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Updated: 2018-02-16T22:23:34.068-06:00

 



1 John 3:18

2018-02-16T22:23:34.285-06:00

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Aretha Franklin - A Change Is Gonna Come

2018-02-16T21:40:45.724-06:00

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Thanks, To Everyone...for Attending The Rock Island Antique Show!!!

2018-02-16T21:29:33.121-06:00

Had a Great Time, at The Show! I, just...Love It. : ) It's not a very big Event... but, it's...really Great.  <3 Tammy Mendoza, and her Family...do such a Wonderful Job. <3 I, always meet so many...Nice Folks! : ) My Very Favorite Customer.... was Trevor. {below.}  He was Immediately Drawn...to an Old...Grinder, in the booth. Trevor, drives a Hard Bargain.....but, We Made'er Happen!!! : )  <3 : )  I went with a very light load. The Massive Cupboard, sold...but, I had to deliver it, on Tuesday. I always find...such Soulful...things, at this Event. The Old...worn...Dolly, ...<3 and, the little Chest, were two. The Massive Heart, Sterling and Shell...pendant, and sweet, Vintage.... Jewelry Casket, were also... Rock Island Finds. <3 <3 I, truly....Love...This...Event! <3 Gathered a Bunch...of Darling, Vintage...'Bling', too.  Oh My! : ) I was so Beat, setting up...on Friday. My Feet...were KILLING Me. I took my old boots off, and worked...barefooted, in the booth.  I'd traveled a Million Miles, it seemed. Went outside, the show....late, Friday....to clean the snow water....from a little red wagon, then...saw a Guy, trying to Plow. I jumped in the Ford,{tip toed} that was right by the door, and moved him... : ) He plowed,  I ran back, to the wagon... and, tried to go back inside. The door, locked....behind me. Me, and the little red wagon, were locked out. : ) Hahahaha... Had to walk...to the other end of the building, barefooted, to get in. : ) My feet hurt, so bad....I honestly thought....with every step.... The Ice...is a Good Thing. <3 You should have seen The Promoter's Face.... {Tammy} when she saw my feet, as I walked past her booth. Hahahahahahaha!!!!! : ) Livin' the Dream! : )  When I finally, got the booth finished......and headed to the Ford, I saw my foot prints. I Burst Out Laughing!!! oh my. Who Does This Stuff??? I, realized...then, and there... I, am... my Father's...Daughter. : ) <3  It's been a Long....Crazy....Week. I've had some health issues, and have been....in Low Gear. {When I haven't had to be in High Gear!!! : ) } With Valentine's Day...that, is always...so hard. {Lost Dad, on the 13th, 31 years ago.} and... Thinking about John, ...... and, Peg..... Mom.... and...Polly. then, seeing....what happened in Florida. oh my. : ( : ( : ( Sometimes.... you think...you can't get any lower. then... you do. My Heart Breaks...for the People, in Florida. The People...in Texas. The People...in Vegas. The People...at Sandy Hook. The People... The Children.... Everywhere. I picked up, some Bright...Orange, Roses...on the 12th. Thinking, of my Loved Ones, that I...so Miss. I, don't know why, Orange...stood out, so much. It was the Only...bunch, out of Many. Maybe...Red, and White....are just, too pure. This Crazy...world....worries me. On the 14th... I found the Bright Orange....Rabbit. I'd never seen one. Yes, Orange... is 'The' Color. Love, to ya.... Barb C. [...]



Haulin' In.... for The 60th Rock Island Antique Show! This Saturday and Sunday!!!

