than 6, usually. : ) }

Here, at Home.
: )
This Open House, is always laid back.
We'll have things around the outside, of the shop...
and, the shop...will be Full. : )

August/September:

August 17, 18, and 19
GOLD RUSH!!!
Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Rochester, MN.
Yep...This is The BIG One... at The Fairgrounds!
May, is Big, also.
August...is Crazy!!!!
Oronoco, not far north...of Rochester,
has a Huge Market going on, the same time we do!
Between the Two Massive Events...
it is AWESOME....SHOPPING!!!
Lots of Junkin' Goin' On!!!
Oh My!!!

Aug. 31, September 1,2, and 3.
FALL HARVEST SALE!!!
YEP!
We've Moved it Up, to
LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!

Located, down the rabbit hole.
: )
101 Williams Blvd. Fairfax, Iowa.

8 a.m. 'til Dusk, Daily!!!


This is ALWAYS...a Huge Sale!
Like The Memorial Day Weekend Sale...
it gets...
CRAZY!!!!
: )
The Lawn and Building are Brimming, with All Sorts...of Fun, Old...Stuff!
Friends, and Neighbors...bring some of the Gnarliest...Old...Stuff!!!
Wear Your Grubbies...
and Bring a TRUCK!!!


October:

October 27th and 28th.
'Nesting Time'...Open House.
here, down the rabbit hole.
<3
This one, is New...this year.
I'll have more information...about this one, when it get's a little closer.
 <3

There will be more Events, added.
I'm still working on the Details. : )

Mark Your Calendars.... with These. : )
They are ALL...
'Good'. <3 <3 <3

Love, to ya...
Barb C.

Below, are a few images of The Anamosa Antique Show, coming Up...
on the 21st!!!
: )








Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!!!


Told a Friend, that I was 'Goin' Out...on The Town'...tonight.
It's going to be about -20, tonight.
: )
I, lied. : )
There's Nothing...that could get me, away...from Home, tonight....
with the exception....of being a Designated Driver, for the Kids.
: )
Just got the call, that they had everything covered.
Sooooooo....
I'm sippin' a little wine, next to The Tree.
Thinkin'...about this 'New Year'. 
oh my.
I've got so many...many....things, whirling...in my mind.
I'm setting....my mind, on how to approach it,
and, have been...for days.
: )
Several little words, of Wisdom...have gently, passed through my mind.
'Winks' 
<3
One, piece of advise....I know....I am, to keep...to myself.
another...was,
  "Take Care....of Yourself"
: )
It's time. 
It's also....'time', I feel...in my soul....
to 'Get Back on The Horse'.
This new....year, is going to be....challenging...on every...level.
I, must...be 'fit'.
Mentally...Physically... Emotionally....and, Spiritually.
Yes...
I've been in Deep....Thought.
: )
I'll take'er...One Day, at a time.
After all, to worry....about tomorrow, or...the new year...is not, wise.
'Worry', about tomorrow, steals...'today'...from us.
Tomorrow, is promised to no one.
I, will...set a course, bring in, Trusted...Friends.
I'll be Leaning...on a few, too.
but, mostly...
I'll be 'Trusting'...in The Lord.
I'm handing many things...off, to Him.
: )
<3
He Knows... how to 'Git'er Done. : ) <3 
Love, to Each...and Every One, who reads this.
May God Bless...You. 
 I...Truly...Thank You...
for Your Continued Prayers.
<3 <3 <3 
I, Wish You All...
Very...Happy... 2018.
<3 <3 <3 
Barb C.