Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sacred Sanctuary

Such quiet power in these words...
Of a place or a time or a thought -- that is just yours.

You choose to share - or not.

You decide to say:

"Enter, please."


"Thus far & no further."

It is yours...and you safeguard it.

Some of my sacred sanctuaries are:
  • 5:00 a.m. when all is quiet
  • a bowl of popcorn at the end of the day
  • my farm any time
  • a vintage down feather comforter

What or Where is your Sacred Sanctuary?

I wanted to also take a moment to share this secret place in Winter, Wisconsin. 
It is ours -- but yet it is not.
It belongs to the trees & the birds & the animals.
You are more likely to find a bear track than a footprint.
It sits unscathed, unchanged & free of human toil.
It is a sacred sanctuary -- of the purest kind.
We mark it with "No Trespassing, No Hunting" to keep people out - to keep it sacred.
We tell the world with no uncertainty, "Thus Far -- But No Further."
And that is O.K.


We need to find that in our life.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

May I suggest...

If you are looking for a day's
Antiquing adventure
in Wisconsin,
might I suggest Hixton.

Hixton is a sweet small town located on Interstate 90/94 southeast of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 
It is said to be midway between Madison and the Twin Cities.

This little town has four wonderful Antique Shops: 
Cobblestone Cottage
The Village Peddler
Miller's Antiques
The Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall

I sell at the latter.

The Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
is open 7 days a week from 10-5.
It is a 90 dealer mall located in an old school.
I might guess it to be one of the largest in the state.
It is a wonderful treasure chest.

I have a room/booth and a case
-- dealer code "SPY".

My dealer code comes from many wonderful hours
spent reading the I SPY books with Ian.
And, as you might notice in the pictures of my booth,
I like lots of, shall we say, "details" (insert smile here).

Dave also has a case -- dealer code MD (Musky Dave).

You may even find Dave & I behind the counter,
as we work several days each month.

It you should go, tell them Kari sent you!

So, where is your favorite place to antique?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Easy wind & downy flake


That has been how I feel about the onset of winter as I get older.

Granted, the first snows are beautiful -- in their Robert Frost way:
"The only other sound's the sweep of easy wind and downy flake."

Yet, my list of promises to keep seems long.
The list of winter readiness still waiting:
*stake the driveway
*straw over the pipes
*snow fence up
*on & on

And, my worries about the animals --
Did we put up enough food?
 Will they be warm enough?
How will they fill their long, endless cold days?

We all hunker down, pull up the quilts...count the weeks until spring.
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Dave reminds me that the days will begin to get longer again in about a month.
5 - 6 - 7 - 8
I will think about gardens & the spring Barn Sale & warm sunshine.
9 - 10 - 11 - 12

And my mind turns to why I do love living in Wisconsin with four distinct seasons.
It is because we don't take anything for granted.
We know cold as well as we know warmth.
We feel a hibernation as much as we feel a rebirth.
We must feel a loss to feel a joy....know the valleys to reach the peaks.

And so we slow down. 
We pull out projects best done on a winter night. 
That is the season we are entering...the season of "miles to go".

"But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."

How will you fill your "miles to go" this winter?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Once upon a time, I traveled to an Antique mall in eastern Wisconsin.  Walking up and down the isles, I was hunting for treasures...and there, tucked in a shelf was the 1950's Steiff Turkey above.  I collect Steiff from that era -- these are mohair toys made in Germany.  This sweet little guy had a tag of $6.95 (far below his retail of $85+).  So, of course, he came home to Meadowview Farm to live happily ever after.

Wishing you:
blessings galore
safe travels
family memories


With snow & freezing rain on the way -- this is where I will be,
tucked in with Shawnee & McCoy, a vintage down comforter & a good magazine,
waiting for my Ian to arrive home.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

To start, it was cold. 
All my worries about snow or freezing rain were alleviated.
The day was chilly & crisp.
In opening the barn, I decided to mist the air with freshener -- frozen.
Coffee in mug from night before -- frozen.
Apple Cider -- almost frozen.
It was cold -- day for an extra pair of socks & wool coat & mittens!