2018-02-08T16:19:03.759-06:00

Was up at 3... on the road, by 7.... Picked up a BIG....Wonderful...1880's Pine.... Cupboard, North of Bellevue, Iowa. : ) Such...a Beautiful...part of our State. : ) It's North East, Iowa...along the Mighty Mississippi! The Old...Cupboard, has lived there, all of it's life. It was originally in a Drug Store.  It stands, a little over 8 feet tall...and is around 10 feet wide. Thankfully, it's a Two Piece, Cupboard! I was very Fortunate, that Tammy, the Promoter...of The Rock Island Show, allowed me to drop it off, at the Show, today. Rock Island, is an hour and a half, South...of Bellevue, also...on The Mississippi! I, didn't have to come home, and reload, for the Show. I'll be setting up there, tomorrow. : ) {Rock Island Antique Show Located at The Plumber's and Pipefitter's Union Hall Rock Island, Illinois. 61201 February 10th, 10 'til 6 February 11th, 10 'til 4! 4.00 adm.  Great Stuff...!!!} I set up there, for the first time, last year...and Really Enjoyed....It! It's a small Event,  Packed...with GREAT...Stuff! : ) Big Storm, is coming through, tonight.... but, Saturday and Sunday....Look GOOD! : ) It's been a Long....day. I crossed The Mississippi, several times, today, and... enjoyed every mile. : ) I even saw a few Eagles. <3 <3 <3  River Towns, are Sooooo Cool! I took a picture, of an Angel, that's in Bellevue, this morning...  then...as I was walking up to the House... after climbing out of the Ford....a little bit, ago... I took a picture, of one...of my Favorites, here...at Home. {Reminds me of Peg, and John.... {My 'Polly', too. <3 } <3 I'm gonna put my feet up, for a while. I'll load, in the morning. They should have the roads, cleared off...by tomorrow afternoon, then...I'll head to Rock Island, and set up. : ) Can't Wait....to Fill That Old Cupboard Up! <3 Hope to See Ya! {They, have Great Food, at The Show, too. : ) <3 } Barb C. [...]



Why Me Lord Story - Told and Sung By kris kristofferson

2018-02-03T11:59:56.780-06:00

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Spring.... She's whispering....in my ear.

2018-02-03T12:05:45.083-06:00

Miss. Scarlett spent the night with me, and Sweetie, last night. : ) She's such a 'Little Old Lady'. : ) : ) The things she comes up with.  She, reminds me, so Much...of my Mom. <3 The words, and phrases. I SWEAR, Mom...is whispering in her ear. : )  She drank a Big...Glass, of Chocolate Milk....the other day, then....set the glass down...Hard! "Now....That!!!  Hit the Spot!!!." {That's Exactly, what Mom, would've said. : ) } Sorry, about being absent.  I've had a heck of a time, with a Naughty...Molar.  oh dear. Finally got it pulled, on Thursday, but...it had me twisted....for several days prior. It, was quite, infected....: (  I, simply....put it off, too long. I'm feeling better, today. Still hurting, and swollen.... but, better. : ) Before the novocaine wore off, I made a run to pick up an old...cast iron urn, near the Mississippi. Met some Lovely, Folks...who had to try to understand my garble....with a numb face, and gauze filled mouth! Hahahaha! Turned out, they were having an Estate Sale....and...had Much More, than the old Urn. Holy...Smokes. The Ford, and me...came Home, with a Load.  : ) oh dear.  Unfortunately.... I spent so much time, digging, and loading...and....'visiting'.  {Wonderful....People. Wonderful...Dogs, in their 'Family', too! } The novacaine....wore off, just....as I was cuttin' the check. : ) It was a LONG...nearly....2 hour drive....Home. The Ford, is still...loaded. I'm feeling good enough, today....to head down the rabbit hole. : ) Below, are a few images I found...this morning. They, are from several years back. 2011, and 16.  With this 'Down Time'... I've been doing a lot...of Thinking. Usually, that's Not...a 'Good Thing'. It, was...this time. : ) Thanks, to a Dear Friend, an... 'Angel', really. <3 She just... Celebrated her 84th Birthday. She...is so Wise. : ) <3  She, is....such, an Inspiration. She walks, so Closely....with The Lord.  I am, So Humbled...every time, we visit. <3  I, am Blessed. <3 As I was making coffee, this morning, 'thinking'....and looking out the window.... I could 'Feel' 'Spring'. : ) It's very cold... not, 'Spring'....temperatures,  yet.... it 'Feels', like Spring. There will be more Snow...and frigid cold, before 'Spring' makes Her Entrance, I know. but... I can 'Feel', 'Her'.... She's very Close. just... around the corner. : ) Love, to ya... Barb C. {I don't check the mail, very often...these days. I'd lose my mind, if I did.  Liz, brought it all...inside, yesterday.  Oh Dear. Thankfully, it wasn't bad. <3 It, was actually...Good.  <3 There were Several... Christmas Cards....from Friends!!!  Thank You.  <3 <3 <3  I, am...Truly..... Blessed. <3 } I found the Wonderful Tune, above... as I was 'Thinkin'...again, this morning. Kris Kristofferson is one, of my All Time....Favorite, Song Writers. Many, of my most.... Favorite, tunes...were written by him. Many, that...until a few years ago, I didn't realize...were written, by him. : ) This, One... is Truly, all His. What a Wonderful Story, Kris Kristofferson shares, in this video...about his Inspiration, for this tune. Wonderful....wonderful. <3 <3 <3 [...]



