A to Z Challenge – R

The letter R …

One of the few things I would be lost without is my music.  That used to mean my transistor radio I won for selling Camp Fire Girls candy.  As I grew so did my radio up to a boom box in the 80’s.  Then there seemed to be a shrink back down in size to an MP3 player.  Of course, my car has given me many hours of music with my radio.  And when I bought my “new” used car I got a sample of satellite radio.  Lots of channels to choose from, especially off of my laptop!  But I am not going to pay to hear my music other than the occasional CD or downloaded album.

I am happy with my local radio stations.  And several of them are accessible through the internet as well.  I often let my favorite station play while I write.  I can listen to oldies, songs from my youth (70’s and 80’s), millennial hits, or todays favorites.  I listed to country, pop or rock.  But whatever music I am in the mood for, it can be found with my radio and I grateful for that.


And as an added bonus here’s an old track I bet many of you have not heard…

Mumbles … Portable

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As a kid growing up, I remember selling Camp Fire Girl’s candy and selling just enough boxes to get my own portable radio.  It was red and round in shape with stickers on it to make the dials look like eyes of a face.  I was so proud of it and I thought it was the neatest thing.  I ran across it when we cleaned out Dad’s house and hoped it still worked, but after putting in fresh batteries alas there was nothing but static.  It almost hurt having to get rid of it.  But through the years I have had many more radios.  Went through the boom box phase in the 80’s.  Had a Walkman radio. But now my portable radio stays plugged in most days and I use the CD player more than the radio.  But it is sure nice to have it during storm season in the summer in case power goes out.

Now that the business at hand of writing about the prompt is out of the way, let me apologize for being pretty absent this week.  I have been assisting a friend moving and the subsequent recovery days from the work of packing and hauling boxes.  I think she is pretty much completely out of the apartment now.  But she has a lot of sorting to do yet so she will need a little more assistance with putting stuff in or out of storage as she sorts through things.  She consistently said she had too much stuff throughout the move and wants to down-size.

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It will take me a few days to catch back up, and I probably won’t be leaving a lot of comments to try and get caught up faster.  You all know I love your writing, or I would not be following you.  So, I will keep plugging away at the posts in between pain pills and muscle relaxers.  Enjoy what is left of the weekend!  (((HUGS)))


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – portable

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12 Days of Christmas – Music


I love music so it stands to reason that Christmas music is a big part of my holiday.  When decorations go up, making cookies and candies, making Christmas cards, or just because … I love to listen to a wide variety of Christmas music.  As you may be able to tell from the picture I also like a few of the novelty variety songs (although I steer far away from Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer… too over played in my opinion).

It is not a complete Christmas with out a few favorites.  I have to hear the duet by Bing Crosby and David Bowie of “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” every year at least once.  The Dr Demento CD has to be played in its entirety.  “Silver Bells” was my Mom’s favorite carol and I listen to it so she is still “here” at Christmas time with me.

If have extra money after gift shopping and buying food for Christmas dinner I try to find one new Christmas themed CD.  I listen to a Pandora Christmas station, have the TV on the seasonal music station to catch a variety of old and new hits.  And there is a local radio station that goes to 24 hour Christmas music.

I am currently listening to my cable station sounds of the season channel… Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You Santa Claus” and I have to smile. Music can bring forth so many emotions and memories it is hard to imagine any time of year without it. Do you have any favorite carols or performers you like to listen to at this time of year?