Monday, April 16, 2018

April 2018 Blizzard

Well, well, well....we had an April blizzard!  I haven't posted about it, but I was conducting an estate sale....this same weekend.  However, we started on Friday and it wasn't too bad yet.  Saturday, was!  Ya know, we still had customers!  

Anyway, in case you haven't heard, most of Wisconsin was and kind of still is CLOSED.  I've never seen so many cancellations - churches, schools, know it's bad in Wisconsin when we close bars.   By the way, I don't drink....just saying....

On my way over to the barn to do the chores.....

....this is what I saw....and this....this little rooster doesn't like to go back in the coop - he is getting picked on....but, he was eager to go back today....

He must have spent the night in the barn with the horses.

As I made my tracks to and from the barn, it had me thinking of my dad.  When I was little, I remember him telling me to "step in my tracks."  When you are a kid, you want to make your own tracks.  I soon found out how much easier it was to walk when I did step in his tracks.   You know, this was a phrase I used with my own children..."step in my tracks"...I can't say it without thinking of my dad.  

He made some impressionable "tracks" in his life.  A "half breed" (I hate that word!  He heard it his whole life) raised by a white, German girl, married to a Potawatomi man, living on the reservation.  He, wasn't allowed to go to the white public school as a child.  However, that changed in high school and he graduated #1 in his class.  My parents married, worked, lived and carried on - living and loving, each other, us and the Lord - up to their last breaths.  Impressionable Tracks!  

Thanks Dad (Mom) for making them!  

Here are a few more pictures of the snow at our farm.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"It's a Pickin' & Fixin' - Vintage Pop Up Sale"

Saturday is the first "It's all a Rave - Vintage Pop Up Sale" of 2018.  I'm calling it "pickin' & fixin'"  - as there will be 2 areas, one for pickin' and one where a vendor did the fixin'.  We have a nice lineup of vendors:

1.  Town Hall Trinkets, LLC

2.  Caretaker's Cottage

3.  Julia Creative Furnitue

4.  Tracy Fairy Frei

5.  Barb Woller & Barb Maier-Wadinski

6.  Pam Zahn & Jan Spangler - Falcon Valley Pottery

7.  Jean Holmes Dedo - Jill 

8.  Stacy Schmoll

9.  Vicki La Porte

10.  Rachael St. George

11. sister, Lynn.  (smile).

We rented a space in the Weston Plaza, 4111 Schofield Avenue, Schofield, WI for 1 week and are "popping up" as a shop for a 1 day sale, Saturday, April 7th - 9-4.  

I enjoy hosting these events!  It is a great opportunity to network and promote other talented vendors in our community.   We will be setting up over the next 2 days, however, here are a few pictures of some of the items that will be available.

I took 3 van loads from my barn.  My items will be on the pickin' side for the most part.  I have an abundance of inventory to "work on" - so, I'm taking a few dressers in the rough - marked to sell!  

This is a good mix of vendors with a wide variety of items.  We only organically advertise, so if you feel up to it and wanted to click on the link and share this event with your family and friends, we would really appreciate it!  Thanks!

I'm working on the "pop up" calendar and hope to host 1 a month from June to October.  The June one will be in Waukesha at my daughter's house - she lives next to the antique mall....perfect spot!  July will be at Theme in Wausau.  August will be at Once & Again in Birnamwood.  September will be a barn sale at my friend Lisa's new farm.  October will be the Ringle Harvest Day.  I should say, Lord Willing....these will happen....

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

One Day at a Time - Tips on Thursday

I've been hit with the "creepy crud" flu - cough, cough,'s been bad!  I'm just hoping I'm on the mends now.

None of us have "time" to be sick, but I really don't.  It's the start of the "selling season."  With my closing many of my booths at the antique malls, I need to promote and sell for myself.  I really didn't have this week to lose!  Oh well, I will take it one day at a time....what gets done, gets done.   Like I always say, "no one knows what you had planned to do" - it's a good thing too, as I usually have way too many ideas!

Here are a few tips in taking "one day at a time"

1.  Come to embrace that you are not in control.  It is so true...if you think you are in control of're wrong.  Things we don't plan come our way - it's called life!  You get up in the morning, get ready for work, just like every other day...when, you pull out of your driveway and "bam" someone hits your car.....not in control.  Or, "mom, I don't feel good" - not in control.  Or, a host of many, many other possible scenarios.   You are NOT in control and it's not your fault....just embrace it....

2.  This is NOT an excuse to not try or make goals and plans.  To the contrary, it is what helps us understand our path to success.  I make plans, set out a path to achieve them and try to work at it each day with what each day offers me.  It's so much easier when you can let go of the end game and work out the process.

