Thursday, December 12, 2019

Vince Gill - Never Knew Lonely

Carpenters - Merry Christmas Darling (original 1970 single version)

Christmas....


I'm gonna try this post....
one more time.
I, Tried....Tuesday.
oh my.
Tuesday, was a Long...Hard....Day.
I was finishing up....the house, and...ran across two, small...totes.
I'd pulled EVERY BIT of Christmas....out, this year.
Much, I...haven't seen, in many years.
I...wanted to go through all of it, and organize.
oh my.
When I opened the First, little tote....
it was like Sparkles Shot Straight Out Of The Tote!!!
I, knew....who had last packed These Totes.
<3 <3 <3 
{The second tote, was Exactly....the same.}
Oh My.
: ( : ( : ( 
It was a Gift, to See...John's handwork, but....
They took my breath...away.
Pulling 'Christmas' together, by myself....this year, was really, really....difficult.
Usually, I'm in a big...hurry, and those who are helping, Liz....or, John....well, we'd be Dancin' around each other. : )
This time, every inch...of it, hit home...hard.
Those, last....two....little totes, really knocked my pins, out...from underneath me.
: ( : ( : (
Then, had to gather myself up....to attend the regular City Council Meeting.
I'm sure...Folks wonder why, I keep going.
Well, had I been attending, over the years, I most likely....wouldn't have had to Fight for Our Lives, the last Four Years.
I've learned...I can't trust our City Hall.
We've Lost Much.....Much.
I, have to stay on top of what I can.
It makes me physically sick, to attend these meetings.
To watch, what's happening.
: ( : ( : ( 
Try...to, forgive....what they've put us through.
By the time....I got home, Tuesday night, I....was pretty drained, to say the least.
Spent the entire day....Wednesday, in John's old...recliner.
I wrapped up, in the softest, warmest....blanket we have, and....sipped piping hot....soup, for lunch, and supper.
Didn't answer the phone, and...watched Vintage T.V. programs, all day.
Completely....Shut 'The World'...Out.
I, didn't have any more tears, left.
I, was completely....done.
Done.
: (
Guess, many of us....can relate.
Too...many. 
: (



I finished, most....of 'Christmas', today.
Picked up, and packed up....empty totes, and boxes.
Still have to adorn...the old Horse, on the Balcony.
: )
It's his First Time, here... <3
Found him, at Rochester, 'Gold Rush', in August.
<3
He didn't sell, at my shows, so....
Here He Is.
<3
I, put the Old...Sleigh, up there....with him.
<3
{That, was a 'Trick'. : ) }
I've got them secure, so when the Kids, and Grandkids...come for Christmas, there won't be any Casualties. : ) 

One of the most...difficult moments, Tuesday, was when I found the old Horse Feed Bag, that John had in the shop, to put trash in.
He'd thrown all of the metal shavings from his Hand Cut Tin....Artwork.
YIKES!!
I, remember telling him, that those 'shavings', were as much 'Art', as his Beautiful....Finished, Creations...were. : )
{He Rolled His Eyes....Hahahaha...
as, he watched me scooping them from the floor, into that feed sack. : ) : ) : ) <3 }
Pulling them, from that...bag, just....about, did me in. 
{John hand cut, the 'Simply Iowa' Piece, for me...and gave it to me for Christmas. <3 <3 <3 }


I've been playing with some of the Old...Trucks.
That's...where I found enough sanity....to keep goin'....Tuesday, afternoon.
Playing, with those....old trucks.
<3
They remind me, of my Dad...and, John.
<3 <3 <3 
Daughter, Liz....said, she felt so bad...she couldn't help me...this year.
I, told her....not to.
<3 <3 <3 
The truth, is....I spent many years, doing 'Christmas'....alone.
: ) 
It...never bothered me, at all. 
It, was Such a Gift....when I moved out, on my own...to 'Do' Christmas...
<3 <3 <3 
I couldn't afford much, but...Dolsey, my Beloved Great Dane, and...I....Loved, that first...
little Tree.
<3 <3 <3
It's not...being alone, that I struggle with.
It's the feeling, of being Less, than...alone, that....truly, hurts.
{Even...when you're surrounded by Folks. }
It's difficult, to put into words.
: (
I'm sure....there are Folks out there....who understand, what I mean. 
I Had...to 'Do' Christmas....as Big, as I Could...this year.
<3 <3 <3 
I want our Grandkids....to be Mesmerized....by 'Christmas'.
<3 <3 <3 
Never, forget....the True, Meaning....
but, 
be a little, mesmerized....
too.
<3 <3 <3
Love, to...You.
Barb C. 