Alan Jackson - Livin' On Love

2018-01-28T21:09:43.872-06:00

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VID 20180115 154736404 HDR

2018-01-28T20:35:22.553-06:00

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The House.... The Kids, Bought.

2018-01-28T21:58:07.671-06:00

Daughter, Liz....and, Son in Law... Adam, bought a House. : ) I, absolutely... Love It. <3 They 'Closed' on it... a couple of weeks ago. : ) When they first told me about it, their plans, were to tear the Old House, down... and, rebuild. {YIKES!!!!} I, didn't say, anything. It sits, on nearly an acre and a half.... on the edge, of a Darling... little Town, Elberon.... {Very Near, one of the Happiest Places, I knew, growing up. {Keystone'.} about, 35 miles, west...of Cedar Rapids. It had been listed, two years ago... for 129,000. For, some reason....when Daughter. Liz...saw the listing... it was for 29,000. They bought it, for... much...less, than that. {That's...a 'God' Thing. <3 } I, went to see it, the day they closed. : ) They aren't going to tear it down.... : ) They, are going to Bring It Back...to Life. <3 Adam, is Very....Handy.  Liz, is such...a Worker. : ) It's going to be Great. 'Home'.  <3 I spent a LONG....night, this week...painting. I found an Old...7 1/2 foot Harvest Table, a couple of days ago, for them.... up, north, and west...of Waterloo...., for a Great Price, and delivered it to them...today. They have torn the newer kitchen out, and all of the carpet. They, have been working Hard. They are trying to get down to the original, 1880's 'Bones'...then, go from there. : ) I'm so Proud...of them. <3 This House...is nearly 2000 sq. feet. They will have Plenty...of room. It's a Great...Community. <3 The second...to the last image, is one...I took, looking out the west window. : ) Simply...Iowa. : ) Surrounded by Farm Fields. : ) Love...It. <3 The Last...image, is...of Adam, and Liz, on their Wedding Day. : ) <3 <3 <3   {No, the Black Leather...Sofa and Chair, are Not...staying. Just...something to sit on, for now. } : ) Love to ya... Barb C. I took the video above, the day...they, they 'Closed'. It was the second time, they visited the House. My... first, time. : ) Loved...It. 'As Found'. <3 [...]



the story. oh....my.

2018-01-26T20:20:35.532-06:00

I don't know...where this week's gone. I've been struggling, about a post...for two weeks, to write...here. I, still...can't seem to find, all of the words, I want to say. It's a long....long, story. I lay in bed...at night, thinking about 'the story'. As, I drive...down the road, I...think...about 'the story'. It was two weeks ago...today, while I was driving down the Iowa back roads,  something, strange...happened. I, didn't realize, it had happened....until I got home. I'd taken a video...as I was driving. Just...held my phone, in the air, not looking at what it was capturing. I, was driving. When I sat down, late...that Evening, and watched it...  it wasn't so much...'what' the video, had captured... it's what the video...recorded. The Sound. oh...my.  It's Haunted...me, for the last two weeks. Stirred up, a whole Bunch. I, can't begin...to explain, what I heard, without writing the entire....'story'. No one...would understand it, unless...I put all of the pieces, together. I, 'need'...to share, this 'story'. I, weep...when I think about it all. but, I have to do it...and, say it... 'right'. so.... Please, forgive...my absence. 'The Story'...is very close, to being put down, in words. It, has to be. For, my own...'self'. : ) {I'm sitting here, crying, just....thinking, about it. : (  I, cry... Every Time...I, think...about 'the story'. } For today...I'm going to post, some Happy, images. Spring... Flowers... Bare, feet. down, the rabbit hole.  : ) <3 I'll be writing 'the story'... very soon. Love, to ya.... Barb C. [...]



