Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alice's Theme - Danny Elfman (Lyrics, HD)

It's Official! Mark Your Calendars... for December 13th and 14th!

Mark Your Calendars!
The Hatter.... says....
The Rabbit Hole... Needs....
some Visitors. : )
Energy... that Christmas... brings...  Best.
A...Winter.... 'Wonderland....
down... the rabbit hole. : )
I'm handing it all...over to...
 The Hatter.
Giving her...a Free Hand.... and let her Magic... do...what it will...
{oh...dear.... }
I lose myself... when I find my way...there....
and... can so...easily.... leave the 'world'... outside.
So... The Hat Goes On....
Come Visit... 
and... Bask... in The Holiday....
Spirit....
with us. 
: )
Hope to see you. <3
Love to ya...
Barb C. 
{Thanks...so Much..to Rita... from The Collector's Journal,{ Vinton, Iowa.}
She... always... gets me goin'.... 
Love Her... and...The Journal. <3 }


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer (with lyrics)

The Old... Souls...


When I'm down...to my last match...
I light the stove with it...
: )






One year ago... today.

true... true...true.





two years ago...











yes...
the rabbit hole... waits.
: )
{I'll be back down there... soon... very... soon.
I... think... I'm gonna give it a Squeeze...  and... gift it....
with.... A Christmas Open House...
mid December...
stay tuned. : ) }

I saw a post... a little while ago... on fb, that my Friend, Wanda... had posted. 
: )
She put an image on...of a little... old... wall box... that is so wonderful.
It happily sat... inside the Old Drysink Cupboard.... then... hung...on the side... of the Old Cupboard, that came from Dad's... 1850's Summer Kitchen.... : ) : ) : ) 
She bought it from me... last year, when I sold things...out of the house. 
It was so difficult... letting things go.... 
{yes... everything I let go of... has claw marks. : )
especially...when they come from the house. : ) }
but... times were tuff... and, sometimes...you gotta do... what you...gotta do. 
You can either... quit... and lose... or keep forging ahead.
Seems...the Fire...in the old Forge... has had to stay pretty hot... these last couple of years.
{I know... two different meanings.... <3 }
As much... as I love... these old souls... God Bless Them.... they have carried us... through many trials.
I...am forever Grateful... to them, for that.
{makes me...Love them... all the more. }
It doesn't stop, with their sacrifice.... at the point of 'sale'....
The people, I have met, through them... like Wanda, and so many...many others... well....
that makes them... Priceless... to me. : )
The images I posted... were taken over the last three years....
I could have kept going...and going....
many... soulful.... memories.
oh...my. : )
Miss. Scarlett and I...went to Marlene's Memorial... this morning....
I, really haven't been out... for days.
I've a touch... of something... and just stayed hunkered down.
I dropped the key off... last night, with Jon and Heather... {and Little William... : ) }
 from the Estate Sale... in Amana. Their Amana house... sold... : )
Miss. Scarlett, and William, are Good Friends.... so we wanted to let them play together, one last time. 
{They live near the Twin Cities.... who knows... when we'll meet again. }
They invited us, out for Supper, it was Lovely....
: )
Kathy, the Historian, from Amana, joined us... : )
yes... these old souls... have placed many wonderful Folk... in our lives.
Like... Marlene.
I visited with her Family... briefly... this morning.
Told them... how Blessed, we all were... to have known her.
She...was a Gift. : )
and... will be...Missed.... <3
I picked up...groceries... for Thanksgiving... on our way home....
Liz met me...at the store....and, Scarlett and I... parted ways.
As I was driving.... I got to thinkin'.... how everyone, thinks...I am so strong.
: )
{oh dear.... : ) }
It made me think of 'Cassius Clay'.... {Mohammad Ali }
Dad's All Time... Favorite Boxer.
Dad and I watched... Every Ali Fight.... that was televised....
Ali would take..such beatings...in the ring...
He was famous... for something called the 'rope -a- dope'.....
Ali, would lay back... on the ropes.... and let his opponent beat on him.... and beat on him....
until... his opponent was worn out.
I couldn't understand... how Ali... could absorb... all of the beatings... then...go on... to win.
until... now. : )
I know... folks are concerned... about me.
Please... just keep me in your Prayers...
 {Like I did...when I was a little girl...sitting next to Dad... watching every fight... for Ali... : ) }
Yes.... I am... up against the ropes...
Yes... I am taking some mighty tuff... blows....
don't confuse laying on the ropes.... as a sign of weakness. 
: )
but... like a Boxer... even Ali... could only fight one match...at a time.
One round... at a time.
I visited with Peg...the other day... she's fighting her...own 'Foreman'... as I fight mine.
I said... "Ya know... I don't remember... much of anything... about the Sale...in June. 
{I was there...nearly a month... } 
Just... 'moments'... of it. "....
She said... "Barb... you were Toast...."
The thing is....
no matter what comes down the line....
I may be 'toast'.... but... like any Boxer... worth his salt....
when he steps in the ring....
you'd never know it.
So... if you don't hear from me... and... when you see me... I look a little ruff....
don't worry...
I'm just layin' on the ropes.... absorbing the blows.....
Ali said...

