Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Marcels - Blue Moon


The Straw... is Flyin'... aound the Rabbit Hole.... The 'Once, in a Blue Moon'...Sale... Opens... Friday Morn...at 9. {runs through.. Monday. }

oh my...
What a Day. : )
So Much... to Get Done...
So Much...
to Display.
: )
Don't Miss It!
Love... to ya...
Barb C. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Blue Moon of Kentucky John Fogerty


Another little pile of treasures.... headed for The Once in a Blue Moon... Sale.

Fun Treasures....
Old... and Newer.... 
{Lots of Great Stuff... for Fall!!!! }
oh my...
: ) 
SOOOOOO Much... more....
to get out....
oh my.
Sale Opens at 9 'til 6
 {or Later... : ) }
 This Friday!!!
runs...
September 4th... through the 11th!
Love...to ya!
Barb C.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle - Lyrics


Our Grandchildren's Parents. : ) oh my.... How Proud... we are... of Them.



August... has been Quite... a Month.
oh my.
So Many... New Additions...
The Best... was Little Keeden John...  : )
{K.J. }  : )
John's Youngest... Grandson. : )
When Andrea sent me a picture... on my phone...just after he was born... on the 27th...
 it was difficult to see him...
but...
I Knew...I could Tell....
 he was a Beautiful... Child.
: ) : ) : ) 
{He is.... oh my... : ) He weighed an ounce over 10 pounds.... and is... 
{I should say... 'Handsome'...}
but... 
 I have to say... 'Beautiful'.... : ) }
The Helm Lines... produce Big... Beautiful.... Babies. <3
That's all... there is... to it. <3 : )
{My Sister, Chery... told me... as we were visiting.... some... 25 years ago....
"You and John... sure... make Beautiful... Babies." 
{I have to say... the 'Beauty'... belongs to his... genes. } 
{I'm not saying... my family... doesn't have Beautiful... Children...
 all four...of my Brother, Sonny's... Girls... were Homecoming Queens.... : ) 
{but...he, also... had a little help...  : )  his Wife, Shirley... was Stunning. }
oh my. 
Keeden... and Big Brother, Kaycen... are... 'Beautiful'...
as is...Lillie... John's Oldest, Granddaughter....
Little Justin.... could be a 'Model'...too.
Then... Miss. Scarlett... oh my. : )
yes...
The Helm Genes....
are simply... Beautiful...
Inside... and Out. 
{After all... James Dean... could have doubled... for John... : ) }
: ) 
I sat down... this morning... looking at the images I captured last night... and wept.
John and I... have spent so Much... of our lives... 'working'....
Surviving....
John and I talked about that.... a couple of years ago... 
how... 'They all... Grew Up... on us.'
The sad thing... looking back..... I don't know... how we could have changed any of it.
and... still... 'provided'.
but... 
We also.. realized... as we discussed the Kids....
What a Gift... our Children are... to their... Children.
: )
We sat back... and looked at them all...and both said....
what Amazing... 'Parents'... they all... are. 
<3
I was crying... when Liz came to gather up...Miss. Scarlett, this morning. 
Seeing that little Offspring of John's... oh my... and the Years... that have slipped away... from us both.
oh my.
I told her... that I knew... we weren't and aren't  the best... Parents... and Grandparents...
but... we did... the best... we could.
Times were tuff... when the Kids were growing up... seems... they are...always. 
She smiled.... and said.... "You taught us... how to Love...and always... took care... of us."... : ) 
oh my....
We... always worked.. but... when the Kids... need us.... we are always... there. 
John and I... are Very Proud... of who our Children... have become. : ) 
oh my. : ) 
Love...to ya.
Barb C.
{Katie... is 'due'... any time... any day....
John... will have a New... Youngest... Granddaughter... very... soon....
oh my.
<3 <3 <3 }
I played 'Cat's in the Cradle'... because... sometimes... John and I.. have both felt that way.
but...
 I Know... given... the cards... we had dealt....to us...
 we did.... The Very... Best... we could.. and can.
Like my Dad... said... when I was a little girl.....
"If... you know... in your Heart... you did the Best... you could... then... have no... regrets."....
We did... : ) <3
{and.. unlike.. 'the child'... in the above tune... Should we need our Children.... They would be here... in a Moment... <3 }

