Because I sew, paint and enjoy crafts in general, it blows my mind that one of our largest local craft stores has all its Christmas merchandise on the shelves now.
I think it bothers me because this particular store, which plays Christian music on its sound system, is closed on Sundays with the inference being the day is worth more than the dollar.
It must be lucrative, however, to offer Christmas merchandise in July because it occupies what appears to be at least half the store’s supplies.
To the seller’s credit, I’ve noticed that a month before Christmas arrives there are no decorations in the store left to buy. All the artificial trees, greenery, ornaments and so on have been picked clean.
Perhaps they’re making it easy for us to spread the expense for longer than two months. But I’m not even ready to think about Halloween yet.
And speaking of music systems I must mention (for about the fourth time) how much I enjoy a couple of devices that play music in our home.
The first is a Sonos system.
Sonos is an all-in-one wireless hi-fi home audio system that plays high quality sound from any personal device that stores your music.
It will also play music from the Internet.
If you have a wireless connection you can bridge to Sonos effortlessly and connect to your own speakers or through one of their devices.
Although we have central stereo throughout most of our home the only speakers I have in my sewing room are inexpensive ones plugged into my computer and while they amplifies sound for You Tube, Pandora, etc., the quality pales in comparison to Sonos.
I used Christmas money to buy a Sonos Play 3 and while sewing I listen to music from an old iPod, my cell phone, Pandora or any radio station I choose.
In Miami I learned about easy listening station 93.1 and with the touch of a button I can hear that at home (I tune a deaf ear to the commercials).
I write frequently of Pandora but it’s my absolute favorite source for the best variety of music ever.
Pandora can be accessed from the internet (or through some car radios, Sonos or other systems) and it is free.
It enables you to make playlists of your favorite artists and offers other music they think you’ll enjoy.
After you create your own “stations” your preferences are intuited and if you like a particular song you can punch the “thumbs up” button to hear it again.
Conversely a “thumbs down” button stops play immediately and forever.
Some of my favorite stations to listen to are Wynonna Judd, John Prine, Dolly Parton, K.T. Oslin, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.
When I do a “quick mix” it pulls songs from those artists and plays similar ones.
You can also create holiday mixes from their suggested stations.
Pandora does have commercials and it checks to see if you are listening from time to time.
But I find that when I touch the “thumbs up or down” signs it continues without interruption.
For $7.49 a month my son John listens to one book a month on audible.com.
He thinks it is a small price to pay for listening to a best seller.
I plan to look into Roku (another streaming media player) for our Knoxville house and am checking Netflix to see if I can rent some of those artsy movies my husband Tommy doesn’t like on my iPad.
So much to do; so little time.
What will be next?
‘Til next week.