Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary.... update.

Mary...sounded much better, today.
: )
I... was Blessed... to hear... a little... bit....
of her...
Signature... Boisterous Laugh!
: )
They are putting her... through...heck... 
to try and find... what is causing her... debilitating...symptoms.
oh my.....
She wants me to Thank... You All...
for your Continued... Prayers.
: )
Peg and Jan... called her last night.... and sent Power...of Prayer....
and Love...to her.
God Bless...Them. <3
and...You.
Love... to ya....
Barb C.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stacy Westfall Live like you were dying


Calling in....The Angels....

I received a call.... from our Friend, Mary Sellon.... 
this afternoon.
{She is in Black... standing next to Our Peg... at John's Memorial....last July.}
I... have never heard Mary's voice... the way... I heard it, today.
Mary... is frightened....  and... asked me... to Please... Call in...My Angels.
She is in The University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City.... stricken with a very....scary....
unknown illness.
Mary has been through, more... than most people I have ever known.
{Mary called me the other day.... was worried about me. Said she'd come... 'help'...do anything... that I needed. oh my.... She reminded me... of Mom. 
They Both... have had such a Tough...Journey...
{Mary... had a double mastectomy... then chemo... that damaged her heart.... then...she had to have a pacemaker.... then... fell... and hurt her knee.... then...she contracted a virus... that nearly killed her... last Fall.... yet... she forged...ahead...and... Laughs... her Signature...
Heart Warming...Laugh... in Spite... of it all.
 {all of it... just like...Mom...} 
 and... even,... when... so weak... offers to lend a hand... in any... Any...Way.
 {Just Like...Mom. }
I shared my thoughts... with Mary, the day she offered to come... and help.
She said... "After hearing about your Mom... I think... we would have had a Riot... together!"
yes... they would have.
: )
Mary... is an Angel... herself.
She is such a Kind...Soul....
She has rescued countless... cats..... and has Given Much... for their Care.
She is a Horsewoman, like myself.... and also shares...
 The Love.. of Old.
: )
yes...
 Mary... is a Gem.
I told Mary.... sternly... to Not... be afraid.
Get On Top... of that mountain... of fear.
I ask you, to Please...
send your Prayers... for Mary.
May...God Bless Mary... and...All....
who suffer...
Love to You...
and...Thank You...
{Do What You...Do...Best. 
Beat Those...
Pound Those....
Beautiful...Wings!!!}
Barb C.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Opening... in February.... : )

Pure....Gnarliness....
Plain...and Simple.
I'll be posting hours... along with the rest of the details...soon.
Love... to ya...
Barb C.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Anamosa Show.... : )


The Anamosa Show.... was Lovely...
as Always. 
Cecilia and Jon... along with their Family, do such a Great Job. 
Thanks, so Much to The Kids...
Liz, Kelsey, Sarah and  Brandon... for Helping!
Mark and I.... had the 'House' built..in about 8 hours.
It was Great Seeing....so Many Faces.... I hadn't seen...for so long. 
There was a Good Crowd... and the other Vendors... are always... a Joy. <3
{Thanks, to Dan O. and other Sweet Neighbors... for lending a Hand... as well... }
I bought some sweet Treasures, and sold some.... to the most... Soulful Folks....
It's always... so heart warming to see their faces... light up... when they find that Perfect... Treasure.
: )
When I pulled in... at Home.... Sunday night... I was Beat....
but... bailed in Sally... had to make a run...into Town.
When... Sally and I finally... pulled in the drive... and could call it a night....
I... sat there... and let 'er idle.
We sat nose to nose...
with Ol' Jethro....
he... looked as if... he was shining back... at us.
It's amazing... the places one's mind...wanders.....
at an idle.
oh my.
I took the day off, yesterday....
watched Martin Luther King Jr. documentaries throughout the day.
One,.... had the clip posted below...of Bobby Kennedy... breaking the unthinkable news, to a mostly... unknowing crowd... of several thousand....in the Ghetto of Indianapolis...
 off the cuff... straight from the heart.... while standing on the bed, of a Flatbed Truck.
He had been warned not to go there...there were riots... all over the Country...
 yet... he forged on through.
{Indianapolis, was Peaceful... no riots... after this. }
As I listened to his... 'speech'.... I wept.
Seems...it's as perfect today...as then.
He and King... were really... Something.
As...I watched... it haunted me... that a few short weeks later....
Bobby, too... would fall.
oh my.
It also...reminded... why... I love these 'Old Souls'...
The tattered.. worn...chipped... repaired...bent... rusty... fragments... of our past.
They have Survived... through what Our Country... has...somehow...
 muddled through.
{also... chipped... bent... worn....and repaired.}
They have seen and heard... all of it....
they remind... us, to carry on... forge ahead....
and...
it's truly... all about The Journey.
This little Dump Truck... was my Christmas Gift... from Lynn and Lea.
: )
yeah...
they know... all about...
'The Journey'....
I bought a little Iron Bus... from Jeff at the Show. He brought it Sunday, for me... after I'd asked him.... if he had anything...in 'Rusty... Gnarly...Toy Trucks'
The little Bus...{still packed} is from the early 40's... and had been buried... somewhere... for a long... long... time.
Though, Jeff... I'm sure... thinks I'm Crazy.... for wanting this Gnarly Stuff....and won't bring it...to a show....{too Ruff}
I had to laugh..later....after thinking about it.
He said... the little Bus... had been on his window sill at Home... forever.
: )
See.... somewhere... inside.... the little worn... shell of rust.... touched him, enough.... to have it perched...in his Window!
They... will Steal Your Heart.... without you...even knowing it. : )
Soulfulness.
This...little Old Tin... Spice Box.... is one, I purchased from Lynn and Lea....
at The Fall Harvest Sale.
It... wasn't quite...this Gnarly... when I bought it.
: )
I saw it... the night before the sale, and bought it....to keep.
It was late, Sale Eve.... when they pulled in...
I was so.... tired... I sat, as they unloaded.
I put the little Spice Box...next to my chair....
then...
it was Dark....
Early the next morning... as Folks were coming to The Sale....
I had to back the Ford, out... of the Yard.....
I...saw the little chair... I'd been sitting in, the night before....in my mirror... as I carefully backed out....
but... not the Spice Box.... just in front of it....
until I heard  the 'Crunch'.
: (
I...was sick.
I Love... that little Spice Box.
: (
I immediately thought...
 "John can fix it!"....
then... realized... my 'Fixer'...
isn't here... anymore.
: ( : ( : (....................
So... as I held...it.... in my hands....
I realized.... I still... Love It....
no matter.
: )
I hung it in the kitchen.... on a Gnarly...little cupboard.
A Friend, popped in... the other day...
She's a Designer... and Decorator....one of the Best.
as she was leaving...
out of everything...in the House.... she was Stopped...in her tracks...
 by the little Spice Chest.
she said... "Oh My Gosh! What is This??? I LOVE IT! "....
: )
Well... That... Has a 'Journey'...
and... a lot... of...
Soul.
That... now... includes a little of mine... and The Ford's.
: )
I hope...you'll take six and a half minutes.... and listen to Bobby's speech...
at an... 'idle'...
Love to ya...
Barb C.