Thank You!!!

2018-01-22T19:50:56.206-06:00

THANK YOU!!! The Anamosa Show... was BUSY...BUSY!!! I don't have the exact numbers... but, we had at Least...700 Folks, Attend!!! : ) MANY...Many...Early Birds! <3 More, than I've Ever Seen! : ) THANK YOU! The Show stayed Busy... nearly...to the end. : ) The New 'addition' of the 99.00 and Under Booth, was a Success.... : ) ! YAY!!! Now, that the Vendors, can see how it 'works'.... I, think... It will be even BETTER, Next Year! In that booth... 'Mark It Low...and Let 'er Go!!!' : ) The Customers... Love It! and... the Vendors... can reinvest. : ) I'm planning on having an Entire Big Tent, at The Memorial Day Weekend Sale, and...Labor Day Weekend Sale, here, down the rabbit hole... for 'BARGAINS'...too. : ) Haven't figured out the right name, for it... 'The White Elephant' Booth. 'The Catch All'.... my Pal, Val... used to call her Sales... 'Buy High...Sell Low'... : ) : ) : ) That, would be cute. : ) {and, true.. sometimes!!! : ) } Many said...they had a Wonderful, Show... YAY!!!! but,  Not everyone, did Great, at The Show. I, was one of 'em. My fault. {We Had... The People! <3 } I didn't have nearly enough 'smalls'. I was down the 16 foot Trailer. Brandon... Son, Justin's Pal...who helps me... unload, and brings the Trailer, didn't come to help. He was supposed to meet me at Noon, here...Friday, to hook up to the trailer,  {When I spoke with him, last week, he was very excited, about having the work. : )  He's a Worker!}  Justin, had talked to him at 10 a.m., said he was on his way... At 1, I called him... he didn't answer. I kept trying, as I was reloading... he never answered. I, don't know what happened. Still don't. He's kinda that way.  <3  He 'struggles'...sometimes. : ( so... without help.... It was tuff.  I had to make two 90 mile trips, on Friday afternoon, then...unload. We were very Busy, Saturday, setting up our booths, along with helping Folks. Kelsey, Mark's Daughter... was a Great Help!!! She handled the 99.00 and Under, Booth. She, did a Great Job! Thanks, to Polly and Bob, { Polly Ann's, Mt. Vernon, Iowa } for helping me unload, the Heaviest pieces. <3 I didn't get any pictures, but... did go 'LIVE' on FB, late...Saturday night. You can see that on my 'Simply Iowa' Facebook page. I was Blessed, that Liz, and Adam, came to help load out. Lord...Lord. : ) <3 I rolled in, at Home...about 10:30, last night. {had to be at the Show, by 7, yesterday morning.  Didn't get to bed, until 1, Sunday Morning.} When I woke up, this morning...I was in the same clothes, I had on, yesterday. INCLUDING MY APRON!!!! Hahahahaha! {I remember, coming inside... letting Sweetie out, letting her in, feeding Philly, and the Baby Cat...... then... walking into the bedroom...and Diving....into....The Bed. : ) It almost felt...like The Bed, Rose up...like a Wave....and Caught Me!!! Hahaha! } At Least...I'd kicked my shoes off. : ) } It was a LONG....several days. : ) Cecilia, and her Family, helped so Much, too. <3 Mark and I, will be gently...taking over, but... I told Cecilia, and Everyone.... Cecilia...is Going NOWHERE!!!! : ) WE NEED HER! : )  ALWAYS! <3 She would like to travel...and, this Event...is a Ton, of work for her. She Loves It.... but, it takes a Lot...of time, year round. We all want it to continue. <3 There are Many... Folks, who sell there, that are older...and, do only...This Event. They Contribute MUCH, and Have...for Many Years. <3 They bring...Wonderful....Things! We Need This....to Continue. <3 We, all...Love it, too. <3 So, we'll do our Best. <3 It was Great...Seeing Everyone! <3 Vendors...and Shopper[...]



