Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A 'Junk Yard'.... in Miniature. : )

Oh.... my....
I spent the day... cleaning....
I have to take the County Assessor through....
on Thursday.
So... thought I'd get the hair... off the steps....
and pick up... a bit. 
As I was 'tucking' things away... {messes...}
I found the old Tree Topper, a friend gave me a few years ago.....
: )
It was in Ed's Old Cupboard.... I moved it... only a few feet....
but... it shines....in the old.... Sugar Bowl. : )
 {out of the Box... and...outside... the Old Cupboard Doors. : ) }
I...moved 'The Bar'...
to the Early....Amish Table, John...put all the Tin Patches on....
and... Jan... sold back, to me... this Fall....
in front of the Picture Window....
: )
As I looked at the image....
it reminds me.... 
of the Junk Yards....
me... and my Best Men....
Lived in... Scrapping... over the Years.
: )


The Old....Dump Truck, with the Star...
is a Christmas Gift... this year...
from Pals... Lynn and Lea. <3
oh my....
A Miniature... 'Junk Yard'.
: )
Love It.
Love...to ya...
Barb C.

The two.... above tunes.... remind me... of my Two... Best...Men. <3
Yeah... we have always... always... struggled... through...December.
and...
Prayed... we'd make it through.....
{tuff...times...always... {I..really... should hate... December. }
yet...
when I think back....
I see them.... both...
waiting...
by the back roads...
 Smiling....
ever... Gentle...
 on my mind.
yeah....
Somehow....
we...
always...
Made It.
<3
: )
<3

Monday, December 15, 2014

Karen Carpenter - Ave Maria ( The Carpenters )

Thank You.

Thank You.....
to
 Everyone... who came... and visited the rabbit hole....
and me...
this weekend.
<3
I...didn't get it pulled together...like, in the years past... even with the Kid's help....
oh my...
: )
this one... was....tuff.
We didn't have a lot...of Folks.....
but the Ones... who...stepped....in....
were... Gifts.
Precious...Gifts...
: )
whom...I will....always...always... remember.
May...
God Bless....You.
and... I... 
Thank You.....
from all of my Heart. <3
Love...to You....
Barb C.







Saturday, December 13, 2014

Alice In Wonderland - Tea Party Clip (HQ)


Brad Paisley - The World Lyrics


Mercy! Look Who Walked Through The Door.... of...The Rabbit Hole!!!!

I was working.... in the back of the Shop....
gathering... and cleaning....
had... some Lovely... visitors....
Alyson....Liz....Miss. Scarlett....New Friends... Old...Friends....
then...
when I was all...alone....
I heard a very.... familiar voice....
? ? ? 
I walked to the front....
and...there stood....
My Peg.....
Michael....and Mel.
If...Santa... would have fallen down the rabbit hole.....
he would...pale... in comparison.....
: )
oh my....
My hands were Full....
so... after Big Hugs....
I put Peg to Work... and said...
as I handed things off... to her...
"Here.... Put this....Somewhere!!!"...
and... like The Mad March Hare...
She Did!!!
Perfectly. <3
They   all teased me... about my 'lack'...of 'Christmas'...
oh my...
I grumbled... back....
{I gotta tell ya.... it's been a bit... ruff... pulling this together.... }
and... it is... what it is. 
Tho.... Folks... seem to still... enjoy themselves... down the rabbit hole....
I was Blessed.... with... some Wonderful Guests... today. : )
I...truly... was. <3
I'll have the shop open at 10.... 
Hope to see ya.....
Love to ya...
Barb C.
{As I watched the Alice in Wonderland....Tea Party Clip.....
I realized...
{knew.... I had seen... this...'feeling' before... }
this is exactly...how I felt.....
when Peg.... came in....
yes... I think... I walked across a table of Staffordshire....
to see her face.....
you have no... idea... what a Gift... seeing her... was, today. : ) even... if...
it was for... brief....
moments. : ) }


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Shop will be Open This Weekend 10 'til 5 Daily!

Been working in the yard all day.....
The Rabbit Hole.... is still... in need.... : )
So... It Is...what it is. : )
I'll keep on it.... 
and keep bringing things in... all weekend. : )
Come visit.
Love to ya...
Barb C.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas.... present.

Liz and Miss. Scarlett came....unannounced.... Sunday.....
and started pulling The Tree.... out from under the staircase....
I gotta tell ya.....
I wasn't ready....
 {I don't think Liz was....either....}
but.... we made it through.
She mostly put it together....she has her Dad's patience.... : ) I helped a little..... opening boxes and boxes... of the blue lights.....
There are more than 20 boxes...of 100..... on The Tree.....
It's Blue.
The Girls.... left, in the late afternoon....
I kept putting the ornaments on... and placed Rudy....in The Tree....
Then... took one of the Wreaths... we had bought, the year John got Addition done....
Our First... Christmas... in this side....the First Year.... The Tree... came Home.... 
and placed the Wreath near the top.... and created a... 'Memorial'... of John.... inside it....
oh...my...
I finished it up.... Monday afternoon.....
I haven't pulled anymore... out. 
this... is enough.
: )
I told Liz... we didn't have to do this, this year... {I could see...in her face.... how 'difficult'...it was for her. : ( : ( : ( }
She insisted....
She said... "I can hear Dad... right now... "So... I HAD to put this tree up... all of these years.... Now I'm not here.... and nobody does it!!! You can't get out of it...That Easy!!!". : )
yeah....
I thought of that... too. : )
Katie just arrived...and we are cleaning things up... for The Open House...
down the rabbit hole....
this weekend. : )
oh my...
Love...to ya...
Barb C.



