Thank you all for your gracious greetings and kind thoughts of my Sweetie Pie. I really appreciate them all. I've had my first love and my great love and they were the same beautiful person so I was wonderfully blessed in that regard. It's been rough as mentioned.
Tom52 - Those are toys that make sounds when I beat on them in some way or t'other, heh heh Lots of guitars, keyboards, acoustic and electronic drums, PC-based audio workstation, etc, etc. Good thing I live way out in weeds - the rattlesnakes and coyotes may be offended, but they can't dial the sheriff to complain!. It really does float my boat like nothing else so I can see lots of disturbed critters in my future - can't wait!
Thanks again for the kind welcome and kind thoughts - looking forward to getting to know y'all and learning more about this topic which has become so near and dear to my heart.