"Inside of the ring...or out...
ain't nothing wrong... with going down.
It's staying down... that is wrong. "

I love this quote, too....

"Life is like a Boxing Match...
Defeat is not Declared when you Fall....
but when you refuse to Stand... again. "
: )
I'm still... Standin'. <3
{a little dazed... at times....
but...
Still... Standin'. 
Keep those Wings... Poundin'! }
: )
Love....to ya...
Barb C.





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Carrie Underwood with Vince Gill How Great thou Art - 720P HD - Standing...

For...The Love...of Old.

Oh... my.....
: ) 
Wanda called me this morning.....
asked me if I knew Marlene Wright...
I said... I know a 'Marlene'... she never misses any of the Sales....
here, down the rabbit hole....
She went on...to say.... Marlene...Wright had just passed away....
I said... it can't be the same Marlene....
 I had just seen her at the Mid West Show.... we had visited.... 
We enjoyed each other's company... and Loved many of the same things....
No...who she was thinking of... couldn't be the same person.
I got online.....
to see if there was an image.... on the obituary....
Well... the picture looked a little like Marlene....
but... no...
This couldn't be... Marlene....
not the Marlene... I know.
Marlene, used to work at The Smokehouse Antique Mall....
so... I called Cindy, and asked her...if Marlene's last name was 'Wright'....
{I was sure...it wasn't....
 I know Folks...by their Faces... their Eyes... 
through their Love...of these Old Things...not by last names.... }
Cindy... asked..."Why...? what has happened....? "
my Heart...sank.
oh my....
Marlene was such a Gentle..Spirit.... : )
She always found the most... soulful little treasures.... down the rabbit hole. 
She loved so many Old Things... across the board. {like me... : ) anything... that could be found... in an Old... Iowa... Farmhouse... <3 }
Handmade... Vintage Lace.... to Gnarly...Primitive... treasures....
She... Loved... 'Old'... <3
I think of her... every time... I look at the old tin cookie cutter, above.
I bought it...at Duwa's Amana Auction... several years ago....
Marlene said, when I showed her... what I had splurged on....: )...
 if I was ever going to sell it... she'd like to buy it.
I had paid... dearly for it....because, it was something... I had wanted to keep.
She knew... but... loved it, as much as I..... : )
It's hand made... from early Amana... and... 'Hearts'... and me.... well... 
we go way back.
but...
I Promised her, I'd put her name on it....
{and did...that day. }
 and when I felt the 'need'... to sell... from the House....
She would have first shot. : )
We joked about it... again...at the Mid West... in early October....
I told her... her 'Heart'... was in good hands... : )
and... someday... when it couldn't be mine... it would be hers... 
It Has Your Name on It! <3
oh my..........
After I hung up the phone... with Cindy....
I pulled the Old Heart... out of a display I have it in... next to me....
along with the tag... I'd put on it... several years ago.... with Marlene's number.
oh my.
Cindy and I... are going to the Service... on Tuesday... together... 
I'm sure... we'll see many faces, that have a mutual...
 Love....
of...
Old.
I'm gonna miss that Girl.
oh...my. 
{I have met...the most Wonderful People, thanks to our Mutual...Love... of these Old Things.
What Beautiful... Gifts... they have brought into my life. }
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
Prayers.... to Marlene's Family... and Friends.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vince Gill - Never Knew Lonely

Vince Gill - Never Knew Lonely

Vince Gill - Never knew lonely lyrics


Ya learn something new.... everyday.

The last couple of days...have been ruff.
The Show Season, is over....
My thoughts are turning towards the Holidays...
and important work... paperwork... and battles.
I...can, mostly... function... while I work....
but, every morning and night... still... 
tare me apart.
I started thinking about that... this morning.
I've known 'sorrow'...'heartbreak' and 'loss'...
 throughout my life.
I've spent time, alone... and struggled....
and... have always... shook it off...
walked on...
Mended the wounds....
and... never forgot... the love... and loss...
that have left the beautiful... scars....
but... I realized...
I never knew...
'Lonely'...
We have finally met.
This 'Lonely'...
is not... simply being alone.
I... have never really... known, even that kind of 'lonely'...
I can find contentment... while alone.
This... kind of 'Lonely'...
is feeling alone, when you are surrounded by Crowds...
 Friends...and Loved ones....
no...
'Lonely'... and I...
had never met...
until...
now.
Whoever wrote the old saying...
"It's Better to have Loved and Lost...
than...to have Never Loved at all..."
never met...
'Lonely'...
either.
When you lose... the One... that kept 'Lonely' away....
kept it...from ever touching you....
crushing... you...
you realize... what a Gift... he was.
I...have never in my life...
'felt' this.....
'Known'... this.
I...was Blessed...
very.
Love... to ya.
Barb C.
The Vince Gill tune...I posted, above...
pretty much...
says it all.
I'm so sorry...for Vince, he wrote it....
oh my...
He's met 'Lonely'.... too.
{click on the top version.... oh my....
the video... is amazing. }


Monday, November 17, 2014