TMP — Christmas Songs

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

My peeve today is similar to Paula’s, who complained about people assuming that she celebrates Christmas, which she doesn’t. My peeve is about people assuming that I want to hear Christmas songs, which I don’t.

Yes, I’m a bit of a scrooge, but I’m just not a fan of Christmas music, but it’s close to inescapable from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Hey listen, I know a lot of you who are reading this love Christmas songs. Some of you may go caroling between now and Christmas. That’s fine. Whatever floats your boat, you know? Christmas music sinks my boat.

There are a lot of radio stations that turn to all Christmas music all time time starting right after thanksgiving. Which is fine because I don’t typically listen to those stations. My preferred radio station is the SiriusXM Classic Vinyl channel. I listen to it in my car and I have it playing as background music in my home. So basically all the time.

Well, starting December 1st, SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl started playing Christmas songs from classic rock artists about every fourth song. And everybody knows that the absolutely worst Christmas songs are those recorded by classic rock artists.

I swear, if I hear Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” one more time I’m going to break something. And then there’s Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or Bon Jovi’s “Back Door Santa.” Ugh!

I am so looking forward to December 26th, when this, too, shall pass. At least until next year at this time.


She stood there in silence
Arms folded across her chest
Trying to look so mature
So full of innocent grace
Normally so cute and kind
But today her emerald eyes
Gave me a look so indignant
Just because I ate
Her last Nestlé Crunch bar

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (silence), The Daily Spur (mature/grace), My Vivid Blog (kind), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (emerald), Your Daily Word Prompt (indignant), and Word of the Day Challenge (crunch).

Share Your World — 12/13/2021

We’re almost halfway through the last month of 2021 and it’s time for this week’s Share Your World questions from Melanie.

What is your opinion of the state of health care in your country? Adequate or inadequate? What could be done to improve it?

America is on its deathbed. Nearly half of Americans (Republicans) have embraced The Big Lie and wacky conspiracy theories. They are gun crazy, racist, misogynistic, right-wing loonies who are unraveling the very fabric of our nation. What can be done about it? Sane, rational, and reasonable Americans need to vote in the 2022 midterm elections in a big way. Because if a bunch of Trumpian sycophants get elected to Congress and the Republicans take control of both houses, that will be the final nail in America’s coffin.

What are two words that describe you best?

Still alive.

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what it’s like?

  • Get up
  • Pee
  • Brush my teeth
  • Fix a bowl of cold cereal
  • Read the local newspaper
  • Have a cup of coffee
  • Take a shower
  • Check my overnight stats and go through the Reader on WordPress

What’s something that really makes your blood race?

I’m assuming that Melanie’s “blood race” term means gets me excited versus “blood boil” (gets me angry). If that assumption is correct, I was really excited this morning about taking our new electric bikes out and riding them for the first time. Unfortunately, it’s pouring rain and it’s supposed to rain most of the week, so our inaugural ride will have to be postponed. But the good news is that we desperately need this rain.

Do you enjoy singing festive songs during *insert festive celebration that you observe to replace “Christmas” if it’s not relevant to you * Christmas carols or songs?


Blogging Insights — Dem Bones

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Reba McEntire, an American country music singer.

“To thrive in life you need three bones. A wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”

To me, this quote is suggesting that a successful life (however you might define “successful”) requires a bit of luck (a wishbone), strength and determination (a backbone), and a good sense of humor (a funny bone).

I believe that all of these metaphorical “bones” can be of value in almost all aspects of one’s life. That said, I think having a backbone and a funny bone are the two most important because, if you possess and leverage both of those, you’re more likely than not to get the bigger half of the wishbone (i.e., to make your own luck).

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #147

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from hobo @

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a promotional prompt constructed to look like a giant cake cone-like base filled with vanilla soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt. It’s situated on the sidewalk with what might be a convenience store or a gas station behind and to the right.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.