Thursday, July 2, 2015

oh my....

Sale...
Day One...
was insane.
: )
{there is Still  TONS... of Amazing Stuff...but..
Tons.. went out.}
Daughter, Liz... captured a video... of when the Gates Opened...
this Morn...
: )
I can't seem to post it here...
so...
check out 
'Simply Iowa'...on Facebook.
You will... chuckle.
I did.
<3
Love to ya...
Hope to see ya...
Sale Opens at 8... in the Morn.
: )
Barb C.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sale... July 2nd thru 5th! {a few more images... this is another... 'snippet'... Furniture....Garden...and...Vintage 'Romantic'... coming soon... } See Post below this one... for all of the 'Details' ... : )



























and... Much... Much... More.
Much... will be coming in... until Sale Time.
See below post... for more images.... and 'Details'...
: ) 
Love... to ya...
Barb C.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Miss.... Simply Iowa's 'Old Glory'... Sale!!!!!

Here's The Deal!!!
The Simply Iowa
 'Old Glory'....
Sale...
will be held...
July 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.
8 a.m. 'til Dusk... Daily!
Located at...
101 Williams Blvd. Fairfax, Iowa
{on Highway 151 }
Rain or Shine...
{no early sales. : ) }


What I had envisioned.... as being a 'Simple'...July... 'Open House'... 
down the rabbit hole....
Suddenly... 
became an
 Amazing... Event.
A Friend is moving.... and is parting with a Large Portion... of her 50 year Collection.
{Two other Long Time... 'Collector' Friends... have added to this Sale... as well...
oh my. : ) 
{ One... with Unusual Folks Art... the other,  'Romantic Vintage... Eclectic '}
They have all directed me to 'Price It To Sell!'...
 : )
I will price it... 'Fair'. 
: )
I have had Folks inquiring about 'prices'...
I won't be pricing until the last minute.
and...
I don't 'share' prices... prior to Sale time.
{Not fair to the Buyer... as it may be for re sale...  }
No different than an Auction... : ) 
but...
you won't have to stand all day.... to get it.
If fact... you have to move... rather...quickly... at this type of Sale. 
: )
There is Much... so... no worries....: )
Everyone... will go Home... with some Wonderful....
Wonderful...
Treasures. 
: )
You can arrive... early...
 but... viewing and buying won't be available until 8 a.m. on the 2nd.
I'll be posting more details soon.
Wear Your... Grubbies....
 Running Shoes... 
and Bring a Truck!
You Don't want to Miss... This Event!!!
{I'll consider 'Offers'... on the 4th.
 Until then... all prices stand. }

Below... is a 'snippet' of what will be here.
There will be Much Advertising... 
Tin and Porcelain Signs... Advertising Clocks... Lodge and Camp as well.
{A Friend and I were chatting about this 'Grouping'... of Treasures...
We wondered... how many... Sales... Flea Markets... Auctions... Tag Sales....
you would have to attend... to find this Much... Awesome Stuff... in one place...
and... affordable.
It would take... years. 
The rabbit hole will be open, too... : ) 
with all sorts of Gnarliness.... Farm... Garden... Concrete...
Furniture... parts and pieces....
Lots... 
to Dig Through.... 
as well...
oh my...
: )  
Love to ya...
Barb C.


















Sunday, June 21, 2015

loretta lynn "they dont make'em like my daddy any more"


Dear.... Dad.


I saw a quote.. today...
actually... all I saw... of the quote... were two words.
"Dear Dad"...
there were words... a 'letter to a Dad'... below...
but, I could read no more.
tears... wouldn't allow me to read... any further.
It made me think... if I were writing a letter...to my Dad... what would it say....
oh my.
It's been 28 years now... since he went away...
and still...
just thinking...about writing such a letter....
brings me to my knees.
I Hope... you 'Dads'... out there know... how Very Important you are.
and....
How Very Much... You... are Loved.
oh my...
A Father's Love... and Attention... are truly... Priceless.
Happy Father's Day...
Love...to ya...
Barb C.
{after I reread this.... tonight... I thought of three sets of words....
that I would include... in his letter.
"Thank You"...
"Love You"...
"Miss You"...
<3 }

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"You're Just a Country Boy" by Alison Krauss

I've got... 'Silver'.... in the Stars....