{I thought about this post, after...I'd written it.
'Lonely', isn't the same...for everyone.
I'd been alone, for a long time....when I was young.
But, I....never 'knew'...'Lonely', until...I lost John.
I'm posting one of my Favorite Tunes, above....by Vince Gill, from many years ago....
that, comes pretty close to the definition.}

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Working on The Anamosa Antique & Vintage Market!!!

I've been working on 
'The Anamosa Antique and Vintage Market'
Event...today.
Oh My!!
Time...is Moving Fast!
The date, is Sunday, January 19th!
{8 a.m. 'til 9:30 Early Bird Shopping $6.00
9:30 a.m. 'til 3 p.m. Regular Shopping $3.50 }
Located at The Lawrence Community Center, in Anamosa, Iowa!!
Love...this Event.
<3
I've referred to it, over the years....as
"Iowa's Best Kept Secret"
: )
mainly...because,
 I only told my Closest Junkin' Pals, about it.
: )
I've shopped it, for nearly the entire 26 years it's been going..
In the beginning, when Jon, and Cecilia...first started it, 
I was doing Heart of Country, in Nashville.
They fell too close together, so...I didn't set up in Anamosa.
but...
I ALWAYS Shopped It!
It Never let me down.
: )
I, could Always...count on The Anamosa Show, to fill out my Nashville Load.
: )
Cecilia....asked me to help out, the last few years, as she's wanting to spend more time traveling...and visiting Family.
Pal, Mark...is helping out, as well.
We are keeping it, as Cecilia...has. <3
'Home Town'. 
Like...We've Always...Enjoyed.
: )
There's Truly...Something, for Everyone. 
<3
Everything...from Primitives, to Coins!
Vintage Jewelry, Old...Toys, Farm, Garden...Advertising, Lodge, Vintage Paper, Cast Iron, Old...Books, Quilts, Textiles, Holiday...I, could go On...and, On!!!
The Church Folks...make Awesome Homemade Pies, and Hot Turkey and Dressing Sandwiches!!
Oh My!!!
It's like 'Antique Shows'...Used to Be, Back...in 'The Day'!!!
<3 <3 <3 
Love IT!!!
See the details, in The Calendar of Events, on the right.
I'll be posting more, soon. : )
Make Plans, to Attend!
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 



Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Tree....is Done.

Oh My....
; )
Hahahahaha!!!
Still...have a few Miles...left, 
on The Rest.
Hahahahaha!!!
{Yes....there's Much More. 
Stay....Tuned. ; ) }



I've been Crazy....Busy....with 'Everything'. 
It's been Fun...diggin' through Long, Long...Lost Totes filled with 'Christmas'. 
<3 <3 <3 
Stay Tuned.
<3
Love...to Ya, 
Barb C. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run (Official Lyric Video)

Runnin'....Runnin'...Runnin'!!

The last two days, I've had The Ford....Wound Up Tight!!!
My My!!
; )
So Much...to get Done, and...so....Little Time!
Yikes!!!
Appointments, Deliveries....Gathering....
'Christmas'!!!
oh...my. 
Today, was Beautiful!!
So...spent the morning, and early afternoon....Cleaning Up The Yard!!!
Fixin', and Runnin' the Caulking Gun, around the Greenhouse Glass.
then...
Unloaded The Ford, and Loaded...back up, again.
; )
Had a Lovely Time, visiting with Friends, and catching up.
Been Too Long, since I've had the chance, to 'Visit'. 
It's been Years, since I'd seen some of them. : (
So, it was very Good, catching up.
<3
This Day, has been Filled with 
Chandeliers....
Hooked Rugs....
Vintage Christmas....
and, No Room, left in The Ford's Cab!!
{So Tight...in The Ford's Cab, I could only use 1st, 3rd, and 5th.....Gears!
There was No Way, I had Room to Grab 2nd, and 4th!!
Tight...Tight...Tight!!! }
Hahahahahaha!
It was dark, as The Ford and I....made our way towards Home.
Decided to stop at Edith Lucielle's, and have a bite to eat.
<3
I've known that place, for decades.
Long....before it was a Restaurant. 
It's fun to sit there...and remember the conversations, from nearly 40 years ago.
: )
Those....were The Days.
If Those Walls...Could Talk!!
oh...my.
; )
I'm going to Finally...get The Tree 'Done'....tomorrow.
{or, Saturday... ; ) }





