A Gift Sung, Written and Painted

I am behind on my Joy Dare Challenge. In fact, yesterday I picked it up and the words just swam before my eyes. I was so tired. I took a nap instead.

209. A gift sung

20130327-163055.jpgYes, Pandora Radio.
I am not, and have never been, good at downloading songs. I still…gasp! buy CDs. I know, I know, so old school. So when my sister told me about this Pandora Radio, I flipped! YES! Someone figured out how to play the music I like without all the commercials and disc jockeys. (Do they still call them that? Anyway…) If you are not familiar with this computer application, it is quite easy. Go to Pandora and sign up…it’s free. Next create a radio station, which means put in an artist or type of music you enjoy. Then Pandora plays songs that are similar to your request. For example, I have a station called, Jack Johnson Radio. It plays songs by artists that fit that genre: Jack Johnson, Dave Barnes, Ben E. King, etc. I have another called Contemporary Christian, which plays Toby Mack, Casting Crowns, Sidewalk Prophets. You get the idea.

I listen to Pandora while piddling around the house through my t.v., on my iPod when I am exercising and also on my iPad. I can crank up the volume and sing out loud.

210. A gift written.

20130327-164916.jpgThoughtful cards.
I am so blessed to have friends and family who love me through the written word. I keep all of the cards and letters sent to me, especially those that are totally unexpected. Unfortunately, I think the handwritten letter or card is almost extinct. I wrote about my card campaign here. Words misspelled, strike-throughs and messy handwriting is precious to me.

211. A gift painted.

20130327-165919.jpgMy grandmother’s barn.
I was named after my grandmother, Mary Catherine. But that isn’t where our similarities end. I believe we are both artists, bird lovers and crocheters. When she retired and moved to Florida, she took art classes. This is one of her pieces that hung in our house when I was growing up. I have it sitting on the mantle in my kitchen now. I am drawn to the country setting. I dream of living in the country on a farm with a garden, chickens and a pond to fishing. I can sooo imagine myself living here in this red house. She’s been gone now for almost 30 years, but she’s still here in her art.

What gifts sung, written and painted do you have today? Share them with me in the comment section below!

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