The Greatest Speech Ever - Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Mart...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Treasure of The Day. Late 1800's Tramp Art... Footed Chest. : )

Love This.
It's headed to the Anamosa Show, Sunday...
If... it makes it... through the show.....
it will be offered on The Rabbit Hole... on line.
for a few days...
then...
down the rabbit hole. : )
It's wonderful....
even the bottom...of the base.... is... wonderful.
Folk Art...a.k.a Tramp Art....
pieces... touch my heart.
They were fashioned by Folks... back in the day... using scraps....
or... cigar boxes... whatever was at hand.
My John... was a Modern Day... 'Folk Artist'....
oh my.
{as is... Our... Peg.... : ) }
Children... Men and Women... created pieces... for Loved Ones.....
with... very little to work with.... structurally...
 but.. a Lot... of Genius...
Heart...and Soul. 
yes... 'True... Artists'.
 <3
Love... to ya...
Barb C.
{gathered a few other... little 'surprises' for The Anamosa Show... as well.}
: )
{See Calendar of Events, for Show Details! }





Robert Plant & Allison Krauss - SISTER ROSETTA...


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gathering....for the Rabbit Hole... on line. : )

oh my....
I'm gently gathering.... 
Getting ready to start posting 
images....
for...
The Rabbit Hole...
on line.
: )
These days....this world seems to revolve around the internet.
So many Folks... I know... are, and have been...for years... selling their 'goods' on line.
I, have found it... very difficult, for many reasons.
Here, are a couple.
One... I only buy things.... that touch my Soul.
{unless... it's filling a request, for a Customer.}
I... tend to to see... and feel... things, most... dismiss.
Yet... when I bring them Home... they always... always... 
find their way... to the Most Perfect Hands.
Always.
That comes...from... 'touching'... and 'feeling'.... : ) 
I Love... to see the faces... of Folks........ when they, as I did.... 'feel'... the Soulfulness.
Two.... The Human... Connection.
The Human Connection.... gets lost... 'on line'.
An email... can Never... replace the tone... in one's voice....the pause... in a sentence.
the... mist... in the eye.... that I... have been so Blessed... to witness... in another's...
and... 'well up'... in my own.... when Hearts... are Touched.
: )
Yet... I have to make some choices....
If... I am to 'keep'... the gears turning....and...greased... I have to find... other sources.
Shows... are so... difficult. On So Many... Levels.
They take me away... from the rabbit hole.... and...so much... that 'needs' my attention...now.
I will continue... to do The Anamosa...Show {Good Times... : ) Great People}
my Beloved... Gold Rush....
 Junk Jubilee....{Love It...} 
and...
the Two... Big Sales here,
 at Home....
 {Memorial Day Weekend.... and the 2nd Weekend in October...}
along with the Holiday Open Houses...
{4th of July....Christmas Open House in December...}
and.... have The Rabbit Hole.. Open... 5 days a week... with set hours.
I...hope.... and Pray... this will be... enough.
The Old... Soulfulness.... and Their... 'Keepers'.... have carried us...
I'm counting on them... and The Lord... to continue... : )
oh my.... 
there is a Load... to carry.
I... have been... immobile...for weeks.....
completely...
'Still'...
{simply... couldn't find my legs. }
 This... is what... I have been guided... to do.
I...don't know... what tomorrow... holds...
none of us... do....
but...
in my Heart.... I feel... this is the right choice.
{I...have been invited to do... some.... Amazing... Shows....
and... am... Thankful... for the Opportunities. <3 }
but...
my Heart... tells me... I need to offer... the old Soulfulness... on line...
and... stay the course. : ) }
I...hope... through my 'words'... I..can..somehow... convey...
 The Beauty....
Soulfulness... 
of what I...offer... 'on line'. 
Don't expect too much.....bling.
I'll tell ya... what I know....
 it is... what it is.
I won't tolerate... 'belly achin'....
I'll give you the facts....
to the Best of my Ability.
: )
I require...payments... fast.
I..am always...dancin' on the edge of a razor blade.
and...
If... you desire... 'perfection'.... 
: )
this.... isn't the place for you. 
: )  
I..will...Always.... be Honest.... and Fair.
and... know... I will always... prefer hearing your voice...
: )
rather than a text... or e mail.
but...
I'll respond to those... too. : )
So.... here we go. 
: )