Yet the kindred spirits, the gatherers, came.
With warm hearts & generous spirit they arrived.
No "coldest day of the year so far" would keep them away from the hunt.

And, friends found along the way -
from this blogging community were there:
Dawn & Diane & Cheryl & Kelly (pictured above)...
and all of you reading this that were there.
With cold hands & warm hearts -
you were there...
some traveling miles.
You were there...

And, my friends...
Pictured above:  me, Nan, Jani, Sarah.

What can I quite say...I put it out to the universe --
"karma, treat these women well...."
'cause you do get what you give.

They left at 5:30 a.m. - traveling from Madison & Sun Prairie.
There, at my side -- with deer antlers jiggling.
Freezing their badonkadonks off all morning -- with smiles.
Helping, laughing, raising my spirits to the rafters.

You guys -- friends of the absolute highest order.
Thank you!

When the day came to an end, my Dave & I sat up in the barn
(sitting because we could no longer feel our toes).
The sparrows returned to the barn
-- singing their song of home.
And, so did my heart!

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts.
Thank you!

You must, must visit sweet Bethany's Blog 
(just double click on prior words)
-- amazing photos & writing...most recently about the sale.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cup of Joy!

We welcome you to Meadowview Farm
on Saturday, November 20th from 9-5.

Come have a cup of hot apple cider.

Enjoy shopping the hayloft....do dress WARM!

Last Barn Sale of 2010!

Thanks to each of you for your support this past year as we
ventured into the Barn Sale business. 

Sometimes our cup truly runneth over,
and we just need to remember that.

Hugs to all, Kari

Friday, November 12, 2010


Gone -- gone.  Heart broken. 
My little Shadow -- such a gentle soul, missing since Wednesday night.
Always the protector. 
Assume that a predator came calling - and he set himself between it and the baby kittens.

Will miss his eyes of autumn -- and his kind & loving spirit....just too good for this world.

I will wait for you forever.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Barn Sale Give-Away Too!

See winner announcement at end of this post!!
In honor of my upcoming
"Does on the Go" Barn Sale
here is a Give-Away!!

These two sweet little metal deer were made in
Germany in the late 1800's to 1930's for Putz Nativity scenes. 
The standing deer measures about 3 inches tall. 

This little pair could be yours!

Enter a comment to be included in the drawing. 

Comments must be posted by midnight on Friday, November 12th
-- with a winner randomly drawn on Saturday, November 13th.
The winner will be posted here!

If you are a "Follower" of my Blog...feel free to comment twice
 - doubling your chance to win this sweet pair. 

*See the following post
or click on "Barn Sales" to the right under "Chapters..."
for details about the upcoming Barn Sale!

Winner, Winner, Winner
No scientific method...just names in a bowl....and (drum roll):

Cheryl you won!!!

I will have the little guys packaged & waiting for you at the "Does on the Go" Barn Sale.
In the event you are not able to make it -- I will get them sent off to you!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Does on the Go" Barn Sale

Getting Ready!

"Does on the Go"
Barn Sale
Antiques & Vintage Finds

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Meadowview Farm
Augusta, Wisconsin

On County Road R between Osseo & Augusta
(Watch for the signs)

Here's a little peak:

Pssst, over here ---- code words:  "Prancing Hooves" for 10% off your total purchases!

**Check back here on November 19th in the event that there is a (heaven forbid) snow date.**

Watch for updates in the days ahead -- and perhaps a give-away!

Monday, November 1, 2010

With pride

Voting is an emotional experience for me -- just is.

I once held a paper ballot to my heart before putting it in the ballot machine --
and looked up to see one of the volunteers behind the table share a knowing smile.

I don't vote out of fear or anger -- I vote based upon hope, faith & knowledge.
I am not cynical about government -- I have seen the important role it can play in helping people.

So, I called my son to remind him to come on over to our Otter Creek Town Hall to vote.

It is what we do --- with pride.

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