3.   Allow time to pass the way it always does, one day at a time.  Don't get all worried about what "might" happen next month...what "might" happen today is enough.  LOL.  Take each day, no, rather, ENJOY each day for what opportunities it offers you.  

4.  Focus on the next step, not the end result.  I write down lists.  At the end of the page I have my "goals" listed and above I start with the steps to achieve this.  I often times write out the steps and need to skip some or change them - it doesn't matter, just take each step as it comes.  At the end, more times than not, my goals weren't achieved the exact way I thought they would be and many times, it was better.    

5.  Know and accept your limits.  You might not be able to do what you use to be able to do.  Make realistic goals based on who you are today; age, current physical abilities, current financial status - whatever, it might be.  This is important, because failure is a possibility.  If you do fail, it's o.k., there is always tomorrow.

I haven't always been able to take things one day at a time.  I would get myself all worked up about what I "had to do" and make myself miserable.   What helped me, truthfully, was my experience in failure.  When something didn't work exactly like my plans, I didn't let it keep me down.  I looked at it like an opportunity to grow and become better.   So now, when I get frazzled about something, I take a deep breath, say some prayers and lean on the failure....this too shall pass, one day at a time.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


I've (we've) been hired to help an elderly couple, downsize, sell and move to an assisted living.  This process will take several months.   This is their very old, very sweet dog, Cooper.  Unfortunately, they will not be able to take him with them to an assisted living facility.  This couple has no children or family that live here; no support.  If I could, I would share more details - let's just say they have had a rough 4 years with many various health issues.  You could add them to your prayers...I have.  

I told them, I would be willing to take Cooper, he could come live at my farm for his end of life (which, might not be that much longer...he is over 15).  I've been walking him down the road the days I've worked - he still has some pep for an old boy.   On the very first visit to their home, I offered would NOT believe the relief this gesture has given them.   Being faced with so many difficult decisions, I could make this one easier for them.  

We will be doing their living estate sale, April 13 & 14.   I will be doing a more in detail post closer to sale date.   

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Escape to the Chateau

I've discovered a new series I've been watching on youtube...Escape to the Chateau.  

I'm hooked!  

It's HGTV, Food Network meets History Channel - all my favorites!    They have amazing vision!  I'm starting at the beginning, I'm excited to see the transformation.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Broken Furniture

On my way from barn to house with a small side table to paint, this happened.  I don't know if it was age of piece, dry/frozen glue or the fact that I slipped on ice....

So, I  took the top in the house, saved the legs because they had neat detail on them and I could use on another project (maybe a picture frame).  I had to run to Hobby Lobby and I found this metal hanger at 50% off.  I took a chance that it might just fit...on the top...of the broken table.

I decided to paint the board and attach the hook hanger.  I don't like things that look too "clean" I have to antique it up.  I added some stain over the whole piece.

I didn't let the broken table stop me. Truthfully, someone might have looked at that and tossed it in the burn pile.

A.  I can hardly do that.

B. I paid for the table, I feel I need to turn it/flip it to make money.  

C.  After looking at it on the ice, I could see this - maybe not the way it turned out - but, I knew the top would be a back to something.

These are the types of items I make and sell.  My next event is this week at Theme:  "March of the Dafodils"

And I will be doing an "It's a Pickin' & Fixin' - Vintage Pop Up Sale" on April 7th:

Here is a piece of furniture I did this week too

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kissing Corn

I met with a dear old friend and mentor for lunch.  She told me her husband had a gift for me - a cob of red "kissing" corn.  She said "don't you remember your dad telling Ken this story?"  I did not.  So, she reminded me of the visit my dad had with Ken and this story.  

During the harvest, when all the corn was brought in the barn and sorted to be dried, if someone found a red cob, it was called the "kissing" corn.  The one finding it was granted a kiss from whomever they chose.  When she gave me this cob, I said, "give Ken a kiss for me..." she said... "I'm sure he'd rather have one from you..(smile)."  

It was nice to know Ken valued the story my dad shared with him years ago.  My dad was very knowledgeable in all kinds of things.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to "pick on" people.  He would often say, "If I didn't like you, I wouldn't tease you."  

Years ago, my parents moved back to the reservation in assisted living while their house here was being made handicap accessible.  My aunts came for a visit.  One was my mom's sister, Jackie, my namesake and the other her sister-in-law, Dee.  I was there that day, as they came in I said..."well, look what the cat drug in....too old bats..."  They both said...."Dicky Bird, you're as bad as Hank!"  Yep, I get this from him!  Sweet memories.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.