Weekend Workers

Automaton worker, New Ulm Glockenspiel outside my radio station where I work

I am a weekend worker.

Professional radio announcer Amy Zents

Casual dress is OK when you don’t see anyone else but the radio DJ who worked a shift before you.

Today I am at my radio station doing my Sunday afternoon shift at knuj.net.

https://knuj.net/2022/05/29/music-from-germany-may-29/

I would probably not come out on a nice day if I didn’t love my work.

Yesterday I worked from 130pm until 7pm.

It was girl’s softball on the FM all afternoon yesterday.

As I wheeled into the downtown area where my station is located on a glorious Saturday afternoon, I thought of the many storeclerks, volunteers and other workers who had to be indoors on such a spectacular day.

My boss would call it a Play Hooky Day.

Cheers to all the weekend workers again! You are all amazing! 👏

Saturday Sunshine

Yesterday was crazy.

Mopping slop

What’s a nightmare?

Water in the basement. That’s what.

I went in the laundry room the day before wondering why there was so much water on the floor.

It was running through a wall.

I went to the back room to discover the water in the laundry room was nothing compared to the water on the floor in the back basement room, where the Internet modem is, along with numerous boxes and bins, old computer modems and old electronics. What a pain!

All those boxes and bins standing in 2 to three inches of water.

I mopped and mopped.

I finally had hubby turn off the water to see if it was leaky walls or a leaking pipe.

I phoned the plumber to see if they could squeeze me in on Friday.

They could not.

I spent hours and hours with hubby clearing out that wet storage room.

In desperation, I called the plumber again for a referral. He graciously obliged me with a referral.

A freelance plumber came out

He spotted the problem after awhile.

It turns the problem was pipe in the wall, where we had installed an outdoor faucet for the garden hose, had burst in winter. Never leave the water hose on in the freezing weather!

He replaced the pipe and so far all is well.

A replacement pipe.

Hopefully the problem is solved now.

It looks that way.

I’m very grateful for our local plumber’s referral, and the freelance plumber who was available yesterday to come over, spot and solve our problem!

Like Shakespeare says, “All’s well that ends well!

Marlene and Me

Dietrich’s Star

I am a big fan of German-French-American star Marlene Dietrich.

I like the song “Falling in love again,” so I did a video with hubby here.

https://youtu.be/kGMNiAPg02M

One of the most popular motion picture stars of the thirties and forties, Marlene even has her own museum.

https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en/collections-archives/digital-collection/marlene-dietrich-collection-berlin

Daily Verse and Chorus

There are over a hundred daily videos that my eclectic folk duo, Molly and Sonny Boy, made 2 years ago, shortly before the Covid pandemic.

We posted them nightly on YouTube.

We called it our Daily Verse and Chorus Project.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM1Sv8w3nV6MJ_f8dZpN0nEAnwxc_–Se

I still view them now and then to catch a glimpse of our sweet dogs Cole and Pixie who sometimes appear in them.

Pixie and Cole

I still feel so much sadness over their deaths.

Happily, they both each lived to be about 17! Pixie, the Pomeranian lived to be 16 years and 8 months and Cole the Poodle, lived to be 17 years and one month.

I wish they were still alive. Their lives were too short in my books, even though in dog years, they would each be over 100!

At Cafe Lena

In 2013, we fulfilled a lifelong dream of my husband’s, to perform at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.

https://www.caffelena.org/

Now that hubby is retired, we continue to practice daily, dreaming of stardom, or at least steady gigs!

The most used app on my phone is the Voice app, so we can record inventive guitar riffs and pin down lyrics for new songs.

We like to write songs, and we have an album out already of all original songs you can check out on Apple music.

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/molly-and-sonny-boy/259940366

A new gig!

Tonight my music duo is going to perform here.

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/

We haven’t done this venue before.

They really want jazz music, but our repertoire is a mixture of jazz and blues and other kinds of songs including originals.

Hopefully we will be entertaining to the diners on jazz night!

Yesterday I went online to CD Baby regarding getting hooked up for payments from digital downloads.

I’m so glad we got that sorted because I found that our music was being hawked on so many different platforms throughout the Internet.

https://www.dodax.com/en-us/movies-music-gaming/classic-blues/molly-and-sonny-boy-rhythm-n-blues-grass-dp7B56VJSC0PO/

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/molly-and-sonny-boy/259940366

Anyways, we are very excited about performing together at Morgan Creek Vineyards this evening.

Here is a sample of our music.

https://youtu.be/XUhvm5GSq-o

Saturday Gardens

Raised garden beds

I planted yellow squash, beets, cherry tomatoes and flowers in raised garden beds to keep the weeds down.

Hubby uses straw-bales as mulch as well, to keep weeds down to a minimum.

This year he is using plastic bottles to create mini-greehouses to keep the rabbits out!

Little terrariums

Right now green onions are on the table everyday in most every dish I cook.

Springtime is full of happy hours spent outside, even if it means repairing the outdoor spigot with plumbing thread tape and new washers.

Plants need fresh water too!

Head-shot day

We change through the years.

High school dropout

Yes I quit school at 16. Mental depression and ADHD. I did not fit in.

Singer-songwriter

On to University after getting my GED, I graduated and began teaching and performing.

I was in my forties by the time I graduated college. Being a non-traditional student was hard.

In the nineties, I was mistreated and rudely shunned by most of the other students. Some bullied me, and called me a “re-tread.”

The professors were a bit kinder.

Happily, I was a college radio broadcaster and wrote for the campus newspaper.

I lived off campus, and that helped.

Keeping busy kept me happy.

College graduate in May 2003

By 43, I started my own music teaching business. My college degree was in Music Education.

My music teaching business ran from 2004 until the pandemic in 2020.

Me now

Now I am just getting back to writing songs and stories and recovering from the fallout of the pandemic. My duo, Molly and Sonny Boy have some upcoming gigs, and more original songs to record

Enjoy this song we recorded before the pandemic.

https://youtu.be/AVFYEzeWRmU

I still work in radio and audio production. Each Sunday at 4:08pm Central on AM 860/97.3 FM and at http://KNUJ.net I produce and broadcast a show called, “Music from Germany.”

Germanic roots

Music from Germany – May 1

Two Molly’s

Molly B and Me, Molly of Molly & Sonny Boy

Yesterday I went to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame where this year’s inductees attended an open house.

Molly B was awarded a place in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame this year, among others.

I met Molly B yesterday. She told me about her experience performing in a Clint Eastwood film.

Molly performs often with her husband Ted Lange.

I perform with my husband as well in our music duo Molly and Sonny Boy.

Me and my man

You can find out more about Molly B here: https://www.mollieb.com/

Dwarf Lilac trees

Old dwarf lilac treess trimmed

Today we had our dwarf lilacs trees trimmed and more.

The men came early this morning to fix our overgrown trees.

They worked quickly and efficiently.

A truck filled with branches from our little trees

I am thankful for the local landscaping company, Rivercreek Nursery, for their hard teamwork.

Due to the cold weather this Spring, they are 3 weeks behind. Let’s hope they can catch-up on their projects.

The sun is out and today is a beautiful day! Let’s hope it that better days are on the way!🌞