Love...the 'Rules', at Edith Lucielle's. 
Especially the Part....
"We Reserve The Right to Refuse Service to Anyone.
No Matter Who You Are....
Who You Think...You Are, 
Or...
Who... Your Daddy Is."
<3 <3 <3 
Hahahahaha!!!
Makes me Smile...
Every Time...I Read It!!
oh...my. 
; )
Hope...You, had a Lovely Day.
Enjoyed a little Time, with Friends.
Let the Sun...Shine, on your Face....for a little bit.
<3
Love, to You....
Barb C. 

{Peg's Beloved....Michael, just called. <3
Looks like I'll be visiting him, tomorrow. : )
<3 <3 <3
Guess, it may be Saturday, before I get 'The Tree'...done. <3 ; ) }

Monday, December 2, 2019

Santa Claus is back in town - Elvis Presley

The Tree...is Up. oh...my.


: ) : ) : )
oh....
my.
; )
It's Lit....Up.
: )
around 2000 lights.
: )
Not, decorated....yet.
; )
The Hard Part...is DONE!!!
Hahahahaha!!!
120 Branches...
12 feet Tall.
oh my.
For someone...who, isn't into...
'Heights', well...
It's a Big....Deal!!!
Hahahahaha!!!
I was called away, yesterday...
so...didn't make any strides.
One of the 'Calls', was to pick up some Vintage Concrete Statuary.
A Friend, had conducted an Estate Sale, and they were left behind.
She thought I might like to purchase them.
She sent pictures....and, I agreed to buy them.
I put the address in my phone,
 and... 
cried, 
when I saw the Home...
The Ford, and GPS....took me to.
: ( : ( : ( 
Damn It.
: (  : ( : ( 
It was my Old Friend, Gus's Home.
He was a Good Friend, to my Dad...too.
Damn It.
I, had no idea.... he'd Passed away, several years ago.
He was a 'Junk Man'....like my Dad.
<3 <3 <3 
He cut up Scrap...like Dad.
<3 <3 <3 
I remember....as a little Girl, bidding against Gus, 
at the Farm Auctions....on my Dad's behalf.
<3 <3 <3 
He was a Kind...Kind....Man.
Over the years, Gus brought me Cool...Old...Farm Scrap. 
: )
I walked through his Home, yesterday.... with a heavy...heart, 
and, gathered a few Christmas items, 
that were left over...from my Friend's Sale.
Things, I'll....Treasure, because they belonged to Gus.
<3 <3 <3
The image...below, is the last time I saw Gus, and his Pal...Ed.
<3 <3 <3 
Gus, is wearing the Gloves. : )

It was like...Dad, was there with us.
<3 <3 <3 
Gus, and Ed....brought some Great Stuff, to the rabbit hole, 
before it hit the Scrap Yard.
<3 <3 <3 
I, remember....on this load, 
there were some COOL....'Pig Tail' Hooks, 
I asked them to cut off of an old piece of  Horse Drawn Machinery.
Gus...Thought I Was Crazy!!!
but,
 he Cut 'em off....for me. : )
I have one, and gave one...to a Friend, for Christmas...that year.
They Are Awesome!!
<3 <3 <3 
Gus, was a Wonderful...Man.
<3 <3 <3 
Somehow, I...thought, he'd Live....Forever.
: ( : ( : ( 
Love, to ya...
Barb C.  


Sunday, December 1, 2019