Do you purrfur pictures or fluff?

So I had written this big long story about way-back-when-times. "Hers" and not mine of course because "she" is way older than me and therefore has lots of way-back-when-times. Anyway, upon proofing it, I realized all that fluff could simply be summed up as this:

The old bullet riddled metal horse, was once part of a lightning rod which sat on top of the grandfathers barn.

But the barn being quite old, was taken down this summer. And the rusty old metal horse, complete with the milk glass globe is now a welcome part of our home.

Now a story that was 600 words plus, has been pared down to three sentences. Rather than giving you the history and the significance of the lightning rod horse, I am going to use more space on this post for pictures than words.

For "her", the horse represents memories of another time and place, and good times on a family farm with a very old barn. Call me nostalgic, but at Christmas time, it seems the purrfect time for remembering family memories, don't you think?


Mark said...

You can buy one of those things around here for tons of money. But to have one that actually sat on the grandfather's barn, that is priceless.
Your jealous friend, m.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The memories are priceless and the lightening rod is the coolest one I've seen. Love the age on the horse. I love the photos. Yes this time of year is meant for memories.
hugs, Linda & Charlie

Diane said...

Purrfect time to think of these wonderful memories and it's even better if you have something tangible and beautiful like the weathervane. I love the bullet holes in the horse, good thing they were't aiming at you Romeo - now that would be very, very bad. Please tell "her" to have a beautiful Christmas season and you please have one too. Blessings, (from Rascal, too) Diane

Anonymous said...

Dear romie, you would have loved being back in those days with me in the barn, it was such fun with all the hay and hiding places.
love and smooches to you....grammie

Karen Valentine said...

It must be so wonderful to have something sooo cool that also has many wonderful memories attached. I have to settle for "adopted ancestors' and "found" heirlooms! lol.
And in answer to you question Romeo...I am all about the pictures!!!!

Olive Cooper said...

Romeo, that is a wonderful piece of family history and it is beautiful. We have old lightning rods on our old house but still need them. Be a sweetie. ♥O

Carole said...

I like both your fluff and photos. I delete a lot when I'm writing a post. Wondering if anyone really cares...in my case maybe not so much.

It's wonderful that you have this weathervane that was once your grandfathers. I'm sure that would make him smile.


Lynn Richards said...

Wait. You forgot to mention how the bullet holes came to be!!!
What a great treasure to have.

DogsMom said...

So, you took down a whole barn to get that cool horse for your living room?
Maybe someone shoulda climbed up there and taken it down for "her"

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how much I covet your wonderful weathervane - a couple of years ago I nearly bought one at an antique show (large, but still...) - for $3,000! Managed to talk myself out of it, but oh how I wanted it!
Enjoy the family history....priceless!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

oh Romeo wherefore art thou romeo..It was so nice of you and her to stop by for a visit..and thank you for the compliment on all the paws..lol..I love that weather vane..tooooo kewl!!! seriously..it is so neat..and did I see your mama really roasting you 4 hotdogs..she needs to show her pretty face so we can see her..I hope you both are doing well and enjoying the holiday season that is upon us..I want to wish you and your siblings and your ma and pa a very happy christmas and a great new year ahead,:) love you both.;)

Rustique Gal said...

Romeo dear,
Did she get anything else from that old barn? I'd have hauled lots of it away! The weathervane is gorgeous, and the story, even shortened to 3 sentences is a good one. It's so wonderful to have pieces from the past. Hoping you and She will have a wonderful Christmas!

Bohemian said...

A Priceless Family Heirloom... thanks for sharing 'her' Story. Too bad though that the Barn had to be razed... I adore old structures and always grieve those that are sadly lost. But I'm certainly Loving the Salvaged Heirlooms taken from the Barn and glad they were rescued! And I must commend you for paring down a Post... alas, that is NOT one of MY strong points! *Winks*

Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Catherine said...

What a beautiful post! I can certainly see why this metal horse is so special. Sharing love and memories at Christmas time - it's a wonderful thing!
xo Catherine

Cindy said...

I love the lightning rod horse! What a treasure to have. Romeo..were there any goodies in there for you, say maybe....mice??

Monica said...

Just popping by to wish you a wonderful Christmas!
Monica x

Anonymous said...

Hey Dude,
Haven't been in touch for a bit so thought this most recent post was a great time to check in on you. Hope your Christmas was filled with lots of catnip and kitty treats. We celebrate Hannukah here so I got 8 days of presents...yeah, pretty cool. Anyway, like the weather vane is wicked cool but wouldn't it have been easier for someone to go up there and get it for her? I know someone else as wise as me already asked but hey...
Well, have a cool New Year and hope this coming summer "she" doesn't try to roast you out in the heat, LOL.
Raphael and his mom

Eliza Freitas said...

Hello! I loved your blog, all so beautiful and charming, I found you blog by the lovely Dawn Edmonson!
I'm following you and would love your visit!
There, your cats are beautiful I love cats, I have 13 kittens that are my loves!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Perrfectly Fantastic weather vane!

Bead and Needle said...

What a FABULOUS piece of family! The horse is to die for Romeo...May 2012 bring everything you hope for! Tanya

victorian parlor II said...


Glad to see that you are doing well my furry friend. My mom is still busy so I had to take over the computer to get caught up with the latest kitty happenings in blogland. I hope you got lots of catnip for Christmas. My mom would go nuts over that weather vane but since she's too busy to give me any attention I'm not going to tell her about it!

Purrs and meows,


Kathy said...

How great is that to have your families weathervane. I just love the horse, I bet he could tell a story or two about the holes, Thanks for sharing.....Romeo, I have a feeling you really wouldn't have liked those times. Back when you would have been expected to keep all the rats and snakes away. Not much napping on a farm,
Jake says HI

Rebecca said...

Hey Sweet Kitty
Hope all is well and this finds you fiesty. I just don't get around anymore... I know there is a song in there somewhere.
The lightening rod is spectaular but sad that they had to take down that beautiful barn... I have a thing about barns and one by one they are dissappearing throughout America. Lovely story and images
Blessings to you both today

Bead and Needle said...

I LOVE this old lightning rod horse...Cindy at Fat Cow posted a sadder tale of an old lightning rod this week - glad yours is safe, Romeo! For "Her" sake!

somewhat quirky said...

Crap. I would kill (almost) for that weather vane lightening rod thingy! Stumbled upon your blog. I love it and will be following you.