It's kind of hard to see....
but... the Wreath is Gold....
I put the License Plate.... I had found for John...last year.... inside it...
along with one of his little old...Flags.....
: )
some... Birds.... and Hearts....
There are Roses... throughout The Tree.... for my Mom.... : ) {Her name...was Rose.... }
oh my....

Liz...is so...Awesome.
The Tree...is 12 feet tall.... and...quite an undertaking.
Yeah....she's quite a Gal. <3

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

Christmas....past.

Christmas.... 2010.....
I'm not sure....
but I think... this is when Rudolph climbed in The Tree.....
: )
John and I...have put this Tree up.... since 2000....
It's a 12 foot Tree....
and... quite a Task..... to put up... light....and decorate.
{we put on...over two thousand lights....}
: )
John.... has always put it up....
{I help... but follow his.... 'direction'....
 {putting Up.... and...Taking Down. : ) }
then... I Play. : )
There were a few years... for one reason, or another.... I told him.... we should...just let it go....
my heart.... wasn't in it....
Then.... I'd come Home....
and there it would be....
all set up.... and lit. : )
John.... knew... how much... Christmas meant...to me.....
even.... when.... my 'heart'...wasn't in it'.... : )
Our tradition.... was putting it up...the day after Thanksgiving....
always....
This year.... not so much.
I...struggle.... with it... the thought.....of it.
The Kids... said...they will come, and help....
There is a Big... part of me... that says.... "My Heart.... Isn't In It".....
but... for the Kids....
and Grand Kids....
I...know... we have to.
This year... has been all about 'The Firsts'.....
as I told my Friend, Lynn.... the other night.....
"If we don't put up The Tree....this year... Next Year... will,.... be 'The First'...."
you can't run away... from it.
I went to Target... tonight.... and picked up the Lights... for The Tree.....
A young man... who was helping bag..... said....
 "So...do you think you have Enough Lights??? : ) "
I bought 24 packages... of 100.....
I...said....
"I...hope so".... : )
then.... began to weep.....
I tried so Hard.... to hold back the tears.....
but...
I...couldn't.....
oh my.....
{I apologized to the Sweet Cashier.... I...simply...couldn't help myself.....
there was No Way.... I could bring myself...to attention... no way..... }
John always wanted to see The Tree.... in Blue.....
{I... couldn't do it...... I...simply... couldn't....}
if... it goes up....this year....
It Shall Be.
Yes...
This... will be....
a
Blue....
 Blue....
Christmas.

Christmas...2012.
The Carousel Horse... came Home.
oh my.....
I wasn't happy about that Horse..... when John...bought it.
Things... were so 'tight'...... and.... I simply couldn't understand.....
why....
he would buy that 'Horse'....
{but.... I said... nothing... to him. }
well....
it was for me....
John knew... how much... I loved it.....
so.... he bought it!
{I...worry...soooo.... about bills.... }
The fact is... the price of the Horse.... wouldn't make us... or...break us.
I said very little.... to John.... about my 'worries'.........
I knew... somehow... we'd find a way....
Today....
if Polly and I... wind up...in a cardboard box.... somewhere.....
The Horse... will be with....
I'd take an Axe to it... and burn it...for firewood.... to warm us..... before....I'd sell it.
That's... just the way.... it is.
Christmas.... 2013.
Rudy... had Lot's of Company... last year.....
I added The Hatter's Hat.... {Liz had found...}
The Old Silhouette Running Horse.... Weathervane.....
a....Cello.... as well....
{It was falling apart.... and John... carefully.... mended it.... }
oh my.....
This Tree was quite a sight.
: )
I had found a License Plate... with John's Birth Year.... and added it... last year.....
: )
2013.... the Old Sandbox...Toy Trucks.... found their way... into our Tree....
Memories....
They reminded me...of Dad... and John... {and... myself.... : ) }
Lord...Lord... we have owned.... driven...worked... and Loved.... some Wonderful...
Old Trucks....
over the years....
: )
yeah.... I kind of... Blow... Christmas... Off The Charts.....
I...don't know why....
I...never had much... of it growing up.....
oh my....
yet....
I have Always.... Loved It.
The Magic..... of it....
 When I moved out... on my own....
'Christmas'.... was Big....{as 'Big'... as I could afford. }
{a little 4 foot tree.... <3 }
I was 15.... and my Best Friend, Dolsey...
 {my Beloved.... Great Dane... {rescued.... <3 }
and I... sat.... and stared.... at our First... Christmas Tree....  all night.... Christmas Eve. : )
{Well.... not all night..... Dolsey and I...went to give the Horses a Special Christmas Ration.... about Midnight....
Gave each one of them... a Squeeze.....too.... : ) : ) : )
then... when we went to go home..... the old... Chevy....Truck... wouldn't start.
So.... as it sleeted... and the wind... howled....
Dolsey and I walked..... about 6 miles.... Home.
{a Drunk... pulled over...threw the passenger door open.....
 {on the Snow and Ice... covered road....}
 asked me... if I wanted a ride....
I smiled... and said... "No Thanks.....I live.... right there..... : ) "....
pointing towards a house... with several lights on....
I didn't.... we lived another 5 miles.... up the road.
Poor Dolsey..... oh my.... she and I Both.... shivered...
I had just thrown on a light denim jacket..... and Dolsey.... was a 'Home...Girl'. : ) Short Hair......
: )
But.... we made it....
and...
'Home'... felt much Warmer....
 Cozier....
beside...the little tree....
than it had.... when we left.
oh my....
Christmas... past.
oh...my.
Love to ya....
Barb C.