Currants.
I planted this plant... several years ago.
It was just a twig.
oh my.... how it's Grown.
It's Loaded... with Berries.
They are so... beautiful.
Translucent.....
when the Sun... shines on them. 
I just spotted these... Red Raspberries... the other day, near the back path... to the rabbit hole.
What a Gift... they were to see.
: )
We had a Beautiful... Red Raspberry Bush... our Friend, Pam.... gave us... years ago.
Then... the flood came... last year. The Bridges collapsed....
When the DOT came to repair... the Hiway Bridge.... they destroyed the Red Raspberries.
oh my....
oh... my.
: (
Somehow... this Beauty... took root... much closer to Home.
: ) 
I planted this Grape.... a few years ago....
It's gonna Produce... this year. : )

Bittersweet.
My Sister, Chery... LOVED Bittersweet.
: )
She LOVED.... Fall Colors....
She wore them... and decorated her Home... around those... Colors.
: )
She tried for YEARS... to get it to grow... on her Farm.
Finally.... she made it happen.
: )
She used to give me... Beautiful Bunches... in the Fall.
: )
I kept those clippings... for a Long Time... then... when they became so fragile.... and dusty....
I'd lay them along the fence.... hoping... something might take root.
It never did.
until...
the year Chery passed away.
oh my....
Now... it's Everywhere around the rabbit hole....
It Berries... every year.
: )

The Wild Cherry Tree.
: )
John never wanted me to trim... or cut...too much.
He Loved... Nature.
This Tree... came up... at the fence line... in front of the rabbit hole.
It's really somethin'
: )
It's Loaded... with Cherries... this year.
The Wild Grape... is running through it....
The Birds.... will be Very... Happy.... after the Frost.
: )
I've been very Careful... not to disturb any Milkweed.....
John Loved It.
: )
I loved it as a child..... but, John... introduced me to the Amazing.... Flower... it has.
He asked me to take a whiff.... of it one day....
Oh My....Gosh.... : )
It was like Honeysuckle.......
No Wonder... The Butterflies... are so Drawn to it. : )
I'm sure The Bees... Love It... too. <3
The Wild... Grape.
: )
It... has Taken Over...
: )
 We Loved it to.
: )
It feeds the Birds....
 and... I was told... it makes a Very... Fine... Wine.
: )
I love the Free Spirit... it has.
: )
It's such a Beautiful... thing.
yes...
 the rabbit hole.... is a Gnarly.... place.
It's getting so.... secluded.... by Mother Nature.
It almost seems... to be a Fortress... around the rabbit hole.
Protecting... it....
: )
what a Gift.
yes...
 'Mother Nature'... provides my 'Silver and Gold'....
Love... to ya...
Barb C.
(I will be posting more images of The July 2nd thru 5th Sale... when it gets closer.... and things... arrive.
: )
Just... make plans.... to attend. }
Happy Belated Birthday.... to my Friend, Lynn. : )
I Missed... his... and Peg's.....
oh my...
I...simply can't keep.... up.
Love 'em....
I think... they know that. : )
I... don't take much stock.... in Birthdays.... anymore.
I used to.... : )
 I used to do... a lot... more.... and remember... a lot... more...
 than I do... these days.
I am Blessed... with some Amazing.... Friends....
who... Forgive... my shortcomings.
I... am... Blessed.
<3
{Son, Justin.... is having some health... issues.
They.... worry.... me.
Please... say a Prayer... for him. {and... 'keep him'... in your Prayers.... <3 and... please...
'Keep'.... his Family... in your Prayers......as well.  <3 <3 <3 }



Monday, June 15, 2015

Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All


thoughts.....