The Anamosa Show.... January 21st. 9 'til 3. EARLY BIRD... 7:30 'til 9!!!!!

2018-01-19T10:17:04.762-06:00

I've touched base, with many of the Vendors....over the last few days. They, are ALL....So Excited! I, think...EVERYONE...is Ready...to get this Antiquing Year....ROLLIN'!!! : ) This Event, is always....So Good!!! Cecilia, and Jon... have worked so Hard....for this, over two decades. <3 The Folks, who set up here....are Gems. : ) They Always bring such Fun Stuff! There are Vintage Things....priced...from a Dollar, to Several Hundred. They bring everything...from, Vintage Jewelry...to Folk Art. Kitchen Stuff, to...Early....Primitives. Farm Cupboards....and Tables... to Garden Junk... and, Victorian.  Old Gas and Oil....Signs, and Memorabilia... Old Toys, of Every Shape...and Size.... to... Native American, and Lodge. : ) I've Always... So Enjoyed....This Event! I, Never Missed It...to 'Shop'. then,  several years ago... I became a Vendor, myself. : ) <3 We are adding a new booth, this year. I, think...it'll be Fun.  : ) We've asked all of the Vendors, to contribute to it. : ) It'll be a 'BARGAIN'....Booth. No Early Shopping....from The Bargain Booth. Early Birds, get DIBS!!!  {oh...dear. } : ) Nothing will be priced over 99.00. Not even the Furniture.  {There will be Many....items...under 20.00 : ) } For Bookkeeping, purposes....that booth, will be Cash only. I've asked the Vendors...to price their items, as Low...as they can. so... There will be no further discounts...in That Booth. : ) I have a Feeling, That Booth, is going to get thinned out.... FAST! : ) Get There....for Early Bird!  It's Worth It! : ) {IT'S ALWAYS...WORTH IT! } I'm going to be Very....Busy, the next several days, through....Sunday. I'll HOPEFULLY...be able to post Many Pictures, of The Show, Saturday Night! I, may even 'Go Live'...on Facebook. {Simply Iowa on Facebook } while I'm at The Show, Saturday Night. : ) We'll See! I am looking Forward, to Seeing You...There! Bright, and Early!!! Love, to ya... Barb C. {There are some New Folks, coming in...that have some VERY FUN STUFF!!! We, have a 'waiting list', at this time...The Show...is 'Full'. If, you'd like to be put on the list...let me know. Some Folks, may be retiring...next year. Sometimes...for unforeseen reasons, Folks...aren't able to come, and we need Vendors.  We'll go down the list, as they have been received. : )  } {Please say a Prayer...for Grandson, Jack. <3 He's having tubes...put in his little ears, early, in the morning. He's only....7 months old. : (..... He's fought, so Many....ear infections. : (..... I, Pray...the procedure goes, fast, well...and....is successful. <3 <3 <3  I, can't....go to sleep, thinking...about him. <3 <3 <3  He's such a Sweet little Man. <3  Seeing him suffer, with those ear infections...is heartbreaking. Thinking about him...having to go through this procedure.... is, heartbreaking. } Precious... Baby. <3 <3 <3  UPDATE!!!! Jack had his procedure... early this morning, and did GREAT!!!! Thank You, for Your Prayers!!! : ) <3  [...]



Gathering for The Anamosa Show!

2018-01-13T20:14:29.964-06:00

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 [...]



Thinking... Spring.

2018-01-10T21:29:53.276-06:00

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!!!!} [...]



Dust in the wind lyrics - Kansas

2018-01-09T22:17:43.219-06:00

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Moments...

2018-01-09T22:13:25.168-06:00

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.  [...]



VID 20151228 164558

2018-01-08T17:34:22.008-06:00

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Eric Church - Round Here Buzz (Lyric Video)

2018-01-08T17:17:11.453-06:00

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Thinkin'....

