Five Favorite Things #Writing Prompt

              1. My Computer. I recently switched screen readers. I’m now using a program called JAWS, which I like a lot better. The software I was using, NVDA, is good, and it’s free. But because of some quirks it was developing, with which I won’t bore you, I was becoming disillusioned with it. So, when I heard that a home annual license for JAWS is $90.00, I figured I could afford that. After trying the demo for a few days, I was sold, especially after seeing how well it works with braille in Microsoft Word.
  1. My braille tablet. This device runs Android 8, and I can do just about anything with it that anyone else can with a smart phone or tablet. This includes word processing, email, surfing the net, reading books, and more. I can also use it as a braille display with my PC.
  2. My Smart Speakers. I have three Amazon Echo devices: one in my bedroom, one in my living room, and one in my office. I primarily use the 3rd generation Echo Dot in my living room with the Audible Clock skill, which plays the Westminster chimes every fifteen minutes, just like the clock we had in our home when I was in high school. On the 2nd generation Echo dot in my bedroom, I’ve programed routines where news broadcasts, weather forecasts, and music are played to start and end my days. My Echo Tap in my office is portable, and I often carry it to my kitchen where I play games with it while eating. I use all three devices for playing music, listening to news and weather and podcasts, adding items to my shopping list, and other tasks.
  3. My Victor Reader Trek. I use this to listen to books, podcasts, music, and Internet radio. It not only plays recorded audiobooks, but I can also hear books in various text file formats with synthesized speech. This device can download books and other material directly from the Web and has a built-in GPS system, which I occasionally use when out walking. It also has a recording feature, which I’ve used to record music and other material for this blog.
  4. Frozen Meals from Schwan. When my husband Bill was alive, he preferred home-cooked meals. Since he could no longer prepare them after his strokes, I had to learn to cook. At the time, we ordered meats and other items from Schwan. Now that he’s gone, I don’t see the sense in doing much cooking just for me. So, I order a lot of ready-made meals I just heat in the oven or microwave. My favorites are macaroni and cheese, lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli, and chicken chili with beans. I also like their breaded blue hake, chicken cordon bleu, and various frozen vegetables plus some of their breakfast sandwiches. By the way, you can learn more about me and Bill by reading My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

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Thanks to Moondance Pages for inspiring this. Now, it’s your turn. What are five of your favorite things? Please tell me about them either in the comment field below or on your own blog with a link to this post. I look forward to reading your responses.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

7 thoughts on “Five Favorite Things #Writing Prompt”

  1. I’m so happy that you were inspired by my 9 things list. I was inspired by someone else doing this too. It’s amazing how many high tech things you can use to help you. That is wonderful!!! I also love Schwan’s and often order from them.

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  2. !. My first favorite thing is my Yorkshire Terrier Buzz. He is my constant companion, and keeps me from getting too lonely. He is a constant source of amusement, and I love him very much. 2. My second favorite thing is my Kindle. I am visually impaired, and for about five years was unable to read anything, due to the stroke that caused my visual impairment. My sister Nancy gave me a kindle for Christmas one year, and suddenly I was able to read again! I can enlarge the font size as much as needed to see the print. I have always loved to read, and the Kindle gave me that enjoyment back again. 3. My family has a pond in our back yard with two waterfalls and a stream. We keep it stocked with goldfish and Koi. Some of the Koi have reached over a foot long. I love watching the fish, which vary in size from about 14-16 inches down to newborn ones of about an inch. It is a very tranquil place to spend time in the summer months. 4. My computer would have to count as my fourth favorite thing. I like to write books for children, and searching the internet for pictures to illustrate the stories is lots of fun. I also make cookbooks for pets and for people. I get recipes and illustrations for those off the internet. 5. My fifth favorite thing is my wonderful family and friends. I am blessed that all of the members of my family are close, and don’t have any of the feuding that seems to go on in many families. I also have friends that would do anything for me, as would I for them.

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your five favorite things. By the way, my two latest books, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner, are available on Kindle with text-to-speech enabled. So, if your Kindle has that capability, and your eyes get tired, you can listen to them. Happy reading!

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