I read a little quote... the other day.... that hit me so hard....
I Burst Out Laughing.
oh my.
There was a sweet little cartoon... of a Darling... little rabbit.
{imagine.. that. : ) }
: )
'Thumper'...
It read....
"When your scared....just be scarier...
than what is scaring you. : ) "
oh my.
I burst out... laughing..... because... I was trying to imagine.... how I could transform...
'recreate' myself.... to be that... 'scary'.
: )
With so many... 'ugly'... things... breathing down my neck....
How... do I roll them all.... into One...
and... be 'scarier'... than they?
: )
I know... this seems so silly.... for someone... to 'ponder'...
but... out of all of the things... I've been juggling....
this little quote... sticks... in the back of my mind.
It.... Haunts me.
I busted my butt.... today... and yesterday.
Weed Whipped... and Trimmed...
in the rain.... today. : )
Funny... after you've stood in it... for Hours... through the Night....
{with old Scoutaroo... }
it's not so bad... running the weed whip... in the rain.
It actually... was a Gift... : )... it's been sooooo Hot... and Sultry.
then...
Hauled....and Lugged.... oh my....
This place.... looks like a Jungle....
It's Insane....
: )
Came up to the house... for lunch... around 3.... and fell asleep... : )
I woke up... at 8.... thought it was Morning....
and... I was Late!!!!
oh dear. : )
After I figured out.... what time it really was.... I turned on t.v.   Polly and I.... watched a documentary
about Billie Jean King.... on PBS.
: )
I'm no athlete.... but... I remember... the hoopla...   when I was 10.... and when she played against Bobby Riggs.
oh my...
I thought... all of 'the movements'... were so silly... back in the day.
: )
I...simply couldn't understand... why people.... marched... and fought so much... against each other.
: )
oh my...
{I remember bits and pieces.... 'conversations'... from the late 60's.... {I was 5... maybe...6}
and... shaking my head.... then, too. }
I wondered.... why... Folks... just couldn't.... get along.
: )
still...do. : )
Getting back... to that 'Rabbit'....
: )
As I watched the documentary..... I so Admired.... the People... Billie Jean King...
and... Bobby Riggs.
Billie Jean...for all... she has Given... and Sacrificed... for so many.
and... Bobby... for making People... Notice.
then... I thought... about that quote..... {oh my... }
Maybe.... one doesn't have to be 'Scarier'.... : )
just....
'Purer'.... : )
and... Shine.
We don't need 'Ugly'....
'Scary'...
We need 'Honest'....
and 'Respect'... for our fellow... humans.
I told a story.... a long time ago... that said.... my Mother... told me to hold my head high.
What had really... transpired... was a conversation..... I had with her.... on one of my Darkest... Days.
I was in my early... 20's...
She said... she was so Proud... of me... that through all of that.....
I walked... with my head... held... high.
: )
{something.... she said... she never could have done. }
That... was the best.... compliment... my Mother... ever gave me.
: )
Yes.... if you walk... with Faith...follow your Heart.... no matter what comes your way....
what... people say.... or how they... 'judge you'...
Hold Your Head... High.
: )
make no... apologies.
I can't begin... to contort... my face... to be as 'ugly'... 'scary'... as what stalks me... : )
and what is riding... on my shoulders.
so...
I'll... Shine... : ) 
and hold my head... high.
 : )
somehow....
no matter...
I Believe....
that's the Best... way... to go.
Love... to ya...
Barb C.





Big Sale! Big...Big... Sale!!! July 2nd, 3rd... 4th and 5th!

Just got 'The Word'....
: )
I will be having a BIG Sale... in unison....
with the '4th of July Sale'....
Here...at Home!
{July 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th!!!
8 a.m. 'til Dusk... Daily! 
Rain or Shine!}
oh my....
My Friend is moving out of State..... and is selling Much... of her 50 Year Collection.
There's some Pretty... Wonderful....Things.
oh my...
I posted a few images... of what will be here....and will be posting more... when it arrives.
We will be working on the Buildings and Lawn.... in preparation for this Sale....
so... the rabbit hole will be closed.... until July 2nd.
{No Early... Sales. : ) }
Make plans to attend!
There is Much... going on in this area... over the 4th of July....
Amana, Mt.Vernon...and Iowa City.... to name a few...
all within minutes... of the rabbit hole!
Stay Tuned!
Love to ya...
Barb C.

There are Many Signs....
Old Wooden... Tin... and Porcelain.... along with some Great Advertising Pieces!



There are Stacks... of Old....Wooden Bowls....
Stacks.
: )