Today.... I sorted through some Wonderful... Early... Pieces...
from The Amana Home....
where we did the Estate Sale...
last Fall.
and... have just... begun to unpack them.
Cathy, the Amana Historian.... helped me so much....
with the History... of the Beautiful... Amana Colonies....
then... brought some very Early... German Books... from Amana....
that, I am going to share.
Some of these Books, date back from before The Colonies were established, in the mid 1850's.... here, in Iowa.
Some... are from Ebenezer, N.Y.,{printed in Buffalo N.Y. } where the Colonists Settled prior to coming West.... to Iowa.
Some of the Books... were Printed in Amana. 
I...Love Those.
{The translation of the word
 'Amana' 
'Believe Faithfully'... }
The Settlement lived Communally, in the Seven Villages....they created from the Prairie.
The Colonists were self sufficient... 
even printing and binding...their own books.
: )
The original pieces... from The Amana's.... are dwindling....
sadly.
Fewer, and fewer.... Amana Homes.... have much of their original 'content' left.
but... in reality.... what home does?
We are Blessed... these fragments of History.... have held so tightly.... for over a hundred and fifty years.
Many of the same Family lines... still, reside... in The Colonies.
Thanks, to so many of them... these Treasures were, and... some, still are...kept... safe... within the Original... Amana Homes.
{Google 'Wikipedia 'Amana Colonies' 
it has a Great Summary of The Amana Colonies. }
The Books... I am posting.... have never been anywhere.... but...
Amana... or have traveled to the Settlers....from Ebenezer, N.Y. 
until... now.
I, know... these...like all of the Old Souls... will find the hands... they are supposed to.
In a perfect World.... they would stay here.... but... that's not about the Journey.
The Museum has what it wants...
Families... have kept, what they...want....
so... now... Folks like us....
who... Treasure... History...
and... have the Love of Old...
within our Souls....
will be the 'Keepers'...
for a while.
: )
Some of these books... are worn.... a few... the bindings are loose....
some... have discolored pages.... some... still have the 'make do' book marks... inside. 
They should be....worn. They were read... and read...and...read.
yet... they are in most... Beautiful Condition.... for their age. 
Most... have Marbled Covers.
From sepia tones... of Browns.... to Greens...
These Books... were made for The Amana People. 
They won't be found... all over the World.
All of these books.... are of 'religious'... Christian... teachings.
They are all... in German.
They are 20. each, postage included.... for U.S.
plus
7% sales tax, if shipped in Iowa {1.40 }
I will ship on Mondays.
These are in the order listed below.
1 to 5 from left to right.
Click on images to enlarge.
#1 Printed in Buffalo N.Y. in 1852
Near Ebenezer, where the Colonists first settled in America.
It has the original owners name, handwritten inside....
It has a worn, sepia.. marbleized cover...with leather  binding.
The little slip of paper... was a 'make do' book mark. : )

#2 is Printed in Buffalo N.Y. in 1852
It's cover is an unusual Teal Marbleized color... with leather binding.
#3 was Printed in 1900 in Amana.
It has a Lovely... Mocha Swirl... Marbleized cover...
with leather Binding.
#4 was printed in Amana, 1918
It has an unusual Red Swirl, and Tan... Marbleized cover, with Leather Binding.
#5 was printed in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1852
It has a small... red cord.... for a book mark. ; )
The binding... is a little ruff... but... it is... what it is.
Old.
: )

If you are interested in any of these.... you can email me... fb on simply iowa
or... call.
All of the details are listed on the Calendar of Events, to the right.
I'll be posting items weekly.
Stay Tuned!
Thanks...
Love...to ya.
Barb C.









Saturday, January 10, 2015

Take It Easy Lyrics