I think back.... on how many... 'Mother's Days'... I missed... with my Mom...
because of a Show... that conflicts... {tho... I called her... and visited her... before... and after. }
I think... of when John... went 'Home'... during the Memorial Day Sale... last year... and... I kept working....
Then... had to continue... and delay... John's Memorial... until his Birthday... because I was under contract.... to 'Git 'er Done'....
now... when Andrea... called... I was working... out of town... again.
oh my.
I feel bad... but... if I didn't keep my nose to the stone....
all the Pins... would fall...to the ground.
John... understood this...too...
We Lived...our lives... Praying... we could Keep... all of the Pins...
in the air. <3
By The Grace.. of God... and His Angels....
we Always... Pulled Through.
always....will. : )
after all... we have Folks depending on us......... <3
{For the record... John and I.... never hired a 'sitter'...
 {my Best Friend, Roxie.. doesn't count... : ) She's 'Family'... }
 Tho... we worked hard...and long hours... when the Kids... were little....
we worked around their schedules...
No...Day Care... No... Sitters.
I'm proud... of that.
 { we never could have afforded them...anyway. : )
 another 'Blessing'... <3 }



Andrea... and Keeden John Snitker. <3

<3 <3 <3 









Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tom T. Hall- Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine (With Lyrics)

Horsin' Around... and Playin' with The Dogs...

Life... for me...these days....
is Absolutely...Insane. 
The ONLY...Moments...of  Solace I find...
is when Scout needs his Toenails Trimmed....
and... Sweetie... needs a 'Pat'.. on the head. : )
oh my.
I lost... two days... inside myself... after being put through the wringer... by people...
ARRRRG.....
 'People'. 
Critters... are Such...a Gift. : ) 
The Lord and I.... have had Long... Chats... over Many...Years.
A Minister... told me... when I was 16.... 
"No, Animals... don't go to Heaven."
uh oh. 
From that moment on... I spoke to The Lord... myself... didn't trust anyone..... to convey my Thoughts.... or... His. 
: )
I've told The Lord... Many Times... over  Many Years....
"if.... our Critters don't go to Heaven.... Lord... : ) send me... where they go.
Heaven... simply... wouldn't be 'Heaven'... for me... without them. <3 "
I Thank The Lord... Every Day.... for His Beautiful... Critters... He has Blessed me and mine... with.
Like Angels... they have carried me...and mine... through some Mighty Ruff Patches. 
<3 
Today... they were such...a Gift.
Such... a Gift. 
The 'thing'... about Critters.... as I have Thanked The Lord for... time, and again....
is the Unconditional Love... they have... for us. 
The Greatest... Gift... of All. : ) 
{Just got the News... John's Oldest Daughter, Andrea... had her little Boy.
Big Boy.
He was an once... over 10 Pounds!!!!}
I'm going to visit them... on Saturday. oh my.
John... would be Thrilled. <3 
The 'Once in a Blue Moon' Sale.... is Fast Approaching!
It will be September 4th thru 7th!!!
Oh.... DEAR!!!!
Love, to ya....
Barb C.
{I'd... have to add... 'Horses'... 
{all Critters... really. : ) } 
to the above... tune. : ) } 
yep...
like... The Song... Says. <3 

As I was visiting with Justin... in the Body Shop... this Eve....
Sweetie... Claimed an Old Seat... for herself.
Yes...
She... is a Princess. <3 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Working...down the rabbit hole.