2018-01-08T17:40:37.159-06:00

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. : ) }  [...]



Patsy Cline - Always

2018-01-05T20:42:21.867-06:00

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Back...to The Future!

2018-01-05T21:14:01.428-06:00

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, [...]



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

2018-01-02T20:53:14.393-06:00

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 Spe[...]



Happy New Year!!!!

2018-01-01T02:10:06.608-06:00

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... a  Very...Happy... 2018. <3 <3 <3  Barb C. [...]



New Years Eve... Eve.

2017-12-30T22:23:22.107-06:00

This time of year.... is such a 'reflecting'...time. I, tend to look back, over the year, and...years...past. So many...memories. : ) Some..make me laugh.  Some...make me cry. I, guess...that's true, with us all.  : ) I walked through the house...this evening, went into rooms,  I hadn't been in...for a long...long...time. Memories... Memories... Memories. : )  Went through some of the cupboards, and held....some Beautiful... Memories...in my hands. : ) Cards, and gifts...from Friends, that are no longer with us. In Son, Justin's old Room, there's an early....early.... {1840's } Empire Chest of Drawers. It came from an Estate Sale, that was conducted for a Fellow Antique Collector, Ron. He passed away, suddenly, several years ago. He used to come to the sales, here, and....I'd see him, out...at all of the sales...around Cedar Rapids. He, was such a Kind....Man. : ) On top of the Old...Chest, is a Drawered.... Empire piece.  I bought it a few years ago. It was at Verl Banowetz's Auction, in Maquoketa, Iowa. I remember driving there, before dawn. It was so foggy.  There was So Much Stuff!!! Inside...Outside.... Rows...and Rows...and...Rows.... Inside, Many Buildings.... Outside.... Covering Acres. Oh My! I visited with Verl....for quite a while. : ) Pal, Mark...followed me, to the Auction. We Filled our Vehicles. Many...Did.  These.... 'Old' Souls.... are Somethin' Else. : ) If, only...'they' could talk.  : ) I, can...speak, a little...for them. The Wonderful, 'snippets', 'moments'...of our 'Journeys'...together.  Imagine... The Stories...'They', could tell. <3 <3 <3  I've met...so Many, Wonderful Folks.... who Share, this...Crazy, Love...of Old.  : ) Memories. oh...my. Happy New Years Eve...  Eve. Love, to ya... Barb C. {I've told Folks....over the years, 'There's a reason, I don't buy things...from Folks...I'm not fond of.' I 'see'...faces, 'memories'...'Friends'...in every 'Old Soul'. <3 <3 <3 I don't want to 'see'...anything, but... 'Good', and 'Happy'...when my eyes, fall upon them. I, won't bring anything....'Home', or...to the rabbit hole, that doesn't have 'Good'... 'Soulfulness'... wrapped around it.  <3 <3 <3  : ) The old...old....20.00, Drawered piece, rode Home...next to me, in the cab...of The Ford. : ) <3 } The Brockmeyers..... gathered a Huge Load...too. <3 They, also...helped me, LOAD. Bless Their Hearts!!! Don't know, who these Folks were, but....They got...a Nice Load, too. : )  Liz, and Miss. Scarlett, helped me unload, and clean things up....from that Auction. The next day, all of it, went to the Midwest Show, in Cedar Rapids. oh....my. Long....Days. : ) Our Booth, at Midwest. <3 I was sooooo Tired, as I worked on that booth. I, was sooooo angry, when I was told, about 8, that evening, I had to quit....working on the booth. They were closing the doors. I, wanted to work...all night.  Never...Enough Time.  Never. : )  I got there, at the crack of dawn...the next morning, and had a few hours, before the show opened. Never... Enough... Time!!! Hahahahaha!!! The Empire, drawered piece, that I bought at the Auction, and visited...today...is sitting on the white pedestal, between the two Victorian Chairs. It, nearly...sold, at the show. When it didn't....I brought[...]



"Somewhere, My Love" (LARA'S Theme from Dr. Zhivago) w/lyrics ~ Andy...

2017-12-29T11:46:29.148-06:00

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