Hello, from the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters. I greet you this way because I’ve been busy making all sorts of things to sell at shows and stock in stores and my Etsy shop. Mostly I’ve been working on the bottle cap products, drink charms mostly, and some magnets.
The thing about making my bottle cap items is that the process is mechanical and deliberate but doesn’t require a lot of thought. Attention, yes, but not thought. Sometimes I work in silence, letting my mind wander to anything from my to-do list for the weekend or the vacation I want to take years from now. But there’s another way I can let my mind wander while I’m pressing, gluing, applying resin, and beading. I escape through radio shows.
I’ve talked about my penchant for radio shows before. I can get caught up in a murder mystery, be haunted by ghosts, and even travel through time. While my eyes and hands are occupied with the task at hand, I’m also entertained with countless stories while getting things done. I like listening to a story without having to look at a screen to see what’s happening. Sure, I could do my work in front of a TV, but why, when I can have the nostalgia of radio shows whenever I want.
Lately I’ve been listening to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. I remember when I was young and the family was coming home from a weekend at Grandma’s house ~ the car would be dark and my dad would turn on the radio so we could listen to Mystery Theater. He knew how to keep a car with three young children quiet.
With technology what it is today, I can listen to Mystery Theater whenever I want because all 1399 episodes running from 1974 to 1982 are available for streaming or downloading. I fill up my iPod with at least one hundred of these stories at a time and tune in whenever I have a gross or two of bottle caps to work on.
I love the old-fashioned radio shows. Try them out and let me know what you think.