As I was gathering.... in the back Green House.... and Cleaning.....
I found this Old... Victorian Castor set.
: )
I plunked it... on the table.....
looked at it... for a moment...
and... decided...
Dirt...and all....
it was
Beautiful.
As... Found. 
I am cleaning.... and... cleaning... and...
Cleaning.
Remember......
there was only a path.... through this little area....
just a few days ago.
Things have been Stacked.... and Piled..... in this little Green House... for some... time.
I have not paid it any attention... for.... a long... long... time.
The Girls... have Spruced it up.... during Sale Times....
but... I... have not 'personally' touched... it... for a couple of years. 
oh my.
It takes me a LONG time... to 'set' a room.
Details... Details... Details...
oh dear.
: ) 
I get Lost... in a 'project'... like this. 
Between 'cleaning'.... I've been piling... sentimental... Gnarliness....
on the Huge... Light... that hangs in the back Green House.
I bought two.... a few years ago....
They came from a Grand... Hotel.... in Des Moines.
One... was perfect, and sold.. quickly.
The other... : ) had been stored with the first... in a Barn.
A Farmer rolled over it... with his Tractor. 
oh my.
John... worked so hard... to put it all back together...
I...Loved... it... when he was done.
I didn't care... if it Never sold. 
He brought it back to Life.
When the Boys... were moving it...inside the Green House...
they dropped it....
oh my...
I broke down... and wept.
It wasn't that they had hurt it... any more... than it had been... to begin with.....
It was... all of John's work...
 He really... worked hard... to make it 'whole' again.
oh my.
Yesterday... Liz and I... moved it... I wired it all back together... seeing John's Miraculous Repairs....
with every turn. 
: ) 
Today.... as I was 'cleaning'.... I kept gathering all sorts of 'fragments'... 
Fragments... from Peg... and other Friends....
 Bird's Nests...from Charlie....
 Worn... Velvet Pieces....
Broken.... Pieces... from Friends... Long... ago.
{one Beautiful Broken Piece... was from Friend, Eudora............ another...
from Friends... John and Carolyn... oh my...
 I also.... ran across a tray... with 'Dug Finds'...from Jerome... oh my. 
Treasures... that have been buried.... in the Ground.. for decades.......... }
I began to layer... the Massive Light.... with...
'Memories'.
: ) 
Liz would call my day... 'filled... with Shenanigans'...
When I... can take... my time... Yes.... I fill my day.... with 'Shenanigans'...
: )
When she dropped Miss. Scarlett off tonight....
she peeked inside... the Green House.
: )
Tho... it's still a Mess...
She Loved it...
: ) 
She said... it reminded her of the Movie, 'Sweeney Todd'.... : )
I take That... as a Huge... Compliment. 
I never knew... who Tim Burton was....
until I saw the Movie...
'Alice in Wonderland' with Johnny Depp.
I was Breathless... by his set designs... 
Later, I have found... I Loved so Many... of his Movies...
'Beetlejuice'... 'Big Fish'... and... tho... Creepy... 
'Sweeney Todd'. 
When I saw 'Alice'... I Swore... The Director... 'Tim Burton'.... had visited....
Our....
Beloved...
'Rabbit Hole'.
I... have to believe....
He and I... were separated.... at Birth!
: ) 
I have a Long Way...to go... in this little area....
and a Million Miles... to cover... before the 
'Once in a Blue Moon'... Open House....
but...
I'll get done.... what I can.
I...won't be rushed. 
Mark your Calendars!
September 4 thru 7. : )
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{and... Yes... Danny Elfman... also created the Amazing Tune... above, for 'Alice'....
He also has created Most... all of the Music for Tim Burton's... 'Creations'...
of Course... he did. 
Amazing. }

This and the below images... are awful.
I captured them... as I was leaving... tonight.
The Sun... was so Bright... I couldn't see the screen on my phone.
This is a Wonderful... Old Footstool...
I unearthed it... today.... the fabric... was modern... and... shot.
I removed it...and exposed the vintage...encased... springs...
oh.... my.
LOVE IT!
{It looks... Waaaaay Gnarlier... in Person. <3 }
The Sun...
was Bright.... down the rabbit hole... this Eve. : )


Miranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon