Getting a New iPhone #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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After I received my property tax rebate check last week, I decided to put the extra funds toward the purchase of a new iPhone. For the past couple of years, I’d been using an iPhone SE2020. I liked having a home button on my phone and heard the next generation of this brand of phone also had a home button. So, I contacted my go-to tech guy, Casey Matthews at Web Friendly Help to ask if he would recommend this phone, since he recommended the previous phone. He said yes. I called the local AT&T store and was told they didn’t have that particular model but could order and ship it to me, and all I’d have to do is take it to the store and have them transfer everything. I agreed to this.

Being visually impaired, buying a new mainstream device can be scary. This was only my second iPhone, and since I’d never transferred data from one phone to another, I didn’t know what to expect. So, I asked Casey what the store could transfer and what I would need to do myself. He told me that I could retrieve my data from iCloud on the new phone myself before taking it to the AT&T store. All I would have to do is power on the phone, then triple click the home button, and Voiceover, the phone’s text-to-speech program, would come up. He emailed me instructions on how to log in to iCloud and transfer my data to the new phone.

To my amazement, after my new phone arrived a couple of days later, it happened just as Casey predicted. With my heart in my mouth, I powered on the phone, triple clicked the home button, and sure enough, a welcoming voice said hello. It took some doing, and although Casey offered to help, I’m proud to say I set up the phone, logged into iCloud, retrieved my data, and even upgraded the operating system, all by myself.

The next day, I took both phones to the AT&T store. Because my data from iCloud had already been transferred over, it took only a few minutes for the nice young lady to teleport my phone number. Since she was the only employee in the store, if other customers had come while she was helping me, who knows how long they would have waited for assistance because of me? Transferring my own iCloud data to my own phone gave me such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, and that made me smile.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.


The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.


Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?






Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. 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:

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